Sunday, October 25: We reflect together on Matthew 22:34-46, where a legal scholar asks Jesus about the greatest commandment and he famously emphasizes how loving God and loving neighbour go together. In "Love Your Neighbour?" James looks at this text in conjunction with an excerpt from a 1973 campaign speech of Harvey Milk to look at what it means to really love our neighbour and who we are to include in that love. Traditionally, this Sunday is also Reformation Sunday, a time to reflect on the importance of this movement in the history of Christian faith.
Sunday, November 1: On this All Saints Day, we reflect on Matthew 5:1-12, what is traditionally known as the Beatitudes. We take time to honour those who have died, especially in the last year, especially remembering that we are still in relationship with them, despite the barrier of death. Those who wish are asked to send a photo of a loved one to James for inclusion in a time of remembrance.
Sunday, November 8: In honour of Remembrance Day that will be marked on the 11th, we take time to ponder the cost of war and commit ourselves anew to the importance of being peacemakers. The service is a series of readings, hymns and anthems.
In this challenging time, it is important that we look after each other. If you are able to pick up groceries and other supplies for those who are homebound, please contact the church. Equally, if you are in need of this support, call the church or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are in need of pastoral care or spiritual support, please contact Rev. James Ravenscroft. Call him at 647-705-2754 or you can reach him by email, email@example.com.
We are grateful for all those who are able to support the ongoing ministry of Richmond Hill United Church. If you would like to make a contribution, you can do so through CanadaHelps.org., etransfer to office@rhuc or mail a cheque to the church office. 10201 Yonge St., RH L4C 3B2
May we continue to keep each other and world in prayer, especially those who are most vulnerable, those who are grieving or struggling, and all of those on the frontline putting themselves and their families at risk to keep all of us safe. We will get through this together.
Meditation on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 7:15 in the Chapel with social distancing and masks.
Pub Theology: Friday, October 30 at 7:30 PM on Zoom. It is time to come together again to talk about faith, spirituality and life's big questions, all over the beverage of your choice. Let James know if you would like to participate and he will send you the Zoom link. Feel free to invite a friend.
Forest Church (Ecological Spirituality Group):
Three Rivers Forest Church hosts "Farewell to the Fall" at 3 pm, Sunday October 25 at Lake Wilcox Park. As days grow colder, we come together for a prayerful farewell to the leaves, birds and other critters. Participants are to meet at the benches nearest the north-end of the new boardwalk. Participants then head off for a time of personal contemplation. Dress warmly and please bring your own refreshments and a mask in case physical distancing is not always possible. Feel free to invite others who are interested in connecting with the divine in nature.