Evie Kerr – Child Blessing – Eleanor , infant daughter of Stacey Jameison and Mike Ouimet
Bless our offerings, Lord; we give them as tokens of our time, talent and treasure.
May these gifts reflect our shared joy and hope for this beautiful earth and its people.
We pray that our gifts may reach through this place and touch the world.
In Jesus' name we ask it. Amen.
Philippians 4:4-9 New International Version (NIV)4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Meditation "Blessing and Thanksgiving"
It is both privilege and pleasure to be with you in Rockburn today; invited to share in a ritual to welcome and bless, with thanks, Eleanor Dawn Ouimet.
Such a celebration is appropriate on Thanksgiving Sunday, a special time to count our blessings and praise God with thanksgiving.
If the only prayer we ever offer is, "Thank you, Lord!" — it is enough
I have enjoyed a series of books about a make-believe town called Mitford, the little town with a big heart.
The stories feature Father Tim (Kavenagh) and his friends.
I have special affection for Absalom Greer, an aging Baptist pastor, who keeps a country store and ministers to a number of small churches in the back country of the Southern Hills. Pastor Greer calls these good people his "little handfuls." He cares for them and loves them because they could easily be overlooked, otherwise.
I find myself thinking of small churches in our Chateauguay Valley as "little handfuls" — places like Riverfield, Beechridge, Rockburn, etc.
Folks in upper cities never quite understand us and we often feel overlooked. So, it is good that you help each other within your church community; that you minister to each other and offer mutual support.
We are called to show our love for God by caring for each other. That is what church is all about.
I chose the scriptures that I read today, because they are meaningful to me and my faith journey. Even if you have heard it all before, let me tell you again.
In the Old Testament, we read of the Prophet Elijah's troubles. The authorities and thepower figures persecuted and threatened him. Elijah's colleagues had been killed and he feared for his life.
The Lord helped Elijah flee to the mountain, where he awaited further counsel from God.He waited through fierce wind, mighty earthquake, and huge fire. Nothing. It was in the quiet of a whisper that Elijah heard God.
The story tells me that all the noise and upheaval in the world can be as nothing.
Its wisdom shows that great things — the things that count — can be acknowledged and accomplished quietly...like God's whisper.
Small acts of love and kindness, done without great shouts and fanfare, comprise all that is basic and vital to our joy in relationship with our Lord and with each others.
In the Good News Bible, John's Gospel, chapter is prefaced by "The Word of Life."
In those first few verses, we are reminded that the Word was present with God even before the earth was created.
The Word was the source of life, and this life brought light to humankind.
Light is the essence of life.
Every one of us carries such light within us. I firmly believe that.
That is the reason a small candle light was given to Eleanor-Dawn this morning.
We equate light with love and kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness, faithfulness and tolerance.
At times, one's personal battery may run a little low and the light dims — then we must recharge. Never hesitate to ask for or to accept the help of light from another.
Because, John's gospel tells us, the light shines in the darkness — whatever the darkness may be for us — and the darkness has never put it out.
I am not an authority of anatomy, but I believe that the human frame is fashioned with a particular hole in it — not just any hole, but a God-shaped-hole designed to carry God and God-given light, right there in us.
Try as we might to fill that hole with other things, nothing else fills it properly.
The light keeps shining in the dark, and darkness has never yet put it out.
Thanks be to God, Amen.
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