Portland United Church
Last week we had 27 attendees who enjoyed great service from Liz Church. This week, Rev. Kathy Walton will be leading our service and we will be holding communion. The church council has proposed that we have communion on the first Sunday of each month as we have done in the past. With COVID protocols in place, please remember to bring a small juice box and a cracker as we use the same approach as we have before for communion.
This week, Morgan Wright will be providing music for all the hymns. We’ll check at the conclusion of the service to see if you would prefer a mixture of YouTube videos and Morgan (perhaps 2 hymns each) or if you would prefer all hymns to be handled by Morgan.
Please remember that if you have any suggestions on how we can increase the number of people joining us at church, please contact Will French, Liz Church, Larry Cochran or leave a message with Annette in the church office.
Portland United Church – Apple Pie Sale
The Portland on the Rideau Historical Society is having a fund-raising rib BBQ on Sunday, Sept 5th.
Ribs, potato salad, coleslaw and a bun for $18.00.
Pickup times will be specified on the ticket. Limited number of tickets available.
To get yours, call Larry Cochran @ 613-272-6747
Devotional Thought – September 4, 2021
This week has brought many mixed emotions to the surface for me. My grandchildren in Halifax lost their maternal grandmother. She was only in her early sixties and was taken suddenly when she suffered a massive heart attack.
And then we have the ‘going back to school’ jitters. Parents, teachers and children alike share concerns for health and safety.
There is no doubt that many feel a sense of urgency in the news that bombards us each day. There is also sometimes a listlessness that the world is spinning out of control and we are in the midst of a whirlwind that we cannot stop. Our own personal fears and overwhelming questions threaten to engulf us.
I want to draw your attention to some thoughts from the life of Paul. Paul found himself in many tough situations as he travelled, spreading the Good News Story. But what I love, and perhaps something that we have overlooked as we read the Scriptures – Paul didn’t face these times on his own. He was wise enough to know he needed prayer and humble enough to ask his fellow Christians to pray for him. Ephesians 6 tells us clearly that Paul asked for prayer that God’s message would be given and the church would grow. There was no hesitation.
Over the past number of weeks, I have shared with you many thoughts on our responsibility to give out the message to the world – God loves you. Our mandate doesn’t change. And I am here to remind you, that I am praying for you and asking that you pray for each other. Encourage each other in your faith walk, ask for prayer as you share the Gospel message. Know that you are not alone as you face each day.
And one other thought I would mention. When Paul was in those tough situations, he didn’t pray to be delivered from them. Instead, he prayed the Gospel of Christ would be proclaimed, in the midst of his circumstances. That is a real lesson for me. Often I want the easy path, no obstacles, no sickness, no hurt, no pain. And then I ask myself: Why? And then I pray: O my God, I put my trust in You. You are my strength.
Peace and love to each of you,
Pastoral Care Coordinator
Elgin/Portland Pastoral Charge