Portland United Church
This weekend Portland United Church will be serving as an advanced polling station for the Federal Election, so the parking lot may be a bit more busy than normal. The payment we receive for the polling station will be added to the Church’s general fund.
We will enter the Church through our normal door and there will be dividers inside of the Fellowship Hall to separate the Church entrance from the polling station.
Liz Church will be leading our service this weekend.
Chair – PUC Council
Portland United Church – Apple Pie Sale
A Celebration of Life for the late Douglas Bond will take place on September 18th, 2021, located at the family homestead at 2751 Hwy 15 in Portland, Ontario.
Please drop by for a visit between 1:00-and 5:00pm and share a favourite memory of this most memorable man.
Please bring a mask with you. Covid precautions will be in place.
These past 18 months have been fraught with fear, tears, frustration and so much more. But they have also proven love, dedication, thoughtfulness and joy.
One of our own, Cathy Ryan, has penned the words below. Thank you Cathy. As you are yourself one of those people who have worked in the fray, we thank you – for the reminder that we must continue to support and love those still working to stamp out this pandemic.
The Gratitude Prayer
By Cathy Ryan
September 4, 2021
To a God that has loved and provided for us,
To all the clergy that have sustained us,
To all the administration that has guided us,
To the countless volunteers that have supported us,
To all the congregants that have embraced us,
and to all the Musicians that have wowed us.
May each and every one recognize the sacrifices all have
made to overcome, Thank you!
May knowing even though it may not be often spoken
The message of gratitude is such a small token, Thank you!
So let this day be a beginning of something new,
Renewed strength and connection with our Spirit God for all of you.
A revised vision of the Church that God is calling us to be.
A church with no walls, a church that embraces change,
A church that everyone feels welcomed and not ashamed,
A church where Mother earth once again smiles,
And all those Spiritually empty are set free to travel many miles.
May knowing that so many do care,
May your loads be lighter, your troubles be shared
May your love of Christ sustain you,
And you find peace and harmony everywhere.
In Jesus Name,
Blessings and Thank You
Devotional Thought – September 11, 2021
Erma Bombeck has given a quote which I believe is very apropos to the continuing thoughts we have shared over the past weeks: “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything You gave me’.”
These are very daunting words. But they are also encouraging words. They are haunting words. They are words that cause us to search our own spiritual journey. We have talked about the Fruit of the Spirit, and we have talked about the gifts of the Spirit.
We also recognize there is a difference between talents and gifts. Many talents are given to us through birth. Your father was a math genius so you are a math whiz. Your mother was a beautiful singer and you inherited her talent. These talents are passed on from generation to generation in a family. And these talents are often used in the church to minister to all.
But in referring to spiritual gifts, they are received when we receive the gift of salvation. According to 1 Corinthians 12: 7-11 they are the manifestation of the Spirit. These spiritual gifts are given for the equipping of the saints, for the work of service and the building of the Body of Christ.
And one further thought I would leave with you. Natural talents can be developed. As we heard said: practice makes perfect. But the miraculous gift given you by Holy Spirit is ready for use immediately. Your spiritual gift is given to you and you need to use it. Ephesians 4: 14-16 spells it out clearly……according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up and common good of the Church.
A popular Christian song, sung by Steve Green is called Broken and Spilled Out. Broken and spilled out just for love of You, Jesus. My most precious treasure lavished on Thee. Broken and spilled out, and poured at Your feet. In sweet abandon, let me be spilled out and used up for Thee.
A second verse of that song talks about Jesus and His shed blood, given that we might be saved. He was broken that we might have eternal life. It only makes sense to me that we in turn would take what we have been given and pour it at the feet of God, to be used for Kingdom building so that when we stand before our God we know with assurance, we have done all we can that others may share in the gift of eternal life with us.
Take the time and go on YouTube and listen as Steve Green blesses you with the singing of Broken and Spilled Out.
Peace and love to each of you,
Pastoral Care Coordinator
Elgin/Portland Pastoral Charge