Portland United Church
This Sunday is World Communion Sunday and Rev. Kathy Walton will be leading our Communion Service at Portland United Church. For those attending, please remember to bring your small juice box and cracker to comply with COVID protocols.
Chair, PUC Council
Elgin United Church
We have been in touch with our friends, who were displaced from the apartments due to the fire, offering our prayers and support. All are doing well despite the traumatic disruption in their lives and the uncertainty of when they can return to their homes. Blessings to all the first responders, relatives, friends and strangers who have worked tirelessly to help, and to these stalwart troopers who are taking things in stride. A “Community Committed, Community Strong” in action.
This Sunday we will be celebrating World Communion Sunday. The elements will be supplied so all you have to do is come worship. C-19 protocols remain in place.
Chair, EUC Council
Devotional Thought – October 2, 2021
I was distracted this week when I was attending an official board meeting in the Portland Church. On the wall, directly in front of me was a poster which stated – Make a Joyful Noise.
This statement has often caused me to think about those Scripture words – what exactly does that mean? What kind of a joyful noise? What does a joyful NOISE sound like? Are we talking about singing or playing an instrument? A brass instrument? Or a stringed instrument? Or maybe it’s the wonderful drum beats! Bass drum, snare drum, tympani? Or maybe it’s blowing into a Kazoo! Can a KAZOO make a joyful noise???
I am drawn into this thought process. So, I begin to let my mind think outrageously on how I can make a joyful noise. I turn on Alexa and ask her to play joyful Christian music. I sing along (and not quietly)! Before long, I am singing and dancing, laughing and praising God. No one is around to be impressed by my ‘ability’ to multitask. But I can picture the Holy One, joining me as I give my offering of joyful Noise.
I come to a conclusion – all creation makes sounds to our Creator – the wind, the brooks, the birds, children, adults. And my heart rejoices as I read Psalm 100 – a very short psalm that is filled with nuggets of truth for us. It’s a happy Psalm and a Psalm that gives us guidance in the simplest of form – Make a joyful noise, praise your Creator and give thanks. I love it.
A psalm of thanksgiving.
1 Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.
3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
This week I must offer you another challenge – forget that you are not the star ALTO singer in your church, or the world renowned Christian musical group. Get up the courage to sing and make music, aloud or in your heart. Praise the One who has made you. And this will bless you and God.
Peace and love to each of you,
Pastoral Care Coordinator
Elgin/Portland Pastoral Charge