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Sunday Stillness – A Joint Service in the Park

Sunday Stillness – A Joint Service in the Park


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I am sure you are like me – so much to do during the summer, but all good. Between family visits, gardening, picking vegetables, boating, and walks, there isn’t much time for the computer. And that’s probably a good thing. We need to get out and enjoy this fantastic summer weather – it is brief here in Canada.

This Sunday all of our protestant churches in our small town will get together in the park for a Sizzlin’ Summer Service. This is our 8th season. Each of the pastors/ministers takes part – music, children’s story, message, and I can’t remember what else. Each church also has a job. We pray for good weather and as far as I can remember we have only been inside one year. We have five churches involved (as I said we live in a small town).

Praying that everyone is enjoying their times with family and friends in the out-of-doors.

Psalms 133:1  Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!

1 Corinthians 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.

This joint service with the churches might seem unusual to you but we are a part of the town family. I love this hymn “Part of the Family”. Let’s join together in unity and praise the Lord.


Today is Sunday Stillness.


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Showing Up for Service

by Brenda Wood

Because I’m a recent widow, people always ask how I’m doing. Lately, I’ve started to say, “I am good because God is good”.

Someone cries, “I don’t know how you do it”.

I tell them I’m just showing up for service, because that’s all I’m doing.

It is hard to be alone, without my love of almost 50 years. I miss Ron every day.

But tell me, what are you going through? Isn’t God meeting you in the midst of it? Aren’t you able to bear the loss, the pain, the difficulty? Of course you are because that is what God does. He comes along side. I can stand in the midst of my grief because God is faithful. He answers my prayers and the prayers of those who pray for me

Oh wouldn’t we like to wallow in self-pity? We could give into our feelings.  Some days we feel like we’ve made no progress at all. It seems that we’re swimming in noodles. But we know what to do when that happens.

“Keep awake and watch and pray [constantly], that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mark 14:38 AMP).

God always hears our heart cries and helps us stand for one more minute, one more hour, and one more day. All we have to do is show up for service.

The Bible doesn’t say much about noodles but it does tell us what direction to swim.

“Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, It is the Lord! Simon Peter, hearing him say that it was the Lord, put (girded) on his upper garment (his fisherman’s coat, his outer tunic)–for he was stripped [for work]–and sprang into the sea” (John 21:7 AMP).

Swimming in noodles? What does it matter as long as we swim toward Him?

Prayer: Lord, give us the strength to swim through everything, even noodles, as long as it leads us to you. For Christ’s sake. Amen.

Brenda J. Wood

A popular motivational speaker, Brenda, of Barrie, Ontario is known for her common sense wisdom, sense of humour and quirky comments. Brenda especially enjoys speaking at women’s retreats and conferences, community events, Mops, World Day of Prayer, and Stonecroft Ministries.

A prolific author, her current books include:

The Big Red Chair: a children’s book dealing with the loss of a grandparent.
Meeting Myself: Snippets from a Fractured Mind:  the author’s recovery from abuse and eating disorders.
Hearts Under Construction: A motivational cookbook designed to feed both body and soul
Heartfelt: 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living.
God, Gluttony and You: a Bible Study dealing with our relationship to food.
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UCW 50th Anniversary

We had a different service on Sunday this week. Our UCW (United Church Women) took the whole service. Kay Moore did an excellent job of organizing and delegating the jobs. I heard many comments after the service at how lovely it had been.

Looking at the UCW, as Kay did during Children’s Time, we saw all the tasks these women provide for the church.


They collect pop and single serving can lids (wheelchairs) , stamps (Bible prison ministry), eye glasses, milk bags for Haiti, and the Fellowship of the Least Coin (helping women across the world).


Luncheons for funerals, for raising funds and just for eating.


Monthly gatherings for women to study the Bible, prayer and fellowship.

The theme for the day was a Tapestry of Love. We heard four stories from the Bible retold by Betty Turcotte’s stories in Ordinary Heroes. We learned about the Samaritan woman, Huldah, the Prophetess, Joanna, and the Shunammite Woman.

Kay did a wonderful children’s time, dressing up in 1950s garb of hat and gloves. She made us laugh when she recounted that women were known as Mrs. Bruce Smith, Mrs. Charles Tidd and so on. She said women were known by their husband’s name. She gave us a clear understanding of all that the UCW does for the church, the community and for missions.

We sang new songs from Voices United. I liked the words from “I, the Lord of Sea and Sky” – “Here I am Lord…. I will go, Lord”.

The UCW recognized with a pin, women who had been part of UCW for over 50 years. Large print Bibles were donated to the church in memory of UCW women who have gone to be with Jesus in the past year.

All in all a great morning. Thank you to all the women who participated and gave of their time.