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“Not the Sermon” Message

This Week at Trinity, Beamsville

Friday, January 18, 2018

Dear Friends,

This week I had the pleasure of connecting with a former minister. She was around for an important period of my discernment about ministry and was instrumental in the forming some of my much-needed early confidence. We fell out of touch for a number of years, but after some trying we did manage to meet up in a café to reconnect and talk about where I was in my journey to ministry. This has reminded me of a number of things: how easily people can drift out of our lives without constant attention, the role that people can play in our lives without realizing it, how easily a couple hours can pass with the right kind of people, but maybe the things that most stands out to me is how important it is to connect with other people, especially those who have life-giving effects on us.

It can be easy for me to accidentally let a friendship slip away. It was just a month ago that another friend that I had a lapse in communication with contacted me again to have a quick talk over social media and invite me to her wedding. We live in different cities so it wasn’t really realistic for us to stay as close as we had been, but it brought me a lot of joy to renew that connection in whatever way we could.

These moments remind me of the value of the connections that I do have. This week has been one of a lot of activity in and out of the church, with a number of groups coming together to support one another and work together toward a common goal. The Beamsville Ministerial group welcomed two ministers new to the group, and committees here at the church did some productive and meaningful work that falls under their care. But these are only possible because of the connections that we are willing to make in the communities that we belong to. Otherwise we would all be paddling our own boats in some generally similar direction instead of truly working together and making it easier for all.

As we prepare for a pretty harsh-looking weekend weather-wise, keep in touch with all of your connections as best you can. Keep each other in mind as we bundle up and settle in for the storms. The true and important things in this life can seem to fall away, but at the core we can still find them when they are lost in the snow.

With love,


When I was child, I knew I had superpowers.”

(Deeyah Khan)

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