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Noticings – December 7, 2022

NOTICINGS… December 7, 2022 It was another complicated December 6th. Yesterday held a strange mix of emotions and thoughts. It was the feast day of St. Nicholas of Myra. Nicholas was a bishop who lived in what is now Turkey…

Noticings – November 30, 2022

NOTICINGS… November 30, 2022 I meet weekly with a small group of clergy colleagues for coffee and conversation. Such a group has been a constant throughout my ministry career, wherever I’ve been in ministry. It is, for me, an absolutely…

Noticings – November 23, 2022

NOTICINGS… November 23, 2022 It was not a good 36 hours for tech. If you participated in worship with us this past Sunday, you got to experience it firsthand. Today’s technology is actually very simple to use. Usually you just…

Noticings – November 16, 2022

NOTICINGS… November 16, 2022 As you can see, I’m back! I pulled into the church parking lot on Monday morning and was greeted with a wonderful, large “Welcome back, Rev. Larry!” sign at the church door. Thank you for that!…

Noticings – August 10, 2022

NOTICINGS… August 10, 2022 5 days, 1 hour, 36 minutes, and 21 seconds. That’s how much time there was to the start of my sabbatical leave when I began to write this Noticings on Tuesday. The countdown is on –…

Noticings – August 3, 2022

NOTICINGS… August 3, 2022 Our church website has been giving us some trouble lately. There are some ‘bad scripts’ that are bogging everything down. I’ve probably got some ‘bad scripts’ bogging me down too! (Don’t we all?) We figured out…

Noticings – July 27, 2022

NOTICINGS… July 27, 2022 Our denominational triennial meeting called General Council has just concluded. You may recall that in 2018 we hosted General Council 43 in Oshawa and many people reading this were very involved in helping make that happen.…

Noticings – July 20, 2022

NOTICINGS… July 20, 2022 I finished a book! I started it back in the fall, and then I couldn’t seem to accomplish more than a chapter at a time for months. Then I had some holiday time, and suddenly I…

Noticings – June 29, 2022

NOTICINGS… June 29, 2022 “We’re like giddy school kids!” That was a comment that emerged on Sunday evening during the reception after our celebration of life gathering called a Time for Remembering. You might think it an odd comment following…

Noticings – June 22, 2022

NOTICINGS… June 22, 2022 (Yesterday, June 21st, was National Indigenous Day in Canada. In honour of that day I wanted to share with you this reflection written by Rev. John Thompson who is the Co-Chair of the United Church ‘National…