Category Noticings

Noticings – February 1, 2023

NOTICINGS… February 1, 2023 One of our congregants asked me recently about the Lord’s Prayer. Their question was about why we’ve added in the words “and Mother” in the first line when we say it in church on Sundays. I…

Noticings – January 25, 2023

NOTICINGS… January 25, 2023 It’s that time of year again. Annual report time. Each year all the Chairs of our various Committees and groups write up reports on what happened in their group over the last year. It’s part accountability…

Noticings – January 18, 2023

NOTICINGS… January 18, 2023 In the midst of a very busy week I am buoyed by the blessings that a community of faith provides. It’s not the grand gestures that make such a difference. It’s the little things, done in…

Noticings – January 11, 2023

NOTICINGS… January 11, 2023 The realization dawned on me last Thursday just before noon. Something felt different. Not different bad; different good. It was as if something unfamiliar had become familiar again. Faith United was preparing for the funeral of…

Noticings – January 4, 2023

NOTICINGS… January 4, 2023 This year I decided to make a whole bunch of little resolutions at New Years. Nothing major, or dramatically life-altering, just little course corrections and reframings that I think will help me navigate my life more…

Noticings – December 28, 2022

NOTICINGS… December 28, 2022 Howard Thurman, an African-American theologian, educator, and civil rights leader, is one of my very favourite theologians and poets. This familiar poem has been adapted into a hymn called “I Am the Light of the World,”…

Noticings – December 21, 2022

NOTICINGS… December 21, 2022 It didn’t go exactly as planned. I mean, it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t the way I wanted it to be. At our Faith United Christmas concert last weekend, I played and sang my very favourite…

Noticings – December 14, 2022

NOTICINGS… December 14, 2022 I looked everywhere but I couldn’t find it. I went through my desk drawers about 4 times. I went through the trash can and the recycling bin beside my desk. I emptied my bag of music…

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…