Reflections of a United Minister
July 2020

It has been a strange and challenging few months. So much has changed in very little time, and each of us is finding ourselves in new realities. Governments have adapted, hospitals have adapted, schools have adapted, long term care facilities have adapted, even grocery stores have had to adapt in order to operate safely during this pandemic. We have washed our hands more in the last few months than in the last year (well at least I have), and all things at Lennoxville United Church have had to move online, or had to be cancelled. Some of us know people who have been sick, some of us know healthcare workers on the frontline, some of us have needed to navigate a transformed medical system, some of us have spent weeks without the touch of another human, and some of us have grieved the loss of loved one in difficult circumstances. The last few weeks have been a difficult time for everyone and the world seems to be changing even faster than before, while some of us feel like we are standing still. Connecting with you in prayer has taught me about how we can be alone together in these challenging times.

Through Facebook Live, I have learnt a new way to provide time to pray and reflect, for the people of Lennoxville United Church while also reaching others within the Lennoxville Community and the United Church community. We have also prayed with former residents of Lennoxville and people who have never even heard of Lennoxville. We are a part of a movement of love in the face of crisis through prayer and hope. I have prayed with you through personal reflections, especially with you who are living at the St Francis Manoir, the Stanstead Manoir and the Grace Village. We have connected through the simplicity and beauty of a phone tree. Council continues to meet through the online service Zoom; our Council is dedicated and has met every month since March. All of these ministries will continue throughout the summer and into the fall. We are learning new ways to be church trusting and sharing the truth that we are not alone.

I keep hearing that there is no going back. Growing up, I thought that Apocalypse and the book of Revelation was about some grand ending; the end of the world and the beginning of eternity. Later in school, I learnt about how Apocalypse actually means Ďto revealí or revelation. This is a pulling back of the veil and seeing the world for what it really is; itís a revealing of truth and of God in our society. I think we are living through a kind of apocalypse; Covid-19 has revealed struggle and ugliness in our society, forcing us to do better at caring for the vulnerable in our world. A new world is emerging, and I am grateful to be with you in prayer at this beginning.

We continue to need to keep our distance, but know that I am close to you in prayer.

Our Church Council met on June 17 to begin planning the re-opening of our Church building. As of June 22nd the Quebec Government is allowing church buildings to start opening. After looking over the resources provided by the General Council and the Regional Council, our Church Council has decided to proceed with caution. We will take the summer to plan and prepare, with the hope to launch what the General Council calls Phase 1 near the beginning of September. We will live into Phase 1 before moving into Phase 2. This means that although we are hoping for a return to the sanctuary for worship this fall, it will not begin in early September. The Council is creating a Covid19 Response Team to help create the plan and lead in its implementation. We will have more information for you later in the summer. The Ministry of Lennoxville United continues even though our building has been closed, may the Holy Spirit continue to amplify our efforts as we move into a different way of being church, once again.

Our Community of Faith has also been living into a new way of being, and I continue to be with you in Spirit, through the mysterious wonder of prayer. You are loved, beloved child of God; may your Holy Parent give you peace.

Rev. Linda Buchanan

Inspirational Music
For inspirational music recorded by Maryse Simard to aid in your meditation, visit the Music Page.

Look for a reopening of the church this Fall

Plans are now being considered for a safe reopening of the church this fall. Stay tuned for the opening date.

News and Calendar of Events
Find out what is going on during June in the Calendar
There is also a message from the Wearys.

Theological Reflection
A Theological Reflection for June, 2020
Theological Reflection

Inspirational Facebook Videos from Rev. Linda Buchanan

Rev. Linda Buchanan continues to lead Virtual Church on Facebook Live, every Sunday at 10am and a Bible Discovery session every Wednesday. You can tune in live on Facebook, through Linda's Facebook page or the Lennoxville United Church Facebook page. If you are unable to join live, the video is available on Facebook and through our church Website. Virtual Church is teaching us that we can pray together even though we are physically separated and that we can pray together in different times; pray beyond time and space.

Virtual Church Services:

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Wednesday Virtual Bible Discovery Sessions:

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

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Past Services
If you missed a service and would like to hear it, visit the Sermons and Music Page. The last four services are listed by their dates.

Usher List
Usher List 2020

Readers List
Reader List 2020

Service of Hope

Sunday School

Sunday School will be on the last Sunday of each month.

Student Suppers

These suppers have been cancelled for this semester on account of COVID-19.

Past Events
For pictures and descriptions of past events, click Past Events.

Look for a Bible Passage
Lookup a word or passage in the Bible

Minutes for Mission
The Minutes for Mission for 2020 can be found in Minute for Mission.

Legacy Giving

Would you like to know more about legacy giving? Check out this pamphlet Legacy.