GREETINGS                                              October 19 2017

We had an inspiring message last Sunday from Rev. David Mundy, our guest preacher on Anniversary Sunday. He encouraged us to keep on finding ways to "Sing Christ's Love Song". He used Paul's counsel to the Philippians as his springboard: focus on "whatever" you can that is positive (Philippians 4:8); and find cause for rejoicing. "Rejoice in the Sovereign One always, and again I say, 'Rejoice!' " (Philippians 4:4). Not so hard to do when life is going well, when our hopes and projects work out, when days run fairly smoothly.   More difficult to do when trouble comes, or pain; or when we're feeling down. Then, can we dig deep and find the answer the ancient Hebrews sought when they found themselves as exiles?                                          
"By the rivers of Babylon, we sat down and wept when we remembered Zion (home).
On the willows we hung our harps while our captors taunted us to sing ...  
How can we sing our love song in a strange land?" (Psalm 137: 1-4) 
Are there ways we can join Dylan Thomas as he stared mortality in the face and wrote:   "Time held me green and dying, though I sang in my chains like the sea." (Fern Hill)?  
 Yes, we can, God being our Helper. Twelfth-century mystic Hildegard of Bingen was onto it when she wrote: "Don't let yourself forget that God's grace rewards not only those who never slip, but also those who bend and fall. So sing! The song of rejoicing softens hard hearts. It makes tears of godly sorrow flow from them. Singing summons the Holy Spirit. Happy praises offered in simplicity and love lead the faithful to complete harmony, without discord. Don't' stop singing."

In 2003, our newest denominational statement of faith for United Church of Canada believers came out in poetic form, lyrical form. We call it "A Song of Faith". Check it out. You can find it on our website, or I'll see that some copies are available in our church library. It may not be a form that appeals to you as it does to me, but maybe something of the spirit of it and of the Holy Spirit in it may resonate with you and inspire you to somehow keep on singing Christ's love song as you seek to walk in God's ways and serve in God's world. 

In our thoughts and prayers are  Judy van Duzer, Connie Kuntz,  Chris Staples, Ann Sloat, & Patricia Bradshaw's grandson, Daniel. 
The flowers today are placed in the sanctuary by Orma Walls in loving memory of her husband Gordon.



Time out with Trees and Jesus
This is an opportunity to experience guided meditation in an outdoor setting, Brockhouse Park (Fiddler's Green Rd. and Wilson St.) Tuesdays at noon (except when Rev. Disher is on vacation or study leave). Bring a lunch along if you like.


Community Fall Yard Cleanup
The Ancaster Ministerial Association is sponsoring a Community Fall Yard Clean-up to assist seniors who are no longer able to perform such tasks.
Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017
Time: 8:15 a.m. to noon
Meeting Point: Ryerson United Church
Tools: Bring garden rakes, clippers, gloves and small garden tools
From 11:30 to 1:00 refreshments will be served at Ryerson United Church. If you would like to help out with this worthwhile community initiative, please sign the Volunteer List at the Welcome Centre in the Foyer.
Marshall's Men
On Saturday, November 4 Marshall's Men will make the trip down the hill to have breakfast at St. Paul's United Church, Dundas. After breakfast, arrangements have been made for
a member of the St. Paul's Men's Group to give us a tour and a short talk about this historic church. Here are the details:
     Date: Saturday, November 4
     Meet: Gather at the Marshall parking lot at 8:30 a.m. to setup carpools
     Location: St. Paul's United Church, 29 Park St W, Dundas
     Cost: $10
Contact Dave Putnam (; 905-648-4786)
if you would like to attend.

Soup Sunday
Outreach will be hosting a soup Sunday on November 5th following the second service.  The cost is $10 at the door for all the soup you can eat, buns, cheese, coffee and dessert.  Hope to see you all there.