"Our bodies have many parts, but the many parts make up only one body when they are all put together. So it is with the body of Christ." "Here is a list of some of the parts God has placed in the Church which is the body: Apostles, Prophets, those who preach God's word, Teachers, Those who do miracles, Those who have the gift of healing, Those who can help others, Those who can get others to work together, Those who speak in languages they have never learned."
We are all a part of God's family, sent out to serve the world with the help of the Holy Spirit! There is a time to move through the journey of lent as we await our spring, and with it our Easter, the promise of the risen Christ. We are almost through winter days, and the village of Fenelon Falls will soon be a beehive of activity with folks getting out more and old friends joining us from the city and back from vacation. Have we wintered well? Yes indeed we have! Fenelon Falls United Church continues to be a place where folks can come to worship, knowing they will receive a warm welcome. Our sanctuary is a beautiful, safe place to hear God's word, and add our voice to the chorus of praise. Don't forget to bring a friend along with you some Sunday so they too can find a strong community of faith, and enjoy the fellowship of our Church family.
I've heard it said in worship circles over the years that some people don't come to a Church because they feel they can't contribute financially or are unable to serve on a committee. It is my sincere hope that this is not the case for you. Yes, it is true these days that all Churches need help to keep the doors open, and people to help where they can. Whoever you are, wherever you are at in life, come, just come and lets be together.
In seminary, and in Chaplaincy training, I learned about the 'ministry of presence.' The short definition is, being present, beinga good listener, showing caring support. To provide comfort, sometimes there is much that can be said, sometimes just being present is the best gift we can give one another. Some situations (especially those we see in the news) there are no words. We need one another, to celebrate together in good times, and to be present with one another when times are hard. So come on back, we've missed you! The kettle is on....
In God's Service,
FROM THE DESK OF REV. KAREN....
FENELON FALLS UNITED CHURCH