contemplative practice

July 26, 2020 “Soft Opening” Worship at Harrow United Church

July 26, 2020 “Soft Opening” Worship at Harrow United Church

It’s pretty common for new restaurants to run a “soft opening” ahead of the date when they “officially” open their doors. We had a Sunday morning worship service in the Harrow United Church building on July 26. This was the first time we’d had such a gathering since the 3rd week of March. We limited […]

Worship for July 12, 2020

link to worship video for July 12, 2020 Worship for July 12, 2020 In our worship video last week, my friend, the Rev. Dr. Sam Parkes mentioned that one of his favourite parts of scripture is Isaiah, chapters 40 to 55. Scholars call it “Second Isaiah”, working from the theory that one of Isaiah’s students […]

Harrow United Church Worship for May 31, 2020 (Pentecost)

Harrow United Church Worship for May 31, 2020 (Pentecost)

Link to this week’s worship video link to our announcements video for May 31, 2020 The video opens with a great version of “Lean on Me” by Harrow’s own boy band, “Gimmick”: Greg Iler, Barry Mannell, Jeff Csikasz, and Jeff Gorick. We are so fortunate to have each of them as members and leaders in […]

Worship for May 17, 2020

Worship for May 17, 2020

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More like a marathon than a sprint

More like a marathon than a sprint

Over the Easter weekend, I had virtual chats with some clergy colleagues, and a common theme was that most of us are busier than ever, and are having to learn new ways to function, in this strange time. In my early forties I started running long distance, after having been a happy and plump couch […]

Are you running in circles yet?

Are you running in circles yet?

I once had to miss a half marathon for which I’d trained hard, so I ran it as 20 laps of the street we used to live on, which was actually part of a rectangle pieced together around a little park. Advantages of a run in my neighbourhood included not worrying about traffic, and not […]

Just 3 good things

Just 3 good things

I woke up with an idea, and a song in my head. The idea is that I want to do three good things today. Not the usual, routine things that are part of most days, but new things. I intend to spend some time thinking about what I can do, planning how to do it, […]

Colour your Prayers March 26, 2020

Colour your Prayers March 26, 2020

 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And the One who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of […]