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  • Writer's pictureRev. Dr. Bruce Sweet

Minister's Message for May 2024

Greetings all!

April was certainly a full month. At church we celebrated the

Second through Fifth Sundays of Easter. And, on one of these occasions we had a surprise visit from Thomas (Tommy Boy) who explained his part in the Easter story, and further explained how we are still invited today to touch the wounds of Christ in our giving to, and service of, the suffering and poor.


We also had a total eclipse of the sun; our last until 2044. Viki and I missed this event because we were visiting a long-time friends in Florida. I explained to people that the person we visited is not my best friend because he lives in Florida, but his living there sure shot  him up the list.


In April we also continued our mid-week group that is named "Sacred Space". We alternate meeting places each week between Coldwater and Eady. In our gatherings we are invited to reflect upon the many places, people and events that are experienced as sacred. It is remarkable how many there are.


On Sunday, April 28, the Coldwater congregation celebrated a "Legacy of Faith" for the work and presence of  Grace Wilmott. Her deep involvement and extensive service to the Church were remembered and applauded.


On a personal level, I took part in a Celebration of Life for a close friend and neighbour who lived directly across the street from us in Barrie.


On a closing note, April is also "Poetry Month". And I always end my weekly email, "Wednesday Wisdom", with a poem. Here is one by Mary Oliver.

Have You Ever Tried to Enter the Long Black Branches  

     Have you ever tried to enter the long black branches  

          of other lives—  

     tried to imagine what the crisp fringes, full of honey,  


     from the branches of the young locust trees, in early summer,  

          feel like? ...

     Who can open the door who does not reach for the latch?  

     Who can travel the miles who does not put one foot  

          in front of the other, all attentive to what presents itself  


     Who will behold the inner chamber who has not observed  

          with admiration, even with rapture, the outer stone?  

     Well, there is time left— 

     fields everywhere invite you into them.




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