Please Note: The reduction of numbers for gatherings the Premier announced September 19, 2020 is for “private” gatherings… house parties, barbeques, family gathering at cottages, beaches, etc. Worship Services are NOT included in the reduction of numbers at a gathering. We have a safety plan in place for our outdoor service including screening, contact tracing, mandatory masks, physical distancing.

Beloved of God,

Week 27… Another busy and blessed week! How delightful to worship in the parking lot with many! How wonderful to welcome Sean into full membership! How blessed to enjoy the musical ministry of Heather, the tech talents of Bob, the parking proficiency of Drew, the communication creativity of Cathy, the awning abilities of James & Andrea, and the blessings of so many others as we gathered and celebrated together! Many Gifts, One Spirit, indeed!

And so our mission continues… our faithful witness continues… our ministry continues… offering us much to prayerfully consider in the coming days; as God IS calling and the Spirit IS moving in our midst! Here are a few ways you can serve, bless and give voice to God’s call for righteous justice for all.

A Livable Income: Take Action

Poverty can happen very quickly to anyone. Aware that some pandemic-related relief programs (such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, CERB) are scheduled to wind up at the end of this month, Moderator Richard Bott has written to elected officials encouraging them to seize the moment to roll out a guaranteed liveable income (or universal basic income) program in collaboration with the provinces, territories, and Indigenous leadership.

What can you do?

Take Action: Call or write to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland, and ask them to seize this moment to roll out a guaranteed livable income program. An email template is offered through the link below.

Share Your Light: People across the country are asked to light a candle on Tuesday, September 22, at 12:30 p.m. in their time zone to express their support for a guaranteed livable income program to help address the persistent financial vulnerabilities within our country. Light a candle, take a picture, and post it to social media (use the hashtags #UCCanLivableIncome, #guaranteedlivableincome, #UCCan). (Please make your post “Public” so we can share it.)

Join a Vigil: Those who are able are invited to join in one of several vigils taking place at the same time (September 22 at 12:30 p.m. local time, arrive a few minutes early to get organized) to shine a collective light on this important action, to symbolize the unity of all our candles across the country:

For more info:

Orange Shirt Day

On September 30, people all across Canada will wear orange shirts to remember and honour Indigenous children who attended Residential Schools. Indigenous Ministries and Justice at The United Church of Canada asks you to participate in Orange Shirt Day!

For more info:

Intercultural Network Event

Join Rev. Dr. Eric Law and Tony Snow for a virtual cross-Canada gathering of people living out the United Church’s intercultural vision!

When: Fridays on September 25, October 2, and October 9, 2020.
Cost: Free, though registration IS required These will be three-hour sessions, with presentations, reflection, song, and small group discussion. Tools for engaging with your ministry between sessions will be offered, and so will optional afternoon/evening informal conversation groups.

More info:

Church life as we’ve known it may be “paused”, yet God is still calling, equipping, encouraging, sustaining, blessing and inviting us to partner in the redemptive work of God’s world!

And as we rejoice with and for the Kilbride faith community who will be celebrating their 160th Anniversary this weekend, we will be reminded anew of God’s faithfulness, abundant grace, and ability to provide all we need to be Christ’s church; abundant talents, time, treasures, teamwork, and the common purpose of serving, loving, sharing, and living the Way of Jesus! 😊



Links from The United Church of Canada:

NEW! Rev. Dr. Sharon Ballantyne has written a powerful devotional on experiences of persons with disabilities. This resource offers 52 devotions and can be used as a personal devotional, be shared in small group meetings, or be integrated into use in worship similar to the way a Minute for Mission might be shared. Last week I sent along Pt 1… so now Pt 2 has been released… Attached please find both devotion booklets!!

Anti-Racism Page – The United Church of Canada

From the National Church or

From our Horseshoe Falls Regional Council (HFRC)


WORSHIP Offerings and Opportunities

THIS SUNDAY we offer 2 options for worship! 😊

Option 1: Home Worship (for both congregations)

Worship bulletin, full service, meditation, puzzles (God Provides and Worker in the Vineyard) are attached or available through the church websites for your engagement!

Option 2: Kilbride Worship

Kilbride is celebrating their 160th Anniversary with a service for Kilbride folks on their back lawn! Please find the worship bulletin, and full service attached. Kindly print or download to a device to bring for Sunday worship along with you mask, lawn chair, and snacks if you wish! Social distancing and masks will be mandatory! We look forward to seeing everyone and celebrating together!

The weekly link to on-line worship experiences from across Canada (431)!

This week’s prayer for the journey –

Christ Our Light!

Your light rises in our darkness and assures us of your presence with us
and your powerful closeness to us transforms our fear into hope.

May we continue to spread a “contagion” of hope…
peace… gratitude… love “from heart to heart”
as we reach out to touch one another;
to remain connected… to make new connections…
to bless and receive blessings
beyond measure.

Protect all your selfless servants
who continue to serve the needs of the most vulnerable.

Sustain the isolated… the low… all who are overwhelmed…
all with mental health concerns… all who are struggling…

Grant our leaders wisdom of heart in decision-making
that the common good of our human family may be achieved
and the gift of each person’s human dignity respected.

May Your resurrection fire of love, energy and resilience
burn within our hearts
so we may give witness to the mystery of your new life
among us and within us.


In these days of divisive politics and polarization on many issues and understandings, I offer a beautiful, acapella virtual rendition of a Barry Manilow classic, ‘One Voice’ to remind you of your value… your belovedness… your call to minister in Love’s Name and Way… and how God provides; using each voice… each offering… to share a message of peace, hope, love, and justice with the world!


Sue Cowan
Supply Minister,
Carlisle-Kilbride United Churches