One of my favourite encounters in the forest are nurse trees; those stumps or fallen logs that serve as nurse or midwife to a new tree, or new green growth. We might think the stump is dead, that the log crashed to the ground in its last days, but they live on in the greenery that grows from the ongoing nurture of the old mother trunk. These nurse trees never fail to stop me in my tracks in awe and admiration, and in order to offer thanksgiving for the new creation they are nurturing.
This Sunday we will celebrate the new creation that springs from the former Dunbar and the former Ryerson United Churches. We will covenant with each other to be the Church, to be a form of the Body of Christ called (for now) Dunbar Ryerson United Church. We will make promises to be all that we can be for Christ’s mission in the world. We will exchange vows with BC Conference, Vancouver South Presbytery, with our Council and with each other.
Just as we invite guests to witness our wedding vows, we have invited representative members of neighbouring congregations to come and witness our vows and to pledge their support.
DON’T MISS WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY.
There will be inspiring preaching: Rev. Julie Lees will bring us the Word.
There will be amazing music: United Voices Choir will lend their voices to our worship.
There will be a celebratory lunch: Maggie Hosgood and friends have arranged catering.
And afterwards…there will be a congregational meeting. You will receive information about what’s been happening in the last six months, and some of what we hope to be up to in the next six. We will also honour some saints of the church who have offered faithful service for many years.
COME AND CELEBRATE WHAT GOD HAS BEEN UP TO AT
DUNBAR RYERSON UNITED CHURCH
I can’t hardly wait!