The Healing Grace of Gratitude
Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
Thanksgiving arrives every year, whether we’re feeling thankful or not. Its predictable timing may align nicely with the welling up within us of genuine feelings of gratitude. And it may, for many, if we’re honest, arrive when we’re feeling there’s little to give thanks for. On Sunday, I’ll invite us to consider how cultivating gratitude, even when—and especially when—we’re not feeling particularly full of gratitude, can bring about healing in our lives. In this service, we will also share in our annual Harvest Communion of bread and cider, as we honour the gifts of the earth that sustain us. A reminder that our Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner will follow the service. All are invited!
Below, you’ll see mention of the upcoming Canadian UU Historical Society’s Lecture, which will take place, this year, in our sanctuary (on October 22nd, at 4:00pm). The speaker, Rev. Dr. Mark Belletini, is one of our finest preachers and will fill our pulpit that morning. In his lecture, he will be speaking about Rev. Mark DeWolfe, who had many ties to First Unitarian in the early years of his ministry. DeWolfe was the first openly gay minister ordained in Canada, and he served as the minister of the Mississauga congregation before his death as a young man from AIDS. Though it has been almost thirty years since his death, Mark’s impact on Canadian Unitarianism endures. I hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a very interesting and poignant reflection on his life and his legacy.
Wishing you all a truly Happy Thanksgiving!
In faith and love,
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