Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
The maxim, “If you’re going through hell, keep going” is often misattributed to Winston Churchill, though he certainly was known for making such pithy statements. Still, who first spoke these words matters less than whether these words hold any enduring wisdom. I think they do. This week, as we dig deeper into January’s theme of resilience, we’ll explore what it really means to “keep going” through life’s challenges—how we can find the courage and summon the stamina required to come through whatever difficulties we face.
I’m grateful to our marvelous team of Resident Musicians (Aria, Ben, Lucas, Stephanie, Tahirih, and Tom) who are providing musical leadership for the choir and the congregation during Dallas Bergen’s sabbatical time. As much as we’ll miss Dallas while he’s away, we are in excellent musical hands. Indeed, I’m very much looking forward to hearing the choir sing one of my favourites this week: Charles Tindley’s “The Storm Is Passing Over”.
Finally, following the service on Sunday, I’ll be skipping the receiving line and heading directly upstairs to Workman Hall to sell tickets to our congregation’s upcoming production of “The Vagina Monologues.” So, please stop by the table to say “hello,” and to buy your tickets for this show that will benefit “Sistering”, a great organization that helps homeless, marginalized, and low-income women in Toronto. You can also buy your tickets online.
See you on Sunday!
In faith and love,