Sermon by Rev. Lynn Harrison.
In the words of Abraham Joshua Heschel, “Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.”
As we begin the month of October, in which we’ll explore the theme of “blessing,” we consider how our own unique lives are inherently blessed…and how we may, in turn, offer the “blessing of our being” to the world through our presence, love and service.
This Sunday, I’ll be entering into a shared covenant with First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, as together we seek to discern how we may contribute to a better and more just world. For many, this is an especially holy time, as Rosh Hashana begins at sundown to mark the Jewish New Year. Also as October begins, we launch our annual Canvass, recognizing the many blessings we enjoy as part of the Toronto First community and renewing our annual commitment to its well being and vitality.
The salutation “Blessed be!” originated in a Wiccan ritual that honours all aspects of the human person. On October 2nd, we create sacred space to welcome each blessed individual among us—and the blessing of life itself.