Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton
This Sunday, we begin a four-part series on the theme of “Enough” with our annual service to honour our loved ones who have died. Across many different cultures and religions, the onset of autumn invites reflection on our mortality and the ongoing presence of those we have lost. Our Service of Remembrance will offer us an opportunity to lift up their names once more and affirm their ongoing place in our lives. You are invited to bring photos or meaningful mementos of loved ones to place on our Altar of Remembrance during the prelude or opening hymn on Sunday morning. The choir will sing Daniel Gawthrop’s “Sing Me to Heaven” and Clif Hardin’s “Wherever you go now.”
I want to share with you a copy of the staff’s Covenant, which we review and renew each year. This set of living promises gives shape to our life together and, we believe, deepens the quality of our work in service to the congregation. We ask, as always, that the members of the First Unitarian community help us in living up to the aspirations of our covenant. You can read the covenant here.
Finally, a note about the beginning of our worship services. With the challenges of traffic and transit in Toronto, we understand that it’s not easy for everyone to arrive on time for our Sunday morning service. Still, out of respect for those who have gathered and to honour the contributions to the service made by our musicians and others, we ask that all latecomers respectfully follow the guidance of our ushers as to when it there is a suitable moment to take your seats. Most Sundays, this will occur during the opening hymn and as the children come forward for the Time for All Ages. Thank you for your understanding and help in this.
In faith and love,
View the Order of Service.