Rev. Kathryn's sermons for the summer of 2016 will be focused on The Lord’s Prayer. This common prayer is found in the gospels of Matthew and Luke and used throughout the world in churches. By its very nature, the content, the words it uses, and the appeals it makes to God, is to be a model for how Jesus’ followers are to pray every day, in their work life, their recreation life, their social life, first thing in the morning, last thing at night.
We are focusing on the Lord's Prayer firstly, because it has little to no meaning for those who have no church background and do not know the prayer. Secondly it's for those who know the prayer so well they can recite it in their sleep. Often when we know something by rote, it has lost its meaning to us and we simply recite it because that’s the thing we are expected to do.
As this will be a series of 6 sermons from June 26 to July 24, with the final sermon on August 28, they are being posted to our website (click here) so you can reflect on them at your leisure.
We have been called to respond to the massive humanitarian crisis that has resulted from the civil war in Syria. Woodroffe United Church in Ottawa has set up a fund to sponsor a Syrian refugee family. These funds, combined with their income from the government, will enable us to support the family financially for a year. It will also give us seed money to support other refugee families in the future. When the family arrives in Ottawa, our sponsorship committee will help them with many aspects of their adjustment to life in Canada. Our goal is that they will be independent at the end of their first year.
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