First United Church is a welcome place to explore familiar faith and new ways of coming close to the holy. We are a worshiping and faith-living community that encourages, inspires and acts in this world God loves. There are so many voices and expectations that clamour for our attention, it is not always easy to discern God’s call to live justly, to practice kindness and humility. Being part of a community of faith helps. We are stronger together! If you’d like to learn more, make a difference, grow in your faith,  get involved!
Announcements
Weekly happenings
 Sundays  – “Sunday Singers” rehearse at 9:30 am in the sanctuary. We’ll be singing again in worship on May 26.  
You are welcome to join us in person or via the live-stream for worship at 10:30 am or on Facebook or You-tube anytime during the week.
 
There are a variety of services and Godly Play stories already on line with which to reconnect and refresh.
 
Mondays   9:30 to 10:30 am ~ Bible Study is wrapping up May 27. 
 
 Cantare Jubilate mixed voices will resume in September.
Women In Song  will resume in September.
 
On Facebook –
Thursday’s you’ll find a prayer and upcoming readings for worship.
 
Saturday an invitation to worship …
 
On Facebook and You-Tube
The Godly Play room is posting each Saturday morning until the end of May!
You’re welcome to check out some of the previous weeks’ stories. 
 
Upcoming events
May 19 – 10:30 am, worship live and live-stream Pentecost Sunday!
May 20 – office closed
May 21 – 7 pm, Leadership Team Meeting
May 26 – 10:30 am, Worship live and live-stream – Ruth’s final service. Lunch to follow.
Please RSVP by May 16 if you are planning to attend.
May 28 & 29 – Community Kitchen is cooking
June 1 Garage SALE
June 2 – 10:30 am, Worship live and live-stream, including Sacrament of Communion.
Thanks to Rev.’s Rita and Darryl Roste for leading worship.
June 9 – 10:30 am, Worship live and live-stream. Thanks to the Stewardship Team for leading worship.
June 11 & 12 – Conservatory Canada Exams
June 16 – 10:30 am, Worship live and live-stream. Thanks to Rev. Rita Roste for leading worship.
June 23 – 10:30 am, Worship live and live-stream. Thanks to Carrie Schmidt for leading worship.
June 25 & 26 – Community Kitchen is cooking
June 30 – 10:30 am, Worship live and live-stream. Thanks to Gaie Goin for leading worship.
 
The Holy Family is on the move … 
Pilgrimage – a journey, often into an unknown or foreign place; in search of a new or expanded understanding of self, others, nature, or the holy. You may travel virtually or physically, on your own or accompanied by others, with the same companions or open to those unexpected guests who come and go. Whether you’ve a specific destination on the horizon, or an inner space of being, you may discover the transformation happens on the way.
Pilgrims on the Way ~
I will open my mouth in a parable, I will reveal the hidden meaning of things in the past. Psalm 78:2. Wisdom helps us make meaning. It is not limited to a select few, nor secretive about its lessons. Even when we don’t understand, we can remember and one day we will understand.
I wonder what wisdom you will share with others?
Pilgrims on the Way ~

“Wisdom is so kind and wise that wherever you may look, you can learn something about God.” Catherine of Sienna. Wisdom may also be quite practical. Never sniff a scented candle when it’s lit!

I wonder what you have learned from experience?

Wisdom in Community

Pilgrims on the Way ~
Wisdom is tested in community. There are things we can only know when we know them together. “Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common.” Acts 4:32 God doesn’t make junk.
I wonder what wisdom you’ve learned with others?
Pilgrims on the Way ~
The magi were so wise, people thought they were magic. Hopefully we encounter many wise ones over the course of lives. True wisdom builds up without belittling or ranting. It is full of curiosity rather than judgement. Bloom where you’re planted.
I wonder to whom you turn for wisdom?
Pilgrims on the Way ~
“Play is an expression of God’s presence in the world; one clear sign of God’s absence in society is the absence of playfulness and laughter.” Mike Yaconelli
“The earth laughs in flowers.” e.e.cummings
I wonder how play enriches your relationships with others, with the earth?
 

Play as grace

Pilgrims on the Way ~
“Being aware of God is an art, and if the term is permitted, a noble game.” Jurgen Moltmann
“Laughter is the closest thing to God’s grace” Karl Barth
I wonder how God plays? How you play with God?