27th Oct – Anna Lewis
(a weekly e-letter to Sunnyside Wesleyan Church’s Downtown Congregation)
“In him we live and move and have our being.”
So Halloween is on my mind (funny, I know, given that it is October and everything . . .). When I first came to Canada I was surprised to discover what an “event” it is. In the UK, Halloween gets overshadowed by Guy Fawkes (or Bonfire) Night 5 days later. Initially, I thought it was a bit ghoulish or morbid that Canadians get so into Halloween but then I realised that “celebrating” the execution of someone who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament by making “Guys” out of straw and old clothes and throwing them on bonfires is also pretty macabre.
Anyway, I also appreciate that there are a variety of opinions about Halloween and what it is really all about. I don’t want to enter that debate here. I’m more struck by the way Halloween is another event that divides up our year. You can tell what these events are by watching the way the stores change their decoration and displays. Christmas, New Year, Valentine’s, St Patrick’s Day, Easter, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving, Halloween . . .We normally get at least a month if not more of gearing up for each of these events which means that the year gets split into periods of anticipation. It can, in fact, become easy for us to always be anticipating the next event rather than being thoroughly in the present.
I think the annual events and festivals are important. The Bible talks about the seasons and the patterns and rhythms of time and of our lives. The church calendar is divided up into specific periods, each of which have their own focus and purpose. I just hope that we can also cultivate an ability to mark each day and be engaged in the moment, the present, a day we get to spend with a friend, a relative, a neighbour, or a spouse, and a day we get to spend with God. THURSDAY 27th OCTOBER 2011! That’s a special day; it’s a once in a lifetime event.
Have a good Thursday.
Sunnyside Wesleyan Church is a multi-site church: one church in two locations. For more information, please visit our website: www.sunnysidechurch.ca.
The Downtown location is at the Alumni Auditorium in the Jock Turcot University Centre on the University of Ottawa campus. The service time is Sunday at 10 a.m. (Map)
The Grosvenor location is at 58 Grosvenor Ave. The summer service time is 10 a.m. (Map)
Services in both locations usually last about 75 minutes.
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This Sunday is the last Sunday to have your picture taken for our church directory
Missions Night is October 30th @ 5pm in the church basement
November 7th is the last day to buy your Love and Respect tickets @ the early bird price
Sunnyside’s 90th Anniversary Banquette is Nov. 12th @5pm in the Church Basement