"To Be Here"
Sermon by Rev. Lynn Harrison.
What does it mean to be truly present in a place, in a community or in a relationship?
To be here—in the many ways “here” can be defined—calls us to be present to the others who are with us: to share space, to listen deeply and to open ourselves up to new understandings. It also calls us to take action toward the healing of injustice and the upholding of human rights: to be present to our ever-present ability to make a difference in this world.
This Sunday, we continue to explore December’s theme of “Presence” while observing Amnesty Sunday when we celebrate the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948, and support the work of Amnesty International.
In addition, we welcome First Nations artists Joseph Sagaj and Keitha Keeshig-Tobias, whose art will be exhibited in Sunderland Hall throughout the month of December. We're honoured to have Joseph speak with us during the service.
As well, we'll hear the stunning anthem “There's a Sweet Spirit” and an inspiring earth-centered story about the willingness to be present in service to others.
In all these many ways, and more, we'll explore the many dimensions of what it means "to be here."
I hope you can be here, with us, on Sunday morning.
View the Order of Service.