Getting Our Affairs in Order

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

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The question has probably crossed your mind, too: are my affairs in order? There are reports that lawyers have been busier than usual in recent weeks with people wanting to prepare or revise their wills and other important documents that pertain to end-of-life decisions. While our collective efforts have, encouragingly, gone a long way to flattening the curve of Covid-19 infections in Canada, the pandemic has on some level reminded us of life’s fundamental fragility—a memento mori, if you will.

While fresh awareness of the inevitability of our death can be unsettling, it can also be incredibly life-giving. In this Sunday’s service, I’ll offer reflections on some of the heart work involved in putting one’s affairs in order. And here’s the secret of the sermon: all that we do to prepare for the possibility of a good death (hopefully in the fullness of time!) is key to our potential for a good life. As we slowly move toward a reopening of the city in the coming weeks and months, let us not lose the valuable lessons on offer during this time.

I look forward to being together on Sunday.

In faith and love,

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