Hello friends. It is now 2016. Remember that when you write the date. Time moves on, and we move along with it. We have moved through the Advent and Christmas season, and are now in the season of Epiphany. It is the season where we are encouraged to see the light of Christ and the [...]


O Come All Ye Faithful!


“O Come All ye Faithful,…O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord.” These are such wonderful familiar words. This is such a wonderful familiar hymn. Christmas is a time that brings us in traditional ways into the wonder of the birth of [...]

O Come All Ye Faithful!2015-12-23T10:20:59+00:00

A Children's Christmas


It is the wide eyed wonder of children, and the belief in all-things-possible that makes Christmas so magical. The excitement of a Santa Claus parade, the beauty of a fully lit Christmas tree, Christmas candies, cookies and wonderful food to eat, a mountain of presents under the tree, singing “Away in a Manger” and “Jingle [...]

A Children's Christmas2015-12-18T09:02:16+00:00

White Gift Sunday


This Sunday December 13th is White Gift Sunday. It is a time during Advent when we focus on others. We focus on Gifts – not for ourselves, but for others. The tradition of White Gift Sunday has its roots in a small Methodist church in Ohio in 1904. What began as a humble way to [...]

White Gift Sunday2015-12-10T09:04:45+00:00



Hello all: I was struck, as you might have been that at the cenotaph or War Memorial, people came forward after the ceremony and deposited their poppies on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  I observed Remembrance Day in Aylmer Quebec and the same thing happened - after the ceremony, people left their poppies on [...]


The Past and Future of Carleton Memorial United Church


Hello all: We were informed this past week of the death of The Reverend Angus MacDonald. Angus as he was known to everyone was 91 years old. I did not know Angus very well (being a newcomer to Ottawa) but I met him on several occasions, including the covenanting service here, and at least two [...]

The Past and Future of Carleton Memorial United Church2015-10-29T09:48:37+00:00



As a young adult, I learned about participating in a political election campaign. I learned that the emotions were always close to the surface. I learned that if you believed in a candidate, you would work as hard as you could to get that candidate elected. I learned that some days were very long. I [...]


World Wide Communion Sunday


Hello all:    This coming Sunday October 4th is World Wide Communion Sunday. On this Sunday Christian Churches all around the world celebrate communion and are aware that we are all together around the world. In some ways it is a breathtaking moment. So this Sunday we will remember Christians around the world. In some [...]

World Wide Communion Sunday2015-10-01T12:27:17+00:00

We're Back!


Hello Friends, Susan and I are happy to be back home after an amazing time of holiday and continuing education. We have enjoyed lots of family time and catching up with long time friends. We hiked in the Rockies, waded in the Atlantic, swam and water-skied in a northern Ontario lake. fghjfghjfWe studied United Church [...]

We're Back!2015-09-08T10:11:32+00:00

One More Worship Before Vacation


We are into July! Time is flying by so quickly. We have now had two Tuesday worship services, and there is one more before vacation break. Last Tuesday Kathryn Fournier came and spoke of love in her experience with Living in Right Relations and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It was a magnificent story. Thank [...]

One More Worship Before Vacation2015-07-09T12:21:56+00:00