May the month ahead sprinkle your Spirit with the joyous of blessings and mother natures purity, blanket & warm your heart with abundance of peace, hope, love, good health, prosperity & happiness…
May you embrace the spirit of giving with kindness, compassion, inspiration & encouragement….
May you be full of hope & promise of the wonderous blessings yet to come….
Message from Rev. Michelle Owens
This first week of Advent, a season of waiting, we have a chance to reflect on hope.
What does it mean to wait with hope?
We might wait with hope for good news from the doctor. We might wait with hope for a chance to connect with friends or loved ones. We might even wait with hope that we will make a bus transfer or airport connection.
Waiting with hope might prompt us to take positive action while we are waiting. Waiting with hope might mean we start preparing for the outcome we are hoping for, or the event we are anticipating.
Waiting with hope means that we need to actually take the time to figure our what it is that we are hoping for. This can be pretty hard for those of us whose default hope is that everyone else will be happy. Hard if we spend our time and energy making sure everyone else has what they need.
This week, try to make the time to think about a hope that you have – for yourself. What would it mean for you to wait in hope?
Here is a prayer for us – with a space to name your hope, and how it would change things for you
Generous and loving God
I am hoping for ________
Having this hope realized would mean so much to much
Having this hope realized would change _______ for me.
Generous and loving God
Help me to wait hopefully
Give me courage and good humour while I wait
And thank you for all the blessings I already experience
Prayers for the People of Ukraine
We ask you to hold the people of Ukraine deep in your heart.
Protect them, we pray;
from political gamesmanship,
from being used and abused.
Give, we pray,
the nations of the world the courage
and the wisdom
to stand up for justice
and the courage too,
to dare to care―generously.
Lord, in your mercy,
take from us all
the tendencies in us
that seek to lord it over others:
take from us those traits
that see us pursuing our own needs and wants
before those of others.
Teach us how to live in love
and respect―following your example.
In your name and for your sake,
The invasion of Ukraine is costing precious lives and creating a humanitarian crisis as people flee to safety. The United Nations reports that a growing number of over a million people, displaced from their homes, are seeking refuge in their neighbouring countries. Many have lost friends, loved ones, and property; struggle to meet their basic needs, and face an uncertain future.
United Church Mission & Service partners are responding to the rapidly unfolding crisis.You can help. Right now, people urgently need shelter, clean water, food, and medical attention.Please show your support by making a gift today.
Send a cheque or money order to:
The United Church of Canada
Philanthropy Unit – Emergency Response
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4
Please be sure to note “Emergency Response—Ukraine” on the memo line.
White Oaks United Church Update – COVID-19
Effective September 11th 2022, providing proof of vaccination is no longer required and masking will not be mandatory. Coffee time will resume following worship.
Council strongly encourages everyone to follow the guidance of the Middlesex London Medical Officer of Health and the following recommendations:
1) Stay up to date with vaccinations, including third and fourth doses when eligible
2) Wear a mask indoors particularly in common areas (i.e. hallways, bathrooms) when other groups are present
3) Maintain social distancing
4) Stay home if you are not well
5) Avoid large public indoor gatherings, if possible
While relaxing the requirements places the onus on individuals to protect themselves and others, we remain committed to collective care for vulnerable people. We ask that you respect the needs and comfort levels of each other. For example, prior to sitting beside someone, please ask permission and respect the response.
Council reserves the right to review this decision and alter restrictions and policies if the situation changes and/or more stringent recommendations are made by the London Middlesex Health Unit.
If you have any questions about our safety protocols, please send a note to email@example.com and it will be directed to Council.
Services start at 10:25 am, so remember to come a little early on Sunday morning to ensure extra time to settle before worship begins.
Be well, stay safe and keep connected.
Sunday morning worship is at 10:25 am where we seek to connect God’s ways with our lives through scripture, music and prayer, sometimes with presentations of video, drama, and liturgical dance.
Everyone is welcome at our church! Our building is wheelchair accessible, and children are welcome to stay with their families in the sanctuary, with activity bags available.
Your offering may be dropped off during office hours: Tues 9-1 Thurs 9-12 and Friday 9-12
Open to God
Joyfully worshipping in diverse ways
Seeking and finding God in all of life
Celebrating many ways of experiencing God
Open to New Life
Exploring questions of faith and spirituality
Cultivating life-changing experiences
Making a difference in the world.
Open to You
Embracing individuality and inclusivity
Nurturing strong relationships
We are a Congregation of the United Church of Canada, located in the White Oaks neighbourhood of London, Ontario. We are in the Antler (or Thames) River watershed, and this territory has been occupied by Indigenous peoples for millenia. We settlers and newcomers live here under the covenants of the London township and Sombra treaties of 1796 and the Dish with One Spoon covenant Wampum. We acknowledge these lands and waters as the traditional territories of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Attawandoran and Lunaapeewak peoples of Turtle Island. We seek to live in right relationship with our neighbours: the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, the Oneida Nation of the Thames and the Munsee Delaware Nations.