Chris­tian As­pect

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

LIFE trav­els in sea­sons. Not just au­tumn, win­ter, spring, sum­mer, but ages of life, stages of life, fam­ily make-up and cir­cum­stances, good and bad times, and so on.

Sea­sons are one of the most com­mon re­flec­tions peo­ple choose in the fu­neral ser­vices I lead. If you’re a per­son of the bi­ble, look up Ec­cle­si­astes 3:1-8.

Our com­mu­nity has its sea­sons too, of course. The sea­sons of weather are at the core of our com­mu­nity cy­cles, on the coast or on our farms – even on our roads with the move­ment of tourists.

We have sea­sons, too, with the peo­ple we know and love in our com­mu­ni­ties. Usu­ally over many years, peo­ple come and go from our lives. Since peo­ple re­ally are the fab­ric of our daily lives, th­ese sea­sons are quite pre­cious to us.

This is why, each year, the churches of our dis­trict get to­gether to host a celebration of life in our com­mu­nity.

So whichever part of our re­gion you live in, you are in­vited to the 2013 Har­vest Thanks­giv­ing Ser­vice at 2pm on Sun­day, 3 Novem­ber, in the Proser­pine En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre. It in­cor­po­rates a celebration of those we’ve lost this last year, as well as cel­e­brat­ing another year of work­ing to­gether in our com­mu­nity.

There is no cost, but there will be an of­fer­ing taken which will be for­warded to the Whit­sun­day Cri­sis and Coun­sel­ing Ser­vice in Can­non­vale.

It is of­ten said that the cities have lost their sense of com­mu­nity, but it need not be so in the coun­try. Here’s to another year (al­most) past, and to the one rac­ing to­wards us like the prover­bial freight train. We pray God’s bless­ing on you and our com­mu­nity. The Rev­erend Wayne McHugh Proser­pine – Whit­sun­day Unit­ing Church Mem­ber of the Chris­tian Clergy Group in the Whit­sun­days

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