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