"A Village Church With A Heart For The World"

Weekly Seeds – Sunday, July 21, 2019 

Worship Leader: Paul Whiteley               Music Director:  Tim Hallman

 12 Perth St., PO Box 113, Lyn, ON, K0E 1M0
(613)498-0281 (Phone)   (613)498-2589 (Fax)
Office Hours:  Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
lynunitedchurch@cogeco.net                www.lynunitedchurch.com             Follow on Twitter:  @Ch1United

                        Food Bank Sunday -  September 8, 2019

Community Coffee Time (The Village Pump):  Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall at Christ United Church, Lyn.

 Alcoholics Anonymous:  Lyn Serendipity Group, Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.

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Bee's Boutique:  Thank you for your ongoing support and keep shopping!  Please help yourself to variety of books and puzzles for your summertime enjoyment.

  August Services:  There will be no worship services held at our church for the month of August or September 1st.  This was approved at the congregational meeting on November 4, 2018.  However, the church will still be open for regular and new functions.  The office will remain open on Fridays with access to Lois Leroux every day at the church or home.  Numbers are posted in the Spirit Lines and Weekly Seeds.  A list of churches you may wish to attend and their time of service has been posted on the bulletin board.  Take a copy if you wish.  Services with resume on September 8th, 2019.  Any concerns please contact Judy Pearson or Lois Leroux.   

​Office Hours:  The office is open Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  For any emergencies, please contact Lois Leroux, at the office 613-498-0281, or at home, 613-498-3225, cell 613-803-8433.

Due to the sensitivity of others we are reminded to limit the use of fragrances.

 PAR offering cards available at both entrances to the sanctuary.


Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

How do you know when you have had enough?  Maybe you have enough already.


Regional Council Prayer Cycle - July 14, 2019 

Prayers this week for a Community of Faith in the Region is for:

St. Paul's in Richmond.

Eastern Ontario Outaouais Region news this week


 Upcoming Events in the Community, in Four Rivers Presbytery and Beyond

Minds in Song:  Alzheimer Society sing along group on Fridays from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.  Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 374 Steward Blvd.  Registration / Information 613-345-7392 or 1-866-576-8556 mcampbell@alzllg.ca  See the flyer on the bulletin board.

Sunset Concert:  Music and Storytelling at St. Lawrence Park, West Pavilion on Tuesday, August 13th at 6:30 p.m.  Deborah Dunleavy, Bill Lalonde, Fran Cummins and Saxology (Howard Alexander).  Bring a lawn chair or blanket.  Canteen Open!




Addison United Church  9007 Cty Road 29, Addison  613-924-9816  11:00 AM

Athens United Church   17 Church Street, Athens  613-924-2175  9:30 AM

Delta United Church   36 King Street, Delta  613-928-3458  9:30 AM

St. Andrews United Church  284 County Road 8, Toledo  613-275-2517  11:00 AM

Mallorytown United Church  1505 County Road 2, Mallorytown  613-923-2580  10:00 AM

St. John's United Church  32 Park Street, Brockville  613-345-5824  10:30 AM

Wall Street United Church  5 Wall Street, Brockville  613-342-5401  9:50 AM & 5:50 PM(Casual)

St. John The Baptist Church  37 Main Street, Lyn  613-865-8205  10:30 AM

Portland United Church  10 Colborne Street, Portland  613-272-2002  9:15 AM

Elgin United Church  77 Main Street, Elgin  613-272-2002  11:00 AM


                                  Sabbatical Report Reverend Wendy MacLean July 19, 2019

                                     The sage is to be found not walking ahead of humanity,

                          finding a way for it, but behind it, picking up the inestimable treasure

                                    it leaves behind in its flight into an ever-receding future.

                                   John Moriarty in Invoking Ireland (Ailiu Iath N-H Erend)

When I explain that a significant focus of my sabbatical is to glean wisdom from the early monastic traditions of Christian community, and to discern how it might speak to our present shifts in community and church as we live it as “faith community,” people are polite but it doesn’t take long before their eyes glaze over. Undaunted, I am mining a very rich set of traditions and stories, in my research and prayer.

The early Celtic monasteries were not buildings. They were more like villages, with huts for the monks (their “cells”), an oratory for shared prayer, and gardens for healing herbs and food. The monastery was surrounded by a ditch, or hedge, to designate the space inside as a “village of God”, living by the rules of the kingdom of heaven.

The life of religious communities, then as now, is usually governed by three elements:

a rhythm of prayer
a soul friend, for shared discernment (“What is God doing in your life these days?”) or confessor, to whom one is accountable
a rule of life

In a monastery the rhythm of prayer usually involves gathering five times a day to read scripture, chant and sit in silent prayer together (known as “the Hours”). Between the Hours of prayer, manual labour and individual study punctuate the day. Most of us do not replicate this in our own spiritual practice, although our day may include times of saying grace at meal time, bedtime, and on waking (This would add up to five...but we do most of this in isolation, not community.)

The word “rule” has a double root, meaning SIGNPOST, for the traveller, and BANNISTER RAILING something to support us as we climb or descend on our journey. (reference: the Northumbria Community website) A rule of life is a commitment and a structure for daily life. From the sixth century, monastic spirituality has been shaped by the vows to: Poverty, Obedience and Celibacy. If we were to transpose these vows into our United Church traditions we might recognize: Stewardship, Justice and Simplicity. We do not make those vows, but they are guiding principals for our faith communities.

The ancient monks would have elders to whom they were accountable. “Give me a word,” they would ask, as a way of inviting discernment. A soul friend (“anam cara”) is a more mutual relationship. Friends ask each other: “What is God up to in your life these days?” For my whole ministry I have had a spiritual director to reflect with me in this practice of discernment.

Contemporary ordered religious communities (vowed religious: monks, nuns, priests) are facing the same challenges as churches. As the generations pass away, there are not new novices to follow them and take up the work of the order. In my reading I am finding familiar questions and the same grief about diminishing numbers. This is the call we share: “We are the ancestors of future generations.”

One reason I am interested in monastic communities is a new movement of “dispersed” communities, made up of people who commit to a common life, shaped by the three elements that have guided monastic communities for centuries (Rule, Soul Friend, Rhythm of Prayer).

Many ordered religious communities (monks, nuns, ordained priests) have branched out by inviting “oblates” or “associates” to be part of their common life by supporting and sharing in activities, prayer, and mission, from a distance. This opens up the work and relationships to people who have jobs and families and commitments to life outside the order. They become part of a “dispersed community.” This arrangement is mutually enriching to the ordered community and the associates. I am reminded of the hedges or ditches that circled the ancient monastic communities. There is a gate or opening for the people in the villages outside to come and get herbs and help from the monks. There is a flow back and forth between the monks and the villagers. What is the wisdom for the church of our time? Make sure there is an interchange of wisdom and support, in prayer as well as healing medicine and hope.

  Lindisfarne Holy Island, UK, was a very early monastic site, established by Irish monks sent from Iona in the 6th century. I visited Lindisfarne for a spiritual retreat in 2017, and as a “pilgrim” staying at the Open Gate, I met women and men who are part of two dispersed communities: The Community of Aiden and Hilda (https://www.aidanandhilda.org.uk/index.php) and the Northumbria Community (https://www.northumbriacommunity.org/who-we-are/our-rule-of-life). These new dispersed orders are rooted in the ancient traditions of the monks who left Ireland, then left Iona, as missionaries, to spread the gospel in northern England and Scotland.

The rule of life for the community of Aiden and Hilda is quite conservative. I enjoyed the people I met, and seeing their profound connection and commitment to the community, but I have reservations about their rule as a guiding principle for my life, or our community. The rule of life for the Northumbria Community is simple and powerful: Vulnerability and Availability. I gave embraced this rule over these past few weeks. I find it a very direct and simple reminder to let my fears, worries and challenges turn me to God for help. My vulnerability makes me more available for God to use me, because I realize I can’t do this work without God. God’s availability is a gift for us in faith. God is always present: Just turn to me and ask. Christ reminds us.

I receive the newsletter for the Missional Wisdom Foundation, a group from Ashville, North Carolina, which calls itself a dispersed community. They have a Spiritual Directors’ training called Anam Cara (Soul Friends) that interests me, because it integrates traditional spiritual direction “in the wider context of the neighbourhood of one’s work, travel and life in community.” (website) I was surprised to get a request for financial support so soon. I offered to write poetry for them instead. I have not heard back!

As your minister, I am holding you and our congregation and United Church of Canada in prayer, wondering/wandering and trusting that the Spirit is shaping us into something new. We are the ancestors of the future, and on my sabbatical, I have been blessed to gather wisdom from the treasure of our ancestors, the monks and priests and sisters who hold us in prayer, even across time. Rest in this blessing.

  Love and peace, Rev. Wendy


Please see the bulletin board for additional upcoming events.




To contact us call: 613-498-0281 (Church); 613-498-2589 (Fax)

Email: lynunitedchurch@cogeco.net

​​​ Check the bulletin board for additional events.


To contact us call: 613-498-0281 (Church); 613-498-2589 (Fax)

Email: lynunitedchurch@cogeco.net