Rev. Heather M. McClure


10:30 A.M. WORSHIP



5964 Notre Dame de Grâce
N.D.G., Montreal

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March 23, 2018


Hello All,


I have had some questions about my travel home from the Lower North Shore. In the end the weather cleared and I got home on schedule. Thanks for your concern. Talk of flying reminds me of a video I saw on Facebook this week from NASA which has an animation of the migration of birds. It shows the patterns and times of the migration that happens when birds ‘fly south’ for the winter and again head north for summer. Many of them go as far away as South America. Whether we talk of bird migration, or butterflies, or caribou, I am always amazed at this phenomenon. Each year thousands of species somehow know that it is time to head south in our fall and north again for summer.


It is Palm Sunday this week. The lenten journey of Jesus is ramping up to the events of Holy week and Jesus has turned his face to Jerusalem. In a way, our annual journey through Lent is a lot like the migration. Like Jesus, we take on this familiar path and each year we return to one place, Jerusalem.  Do we do it because the light is returning and we know that the time is coming? Do we head out because the calendar or the minister tells us it is time to go? Or do we trod the familiar path, because it is instinctual, something we are called to do, something we can’t ignore?  


I suspect it is a bit of all of these reasons, but I know it is because of our faith. There is something about the Jesus story as he enters Jerusalem with his disciples. For us modern day disciples, like the original 12, we are compelled to follow, but also to accompany Jesus. The parade may be joyous and we are eager to join in, but other events of the week are more painful, more challenging and yet we enter into the challenge, knowing what Jesus taught us; that in everything, God is with us.  Maybe that explains how migration works. Maybe the birds and the butterflies and the caribou understand that God is with them in the journey and thus they can enter into anything, even a long and difficult journey.  What a promise, what hope!


This week at Wesley, we will enter Jerusalem in the Palm Parade. We will also review the lenten journey of Jesus and celebrate the Sacrament of Communion. The children will help to lead the parade before heading off to Sunday School for a short lesson, returning for Communion. We will also be marking the life of Ken Dunlop in the service. Please note this is the last week for our Lenten gifts for the NDG Food Depot. See below for how to contribute.


I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.



Ways to Contribute to the NDG Food Depot


The Fresh Food Fund, helps the Depot ensure that their clients get fresh fruit and vegetables as a part of their food baskets. Every $1 donated buys $3 worth of fresh food and just $10 will buy a weeks worth healthy snacks for 5 children, while $30 buys 100lbs of onions or carrots.  If you would like to make a donation this way, please put your donation in an envelope and mark it for the Food Depot, along with your name and place it in the offering plate or mail it into the church office (cheques should be made payable to Wesley United Church) and we will send it along to the Depot in one cheque.


Help keep the Depot’s pantry full, by donating items from their recently revised staples list. Please be sure that donations are not expired or open before donating them.


High Priority Food Items:

  • Canned or dried beans, lentils, and legumes
  • Rice(especially brown)
  • Whole grains (oats, pot barley, couscous, bulgar, quinoa, millet, etc.)
  • Canned fish (tuna, salmon, sardines, etc.)
  • Canned tomatoes and tomato sauce
  • Pasta (especially whole grain)


Other Priority Items:

  • Nondairy milk (especially unsweetened)
  • Healthy soups (especially low sodium)
  • Peanut butter and other nut butters (especially all natural)
  • Raw nuts and seeds (in bulk)
  • Flour (especially whole grain)
  • Oils (especial olive oil, coconut oil and sunflower oil)
  • Healthy snacks for children (unsweetened applesauce and fruit cups)
  • Everyday staples and whole foods essential to cooking or baking at home


Baby Items:

  • Baby food (formula, cereal, vegetable and fruit purees)
  • Diapers (especially larger sizes) & baby wipes