Rev. Heather M. McClure


10:30 A.M. WORSHIP



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

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May 11, 2018


Hi All,


As you read this, I am taking part in the Conference annual meeting—at least the business part of that meeting. But I am not going to be at John Abbott College or Hudson United Church as has been the practice in the past, because the meeting is being held on-line over the computer. As I write, it is Thursday morning, and I am in a practice meeting so I am getting a chance to see how it all works and practice voting and getting all the computer settings in place! All I can tell you is that it is very interesting, and I have a real appreciation for those who understand how this all works. 


The idea of a virtual meeting is not new, just relatively new to me. But did you know that this technology works for much more than meetings? It works for educational purposes, and even for worship! I wonder how virtual worship would feel? How would it feel to lead worship from my computer with nobody in front of me, but just an ability to speak to people? I think it would be very difficult, because I know that I feed off the energy in the room, and it is hard to read the energy of the virtual room over the internet. And what would it be like for those who are participating from afar? I don’t know, but there are many congregations that do worship virtually from time to time across our national church. In fact, some very remote congregations have a regular time of worship from a minister who is very far away.


I wonder what God thinks of a virtual worship? There is no way of knowing for sure, but Jesus told us that where two or three are gathered in God’s name, God is there. Jesus had no clue about virtual gatherings, but he understood the importance of connections between people. I suspect he would have been as conflicted about technology as many of us are, but I also expect that he would also understand that to be gathered in God’s name electronically also has validity! After all, this message comes to you electronically, and I trust that God is with me as I write and with you as I read.


This week at Wesley, our weekend begins with our Annual Bowling event on Saturday at 3 pm at the Rosebowl on St. Jacques. All are welcome to attend, and if you have not registered with Deborah Angelus, just show up at 3 pm. The cost is $18 which includes shoe rental, bowling, and supper in the party room. Then on Sunday we meet again for worship and Sunday school. I will be speaking about discipleship in my sermon and about families with the children.


Finally, I am off from May 17–June 6. During that time, you will not be receiving an email message each week, but services will continue as usual with pulpit supply. In the case of a pastoral emergency, the Reverend Mark Hammond of Montreal West United Church will be covering for me. If you have an emergency, please call the church office at 514-484-7221 and leave a message. Your call will be return as soon as possible and you will be connect with the Rev. Hammond.


See you at the bowling on Saturday and/or worship on Sunday.