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Welcome to Heart Lake United Church

At Heart Lake United Church you will find people with diverse backgrounds and experiences all coming together to share our faith and build a caring, inclusive community. Everyone belongs!

Our Mission: To live an active faith connecting God, people and community.

These are not easy times. As we begin to ‘open up’ we may be feeling relieved or maybe even more uncertain and vulnerable. The early followers of Jesus were not living in easy times either. They faced disease, economic uncertainty, great income disparity and injustice maintained by force.

Jesus knew that standing up for justice and protecting the rights and the lives of the vulnerable during such a time is not easy. Yet Jesus encouraged his followers to do just that.  He told his first disciples “I am sending you out like sheep in the midst of wolves.” He advised them to be “wise as serpents and gentle as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)

With so much information coming at us and so many expert opinions being shared, we all need to use our own wisdom to sort through it all. We need to seek reliable sources and trust our own common sense. We need to put the care of others before our own comfort. We need to speak out for justice, but do it gently, firmly but gently, so that when we come through this time we will have built a more just and peaceful society for everyone. 

Jesus has more advice for being faithful witnesses to the gospel during challenging times. Join our online worship. 

  Heart Lake United Church is a model of diversity and living in harmony.   
  • all ages,
  • all genders,
  • all races,
  • all religious experiences

Everyone is important to Christ so everyone is important to us.

We all belong.

Heart Lake United Church reaches out through various programs and there is something for everyone.

On Sunday mornings  at 10:30 we worship with inspiring singing led by our music team, sermons that make the Bible relevant to today, and through sincere prayer.

We have a BLAST program for younger kids and SURGE program for youth. Our infants and toddlers are cared for by a trained ECE worker.

 

SPIRITUALITY: A FRAGRANCE OF GRACE

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It is an exciting and thrilling experience to see the dolphin’s tricks and hear the whistles and language of communication with other creatures. It is indeed a cool experience to be in the presence of God’s creatures. The National Geographic Magazine published March 25, 2022 has an article on: For the First time a wild dolphin ‘observed’ talking with harbor porpoises.

 

“On Scotland’s west coast is the Firth of Clyde, a large saltwater inlet home to thousands of harbor porpoises—and one dolphin named Kylie by the locals. Kylie hasn’t been observed with other common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) in at least 14 years—but she’s far from alone. On clear days in the Clyde, visitors to the marina can sometimes see Kylie swimming with harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena), cetacean cousins about two-thirds her size.

New research published in Bioacoustics this January suggests Kylie’s ties to porpoises are closer than scientists imagined. While a common dolphin’s vocal repertoire should include a diverse range of clicks, whistles, and pulse calls, Kylie doesn’t whistle. Instead, she “talks” more like harbor porpoises, which communicate using high-pitched bursts of clicks.” “Kylie’s story is part of a broad field of research into how cetaceans interact with members of other species. “They’re very social, they’re very sexual, and they’re very communicative,” says Herzing. “These animals survive and adapt socially, and sound is a natural way they do it.”

 

In this strange and unique way one wild Dolphin is able to communicate with other species of creatures. It’s intriguing isn’t it? Human beings are drawn to this scientific, unpredictable and mysterious mode of communication.  This is the evidence of a deep connection between the dolphin and the porpoises. How does scientific discovery impact human spirituality? What are some of nature’s ways for God to communicate with us?

 

Our story tells us that God communicated to the world through a life-changing event. Jesus and his disciples were having a social time when Mary interrupted their party. She broke a jar of expensive perfume and anointed Jesus’ feet and head. It is interesting how the writers of this story tell the details of Mary’s encounter with Jesus.

The disciples were annoyed at Mary because she broke both the social and religious norms of the time. She made a decision that was contrary to their expectations.

 

Women were not allowed in the presence of men. Yet, Mary did what was in her heart to do and created change.

In deep humility Mary performed a priestly role. She communicated her intimate connection and deep faith in Jesus. She was condemned for her actions but God anointed her with grace. Usually Jesus is giving something to someone but in this story Jesus is the recipient of a gift.

In many cultures the feet and head of the human body bear symbolism. In Guyana, when people entered a home, it is expected that they take off their shoes. People do this as a sign of acceptance into a safe space. It communicates you are welcome and the invisible boundaries that separate us become permeable.

This symbolism goes deep with relationships for family, friends, strangers and this is also true of other cultures too. The feet remind us that we carry the fragrance of God’s aroma on our journey. A very long, long time ago when I served in Guyana I went to a meeting in Suriname. My friend Elaine and I went to the ferry to get across the river to the neighbouring country.

 

We were both surprised at the small inadequate looking ferry. The huge waves and rough waters that lashed out at the boat, stirred gut feelings of fear. In a wink of an eye Elaine knew I meant pray. When we got off the boat the bows man said; “you are church ladies. I said yes! How can you tell and he said I smelled you.” Among the disliked odour of life’s journey God’s grace is flowing.  Our words and actions are the aroma of amazing grace.

 

St Paul writes to the church: “15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; 16 to the one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not peddlers of God’s word like so many abut in Christ we speak as persons of sincerity, as persons sent from God and standing in his presence.” 2 Corinthians 2:15-17.

Each day our spiritual journey is filled with surprises. We scratch our heads, fall on our knees, contemplate and discern if what is happening is truth or fiction. Sometimes our expectations and predictions catch us off guard. There is a blessed fragrance that fills the air. We don't know if it is costly or not and as we move about, it moves with us. It is a natural way to communicate the fragrance of God’s grace. There is no price tag on grace.

Mary will always be remembered for her vulnerability. She stepped out and did something extraordinary. Through our vulnerable experiences we deepen our spirituality. These experiences create the space where the mystery of God is revealed. God creates something beautiful beyond our imagination, perceptions and expectations.  

Listen to the sounds of the Spirit who communicates God’s amazing grace to all people with; groans, whistles, prompts, clicks and stirs that we cannot understand.  Put your trust in God and it will be revealed in God’s perfect time.  Amen.

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Heart Lake United Church
85 Sandalwood Pkwy East
Brampton ON L6Z 4S3
Tel: 905 846 7314
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Website: www.hluc.ca

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