87th Anniversary of The United Church of Canada
"We know we have been far from perfect as church. For our failings, we ask your forgiveness—for the harm we have done to First Nations, for our neglect of our mission, for our insecurity and our lack of generosity. For not being whole—and for choosing to remain that way—forgive us, we pray."
" However we approach the Bible, it confirms our identity as Christians and provides us with stories and literature through which God continues to speak. It is through scripture that we frequently hear the Word of God naming, calling, challenging, and redeeming us. The Spirit of God uses this literature and metaphors to speak to our spirits, inviting us into wholeness, renewal, and new life. So now let us listen to ancient words, so the living Word of God might be heard among us afresh."
I watch the heavens but I find no calling
Something I can do to change what's coming
Stay close to me while the sky is falling
Don't wanna be left alone, don't wanna be alone
The more we take, the less we become
The fortune of one that means less for some
"The decades of the 80's and 90's were difficult ones for the United Church. Declining Sunday Schools and attendance, changes in the social make-up of Nelson and re-evaluation of priorities meant challenges for both Fairview and St. Paul's-Trinity congregations. To meet these challenges it was determined that the two churches amalgamate. On July 2, 1995, by the amalgamation of Fairview United Church and St. Paul's-Trinity United Church, with the Rev. David Boyd as it's first minister, Nelson United Church was constituted."—17 years ago...
We are not alone, We live in God's world. We believe in God: who has created and is creating, who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh, to reconcile and make new, who works in us and others by the Spirit. We trust in God. We are called to be the Church: to celebrate God's presence, to live with respect in Creation, to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope. In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God.