On Thursday, Bostonians gathered for an inter-faith service following the horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon on Monday. I have a sister who raised her family just outside of Boston and a nephew who still calls Boston home. There are a number of people in the church who have run the Boston Marathon whose friends and family members have waited for them at that same finish line. So many of our people have connections to this great city it felt like an attack on us. It is hard to find words that make sense of what happened on Monday, because it was complete nonsense. Unfortunately, many of us were not be able to watch the service, but we can take a moment to pray with Bostonians and for them. Go to this link to find the prayer I have written for Boston and feel free to make it your own. http://peter.yorkminsterpark.com/
This Sunday The Toronto Yonge St. 10 K will be passing the church shortly after the starter gives the signal north of Eglinton Ave. at 9 a.m. The street will be reopened in plenty of time for people to come to church, but I am going to arrive early enough to cheer the runners on. We will make sure there is a word of encouragement on the church sign for all of the runners and the church bells will be ringing so everyone gets the message loud and clear. Why not plan on arriving early enough to join me even if it means having to take a detour to get here?
P.S. Our prayers go out today as well to the victims of the horrible incident in Texas. As always, if you'd like to respond to this message, or wish to contact me personally about any other matter, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (rather than just hitting "reply").