Rev. Helen Reed
June 23, 2019
Rev. Helen Reed
Diaconal Minister


Psalm 42 Contemporary English Version (CEV): Galatians 3:23-29 Common English Bible (CEB)
Life giving water

O God, we wait, and our waiting is for you.

O God, we long, and our longing is for you.

O God, we yearn, and our yearning is for you.

And in silence, we listen for your Spirit.

And in silence, we hear our names.

And in silence, we are found.

As we celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism today in the Oyen United Church, we remember all the life-giving images of water in our scriptures. There are many times when we miss it's importance and take it for granted. Today, we are invited to slow down and connect with the life-giving, spirit-quenching love that God offers us as part of our journey. 

We know that when we are not perfect, when life is not perfect God walks with us and we are surrounded by the strength and courage that only God can fill us with. God reminds us that we are part of a much bigger story, a story of the world that needs our help to ensure that all of God’s people are held and loved and cared for. God invites us in.


Resource: for parts of today's service: Seasons of the Spirit™ SeasonsFusion Pentecost 1 2019. Used with permission.