The Universe Rejoices When We Are One

Good morning!

It is hard to believe that July is almost over and vacation time is now behind me. Monday saw a return to work and that meant planning time for Chris and me as we looked to the rest of the summer and into the fall. As always, our time together meant lots of laughter and the conversation moved in many different directions. In the midst of planning we began to look at some of the psalms and in a blink of an eye we were discussing the idea of creating a new resource inspired by the psalms – music and poetry.

As I thought about this through the day my creative juices began to flow and a sense of excitement grew at the prospect. The psalms, for me, have always been a great source of energy, comfort, joy and peace. When my spirit needs renewal it is to this collection that I most often turn and I find that my soul is fed and my spirit is lifted up. As I read them there is a deep connection with the ancestors and I can feel the divine energy present in this moment.

I have, from time to time, reflected on a psalm and written a paraphrase or a piece that is inspired by it. Sometimes those new words take some time in coming and at other times they come rather quickly. Yesterday we were looking at Psalm 133 which is one of the readings for an upcoming Sunday. As we continued our talking I had a pen in hand and the psalm was in front of me on the computer and in a few brief moments the psalm took on new life for me.

Inspired by Psalm 133

How wonderful it is when all our relations live in unity!
The water rushes over the rocks;
the wind whistles in the trees;
the birds join their many voices
and in a symphony of praise the universe rejoices
With the rising and setting of the sun
all creation is blessed and we are one.

This Saturday we will, once again, join with our brothers and sisters in the community to walk in Truro’s second annual Pride Parade. A moment of unity and solidarity where we rejoice together in the diversity that is all creation. For a time, we will set aside our differences and we will acknowledge and that we are connected in the great web of life and that the universe rejoices when we are one.


Reminders of the Week

Saturday at 1:30 we will gather with other united churches at the main doors of the stadium on Lorne Street. Wear bright colours. I will have streamers and the Church banner. See you there!!!

August 5th at 7pm – Alan Syliboy and the Thundermakers!!! Live Music, Live Art Tickets $20 in advance at the church office or $25 at the door .

Alan Syliboy was born and raised in Truro, Nova Scotia. Living in the Millbrook First Nations community, he journeys through his life with a demeanor of strength. Alan has built an ever growing list of accomplishments throughout his lifetime, although many people are most familiar with his beautiful and unique works of art that captivate and inspire us. Here we will share just a small portion of some of his great contributions to the world of art.

Alan has traveled world wide, graciously sharing his gifts with us all. He traveled to France multiple times throughout his career participating in shows and trade missions. He was delegated by the Department of External Affairs of Canada to take part in a trade mission to Japan where he was joined by several other Nova Scotian companies. He obtained an agent and was involved with exportation of his works. He also took part in Art demonstrations at Ludwig Beck store in Munich, Germany.

Alan was once again short listed for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award for:

The Thundermaker (2013) Multi-media installation, by Alan Syliboy. Nominator: David Diviney
An established Mi’kmaq artist, Syliboy’s artistic vocabulary is inspired by the indigenous petroglyphs of Nova Scotia. His immersive installation The Thundermaker is built around the recently discovered and translated Mi’kmaq legend, “The Stone Canoe,” in which the Thundermaker story is embedded. The installation begins with a circle of text panels illustrated with Syliboy’s drawings, and culminates with a tipi containing a projected animation film of the story. The animation was executed under the artist’s supervision by Nova Scotia Community College Digital Animation students. The artist’s work People of the Dawn was a 2010 Masterworks Finalist.

As Alan walks through this life he has made everlasting contributions and impressions that will teach and share his culture for generations to come. His art will continue to present the Mi’kmaw people with pride and his visions give us all a glimpse of his culture’s true beauties.

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