God was with us as a number of parishioners from St. John’s gathered with many others for the Avon Untied Church for the Hants County Pride Worship Service. The liturgy was elegant in its call to worship in the presence of God, ‘welcoming the fullness of who we are… people who long… people who practice love in many ways.” The word of God was spoken, songs were sung, beautifully led by the Queer Chorus, a reflection offered for all moved us. Acceptance and love was evident everywhere. A reading of The Night Before Pride, by Joanna McClintick, was offered. This is something that, with familiar cadences, brought deeper understanding and affirmation.The afternoon concluded with a wonderful reception and a stained glass collaborative art activity, accessible to everyone.
St. John’s was witness to the truth: “You are loved—fiercely, and forever. Thanks be to God! Amen.”
The beautiful cover image of the bulletin for the service. Photo of hand-painted rocks; one reads "LOVE"
The stained glass art activity that followed the service.
This parish is located in Mi'kma'ki, the traditional territory of the Mi'kmaq people. This territory is covered by the "Treaties of Peace and Friendship" which Mi'kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) People first signed with the British Crown in 1775.