Lent Challenge 5

Our challenge this week is to reach out to someone who is lonely. Take time this week to visit, call or write a letter to someone you know who is feeling lonely or alone.Try to reach out to someone who you aren’t usually in the habit of reaching out too. It can be someone you know from the community or a stranger.

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Reach out to Lonely – By Gord

Let’s avoid creating “them and us” categories.  “The Lonely” sounds like an affliction like leprosy, which some have and others don’t.  We are all lonely at times.  Some of us for longer times.  This spiritual discipline is about noticing the people around us, recognizing who is outside the circle, who is needing to tell her story, who is hungry to be heard. Reaching out simply invites us to take the initiative to engage, to begin a connection, to widen the circle of love that Jesus inspires.

Thank you to Margot for her reflection on Reaching Out To The Lonely. You can listen to Margot’s reflection below:


How can we be a more welcoming congregation? This article gives some practical tips to help

6 Ways to Reach Out to the Lonely Church-Goer

You never know when you will come across someone who is lonely. This article contains a heart warming story about that.

Reaching Out to the Lonely

We are called to help others and one way we can do that is to help carry other’s burdens.

Called to Carry One Another’s Burdens

For the lonely from John O’Donahue’s To Bless the Space Between Us

A Blessing of Solitude  

May you recognize in your life the presence, power and light of your soul.
May you realize that you are never alone,
that your soul in its brightness and belonging connects you
intimately with the rhythm of the universe.
May you have respect for your own individuality and difference.
May you realize that the shape of your soul is unique,
that you have a special destiny here,
that behind the facade of your life there is something
beautiful, good, and eternal happening.
May you learn to see yourself with the same delight, pride,
and expectation with which God sees you in every moment.

On Meeting A Stranger

With respect

And reverence

That the unknown

Between us

Might flower

Into discovery

And lead us


The familiar field

Blind with the weed 

Of weariness

And the old walls

Of habit.

From Alexander Pope’s Universal Prayer:

” Teach me to feel another’s woe, 

    To hide the fault I see; 

That mercy I to others show, 

    That mercy show to me. “

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Growing up in the United Church is where I developed my passion for social justice issues which has really shaped my life.

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