Pentecost Dedications

Kindness is a Universal Language

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

The unifying Spirit crossed the artificial boundaries of language, race and culture. People could speak and be understood; strangers heard one another; communion happened. This was not to glorify the disciples. It was to spread the love of God to all the nations with the power of Holy Spirit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.—Galatians 5:22-23 

Our Pentecost Flowers campaign has been launched to adorn our Sanctuary with love and hope. And we plan to spread that love all through this neighbourhood!

We might not speak all of the 200 different languages that are spoken in our diverse and multicultural city of Toronto, but kindness is, as Mark Twain once said, “the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see”. So, after the Pentecost next week, volunteers will take the flowers you have contributed and go out into our neighbourhood and give them to strangers with love and kindness. We will document these acts of kindness in photos and videos so we can share them with you, so that you can experience the happiness, generosity and gratitude in our immediate community.

A random act of kindness, no matter how small, can make a tremendous impact on someone else’s life. Truly, kindness is a universal language.

Thank you to each and everyone who has donated and helped us to spread love and kindness throughout our neighbourhood.

Barbara Morton In celebration of Nellie Christie
Terry Netherton In memory of my parents, Wyn & Bert
Cory Bertrand In memory of Riley Halden
Gary & Sherrill Pennington In celebration of our families
Nick Rossi In honour of Martin Patrick Maher
Rev. Deana Dudley & Janet Fitzsimmons In memory of Alliegene Dudley & Pearl Fitzsimmons
Susan Clark & Jim Rea                In celebration of the lives of our fathers, Gordon Rea & David Clark
Henry Wright In memory of Tom
Teresa Harvey & Janet Ridley In celebration of our church family
Cathy Brown & Patti Gray In memory of my parents
Paul Melville-Gray In memory of parents Jim & Irene
Pat Martin In celebration of Anna Patricia-McAleese
Warren Schell & John Ross In honour of Esther Ross & Ora Schell
Brian Strem In memory of Olga Strem
Florence Gibbons In memory of Barbara (Bobby) Sherwin
Ikponmwosa Christopher Asuen In memory of my late brother Mancherry
Karen Kelly In celebration of the life of Darlene McDougall
Olasumkanmi Adebayo In honour of my mom
Mark Gobin In memory of Noel Shamsoor Gobin
Dora Marshall & Ida Steele In honour of our mothers
Jan Kinney In honour of Ruby Hamilton
Sheryl Pollock In celebration of my parents’ 65th anniversary
Gabrielle Frenkel