Minister's Message: Advent

La lumière brille dans l’obscurité,
Mais l’obscurité ne l’a pas reçue.

Jean 1.5

The light shines in darkness,
And the darkness has never put it out.

John 1:5

Christmas/ Noël 2018


Dear Friends at Emmanuel and SouthWest,

The days have grown shorter and night arrives late afternoon. We come home and wake up in darkness. This will change in a few weeks when slowly the daylight hours will lengthen once again.

It is significant that Jesus is born at this time of year, at the darkest time, when we need his light the most.

As Advent candle lighting begins this Sunday it is a way of anticipating how one light, then another can brighten a day, a room, a life and a community. It is a simple gesture that can be done in worship either at church or at home. The liturgy provided last week and available in paper form can be used wherever you find yourself, a way to stay focused on the deep power of the Good News of Christmas .

We welcome this light into those dark places of our lives, relationships and world. 

We celebrate Christ’s light in many community celebrations once again this year and hope you can join us!


C’est significatif que Jésus soit né à ce temps de l’année, au moment le plus sombre, alors que nous avons le plus besoin de sa lumière.

Nous accueillons cette lumière dans les recoins obscurs de nos vies, de nos relations et de notre monde.


In hope, joy, peace and love,

Dans l’espérance, la joie, la paix et l’amour,

Rev. David

Services at SouthWest United - 1445 rue Clemenceau - this holiday season:

Advent 1: Dec. 2 10AM
Advent 2: Dec. 9, 10AM
Advent 3: Dec. 16, 10AM
Advent 4: Dec. 23, 10AM


On Sunday December 16, join us for Carols by Candlelight / Chantons Noël, at 4PM

On Monday, December 24th, Christmas Eve service is at 7:30PM

Sunday, January 6, 2019, Epiphany service at 10AM followed by a potluck brunch.

And don’t forget, at the Mission - 631 Melrose :
On Wednesday, December 26th, it’s our Boxing Day community turkey meal. Sittings at 12:30 and 2PM. Call the office to reserve. 514-768-6231.