Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | June 5, 2017

Canada at 150 – A Celebration of Thanksgiving

As an official event within the local Canada 150 series of year-long celebrations, the Cornwall & Area Christian Council presented an ecumenical service of praise and worship the evening of Sunday, June 4 at St. John’s Presbyterian Church.

The well-attended event drew participants of many denominational stripes from across the district. The two hour-long uplifting celebration included music (lots and lots of music), sacred Scripture, exhortation, repentance and proclamation.

Monsignor Rejean Lebrun, an officially retired Catholic priest, led the call to worship. Clergy from different denominations took up other roles.

Leading the musical portions of the evening were the Cornwall Celebration Choir, the Salvation Army Ottawa Citadel Songsters, the Salvation Army Legacy Chorus, the Salvation Army Legacy Brass and the Montreal Citadel.

Reverend Lois Gaudet from the Avonmore, Finch and Martintown United Churches provided a Pentecost-themed meditation on power, vision and presence.





A choir from the St. Regis Catholic Mission, dressed in traditional attire, led the assembly in a prayer sequence, which included a time of purification, thanksgiving and the Lord’s Prayer in Mohawk.



A reception in Caldwell Hall followed the celebration, during which time your Cornwall Community Museum and Archives provided a photographic exhibit of historic Cornwall Churches, illustrating that the Christian community played a pivotal role not only since Confederation, but since Cornwall and the Counties’ very foundation. Indeed, the first social service agencies, such as orphanages, the Hotel Dieu Hospital, an old people’s home, and the original house of refuge on Water street were launched by members of the Christian community.

Our weekly Canada 150 series continues in the Standard-Freeholder each Thursday.

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