Posted: June 13, 2012 by Ty in Spirituality

National Post | Life

As Ottawa absorbs thousands of public service job cuts, the city’s oldest Protestant church is offering sanctuary to civil servants “struggling with uncertainly and worry.”

On Wednesday, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, only steps from Parliament Hill, is hosting a special noon-hour service of “reflection and hope.”

“We realized that a number of people in our congregation were going to be affected by these cuts,” said Micah Clarke, a church elder organizing the service.

“Whether they had lost their jobs or had to compete for their jobs, there was a sense that there was a need for some pastoral care.”

In between cello and piano performances by musicians from the Toronto Chamber Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, congregation members will offer short readings and prayers.

“The service will be a safe place for public servants and others to relax and reflect away from the pressures of the workplace,” reads…

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