To take heart, to be positive, to rejoice even in the midst of their own stark and precarious circumstances.
We are also called to trust in God’s presence right in the middle of being so easily distracted by the needs and demands of the festive season.
“Stand up! Lift up Your Heads, for your Redemption is coming near.”
God’s dream for the world might also become our own.
Our job? To show up, be present, be persistent in our prayers, wait patiently and attentively, with curiosity, endurance, gratitude, and grace for all that God has done and will do for us in this time and in this place. And to say ‘yes’ when the time seems right.
Two reflections for Remembrance Sunday: on scripture; and resilience – World War II through the eyes of a child in England.
Like the Christian story and our own story as a church family, the text for this morning is also a story about courage, commitment, or extreme loyalty in the face of threat.
God’s relentless invitation to sign on in new and innovative ways to be about the collaborative work of engaging with a living, loving God; one who desperately needs us to show up and to walk the talk of healing and wholeness.
Every good mother wants the best for her children, right?
If ever there was a good set of readings to really chew on, surely this morning’s readings fit the bill.
Thanksgiving Sunday is always one of my favourites in the church calendar year as we gather to give thanks and praise for the harvest. It’s one of my favourite days as we begin to notice the cooler mornings and longer nights and all this in the midst of revelling in the brilliant hues of the autumnal colours. Thanksgiving Sunday is one of my favourites because it brings back so many memories from my childhood when I attended South Burnaby United…
Being in Christian community means this: ‘if one member of the body suffers, all suffer together with it’ and ‘if one member of the body is honoured, all rejoice together with it’. (2)
For me, wholeheartedness involves plunging in to the deep end of the pool rather than tiptoeing into the water via the shallow end.
So what does it mean “to welcome” or to be a “welcoming congregation”?
Each and every one of us may be in need of a listening ear rather than a quick fix solution.