Rev. Beth's Weekly Letter - July 12

Saturday July 11, 2020

 

Dear Friends:

Our gospel passage (Matthew 24: 1-14) on Thursday evening was about the end time. In fact the disciples ask Jesus:  tell us when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world? 

Henri Nouwen, a wonderful and thoughtful priest, says we are living in the end time – right now!  When Jesus refers to nations fighting against nations, earthquakes and floods, we are and have experienced in the past wars and revolutions, conflicts between nations, famines, persecution and more. Jesus sees the chaos and dysfunction in a radically different way than we do. For Jesus this is an opportune time to witness!  We are living witnesses of God’s love and hope.  

Hope is part of our faith.  We read the biblical narratives of God’s unvarying love for his people. It is this love and hope that sustains us now in these new and different times.

Evening Prayer:  Join us on Thursday evening at 7:00pm.  You may phone in and listen!  The phone number is included in the Zoom invitation that you receive on Wednesday.

Congratulations!  Rev. Grahame and Ina Stap celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on Friday, July 10.

Condolences:  Rev. Noel Goater died on June 10th in British Columbia. Rev. Goater was the incumbent at St. John’s from 1974-1980. His obituary is here.

Worship: Click here after 6:00pm today for the worship service.

“News from the General Synod” is distributed by the Anglican Church of Canada nearly daily!   There are a number of excellent articles and learning opportunities in this issue.  Do read the articles on:

What happened when the churches opened too early..

How the church of the future was born in the pandemic. 

Look for the free online educational opportunities.

“News” will introduce you to what is happening in other parts of Canada and the wide world. The body of Christ is eclectic and diverse.

Let us join together in prayer: 

Creator and gracious God, draw our hearts to you, guide our minds, fill our imaginations, control our wills, that we might be wholly yours, utterly dedicated to you; and then use us, we pray, as you will , always to your glory and welfare of  your people, through our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Amen.

In this weather, stay hydrated and as cool as you are able.

Blessings

Beth+