To view Pastor Dave Hammer's weekly sermons feel free to visit: St. Mark's Church Wellesley website
“It's that time of the year again, when we stand on the precipice of a new year and look forward to what is in store for us in 2015. Last year, I wrote 14 Things the Church Needs to Do in 2014, and many of them are still true for 2015. However, given the events of 2014, the church now also has a monumental opportunity to provide healing, justice, care, and compassion in new and exciting ways — ways I believe are important for the church in the upcoming year.
1. Review what happened in 2014. What worked? What didn’t? Where did we spend our money? How did we touch people’s lives? What one word would describe 2014? Take some time and objectively look at what transpired in 2014.
2. Honestly answer the question, “Why in the world would anyone want to come to this church?" I believe this is the biggest question that every church must ask itself. How one answers this question affects the ministry, outlook, and mission of the church. If you answer this question honestly, the answer might surprise you and scare you at the same time.
3. Answer, "If we closed our doors tomorrow, who would miss us?" Is the church a place to go on Sunday morning or an impactful piece of the community? Is the church a place that is finding areas of ministry that are outside the four walls of the church? Is the church a place of community building, fellowship, and service, or is it just merely existing? If the church closed tomorrow would there be a gap, a hole, a void left in the community or even a particular community?
4. Then ask the even harder question — "If no one would miss us, then what are we doing here?"
5. Speak up for the voiceless in our own backyard. Too often churches have a understanding of changing the world. Don't get me wrong — the message of Christ has that ability. But instead of constantly looking at overseas mission trip destinations, are we looking in our own backyard? Are there areas that we are missing because we think someone else is handling the problem? There are needs in any-sized community — the church is called to speak up for those who cannot and be the voice they are longing to have. If the church cannot and does not speak to community, state, and national issues then we are missing a big piece of the gospel.
6. Have honest conversations about race. In Ferguson, Staten Island, Ohio, and everywhere in between, the complexities of race in our society has been thrown to the forefront of news, conversation, and lives. Was Dr. King correct when he said that 11 a.m. on Sunday was the most segregated hour of the week? For many churches that still does seem to be the case. How the church responds to the issue of race in the 21st century will be extremely important.
7. Re-evaluate missions. What is the purpose of missions? What is our mission as followers of Christ? Is the church supporting missions that support our mission? Reviewing how the work of the church is done will focus the ministry opportunities for 2015.
8. Remember that failure is not a bad word. So you planned and planned and planned some more and your ministry idea that was supposed to bring people the good news didn’t get off the ground. Well ... that's OK. Ministry is tough. Failure is never easy but it something we must see not as a negative but as a growing point. If we are holding back for fear of failure then we are limiting what God can do in that situation. Churches cannot simply just wait for "home runs." Ministry is more about trial and error than it is an exactly science. So get out there and try something, get your hands dirty, be the hands and feet of God!
9. Love the people, love the people, love the people. And I mean no matter what. The church needs to strip away the cold exterior and welcome people — all people — with the loving arms of God. We need to love people for who they are not for who we want them to be.
10. Answer, "If someone came to this community for the first time what would their impression be?" Some parts of the church have a reputation of being an "insiders" club. For some congregations it is difficult for a new person to find their place or role within the community. If the same 10 people do everything in the church, how can the rest of the church have an impact? If someone were to walk into your faith community what would their first impression be? Is the signage correct? Are things laid out well? Is there someone to greet them yet not ask 100 questions and make them fill out a commitment card? Let's look at the church with fresh eyes and see what happens.
11. Stop the bodies-in-the-pews game. There is more to being a ministry of God than painstakingly counting bodies in the pews. This is does not mean people who are missing are unimportant — it means the church needs to stop defining itself by numbers physically in attendance. What if we worried about how many lives we have touched, instead of the number of people that come on Sunday morning?
12. Pray for ... everything. Patience, peace, mercy, safety, movement of the spirit, direction. Start praying and never stop. The church, the world, and our souls need it.
13. Increase giving. It takes faith to increase giving even during good financial stability but even more when it times are tough. Have faith, take courage, and step out and increase the giving of the church. It doesn't have to be much, but it has to be some. Watch what happens when a little is given in faith.
14. Decrease complaining. Yes, there is a lot to do and few workers to do it. The budget may have its pitfalls and attendance is not what it once was 40 years ago, but that doesn't mean we have to let it affect us and our life. We have a lot to be thankful for. Attitude is important — especially in the church. If people are always complaining — especially about insignificant things — then this will spill over to all parts of the church.
15. Don't give up on the church. I know what Christ said — that the gates of Hell will not prevail against the church — but there are times when this feels untrue. People from all walks of life have been shunned from or have run out on a congregation for differing beliefs or theological styles. As the body of Christ we need to remember that the church is made up of imperfect people who are trying to do the will of God. While we might not like the direction the church is heading we cannot give up on it. God has never given up on us — let’s not give up on God.
Rev. Evan M. Dolive is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He is married to his high school sweetheart and has two children ages 3 and 1. He currently serves in Beaumont, Texas. He also blogs for Houston Belief, Good Men Project, and Radical Parents. For more information about Evan visit www.evandolive.com or find him on Twitter or Facebook.
Whenever a congregation goes looking for a new pastor, the first question on their minds when the committee interviews a new candidate is: Will this pastor grow our church?
I’m going to go ahead and answer that question right now: No, she will not.
No amount of pastoral eloquence, organization, insightfulness, amicability, or charisma will take your congregation back to back to its glory days.
What then can your pastor do? She can make your board meetings longer with prayer and Bible study. She can mess with your sense of familiarity by changing the order of worship and the arrangement of the sanctuary. She can play those strange new songs and forget about your favorite old hymns. She can keep on playing those crusty old hymns instead of that hot new contemporary praise music. She can bug you incessantly about more frequent celebration of Communion. She can ignore your phone call because she’s too busy praying. She can ruin your perfectly balanced budget with appeals for more funds to be allocated toward mission and outreach. She can take up your precious evenings with kooky new book studies and meditation groups. She can take up your precious weekends with exhausting volunteer projects. She can open your church building to the ugliest and meanest freaks in town, who show up at odd hours, beg for handouts, track muddy snow into the building, leave their cigarette butts in the parking lot, and spill their coffee on the carpet during their Junkies Anonymous meetings.
She can come off sounding like a Jesus freak evangelical, gushing on and on about the Bible and your personal relationship with God. She can come off sounding like a smells n’ bells catholic, pontificating on and on about tradition and sacraments. She can come off sounding like a bleeding-heart liberal, prattling on and on about social justice and the need to constantly question old interpretations.
What can she do to grow your church? Nothing. There’s nothing your pastor can do to make your church grow. She can’t save your church. Your church already has a Savior and it’s not her. She can push you. She can open doors. She can present you with opportunities. It’s up to you to take advantage of them. She can plant seeds and water them. It’s up to God to make them grow.
And what if that happens? What will growth look like? Will all those old, inactive members suddenly return? Will the pews be packed again? Will you need to start a second service and buy the lot next door in order to expand the parking lot? No. You might see a few new faces in the crowd. There won’t be many of them. Some might stick around but most won’t. Those who stay won’t fit in with the old guard. They won’t know about how you’ve always done it. They’ll want to make changes of their own. Their new ideas will make you uncomfortable. Your church won’t look or feel like it used to. You’ll feel like you’re losing control of this place that you’ve worked so hard to preserve. It will feel like your church is dying.
And that’s just the thing. A growing church is a dying church. It has to be. It cannot be otherwise. The way to Easter Sunday goes through Good Friday. The way to the empty tomb goes through Golgotha. The way to resurrection goes through crucifixion. When Jesus told you to take up your cross and follow, did you expect it to lead anywhere else? What Jesus told us about himself is also true of churches: Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it bears no fruit.
But what if it doesn’t work? What if you let your pastor do all that crazy stuff and nobody new shows up? What if the church still goes under? What if all that time you spend studying the Bible, expanding your horizons, deepening your spiritual life, and serving your community turns out to be time wasted? What if it does?
Tell you what: if that’s what happens, if you commit yourself to all this and still feel like it was a waste of time in the end, then maybe your church really needed to die
This article was written by Streetpastor.wordpress.com
This was found in “The Huffington Post”
Dear Parents With Young Children in Church
You are doing something really, reallyimportant. I know it's not easy. I see you with your arms overflowing, and I know you came to church already tired. Parenting is tiring. Really tiring.
I watch you bounce and sway trying to keep the baby quiet, juggling the infant car seat and the diaper bag as you find a seat. I see you wince as your child cries. I see you anxiously pull things out of your bag of tricks to try to quiet them.
And I see you with your toddler and your preschooler. I watch you cringe when your little girl asks an innocent question in a voice that might not be an inside voice let alone a church whisper. I hear the exasperation in your voice as you beg your child to just sit, to be quiet as you feel everyone's eyes on you. Not everyone is looking, but I know it feels that way.
I know you're wondering, is this worth it? Why do I bother? I know you often leave church more exhausted than fulfilled. But what you are doing is so important.
When you are here, the church is filled with a joyful noise. When you are here, the Body of Christ is more fully present. When you are here, we are reminded that this worship thing we do isn't about bible study or personal, quiet contemplation but coming
together to worship as a community where all are welcome, where we share in the Word and Sacrament together. When you are here, I have hope that these pews won't be empty in 10 years when your kids are old enough to sit quietly and behave in worship. I know that they are learning how and why we worship now, before it's too late. They are learning that worship isimportant.
I see them learning. In the midst of the cries, whines, and giggles, in the midst of the crinkling of pretzel bags and the growing pile of crumbs, I see a little girl who insists on going two pews up to share peace with someone she's never met. I hear a little boy slurping (quite loudly) every last drop of his communion wine out of the cup, determined not to miss a drop of Jesus. I watch a child excitedly color a cross and point to the one in the front of the sanctuary. I hear the echos of "Amens" just a few
seconds after the rest of the community says it together. I watch a boy just learning to read try to sound out the words in the worship book or count his way to Hymn 672. Even on weeks when I can't see my own children learning because, well, it's one of those mornings, I can see your children learning. I know how hard it is to do what you're doing, but I want you to know it matters. It matters to me. It matters to my children to not be alone in the pew. It matters to the congregation to know that families care about faith, to see young people... and even on those weeks when you can't see the little moments, it matters to your children.
It matters that they learn that worship is what we do as a community of faith, that everyone is welcome, that their worship matters. When we teach children that their worship matters, we teach them that they areenough right here and right now as members of the church community. They don't need to wait until they can believe, pray or worship a certain way to be welcome here, and I know adults who are still looking to be shown that. It matters that children learn that they are an integral part of this
church, that their prayers, their songs, and even their badly (or perfectly-timed, depending on who you ask) cries and whinesare a joyful noise because it means they are present.
I know it's hard, but thank you for what you do when you bring your children to church. Please know that your family -- with all of its noise, struggle, commotion, and joy -- are not simply tolerated, you are a vital part of the community gathered in worship.
A new year means new plans. What does the year hold for us at St. James'? A view to 'Feed the Core'.
This means providing services that feed and inspire... this means offering a 'Cradle Roll' Party for those with young children who have recently baptized their children, or who are planning on a baptism in the near future. This means offering 'New Member' classes for those who wish to make their membership formal!
New plans and new directions! God calls us to embrace the new without eliminating the core values and traditions we Lutherans hold dear.
Think of 'Transfiguration' as a transformation without losing the essence of what it once was!
How about Fiona from 'Shrek' who transformed on the outside but was still the powerful and beautiful creature Shrek thought he would never win over. Or 'Spiderman' who was a superhero despite his flaws!
We all have the power to transform - even the church - without losing our essence!
Bring on the new! We have new directions to take!
During our last Clergy Cluster meeting in London, Pastor Thomas Mertz suggested that each clergy member in the Conference submit a reflectionon ' what does it mean for me to be a Lutheran in this Country/Community?'
“Ecclesia reformanda, sed semper reformata.” “The Church reformed, but always in the process of being reformed.” That’s what the festival of reformation shouts out to me. At it’s heart, it’s a celebration of the Gospel! It’s a celebration of the power of that Gospel to breathe new life into us. It's a reminder that the Holy Spirit knows no bounds. It’s a celebration of the continuing reformation that the Holy Spirit is effecting, both within the world and within the life of church. May God grant us the desire and the will to stretch and grow within the light of this wonderful and always new truth, for our sake and for the sake of the world.
Reformation Sunday draws closer and in churches around the country and in fact the world millions of Lutherans celebrate their rich denominational heritage. Pastors may invite for talks on Lutheran theology. The Luther Rose pops up on every Sunday bulletin and may even be good for a sermon.
“A Mighty Fortress,” the old beloved hymn sounds from coast to coast and of course as every year on Reformation Sunday Romans 3, 19-28 will remind us that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. And if we listen real carefully that day, we may even still hear the pounding of Martin Luther’s hammer, nailing the 95 thesis to the door of the Wittenberg church; the stuff that gives every Lutheran goose bumps.
My dad was catholic. The black sheep of the family. My Mom and Grandma raised me Lutheran. As a youth I was active in my local church and later I went to seminary, because I wanted to pass my Lutheran heritage on to others. It’s easy where I come from, because in Bavaria people pretty much belong to either the Catholic or to the “real” Church. But since my family and I moved to Canada I realize being Lutheran is much more of a choice. We could also be Presbyterian, United, Baptist, Pentacostal or Anglican. What does it mean for us, who choose to live as Lutherans in our communities to be a Lutheran.
For me personally the answer to that question goes back to my childhood. My father worked for a newspaper company and was frequently transferred to new offices in different cities. During the first 13 years of my life I moved 6 times. It’s hard to describe what that meant for me. But through all the changes of those years the church stood like a rock for me to lean on. Or I should rather say church became the one familiar place, where inevitably people would welcome us strangers in their midst and treat us like family. We didn’t have to earn our way into the community, but were received simply with grace, witnessing faithfully to the infinitely greater grace of the Lord. When I heard the pastor preach grace on Sunday I had already experienced it through the compassion of the people in church.
It’s the amazing grace of God that we Lutherans stand for in the world and in our local communities. Grace that receives all in the presence of loving God and is lived out in the way we preach and communicate with those in our neighbourhoods. It’s so much easier to preach the law to them and to ourselves, but we preach grace alone. Grace can always be mistaken. Jesus paid the price for that misunderstanding. But God raised him from the dead, so the truth of grace as the way to life might be affirmed. I believe as Lutherans we have a special call to embody God’s grace. And for me that’s behind the motto of our ELCIC to be a church “In Mission for Others”: To live – in word and deed – the grace that has saved us and frees us each new day.
Pastor Thomas Mertz
This is not an easy question to answer, but I'd have to say that being Lutheran today, here and now, is a matter of being free. I was raised in a different church tradition than the Lutheran tradition. What I have found in the Lutheran tradition is freedom. I know God's grace in Jesus Christ and I can celebrate it. Salvation is out of my hands and I need not save myself, so I am free from that fear and oppression. I can live the life of a Christian, knowing that I am forgiven and that sin -although still present- does not form an obstacle to grace or to growth in grace. I am free to live in gratitude rather than in fear or guilt.(That doesn't mean I always do, but I am free to live that way.) I am free to hear the Word of God addressed to me and to receive the sacraments as the Word made Flesh for me. At it's best, it is like a breath of clean, fresh air after a time in a stuffy, dark place. I am also free to carry on the tradition of what is best in the entire Christian Church throughout all the ages.
As a Lutheran Christian, I don't “have to”; I “get to!”
Pastor John Goldsworthy
As Christians, we struggle daily to live in balance of law and gospel. Law does not justify, and yes, there is still a need for the law. We cannot take the law and toss it on the scrap heap. For it is the law that drives us to the gospel, and it is the law that reminds us that we need the gospel, which promises the forgiveness of sins for the sake of Christ by grace through faith. We cannot keep the law without faith. And on the flip side, we cannot live with only the gospel either. We need to live daily with a balance so that the full reality of God’s grace can be experienced. What a wonderful feeling it would be to accept ourselves as a human beings, and to accept others as human beings, and to live as God intended us to live. Not by our own means, but by the means of our loving and gracious God - that only which God can fulfill. And a wonderful discovery you can make is that as you experience and accept God’s grace unconditionally, you are much better at accepting yourself and others unconditionally.
Pastor Rick Brown
Reflecting on what it means to be a Lutheran on Reformation Day means many things to me but perhaps the most important is the reminder that we should constantly be reforming’ the church. This means evaluating how we respond to the issues of the day. For Luther it was posting 95 Thesis’ on the door of the Wittenburg church because of the abuse he was encountering.
Today the abuse may take the form of ‘human trafficking’; ‘refugee rights’; ‘truth and reconciliation’. We as a church should always be ‘reforming’ as we grapple with the issues of a world we find ourselves in – just as Luther did.
Reforming does not only mean drafting motions or even writing to the Prime Minister to express concern over social justice issues. The church is here to act on behalf of the ‘widow’ and the ‘orphan’ and to act in a way that liberates and cares for those who do not have a voice. It is the part of ‘being’ in mission that suggests involvement and engagement. It’s struggling with what it means to take action – meaningful action - in a world that needs our attention and our hearts. We have “work to share and reproach to dare”1 as we continue to identify ourselves as Lutherans who are called to be Christ to the world!
1 Samuel Wolcott, 1813-1886
In the hymn For By Grace You Have Been Saved (ELW 598), the hymn writer declares, “So my grace is all-sufficient for each child who is my own, for my strength is now made perfect for each child who is my own…” This is a song of thanksgiving and celebration, but also a testimony of our Lutheran identity. God, who gives so abundantly and so freely, has bestowed revelations about his love, forgiveness, and greatness to the faithful, including churches and denominations. For us Lutherans, through Martin Luther, God has trusted this awesome truth about God’s grace that is all-sufficient – nothing more is needed. We are the stewards of this revelation and it is our calling to proclaim it ceaselessly and to share it with all others. What an awesome privilege! We are called to share this God’s great gift with others, Christians and non-Christians alike, as it is the wellspring of joy, love and life that frees us to live our lives to its fullest with God and with one another. Thanks be to God!
Pastor Elina Salonen,
Faith Church, Fergus-Elora
Reformation is celebratory when we live it as a description of ourselves following Jesus, individually and collectively, as the body of Christ. It is not the mission of the Church, but without it there is no mission. That we know too as Lutherans. When Jesus announced the kingdom as near, I take it to mean that love has won. Now, anyone who’s ever toyed with love knows that it is both immediate and still out of our reach. We can’t pull it in and make it our own. As I see it, that’s a very good thing because the kingdom belongs to everyone. And so, we keep reaching for it. What I’ve seen is that love like that of Jesus is found in individuals and congregations, who know they’re in process and strain forward as Paul urged. Being unfinished isn’t so bad. It means there’s room for love and love’s forgiveness. Living Lutheran is being open to living really large-grace filling each day. Moses never walked into the promised land, but faith carried him, as it will us, there.
Pastor Ed Bastian
As many of you know I am the part-time Lutheran Chaplain at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. We serve students on campus throughout the year by providing them with a number of activities/events that connect them to their faith tradition. Recently, many students have indicated they would be interested in learning more about 'spirituality'. Now, spirituallity means different things to different people, however, it is exciting to hear young people wonder about how spirituality fits into their student life!
Recently an academic study at Wilfrid Laurier has indicated that spirituality plays a significant role in helping students deal with mental health issues such anxiety disorders and even homesickness.
In order to help students cope with student lfe and to provide an opportunity to explore spirituality, Lutheran Campus Ministry - Waterloo and the Chaplain's office are offering the following events/seminars at WLU.
FALL SEMESTER ACTIVITIES
Spiritual Formation Seminars ( 3) three week sessions beginning in September led by Sr. Anne Keffer.
1st Session – September 18th, 25th, and October 02nd
2nd Session – October 16th, 23rd and 30th
3rd Session – November 13th, 20th and 27th
(each unit will be based on a theme including ‘Your Image of God’, ‘Spiritual Direction’, ‘Ways of Praying – finding deeper trust in one’s own way of praying’ and reflection time. The aim is to provide an opportunity to formulate one’s own spiritual theology)
The sessions will be held prior to our Tuesday night Cost Suppers where the sessions can naturally evolve into an ‘agape’ supper. The Suppers begin at 5:30 p.m.
Based on the [Both And] event, the ‘Mysterium’ gatherings will be held in the Keffer Chapel on the third Friday of the month from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. beginning September 21st.
The structure of the gatherings is to gather in a candle lit environment with font and altar present. Musicians are a key element to this gathering as well as a projector with images and music that is played during parts of the gathering. There will be a reflection based on a theme that has been chosen for the evening and a meal of bread and wine (and juice). There are prayers (and perhaps a ‘Prayer Wall’ constructed for the evening) and a Prayer Space where one or more leaders pray an intercessory prayer for those wishing to pray with someone.
It will be an ecumenical gathering which will be fairly informal which uses ‘ancient’ as well as ‘modern’ elements.
There will be a ‘creative space’ where sketch pads and water colors, or charcoal will be available. Some evenings will be spent preparing sandwiches which will be transported and donated to the ‘Anselma House’ in Kitchener. Anyone, at anytime can go to the ‘creative space’ during the gathering.
Please check out: lutheransconnect.com for the Pentecost 2012 reflection and Social Justice Events on ‘Human Trafficking’ and ‘Refugee Rights’ taking place on the campus of WLU this fall.
A friend recently sent this to me and I had to share it... It is the Resume of Christ!
The Address: Ephesians 1:20
Phone: Romans 10:13
Website: The Bible .
Keywords: Christ, Lord, Savior and Jesus
Objective: My name is Jesus -The Christ. Many call me Lord! I've sent you my resume because I'm seeking the top management position in your heart. Please consider my accomplishments as set forth in my resume>
Qualifications: I founded the earth and established the heavens, (See Proverbs 3:19) I formed man from the dust of the ground, (See Genesis 2:7) I breathed into man the breath of life, (See Genesis 2:7) I redeemed man from the curse of the law, (See Galatians 3:13) The blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant comes upon your life through me, (See Galatians 3:14)
Occupational Background: I've only had one employer, (See Luke 2:49 ).I've never been tardy, absent, disobedient, slothful or disrespectful. My employer has nothing but rave reviews for me, (See Matthew 3:15 -17)
Skills Work Experiences: Some of my skills and work experiences include: empowering the poor to be poor no more, healing the brokenhearted, setting the captives free, healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind and setting at liberty them that are bruised, (See Luke 4:18).I am a Wonderful Counselor, (See Isaiah 9:6). People who listen to me shall dwell safely and shall not fear evil, (See Proverbs 1:33 ).Most importantly, I have the authority, ability and power to cleanse you of your sins, (See I John 1:7-9)
Educational Background: I encompass the entire breadth and length of knowledge, wisdom and understanding, (See Proverbs 2:6).In me are hid all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, (See Colossians 2:3).My Word is so powerful; it has been described as being a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path, (See Psalms 119:105).I can even tell you all of the secrets of your heart, (See Psalms 44:21).
Major Accomplishments: I was an active participant in the greatest Summit Meeting of all times, (See Genesis 1:26 ). I laid down my life so that you may live, (See II Corinthians 5:15 ). I defeated the arch enemy of God and mankind and made a show of them openly, (See Colossians 2:15 ). I've miraculously fed the poor, healed the sick and raised the dead! There are many more major accomplishments, too many to mention here. You can read them on my website, which is located at: www dot - the BIBLE. You don't need an Internet connection or computer to access my website.
References: Believers and followers worldwide will testify to my divine healing, salvation, deliverance, miracles, restoration and supernatural guidance.
In Summation: Now that you've read my resume, I'm confident that I'm the only candidate uniquely qualified to fill this vital position in your heart. In summation, I will properly direct your paths, (See Proverbs 3:5-6), and lead you into everlasting life, (See John 6:47 ). When can I start? Time is of the essence, (See Hebrews 3:15 ).
Maybe you know someone who may have an opening!
Thanks for your help.
On April 22nd St. James and St. Peter's are hosting a 'Youth Service' at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter's.
It is 'Earth Day' and the youth have prepared the service and have written prayers asking God to help them to be good stewards of God's creation.
The service was built around the 'Earth Day' resources found on the KAIROS Canada site. The loose change offering will be directed to KAIROS Canada.
For more information you can find it at www.kairoscanada.org
COME AND SUPPORT THE CONFIRMATION CLASS ON APRIL 22ND AT 10:00 A.M. FOR THE EARTH DAY 'YOUTH SERVICE'!
A 'Spaghetti and Meatball' Lunch will be held immediately following the service. It is a free-will donation lunch with proceeds going to offset costs for registration fees for Confirmation Camp this summer at Camp Edgewood, Eden Mills, ON
A colleague showed this to me at seminary the other week and I couldn't help but share it!
THE COVENANT (the promise)
God knocks at my door seeking a home for his son:
Rent is cheap, I say.
I don’t want to rent. I want to buy, says God.
I’m not sure I want to sell, but you might come in to look around.
I think I will, says God.
I might let you have a room or two.
I like it, says God. I’ll take the two. You might decide to give me more some day. I can wait, says God.
I’d like to give you more, but it’s a bit difficult. I need some space for me.
I know, says God, but I’ll wait. I like what I see.
Hm, maybe I can let you have another room. I really don’t need that much.
Thanks, says God, I’ll take it. I like what I see.
I’d like to give you the whole house but I’m not sure...
Think on it, says God. I wouldn’t put you out. Your house would be mine and my son would live in it. You’d have more space than you’d ever had before.
I don’t understand at all.
I know, says God, but I can’t tell you about that. You’ll have to discover it for yourself. That can only happen if you let me have the whole house.
A bit risky, I say.
Yes, says God, but try me.
I’m not sure— I’ll let you know.
I can wait, says God. I like what I see.
- Margaret Halaska
Have a blessed spring!