• Curious George


I trust you are doing well as we go through these times of testing. God's spirit is at the very heart of our being and more than adequate to deal with any circumstance we may experience. All creation is filled with creatures reflecting the diversity and the majesty of God. This includes our human being. Each of us has opportunity to allow God's light to enter our heart and mind. Doing so we become messengers of hope to all those whom we encounter along the way of our lives.

I am praying that the spirit of God will bless you with insight and encouragement as you listen to the songs and message posted below. They are expressed by faith and in the expectation that they will support and encourage you as you go forward along the way of life.

The texts informing my words are:

Psalm 145:8-14 / Romans 7:15-25a / Matthew 11:28-30

  • Curious George

Hello friends....

Last week I suggested that Church would resume this Sunday. Things have changed since then. So we got together as a team and prepared yet another video service. The singing was insightful and encouraging. Music is like that. It has the ability to lift our spirits.

It has been challenging to work through these times of change. Hopefully you are doing well. If not, we have you in our prayers and trust that God will reach into your life with grace. This may come through our music and message. It may also come from you family and friends.

The service this week is rooted in my exploration of the lectionary texts. At the heart of my reflections there is the personality of King David. He is a remarkable character in the history of our world. Basically, David was a person just like us. His relationship with God continues to bless persons of all times and places. Reading his poetry we are encouraged in our own relationship with God. The Psalms make plain that God is the source and the substance of hope for the future. Being in relationship with God is the key to open heaven's door. I trust you give at least a small part of every day to read the scriptures and contemplate their meaning in your life.

I hope you will enjoy the video below. By God's spirit the songs and words will bring you insight and encouragement.

The Texts For Sunday, June 28 are:

Psalm 89:1-4 / Romans 6:12-23 / Matthew 10:40-42

My first impressions of these scriptures:

The Psalm presents testimony to the unfailing love of God. The author is determined to make God’s love known to all persons in all places. The text makes clear that God has chosen David to communicate the good news of God’s unfailing care for all. We notice that God has given a special role to David in the way of salvation. All generations will remember David’s words and his role as God’s servant will never be ended.

In Romans the apostle encourages persons to resist sin. He makes clear that material desires are rooted in wickedness. We are encouraged to turn from such desire and choose the way of God. In doing so we become agents of right action. Through faith we are set free from the power of death and for the power of life. This all by the grace of God and not through our own merit. We are enabled by God’s spirit to walk in the way of right behaviour. The apostle indicates that choosing to practice God’s way leads to the removal of all that hinders human well being and opens to all that leads to life which is without ending.

Matthew presents Jesus as he lets those who follow his way know that our relationship with God is one of unity. Those who welcome and accept our testimony are included in the love of God. As we are filled with God’s love that love overflows into all our relations. This love is present in even the smallest act of kindness. All who practice kindness will be blessed by God unfailing love.

  • Curious George

These days remind me of Israel's journey through the wilderness. It seems all the regular patterns of our lives have been shifted just a few degrees. For some of us that small shift has brought some hardship and challenge. It has also brought opportunity for caring involvement with our family, friends, and neighbours. That caring stands close to the heart of the gospel we share as a faith community. It can be expressed simply and still produce remarkable examples of Grace. Thanks for all that you are doing to make a positive difference!

Our leadership team has decided that we will open the Church doors next Sunday and have a regular service of worship. The building will be fully cleaned with disinfectant. We will also take good care to respect safe distance and to avoid making physical contact. If it adds to your comfort level, we encourage you to wear a small face mask and avoid touching your face with your hands. I am sure you have heard all of this many times. Even so, it does not hurt to be reminded as things start turning towards normal. The key element in all of this is respect for the well being of others.

The texts informing our service are:

Psalm 86:1-7 - Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God; be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all day long. Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you. Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my cry of supplication. In the day of my trouble I call on you, for you will answer me.

Romans 6:1b-11 - Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in the newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 10:24-39 - "A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household! "So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

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