• 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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  • Curious George

Hello once more. It seems the weeks flow by very quickly. It reminds me of sitting by a quick flowing brook. It is always the same and yet always different. Just like the days of our lives.

We have been patiently going through these days of isolation. While we remain in contact through language, there is a clear sense in which our physical connection has been strained. Thanks be to God who gives us the Holy Spirit. By that living presence we are supported, encouraged and strengthened to face whatever may come our way. This with a clear understanding that God does not manipulate material circumstance to keep us from hardship and challenge. Rather, God inspires us to let the light of love take root in our mind and heart. As that light is established we become a source of hope to all we meet along our way.

Please keep active in your prayer life as we begin looking to gathering in the Big Red Church as a people. We will keep in touch and let you know when we have our first gathering as a community. Hopefully this will be sooner than later.

I hope you enjoy the video we prepared Saturday morning.

The Texts For This Service Are:

Romans 5:1-5 - Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Psalm 100 - Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come into his presence with singing. Know that the LORD is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

Matthew 9:35-38 - Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."

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  • Curious George

Hello friends...

We had another fine Saturday morning at the Big Red Church. The sky outside was grey and the air was cool. Inside the feeling was bright and the spirit warm. The Called To Be Band sang some fine songs and I shared a few insights and encouragements. We recorded these and hope you will find at least a little inspiriation and motive for being kind in and through all your relations.

Next week we are planning to have our service outside the Church. This will depend on the weather. Should there be a possibility of rain, we will cancel the service and circulate a video as we have been doing for the past while. If the weather is fine, we will be happy to see you present. The service will begin with the Church bells ringing at eleven o'clock. The worship will begin at about fifteen past eleven.

We are asking that you bring lawn chairs to sit on. There will be no food or beverage served. If you like a cup of coffee during the service you should bring it along with you. We are planning to serve communion next week as well. Instructions will be given during the service. And, because health concerns are still in play, we are reminding you to keep a safe distance and avoid breathing directly on others.

Scripture Readings for This Week:

Genesis 1:24-31 - God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind." And it was so. God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth." So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth." God said, "See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food." And it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.

Psalm 8:3-9 - When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor. You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Matthew 28:16-20 - Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

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