What do YOU see?

Posted by Christ the King Lutheran Church on September 6, 2014 under Pastor's Message | Comments are off for this article

When you look up at the sky, what do you see? There’s an old the Peanuts cartoon where Snoopy and Charlie Brown are looking at the clouds and identifying different animals. Snoopy sees some very exotic animals and scenes, which leaves Charlie Brown too embarrassed to say that he sees a duckie and a horsie (or something like that). Perhaps they should have stuck to a discussion of the varieties of cirrus, cumulus, or stratus clouds. ( I promise myself that one day I will learn the names of the various types and how wind and water create such beauty.)

That old cartoon could be the basis of a meditation about believing in yourself and offering the thoughts you have. But instead, it’s the lead-in to an actual picture that I took of clouds over Fort McMurray.

Take a look at the picture below. What do you see? I stopped the car to take the picture because I saw a cross in the clouds, a reminder to me of how much God loves the people in this city. A lot of people in the world sees us as evil money-grubbers bent on destroying the environment; God sees us as people of value who need love and hope and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. That’s a much different starting point to help us grow and change in ways that bring the greatest good to our neighbours.cloud cross

Which leads me to an old prayer for the church which also seems appropriate for our city and the people in it:
Gracious God, fill us with all truth and peace.
Where we are corrupt, purify us;
where we are in error, direct us;
where in anything we are amiss, reform us;
where we are right, strengthen us;
where we are in need, provide for us;
where we are divided, reunite us;
for the sake of Jesus Christ, your Son our Saviour. Amen.

Pastor Susan Horton

Remember – now that it’s September, we’re back at Timberlea School at 10:30 Sundays!

 

FOOT PATHS

Posted by Christ the King Lutheran Church on July 4, 2014 under Pastor's Message | Comments are off for this article

DON’T FORGET – WE ARE WORSHIPPING JOINTLY WITH ST. THOMAS ANGLICAN ALL SUMMER LONG, CORNER OF SIGNAL ROAD AND SILIN FOREST DRIVE, NOT AT THE SCHOOL. WORSHIP STARTS AT 10:00 A.M.

Where in the world are you going to put your feet up this summer? Will you be looking through your toes at the lake or at the few gallons of water in the back-yard paddling pool? Will you be checking them for blisters because you’ve be running, digging in the garden, or dancing through the night at a wedding?

Wherever your feet take you, consider Psalm 24: “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof…” Take time to enjoy that fullness, to give thanks for it, to pray for its protection and generous distribution. You might even want to look up an old spiritual called “I want Jesus to walk with me” as another way of praying for his presence in all of your activities.

Share your delight in the fullness of creation with the people around you, and share your delight in God who declared it “good” and “very good.” See what you can do for the places and the people who don’t know that or haven’t experienced it lately. Your smile, your encouragement, your honest thanks, your thoughtful donation may mean more than you will ever know.

Let the Christian community support your summer footsteps. Visit a new church on your way through a new town, or look for a new Christian author for your “beach” reading. I’ve just discovered that Bruce Marchiano, the actor who played Jesus in the Visual Bible version of Matthew’s gospel, is also a Christian writer and speaker. I’m packing his book “In the Footsteps of Jesus: One Man’s Journey through the Life of Christ.” It’s seem appropriate for a road trip. (Come to think of it, isn’t the Gospel of Matthew really a “road” movie?)foot globe

May God watch over your going out and your coming in, from this day forth and forevermore.

Pastor Susan Horton

Delight

Posted by Christ the King Lutheran Church on June 18, 2014 under Pastor's Message | Comments are off for this article

PLEASE NOTE: From July 7th to August 31st there will be NO worship services at Timberlea School. Instead we are joining with St. Thomas Anglican, 10:00 a.m. at the corner of Signal Road and Silin Forest Road.

DELIGHT: great pleasure, keen enjoyment, joy or satisfaction

“Mmm, that’s good.” For some, it’s the first sip of coffee or a back rub. For others it’s the feel of a carefully sanded piece of wood or the sound of grandchildren’s greetings. Others think of chocolate, the limey-green of new leaves under an intensely blue sky, clean sheets, or finishing a lengthy project.

Why do so many things delight us? Preaching on the creation story in Genesis One gave me a new answer. We are created in the image of God and God spends a lot of time in that story of beginnings in taking delight.

We don’t always think of delight, pleasure, enjoyment, and satisfaction as godly attributes. Perhaps omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence sound more impressive, but story of God and the world God loves begins in delight. The people who shared this story first knew that other people told different stories of how it all began. They heard their neighbours stories of battles among various godlings, sometimes with an attempt to enslave humans after their accidental creation, but they wanted to affirm a different experience.

“God saw that is was good” is a continuing refrain that ends with an even more intense appreciation: “God saw that it wasduckie very good.” Except that it doesn’t end there. After the project rolls out, God takes a considerable amount of time settling back and enjoying the wonder and beauty of it all.

Keep watch for something good today with all your senses and let your sigh of satisfaction or your shout of joyous laughter be the beginning of a litany of thanksgiving. “Mmm, that’s good. Thank you, Lord.”

Pastor Susan Horton

 

 

LEAFY HOPE

Posted by Christ the King Lutheran Church on May 30, 2014 under Pastor's Message | Comments are off for this article

Poet William Blake once wrote about seeing the world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wildflower. I would add that we can see hope in a leaf no bigger than a thumb.

At this latitude we long for leafy green weeks before we see it. We know that it’s coming, but we see little physical evidence. That makes me think of our longing for change in our world and in our lives: with God, something is going on before we see the evidence of it. God is active thawing the soil, raising the sap, loosening the buds. We get impatient for that to happen. Sometimes we demand perfection of ourselves on Day 2 of our prayers. That makes it hard to say, “Thank you, Lord, for the work you are doing in me and in my community. Help me to trust, to listen, to watch, and to rejoice in the smallest leaf.”

“I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6leaf thumb

(Note: this picture was taken days ago; the leaves are much bigger now!)

Pastor Susan Horton

MMMM! GOOD!

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It’s one thing to eat a chocolate bunny, but a chocolate cross? Really? Is that appropriate?
I guess it depends on your waist line and your theology.

Easter is all about the sweetness of the resurrection after seeming-disaster and despair. Easter is all about the goodness of God in our lives right now as the Spirit of Jesus is loose in the world. Easter is about the forgiveness of sins and restored relationships – and those are sweet things.

Chocolate, as enjoyable as it is, is only a tiny hint of what’s coming. Easter is the promise that even death cannot limit God’s love or God’s purpose Something more comes after death for Jesus and for us, life in this world different than it was before, and life forever in God’s presence.choc cross

That’s good news, whether you like chocolate or not!

Psalm 34:8a “O taste and see that the Lord is good.”

Pastor Susan Horton