Posted by Christ the King Lutheran Church on December 3, 2014 under Pastor's Message | Comments are off for this article

SUNDAY, DEC. 7th – 10:30 a.m. Congregational Christmas Program with music, skits, and recitations. (2 Corinthians 4:13….we also believe and so we speak….)

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24th – 7:30 p.m. Christmas Even Worship

HOPE is fragile thing, seemingly held together with prayer, craft glue and light-weight wire. Hope is not about what we can prove but about who we can trust. Advent promises that we can trust the God who comes among us as a vulnerable child. The baby is a most unexpected answer to war and despair, to illness and disaster. Yet, he is a sign that life is worth living this day and the day after; that life is worth giving of ourselves in the necessary care and nurture. The baby is a sign that good things take time to grow and that they are worth waiting for.

So we gather during the weeks of Advent, the “little Lent” that leads to Christmas Day to remind each other of glimpses of hope, to talk about the reasons we keep on getting up in the morning to engage with the world for another day. In the midst of the practical things — “the dog needs to be feed, the plants need to be watered” — there is the possibility of surprise. This day we may be just the surprise the someone else needs. It could be a smile, a kind word, a helping hand that reminds another person that they really are “visible” and that they really do matter (like the police officer I saw lifting a heavy package to the counter for a young mom with a tired baby).

Hope is a fragile thing, a gift of God in the waiting time. May you recognize that gift today.hope

Pastor Susan Horton


Posted by Christ the King Lutheran Church on October 10, 2014 under Pastor's Message | Comments are off for this article

What’s that rose all about? In stained glass, on shirts, or mugs, or decorative wall plaques, the “Luther Rose” often appears in Lutheran settings. It’s really a strong statement of faith, a reminder of what we have received. Thanks to oldlutheran.com here’s an explanation.

Blessings in this season of thanksgiving and of reformation.

Pastor Susan Horton

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!



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


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


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