PEACE

Posted by Christ the King Lutheran Church on December 23, 2014 under Pastor's Message | Comments are off for this article

Wednesday, Dec. 24 – 7:30 Christmas Eve Worship at Timberlea School
Sunday, Dec. 28 – 10:30 Worship for the First Sunday of Christmas
Sunday, Jan. 4th – 10:30 Worship with Holy Communion and Confirmation. Potluck lunch to follow.

The Christmas rush can be so consuming that we think more of Christmas collapse (semi-comatose on the couch) rather than Christmas peace. That makes it a good time to pray for all kinds of peace: a calmness in our hearts and minds, as well as between people and between nations. Not just a Christmas truce, so the busyness and the bombing can resume later, but Christmas peace so we can let go of bitterness, arrogance, and prejudice.

This prayer from the Taize community asks for that gift.peace nativity

Come and fill our hearts with your peace,
You alone, O Lord, are holy.
Come and fill our hearts with your peace, Alleluia!
Confitemini Domino quoniam bonus.
Confitemini Domino, Alleluia!

Christmas peace!

Pastor Susan Horton

HOPE

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

A ROSE EXPLAINED

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!

 

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