SUMMER WITH ST. THOMAS

Posted by Christ the King Lutheran Church on July 3, 2015 under Pastor's Message | Comments are off for this article

For the fourth summer in a row, we are worshipping jointly with St. Thomas Anglican, 195 Signal Road. SERVICE TIME IS 10:00 A.M. from July 5th to Sept. 6th. (We return to the school on Sept. 13th).

For coverage of the ELCIC National Convention in Edmonton July 9th to 12th, visit www.elcic.ca

Summertime is a time of growth for plants and animals. It can be a special time of growth for Christians too when we take time for Jesus. Here are some ways to grow closer this summer:

1. Read through the book of Ephesians; it is the source of all the Epistle lessons from July 12th to August23th. (Don’t worry about the academic discussions on whether Paul or a disciple of Paul wrote it; the early church found it valuable for faith and we can too!)
2. Memorize a psalm or part of a psalm.
3. Forgive someone.
4. Visit www.oneagleswings.org to read updates on the Summer Bible Schools and pray for special blessings on the Christians in remote communities.
5. Say thank you more often.
6. Call a friend or relative you haven’t talked to in a while.
7. Listen more – see what God is saying when you read, pray, sing, or relax in the shade.
8. Look for signs of God in a popular new book or movie. Where are the characters offering grace to each other?
9. Worship with a different congregation, even a different denomination, if you’re travelling.
10. Say a prayer for Christ the King Lutheran and St. Thomas Anglican.

And the bonus feature: check out this biography of St. Thomas http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=410  whose Feast Day is July 3rd.

“Peace be to the whole community, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who have an undying love for our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 6:23-24)

Pastor Susan Horton

Singing in the rain….or something….

Posted by Christ the King Lutheran Church on June 3, 2015 under Pastor's Message | Comments are off for this article

“I’m singing, and dancing, in the rain” – Gene Kelly danced to it in a movie, Kirk Browning skated to it. The song is light-hearted and encouraging, despite the downpour. Something even more encouraging happened in Philippi on one of the Apostle Paul’s early missionary journeys. According to Acts 16, Paul and Silas end up in jail because they spoke healing prayers over a young woman. “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.”

It’s an astounding story – and we’ll explore it in lots of ways with a Messy-Church style morning, 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 14th. There’s be games to play, snacks to eat, song birds to make, and songs to sing. To follow that up, we’ll wrap up the Sunday School season with a picnic. Hot dogs and cool treats will be provided; please bring other side dishes to share. Chairs, blankets, hats, games, etc. are also welcome.

We’re also looking ahead to sharing summer worship again with St. Thomas Anglican, beginning July 5th at their building, corner of Signal Road and Silin Forest Road. Services for July and August will begin at 10:00 a.m. Christ the King will return to the school on the second Sunday in September.

Pastor Susan Horton

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER

Posted by Christ the King Lutheran Church on April 2, 2015 under Pastor's Message | Comments are off for this article

Maundy Thursday, April 2nd – 6:30 p.m.  Jjoint Potluck Supper and Worship Service with St. Thomas Anglican on Signal Road. The evening includes Foot Washing and Holy Communion. Theme: “Is it I, Lord?”

Good Friday, April 3rd – 10:00 a.m.  Joint Worship Service with St. Thomas Anglican and All Saints’ Anglican, downtown at the corner of Hardin and Manning. “We adore you, O Christ, and we blessed you. By your cross you have redeemed the world.”

Holy Saturday, April 4th – 7:00 p.m. St. Thomas Anglican hosts a “Tenebrae” Service of readings.

Easter Sunday, April 5th – We celebrate the Resurrection at Timberlea School with a Potluck Breakfast as 9:45 and Worship with Holy Communion at 10:00. (Please remember that Timberlea is a nut-free school.) “Alleluia! Christ is risen. Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!”

In this holy season, may you experience that generous forgiveness and love of our surprising God, whose power brought Jesus Christ from the tomb. Thanks be to God.

Pastor Susan Hortoncross snow cave

Let’s hear it for self-denial!

Posted by Christ the King Lutheran Church on February 26, 2015 under Pastor's Message | Comments are off for this article

Jesus said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross, and follow me.” (Mark 8:31-38)

Self-denial isn’t just about chocolate. It’s more about relationships and communities where we repeat over and over again, “It’s not always about me.”

That should be hard enough for one lenten season.cross snow drift

Blessings,
Pastor Susan Horton

LEANING TOWARDS LENT

Posted by Christ the King Lutheran Church on January 30, 2015 under Pastor's Message | Comments are off for this article

How did your New Year’s resolutions go? Hmmm…..

Well, there’s good news – Lent is coming! Or does that sound like another chance to see how our desire for change doesn’t match up to our actions for change? Yet the disciplines of Lent – prayer, fasting, and giving – are part of the good news.

The God who calls us close in Jesus Christ never intended for us to be do-it-yourself projects. The Ten Commandments and other lists of behaviour throughout the bible are not heavenly check lists, as though God said, “Okay, here’s the program. Get with it, and I’ll check back at the end to see how you did.” Only our failure or delusional arrogance could result.

Lent does remind us of the “things we have done and the things we have left undone,” but even more it reminds us of our baptismal identity. The cross of ashes marked on Ash Wednesday re-traces the cross of our baptism, when we are named and claimed in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. As always, the cross shows God’s willingness to get involved in our lives for our good.

As we hear the stories of Jesus we see how he took the time to get deeply involved with a handful of people. The deep involvement continues through the work of the Holy Spirit so that we can admit what has gone wrong and try again because forgiveness, restoration, and renewal are promised to us.

We won’t find perfection this side of resurrection, but Jesus didn’t come to the perfected. He came to those who were struggling, to those who needed a friend, to those who were willing to look up from life-as-usual and follow him. He still comes to such people -to us.

May Jesus Christ be made manifest (obvious) to you during this season of Epiphany and the days of Lent that follow.

Crossing my heart

Crossing my heart

Pastor Susan Horton