February 2017, A Note from Pastor Steve

Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”

Luke 22:19-20

One of the great things about this church is its desire to share in Holy Communion every Sunday. For John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, communion was one of the most important things we could do in our Christian lives. He took communion frequently and encouraged others to do the same. It was one of the “means of grace” described by Wesley -- ways in which we experience God’s grace, embrace it in our lives and are drawn closer into lives of holiness.

I am thankful to Candace Shaw for preaching during my absence on Sunday and to Janet Hoyland for officiating communion. I hope some of you got to see the picture that Candace posted on the “Ordinary People” page on Facebook (see the end of this message for more information about that page). The photo showed Janet preparing the communion elements as some of the kids at Revolution watched on. I love how that photo serves as a reminder that Christ’s love is offered to ALL of us, regardless of age.

I have been asked how old children should be before they receive communion, and my response is that there is no age hurdle that they need to get over. If they want to experience communion, they, like all who have experienced and wish to respond to God’s grace, are welcome at the table. While a child might not understand the complexity of Christ’s life and sacrifice for us . . . who among us does? Part of living into a new life is understanding that it is one rooted in mystery. The communion liturgy we use frequently refers to the mystery of faith: “Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.” Most of us in the church community believe that, but none of us fully understands it. Kids, however, do know what it means to be left out or to be accepted. They know what it means to be included, and that is one of Christ’s great gifts to us: the opportunity to share that table with those in our life who mean the most to us.

So, thank you to Candace and Janet, and I give thanks to God for the grace, forgiveness and love that we have the opportunity to share with each other and with the world.


Pastor Steve

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January 2017, A Note form Pastor Steve Jones

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones,
and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment;
his favour is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.

Psalm 30:4-5

As we move toward the end of January, we are encountering the time of the year that can be the most challenging for a lot of people. The lights of Christmas have come down; the new year is upon us, but its glimmer is fading; even the church year has moved from recognizing the revelation of Christ to the world into “ordinary time” -- a time when we prepare ourselves for the coming seasons of Lent and Easter.

Winter is hard. Even though the days are starting to grow longer, it often doesn’t feel like it. The cold drives us indoors and away from natural light. There are some whom this will never bother. (As many of you know, I am that curious sort of person that would rather be too cold than too warm.) There are some who notice a difference in their moods (or notice a difference in the moods of people around them). And there are some who have diagnosable disorders related to the seasonal change.

But we should all remember that the seasons of the year are one of the gifts that God has given to us with God’s creation. Winter is a chance to be in more intimate contact with one another -- to take advantage of opportunities to stay indoors, to pray together, to break bread together, to gather together and share stories and dreams, memories of the past and hopes for the future. Winter will soon give way to spring, and the promise of resurrection that is exhibited in new life in the plants and animals around us.
Stay safe, stay warm, stay connected. For those of you who feel like the winter is more than you can bear (physically, mentally or spiritually), please seek out professional help. We’d be glad to offer you contacts through the church office. The love of Christ is with us through every season of the year and through every season of our lives.

Pastor Steve

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