Lent – a season for new beginnings

On March 1st at 7pm our Ash Wednesday service kicks off the season of Lent. 4o days for us to invite God deeper into our lives and to let God clean us up, set us straight and guide us into a life worth living. If you would like help doing that please call Pastor Chris at 416-737-3066, he would love to hear from you.

During our Lenten season our eyes are focussed on the great days that come at the end of Lent – Jesus death and resurrection, Good Friday on April 14th and Easter Day Sunday April 16th.

As the New Testament puts it, we are gathered into Christ and reborn. We have a taste of that new life now, with the Holy Spirit. As we journey through Lent we can ask the Holy Spirit to guide us and lead us into all truth.

I look forward to sharing Lent, Holy Week and Easter with you,         Chris

Vacations are God’s idea!

Not just recovery…
I have returned from a month long vacation , mostly in Bath, UK but also a week in Lisbon, Portugal. I am very thankful that the church gives clergy a month in the summer and I am reminded that God built rest into the fabric of the earth. In our climate most plants and many trees drop their leaves and rest through the winter. They awake in the Spring and burst into life.

That “bursting into life” is God’s purpose in giving us rest – and rest is not just recovery but also renewal. In the weekly cycle of days God gave one day a week to rest from our labours on the other days. This too is not only for recovery but also renewal. It is so tempting to just keep going, there is so much to do, but do we ever finish?

Take a day off from your usual labours this week and every week, trusting God for the things you did not get done. Enjoy the feeling of the day after and the energy that comes with it.