May 20, 2018

Congratulations to Anna Bateman & ViVA Trio in winning Best Established Music Group from the Mississauga Arts Council!

NEW – SCRIPTURE FOR NEXT SUNDAY: Psalm 8, Romans 5: 1-11, John 16: 12-15. As Christians we confess that God is three: God above, God beside and God within. Can we think of our journey of faith in relationship with God as a movement of growing intimacy with God from God above, to God beside, to God within? We will explore this movement in worship.

NEW - CONGRATULATIONS! Rebecca was awarded the Master of Divinity degree last Wednesday at the Knox College Convocation. Rebecca was also awarded a number of prizes for academic excellence and community leadership. If you still haven't signed the call as a member or adherent, please do so before you leave today. Speak to Michael Nettleton or Dr. Harris if you have any questions.

NEW - WHY DO WE DO IT IN WORSHIP? Prayer of Approach. How do we prepare ourselves to approach the sacred Other we call God? How do we settle ourselves within, clear our minds, open our spirits, make our hearts transparent before God? The prayer of approach is intended to help this happen in preparation for listening to a Word God may speak to each of us. What happens to you within as you engage the prayer of approach in worship?

From the Introduction of “The Road to Character” by David Brooks: 

“We live in a society that encourages us to think about how to have a great career but leaves many of us inarticulate about how to cultivate the inner life. The competition to succeed and win admiration is so fierce that it is all consuming. The consumer marketplace encourages us to live by a utilitarian calculus, to satisfy our desires and lose sight of the moral stakes involved in everyday decisions. The noise of fast and shallow communications makes it harder to hear the quieter sounds that emanate from the depths. We live in a culture that teaches us to promote and advertise ourselves and to master the skills required for success, but that gives little encouragement to humility, sympathy, and honest self-confrontation, which are necessary for building character…

Occasionally, you come across certain people who seem to possess an impressive inner cohesion. They are not leading fragmented, scattershot lives. They have achieved inner integration… They have not led lives of conflict-free tranquility, but have struggled toward maturity… the climb to success has surrendered to the struggle to deepen the soul… What they want is to have a serene inner character, a quiet but solid sense of right and wrong – not only to do good but to be good. They want to love intimately, to sacrifice self in the service of others, to live in obedience to some transcendent truth, to have a cohesive inner soul that honours creation and one’s own possibilities…”

If you are enticed, pick up the book from your favourite bookseller and join us on any or all four Wednesdays in June as we engage different parts of the book in discussion.

“AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED” by bestselling Afghani-American author, Khaled Hosseini, is a multigenerational-family story revolving around brothers and sisters. It is an emotional, provocative, and unforgettable novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. With profound wisdom, insight and compassion, Hosseini demonstrates once again his deeply felt understanding of the bonds that define us and shape our lives—and of what it means to be human. Join us for discussion on Tuesday, June 19, 7:30pm.