Learning to Live… Through Jesus, Our Neighbours and Each Other

A BLESSED CHURCH

In April of this year Mennonite Church Sask began a year-long process called Refresh, Refocus, Renew to ask ourselves what it means to be the church at this time and in this place.  Three retreat/focus sessions during the next twelve months will help us to discern our purpose and mission. In our first weekend together,…

DARE LIKE DANIEL

Dare to be a Daniel,                                                                                                    …

THE WORD OF CREATION

“The heavens are declaring God’s splendour, the sky is announcing the work of God’s hands.”  (Psalm 19.1) “The Bible leaves no doubt at all about the sanctity of the act of world-making, or of the world that was made, or of creaturely or bodily life in this world. We are holy creatures living among other…

HOLY WEEK

This year I offer some reflections on the Cross and resurrection from my files.   Many poems and hymns have been written on the events of Holy Week.  May they inspire your reflections in this sacred time. Garth THURSDAY I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross. The only…

JESUS THE EVANGELIST (1)

READ John 3.1-17 Let’s use our imaginations.  We don’t know much about him.  Maybe he’s the professor of Torah at the seminary in Jerusalem.  Likely he is a political leader, well-connected to the political and religious elites of the city. But as the story goes, one night he secretly calls a taxi and directs it…

HOPE RISING

For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.   (Job. 19.28) January and February are those months when winter seems interminable and vitality is low. In the face of world events, in the face of the mystery of suffering, of evil in the world, it is a good time to read…

WE ARE ALL CANADIAN

On Monday evening Claire and I attended prayers at the Mosque, hosted by Imam Ilyas Sidyot and his community.  It was heartening to see a large turnout with representation from many religious and civic groups. Earlier that day I had sent Imam Ilyas a short note expressing our profound sympathy for the Muslim community amidst…

THE BIBLE SAYS WHAT?

You shall have a designated area outside the camp to which you shall go. 13With your utensils you shall have a trowel; when you relieve yourself outside, you shall dig a hole with it and then cover up your excrement. 14Because the Lord your God travels along with your camp, to save you and to hand over your enemies…

AN AGENDA FOR THE CHURCH

In celebrating the Lord’s Supper, the minister holds up a whole loaf of bread as a reminder of the whole, perfect presence of God among his people. But then that loaf is shattered, broken, torn, and the crumbs fall onto the table. It is a reminder that our perfect wholeness, that peace for which we…

CHRISTMAS

“Sing we a song of high revolt; make great the Lord, God’s name exult! Sing we the words of Mary’s song of God at war with human wrong. Sing we of God who deeply cares and still with us our burden shares…. God calls us to revolt and trust, to work for what is right…