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Come to the Table

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Pastor Sharon

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A message of Pastor Sharon.

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What are you looking at?

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Sermon by Rob Waddel

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Saying Goodbye

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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 tells us “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven, a time to be born and a time to die, a time to weep, and a time to laugh, a time to mourn…”.
I receive our local paper. I check out the local headlines, sports, and obituaries. My focus is mainly on the obits which has led me to observe a disturbing trend. Many people are choosing to not have a funeral. I realize costs have increased and are burdensome to families, but I don’t think that this is the main reason.
I believe we die the same way we live. Many people today due to lifestyles or beliefs have little connection with God or His Church. We live without any thought of the hereafter. But as we have read in scriptures there is a season for death and mourning. As Christians, we have the hope that in death as in life we belong to Christ. In death our living is not interrupted, we just have a change of venue. Christianity is not only for the now but for eternity. Some live intensely private lives and want their deaths to be the same. The problem is that we are not Islands unto ourselves, and our lives touch many people. A funeral is not for the departed as much as it is for those of us who remain. In the past, viewings were held in homes and churches allowing the family and the community to come together for comfort and closure.
Times have changed, but our need for community remains, as we remember, and celebrate loved ones, finding comfort in the support of one another. I have personally seen many lives encouraged by this process of saying goodbye.

Pastor Bryan Henry

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Like everyone I have been watching the increase in racial tensions in North America. With the refugee crisis, mass shootings, political pundits and their inflaming rhetoric, it’s hard to miss the changing mood. Personally I am intrigued with the “black lives matter movement”, perhaps because I am of mixed race myself. Having said that, I must stop and look at bigger picture through the lens of the scriptures. Our Christian moral belief stems from the fact that God so loved the world, (inclusive of all colours and ethnic groups) that He gave His only begotten Son in ransom, so that none of us should perish.
Perhaps in our struggle for self-awareness we have forgotten our fellow travellers on this road of discovery. God’s plans and purposes for this world are inclusive of all races. The apostle John in his revelation saw a great multitude of people from every tribe, language, and nation, worshipping the Lamb around the throne in heaven. I am reminded of the children’s song, “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world, red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight”, maybe with that in mind we should work toward His world view.

Pastor Bryan Henry

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