Christ’s Death And Resurrection And Ours

On March 27th the strains of “Alleluia” will fill the air of churches around the world as Christians celebrate the glorious resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The message “He is risen” will sound forth in sermons, songs, scripture readings, and Easter greetings.  The celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead is one of the…

Lent – An Opportunity For Spiritual Renewal

Perhaps no other season in the church’s liturgical calendar offers opportunities for spiritual reflection as Lent does.  The joyous Alleluias of Christmas and Easter are more conducive to a spirit of celebration than reflection; though the two are not, by any means, mutually exclusive.  Pentecost day brings its own excitement with sounds of mighty rushing…

2015 Annual Congregational Meeting

The 2015 Annual Congregational Meeting (ACM) will be held on Sunday, February 28th.  There will be an abbreviated service after which the first part of the meeting will be convened.  The meeting will be adjourned at noon for lunch.  Lunch will be a pot luck affair in the hall.  After lunch the meeting will reconvene…

Reflections On The Christmas Season At Bethesda

The decorations have been stowed away. Carols have long been silenced on the airwaves-as early as the day after Christmas. Life is back to “normal” after the hectic Christmas season of hosting and attending parties, shopping, decorating and visiting etc.,. A look back at the activities in the congregation during December will show that we…

Living Fully

Time marches on in its inexorable way.  And a new year is with us. Occasions such as a new year or anniversary usually stir our minds into reflective moods.  Our reflections turn to thoughts of time, life and our mortality.  Questions on life; its meaning, purpose, expectations, hopes, fears tug at our minds. Even as…

T’is The Season Of Giving

It is often said, and justifiably so, that Christmas is the season of giving. There is something about the spirit and mood of Christmas that inspire generosity. Even predisposed scrooges dig a little deeper into their pockets to share with others, even strangers. It should not surprise anyone that Christmas should have this kind of…

Fall Leaves

Growing up in Guyana we became acquainted with the season of autumn through the British education system. Autumn is called fall in North America, for obvious reasons. Called by any name it is beyond debate that it is a most beautiful season, some would say the most beautiful one. Many things make fall the beautiful…

Changing Seasons

There are many good things to say about having the four seasons. As Alice said when we first came to Canada, “I love the seasons. They are like renewals. Each season is different and there is excitement in anticipating and preparing for the start of each new season – even winter.   On the back side…

New Life

Spring is associated with new life. After the long, cold, grey sleep of winter, everything springs to life again. Bird could be heard early in the morning welcoming the new day, with their concerts of sweet and varies melodies. The grass is quickly exchanging their brown appearance for green. And of course flowers are beginning…

Seizing Opportunities

Auspicious moments are opportune times for reflection. Numbered among such moments are anniversaries of birth or marriage. In the case of a nation it may be anniversaries of significant events such as Independence or some defining event in its history. Of Course the beginning of a new year is especially opportune for engaging in sober…