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Not Even The Gates Of Hell

It is ironic that the church all around the world had their doors closed to public worship on Pentecost Sunday. The irony lies in the fact that Pentecost is the day the Church was born. The Holy Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost. On that day, as at all Pentecost times in those days,…

Self-Isolation, Social Distancing and Distant Worshipping

It is by no means an exaggeration to say that COVID-19 dominates life today in most parts of the world. Hardly anyone is exempted from the impact, one way or another, of COVID-19. For most people their every waking moment is filled with news, conversations, thoughts, and yes fear of the virus. Perhaps an equal…

Then There Was The Resurrection

The world is a good place despite of appearances to the contrary. There are good people everywhere. All around there is more goodness than would appear. Keeping this in mind helps us to maintain perspective in the midst of so much evil and bad things happening. Our experience of the ubiquity, power, and effects of…

Remember You Are Ash…

Remember you are ash and to ash you will return. With these words spoken, ash is placed on your foreheads in a cruciform shape, reminding us of our mortality. With these words we also welcome the Lenten season on Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is on February 26. Bethesda will hold its traditional Ash Wednesday service…

A New Year and Hope

The New Year is upon us. The dawning of a new year is usually accompanied b the (re)kindling of hope in our heart. Perhaps there is something about the beginning of a new year which brings hope by presenting opportunities to start over again. Then again it may be that last year was so fraught…

Good News Of Great Joy

“Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy…” Luke 2:10 With these words the heavenly messenger proclaims the message and meaning of Christmas. The message of Christmas is that the promised Saviour is born. God’s gift of love to the world is the Christ wrapped in the veil of human flesh….

No Scents Make Sense

The sign was placed in a prominent placed where only the most distracted or unobservant could miss. It said “No Scents Make Sense”. The sign was displayed at a public forum. It was a plea on behalf of people who are asthma and migraine sufferers. Scents trigger adverse health effects for these people in ways…

Reformation Sunday

Reformation Sunday is October 28th.  On October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses on the Castle Church door in Wittenberg.  In his ninety-five theses Martin Luther brought to the attention of the church and general public the errors that plagued the church 500 years ago. This date, October 31st, is regarded as the…

Beyond Easter Day

The Resurrection of Our Lord is not merely an historical event that we remember and celebrate on Easter Day.  It goes beyond the commemorative day to embrace the whole of life every day.  One who comes into an experience of the Risen Christ through faith finds his/her life radically transformed by the power of the…

Ash Wednesday

When one thinks deeply about it, it is indeed an amazing sight to behold. Babes in arms, infants, children, teenagers, adults and the elderly come before the altar and ash is placed on their foreheads.  As the cruciform ash is put on the foreheads the words, “Remember, from ash you are and to ash you…