Principles

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….

Did You Know #7

It is hard to conceive that our congregation has been serving the Unionville/Markham community for 225 years. It was exactly this time of year, “just before Christmas we got under way to our land”, that the founding fathers of our congregation moved onto their new lands in Markham Township. It was not easy but our…

2019 Sharecropper Project

The beans are in the ground and growing.  Bethesda Lutheran Church in its 225 year is again sponsoring a Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing project thanks to Galten Farms and the Schickedanz Family. This will be the 18th year for our project. It has been a slow start because of the delayed spring planting season but…

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…

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…

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…

A Generous Church

Bethesda is a small congregation by any measure. Our membership on paper does not exceed two-hundred and twenty-five.   Our active membership is about one hundred and thirty. Technically, an active member is anyone who communes at least once a year.   In any six weeks period at least one hundred and fifteen of our members would…