Pentecost 2021 Reflections

This week the Church celebrates the Festival of Pentecost. On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit descended on the gathered, praying disciples, in fulfillment of God’s promise. The coming of the Holy Spirit occurred ten days after Jesus ascended to the Father. The Day of Pentecost is regarded as the birthday of the Church….

Easter Message

I greet you in the name of our risen Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. The angel greeted the women who went to anoint the body of Jesus with the message, “He has risen; he is not here.” The message of Easter is particularly pertinent and meaningful for us in these difficult and challenging times of…

Blessings Of Lent

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…

Christmas Under A Cloud

Against all hope Christmas reaches us this year under a cloud caused by the Covid 19 pandemic. Back in the summer most of us hoped and expected that by Christmas the pandemic would have subsided to an extent that would have allowed us to celebrate Christmas with less rigid and strict restrictions. Alas, it is…

Sola Power of the Church

Every October we Lutherans find ourselves turning our minds to the event of I517 which changed the course of history of the Church, and indeed of the world. The event to which I refer is, of course, the Reformation. Perhaps this is inevitable since the Lutheran Church finds its genesis in the events of the…

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…