DH Update 3

3rd advent candleWednesday Meditation (Isaiah 35:1,2)

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God.

The third week of Advent is set as a time for joy. Yes, we are to prepare the coming of our Lord with joy.

I sometimes wonder if joy is something we can really share in today’s world. People are busy. Their faces are often stoic expressions, revealing their hard lives. A cashier at one of our supermarkets, a late middle aged woman, had one of those tired and ready-to-go-home looks. It must have been a long day for her, even though I was there before 4 pm. She had no particular enthusiasm for doing what she was doing. People who were before me had similar facial expressions. They exchanged very formal matters of courtesy greetings with the cashier. They did not engage in any small talks. Everyone was going through motions.

Advent Week 2, DH Update Wed. December 7, 2022

Wednesday Meditation (Isaiah 11:1-4)

advent candleA shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.

A wonder of wonders is that, when a baby is born, that little person is a stranger to us all except to her mother. We welcome the infant not only because we know the mother, but because she comes in total innocence and as one of the most vulnerable human beings. Something about such a newborn who gathers all our attention and care. Instinctively our hearts reach out to care and protect this new life. When this baby is brought into a room full of people, it is fascinating to see how everyone tries to relate to and get a smile from her. Voices become more playful and full of gentleness. Faces relax as smiles become their expressions.

Advent 1, November 30, 2022

Wednesday Meditation (Matthew 24:40-42)

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Two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left.Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.

Time is a strange thing. We think we have plenty of time until we get busy and try to finish things quickly. Then, we do not have enough time to do everything, unless we are well prepared so that the last minute surprises are dealt with in plenty of time. 

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Welcome! We have been worshipping in person since Sunday, July 4, 2021. As Ontario lessens the pandemic restrictions, we are excited to welcome everyone back.  Our worship on Sundays at 10:30 am is in the sanctuary. We are still asking everyone to be masked during the service.