Renewal News – April 2016

In this issue, Bill Harrison celebrates the contributions of the Toronto-Area Renewal Fellowship Office Volunteer Mail Preparation Team over decades of faithful service. Janie Robertson recounts the blessing garnered from the three speakers at the Renewal Day and Annual General Meeting on March 5th. Linda Shaw interviews Matthew Ruttan on how he single-handedly produces five issues of his devotional “Up!” each week. And Fred Stewart announces the end of his term as Executive Director. … Read More

The Constitution of The Renewal Fellowship

The objects of the Renewal Fellowship are to establish means of contact and encouragement for those interested in renewal; to promote materials that provide Biblical, theological comment and practical, specific ideas; to develop supportive programmes for prayer, small groups, and evangelism; and to organize conferences to strengthen the reformed and evangelical witness with our denomination. … Read More

Head-Banging Worship

A few days before Sunday, November 8, 2015, my daughter's minister "warned" her the plans for worship would be somewhat different. He shared this in order to prepare her for an extended time with the children in their Sunday morning program. This Sunday in my daughter's church may have been the "edgiest" effort I've experienced in innovative congregational worship. … Read More

Hope for the New Year

As we are entering another new year, I am reminded of the apostle Paul's words, particularly in light of the Christmas story: the weakness of God is stronger than our strength and the foolishness of God is wiser than our wisdom. I can only imagine how weak and foolish God's response to this world appeared to so many: a baby lying in a manger. The troubles of that world were many and profound. Moreover, God's people were being oppressed by Rome … Read More

Prayer is a Challenge

The Renewal Fellowship Board two-day meeting in October was held in my home in Simcoe. As I was organizing the continental breakfast on the morning of the second day, the alarm on The Rev. Nan St. Louis' watch went off. I asked, "What's that all about?" Nan said, "It's 7:14 and that's my reminder to pray for The Presbyterian Church." I was amazed and somewhat embarrassed because … Read More

On the Road Again

I could not have possibly done this without divine, supernatural help. God gave me strength and refreshment when I needed it most. God went ahead and prepared opportunities and open hearts. This trip would not have been possible without our supporters of this Encouragement Road Trip. The prayer support was critical and noticeable. The financial support was foundational. Even though the budget we prepared was too small as I ended up driving 6000 instead of 4000 km, there was sufficient to pay every bill. … Read More

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