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

The Renewal Fellowship at General Assembly in Vancouver, June 2015

I attended this year’s General Assembly as the spouse of a commissioner [who is also the Chair of the Church Doctrine Committee]. That meant I got to mingle and meet old friends and make new ones – something I enjoy doing anytime but especially when it means meeting people who served on the Renewal Fellowship Board with me in the past or who I knew as mission staff. Many members of the Renewal Fellowship were … Read More

Executive Director’s Comments

Human Sexuality issues are front and centre for The Presbyterian Church in Canada. There will be study and dialogue at every level of the church and eventually decisions made concerning the numerous overtures forwarded to our General Assembly this past June. There will be votes by commissioners in the coming years together with votes in sessions and presbyteries. The majority will express their will on the church. It is the way we are governed. If our church’s practice is changed so that LGBTQ individuals who are in relationships … Read More

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