At New Year's a number of us gathered for fellowship and as the New Year dawned we were enjoying people's reflections of the past year/decade and how God has led them, through both good times and real trials.
Today this quote from Henri Nouwen reminded me of those thoughts. As we think about our lives, if we keep the Cross at the center of our vision, the perspective Jesus offers is ALWAYS pointed to hope.
"Jesus calls us to recognize that gladness and sadness are never separate, that joy and sorrow really belong together, and that mourning and dancing are part of the same movement. That is why Jesus calls us to be grateful for every moment that we have lived, and to claim our unique journey as God’s way to mold our hearts to greater conformity with God’s own. The cross is the main symbol of our faith, and it invites us to find hope where we see pain, and to reaffirm the resurrection where we see death. The call to be grateful is a call to trust that every moment of our life can be claimed as the way of the cross that leads us to new life."
- Henri Nouwen.
Pastor Ward Parkinson
Sunday Morning Service
Kids & Adult Sunday School at 9:45am
Church Service at 10:50am
(During summer, Sunday School pauses and church service begins at 10:30am)
Tuesday-Friday: 9am-12pm; 1pm-5pm
* subject to change, call to confirm.
Lead Pastor Ward Parkinson: email@example.com or 204-712-5088
Youth Pastor Spencer Koop: firstname.lastname@example.org
"I have loved you with an everlasting love." Jeremiah 31:3