March, 2010

From the Pastor…

Christ you lead, and we shall follow, stumbling though our steps may be; one with you in joy and sorrow, we the river, you the sea Worship hymnal #334

The season of Lent is, traditionally, one of fasting, prayer, and alms-giving.  The hymnist writes of how we follow – or sometimes fail to follow – in the way of Jesus Christ.  Living a disciplined life is a difficult thing, especially when we are fed messages daily of how one’s individual priorities matter most, and not to have a care about tomorrow.  The discipline of Lent calls us to be mindful of how we live our lives in the rest of the year.

But what draws that out of us?  For myself, I have started attending a weekly, on-campus Buddhist meditation group.  Like the few times I’ve attended the Muslim mosque for their community prayers on a Friday, such time in meditation or prayer is pause from everything else that is going on in life.  It’s time to reflect.  And, doing so in a different tradition, I find that it is time to reflect on what is important in the tradition which is more familiar to me.

Part of the following we are called to do as followers of Jesus Christ is to take time for personal and corporate reflection.  If we don’t slow down, even stop, once in a while, how can we get a clear picture of where we’ve been or where we’re going?  Perhaps that is a challenge for faith-filled living for this month: be especially diligent in following the discipline of  sabbath rest – weekly and daily.  And as you are taking time ‘off,’ also give thought to how your living affects lives around you.

On March 24th, we commemorate Bishop Oscar Romero who, in 1980, was assassinated for speaking out for the poor in El Salvador.  On March 27th, we observe Earth Hour and we’re encouraged to turn off lights and electricity-using things to be mindful of our consumption and dependence on energy resources. There’s something appropriate about these dates falling within the forty days of Lent (or so they do this year).  We might be especially aware of how we live our lives – conscious of neighbour and environment.

As we look towards an annual congregational meeting, how do you see our community serving the broader community? –Pastor Tyler Gingrich


  • to Pastors Vern and Ken for their leadership in worship and preaching
  • to Jesse for sharing his gift of music
  • to Dorothy for her faithfully setting the altar
  • to Lenord for tending to church-house fix-its
  • to Melissa for arranging all the beautiful music
  • to Darlene for cleaning up our space


Canadian society is, overall, a model of co-operation and complementary relationships. Within that complementarity, Christian ecumenical participation is active and widespread. Divisions among most Christians tend to be along the axis dividing the political right from the political left rather than between denominations. In other words, divisions within churches are not so much the product of theological disagreement as they are reflections of social and political ideologies prevalent in society. Most of the major Christian denominations in Canada operate on the principle that they will do alone only those things they cannot do better with others. By way of example, when the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) met for its Tenth Assembly in Winnipeg, the Lutherans of Winnipeg lacked a building large enough to host such an assembly. The ELCIC’s ecumenical partners came to the rescue, and the Cathedral of the French Roman Catholic diocese was used as the venue for the opening Eucharist. Thus it happened that the bishop of a Catholic diocese occupied his chair as the gracious host of a Lutheran Mass presided over by a woman bishop!

(Raymond L Schultz, “The Future of Lutheranism in Canada,” in The Future of Lutheranism In a Global Context, p.172)


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