May, 2010

From the Pastor…

Let holy charity mine outward vesture be, and lowliness become mine inner clothing – true lowliness of heart, which takes the humbler part, and o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing. (Worship hymnal #804)

What we usually hold as ideals and what we live as ideals aren’t really compatible with each other.  We tend to want to help “poor” people, but we wouldn’t ever want to be poor ourselves…!

Several of us watched “The Blind Side” together in April – the movie about the football player who, with help from an affluent family in the southern States goes from an impoverished, black, ghetto upbringing to NFL superstar status.  The “rags to riches” motif captures our imagination – we love to hear of it.

It seems to me that – culturally – we know what is right, but we don’t often do it.  In fact, we even hold up what is right as ideals, but have trouble achieving them and we even manage to justify our place, “who can live like that all the time?”

I had a brief conversation with a professor from UBCO recently, and we were talking about band-aid solutions versus systemic change.  It’s easy to give to charity – there’s minimal investment of one’s-self.  But we feel good doing it – as though we’re doing something.  Having to roll up one’s sleeves, and dive in to the actual work of living with people on the margins, or working to change systems that benefit few and oppress many – that is hard work!!

It’s not as easy as paying a few dollars to help a child in Africa.  We must work at finding out why, for example, when there’s severe drought there people die, whereas drought conditions in our country don’t usually mean death for hundreds or thousands.

“Holy charity” of which the hymnist writes is not the simple act of giving a few alms to the poor.  It is the giving of one’s-self to the betterment of all.  It has to do with the love we show to others so that they, too, might have life.  Invest yourself in life!

–Pastor Tyler Gingrich


  • to Lenord for cutting back the tall grass!
  • to Charmaine for getting our services online
  • to Karen for making our movie-night fly!
  • to Melissa for conducting our choir
  • to Cathryn, Karen, Darlene, Melissa, and Yvonne for leading the ELW service
  • to Lynn, Ken, Lenord, Jesse, Melissa, Caitlyn for their hard work on our Spring clean-up

Funny story…

A little girl was sitting on her grandfather’s lap as he read her a bedtime story.

From time to time, she would take her eyes off the book and reach up to touch his wrinkled cheek.  She was alternately stroking her own cheek, then his again.

Finally she spoke up, “Grandpa, did God make you?” “Yes, sweetheart,” he answered, “God made me a long time ago.” “Oh,” she paused.  “Grandpa, did God make me too?”

“Yes, indeed, dear,” he said, “God made you just a little while ago.” Feeling their respective faces again, she observed, “God’s getting better at it, isn’t he?”

a gospel story for our day…

Fair trade [an agreement where a producer gets a fair price for their products and deals more directly with the retailer, as opposed to free trade] is an incredible story.  When it emerged four decades ago, few could have imagined it would ever be more than a form of charity, aimed at a dedicated few – not an idea that could ever reach a mass market.

Today, one in five cups of coffee drunk in Britain is fairly traded; so are half the bananas eaten in Switzerland. Five million producers in Africa, Latin America and Asia benefit from fair trade terms.

(Troth Wells, Trigger Issues: T-Shirt, p.69-70)

First Supper – celebrating the Lyrics of Love, Laughter and Life – Saturday, May 29, beginning at 4:30pm; bring a favourite dish, a lawnchair, and some friends!

our fifth, annual Ascension Church Music Festival ~ Tuesday, May 11, 2010 ~ 7pm; hosted by; held at Kelowna Christian Reformed Church (239 Glenmore Rd)


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