Welcome to St. John, a small Lutheran Church that welcomes everybody. St. John has some exciting events planned for the next week. Read on to get the low-down, or check out our calendar.
Nov. 22 You are invited to Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, following their morning worship, for their annual anniversary meal following worship. After that celebration St. John is hosting the Ottawa Lutheran Youth group. All youth ages 12-19 are invited.
Nov. 29 First Sunday of Advent. Worship at 10:00am followed by a fellowship hour and Children’s Christmas Pageant practice.
Dec. 1 Advent Party at the Parsonage. This is an annual event to gather and give thanks for the many volunteers that make ministry happen here at St John.
Dec. 2 Mid-week Advent service at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church; soup meal at 6:00pm, worship begins at 7:00pm. Everyone welcome. This is a joint event with Resurrection, St. John and St. Peter’s. Each congregation will take a turn to host. Services continue on Dec. 9, 16, 23.
Dec. 6 ‘Bread Sunday’ for Partage Vanier. The Danish Club meets in Ebinger Memorial Hall for their annual children’s Christmas Party, 12 noon.
This week, Muslim parents in Toronto told their daughters not to walk home from school alone, for fear they would be harassed, or worse. A mosque was set on fire in Peterborough, onehour after a group of families celebrating a birthday party had left. A woman in a Hijab was attacked on an Ottawa city street. The man believed to be the ringleader of the attacks in Paris was killed in a raid – his family greeted his death with relief. Across social media, there were calls to close the borders to the Syrian refugees. Some of that debate was reasoned, too much of it was undeniably racist.
What is the truth we hear in the midst of this action and reaction? Continue reading
“In St. Petersburg, Russia there was a Lutheran church that was made out of wood—St. Mary’s church. During the siege of St. Petersburg
during the Second World War, in the midst of the winter, the eyes of desperate people turned to that church and its wood—enough to provide fire for thousands of people so they would not die because of cold. The church leaders allowed it: the church was dismantled, bit by bit, for neighbors to use its wood and light small fires to keep them alive. What a symbol and what a powerful story! It speaks to Continue reading
With an election pending in Canada next year, the plotting has already started. Families especially are being promised goodies left and right by the parties – big money spent on national child care, tax relief on hockey registrations, hints of a bigger bonus to parents with young kids. In preparation for the political ads that will come our way, the Conservatives are pursuing a plan to freely use new footage. The grandstanding in the House of Commons can expect to heat up. No doubt, from all sides, there will be many questions posed or planted to trip up the other candidates.
That’s certainly the scenario we see in our gospel this morning, one of the most political texts we will hear all year. Continue reading