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.
Dec 16 Advent gathering at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 6:00pm supper, 7:00pm Holden Evening Prayer service.
Dec 19 Practice for the Christmas pageant, 10:00am in Ebinger Hall.
Dec 20 Christmas Pageant with Sunday School children and youth during our worship service, 10am, in Ebinger Hall, followed by our annual pot-luck lunch. “Food Cart Sunday” for Partage Vanier.
Dec 23 Advent gathering at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 6:00pm supper, 7:00pm Holden Evening Prayer Service.
Dec 24 Christmas Eve Worship Service of lessons and carols with Holy Communion, 7:30pm.
Dec 25 Christmas Day worship service with residents, family and friends, at the Garry J. Armstrong Long Term Care Home, 200 Island Lodge Road, 10:30am. Pastor Keith Crouse will preach with Pastor Joel presiding. Everybody is welcome. Reminder: There is no service at St John that morning.
Dec 27 Service. No Sunday School this morning.
St John has been working on the Galai School project for five years. Construction is underway. The people of the village are fully involved and have been given a hand up by a group of people an ocean away.
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