On the horizon

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.

Sept 9                Church Councile in Ebinger Memorial Hall, 7:30pm

Sept 14 – 18                 Golden Retreat for those 50+ “who desire to strengthen their faith, meet new people, and just get away for a few days.” at Lutherlyn Camp & Conference Centre, Golden Lake, ON. See details on the bulletin board. Rev. Charles Nolting will be returning to the Valley for this retreat.

Sept 15               Bible Study Group meets at the home of Bev Mathesius, 6:15pm. Dessert & coffee / tea, 7:00pm study begins. Watch for more details in the Messenger.

Sept 19               New Edinburgh Garage Sale. Please call to arrange a time if you have donations to drop off at the hall. If you would like to reserve a table, let Bev Mathesius know. Thanks. We’ll be looking for the usual volunteers.

Sept 20                “Food Cart Sunday” for Partage Vanier. 

Sept 27                 Christ Risen Lutheran Church, 85 Leacock Drive, Kanata, ON is hosting a FUNDRAISING DINNER and presentation by the Rev. Feras Chamas, on the situation in Syria and Syrian refugees, in support of the Ottawa Lutheran Refugee Sponsorship Committee sponsorship of the Al-Assaf family.

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We might ask, “Why us?” Jesus would answer, “Who else?”

Unknown“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

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Second Sunday in Lent—Mark 8: 31-38

Has there ever been a society so full of temptations and so well-designed to help us slip into them? Judging from the current debt load in Canada, we can see how consumerism has tempted us. Walk down any street, and there’s the temptation to buy something – and easy credit to buy it now and figure out how to pay later. We are easily tempted to work longer, to worry more about the wrong things. It feels as if at every step, temptations are thrown in our paths. Some temptations we recognize; some we fall prey to without even knowing it. Continue reading

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Matthew 22:15-22 October 19, 2014

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

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Thanksgiving 2014

How many times for do we say thanks in a day, and how many times do we really think about those words, and their meaning? Thank you. Most of the time the words “thank you” are an automatic response, like putting on a seatbelt in a car: we do it because we know we should, and we have learned to do it, through repetitive action. A door is opened for us, and we say thank you. A compliment is extended, we say thank you. A purchase is processed for us, and we say thank you. Saying thank you is one of those manners that keep society steady. Continue reading

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Matthew 21:23-32 September 28, 2014

A couple nights ago, my wife Erin came home seething, sharing the story of a couple of Fox News commentators who had insulted a woman named Mariam Al Mansouri. If you don’t know recognize the name that’s Major Mariam Al Mansourie, the first female fighter pilot of the United Arab Emirates.  On Monday, she was a team leader in the air strikes against ISIS, on a mission in an F16.

The two men at Fox News, sitting safe and sound in a studio, had decided that this was hilarious. One made a joke about her anatomy, Continue reading

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Matthew 20:1-16 September 21, 2014

What a rip off! Imagine you spend all day, under the boiling sun, working in a vineyard, and someone else showed up toward the end of the workday, wouldn’t you expect to be paid more than them? Why should the latecomer, who worked but a few hours, get the same payment as you, who worked so many more hours. Who wouldn’t want to complain about that? This is not the way the world works, right? You work hard and you are compensated more. If you want to sit around and show up late to the game, well that’s your choice but don’t expect an equal benefit.

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