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Pause for God
Submitted by webweaver on Sat, 2012-09-01 18:35.
Have you heard the rain recently? Have you felt you had no choice but to sit down and do absolutely nothing except to listen to the rain? It was a stormy spring afternoon (May 29, 2012). The light rain was falling, but thunder and lightning started making the grey skies turn dark and black.
Submitted by webweaver on Tue, 2012-07-17 13:02.
To all those who are on Sabbaticals and to those who are enjoying some Sabbath rest may you have a summer filled with joy – may you return to your duties refreshed – I pray that the Spirit will watch over you wherever your travels may take you. Peace Eileen Lavigne, Chair of Montreal and Ottawa Conference Stewardship Committee
Submitted by webweaver on Wed, 2012-02-22 22:11.
Text: Luke 4:1-12.
About a decade ago now a billboard campaign sprung up across the United States. An anonymous donor had these signs put up to grab people's attention. The stark signs were supposed to be all messages from God.
Some of them were quite cute.
My favourite was "Nice wedding, invite me to the marriage. Signed, God "
Another was "Bring the kids over for a visit on Sunday".
The funniest one said "Take my name in vain again and I'll make rush hour even longer".
Submitted by webweaver on Tue, 2012-02-21 16:11.
Mark 1:13 “He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.”
I recently gave a sermon where I spoke about my experience of exploring unmarked trails in the woods around my new home town of Cowansville in the Eastern Townships. After worship a number of people approached me to let me know that walking these pathways might not be such a great plan because the forests in our area are filled with illegal marijuana growing operations. Apparently the rule of thumb for the people who guard these plantations is shoot first and pass the peace later.
Submitted by webweaver on Thu, 2012-01-26 21:58.
Just recently the scripture Isaiah 49: 14-16 has been in my thoughts a lot: “I will never forget you. Your name is carved in the palm of my hand.”
It started when a friend confided to me that she was in an abusive marriage. One Sunday morning she brought her very lively little girl with her to church, so I knew something was wrong as the little girl usually stays with her dad. That is when she confessed to me that her husband was verbally abusive and she was becoming increasingly scared of him. They had really fought that morning so she felt she could not leave her child with her angry husband. She felt she needed to distance herself from the situation so she came to church even though she felt that God had abandoned her. That God had forgotten all about her and her situation. I then reminded her of what the prophet Isaiah had said: “I will never forget you. Your name is carved in the palm of my hand.” That seemed to have brought her some comfort that morning. Enough comfort that she could start to figure out what she should do next.
Submitted by webweaver on Sat, 2011-12-03 23:15.
All of us, we love the "old" Christmas story, and we love retelling it every year. We love to hear about the angels, the shepherds, the stable, the ox and the donkey, the wise men, the star in the sky, Mary and Joseph and their new-born baby child…
Let's ask the question : who were the first visitors to come to see this little Jesus in the cradle ? In the Gospel of Luke the were shepherds; in Matthew, they were wise men coming from East. The amazing thing is that these two groups of people come from each side of the spectrum of the society of that time.
Submitted by webweaver on Wed, 2011-11-02 15:29.
"Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me" (Matthew 25:40)
"I'll take advantage of the calm of the early morning to write that reflection I was asked for." I settle in comfortably at my computer. "A pause for God"...hmmm...what to write?
" Toutes les fois que vous l'avez fait à l'un de ces plus petits de mes frères, c'est à moi que vous l'avez fait. " (Matthieu 25, 40)
" Je vais profiter du calme en début de journée pour écrire cette réflexion qu'on m'a demandée. " Je m'installe confortablement devant mon ordinateur. " Une pause pour Dieu… hum… quoi écrire ?
Submitted by webweaver on Sat, 2011-10-01 21:46.
When's the last time you felt you had a moment out of your day to explore your relationship with God?
I always have high hopes at the beginning of each week. I plan when I will do some bible reading. I see opportunities for prayer that shouldn't be interrupted. I look forward to solitary walks, looking all around me for signs of the presence of God, a bird singing, a person wishing me good morning, or a beautiful bloom of morning glories.
Submitted by webweaver on Mon, 2011-04-18 07:35.
|Dans la plupart des églises, on se sent souvent mal à l'aise avec le fait de parler d'argent. Ouf ! Heureusement que l'assemblée générale ne vient qu'une fois par année. Bien des gens voit le point « finances » à l'ordre du jour de cette assemblée un peu comme une visite chez le dentiste : il faut bien passer par là; on sait que c'est un passage obligé pour se sentir mieux après. On y reçoit le bilan financier et on y adopte le budget sans trop poser de questions et on laisse les responsables de la trésorerie se débrouiller le reste de l'année… jusque la prochaine assemblée générale. Alors pour ce qui est d'organiser un atelier sur la (bonne) gestion des ressources financières ou une activité sur l' « intendance » et les fonds soutenant la mission de l'Église, il y a du travail en perspective !||In most of our congregations, people feel uneasy to speak about money. What a relief ! The General Assembly comes only once a year. Many people see the point « Finances » on the agenda equivalent to a visit to the dentist : we have to go trough it knowing that after that we will feel better. We receive the financial report and we vote on the budget without asking much questions and we are happy to leave the treasurer and the finance committee look after it the rest of the year… until next General Meeting ! So, imagine what it is to organize a workshop on (good) management of finance resources or on stewardship and the various Funds of the Church, what a huge work it is !|
Submitted by webweaver on Tue, 2011-03-08 17:09.
| Elections, Taxes and Christian responsibility
When Jesus and his disciples came to Capernaum, the collectors of the Temple tax came to Peter and asked, "Does your teacher pay the Temple tax ?"
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Élections, impôts et responsabilité chrétienne
« Comme ils étaient arrivés à Capharnaüm, ceux qui perçoivent les didrachmes s'avancèrent vers Pierre et lui dirent : "Est-ce que votre maître de paie pas les didrachmes ?" "Si", dit-il. Quand Pierre fut arrivé à la maison, Jésus prenant les devants, lui dit : "Quel est ton avis, Simon ? Les rois de la terre, de qui perçoivent-ils taxes et impôts ? De leurs fils, ou des étrangers ?" Et comme il répondait : "Des étrangers", Jésus lui dit : "Par conséquent, les fils sont libres. Toutefois, pour ne pas causer la chute de ces gens-là, va à la mer, jette l'hameçon, saisis le premier poisson qui mordra, et ouvre-lui la bouche : tu y trouvera un statère. Prends-le et donne-le leur pour moi et pour toi." » (Matthieu 17,24-27, TOB)