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Behind the scenes

Furnace

Can  you guess what that is lying in the parking lot outside our front doors?  It’s our old furnace!  We have a new shiny furnace purring away as I type this.

Every week we come to church and enjoy a worship service, but this would not be possible without the faithful work of our trustees who make sure there is a building here that we can come to.  I am not sure who was on the committee that originally built this church in the 1950s, but I am sure there are seniors in our church who remember.  They chose that furnace and it has served us well all these years.

In the meantime we’ve had all sorts of different trustees coming and going, doing maintenance and repairs, or co-ordinating having them done.   Faithful behind the scenes work that we all rely on. Maybe this is a good time to thank a trustee for their work on our behalf…this year our trustees are Mike Culp, Peter Neufeld and Tim Lepp.

When was the last time you said thank you to someone for the work they do in helping to keep our church running…someone who did a children’s story, who brought flowers for the altar table, who taught a Sunday school class, who played the piano, who led music, who counted money, who welcomed a stranger,  who…  The list goes on!

This Sunday we are continuing our series on Ephesians, and this verse fits in well to what I’ve just been saying, “…Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.  In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord….”

This week’s prayer:  Thank you God for each part of our church body, and the work that we all do to create a worshiping community. 

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Our daily bread

The strangest bread I ever ate was made for me in a little restaurant at the side of a winding highway in northern Israel this past summer.  We were in the Golan Heights, the hilly country traditionally occupied by the cultural group known as the Druze.  The restaurant was packed.  We lined up with everyone else, and I craned my neck to see what we were standing in line for.  There were two women working hard behind a counter.  One was making big pieces of thin bread over a large grill.  She poured the batter and then at the exact moment it was ready, she whisked it over to the counter next to her.  There another women spread labneh, a yogourt cheese on it, sprinkled it with spices, and then wrapped it up in a napkin.

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As travellers, you become very aware of the need for food. You can’t just go into your kitchen and make it.  When I travelled as a young woman with a backpack and a map, one of the biggest tasks each day was finding a place to get food.  On this trip, we had a leader, and we looked to him to find us good places to eat.  He brought us to this Druze restaurant, and we were not disappointed.

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This Sunday we will be talking about  the phrase “Give us this day our daily bread”.    Why is that a hard prayer for us to pray, when it addresses one of the most universal needs that we have?

This Sunday we will also be having a “bread themed potluck” (including gluten free bread)…people are bringing anything that goes on bread!  We hope that you can join us!

This week’s prayer:  Give us this day our daily bread!

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