Thursday, 26 March 2015

Easter Week Services

Easter Weekend
There are many things to do on a long weekend, especially around Easter. Included here are many of the opportunities you will have to engage with the wonder of the Passion weekend. If you would like to volunteer to help out in some way please let us know in the office.

Tenebrae Service
Tenebrae, or “Service of Shadows” is one of the oldest traditions of the Christian church for the commemoration of the passion and death of Christ. As the Passion story unfolds through the readings and music, the darkness increases, until with the death of Jesus only one light is left burning. This is not necessarily a cheerful service, as it is an entering into the story of our Lord Christ on the night he was betrayed. It helps us appreciate more gloriously the explosion of light that is Easter. This service will take place Thursday evening at 7:00pm. It is a very participatory event and we are in need of about nine readers. Please contact Pastor Kevin if you are able to help out.

Good Friday Service
We will be hosting a joint service with Knox Presbyterian Church at 11am. This year Dr. Ron Foubister will be bringing the message.

Easter Sunrise Service
We will be having our Easter Sunrise Service again this year; same location as last year (3181 49th St S).  The service is approximately 30 minutes long and there will be hot chocolate provided; the service will begin at 7:30am.  Questions?  Please give Laird a call - thanks.

Resurrection Celebration Service
We will of course be rejoicing with great hallelujahs on Easter morning during our regular timed service. (10:30 in case you were wondering)

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Community of Confession

“In confession the break-through to community takes place. Sin demands to have a [person] by [themselves]. It withdraws [that person] from the community. The more isolated a person is, the more destructive will be the power of sin over [that person], and the more deeply [that person] becomes involved in it, the more disastrous is the isolation. Sin wants to remain unknown.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together

How many times can you recall that feeling of having done something and then wanting to cover it up, either literally or simply with silence? I would venture that all of us have done this . . . recently even.  

Bonhoeffer sets confession and community in contrast to sin. Why might this be? Community is one of those things that we as humans were designed for. It is something that finds its roots deep in the Trinitarian nature of God, Father, Son and Spirit. Relationship with God is participation in that community and sin seeks to separate us from God's community. So, what can we do about those things that seek to isolate us from community? As the beginning of the opening quote stated, confession helps us to break through to the place of community. This is one of the things that we learned about in a recent Spiritual Parenting workshop. It is a powerful thing to be able to offer to our children a safe place to learn the freedom that comes from confession. How might we go about creating these places of refuge in our lives? Is the church community a place you feel safe to bring your confessions? Does confession always involve words? It would be great to know your responses to these questions.

By: Aaron Hansen