Alleluia! Christ is Risen, He is Risen indeed, Alleluia! I extend wishes of a beautiful and happy Easter to all parishioners, staff, and visitors at Calvin who are the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Let us celebrate Jesus, who is the resurrection and the life. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
After the Lord Jesus was crucified on Friday, His body was taken down from the cross, and buried in a cave tomb. The tomb was guarded by Roman Soldiers and an enormous stone was put over the entrance, so that no-one could steal the body. On the Sunday, Mary Magdalene, followed later by some of Jesus' disciples who visited the tomb and found that the stone had been moved, and that Jesus' body had gone. The Lord Jesus, through his cross and resurrection, has destroyed the power of sin and death and brought us into His life. Christ has won for us victory over the grave.
Easter is a celebration of the eternal life that awaits his followers.
May the resurrected Lord bring you hope, faith and love. If you will embrace Him, you will experience His blessing in many ways.
"Alleluia! He is Risen!"
For many people, Christmas is the most wanted and the most enjoyable time of the year. We do a lot of exciting things which lift up our spirits. We decorate our homes. We are excited about finding what should we pick for Christmas for those whom we love. I really enjoy wrapping Christmas gifts and I hope many of us share with me this excitement. To decorate the Christmas tree is always one of my biggest excitements: to sit around the tree, to watch the decorations, to admire the lights, and sing Christmas Carols with family and friends. Having everyone home at Christmas and sharing gifts – I think for all this is very special.
It’s time to start making preparations. But with all the preparation, please take time to prepare your heart for Christmas. May your Christmas be a blessing. I would like to share with you three simple things in the light of the Bible, to be prepared for Christmas, in order to please our Lord Jesus Christ, the child of Bethlehem.
1. Share with others what Christmas means to you.
You have to tell others that Christmas is Jesus’s birthday, that person’s birthday, who had the biggest influence on this world. You have to share that, on the first Christmas, God did something fabulous for us, and those who have nothing to do with Jesus so far need to hear this. You have to always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. Remember the shepherds. The angels were telling them that the Lord was born in Bethlehem. They had a chance to experience the Lord in the manger. If you, too, would like to meet Jesus during this Christmas season, please join us at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Kitchener where we are talking about Christ and with Christ. Do your first step: come, listen, and think about what you hear. Then the Holy Spirit will start to work in you, so you, too, should experience God’s gift a very personal way. Please come, make the first step, open your heart, come, listen and rejoice with us. May you become an ambassador of God, an angel to others who still don’t see the Christmas light.
2. We should be realistic when we buy gifts.
The commercialized world should not influence us and our egos when we buy gifts. Our gifts should not have dollar values. Not the dollar value of the gift, but our love should be more important when we buy, give and receive gifts. The goal of our giving is to bring happiness in the lives of whom we love. May your gifts show your unmeasurable love to those with whom you will share your Christmas. May they feel and experience that, with your gifts, you are giving them your heart as well. In this way, your gift will bring real happiness to those you love. Remember that your heart will make your gift the most precious gift. Please give something to those whom you love because our gifts are symbolizing God’s love, who loved us and, at the first Christmas, gave us the most amazing gift in Jesus Christ.
3. Find enough quiet time to prepare yourself for Christmas.
Please take time to prepare your heart for Christmas. In this rushing world, make time to be in silence, sing Christmas carols, talk to your family members, plan together, and pray, so your hearts may be ready for Christmas to receive God’s gift. May the Lord bless you with sufficient quiet time and peace in order to be ready for Christmas.
At the end of a glorious summer, we try to return to our autumn routine. I am looking forward to worshipping, planning, and working together with you.
As we gather again this fall, let us move confidently forward together in service to a world which could sorely use the justice, equity and compassion for which we have so long laboured.
Transition at Calvin is in the air. The Personnel Committee is searching for a Program Coordinator, the Christian Education Committee is ready with their plans, the Board of Managers is preparing the Garage Sale, the Sunday School teachers are excited to meet our children, the Staff and the Session of our Church are making plans for the fall and way beyond. September is a BIG month for planning, and YOU are invited to be part of this process.
We have a big list of committees where we can welcome you, your faith, and your willingness to help our mission at Calvin. I realize that it is easier to sit in the pew for an hour but the Lord is requiring from us not only our words but also our actions. At the end of our earthly lives, the Lord will check on our actions and not on our words. Please take the courage to participate in our changing congregation and find your place in our mission. Please come and invest your faith and energy in some areas. Please let me know what kind of gifts you have and I would be glad to assist you.