Pastor's Pen - March 26, 2017
by Pastor Bruce Martin
We certainly live in a world where the symbol of the cross has become so familiar, that at times we risk losing its significance. I am really excited to be in a new series of messages, where we will discover that there are particular words that have a direct connection to all that happened on the cross. Welcome to week two of our five-week adventure. We will, week by week, fill in the blanks to our puzzle, ultimately revealing all five CROSSWORDS. Today's word is RECONCILIATION . Yes, it also goes along with last weeks word, JUSTIFICATION, both words speaking volumes as to Christ's purpose on the cross. Don't miss a week.
I was delighted on Monday evening to spend a couple of hours with the newly elected board, our servant leaders here at CT. It was very encouraging for me to participate in a heartfelt compassionate time of prayer for many of the needs expressed in our church family at this time. It is so essential that we do not try to do God's Work in our own strength. Please continue to pray for us as a leadership team, as we grapple with the new normal here at Calvary Temple. The new normal I am referring to is a monthly mortgage payment connected to the recent building of the HH Barber Retreat Centre at Calvary Temple Camp. Please pray with us that many more people here at Calvary Temple will feel called by God to designate a "building fund" offering on a regular basis. At the same time, I know you would want me to share with you, that in January and February, both the Lord's Tithe, (our General giving) as well as our undesignated Missionary giving were well below our budgeted expectations. As I remind myself, I remind all of us. "This is God's Work, God's Work done in God's Way will always have God's Provision", Praise the Lord!
It is confirmed, Drs. Don and Pat Argue will be joining us on the weekend of May 6th and 7th to help us celebrate the 110th Anniversary of Calvary Temple. Many of you already know that C.T. had its earliest beginnings on St. John Ave. in the living room of AH Argue, Don's grandfather, in Winnipeg's North End. Please note, in addition to our three morning services with Don Argue speaking, there will be a Ladies' Tea with Pat Argue sharing on Saturday afternoon and a Dessert Fellowship, on Sunday evening where we will highlight and honour the various decades.
James Okot will be speaking again in the Buntain Chapel tonight at 6:00 p.m. and Communion will be served.
Bruce and Miriam