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Mission Blog #2 - Where in the World is Mission?

In this blog, I want to us to reflect further on the nature of God’s mission as comprehensive in scope, expanding our awareness that the mission of God touches all of creation, all of human life and culture. Last time, I borrowed Christopher Wright’s definition of mission. Mission “is all that God is doing in his great purpose for the whole of creation and all that he calls us to do in cooperation with that purpose.” Nothing in God’s good creation, nothing in human life and culture, can be thought of as outside of God’s Mission to restore and heal his creation. Mission is a big, big story.

What in the World is Mission? Mission and Revitalization Blog #1

Mission Blog #1 – January 13, 2018
What in the World is Mission?

When I was a younger Christian, I was pretty fascinated with missionaries. Jim Elliot, J. Hudson Taylor of the China Inland Mission, and others were all exciting and intriguing stories. Stories of missionaries smuggling Bibles into closed countries had me imagining Christianized versions of Indiana Jones running through a jungle with forbidden books. They were good stories and spoke to my fledgling faith.

Sometimes though, the stories were told in ways that left me thinking my life could never matter as much in God’s Kingdom as theirs did....

Small Groups for All!

There are three different opportunities for small group involvement available now -- choose whichever one appeals most to you!:

POETRY AND PARABLE: This small group meets every other week on Wednesday night and is led by Pastor Lydia. Each session we study a passage of scripture, and also a poem written about that scripture by Malcolm Guite (an Anglican chaplain at Cambridge in the UK). Contact Lydia if you'd like more details!

THEOLOGY BOOK CLUB: This group is led by Pastor Adam, and meets monthly to discuss a book about Christian faith and living, starting with David Fitch's "Faithful Presence." The first meeting will be on Tuesday January 30th.

PRAYER AND SHARE TRIPLETS: These are three-person groups which meet to share about their lives, discuss questions of community and belonging, and pray together for each other and for our church. Meeting time is determined by each triplet, which means that these groups can accomodate even those with busy schedules or limited mobility. To join these groups, please put your name on the blue signup sheet downstairs in the church basement, on or before January 21st.

Let's Eat Together!

Two upcoming chances to build our community together around the table:

1. Potluck this Sunday, January 21st -- People with last names A-M bring casseroles, and people with last names N-Z bring salad and buns. We're still looking for a couple more people to help with set-up and clean-up -- call or email Grace Epp if you're willing to help.

2. Community Dinner, next Thursday January 25th at 6pm -- Come join us as we eat together with our community. We're working on inviting in families from our drop-in centre, and Kingcrest students as well, but feel free to invite other neighbours and friends too.