Thoughts for 2015

December 27 – January 2 A thought or two from your pastor:

One writer commented: “Learning to weep, learning to keep vigil, learning to wait for the dawn, is perhaps what it means to be truly human.” However simplistic this may seem, is there not a nugget of truth here?

Life is never easy for us, and who among us could say that it always runs smoothly? And perhaps, in more cases than we would like to admit, some of our hard times and waiting periods in life, are due to our own miss-steps in life.

But through all the challenges of life, there is one great bedrock that will never change. And we can walk on that bedrock with confidence into the New Year, regardless of how many miss-steps we may make: “Low I am with you even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b)

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon Langille

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December 20 – 26 A thought or two from your pastor:

Well known writer and theologian Henri Nouwen once said: “Quite often out of an intimate encounter with God, encounter with other people is possible.”

Scripture tells us that when we come to faith, we become members of the “Beloved” (Ephesians 1; 1 John 4). As members of the Beloved of God, we will surely want to share such grace encounter with others.

One Pastor friend of mine used to say: “The whole world is my mission field.” And if you knew him, you would know what he meant, “the whole word is mine to love.” I think that is what God is still saying to us at Christmas time — “the whole world is mine to love.”

Let us once again embrace this intimate encounter with God this Christmas, and share it with others.

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon Langille

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December 13 – 19 A thought or two from your pastor:

Parker Palmer, a spiritual writer of the Quaker tradition, indicates that community is the place where the person you least want to live with always shows up. How true!

There are times we find this in the church, if we are honest with ourselves. In fact, this is the very place that our love is tested at times. indeed, if we are serious about loving others as our Lord has loved us, we are constantly being challenged to love…what shall we say? The unlovable! And again, if we are honest with ourselves,, when we look in the mirror of our heart of hearts, we will realize that the unlovable, is sometimes the one we are looking at.

Cheer up! Are you not thankful that we do have this treasure in earthen vessels? (2 Cor 4)

When we remember this, we will do well enough…

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon Langille

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December 6 – 12 A thought or two from your pastor:

One Christian counsellor commented that many people live ‘mystified lives’, and they are therefore living them ‘vicariously’. The mystified life is one in which the person lives in unreality and the unreality becomes their reality.

In the early days of the computer, they used to say: ‘Garbage in, garbage out’. To a large degree, it is the same with us. We need to be careful what we put in our minds, and selective of what we allow to say there, and occupy space and energy.

Henri Nouwen once wrote that it is helpful to have a prayer on our lips wherever we go. Whatever the circumstance –good or bad–in between. If we have a prayer on our lips, it will stay in reality. And when we stay in reality, God is always there to help.

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon Langille

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November 30 – December 5 A thought or two from your pastor:

These familiar words begin John’s gospel: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. And we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Yes as the song phrases it, “Heaven came down and glory fills my soul.” Another Advent season is upon us! Let us rejoice!! Commenting on this truth, Martin Luther wrote: “These are fine, heart-warming words—that God wants to come down to us. God wants to come down to us and we do not need to clamber up to Him. He wants to be with us to the ends of the world.”
Thanks be to God!!! Never to leave us, always to be with us, never to forsake us.

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon Langille

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November 22 – 29 A thought or two from your pastor:

If we are honest with ourselves, we like to think we have control of things, but then there is an underlying echo in the recesses of our spirits, that whispers, “it really isn’t so, and never was, and never will be.” St. Paul struggled with this. He knew his weakness, at least some of it. he struggled through, the same as we do. He didn’t like it any more than the rest of us. he fought with himself not to admit it, and eventually took it to the Lord in prayer on three different occasions. the Lord’s answer: “My grace is sufficient for your, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Paul’s conclusion? “Therefore most gladly I will rest in my infirmities, that the power of Christ my rest upon me… (2 Cor. 12:9-10).Whatever our weakness — heartaches and disappointments, broken relationships, illnesses, recent deaths — the Lord’s grace is always sufficient.

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon Langille

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November 15 – 21 Thoughts for the week:

If you have not heard, the local church in North America is in real trouble. 75 years ago, that was the place to be on Sunday morning, come 11:00 am. Not anymore. Oh, there never was a perfect church, and if there was, I could not be a part of t because I would ruin it. So why do we believe in the local church? Permit me to suggest  reason, which I think pretty well says it all.

  1. Where else will you hear truth about sin, death, salvation, love, meaning of life, and eternal destinies?
  2. The message of the gospel gives hope and dignity to all people, from the least of these, to the greatest.
  3. The gospel gives us a moral compass in a world lost in relativism.
  4. The Gospel calls the people of the church to a caring lifestyle because the Spirit of God is at work in the midst of the Church.
  5. Because of this unselfish caring in the past, the church provides schools, hospitals, and many agencies of mercy.

So I say to you folks, let us keep driving the car down the road of service to others.  in time, some will see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven, not us. (Matthew 5:16). And we may just see some of them on Sunday morning.

Blessings to you and yours this week.

(Rev. Leon Langille)