It’s been a minute since we shared some art from our community and today we’re thrilled to bring this back! Nick Roblin shares two of his pieces with us in this post. We encourage you to take a minute to enjoy Nick’s creativity, along with his eloquent and thorough notes on each piece.
Back in the summer we shared about our Community Hub initiative. Since then you’ve likely seen mention of some of the seminars and event, but we wanted to take a moment to spotlight how these things weave together to create a larger tapestry of community engagement and support. Our vision for the Community Hub is to help people thrive in their communities through creating space for wholistic health, connection, and support. Here is how we’ve been doing that over the last two months…
A month ago we added our Sunday, 9AM gathering back into our weekends to help create space at our 11AM gathering as we continue to navigate current capacity restrictions. And while the initial 9AM re-launch didn’t include kids programs, all of that changed last weekend!
During each week of Ordinary Time, our gatherings begin with a video to draw us together into a collective posture of worship. The video itself has many images that we hope will prompt different thoughts, feelings, ideas and responses that can illuminate what God may be inviting us into during this season. For this week’s Midweek Worship, we’ve invited a handful of our pastors and staff to reflect and meditate on a single image from the Gathering Video and to respond with a prayer for this Ordinary Time. These prayers come from Brett, Mary, Jesus, James and Fernando.
There are moments when God speaks to us in powerful ways that challenge our assumptions or maybe just shake us up a bit. The discovery of the unmarked grave of 215 children on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops has been one of those moments.
The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada profoundly grieves the recent revelation of the deaths of 215 indigenous children in Kamloops, B.C. Our heart goes out to their families, their home communities, and to all First Nations across Canada.