September 14 – Genesis

Our reading from Genesis, the Bible’s first book, is today found in chapter 6.

The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually.  And the Lord was sorry that he had made humankind on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.  So the Lord said, ‘I will blot out from the earth the human beings I have created—people together with animals and creeping things and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.’  But Noah found favour in the sight of the Lord.

Reflection – God regrets making people, yet delights in Noah.  Have you ever wanted to walk away from something you started?  What kept you at it?

September 13 – Genesis

We are reading the Bible for the year, and this month we are looking at Genesis, The Beginning.

Today’s passage is from chapter 3.

And the Lord God made garments of skins for the man and for his wife, and clothed them.

Reflection – The human creatures have blown it, and disregarded what God has told them. Now they must bear the consequences. However, suddenly they are given a gift of grace: God makes clothes for the outcasts.  How have you experienced unexpected love and care today?  How can you show it?

September 12 – Genesis

Here is our reading for today, from Genesis, chapter 2.

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.

Reflection – The mud creature (which is what “a’dam” actually means) is responsible to care for the garden.  What do you see needing to be done to care for the earth?  How can you take a step toward that goal?

September 11 – Genesis

Our reading from Genesis today is from Chapter 1.

“God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.”

Reflection – All of creation is described as “good.”  How do you understand the word “good” in this context?  Can you apply it to these strange days?

See you tomorrow!

Reading the Bible

Hello everyone.

Our National Bishop, Susan Johnson, is encouraging us to a 4-year effort toward Spiritual Renewal.

To that end, with the pick up in activity in our Fall season, she is asking us to join her in a year of reading the Bible.

Each day, a couple verses and a couple questions will be posted on this page for you to aid in your reading and reflection.

We start with the invitation from Bishop Susan.

See you tomorrow!

Getting Ready – What our Gatherings will Look Like

The Council of Zion has put the following video together to help members understand how our Sunday services will look for the next while.

As we all know, things can change, and they can change in a hurry. But for the present, this is the direction we will be taking.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, September 6th!

Getting Ready for Public Worship

We are in the process of planning.

We are exploring what it will look like.

We are examining our options.

We are listening to experts.

We’re not “there” yet, but we’re on the way.

So, as a way to prepare yourself, take a look at the poster below.

It was prepared by our colleague, Pastor Kimber Mueller-McNabb at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Halifax.

Keep it in mind as we get ready.

Because it’s all about the community.

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Peace.

Worship for the Home, with a twist!

Hi everyone.

This week, we are doing something rather different.

Because we are no longer stuck in our buildings for worship, this week’s service is a joint venture between the congregations of the Lunenburg Lutheran Parish (Zion in Lunenburg and Grace in First South), the Rose Bay Parish (St. Matthew’s in Rose Bay), and St. Philip’s in Toronto.

Go to the St. Philip’s webpage (click here), scroll to the bottom of the page, and worship with people in Nova Scotia and Ontario!

You know, I kinda like this freedom from boundaries…

Peace be with you all!