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  • Nov18Sun

    Pastor's Page - December 2018

    November 18, 2018

    “Safety Last”

    As a parent of young children, I have lived in a world where safety precautions sometimes seem like the most important concern of life. Whether it’s trying to buckle winter-dressed children into car seats, ridding the house of any cleaning products that could be eaten, or getting decked out in helmet, knee, elbow, and wrist pads for rollerblading, many parents live by the rule: “Safety First!”

    But recently, a trend has emerged which has challenged the wisdom of “Safety First.” For instance, Brett and Kate McKay published a list of “23 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do.”
    https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/23-dangerous-things-let-kids/

     

  • Oct16Tue

    Pastor's Page - November 2018

    October 16, 2018
    The November Project

    On November 1, 2017, one year ago, I took a friend’s advice and went to “The November Project,” a fitness movement that meets three times a week at 6am for a morning workout. We ran up and down the wooden stairs over by the high level bridge and did push-ups and sit-ups and burpees in the fresh fallen snow, and gave high fives and hugs, and commended each other for “just showing up.”
  • Sep15Sat

    Pastor's Page - October 2018

    September 15, 2018

    Thankful

    “...not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11-13 ESV)

    The Apostle Paul claimed to have discovered the secret of being “content in all circumstances,” but for me it’s a stretch. I struggle to find gratitude in my heart when September snowstorms cut a short summer even shorter. 

  • Aug18Sat

    Pastor's Page - August 2018

    Believing Isn’t Seeing August 18, 2018 by Curtis Boehm

    “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not yet see.”

    These are the first words of the famous “faith chapter” Hebrews 11. The author of Hebrews goes on to list some of the heroes of faith whose lives are recorded in the stories of the Bible: Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Rahab, and more. In addition to being part of the unfolding plan of salvation that God orchestrated down through the ages, these individuals all had something in common. They had an ability to be certain of some things even without proof. They had an ability to hope with confidence. They had faith.

  • May18Fri

    Pastor's Page - June 2018

    May 18, 2018

    “Root Growth”

    “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:14–19(ESV)


    If you walk around in the neighbourhood of Grace Lutheran church these days you will hear the sounds of spring. Birds singing, squirrels chattering, bugs buzzing, runners hitting the sidewalk, and lawn-mowers tending to the growing grass!



  • Mar18Sun

    Pastor's Page - April 2018

    March 18, 2018

    How’s your love life these days? I remember hearing that question as a child, and squirming with the implied romantic involvement. I don’t squirm so much any more! And a marriage filled with love is truly a lovely gift.

  • Jan13Sat

    Pastor's Page - February 2018

    January 13, 2018

    Love Month Mash Up

    As soon as the Christmas tree was taken down in the gym this year,  a new set of decorations appeared gracing our stage and reminding us of the season to come. Hearts and rich red fabric remind us that Valentine’s day is coming. It’s love month! (Many thanks to Maureen and the fellowship committee for beautifying our gym!)

    What is Valentine’s day like for you, I wonder? 

  • Nov17Fri

    Pastor's Page - December 2017

    November 17, 2017

    “Hush!”

    We are entering the season of Advent, which is full of anticipation. You might have started counting down the days until Christmas! According to the Christmas carol, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” But it can also be the most hectic, stressful and lonely time of the year, as our lives become busier to the point of asking, Why do I even bother with all this?

     

  • Oct17Tue

    Pastor's Page - November 2017

    October 17, 2017 by Curtis Boehm

    Re-structuring our National Church
    Last night Bruce Eidick, our head elder, and Pastor Larry and I flew back into Edmonton International Airport. We had been in Kitchener Ontario, for the 11th convention of Lutheran Church Canada since Friday morning. Walking through the sanctuary of Grace Lutheran Church this morning, I was thinking about what has changed and what will stay the same.

     

  • Sep23Sat

    Pastor's Page - October 2017

    September 23, 2017

    Gratitude

    I went for a run this morning in the fog. It was still dark when I left the house, and the street lights were shining through the leaves on the full grown trees on our street, making fingers of light that grasped toward me while I gathered the strength in my body and set off into the day. It was a brief moment, but it was so beautiful that I have been thinking about that sight all morning.