May31SunMay 31, 2020 by Curtis Boehm
John Donne “No Man Is An Island”
In the winter of 1623, the English poet John Donne wrote these lines in his “Meditation 17:
No man is an island,
entire of itself;
every man is a piece of the continent,
a part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less,
as well as if a promontory were.
Mar15SunMarch 15, 2020
Pastor’s Page: For The Grace Vine, April 2020 issue (by Pastor Steve)
One of the little irritations that comes with having a cold is the roller-coaster effect of the medications I often take to deal with its symptoms. In the morning, a “non-drowsy” pill not only drains my sinuses but also gives me a jolt of energy. At...
Feb17MonFebruary 17, 2020
St. Paul uses a fascinating image in one of his letters to describe the effect that we as Christians have on the people around us. “We are a sweet aroma of Christ,” he says. “To those who are perishing it is an odour from death to death, but to those who are being saved, a fragrance from...
Feb17MonFebruary 17, 2020 by Curtis Boehm
“Stewards of the Mysteries” (Pastor Curtis)
“This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. ” 1 Corinthians 4:1-2
Whenever I drive to the north side of Edmonton, I like to observe the construction...
Jan19SunJanuary 19, 2020
So, When Would You Contact Your Pastor, Anyway?
You call your doctor when you have an earache. You call your dentist when you break a tooth. You call the plumber when… Well, you get the point. But when should you call your pastor?
Probably the most obvious time to call your pastor is when you’re experiencing a crisis or...
Nov7ThuNovember 7, 2019
Do we really believe in teamwork?
Most people know at least a few catchy slogans about teamwork. There’s the acronym: “ T ogether E veryone A chieves M ore.” There’s the pun: “There’s no “I in Team.” And there is the wisdom gained through experience: “A team is more than the sum of its...
Sep18WedSeptember 18, 2019
Meet our New Pastor!
Formally, he’s the Rev. Dr. Stephen Chambers. But in a few months, he’s going to be “Pastor Steve” here at Grace—or, if you prefer, “Pastor Chambers.” Have you met our incoming Associate Pastor?
Pastor Steve grew up in Vancouver, B.C. and attended U.B.C. before...
Aug20TueAugust 20, 2019 by Curtis Boehm
Under One Roof
It’s hard to ignore the work being done on the church right now. Large scaffolds surround the sanctuary. The sound of hammering and moving materials around reminds us who are under this roof that it is being strengthened, and covered in a new protective layer of shingles. The price tag for this re-roofing project is...
Jun19WedJune 19, 2019 by Curtis Boehm
A Soul Well Watered
Last week during a sunny June afternoon I took a couple hours and launched an assault on the dandelion population that has invaded the lawns in front of the church. It was such a gorgeous day; being outside was refreshing, and pulling up dandelions by the root has an oddly satisfying effect on me.
More than one person stopped...
May28TueMay 28, 2019 by Curtis Boehm