Good Friday

So, some of you will know there was a bit of confusion about the time of the service this morning. Totally my fault, but the good thing about virtual services is that they can be viewed anytime. So, here is our join service with Morningside High Park Presbyterian, may it be blessing:

And just for a little extra Holy Week music, here is Andrew Peterson’s haunting Tenebrea, which sets the seven last words from the cross to music:

Until tomorrow, dear friends, may you hold the cross in your heart and keep the Easter vigil as we await the Empty Tomb.

Maundy Thursday

It has been our practice at Graceview Presbyterian, to host a Stations of the Cross drop-in prayer vigil. This year, that vigil is virtual, and has developed into. a little service including prayer from the Central Etobicoke Ministerial, and a Communion. So please grab your elements (anything to eat, and anything to drink – what ever you have on hand is good – last time we did communion, people shared that they had cranberry juice or tea, and I thought it was wonderful that they were willing to recognize that in unprecedented times, sometimes you just have to go with what works!) and may this service be a blessing to you:

Until tomorrow, dear friends, may you be strengthened by the meal we have shared.

A prayer for Holy Week…

As we move ever closer to the Last Supper, the betrayal, the arrest and trial, the walk to Golgotha and death on the cross, I want to share a couple of Holy Week resources. Today, I’m sharing a prayer for Holy Week:

Our Lord Jesus, you went faithfully to Jerusalem, speaking with your disciples of your death, they welcomed you with the branches of celebration for the coming of a Saviour, and only you understood that it was through the sacrifice of your death that the promise of salvation would be fulfilled.


Like the patriots of old you cleansed the temple, they tried to trap you with questions as you taught, and you were betrayed on the night when you gave the symbols of your life with which to remember you at the table.


You washed their feet as an example of service to one another before you submitted to ultimate humiliation and cruel death.


Faithful servant of God and of your human brothers and sisters, we worship and adore you as our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

— written by David Beswick, and posted on David Beswick’s Home Page.

Until tomorrow, dear friends, may you continue to follow Jesus.

Meme Monday!

I mean, they managed to move the boat today, but this was just too good not to share (Canadian content joke, not sure my American buddies will get it):

How I wish this weren’t true. But it totally is:

Hahaha:

Spring in Ontario be like:

Heated seats are seriously the best, though:

I love how children see the world:

I absolutely love this…Jesus knew!:

This lovely piece of advice. (Even if you, like me, might struggle with applying it right now…the reminder is still good!):

True story, though. (And moment of gratitude for some awesome women I know who’ve been working hard at building me up!💖):

I’m not the only one, right?!:

And finally, this blessing for your day:

Until tomorrow, dear friends, keep on laughing and thinking and drawing closer to God!

Worship Resources!

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, so I bet you can guess what this week’s worship resources are going to focus on. Let’s begin with this version of Hosanna by Hillsong, live on the steps of the Temple in Jerusalem:

This prayer from the folks at illustratedministry.com, which can be printed and coloured:

The words of the prayer are:

God, our merciful maker, You love the world you made, and you want us to be whole and healthy. Yet the world you made is suffering. The world you made is struggling. People have died, and people are sick. Visit us with your mercy and make us whole. Amen.

illustratedministry.com

And finally, this is Andrew Peterson’s version of Hosanna:

Until tomorrow, dear friends, may you cry out to Jesus, Hosanna – save us!

How about some music?

While writing yesterday’s blog, “Ordinary,” I had a song running through my head. It was Sarah McLachlan’s Ordinary Miracle, which is all about how the ordinary things are actually rather miraculous – like how seeds grow, and birds learn to fly, and spring comes again. So I thought I’d share that with you today, with the hopes that you’ll spend some time looking for ordinary miracles all around you:

This lovely little bit of Scripture set to music by Andrew Peterson. This is “Romans 11 (Doxology)”

And this offering from NEEDTOBREATHE, “Banks,” which Bear Rienhart (singer) wrote for his wife, but also speaks to me of how God loves us – wanting to hold us close but never hold us back:

Until tomorrow, dear friends, may you sing songs to the Lord!

Ordinary…

Every once in a while in a Bible Study or other spiritual conversation setting, I hear people of faith wondering how their ordinary life makes much of a difference for God. They will point out that they’ve never gone on a mission trip or done anything really “above and beyond” in the name of faith.

But for every single person who has ever asked such a question, this is also absolutely true:

Sometimes it is the small kindnesses we do for each other – an encouraging word, a ride to a doctor’s appointment, being present for a friend, things that might seem quite ordinary – that make a big difference in the life of another. And really, every difference made, matters.

So here is a prayer for the “ordinary” acts of faith that all of us do:

Until tomorrow, dear friends, may you know that you make a difference, that is far from ordinary.

Wordless Wednesday!

(Because this just made me feel better about the train wreck I’ve felt like lately. I’m reminded of a Caedmon’s Call song that says, “I’m so thankful that I’m incapable of doing any good on my own” – the implication being that being incapable makes one rely fully on God who IS capable. Maybe I need to see my train wreck as a blessing in disguise that makes me lean all that much more on the strength of my Saviour…..so maybe not all that wordless today, after all!)