Monday, 24 July 2017

Monday Notes!

I feel a bit bad about not posting on time two weeks in a row (but not really bad). I'm pretty sure my memory is going as I get older.

Yesterday was a pretty normal Sunday. The sermon was good (it always is, really). We spent some time getting more books and videos catalogued, stamped or labelled, categorized, and shelved. We still have a mess of stuff to go through (anonymous donations, things that have been left in the library that don't belong there, and forgotten items), but that is next week's task. I think some of the shelves still need to be organized. I wonder if we can get the kids to do it.

The afternoon was mostly down time, and I didn't do much. This week is crazy busy at work, so I'm glad for a quiet afternoon before it started.

This is not a hymn, but I like it anyway. It's my song for tough times. Enjoy!

Monday, 17 July 2017

Sunday Notes (on Monday again)

I have no excuse for not posting yesterday; it just slipped my mind. I think I was enjoying not being hot for a change. I know a lot of people love the heat; I love that it was rainy and cool yesterday (and windy and cool today)!

Yesterday was a pretty normal Sunday. Mike preached. I loved his sermon title: "Unity Through Diversity: Or How the Body of Christ is Built Up & Grows Towards Unity Through People with a Diversity of Functions & Gifts". That is an awesome title. The sermon was also very good. It was from Ephesians 4:11-16, and he talked about how we all have gifts to use in the service and building up of the church.

The rest of the day was quiet. I baked muffins (because it was finally cool enough to turn on the oven) and made strawberry syrup (it's great for making strawberry milk). I finished a book of short stories/essays by knitters and started a biography of a Muslim who became a Christian. In the evening, I went for a walk and watched the ducks and geese swimming with their babies.

This week's hymn is one of my favourites. I was reading up on the writer (Thomas Chisholm). He was a regular guy who led an uneventful life. Great is Thy Faithfulness celebrates the regular works of God's faithfulness in our lives, and His daily provisions. It also reminds us that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and we can trust Him to care for us.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Sunday Stuff

It's hot. It has been so very, very hot lately, and even with the fan, I have not been sleeping well. The good news is, the A/C at the church had been fixed; last week it was broken, and had it still been broken today, we may have all roasted. On the other hand, there is a severe thunderstorm watch. I like thunderstorms.

After the service, I was up in the library, getting some of the new books shelved. There were a couple small children running through the library, shrieking (they all seemed to be in a very shrieky mood today). After telling them to stop and chasing them out once, I decided to return a couple of them to their parents. The one small guy ran from me...right to his mom to tell her that Miss Dorothy was coming. He doesn't quite realize yet that her response is to ask why Miss Dorothy is coming. That worked out well, especially since his dad came from the other direction (I think he had been up in the balcony, which is just off the library, and had seen/heard what was happening), and had him tell me that he was sorry for running and screaming. He agreed not to run or scream in the library again.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Sunday Stuff

Pastor Mike preached today about unity in the church. It was good; he was talking about how all believers are already united in Christ. He also showed how unity cannot be based on shallow beliefs, but needs to be based on the truths of Scripture. It was encouraging, and it helped me understand how the bond of unity with some people I know can still be strong even though we disagree about some things (mostly to do with how the church is run, and a few other non-essentials).

Canada Day was a lot of fun. I spent time with friends I haven't seen in a few months (some even longer), catching up on things, laughing, and eating. I was only intending to go for an hour or so in the afternoon (we were celebrating an 80th birthday), but ended up being invited for supper since I'm considered family. In the evening, I went to see the fireworks with a family from the church. There are fireworks close to where we live (I could probably have watched some of them from my balcony), so we got to celebrate and get home before midnight. It was a really good day of fellowship and fun.

Next week is one of the busiest at work. It's the first week of summer break, and everyone will be getting schedules sorted out and such. The good news is, it's only a week (or two) and then things settle into summer routine.

Here is a hymn to start your week off well.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Happy Canada Day!

Enjoy some Canadian songs to celebrate 150 years!


Sunday, 25 June 2017

Sunday Stuff

It was a good service this morning. We talked a bit about missionaries to day, mostly that we are considering supporting (or helping support) a missionary heading over to Japan. We also had a short video about the pastor training academy we help support in the Philippines. We're still a pretty young church, but we're starting to get more involved in evangelism and missions, and that's good.

Today was the church picnic, but I missed it to spend time with my brother. He lives a couple hours away and occasionally comes into the city and we have supper together or something. It's a nice chance to catch up and build our relationship. I like having family this close. Now if I can just get the rest to move out this way! My dad, my sister, and a couple of the kids are coming out this way in a month or so; maybe I can convince them to stay.

Friday, 23 June 2017

A Story for You

When Mum was visiting, she brought me a pile of stuff from my childhood, including some stuff that I had written in grade 7. I thought I should share, so I bring you this amazing piece of literature:

The Kangaroo

The kangaroo was very vain. Now you may wonder what he had to be vain about, because he wasn't very pretty, or smart. But he was vain. You see, the kangaroo was the best jumper in the jungle. Now, everyone knew that because he was always bragging. Even at the rabbit's wedding!
"You may get married, but I can hop faster," he said.
Finally, the rabbit went up to him and said, "I think you brag too much."
The kangaroo just gasped, and lunged at the rabbit. The rabbit hopped as fast as he could, but the kangaroo went faster. Ahead was a wall. The rabbit jumped up, and what he saw made his heart miss a beat. Down he jumped, barely missing the wall, and what was behind it.
Up came the kangaroo, and sailed over the wall. Splash! [in the original, I drew water drops around the word Splash!] He landed in an alligator pool! The rabbit hopped over the wall again, while the kangaroo splashed around wildly, and full of fear. When he got out, he never bragged again.

Moral: Look before you leap!

There you go: amazing literature from a younger me. Can you believe I only got 8.5/10 on that? It may be because there are no jungles in Australia (although there are rain forests). There are also no alligators in Australia. I probably lost marks because of geographical confusion.