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Weekly News – February 2nd

I saw a most beautiful sunrise yesterday morning as I was driving to church.  The colours were slowly coming alive, almost like unwrapping an unexpected, yet heart-warming gift.  And it was beautiful.  Peaceful.  A very welcome gift to begin the day with.

These days I’m being challenged with something that I heard on the radio this week.  If I was to ask you to finish this sentence…”God is worthy to be ___________ .”, what would you say?  At first thought, I would say “praised” or “worshipped” or “loved”.  But the phrase that I heard this week was…”God is worthy to be TRUSTED.”  He is worthy to be trusted…with ALL of my trust.  Not just when things make sense to me, but even (or especially!) when they don’t.  Can I say with all of my heart, mind and soul, “God I trust you.” – in all things, with no other qualifiers or reasons, just a simple faith that says, “God I trust you.”  Because yes, I believe that He IS worthy of ALL my trust – each and every day that He gives me.

“Those who know your name trust you
because you have not abandoned
any who seek you, Lord.”

Psalm 9:10 (CEB)


It’s a quieter weekend here at Malmo – and I think most of us will gladly embrace that.  Join us on Sunday for Sunday School at 9:45am and for our Worship service at 11:00am.  We’ll be sharing together at the Lord’s table.  A beautiful gift from our Heavenly Father, as we begin this new month.

Peace to you my friends,
Delora

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New Friends from Sweden

In August 2014, we were contacted by a man named Stig from Sweden, who was researching his family history.  (He found us through our website!)  He was looking for the burial place of a number of his ancestors who possibly could have lived in the Malmo community, in the early 1900’s.  After looking through our church records and going through our cemetery, we indeed did find a number of his relatives that were former members at Malmo, and buried in our church – including his Grandfather.IMG_5532

Well this past Tuesday, Stig and his wife, Anne-Marie made the long flight from Sweden to Canada, to come for a visit.  They wanted to see the area where his grandfather had lived and to possibly get a glimpse of what life might have been like for him, here in Canada. 

We showed them the cemetery and spent a few moments with them there, as they visited the burial place of his grandfather, and other relatives as well.  It was a sacred moment as he brought flowers to lay on his grandfather’s grave for the first time.

Lauralea made a beautiful lunch and we shared life together in Randall & Lauralea’s home over a meal.  We heard more about Stig’s history and about his family that immigrated to Canada back in 1893.  He asked us questions about life in Canada and about our church, and we spoke of the differences between the Swedish State Church and our church, here in the field. IMG_5533IMG_9877

Stig has spent hours researching his family history and his given us a copy of a book that he has made, complete with his family tree, stories and pictures.  One can easily see the amazing amount of detail and love that he has put into this research.  (We have the copy in the church office, if you would like to see it.)

I’ve seen God at work in many different ways, but it still always amazes me when I see it up close.  Two years ago, I never would have imagined that our simple interaction through the internet would mean helping a man in Sweden find his roots – and then meeting him and his lovely wife in person!  I don’t believe in coincidence.  I believe in God-ordained meetings – and this was one of them. 

Delora

Stig & Anne-Marie

Stig & Anne-Marie

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Praying for the sick

Last Sunday we talked about faith and how it gets tough to keep praying especially when we have had a few “No” answers from God.

Well, some of you have started to ask some good deeper questions, the sorts of things we’ve talked about before, but maybe it’s time to revisit some of those themes. So the next two Sundays we will explore a bit about prayer and God and healing and the role of the church in that stuff. This first Sunday will be more of an overview on the topic, but next Sunday I want to focus in on what is happening when we pray and we are not seeing the answers we are praying for. There seem to be about six biblical reasons that could explain why we are not healed.

So come and join us the next two Sundays and I trust you can find some answers for your questions, and guidelines on how to pray for those struggling with health problems.

 

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Robin Williams, is dead.

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — He was the funniest guy in the room, something that made it all the harder for friends and fans to accept that beneath that reservoir of frenetic energy and seemingly endless good humor resided demons so dark they could push Robin Williams to suicide.
It was no secret that the Oscar-winning actor had suffered for years from periodic bouts of substance abuse and depression — he made reference to it himself in his comedy routines. But word that he had killed himself Monday at his San Francisco Bay Area home left both friends in the Hollywood community and neighbors in the quiet neighborhood of Tiburon that he called home equally stunned and grief-stricken.
“It was so sudden and he was such a great guy and it’s such a loss to the whole community,” said Daniel Jennings who lived across the street from Williams in the quiet neighborhood where the actor was often seen riding his bike and stopping to talk to neighbors. One thing he never did, residents said, was act like a celebrity.
“He was really nice to all the neighbors,” Daniels said. “Really appreciated his kindness.”

The surprise news came out yesterday that one of America’s better actors had taken his own life. Many who knew him in the roles he played or by the shows he appeared on, were caught by surprise. Why would such a talented and gifted individual do that?

Why indeed, is what the world asks.

We hear and discover that life wasn’t that simple for the artist. Struggles with addictions and depression left him vulnerable. Tiredness with it all wore him out. Until yesterday when he had had enough it seems.

With people who are public individuals we think we know them through TV or movies or music. Even on a lesser platform, we think we know people through their writings, blogs, and photos. Similarly when it’s our neighbour who takes their life we realize that we really didn’t know them, or their struggle.  The truth is that we never really knew them. We didn’t know their struggles or pain.

It might be impossible to know distant public figures, but it’s not impossible to know your neighbour. It seems as though Robin Williams was a good neighbour, but was he known, really?

Maybe his death should be a motivation for us to really know the few people around us. Maybe we should look up from our phones, and take time and the interest to really know the people around us. To choose to care and love them. To get to know them, really.

Maybe then this great loss can bring some life to us and to this increasingly fragmented world in which we live.

 

 

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