My weekend was simply amazing. Jan and I had the privilege of being with the Glenbrook church family in Erin Mills South in Mississauga as they celebrated their 40th Anniversary. 33 years ago this past summer I was appointed by the Board of World Mission to what was called second phase church extension ministry with the Glenbrook congregation. For close to 6¾ years we shared in the joys and challenges of church life and ministry.
On the Saturday evening we heard the Mayor of Mississauga, Hazel McCallion, a 91 year old dynamo, speak of her Christian faith and
- its early beginnings in an Anglican congregation in the Gaspe, Quebec.
- its growth as a member of Trinity Anglican in Streetsville and
- its importance as a public person holding political office in Mississauga for over 40 years.
On Sunday morning I had a strong impression I received on the Saturday evening confirmed. Glenbrook has become a church of all nations. In the singing, joyous faces from a multitude of backgrounds and races raised their voices in praise. It was a thrilling experience of Revelation style worship (people from many different nations praising God) for me. I will remember it for a long time. I thank God for the way in which Glenbrook has prospered and grown to be a strong and vital witness to his name in west Mississauga, Erin Mills.
Knox believes in being a church for the nations. We have forged partnerships with Christians in other countries of the world to be a blessing and to receive their blessing.
On Wednesday night we welcome the Rev. Justus Miwanda of the IN Network Uganda to Knox. Our congregation has partnered with Justus and IN Uganda to sponsor scholarships for children to go to school in Buikwe and Kiyinda. Here’s a link to an International Needs (IN) page from New Zealand that tells more of this ministry.
We will be meeting with Justus at 7:30 pm at the Robertson’s. Phone the church office for more detail.
Tonight I will be installed as the Moderator of the Presbytery of Hamilton. I ask for your prayers as I undertake this ministry for the next year of 2012/2013. Tomorrow morning I’m expecting 9 or more pastors to join me at Knox for 1 ½ hours of praying with and for each other.
Our prayers for one another are not lightly regarded by God. The Lord calls us to boldly bring our requests for each other to his throne of grace. God’s grace in Christ is what fuels our lives. May your witness to the work of Christ in your life (God’s grace) burn brightly this week.