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  • Dec8Thu

    A Spirit of Generosity - Good Gracious December 2022

    December 8, 2022 Rev. Dr. Jonathan Dent

    Advent and Christmas and Epiphany give us a chance to re-define our understanding of generosity. It is in this season that we remember God the Son becomes one of us in Jesus of Nazareth. He lays aside all His “benefits” as God and comes as a secret agent to sacrifice Himself that we might have a life giving relationship with God forever. God moves into the neighbourhood as a baby boy. And we can’t sing enough about it. So let us not be distracted from this central truth but learn anew from our Lord’s spirit of generosity.

  • The Bible is full of real people who had many challenges before them, spiritual, emotional, physical and other. There are quite a few passages we could look at where families disagree internally. In fact, this happens not only in families, but also between church leaders. In the book of Acts, Barnabas encouraged the newly formed Christian Church...

  • Oct16Sun

    October: The Scary Month - Good Gracious October 2022

    October 16, 2022 Rev. Dr. Jonathan Dent

    As we look around town at the end of September and the beginning of October, we note the number of people who darken their properties with spiders, witches, graves, ghosts and evil icons of many kinds. Halloween has become one of the biggest decorating events of the year, almost approaching Christmas levels of decoration. Scary monsters now...

  • Sep19Mon

    The Summer is over and it is back to school… - Good Gracious September 2022

    September 19, 2022 Rev. Dr. Jonathan Dent

    I remember thinking about the Summer as a child, and enjoying the different activities and sometimes going on a trip. It was a happy time, as I recall, being away from school. Going back to school seemed traumatic, some years more than others. Perhaps it was because I didn’t have many friends, or perhaps I just didn’t like school, but I did fairly well, and in the end, spent too many years in post secondary education.

  • We use that word “gracious,” in the title of our Newsletter as a little bit of a play on words with the name of our congregation, “Grace Church.” Graciousness is that ability to be kind and patient under stress and difficult circumstances. What we learned at General Assembly was that you get treated graciously when you...

  • May11Wed

    May 2022 - The Living God Who Sees Me

    May 11, 2022 Rev. Dr. Jonathan Dent

    Families are often difficult to figure out. Living in good relationship with all parts of them is usually a challenge. One could argue this for both physical families and Jesus’ family, which is represented in our congregation, and all congregations that belong to Jesus. One of the strange and beautiful family narratives of the Bible is...

  • Apr6Wed

    Good Gracious April 2022 - Once Again

    April 6, 2022 Rev. Dr. Jonathan Dent

    If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith…but Christ has indeed risen from the dead…  (1 Cor. 15: 13-14, 20)

     

    This April has us consider the cross and the resurrection of Jesus once again. These are not...

  • Mar4Fri

    Good Gracious March 2022 - Choosing to not take shortcuts

    March 4, 2022 Rev. Dr. Jonathan Dent

    As the weather moves slowly again toward Spring, we also take up another season of Lent. This forty-day period, preparing our hearts and minds and lives for Easter allows us to reflect again on the Lordship of Christ in all that we are as followers of His.

  • Feb2Wed

    Good Gracious February 2022 - The Love Month

    February 2, 2022 Rev. Dr. Jonathan Dent

    February as the coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere is supposed to be warmed by love, so we take the middle of the month and dedicate it to love. Good idea. Of course, like all other holidays, it is not just my idea or your idea, there is a history and a reason for Valentine’s Day. Now hagiography, the study of the saints,...

  • Jan13Thu

    Good Gracious, January 2022: Epiphany

    January 13, 2022 Rev. Dr. Jonathan Dent

    We have come to worship Him. (Matthew 2:2)

     

    The focus of the Magi was to find the new king (to encounter Jesus), worship Him and give Him their gifts. I suggest we do the same today.

     

    We don’t know much about the Magi. We know that there may be links to the wise men and scholars that the kings of Babylon of old used. There...