Faith is the theme for today’s readings, but not just any faith. It is a life-transforming faith, one that demonstrates the very presence of God moving, alive, and active in God’s people.
In response to Habakkuk’s oracle, the Lord answered him that “the righteous live by their faith” (Hab. 2:4b). But just what does it mean to be righteous?
It’s a righteousness imparted by God, who creates and claims each of us as God’s own, bringing us into this family by our baptisms and by the faith God gives us makes us holy children.
Being part of this divine family gives us our worth, even at those times we may not think of ourselves as worthy.
In 2 Timothy, the author writes a history of the faith in Timothy’s family, beginning with his grandmother and then passed on to his mother and himself. This is how many of us were first brought into the family of God: we had faithful parents who knew of their own God-given righteousness and then passed this gift on to their children.
But again, it’s all God’s doing!
Finally, Jesus’ disciples boldly ask their teacher to “Increase our faith” (Luke 17:5). They knew that faith was something needed, and Jesus explains that even a small amount of faith can do great wonders.
Faith as small as a mustard seed. Faith that empowers us to do those every day, simple actions that bring justice in to our world. Faith that brings us in to being an importantpart of God’s world-changing purpose.
Mustard Seed Faith
by John van de Laar
It is meaningful then, with all this talk about faith, that ourAnimate:Faith study begins after worship. The topic we will be exploring is God and how Faith is a Quest. Who is
God? How do you experience God? Grab a coffee and then come and join the conversation.
1.Common Food Chest Challenge -
Thank you to all who took to heart and responded to my challenge to fill to overflowing the common food chest. It was an amazing sight - to see that basket being brought forward with the offering - thank you for your generous response. Our work is not done! Many who are the Lazarus' who lay at our gate depend on our generosity out of our wealth. The basket was almost filled to the top - Can we fill it up completely??? I know we can! This week our challenge is to bring bags or boxes of cereal. Let's fill that basket up!
2. Animate:Faith - An imaginative exploration of Christianity's big questions.
Ever have questions about God – is God real?
How about the Church – what does it mean to be the church?
Or how about Spirituality – Can we be spiritual without being religious? If you have ever thought these questions You are not alone!
Come join us as we explore the big questions with thought provoking questions and ideas shared by today’s leading Christian theologians. following worship in the fireside room.
3. Living into Truth and Reconciliation: at Christ Church Cathedral, An opportunity for continued learning about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Chief Dr. Robert Joseph will speak about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action to the church. Come and hear how we can journey towards reconciliation together. Free parking available at Park Place Parkade with a Cathedral Parking Pass (download a parking pass here).
4. Mindful Parenting: Beginning , Grace Memorial United Church
(803 E 16th Ave, Vancouver
)will be hosting a 6 week series on Mindful Parenting and social-emotional intelligence.
Sessions will be Mondays from (no class on Halloween) and will be led by Christina Kinch, a Family Wellness Consultant, Yoga Therapist and Educator who specializes in heart-centered and mindfulness-based practices to help families who are struggling with difficult behaviours, metal and emotional health issues and difficulties at school and with peers.
The cost is $60-$120 on a sliding scale and subsidies are available.
Thank you for your faithful stewardship in all you do. Thank you for being part of this community of faith. Thank you for taking to heart the importance of being present for one another on this faith journey. I know at times it can be difficult to know and hear where God is calling us to be but that is exactly why we need to come together.
I know, too, this community is important to you and you show that by your presence and participation here.
You have much to offer the world and I am thankful for your faith, for the work you do, and the efforts of everyone. Let's continue to make this the best congregation we can.