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Pentecost Ponderings: Time

Time, like an ever rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly, forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the opening day.

-From Isaac Watts, O God our Help in Ages Past, 1719, based on Psalm 90

As I was explaining to a few people this past Sunday, I often don’t know what I am going to write for my Monday morning reflections until I actually sit down and start typing. On other days, such as Dr. Bialik’s video reflection that I posted two weeks ago, are things that come across my virtual desk that I make a note of to share. Today is more like the former. I’m here in the office, getting caught up on email, planning out my week both here in the office and at home. For those of you who aren’t aware, my wife Sarah is currently working at Gaetz Memorial United Church in Red Deer covering sabbatical time for the Rev. Jeff Rock. She’s working there until the end of October. What it means is that on some nights, she stays over in Red Deer, and I’m looking after the kids. It’s entirely fair, after all, from December 2012 to November 2013 I worked in Stettler doing much the same thing, followed by 7 months in Drumheller. I think both of us have really gained a huge appreciation for all the work and stress single parents find themselves in, especially when getting into the routines of September and the need for time.

What I’ve really come to appreciate is that the most valued commodity in our early 21st Century society is not money, but rather time. Notice that the language that we use around time is a lot like the words we use around money. We spend time, we try to save time, we try to budget time, and we hope we don’t waste time. Yet there’s a critical difference, while we can save time we can’t bank it much less hoard it. Even so, for those struggling to make ends meet, it becomes a justice issue in that all of the time is spent simply trying to get by. Each of us gets 24 hours per day, and it inexorably moves past us whether we want it to or not. So time is also precious and valuable, and how we end up spending it becomes increasingly important to our personal and spiritual well-being. Maybe that is worth considering in the midst of the month when many of us get back into our own rhythms and routines of time and how we spend it.

Yours in Christ,

John

Upcoming Events

  • Board Meeting
    • A reminder that the Board meets Tuesday, September 13th at 6:30pm in the Library.
  • Pub Group
    • Our monthly Thursday gatherings at the Newcastle Pub resume this Thursday, September 15th at Noon.
  • Book Study
    • The Rev. Clint Mooney is leading a book study this coming Thursday, September 15th at 2pm in the Narthex area. The book is Flannery O’Conner’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find.”
  • Choir
    • Choir rehearsals continue this Thursday, September 15th at 7:30pm! It was great to have the choir back in the loft this past Sunday!
  • Richard the Third
    • Wayne Valleau is once again offering a course on one of Shakespeare’s plays. This time, he leans historical, offering to take us through Richard III starting Monday, October 19th at 10:00am.
  • Christianity, the First 1000 years.
    • Starting October 17th, this course will explore the first 1000 years of Christianity, from its formation as a sect of Judaism to the circumstances leading up to the infamous Crusades.
  • Congregational Membership Classes
    • If you or someone you know would like to formalize membership with St. Matthew’s, I am hoping to run a membership class in the next few months. If you are interested, please email me, call me at the church, or speak with me directly on Sunday mornings.

Church Office Hours

  • Wendy’s regular office hours are Mondays, 11am-3pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Friday from 9am-3pm.
  • My regular office hours during the day are Sunday through Thursdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Pastoral care visits and community meetings sometimes require that I be out of the office from time to time during those hours.

 

 

 

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