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Pentecost Ponderings VII

“Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:12-14

I’m back! Not that I was gone that long or actually gone at all. My holiday was truly a “staycation” in that Sarah was still working, and I used it for doing various day trip activities with Megan for some quality Daddy-daughter time. We took in Sulphur Mountain in Banff, went swimming at the Village Square Leisure Centre, and on Canada Day the whole family took a day trip to a remote spot southeast of Lethbridge to take in our first “High Power Rocket Launch.” Megan and I have been doing model rockets for approximately two years. I consider it a sub-branch of my model building hobby. At the Friday launch we were able to launch some of our bigger rockets simply because the space was available. If you’re interested, I even have videos!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MExQVzKURkI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-GeF1WqkHM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA2MKJGWFVo

There were of course, much bigger, much louder rockets at this launch as what I do is at most “mid power” and I don’t require a special license to do so. On the other hand, this is what a high power rocket looks like:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kw-ywbTukDc

I think it shows there’s always a “next step” that we can strive for, no matter what we do. It’s not enough to rest on our laurels, but to look for the next goal that we can work towards. While times of rest are incredibly important, there’s a difference between rest and complacency. One can be busy but still complacent, in that we can become comfortable in our routines but not looking for new challenges or goals. Times of rest are to prepare us for the next step, the next stage on our journey. Paul talked about this in his letter to the Philippians, about striving toward the goal that lies ahead. It is not about what we have achieved as much as what we are moving toward. It is made all the more powerful that he wrote this letter while in prison! It is in the looking ahead where we can experience the new things that God is doing!

Yours in Christ,

John

Upcoming Events

  • Stampede Breakfast – July 17th, 2016
    • Starting at 9am, we are holding our Stampede Breakfast AND worship service outside! Watch this space for more information!
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Church Office Hours

Wendy’s regular office hours are Mondays, 11am-3pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Friday from 9am-3pm.

My regular office hours are Sunday through Thursdays from 9:00 to 12:30. While I am likely to be in the office in the afternoons Monday through Thursday, I may also be out on pastorals visits or meetings.

Upcoming Vacation Times

Wendy will be taking vacation time from July 29 to August 14th

John will be taking vacation time from July 31st to August 14th.

Marco will take a short vacation from July 20-22.

Pulpit Supply

John will be leading worship for most of the summer except for these dates:

  • July 31st – Rev. Clint Mooney preaching
  • August 7th – Rev. Clint Mooney Preaching
  • August 14th – Wendy Knudson Preaching

 

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