Please support our 7th annual fun arvo fundraiser on Saturday, September 27th, 3.30pm - 7.30 pm. We are raising money for SlMaid in Burkina Faso. Robin Watson, who works in Burkina Faso, will be present on that day and our guest speaker for Sunday, September 28th. Our Sunday meetings are 9.30am and 5.30pm.
For the months of September and October, our theme is "Shining Churches". By this, we do not mean placing 'bling' or 'fluorescent lights' on the building. The Bible speaks of 'shining' in terms of making one's belief visible. When Jesus said, "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12) he was not glowing with some radioactive aura, but he was visibly showing the world the truth and righteous character of God in both the words he said and the deeds that he did. After Jesus rose again and ascended into heaven, the promised Holy Spirit filled his disciples and this event came with a visible sign of tongues of fire upon their heads. From that time on, the disciples were empowered with the ability to be shining lights in a dark world of ignorance, falsehood and corruption. What mission did they undertake? They preached and lived out the Gospel of Jesus Christ, attracting many people and forming churches. When they died, they left behind the churches and the New Testament writings. From this point until today, churches have had decisions to make about their mission. Will they shine with words and deeds so that the community around understands the trught and character of God or will they keep their faith to themselves? As we go back to the ancient texts, we learn about how to develop the attitude and action of a shining church.
Robert Herrgott, Pastor of Ithaca Presbyterian Church