ON MARCH 15th OUR BOARD DECIDED THAT TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 KEELE STREET CHURCH WILL TEMPORARILY SUSPEND PUBLIC SERVICES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. STARTING MARCH 22ND WE WILL BE LIVE STREAMING ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND WORSHIP SERVICE ON FACEBOOK, THEN RE-PUBLISH ON YOUTUBE AND OUR WEBSITE FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T MAKE IT. LINKS, INFORMATION, AND INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE RELEASED SOON.
I don’t know if you have noticed, but life is messy. People are messy. Relationships are messy. And since COVID-19, it seems that life, people, and relationships have only gotten messier. Chaos, stress, fights, disagreements, protests, and those are just in our families before the coffee is brewed and the first Zoom meeting is underway!
What about the church? How messy is the church? How messy is faith? We would like to think that the church is the place where everything makes sense and everyone is on board and we are all happy and loving and full of hope and peace, but people who think that is what the church is like, most likely have never really been part of the living, breathing mess we call the local church. Many others have seen that side of things and unfortunately gave up on church a long time ago.
I can understand that. ‘Mess’ is stress, but it is also life, and often it is the way we grow.
This week Grant continues with his series through the book of 2 Corinthians.
2 Corinthians is Paul’s messiest book about one of the messiest congregations in the Early Church. Paul is in the thick of things, broken, hurt, attacked, unsure, awkward, but still clinging to his faith in Christ. It was a time of uncertainty and chaos. It was a time when the church was battling cultural compromise and disappointment in themselves and in their leaders.
I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that this is the right book for our present time. Let’s enter this messy faith and see that where there is ‘mess,’ there is also life and hope.
Every Tuesday (other than the first Tuesday of the Month when we go to our community prayer walk) we get together to pray and study God’s Word.
We begin with prayer at 7:00 pm. A group of dedicated people lifts the ministries and concerns of the congregation and community to the Lord. If you have a concern you would like prayed for, or if you would like to be present to be prayed for, you can email Grant.
Then, at 8:00 pm, we have our Bible Study. This is a time of informal, relational study together. We have a lot of laughs and lots of serious discussions as we seek to understand and apply God’s Word to our lives.
SPOTligtht has gone virtual for now since we have been asked to suspend public meetings.
Would you like to meet some new friends and practice your spoken English Skills? We are starting up a new Conversational English Class that is meant to be a friendly, casual time of talking. If you are interested in attending a class please call 416-767-8911 or email [email protected]