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Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Why I Believe in the Resurrection - Eleanor Shepherd
This is our first Easter in our new church location. We have seen the Risen Christ at work
ever since we moved into this building.The first week that we were here I had two visits the same day from
people who wanted to meet the new folks on the block.
first visit was from a pastor who is responsible for a church a few blocks down
the street.He came to see me, as the
pastor to tell me that his congregation had been praying for us.I was delighted to hear that and wanted to
know more.It turns out that his
congregation wanted to buy this building when they found out it was for
sale.However, things did not work out
for them .Nevertheless, they felt
strongly that there should be a church in this location, so they prayed that
the Lord would have a church buy the property.They were so excited when they learned we bought the building.As they watched the renovations taking place,
they prayed for us and for what the Lord was going to do in this place.It was my joy to be able to show the pastor through
the building and thank him for his encouragement and their prayers for us.I am hoping that before too long, he and I
will be able to join together in a fellowship with other pastors in the
second visit that day was from a lady named Diane who had successfully been
offering economic cooking workshops in the area. When the source of funding for
this project dried up, the program was cut, yet she felt there was a need for
it in the neighbourhood.She wondered if
we would be willing to have a program like this in our building.When I explained that we were a church, instead
of being skeptical, she was quite enthused, as she herself is a committed
I did not say so that day, but I have always
believed that one of the best ways that we can integrate our new immigrants
into our congregations is to cook food together, learning from them about how
to prepare the specialties from their countries and showing them how to use
some ingredients found here that are unfamiliar to them.After working together with Diane and our
denominational leaders for nine months, trying to discover how to introduce
such a program into the ministry of our congregation, we were able to begin the
Economic Cooking Workshops in January of this year.The success has been greater than either of
us dared to hope. It has proved to be an excellent way to integrate people from
our congregation with people in our community.What better way to naturally share the Good News in our neighbourhood!
Other activities that have
revealed that the Risen Christ is at work among us, has been the way that the
community has welcomed us.An unexpected
bonus has been the return to the denomination of some who had drifted away, for
a variety of different reasons and were looking for a church home.
One person was a part of our
denomination in Atlantic Canada and after she moved to Montreal, she never
really connected with us, until one day she passed the door and realized we had
come to her neighbourhood.The next
Sunday, she tried us out and has hardly missed a Sunday since.She is part of the Friday night Bible study
group and feels that she has come home.
Another person was visiting the
esthetician next door and saw our sign out front.She had been heavily involved in lay ministry
in our denomination several years ago, and through a variety of circumstances
that opportunity had come to an end.She
came through the door that afternoon to see if this was really a church, or
whether it was a social institution.Now
she is a vital part of our fellowship.
The brass band that provides
music for our congregation had dwindled to a small ensemble.Since we have been here there have been
several folk who have joined us and are finding their place of service in the
Our Sunday School that consisted
of only a handful of children has mushroomed into an exciting group that
occupies four classrooms in the building, under the leadership of seventeen
workers.There are so many interesting
ways in which people have come into our fellowship.Easter Sunday morning we will welcome into
our fellowship the third group of new members this year.
Now, when I park my car and head
down the street to the church each day, I find myself wondering who the Lord is
going to bring us into contact with today.There are so many exciting things happening that I cannot doubt His
presence among us.This Easter I rejoice
that the Lord is alive and at work among us.