Bishop’s Notes – January 19, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

As you may have noticed, I am attracted to The Message because of the refreshing slant that Eugene Peterson brings to the Scriptures as he paraphrases it. I wouldn’t use it to settle fine points of doctrine, but I do turn to it often to help me “hear” familiar passages with new freshness.

This week we, along with the rest of the world, will watch as Barack Obama is inaugurated as the forty-fourth President of the United States of America.

Next week, we will hold our breath nationally as the Parliament in Ottawa reconvenes and the minority government led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper introduces a budget and the immediate future of this session of Parliament will be determined.
It seems to me that this would be a good time to re-visit what God says to us through the pen of the Apostle Paul about prayer as he writes to young Timothy.  Here’s how Peterson renders the meaning of the passage:

“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.”  1 Timothy 2:1-3

Several have enquired about funeral arrangements for Rev. Edith Mainprize.  We have been informed that it was Rev. Mainprize’s wish that her memorial service would be held a month or so after her passing.  We will be sure to send out this information once it is known.

There is one announcement this week:  Charlemont FMC, Wallaceburg, ON, has gone into transition.  I also want to draw to your attention that it is “Annual Report” time again.  The Annual Report can be accessed through the home page on the FMCiC website.

Have a great week serving Jesus.

Bishop Keith

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