“For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes…” Romans 1:16
Though the world in general may see the church as out-dated, misguided or even irrelevant, it’s important to remind ourselves that we are God’s chosen and preferred instrument in his plan to reconcile and restore humanity to himself. This means that we (the church of Jesus) are actually the most important institution on earth. Are we ourselves broken and weak? Yes we are. Are we bewildered and short of wisdom? Yes we are. However, “God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.” 1 Corinthians 1:27 The point is, we of ourselves can do nothing, but through us God is accomplishing his great rescue.
I offer this reminder at the beginning of our annual report to help us realize that all the things we do, as presented in this report (and more), whether great or small, are part of something huge and important. The part I get to play in this is quite rewarding personally, and a great privilege, but would not be possible without your participation. So, as the apostle Paul wrote: “My dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
Each of our three congregations has its own distinctives. Lochlin is the home of the stylish Lochlin Lassies and hosts concerts such as the one with local country singer Gord Kidd and the Old Fashioned Christmas Carol Singalong. Ingoldsby boasts a vibrant music team, which includes up-and-comers the young Ramsdale sisters. Haliburton’s choir has almost doubled and their Board of Stewards has been busy as beavers with projects, which include replacing flooring, projectors and even toilets.
2018 saw the establishment of a Long Range Planning Committee, which seeks to look far into the future and help get Haliburton Pastoral Charge prepared for the supposedly inevitable departure, demise or death of the incumbent minister (rumours of which have been gravely exaggerated). Thanks to those who have taken on this task.
Meantime, let us joyfully soldier on. Special thanks once again to our faithful administrator Lynne and to all of you for your support, prayers and participation.
In Christ’s love,
This letter was originally published in the Haliburton Pastoral Charge Annual Report 2018.