Letters

Lent 2023 – Harry’s Letter

Dear Friends, I thought of just saying “It’s Lent so repent!”. That may be catchy, but sounds rather irreverent. Also, it’s not very helpful. Let’s first review the concept of Lent. It’s a 40-day period (not counting Sundays) leading up to Easter. Although there’s no biblical directive establishing it, ’40 days’ does crop up often…

Year-end 2022 – Harry’s Letter

Dear Friends, For the first time in 3 years our churches have actually stayed open in January! Yay! It’s been a difficult 3 years. We’re probably all suffering some degree of ‘pandemic fatigue’. It appears that we’re slowly coming out of the fog. Isolation is of particular concern for followers of Jesus, since, as Hebrews…

Advent 2022 – Harry’s Letter

“If we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Ro. 8:25 Dear Friends, I’m quite sure that we all need something to look forward to. It could be as simple as a good meal, a hockey game or chatting with a friend. It might be more significant, as in…

Thanksgiving 2022 – Harry’s Letter

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Dear Friends, As I write this Hurricane Ian is bearing down furiously on the Florida coast. There will undoubtedly be vast destruction of property and infrastructure, loss of livelihood and life. How can Floridians, or anyone, ‘give…

Pentecost 2022 – Harry’s Letter

“We have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit!” Acts 19:2 Dear Friends, In our day, it’s fair to say, everyone has probably heard of the Holy Spirit. That doesn’t mean that they know much about him. We, who are followers of Jesus, ought to not only know about him but to know…

Easter 2022 – Harry’s Letter

Dear Friends, Phew! We made it to spring! Snow is melting, sap is running, robins are returning – and Easter is upon us. Some would say that the resurrection of Jesus is a myth which we perpetuate in order to give a religious spin to the cycle of nature in which the ‘death’ of winter…