It’s still raining outside my window, but today I get to flip my calendar and it reminds me that sunnier days are on their way. In the meantime, the unusually warm weather has been pleasant—though we need to keep praying that we’ll be spared from serious flooding.
As I look over that new calendar page, I’m conscious that February will be a busy month. Lots of things happening here at church, as you will see in the list of announcements in this newsletter. Plenty on the North Shore and in the wider Vancouver community as well, both in Christian circles (for example with Missions Fest) and beyond. Things are ramping up for the Lunar New Year, which will involve travel for some of you and a flurry of activities for others who are staying close to home. In our household, we’ll have several sets of out-of-town guests here to visit (and to get away from the colder temperatures still hanging over the prairies).
It's all good! There will be opportunities to connect with friends and family, chances to learn about ministry opportunities both near and far, presentations to learn from, parties to attend, and more. I’m glad for so many good things to fill our days. And praying for wisdom to know what to engage and what I should leave for another time. I hope you all are anticipating good things in this coming month as well. May your days be fruitful, satisfying, and enjoyable, with just the right amount of activity and not too much stress. (And for those who are carrying extra stresses, may you get some relief, and know God-given joy through it all.)
If you’re reading ahead in preparation for Sunday’s message, this week we’re going to Ephesus in Acts 19:1-20. It’s an entertaining passage, though not an easy one. We’ll be looking at some of the ways that the power of the Holy Spirit was at work as the name of Jesus was proclaimed in that city. I hope the stories will be an encouragement to us all. Whether our days are busy or quiet, we all need to experience the power of God in our lives and our ministries. It’s great to know He is present and working among us.
Richest blessings! I look forward to worshipping together again this week.