It appears that winter has finally come to BC, with cooler temperatures this past few days and the prospect of a serious dip into the freezing zone tomorrow. Hopefully, you’re all staying warm and safe. For any who have to travel these days, please be careful, and know that our thoughts and prayers travel with you. The weather folk are promising us a little nicer temperatures by Sunday, so perhaps we’ll be able to gather this week without having to wear our heaviest woolly coats. Here's hoping!
I’m grateful for the warm and welcoming communities that nurture me, both at home and in our church. It’s so good to know that even when the environment is cold and a little harsh outside, I am enveloped in the kindness of loving people who journey life’s path with me. Thank you to all the wonderful people here at WVBC who are so encouraging and supportive!
Speaking of supportive community, this Sunday we’re going to have what is sometimes called an “installation service” at West Vancouver Baptist. I know these days that may make you think of installing software on your computer (yawn!), or installing new appliances in the kitchen (what a bunch of work!). But in the church world, an installation—sometimes also called an induction—is a formal welcome, affirmation, and commissioning of a new pastor. So, this will be the time when we do the official “welcome to your new pastoral role” ceremony. Our CBWC district leader, Larry Schram, will lead in that event. Larry will also be preaching, and I’m sure he’ll have a great message for all of us as well as a relevant challenge for me personally.
In the meantime, have a wonderful week. May you know the heart-warming and sustaining love of Christ in a tangible way, together with the encouragement of family and friends during this chillier-than-usual time.