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Located in the heart of Olds, Alberta, the United Church has witnessed the Christian faith through worship, service, and fellowship for 120 years (as of 2014). All are welcome to share in our ministry.
than to be happy and enjoy themselves."
From the Minister's Desk
As the Lenten season begins, so too begins a new relationship of shared ministry between Olds and Sundre United Churches. It is with great excitement that we enter into this time of testing the waters and discerning how best to work together, sharing resources. We will be operating with 2 joint committees, Worship and Christian Life, and Ministry and Personnel. All other committee and council work will be specific to each congregation, with a couple of joint council meetings throughout this 10 month time of "engagement" to evaluate how things are going.
As we move toward the fall, we will discuss, and as individual congregations, decide whether or not we maintain this relationship for the long term, or whether we end the relationship and explore other options for sustainability. In order to take part in the actual vote around that decision, folks will actually have to be a confirmed member of either Sundre or Olds United Church. I note this because I am aware that we have many actively involved people in both congregations who do not hold membership. It is my plan to offer a session for membership after Easter ... in the SPRING ... remember that season where things turn green and grow!
I offer to you the following reflection on "Wilderness time" that comes to us from the Season's of the Spirit Lent/Easter 2014 curriculum. May it bring you inspiration for following the journey of Jesus.
During the Season of Lent we travel with Jesus on a journey. We start in the wilderness - away from the things that normally comfort and sustain us - and continue in the steps of Jesus' ministry and through to the last days of his life. At this - like maybe no other - time of year, we are invited to examine our spiritual lives and identify those parts of ourselves that need improvement. Where are we falling short? What relationships need attention? How do we dig deeper into our relationship with God? What parts of our lives have become too much about us and not enough about God?
Trappist monk Thomas Merton said, "The whole Christian life is a life in which…the more we progress, the poorer we get so that the man who has progressed most, is totally poor - he has to depend directly on God. He's got nothing left in himself."
When was the last time you heard someone say they wanted to be "totally poor"? The human tendency is to accomplish, acquire, and ascend - always looking to gain, not to become poor. Merton's "totally poor" is a life that's progressed the most, a life that's getting closer to God and further away from worries about money, possessions, and power.
As we begin Lent, we find ourselves at the edge of "wilderness time," at the edge of total and complete dependence on God for everything we need. Scary? Yes. Completely and totally fulfilling in the spiritual sense? Absolutely.
Entering and participating in a Lent that empties you of selfish desires and temptations and puts your complete faith and trust in God isn't easy. As we will read in the Bible stories of the Lenten season, Jesus' explanation of the Reign of God and the movement of the Spirit in our lives weren't always understood by those who heard it - even the disciples who were closest to Jesus.
So, in the wilderness, we needn't despair when we don't get everything right. But we are called to put an intense focus on our relationship with God and how we show God to others in our lives. Our progress on this journey won't be measured in success, but by how empty we become, how much room we are able to make for God in our lives.
Blessings, Tammy (Reverend Tammy Allan)
Dear People of Olds United Church
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Acts 1:8 - "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
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