We are a diverse worshipping community, rooted in the Anglican tradition, in a covenant with God, called to address the needs of persons living in the Mount Pearl area. If you do not yet have a faith community, or if you are visiting the Mount Pearl area of Newfoundland and Labrador, we invite you to come and meet God in Jesus through the ministry of this faith community.
Word from Rev.'d Sheppard for Dec. 15-21, 2013
We continue our Advent journey as we consider the challenging question that is found in the Gospel for today. John the Baptist sends two of his followers to Jesus with an enquiry in the form of a question. Instead of Jesus giving a direct response, He tells those who are searching for evidence of his Messiahship to look around them and to see the signs of His coming in the events and circumstances that are making a difference in the lives of people.
We too are called to search for the signs of Jesus as Messiah in a world that often busy, chaotic and challenging. Whenever we see the transformation of people’s lives, new disciples coming to faith, people responding to those in need in tangible and helpful ways Jesus the Messiah is reflected a little more in our world. People like Riley Mercer, a young person who battled cancer with courage and faith, Nelson Mandela, a global leader in the cause of anti-apartheid and his stand for peace and forgiveness, the continuous support and dedication of this faith community through worship, volunteer ministry and authentic fellowship are signs of God coming to us in The Incarnate Christ.
Being a priest for over forty years, I often reflect on the love, support and generosity of people to whom I ministered and who minister to me. When people are touched and transformed by God’s love and care for them because we have allowed God to use us to make it happen, Jesus becomes the Messiah in our world.
In this midst of this busy season of expectation, anticipation and preparation let us sometime during the days that are left draw ourselves aside and in an attitude of meditative reflection. Let us consider on how people, situations and events in our lives reflect the coming of the Kingdom and the presence of the Jesus the Messiah.
Continue to have a reflective and meditative Advent.