“But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.”
These words from Luke’s gospel immediately follow the story of the birth of Jesus. The baby has arrived – along with the angels and shepherds – and Mary, the exhausted and overwhelmed new mama, spends time pondering. Pondering and reflecting upon the amazing event that has just taken place; an event that will change her life, and will change the world.
I’ve spent a lot of time pondering lately; reflecting upon the ways in which our lives have changed dramatically over this past year. We are feeling extremely blessed that we’ve been called to serve Knox in Bracebridge and are excited to partner with you in this ministry. We have been warmly welcomed by the congregation and the community and are already feeling right at home. Thank you for the way in which you have embraced us. I also appreciate the patience you have extended to me as I learn the history and personality of our congregation.
All of my pondering about the events of this past year has not been completely happy and joy-filled. We have faced losses within our congregation and our family with the deaths of loved ones and friends. Within our Presbytery, we have seen churches close and congregations disperse. Globally, we have witnessed political unrest, extreme violence and natural disasters. These events, too, give us pause to ponder as we seek to see God in the midst of it all.
This Christmas, I invite you to take some time to ponder; to reflect upon the ways in which you have seen God at work in your life, within our congregation, and in the wider world. Ponder anew how God, the creator of all that is, is made visible through a tiny babe born to a poor, itinerant family in a volatile part of the world. And as you ponder, I pray that you would see how God has been very present through every day of this past year, and that you will be assured of that presence in the year ahead.
John and I extend our warmest wishes to you and your family for a very blessed Christmas, filled with joy, peace, and pondering.
Grace & Peace,
Hello, and welcome to Knox’s website! I’m glad you’ve joined us online and invite you to drop in and visit us in person as well. If you’re new to Bracebridge – or to Knox – then we have something in common! I’m the new minister at Knox and just began my new duties in early October, and we’re also new to Bracebridge, having recently moved here from Baxter (south-west of Barrie). There are many things about life in Muskoka that I truly love: the smell of pine and cedar when I step out my front door in the morning, the friendliness of those I meet while out walking our dogs, the inspiring landscape of rivers, rocks, and trees. The beauty of God’s creation is truly on display!
We are blessed to be able to worship God in the midst of all this beauty and so I invite you to join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30am. Worship is informal and I trust that you will receive a message that will relate to the challenges and joys of everyday life. If Sunday’s don’t work for you, there’s lots going on at Knox throughout the week as well. Or feel free to drop by the church or contact me by phone, email, or facebook. I’m looking forward to connecting with our new community and discovering together how we can serve God by serving our neighbour.
Peace be with you,