…the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world – just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.

— Colossians 1:6

In our daily Bible reading plan, we have begun to read the letter Paul wrote to the Church in Colossae. It is still true that in many places in the world the Church of Jesus Christ is growing. In Toronto we may despair, believing that the truth of the gospel is not bearing fruit. We need to read this passage again and hear the part about the gospel’s effect in our own hearts.

            It has been a full week in the life of our Church family.  Sunday was a joyful celebration of Baptism, New Member welcome, and Holy Communion.  Monday, a Bible class for the questioning and Friendship Club for the intellectually challenged. Tuesday, our Pancake Supper, leading into Lent marked by our Ash Wednesday Worship.  We had Prime Time yesterday, an ‘Exploring the Bible’ group this morning, After School Program this afternoon, and as the Choir practices this evening our mission team will gather at the airport to be sent off with prayers to Guatemala.

            Why recount these events? They are all opportunities in which the grace of the gospel can grow in us. Each of these gatherings emphasize an aspect of the threefold mission of the Church.  To love God – WORSHIP, to love one another – COMMUNITY, and to love those outside the Church – MISSION.  May the gospel of Jesus Christ continue to bear fruit in us as we live out our faith in the love and grace of God.

With joy in Christ,