The Splendor of Holiness

Ray David Glenn | January 13, 2014 |

Any blog post on worship music immediately finds itself either fighting in the line of contentious fire or drowning in the sea of banality.  My goal is not to write anything profound or contentious.  I only hope to share a few thoughts.

What makes a good worship song?

Worship songs, be they 100 year-old hymns or modern choruses, are either objective or subjective.  I mean that they either objectively describe divine attributes and majesty, or they subjectively describe our human response.  Good worship songs will always contain both.  When God’s people gather they do best to sing the attributes, character, majesty and glory of God as revealed in scripture.  But objectivity alone can leave you cold.  God’s people must also sing their fitting response to His attributes.  Yet subjectivity alone is sappy, soppy, wet and wooly.

Let me say it another way.  If all we ever sing about is how much we love our ‘buddy Jesus’ we are doing ourselves (and God) a disservice.  Songs like this may elicit an emotional response, but the god we worship is our own feelings and not the God who has revealed Himself in scripture.  The songs of the church which endure always glory... continued


All Services Cancelled

Ray David Glenn | December 22, 2013 | Discuss

Dear St. George’s,

I write to let you know that all church services have been cancelled today, due to inclement weather.

This has not been an easy decision, but one made in the interest of safety.

I have been up now for a few hours praying and talking on the phone, and so here are a few thoughts:

1) Jesus is Lord of the weather.  In Mark 8 He speaks “Peace.  Be still.” and even the wind and the waves obey Him.  In other words, even this ice storm falls under His sovereign care.  If our Master had so desired, He could have spoken peace to the ice storm.  Instead, I have to conclude that He wants you to stay home this morning.  But don’t waste this time.  Curl up with your bible and read John 1:1-14.  If you have children or live with other family members read it aloud to them.  Pray and talk about what it means when John says, “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”

2) Our Lessons and Carols service was scheduled for 10:15am today.  It is my favourite service of the whole year.  But after talking with Debbie early this morning, we have... continued


Why I am not going to Nairobi

Ray David Glenn | October 18, 2013 |

Why am I not going to Nairobi?

Yes, that’s right.  I am not going.

In a word: Matthew.

About two weeks ago Matthew began to express deep concern about my trip to Nairobi.  He had heard of the terrorist attacks on the Westgate Mall and came to me with tears in his eyes saying, “Daddy, please don’t go.  I can’t lose you, too.”  He was anxious and worried sick.

We talked and prayed. What was I to do?

Matthew then gathered himself together, wiped away the tears and looked straight into my eyes.  He said, “Daddy.  You take a few days to pray.  If you can honestly tell me that Jesus is calling you to go, then I will find a way to get through it.  I will trust that He will bring you home.”

How do you find God’s will?  How do you make big decisions?  Well, I took to praying and began to seek the counsel and advice of trusted friends and family. But I needed something definitive; a word from the Lord, if you will.  One of my good friends is an African bishop.  He loves Matthew and me, calling, writing emails and checking in on us... continued


Thanksgiving Letter

Ray David Glenn | October 3, 2013 | Discuss

Some of my earliest memories are from church, singing songs and choruses. One of those choruses comes to mind as I write this Thanksgiving letter. It may seem twee, but wisdom often hides in simplicity.

Count your blessings, name them one-by-one.
Count your blessings see what God has done.
Count your blessings, name them one-by-one.
Count your many blessings, see what God has done. 

You probably couldn’t resist the urge to sing it, if you know the song. And now it will be on repeat in your head for the rest of the day. You can begin with thanksgiving that you didn’t have to endure me singing it.

Thanksgiving is not just a day. Being thankful is the motivation of the Christian life.

There are, however, many competing motivations seeking to displace our thankfulness. Entitlement, apathy and pessimism are but a few.

Entitlement inoculates against thanksgiving. If your sentences and thoughts include the words “should have”, you will not be thankful. Lives lived out of a sense of entitlement will never be happy lives because even the blessings received are only satisfying minimum requirements. Entitlement, at its core, is really just a manifestation of self-sufficiency. As long as you see... continued


My Trip to Nairobi – Update

Ray David Glenn | September 24, 2013 |

Within 2 hours of posting our need for funds to cover travel expenses, I received an encouraging email.

We have already received enough money to cover my trip and a small surplus! The surplus will be offered to delegates from the global south who may need help getting to the conference.

Thank you for your generosity.

Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. – Philippians 4:17

Keep praying for the GAFCon meeting.


Pray for my trip to Nairobi

Ray David Glenn | September 24, 2013 |

The shooting of innocent civilians in a mall has thrust Nairobi, Kenya into the headlines of every news outlet. The Somali Islamist al-Shabab militants siege has left at least 62 people dead, 63 missing and some 200 injured.

Although happening on a distant continent and loaded with complex political overtones, the personal tragedy has gripped North American hearts with compassion.  Imagine taking your family to Mapleview Mall to buy a new pair of jeans only to find yourself in the middle of a fire-fight, fleeing for your life and desperately protecting your children.  The horror is unthinkable.

This story has caught my attention, in particular.  I will be in Nairobi from October 19th-27th for GAFCon 2.

GAFCon 2 is a meeting of the archbishops, bishops and delegates representing over 80% of the global Anglican Communion. In a time of unprecedented change and schism within the global Anglican family, GAFCon is an instrument of unity. The first GAFCon meeting was held in Jerusalem in 2008 and gave birth to the movement called the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans.

There will be over 20 delegates from Canada, including all three of our bishops.  I will be in Nairobi not as a Canadian delegate,... continued


Happy (Real) New Year!

Ray David Glenn | September 10, 2013 |

On January 1st we count down the seconds to 12 am and the beginning of a new year in the Gregorian calendar.  The liturgical calendar marks Advent 1 as the beginning of the new year.  But everyone with school-aged children knows that the New Year really begins the Tuesday after Labour Day.

The same is true with our church programs at St. G’s.  So many of our ministries have just returned from summer hiatus.  I know that several small group bible studies are now back in full-swing.  We have just started a new sermon series that will carry us through till the Christmas season.  Fall is an exciting time around St. G’s.  With that in mind, I write this brief blog outlining a few of the highlights you can expect in the months of September and October.  Mark them in your calendars and plan to participate.

 

September 25th 6pm-9:30pm  Joint Pastorates Meal and Newcomer Welcome Night
It’s a  fun evening for the entire family and for everyone in our church.  Reception at 6pm, dinner at 6:30pm followed by a short talent show, a small silent auction to benefit the building fund and a word from the Rector (me!).  The... continued


The Holy Spirit is Working Still

Ray David Glenn | May 21, 2013 | Discuss

This is Ray David’s cover article from the Pentecost By George Newsletter.

“Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. Acts 2: 37–41

This may seem like an odd place to pick up the Pentecost account. Allow me to fill in some of the gaps. “They” refers to the crowd of Jews gathered in Jerusalem on that Pentecost day. “. . . heard this” refers to the sermon Peter had just preached after being filled with the Holy Spirit. The... continued


Why Does St. George’s Exist?

Ray David Glenn | May 15, 2013 |

Why does St. George’s exist? If we shut the doors tomorrow would anyone, other than our members, notice?

Our upcoming move into our new ministry center in Alton Village gives us this unique opportunity to ask, study and pray through these questions.  Ultimately we want to understand who God is calling us to be and what that looks like.  Really, so much of this is already implied in our life together.  The answers to these questions form the unspoken reasons why people join, or leave St. George’s.  The task is not to re-invent the wheel.  Nor is the task to branch out in new, unprecedented directions.  Rather, the task of addressing these questions is far more organic.  Our task is to put words to the unspoken values that have motivated ministry at St. George’s.

It has been a prayerful task.  I have carried it, making weekly presentations to our staff meeting of 10 people, presenting it for prayer and discussion to a leadership retreat of 30 people, seeking the discernment and input of our Executive Council and most recently presenting it for the ratification and recommendation of Parish Council.  Each of these groups has prayerfully discussed and unanimously endorses the... continued


But Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

Ray David Glenn | April 25, 2013 |

Last week, David Mainse gave me the written testimony of my paternal grandfather, which he found in his old bible school’s yearbook. Below is the salvation story of my grandfather.

Listen to the sermon it inspired here.


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