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The Joy of Finishing Well

by Ray David Glenn

Matthew is a good runner; Olympic caliber, if you ask him.

He ran in the Regional Cross Country meet today and gave me a visual lesson.  I cleared one hour in the middle of the day to watch and cheer.  He lined up with over one hundred and fifty other 10 year-old boys.  The starter’s pistol sounded and he jumped out to the front of the pack, carrying a top ten into the woods.  I walked over to the finish line with the rest of the parents, anxiously watching and waiting for him to emerge form the forest.

The first ... more

Building Update – Rezoning

by Ray David Glenn

Burlington City Council met last night and voted to allow our application for rezoning.  This was a big day, in deed.  There is  now a 30 day period for appeal, however, we do not expect any opposition.  City councilors and staff have repeatedly assured us that ours was not a contentious rezoning.

Successful rezoning fulfills the final condition, allowing us to close on the land purchase.  The next step is site plan approval.  Continue to hold all of this project and the Building Committee in your prayers.  Pray for the mission field we are entering in Alton Village.  Pray that ... more

Nourish the Soul

by Ray David Glenn

Matthew began grade 5 today. After an entire summer of rising early to take on some adventure or other, my dear son chose to sleep in today.

I woke him up, made him an egg, hash brown and orange juice.  I then packed his lunch, complete with a few little treats.  The proper nourishment of his body is important.

I ran the shower and set out a new pair of shorts, a brand new, clean white shirt and shiny sneakers.  I combed his hair and insisted that he brush his teeth.  Caring for his appearance is vital.

We were about ... more

A Week in Philippians

by Ray David Glenn

Bryan, Jonathan, Ray and I spent the past three days at the Gospel Coalition conference in Cambridge.  The theme was The Priority of the Gospel and plenary speakers moved us through Paul’s letter to the Philippians, verse-by-verse.

It was glorious.

Spending time under the clear exposition of God’s Word fed my soul, convicted me of my sin and pressed me into my Saviour.  The fellowship was rich.  Several other ANiC clergy were there, including my friend David Short from St. John’s Church in Vancouver.  Don Carson is one of the non-dead guys I read.  Meeting him was a treat, as ... more

What I meant to say

by Ray David Glenn

Matthew and I were invited to the taping of 100 Huntley Street last night.  They are celebrating their 50th anniversary this week and invited all of the past hosts to join the founder, David Mainse, on air.

We sat front row, waiting for our turn to be welcomed and briefly interviewed.  As David began to welcome us a picture of Rhonda came on the screen.  David, Matthew and I basically spent the entire time crying together.

I was unable to say what I wanted.

Here is what  meant to say:

  • It was an honour for Matthew and me to be
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A church that prays together …

by Ray David Glenn 3 Responses

Matthew and I took a two hour shift from 9-11pm on Friday.  Arriving we found Roger and Annette engaged in earnest prayer.  We left when Bryan arrived, guitar in hand, ready to praise Jesus and pray for you and your families.

I looked at the schedule of faithful pray-ers covering solid prayer from 7pm Friday evening until 10am Sunday morning and I was thankful.  You have heard it said, ‘The family that prays together stays together.’  I’m sure this is true of church families, too.

I was humbled to think of the sacrifice made by dozens of St. George’ites, praying ... more


by Ray David Glenn

May 26th will mark the 2nd anniversary of Rhonda’s death.

I miss her.  I know we all miss her.

Matthew and I talk regularly about Rhonda, recalling fond memories and still coming to grips with the events that led to her quick, untimely passing.  Rhonda came up in conversation over lunch with Bishop Charlie on Wednesday.  We talked about her life and agreed that she faced her own death with certain confidence in her Lord and in His care.  This was a gift she gave everyone who knew her.

Thousands of people knew Rhonda in some way.  I had supper ... more

Good News!

by Ray David Glenn




I have spent the past few weeks praying for you and for your friends and family members who have not yet surrendered to Jesus as Lord and Saviour.  I guess I’m getting a jump on the Penetcost Prayer Vigil.

I’ve also been thinking about things; namely, God, Jesus, the Bible, St. George’s and Burlington.

Over coffee on Wednesday morning, my friend Andrew was sharing his passion, zeal (and yes, even a bit of frustration) in getting the good news that changed his life out to Burlington.  You see Andrew intuitively knows what we all know:

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Pray. Prioritize. Participate.

by Ray David Glenn

As you can see, Ken’s love of alliteration has rubbed off on me.  Not really, but here’s my point:  May is an incredibly busy month here at St. George’s.  We are not just busy for the sake of being busy.  We are busy running programs designed to introduce people to Jesus, to grow people up in their life with Jesus and to worship Jesus together.

But none of these programs will have any effect in your life unless you pray, prioritize and participate.

Here are some of the programs you should pray about prioritizing and participating in:

First Communion Classes... more

Pray for Our Mayor

by Ray David Glenn

Over 600 leaders gathered this morning at the Burlington Convention Centre to pray for our mayor, Rick Goldring.  Our very own Gillian Fernie has served on the steering committee for this important event for several years and, once again, St. George’s was well represented.

I had opportunity to visit with the mayor, updating him on our building project and assuring him that we pray for him often.

The Honourable James R. H. Turnbull was the keynote speaker.  He told a bit of his life story, growing up in Hamilton, being a successful lawyer and eventually being called to the bench.  ... more

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