From April 24-28 presbytery and synod clerks and national staff of The Presbyterian Church in Canada are gathering in Mississauga for a Clerks’ Consultation. Steeped in sacred worship, joyful laughter, good food and casual conversation, this four-day event offers the clerks an opportunity to discuss the church, governance issues and their dreams and challenges. Participants return home with new knowledge, friends and contacts, helping them provide even more effective leadership across our denomination. While registration fees help cover some costs, gifts to Presbyterians Sharing make this vital gathering possible. The clerks are grateful and the church is blessed.
Presbyterians Sharing equips leaders
Confident, Cheerful and Filled with Thanks
At the age of five John Avoka suffered from meningitis and a stroke, which left him paralyzed from the waist down. Years later, feeling dejected, helpless and hopeless, John finally received the care and support he needed to realize his full potential. Through the PWS&D-supported Garu Centre in Ghana, John received a tricycle so he could move independently. The program also offered him agricultural training. Today, John is no longer helpless or hopeless, but confident, cheerful and filled with thanks. He is a successful farmer and grows more than enough food to feed his wife and children. Recognizing his tremendous achievements, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has earmarked him for their “best farmer” award.
PWS&D responds to vulnerable persons
The word hosanna is associated with Palm Sunday because it was shouted by those who welcomed Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey (see John 12.13; the word is used in the accounts in Matthew and Mark also, but not in Luke). Hosanna is the English spelling of a Hebrew word meaning “save us”. In fact, the people who greeted Jesus as he entered Jerusalem were quoting these lines from Psalm 118:
LORD, save us (“hosanna”)! …
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! (Psalm 118.25-26).
In late Old Testament times, “he who comes in the name of the LORD” came to be understood as referring to the Messiah, and “hosanna” became an exclamation of praise. This is probably why these verses were quoted in welcoming Jesus.
In Christian worship, the word hosanna is also used in the Communion liturgy, in the Great Prayer of Thanksgiving, in which the people join in saying,
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might:
Heaven and earth are full of your glory!
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!
Responding with Indigenous People in Guatemala
In Guatemala, members of the indigenous Maya-Mam community face both discrimination and poverty. Working with local partner AMMID, PWS&D is providing farmers with agricultural training. Using traditional knowledge and locally available resources, they are able to grow more nutritious food and protect the environment. In addition, men and women – who are confronted with discrimination and the ongoing threat of local mining operations – are learning about their collective rights. On behalf of the families and communities he works with, Ruben Feliciano, director of AMMID, says he is grateful to Presbyterians for their solidarity, human touch and contributions to improve the quality of life for Mam families.
PWS&D supports indigenous people
“MEAL – IN – A BOWL”
Meat, Potatoes & Veggie’s all bowl of
THICK HOMEMADE SOUP
Homemade Breads, Biscuits,
Pies and Desserts
Thursday, April 10, 2014
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
1st Presbyterian Church
17 Royal Road South
See you there!