Human Beings—Not for Sale! In Matthew 25 Jesus reminds us Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me. Emmanuel—who came to ransom captive Israel—is also with those who are in bondage today.
One of the names of God that I love the most is Emmanuel— God with us. I remember being struck as a child by the amazing notion that God came to us in human form. The idea of Emmanuel as a baby and as a child made God approachable to me in ways that other names and forms of God did not.
With regard to Human Beings—Not for Sale, we make that statement with the knowledge of the reality that in our world there are places where human beings are for sale. We’d like to think there is no longer slavery in our world, but there is.
When we think about modern slavery, these might include poverty, war and racism; being a refugee or being internally displaced; female genital mutilation; domestic violence, rape or honour killing; unchecked disease; the inter-generational trauma which is the legacy of residential schools; inadequate housing; the lack of safe drinking water; the commodification of our bodies; the societal emphasis on unattainable ideals of beauty; violence perpetuated in video games; and more. I am sure you can add more things to this list.
There are many times in my life that I have taken great comfort in the knowledge of the humanity of Jesus: that God truly understands the joys and the sorrows of human existence. ✦ Susan Johnson, The National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.
Christmas Special Events
Dec. 24th – Christmas Eve Service: 7:00pm – Carol Singing
7:30- Holy Communion and Candle Lighting Service.
Dec. 25th – 10:00am – Christmas Morning Eucharist.
We encourage everyone to bring your family and loved ones to our Services.