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The spot for the good news, the good word, the quick reports of the many, many wonderful news items I hear all the time and want to share with the rest of you. Expect to find the good news when you come to check out "what’s the good word?"

Monday, February 8, 2010


"All who actively engaged in prayer, discussion, and discernment about important issues in the church’s life are commended for your faithful response. Your disciplined effort to open your lives more fully to God’s Spirit in response to the call to be a prophetic people has become a blessing to the entire church. Your spiritual yearning for light and truth has created a favorable environment for the Spirit’s movement to provide inspired counsel as authoritative guidance for the church."

I dropped in on our Proton congregation yesterday. It was such a glorious, sunny morning when I awoke, it seemed like a great day for a drive into snow country. I was right!

Beautiful snow-covered fields, sparkling ice-frosted trees, clear blue cloudless skies accompanied the whole drive, right to the door of our pretty little rural Proton church. The door opened into a bright foyer, thanks to the sun through their stained glass south-east window. Coffee was on; Peggy's eggy muffins were hot from the oven. Hugs and hospitality everflowed.

Guests (who'd been invited by someone) were introduced and about fifteen of us settled down to discuss and discern about the Words of Counsel to the church.

Questions, opinions, perspectives flowed freely. Scriptures were explored, testimonies shared. "What does it mean to open our lives?" "How can our rural Ontario story mesh with other global stories?" Wisdom and insight was evident around that circle. It was a blessing for us all to be there.

And we noted the truth in the statement that a favourable environment is created for the Spirit to move when we are open to, and yearning for, new light and truth.

Thanks to all the Proton folk who enjoy that good spirit in their gathering and in their living. I've only shared a tiny bit of my experience there; maybe I'll share more in future posts.

Posted by Marion


  1. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely experience in Proton. It is heart-warming to read.

    I was in Kitchener yesterday, where we also had conversation about the Counsel to the Church. It is wonderful to hear the insights of those who are spending time dwelling in this document each day, and prayerfully discerning its insights. For those who have not yet started that process, I encourage you to begin. It is certainly well worth your time.


  2. Marion it was great to have you with us on Sunday morning. We welcome anyone who drops in on our congregation and your input on the discussion was very much appreciated. We genuinely have a very open discussion about any topic, but this topic (Counsel to the Church) was a special in the sense we all felt the spirit among us. There was many view and all views were accepted.

  3. Thanks for the surprise visit Marion. We were so glad to have you share with us. You always minister to us when you come. I was fortunate to enjoy coffee with you and later sit at your table during lunch at the restaurant. It was so interesting to hear about your visit to Montreal congregation . Come again soon. Hopefully others will follow suit. The coffee is always hot and our welcome always warm. Peggy Luxton


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