In Geoffrey Chaucer’s General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales he wrote:
When in April the sweet showers fall
That pierce March’s drought to the root and all
Then folks do long to go on pilgrimage
Some nine and twenty in a company
Of sundry persons who had chanced to fall
In fellowship, and pilgrems they were all
That toward Canterbury town would ride.
Fast forward to today – July 25, 2015 – and something sort of similar is happening again. Today, a group of 22 people from seven different churches of the Flint Hills Baptist Association of Kansas will be arriving at Calvary Baptist Church, 60 Hochelaga St. West, for a week-long experience of amazing fellowship in The Friendly City.
This diverse group of people have chosen, instead of going on a holiday to Floridan or somewhere like that, to come to Moose Jaw [Saskatchewan] to serve all week as volunteers in the ministries of Calvary Baptist Church. That kind of faith in action and generosity of heart is staggering enough but let me share with you some of what they will be doing.
First, they will be joining Calvary in our 11 a.m. Sunday service.
Secondly, the Kansas Mission Team will be leading a special evening worship service at 6:30 p.m., later that day. I have no idea what that service will be like except to say it will be “American” and “Baptist” and “wonderful” and there will be food and fellowship afterwards. (All are welcome to our services and fellowship.)
Starting on Monday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and none, we will be running Lifeway’s VBS Journey Off the Map. Check it out at vbs.lifeway.com. This will be free to all kids in Grades 1-8, and we will have a well-supervised Bouncy Castle in the gym. This program runs through Friday.
In the afternoon, we will be running a basketball clinic for kids in Grades 5-8 from 2-4 p.m., Tuesday to Friday. This will cost $10 to register for the week and will be led by former coach Sue Spencer, who is a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
The Mission Team will also be volunteering with some of our Calvary people in renovation of the church. If you know the business end of a hammer feel free to drop down to the church any time during the week and we will put you to work.
This will be a busy week at Calvary, but the fellowship will be sweet and the friendships formed will be lasting. If you should encounter a large group of people walking about the downtown of Moose Jaw during the week July 26-Aug 1 with very distinct American accents, say “hello” and welcome them. They are on a mission of love and service.
Jesus once said, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45
Some say actions speak louder than words, I trust that will be the case this week.
Let me leave this word to all who will be actively serving God God this week both a Calvary and all over the city through many churches and individual acts of love and grace for the benefit of others: “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58
Pastor Bob Butt
Calvary Baptist Church
(reprinted from the Moose Jaw Times, July 25, 2015)