2015 Annual Letter

Dear Friends at Briarwood

Over 6 years ago we discerned as a congregation to make reaching out to our community in new ways a main priority.   This last year has felt like a consolidation of that vision.  We are now established with two worship services.  We have had over a full year of full-time ministry to youth and children with our CYD.  There continue to be new households to the congregation, at least one a month.  Our giving to mission is strong.

One thing I’ve noticed in particular this year is how leadership is beginning to be shared by people who attend the 10 a.m. and the 11:30 a.m. services.  On the Session, the Board, the Children’s Faith program team, the Space Committee, in music leadership, in hospitality and congregational lunches leadership, there is a cross section of the whole congregation now.

And this is ongoing, and particularly healthy and natural.  I would welcome everyone to continue in this.  If you attend the 10 a.m. service, why not invite a family from the 11:30 a.m. for lunch  at 12:30 p.m.?  They would love that.  If you attend, the 11:30 a.m. service, why not have someone from the 10 a.m. service over for dinner?  Would be a ball.

Briarwood is an incredibly diverse congregation in ages, backgrounds, and worship styles.  As we come to the end of a calendar year, we can ask how God is calling us to use our range of age, background and modes of worship to glorify God now, today, and in the year ahead.

Everything is changing.  All the time.  And Briarwood is part of that, as we seek to connect to our post-Christian, post-Christendom slice of Canada.  As we seek to be faithful together in growing God’s Kingdom here, remember Paul’s words to the church:

“So…whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.”  1 Corinthians 10:31

And I say it again,

“So…whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.”  1 Corinthians 10:31

Everything.

Sincerely,

The Rev. Dr. Gregory Davidson

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