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Located in the heart of Olds, Alberta, the United Church has witnessed the Christian faith through worship, service, and fellowship for 120 years (as of 2014). All are welcome to share in our ministry.
than to be happy and enjoy themselves."
Offering Hospitality ...
Can you imagine going on a journey, yet taking with you only the clothes on your back and a walking stick and your sandals?
When preparing to go on a camping trip, not only do we pack food and clothing, but we bring along a small temporary home away from home structure - our trailer. Even in ministry, as we go from place to place serving God, in today's world, we have some mode of transportation, we pack a bag if we're overnighting, we have plans in place for accommodation, we bring tools for our work - electronic devices, flip charts, prayer shawls, etc.
Yet when Jesus commissioned his disciples to go and serve the world as he did, he asked them to travel in pairs, but to take nothing more than their walking stick and their sandals. He even told them not to bring an extra tunic, so no protection from the elements. Jesus asked his disciples to accept the hospitality of those they met on their travels - the hospitality of total strangers!
What he was asking was for his friends to share the good news, and to trust those they met along the way. He was asking them to build community with those they met. Jesus did let his friends know that they need not linger where they did not feel welcome, that they should move on to places where people were open to hearing, and open to sharing hospitality with them.
What would our world look like if we were more open to offering hospitality, and to listening to one another respectfully and peacefully, honouring one another's culture and traditions? What would our world look like if we could be more trusting of the strangers that we meet on our journeys? Perhaps, if we try, strangers could become neighbours, could become friends.
May God bless your summer journeys, and your friendships, old and new.
Blessings and peace, Tammy (Reverend Tammy Allan)
Are you someone who someone who has questions, who is seeking to explore your faith, and learn more about the story of Easter, or any of the other stories of our faith? You're welcome to join us in worship on Sundays, in Olds at 10:00 am, and in Sundre at 1:30 pm. If you'd like to have a conversation with me, the minister of the Olds-Sundre Pastoral Charge, please call the Olds office - 403-556-3052 and we can set up an appointment!
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Daily Scripture Reading
Jer 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Our church is always beautifully decorated. Visit our Photo Gallery to see our favourite pictures, including pictures from our 120th anniversary. Better yet, stop in for a personal visit!
You are a child of God. He created you in His own image. He chose the day for you to be born. Look up your birth date and see what Bible verse corresponds to it. Click the image above to look up your verse now.
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