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Better Together

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From September through June, our beloved FBC Choir rehearses almost every Thursday evening and sings most Sundays. As a church community, we benefit from their commitment and faithful service. And as a choir, these singers reap the reward of finding a place to use their gifts, of belonging to a mini-community within the wider community, and of exploring together what it might mean to live as followers of Jesus. Week by week, they experience and demonstrate the reality that we are better together. That each one brings what they have and when we put it all together, we get something that is more than just the sum of its parts.

 For many people in our wider church community, this kind of commitment is simply not possible. And we understand. But a few years ago, we had this idea to invite children to join in and sing with the adults. We figured it would be a great way to demonstrate and explore our growing value of being an intergenerational community. During one of the rehearsals for that, Roger Grose, our beloved choir director, looked over at the parents waiting for the kids who were planning to sing and realized that almost every parent there was also a singer. We invited them to join in if they wanted to (and most of them did!) and our Intergenerational Choir took on a new facet. It didn't take long for us to realize that there were other adults who might want to join in and so you might have noticed that our more recent Intergenerational Choirs have a wide variety of "extras" of all ages and stages. And these intergenerational opportunities have become one of my favourite things, seeing our community represented up front in all its diversity: male and female, young and old, from all corners of the globe!

If you're thinking about joining the FBC Choir for September, GREAT! Talk to me or Roger to learn more about how to do that. If you'd love to sing, but cannot commit to the better part of September-June, please get in touch with me or Roger anyway so that we can let you know about other opportunities! And watch for upcoming chances to join in with the wider church family to lift our voices together! We are better together!

Andrea Tisher
Minister of Worship

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Lent 2019

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Lent is the 40 day season that precedes and prepares us for Easter. Since the 4th century AD, it has existed in common Christian practice as a time to think seriously about who Jesus is and how to live in response to Him. Looking towards Christ's death and resurrection, we ask ourselves if we are dying to the things He has called us to die to in order that we might truly live. 

This year, we will continue with the tradition of having communion on each Sunday in Lent, meeting Jesus at His table week by week as we journey towards remembering His death and resurrection on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. 

And we're going to try something new this year: on the first Sunday of Lent (March 10th), FBC will participate in what is known as " A Capella Sunday." (Click the link for more info)  

 We will have two Ash Wednesday services on Wednesday, March 6th:

A simple noon hour service for folks who work downtown or who would like to attend during the day from 12:15-12:45pm in the Chapel and a longer service at 7pm with choral and congregational music. 
 
Both services will include the imposition of ashes. Ashes remind us of our frailty, calling us to repent and to place our hope in God. This is a great way to mark the start of our Lenten journey with Jesus. 

In Christ,
Andrea Tisher
Minister of Worship

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