I really haven't had time to update you on the Cambodia trip. we've been teaching English for 3 days and building great relationships with the Cambodian students . Tomorrow is Sunday, so we'll start with worship totally in Khmer. It will be quite an experience participating in worship but not understanding a word. What we will know is that the worshippers are devoted to Jesus and praising him in just one of the many languages which will worship Him in eternity. We also know that the Holy Spirit will be there and we'll be praying that he touches us just as he touches the Cambodian worshippers.

Prayer Notes: three of us have been sick today and would appreciate your prayers. We've been moved by testimonies of young Christians whose faith is not understood by their families, yet they are showing great faith and Grace: please join us in praying for their families to understand the love that I found in Jesus.

Our Sunday school is putting a focus on some pretty basic things this year: the 23rd Psalm, the Great Commandments, the Apostle's Creed, and, of course, the Lord's Prayer.

The problem with teaching the Lord's Prayer is not just old fashioned words like "Thee" and "Thine" but also in unfamiliar concepts such as Hallowed (Holy, honoured) and Kingdom (the total rule of God, the only ruler with an actual divine right!)

I've been searching for simple wording, but decided that I couldn't make it as simple and concise as Jesus did (big surprise there!). I've opted here for slightly simpler language suplemented by explanatory notes. I hope it helps to highlight what Jesus' priorities were when he taught the disciples not only how to pray but what to pray about.

Daddy, our heavenly father, we bring to you our prayer list:

  • we pray that your name would be honoured:,

    • that people and all things would be moved to love, joy, holiness, awe and adoration when ever they think of your Son Jesus, the Holy Spirit and yourself;

We had a very active Lent, inviting the community in for  dinners  on Shrove Tuesday, Saint Patrick's Day, Palm Sunday, and our own worship/dinner at the Last Supper. 

In addition to the regular Sunday celebrations, we worshiped on Maunday Thursday (The Last Supper, previously mentioned) marched in holy procession with other regional churches on Good Friday morning's 'Way of the Cross,' and gathered on Friday afternoon for solemn worship focused on the great sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We've just had a great celebration of Christ's triumph over sin and death on Easter Morning.

In the midst of all this I went through a double bypass cardiac operation, and spent three weeks off recovering. I owe a ton of thanks to everyone for your prayers, your service, your pastoral care,  your stewardship, your work on dinners, music, worship services, testimonies, readings, children's stories, bible study leadership, your encouragement of one another, and your patience.  The cleaning, decorating, advertising, inviting, coordinating,. . . the list goes on. Your dedication to the mission of God is evident in all of this.

It is very important that the church depends, not on one person, such as a pastor, but on the work of Jesus Christ in the whole family of God.  Saint Andrew's is such a family. God has brought us to strong joyful and vibrant life. Praise be to God, that the very power that raised Jesus from the dead is at work in us!

Love you, Love him,


"It's me, it's me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer." Tonight (Wednesday, February 25) at 7:00 the Pastoral Care Team has organized a prayer meeting, particularly to pray for me, in advance of Friday's bypass surgery. I am happy in so many ways.

  1. I'm joyful because St. Andrew's are a people of prayer: Probably in part because of Neil and Lise Baxter who taught the church for 16 years between 1984 and 2000, and still lead in prayer today. St Andrew's was gathering to pray for special needs when I first met them as a supply preacher in the early 2000s. We'd gather at the end of a worship service, join hands and lift up someone facing illness, difficulty, or grief. And people were helped. 


A quick Lenten commentary on the four Gospels, chapter by chapter.

New 2-3 chapters will be published each day through Lent 2020.