Sunday’s Coming 152

Greetings Everyone,

This Sunday we worship at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.  We celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism (Jade Tardy) at 10 a.m. and Holy Communion with Lunch at the 11:30 a.m. At 11:15 a.m. this Sunday the Lent Study Series starts in the East Room with Dr. Kuntz.

What are we looking for?  The disciples have an encounter in Matthew 17: 1-9.  A story that finishes one journey, and starts the next.

Please keep in prayer Lloyd A., the youth group who meet Friday night at the church, and Donna R., whose brother’s memorial service is at Briarwood Saturday at 2 p.m.

One new feature of Briarwood website are news updates from the Session.  See February here.

Keep an eye out this week for a mailing on the nomination of elders and an information follow-up from the AGM and International Potluck.

With all good wishes.

See you Sunday,



Sunday’s Coming 151

Greetings Everyone,

This Sunday is ONE blended service at 10:30 a.m., with an International Potluck and Annual Meeting to follow.  Nursery and Children’s faith program.  Organ and worship bands.  Thank you in advance to everyone for making this special Sunday possible.  The text is Matthew 5: 33-37 – let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ or your ‘no’ ‘no’.

All good wishes for a great weekend.

See you Sunday.



Sunday’s Coming 150

Yes, it’s number 150!!  Well, you say, that’s only 3 years of Sundays and you’ve been around 5.  Now the secret’s out.  I haven’t sent a Sunday’s Coming every Sunday.  They started back near the beginning of the second worship service at Briarwood, to make sure everyone knew what was on and where.

Over the last 150 posts (to this site and our last website), it has been a lot of fun sharing stories, people, photos, and celebrating what God is doing in our midst.

I am happy to announce in this 150th Sunday’s Coming, a new website for Briarwood.    Thank you to those involved in creating it.  Please give it a try.

You’ll notice a ‘News‘ tab at the top.  This week there have been a lot of posts there about newsworthy items at Briarwood, including elder nominations now open, ‘space’ group appointed, Nancy B. publishes (again!), Session’s book study, the Lenten Study Series, and celebration of a Major Gift to Briarwood.


This Sunday February 9th we worship at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.  The text is Matthew 5: 13-24.  Salt & Light as images for the Christian life.  We will also have a Moment to celebrate Black History at the 10 a.m. service, given by Virginia Bell.

Please remember the family of Bahij Zurub.  His funeral was this week at T.M.R. Presbyterian.  The soloist was France Périgny.

Please also remember the Saikaly family who lost Nabih Sr. this past weekend.

Please remember Hazel Stewart in Scotland, upon the death of her daughter Rosemary Stewart.

Wishing everyone a good weekend coming.

See you Sunday.


Annual Letter from Rev. Greg Davidson

Dear Friends & Congregation of Briarwood

It’s hard to believe another year has gone by at Briarwood!  We are a congregation on a journey and 2013 brought many joys and some challenges.  First, is to remember some of the amazing people who died this last year.  People with whom we worshipped.  Prayed.  Built relationships.  Loved.  Thank God for them.  Let’s be inspired by their examples of faithfulness.

Second, is to give God thanks for what God has been doing in our midst.  Four years ago the Presbyterian Church in Canada held the national Emmaus Conference, about changing times and healthy churches.  At the same time, we as congregation supported the addition of a second worship service at the church and later, a full-time Children & Youth Director position.  This last year, 2013, was the first full year of that vision; and I wish to thank everyone for their prayers, patience, good wishes and participation in it.  We can celebrate together the 36 children registered in our Sunday morning faith programs.  We can celebrate the 15 youth registered for Youth Group.  We can celebrate the music we offer to God.  We can celebrate a strong year of giving to mission and to Presbyterian World Service & Development.  We can celebrate the 6 baptisms, and 23 new members to this community.  We can give thanks also in 2013 for the major gift we received from a beloved (anonymous) member towards Christ’s ministry at Briarwood of  $29, 000.  A blessing and encouragement.  At the Emmaus Conference, which provided much confidence to churches to try new things, no one ever said our work would be easy.  But a look at the faces on the bulletin board by the kitchen will quickly remind us that God is using our work and patience and prayers.

Third, and finally, is to commit ourselves to prayerfulness for 2014.  Before we speak, let us pray.  Before we act, let us pray.  Before we worship, let us pray.  Recently an elder who has been at Briarwood for some time invited the Session to the sanctuary to pray before a Session meeting.  We divided in three groups and spent 20 minutes giving God praise, 20 minutes giving God thanks for this church, and 20 minutes asking God for guiding and blessing.  I’ve been to a lot of meetings, but that one stands out for how uplifting it was.  It is almost as if even now, I still am because of it.

In everything for 2014, let us bow down, let us pray, then let us act, worship, give and serve as Christ calls us.  With love, with joy, with peace and with hope for God’s future for us.

“The joy of the Lord will be our strength.”  Nehemiah 8:10

With thanks and best wishes,

Greg Davidson, pastor