Post-Anxiety Church

Article by the President of Princeton Theological Seminary on all the talk about the future of the mainline church.  Forget that he says.  The church is simply called to sacrifice itself to its mission.  No rational reason for survival of the church over 2,000 except that Jesus lives and uses it to bring God’s kingdom.



Like children ever are we

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Like children ever are we
if we look far beneath
our labour’d expectation
to be the first, not least.
Complexities weigh deeper
upon the modern mind.
But we like children longing
simplicity to find.

To hear the voice of Jesus,
to come and so suspend
disciples’ cold indifference
to our dawn ‘till our end.
The day you called the children
awakens us and shows
you name us ever yours Lord
your calm embrace to know.

Like children ever are we
and so are all in need
of help and health and healing
of kind word, good deed.
Your arms extend God’s kingdom,
your touch divine caress,
O Christ, you come among us,
and offer all deep rest.

J. Gregory Davidson

on the occasion of the Memorial Window Dedication in memory of Shirley Douglas at Briarwood Presbyterian Church, 28 June 2009.

God, who lit across this country 

God, who lit across this country
Leaving wonders, leaving cold;
God, who walked when North was nowhere
Landscaped mysteries untold.

With your toes you nudged the glaciers;
Shaping hard the stony shield.
With your breath you cooled the tundra,
Clouds with rain for prairie yield.

By your hand that holds three oceans,
Piled the mountains in a day.
Tracing with a single finger,
Rivers, streams – one watery way.

God, whose footsteps left a promise
Now fulfilled in lakes deep blue.
God, who crossed Canadiana
Thank you for this glimpse of you.

J. Gregory Davidson
27 June 2008