Ponder Anew Blog

Seeing from the other point of view

October 13, 2020

October 13, 2020Good afternoon,Jesus, help us live in peace   STJ 52” Jesus, help us live in peace,  from our blindness set us free.  Fill us with your healing love.  Help us live in unity.  Many times we don’t agree   On what’s right or wrong to do.  Fill us with your healing love.  It’s so hard to […]

Worship, Be Nice, Work for Peace

October 13, 2020

October 12, 2020 Good afternoon, HAPPY THANKSGIVING ” Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and         petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. […]


October 11, 2020

October 10, 2020Good afternoon,The poem/prayer below was written for Thanksgiving by Carol Penner. Carol is a former pastor in MCEC, and now teaches at Conrad Grebel University College. Read it now, tomorrow, and on Thanksgiving Monday. I think it speaks to our life today. Read it aloud to God as well.  This year Thanksgiving is challenging–here is a […]

Real people of Philippi

October 9, 2020

October 9, 2020 Good afternoon,” Still, I think it necessary to send Epaphroditus, my brother and co-worker….I urge Euodia and Syntyche to be of the same mind… for even when I was in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs more than once… ”  Philippians 2:25, 4:2 and 4:16  The marvelous thing about the letters that […]

Defining Jesus

October 9, 2020

October 8, 2020Good afternoon,“Who, being in very nature[a] God,    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing    by taking the very nature of a servant,    being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man,    he humbled himself    by becoming obedient to death—        even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the […]

Philippian encouragement

October 7, 2020

October 7, 2020Good afternoon, ” And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge of depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ….Philippians 1:9-10 Paul is in jail. We do not know exactly where he […]

Thanks to Tim and Paulie

October 6, 2020

October 6, 2020 Good afternoon.“Paul and Timothy,  Servants of Christ Jesus,To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deaconsGrace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”    Philippians 1:1The Common lectionary readings this fall included reading through the letter to the Philippians. So, for the rest of the […]


October 1, 2020

October 1, 2020Good afternoon. ” The logo on our (church) bag is an olive tree symbolizing peace. The tree is younger saying that we are looking towards new growth here at Poole. The wrapping of the tree trunk reminds us of the unity that we have in the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost. The […]

Come Follow Me

September 29, 2020

 20200928_135527.jpgSeptember 29, 2020Good afternoon, ” Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men ”   Jesus in Matthew 4” And the first shall be last, and the last shall be first ”         Jesus  in Matthew 20The attached photo has a dried fallen brown leaf among a lawn of clover. This can be a […]

Foundation in a new world

September 29, 2020

September 28, 2020Good afternoon, ” For other foundation can no man lay that is laid, which is Jesus Christ”    I Corinthians 3:11This is the favourite verse of Menno Simons. He wrote it on the many missionary tracts that he published. This was the “foundational’ verse for his ministry and his life. He has been […]