Ponder Anew Blog


October 23, 2020

October 23, 2020Good afternoon” … once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 1 Peter 2:10This seems straightforward. Before you were the people of God, you did not know you needed mercy. Your sins might have been out there, and you were not aware that mercy was available. Greek culture and religion […]

We are people. We are of God

October 22, 2020

October 21, 2020Good afternoon,” … Once you were not a people, and now you are the people of God…”  I Peter 2:10 What makes us a community ?  When Peter talks about being a people,  I think he is talking about being a community. Here in Poole, we do not have bylaws or a constitution, so what is […]

Prayer for Today

October 20, 2020

October 18, 2020Good morning everyone, Wherever you find yourselves on this Sunday morning, I wish a renewed sense of God’s presence. May you find God in the prayers you offer, the songs you hum ( or sing ) and the Word of God that is read. May God’s Spirit envelope you today. PRAYERGod, of the earth and […]

Does the Church Still Have Legs

October 20, 2020

Monday October 19, 2020Good afternoon, On Saturday I will be attending, virtually, a conference by Mennonite Church Canada, called ” Does the Church Still Have Legs “. We will have four main speakers, and different workshop sessions. It will be about what the church has to say to the world. It was planned before the pandemic, but I […]

What Will you Remember ?

October 16, 2020

October 15, 2020Good afternoon,When we look back in 2030 to 2020, what will our memories be ? Memory is an interesting thing. Two people experiencing the same event can remember differently. I think spouses do this all the time. Police are aware that eyewitness testimony is often contradictory and not reliable. Do people see what they want […]

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 […]

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 […]