What great scenes this word conjures up in the Bible (in the KJV) … The Lord declaring to Abram ‘Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee’ (Genesis 13:17) … The Lord telling David to behold the least likely of the sons of Jesse, ‘Arise, anoint him: for this is he’ (I Samuel 16:12) … The Lord exhorting the people of God who have found their land and lives in ruins, ‘Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee’ (Isaiah 60:1) … Jesus saying to the one paralyzed, ‘I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house’ (Mark 2:11)

‘Arise’ is also the name of a ministry supported by the Presbyterian Church, one that focuses upon caring for individuals who find themselves in Toronto and involved in the sex trade. Chaplaincy and spiritual care is provided through accompaniment, advocacy, hospital and jail visits. Case management and classes are also offered. The name ‘Arise’ is always accompanied by the phrase ‘Hope lives here’, articulating the Christian gospel that is at the heart of this ministry.

This Sunday we welcome the Rev. Deb Rapport to share with us something of her calling and this ministry. As a congregation we are supporting Arise with a special financial gift this year, in addition to our full Presbyterians Sharing allocation. Read more about Arise and Deb at http://www.presbyterianrecord.ca/2016/11/01/unbreakable And read the brochure that is available below, right beneath the Sunday bulletin.

During the service there is a nursery for infants and a programme for children. After the service there is a congregational potluck lunch, and there is always enough food for everyone – your presence is the best contribution! Have a look at the order of service and join us – you would be very welcome.

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“Follow me all prodigal daughters and sons,
We are not the worst things we have ever done.
We are not our doubts. We are loved ones,
Held fast in the hands of the one who loves.”

~ Emily Joy, All Prodigal Daughters and Sons
Shame tells us that we are the worst things that we have ever done. Shame fills us with doubts about our own worth. Shame places limits on God’s love for us. ARISE Ministry seeks to overcome the shame and say, “You are not the worst things you have done, the worst names you have been called, or your deepest doubts. You are worthy and you are loved.” For we are all prodigal daughters and sons held fast in the hands of the one who loves.
Rev. Deb Rapport
Community Chaplain & Executive Director

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