In chapter nine of the novel Moby Dick, the American 19th century author Herman Melville described a congregation of seafarers singing …
It is a great poem and would be a great hymn to sing this Sunday as we continue to follow the story of Jonah. The prophet has been shipwrecked, swallowed by a whale, and spat up upon the shore … at the direction of God. ‘My Deliverer God’ indeed!
But the point lies in what follows. Jonah’s deliverance has not been for some open-ended continuation of his life but for a specific calling within God’s sovereign purposes – ‘Get up, go to Nineveh that great city and proclaim there the message that I tell you’ (Jonah 3:2).
We will begin the new week considering the dynamics of this calling of Jonah, and the calling we know in Christ. We would welcome you to join us this last Sunday of August. Have a look at the Order of Service below, and if you are in the area, we invite you to sing and pray and listen and reflect with us. There is a nursery for infants offered during the service. And there is ample parking on the city surface lot off Queen Street just behind the church and on neighbouring streets (note that the time of day restrictions north of Queen are not applicable on Sundays).