From the pastor - index

    These are the messages that appear monthly (except in the summer months) in Parkwood's newsletter, the Pulse, from April 1996 (the month Parkwood's website went "live") to date. The letters up to and including June 2001 are written by the Rev. Floyd McPhee, who retired from Parkwood that month. Parkwood's interim moderator, James Statham of Grace church, Orleans provided letters for October and November '01 at which point Rev. James T. Hurd took over.

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    Spring 1996

        RENEWING OUR VOWS    (Apr. 1996)
        FREEDOM FROM FEAR    (May 1996)
        "ARE NOT YOU ALSO ONE OF THIS MAN'S DISCIPLES?"    (June 1996)

    1996-1997

        THE FIRST MARK OF THE CHURCH: JOY     (Sept. 1996)
        THE SECOND MARK OF THE CHURCH: HOLINESS     (Oct. 1996)
        GO AND TELL     (Nov. 1996)
        LOVE ONE ANOTHER     (Dec. 1996)
        THAT THEY MAY BE ONE     (Jan. 1997)
        SLAVE OF JESUS CHRIST     (February 1997)
        ATTITUDE CHECK     (Mar. 1997) webservant's note: original letter had no title
        A POSITIVE ATTITUDE     (Apr. 1997)
        CHRISTIAN PARENTING     (May 1997)
        LIVING FOR THE LORD DAY BY DAY     (June 1997)

    A TRIBUTE OF MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA AND DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES
        (sermon delivered Sept. 7, 1997)

    1997-1998

        SIX SHORT RULES FOR YOUNG CHRISTIANS     (Sept. 1997)
        THANKFULNESS TRANSFORMS     (Oct. 1997)
        CAN YOU BE A GOOD CHRISTIAN AND NOT GO TO CHURCH?     (Nov. 1997)
        WHO IS JESUS?    (Dec. 1997)
        OUR ALL SUFFICIENT SAVIOUR    (Jan. 1998)
        WHAT PRESBYTERIANISM STANDS FOR    (Feb. 1998)
        SOME THINGS WHICH CANNOT BE SHAKEN    (Mar. 1998)
        THE POWER OF THE RESURRECTION    (Apr. 1998)
        LIVING IN FAMILIES    (May, 1998)
        PARKWOOD'S MISSION    (June 1998)

    LESSONS FROM THE RECENT BILLY GRAHAM MISSION    (Summer 1998)

    1998-1999

        YOUR PLACE IN CHURCH    (Sept. 1998)
        IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS    (Oct. 1998)
        CAN YOU BELIEVE IN CHRIST AND GO TO HELL?    (Nov. 1998)
        IS CHRISTMAS MORE THAN A TRADITION?    (Dec. 1998)
        A WORD OF HOPE FOR 1999    (Jan. 1999)
        LET US DO WHAT WE CAN FOR JESUS IN 1999    (Feb. 1999)
        SPIRITUAL RENEWAL    (Mar. 1999)
        DEATH WITHOUT FEAR    (Apr. 1999)
        SALTY CHRISTIANS    (May 1999)
        THE KIND OF MEMBERS THE CHURCH NEEDS    (June 1999)

    1999-2000

        MARKS OF A TRUE DISCIPLE    (Sept. 1999)
        THANKSGIVING: CLUE TO LIFE'S MEANING    (Oct. 1999)
        SPREADING OUR TROUBLES BEFORE THE LORD    (Nov. 1999)
        THE LOVE THAT BROUGHT HIM    (Dec. 1999 - Jan. 2000)
        NEED ORIENTED EVANGELISM    (Feb. 2000)
        CHRISTIAN CONVERSION    (Mar. 2000)
        LYDIA: AN OUTSTANDING LEADER IN THE EARLY CHURCH    (Apr. 2000)
        THE WIDOW’S SACRIFICE    (May 2000)
        THE ONE THING NEEDED    (June 2000)

    2000-2001

        THE OUTREACH AND MINISTRY OF THE CHURCH    (Sept. 2000)
        PRAYING LIKE JESUS PRAYED    (Oct. 2000)
        HOW DO WE KNOW WE BELONG TO GOD?    (Nov. 2000)
        A CHRISTMAS LETTER BY A THEOLOGICAL STUDENT WRITTEN 40 YEARS AGO    (Dec. 1960)
        CHRIST CAME TO BRING US BACK TO GOD    (Dec. 2000 - Jan. 2001)
        LATER!    (Feb. 2001)
        THE PROMISE OF PEACE IN THE MIDST OF STORM    (Mar. 2001)
        WHAT IS SO "GOOD" ABOUT GOOD FRIDAY?    (Apr. 2001)
        THE ETERNAL GOD IS YOUR REFUGE    (May 2001)
        "...HE WHO BEGAN A GOOD WORK IN YOU..."    (June 2001)

    2001-2002

        "Get in tune"    (James Statham, Oct. 2001)
        Biographical sketch of our upcoming pastor    (James T. Hurd, Oct. 2001)
        Read this later    (James Statham, Nov. 2001)
        Address Change?    (James T. Hurd, Dec. 2001 - Jan. 2002)
        Entering the new year -- together, and with God    (Feb. 2002)
        A Dose of Encouragement    (Mar. 2002)
        Thoughts on spring    (Apr. 2002)   webservant's note: original letter had no title
        On calling and answering    (May 2002)
        Remembering God in the summer    (June 2002)

    2002-2003

        The Marks of the Church    (Sept. 2002)
        "Where can I find the time?"    (Oct. 2002)
        Life and hope in Nov.    (Nov. 2002)
        What can we build with these blocks?    (Dec. 2002 - Jan. 2003)
        The God of the Information Age    (Feb. 2003)
        God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM."    (Mar. 2003)
        Serving the Prince of Peace in an age of War    (Apr. 2003)
        Jesus ... for a whole world    (May 2003)
        Travel    (June 2003)

    2003-2004

        Avoiding Blackouts    (Sept. 2003)
        The best "Thank You"    (Oct. 2003)
        Remembering    (Nov. 2003)
        Lights in a season of light in a world of darkness    (Dec. 2003 - Jan. 2004)
        Access    (Feb. 2004)
        Passion: Christ's, Ours, and Others    (Mar. 2004)
        Spring    (Apr. 2004)
        Losing    (May 2004)
        Voting    (June 2004)

    2004-2005

        On watering plants and souls    (Sept. 2004)
        Renewal    (Oct. 2004)
        Singing amid life's trials    (Nov. 2004)
        One Thing    (Dec. 2004 - Jan. 2005)
        Each one    (Feb. 2005)
        One thing: Legacy    (Mar. 2005)
        Easter Confidence    (Apr. 2005)
        The authority to govern    (May 2005)
        Summer    (June 2005)

    2005-2006

        Back to School    (Sept. 2005)
        A future for life in a culture of death    (Oct. 2005)
        What matters? (Making choices)    (Nov. 2005)
        Christmas Preparations    (Dec. 2005 - Jan. 2006)
        Light in the darkness; Hope for the sorrowful    (Feb. 2006)
        A Timely Dream    (Mar. 2006)
        Lent: A play on words and a word on life    (Apr. 2006)
        Remember?    (May 2006)
        Growing    (June 2006)

    2006-2007

        How loved are you?    (Sept. 2006)
        The priority of prayer    (Oct. 2006)
        On coping with change    (Nov. 2006)
        Christmas rush or Christmas peace?    (Dec. 2006 - Jan. 2007)
        Outside our comfort zone    (Feb. 2007)
        A Friend    (Mar. 2007)
        Life    (Apr. 2007)
        Prescription for Life    (May 2007)
        Choice Sayings    (June 2007)

    2007-2008

        Batteries need charging    (Sept. 2007)
        Giving thanks    (Oct. 2007)
        Remembering Remembrance Day    (Nov. 2007)
        G(raceism)    (Dec. 2007 - Jan. 2008)
        That all of them may be one    (Feb. 2008)
        Right under my nose!    (Mar. 2008)
        O spring, where are you?    (Apr. 2008)
        Legacy of a Life ... Memories of Mariano    (May 2008)
        General Assembly    (June 2008)

    2008-2009

        On the mountain of the Lord... (or at least on the mountain with the Lord)    (Sept. 2008)
        Elections, Leadership, and Discernment    (Oct. 2008)
        Remembering the persecuted church    (Nov. 2008)
        Travelling in the storms of life    (Dec. 2008 - Jan. 2009)
        Surprise!    (Feb. 2009)
        The Most Excellent Way    (Mar. 2009)
        Is winning everything?    (Apr. 2009)
        What lasts forever?    (May 2009)
        For Jesus    (June 2009)

    2009-2010

        Return    (Sept. 2009)
        Time -- and a Prayer    (Oct. 2009)
        Peace    (Nov. 2009)
        Value    (Dec. 2009 - Jan. 2010)
        Building    (Feb. 2010)
        Olympic Glory    (Mar. 2010)
        The death of death and the birth of life    (Apr. 2010)
        Foxes and rabbits ... and love in action    (May 2010)
        Foundation for renewal    (June 2010)

    2010-2011

        What are we doing?    (Sept. 2010)
        (Oct. 2010 was a special "Building to Serve" edition - no pastor's message)
        Making the best choice    (Nov. 2010)
        A simple celebration    (Dec. 2010 - Jan. 2011)
        Light    (Feb. 2011)
        Prayers to encircle the earth    (Mar. 2011)
        Suddenly    (Apr. 2011)
        Life    (May 2011)
        Brokenness    (June 2011)

    2011-2012

        Water    (Sept. 2011)
        Always Reforming    (Oct. 2011)
        The new norm?    (Nov. 2011)
        No anonymous gift-recipients    (Dec. 2011 - Jan. 2012)
        Fountain of life    (Feb. 2012)
        A consuming fire    (Mar. 2012)
        God... our refuge    (Apr. 2012)
        My Rock    (May 2012)
        A righteous judge    (June 2012)

    2012-2013

        The great King    (Sept. 2012)
        Strength    (Oct. 2012)
        A sun and shield    (Nov. 2012)
        God is spirit    (Dec. 2012 - Jan. 2013)
        God is light    (Feb. 2013)
        God is love    (Mar. 2013)
        The resurrection: The basis of our hope    (Apr. 2013)
        Spring cleaning    (May 2013)
        Death and life    (June 2013)

    2013-2014

        One who unifies    (Sept. 2013)
        Giving thanks    (Oct. 2013)
        Love    (Nov. 2013)
        The blessing of children to the childless    (Dec. 2013 - Jan. 2014)
        Testimony?    (Feb. 2014)
        New Life    (Mar. 2014)
        Patient patients growing patience    (Apr. 2014)
        A new spring wardrobe?    (May 2014)
        Potholes, problems, and peace    (June 2014)

    2014-2015

        Hope    (Sept. 2014)
        Jubilee    (Oct. 2014)
        Samaritans Serve Strangers    (Nov. 2014)
        Gifts for the world    (Dec. 2014 - Jan. 2015)
        Soli Deo gloria: On the difference between praise and encouragement    (Feb. 2015)
        A warm welcome on a cold day    (Mar. 2015)
        Elders    (Apr. 2015)
        Elders as mentors    (May 2015)
        Elders: Qualified and Called    (June 2015)

    2015-2016

        Settled or travelling?    (Sept. 2015)
        God Votes    (Oct. 2015)
        Refugees    (Nov. 2015)
        Christmas is coming...    (Dec. 2015 - Jan. 2016)
        Detours: Distractions or Divinely-directed Digressions?    (Feb. 2016)
        Laughter    (Mar. 2016)
        New    (Apr. 2016)
        No fear of bad news    (May 2016)
        First Things First    (June 2016)

    2016-2017

        Christ-likeness and thankfulness go together    (Oct. 2016)
        Space and Spirit    (Nov. 2016)
        Christ Preparations    (Dec. 2016 - Jan. 2017)
        Welcome!    (Feb. 2017)
        Truth    (Mar. 2017)
        God-Honouring Speech    (Apr. 2017)
        The Kingdom of God is...    (May 2017)
        The Barrier Act    (June 2017)

     

 

 

 

 

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