Everyone is remembering on this weekend – and how could we ever forget?! Ten years ago we witnessed acts of terrorism live on our TV’s. We were all paralyzed with disbelief, and then fear. In the aftermath, stories of great heroism emerged. Impressive courage, unselfish bravery, inspiring endurance. Stories of families that were shocked and who experienced huge suffering, their lives changing forever. 

For us to remember is the least we can do. It is the right thing to do. And we pray for a world that can learn to live with more trust and respect, a world where pain and anger and violence become only a memory of the past. Let this chaos be replaced with peace and security for all. Our children deserve this. And God expects it of us.

Our church has been remembering our history throughout the year 2011. It was 200 years ago that a brave Presbyterian minister arrived in our city, and carved out of this wild settlement a spiritual community, and the first Sabbath School. He was an itinerant preacher of the Gospel of Christ and eventually helped organize our first church. 200 years of ministry!

Tomorrow afternoon, Sunday September 11, 2011, at 1:30 pm we will gather at the grave of The Rev. William Smart (at the Brockville Cemetery, directly at the edge of the St. Lawrence River photo above). We will hold a brief memorial service to give thanks for Rev. Smart, and all the servants of our Lord, who have given their lives to advance the Christian faith in our community. After all, it is the least we can do; it is the right thing to do.


About dougjohns

Doug Johns retired from ministry in Canada to devote more time to international work. Right now he pastors part time at the International Baptist Church in Bielefeld, Germany. He is a graduate of York Univ. (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Doug is married to Yvonne and they have four grown children plus eight grandchildren. Doug has had significant experience as a Presbyterian Minister in Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and New Brunswick. He has served as Associate Pastor at West Congregational in Haverhill, Massachusetts; Doug is committed to international ministry in Romania; and he has taken leadership in Christian Camping as Executive Director of Camp Fireside, NH; Glen Mhor Presbyterian Camp, Ontario; Timberline Ranch, BC. .... avid baseball fan of the Toronto Blue Jays ... Managed American Legion Baseball Team out of Creston BC in North Idaho League. Doug is a serious runner with many international half-marathons completed over the last 6 years.
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