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  • HWY 33 (RUTLAND)
    Address

    439 Hwy 33
    Kelowna, BC, V1X1Y2

    Our in-person church services happen on Sundays at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm (Pursuit). We also meet at Church Online on Sundays at 10:30 am.

    Service Times

    Sunday 10:30am
    Sunday 5:30pm

  • SOUTH (MISSION)
    Address

    4574 Raymer Rd.
    Kelowna, BC

    Our in-person church service happens on Sundays at 10:30 am and we are currently meeting at our Hwy 33 location – 439 Hwy 33. (The South building is closed for the spring/summer 2022 for renovations). We also meet at Church Online on Sundays at 10:30 am.

    Service Time

    Sunday 10:30am

  • CREEKSIDE (LAKE COUNTRY)
    Address

    11370 Bottom Wood Lake Rd
    Lake Country, BC, V4V1V4
    (Winfield SDA building)

    Our Lake Country community meets on Sundays at 10 am. We share space with the Winfield SDA Church in Lake Country.

    Service Time

    Sunday 10:00am

  • Online Church
    CHURCH ONLINE
    Live every Sunday from

    439 Hwy 33
    Kelowna, BC, V1X1Y2

    Our online church services happen on Sundays at 10:30 am (PST)

    Service Times

    Sunday 10:30am

‘Rain, rain, go away, come again another day.’

May 17, 2022

Yes, I know we are all feeling it, ‘rain, rain, go away, come again another day.’ Words of the 17th-century children’s poem, which was first noted in English literature in1687. The poem dispatched the rain to Spain back then; such was European politics, send the bad weather to the Spaniards, ‘rain, rain, go to Spain: fair weather come again.’ As a result of the rain in the Okanagan valley, the hills look lush, the wildflowers radiant, and thankfully there’s no smell of smoke. However, sitting on my deck watching the sunset and the moon appear – watching the nightly shooting stars is now rare. Jesus said I am the light of the world and then famously said, ‘you are the light of the world’, he said this, knowing he would be leaving.

What does this mean for us, how can we shine in a world full of storm clouds of political, social, fake, painful news, and the obvious pandemic?

Jesus said these words, following a celebration called, ‘the illumination of the temple,’ in Jerusalem. It celebrated the cloud and fire that lead the Israelites through the wilderness out of slavery. Jesus was declaring that He is burning fire and cloud that will guide you through your wilderness. Let’s return to my deck and watch the sun and moon. The sun gleams, the moon reflects the light from the sun through the night. Sometimes there is a supermoon, others a wafer-thin crescent moon, which barely illuminates.

At times, the church has been at a full moon, amazing the world with an almost daytime light. These have been times of great enlightenment and instruction. Building some of the first hospitals, first orphanages, feeding programs for the destitute, schools to educate all, social work, nursing, probation services and unions. All have their roots in the church and faith. The church became famous in pandemics of ancient Rome because as the elite classes fled to villas in the hills, the believers stayed to nurse the sick – this impressed the Roman classes. Sadly, at other times the church has been only a crescent moon, with very little light shining upon the earth.

Whether the church is a full moon or a crescent moon, waxing or waning reflects the light of the sun. The mode of shining, Jesus tells us, is ‘good deeds,’ The idea of attractive or beautiful acts. Jesus wants our light to shine through beautiful deeds; he is not advocating fake, staged works. Our Lord would tell us that works of compassion and caring are a top priority. God has placed us here, today, we are to shine where we are placed.

Let’s not send the rain to Spain, spreading bad weather to others; let’s reflect goodness and beauty to the world – reflecting Jesus.