Ministers’ Message for the Week of April 15th
Front Page Message from Rev. Richard Bott

Ministers’ Message for the Week of April 15th

“In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.”

In a world where we can be inundated by tragedy – with our 24-hour news cycle and our 24-hour social media feeds, it sometimes becomes difficult for us to see the connections we have with all people, everywhere. Tragedies that strike closer to home, like those experienced in the bus crash that killed so many connected with the Humboldt Broncos, can loom large; while other deaths – in Syria’s bombing, or in a school bus in India – can become hidden. Sometimes it’s because they are distant to us. Sometimes it’s because we have grown thick skin against the pain.

When Jesus was living out his ministry, he touched and was touched, by many people who were grieving. Often he would offer a word of hope, connected to trust and faith. In the story we’ll share this weekend – the raising of Lazarus from the dead – we are offered two words that talk about how Jesus’ was moved by the grief of those around him – “Jesus wept.” (John 11.35)

Tears, especially those that are shed, are signs of pain, both emotional and physical.

Jesus’ tears were a precursor to Lazarus being called to new life – to resurrection.

What are we grieving, that calls tears from our hearts?

What might God be resurrecting through those tears?

Congregational Art Project – April 8th–15th. Under the guidance of artist-in-residence Lois Huey-Heck, we welcome every member, young and old, new and settled, to join together in a project that will create a visual representation of our developing community. Lois is a spiritual director, artist, writer, and retreat and workshop leader. She is skilled at bringing out the artist in all of us, so don’t worry if you consider your artistic abilities to be lacking. We value your contribution.
For more details, contact Susan Dickson: or 604-261-1339 or Committee: Susan Dickson, Sabina Harpe, Heather Swallow, Jane Shumka, or Kathie Orchard.

And another thing: 
If you have not already, please be sure to fill out a Personal Information Consent Form. Forms must be signed for names to be included in the church directory, and to receive emails. Forms will be available at coffee hour on Sunday.
And, please wear your nametag or have one made at coffee hour. It’s one of the ways to get to know each other better, and certainly helps your ministry staff as we continue to learn names of old-timers and newcomers alike.

Remember, if you would like to be able to vote when the names of new ministers are brought forward – you need to be a member. If you’d like to become a full member of Dunbar Ryerson, please speak to Debra or Richard as soon as possible. Some people are joining Easter Sunday and others on a Wednesday at The Table  – won’t it be fun and powerful to join with them!? Give us a call for more information – no pressure!


This Saturday (Tomorrow!), Pneuma makes its first performance at the Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival at 10 AM. If you would like to come and support them, they will be singing at:
Cariboo Hill Temple – 7195 Cariboo Road – Burnaby, British Columbia V3N 4A6.

They will be performing 3 selections from the repertoire they are singing on their regular Wednesday services. As part of the new outreach program (which Pneuma is heavily involved in) for Dunbar Ryerson, groups like Pneuma are reaching out more and more into the community to raise the profile of the church, the music program, and our community.
If you would like to come out and support our young people, it would be great to see you.
If you have any questions, you can email Greg at



Sundays at 3 Concert – Sunday, April 15th at 3:00pm. Join us for our final Concerts at 3 event of the season. This concert features organist Edward Norman and French horn player Steve Denroche. Tickets at the door, only. General $15/ Student $10. For more information please see the website at

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