March 10, 2019

Ruth 1-2 Deuteronomy 24:17-22 Matthew 25:31-46 “Kindness Without Borders” An Introduction by the Rev. Amanda Currie: Much of this morning’s service comes from a worship resource called “Welcoming the Stranger,” prepared by Presbyterian World Service & Development in partnership with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. As we at First Church prepare to welcome the Mathiang Family to Regina as their sponsors, we do so with the support, help, and encouragement of Presbyterian World Service and Development. PWS&D is a Sponsorship Agreement Holder with the Canadian government, and therefore is able to facilitate a certain number of refugee sponsorships each year. Staff at PWS&D have been working with us since the request for this sponsorship first came up, and have guided us and the Mathiang family through the complex process and paperwork involved in having them come to Canada. What we are doing this year with our PWS&D Sunday and appeal is a bit different from usual. The Mission & Outreach Committee normally shares about the work that PWS&D does around the world including disaster assistance and development projects, and invites your donations directly to PWS&D to support a particular project. This year, we simply want to highlight the work of PWS&D to support refugee sponsorship, and encourage you to continue to give your special offerings to First Church’s own refugee sponsorship initiative. Some of you have already given, and we are grateful. Others have completed a pledge form, making a commitment to give a specific amount this year and next year, … Read more »