Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
THI LETHMIDOI HEM'.B Saturday, January I, 1972 What is the Church doing in a world of suffering? By DR. DON C. RAY In Winnipeg Free Press a world of staggering human need, where is the church and what is it doing? The compounding of human disaster and natural catastro- phe in India and Pakistan has produced overwhelming tragedy. The human suffering is of daggering proportions. Li the world of human life where there are those of us who believe that love among all people is God's design, why Is there chaos? Does this mean love is powerless to create a design for humanity that means life? The sun is shining. The air Is clear. There's a strong wind blowing. Can the sun and the wind purily the world of the ef- fects of man's destructive de- vices? In 1605 a destructive device, designed to blow up the Par- liament House in London, did not come off because someone wrote a letter to a friend warn- ing him to keep away from Parliament on that day. A search was carried out and Guy Fawkes was caught with his gunpowder ready. Strange isn't it that the name of one of the conspirators, and not the leader at that, should live in history, while the per- son responsible for saving the situation should remain anon- ymous. Strange too that hundreds of thousands of people were pre- Theologian says time past for religious controversy By JOHN CUNNINGHAM TORONTO (CP) Prof Leslie Dewart, a Toronto phi- losopher and Roman Catholic lay theologian, says he be- lieves that "the time for reli- gious controversy has passed." Prof. Dewart, 47, whose book The Future of Belief set off a modest revolution in the Catholic intellectual commun- ity in 1967, said: "I doubt there is anything tha't could be said that would be contro- versial. It's just as well. "Everything that could shock people has been said. There was a time when people still held that religious beliefs were so beloved that they were above question. "Since then they have been questioned. In a way, ground has been cleared and after the nature of God and the validity of religion has been ques- tioned then you can ask more pertinent questions without being shocked or shocking. "In a way the situation today is better than it has been for a long time because you do not have to waste time or energy clearing the ground, and yet serious exploration has been done concerning the form which religious beliefs should take today and in the future. "This is virgin ground, and yet at the same time the. ques- tions concerning the form of Christianity for the future could not have been raised a generation ago. "The questions have been CENTRAt CHURCH OF CHRIST 423 lllh St. S. Mr. D. Maisey, Organlit 1. R. CHAPMAN, Minister Family Service a.m. (Worship service for adults S.S. Classes for Children) EVERYBODY WELCOME PROF. LESLIE DEWART asked but they have not been answered. It's a whole new world." Prof. Dewart, who is with the philosophy department of St. Michael's College of the University of Toronto, said the new questioning of con- temporary religion Is not likely to bring "any great pas- toral figures in the near fu- ture." "It's Just as well. I think re- ligion is likely, to become a more of a do-it-yourself busi- ness in the future." Prof. Dewart, author of four books and contributor to nine, recently returned from Indo- nesip where he conducted re- search on a Canada Council grant. His project was to investi- gate the relationship between the structure of language peo- ple use and their philosophical and religious views. Speaking of a university professor's dual role as teacher and researcher, Prof. Dewart said: "In present times there seems to be a kind of feeling that investiga- tors are wasteful. But people want a little more efficiency in teaching." Prof. Dewart said he can understand the layman's con- cern for economy in universi- ties but not at the expense of research. "To make universities more productive is not teaching. The real value for society lies in kind that can't be done outside universi- ties. "No culture could survive and progress if it didn't know its history. How else can his- torical research be done ex- cept at universities? "A university is a research institution but a university has to communicate its re- search that's why there is teaching." Prof. Dewart is the author of Christianity and Revolu- tion, The Future of Belief, The Foundation of Belief and Religion, and Language and Truth. pared to put their names on the line to Etop the Amchitka ex- plosion, apparently to no avail. Of course all the facts are not in, so prejudgmenus must be taken for what they are. But at least it. can be said thai, those who tried to stop it were not content to remain anon- ymous. To get back to the original question, "Where Is the church, and what is it quickly it must be said that while the church is in the world of suffer- ing humanity, It is not there u powerfully nor as lovingly u It should be. While it Is entirely com- mendable to respond to of crisis with help that will alleviate the needs of the helpless, the homeless and the hungry, is there not a prior re- sponsibility we have which is to share in the creation of the world in which the good and abundant life is a fact? The church is not in that a v a n t garde situation yet in any great strength. But it's In- teresting to know where the criticisms and the flack are coming from these days. When resources of personnel and financial assistance are put into people's movements to effect social change, then the going gets heavy. Some of these people's move- ments are impatient witti the promises of change which have been made, and which seem to be broken or forgotten so easi- ly. How often have we talked about Christ as being the Radi- cal One, or the Great Revolu- tionary! The words sound great. But when you take them seriously, even the church, which "is the company of those who believe Him to be Lord of life, is fear- ful of the consequences of his revolutionary power. Yet it is the power of love and joy and peace. Surely these do not strike fear in the hearts of anyone. And if these are the great revolutionary facts of life that have been brought into our world in the human expe- riences of Jesus our Lord, then the church's place in the world is to be wherever love and joy tad peace are missing, and to bring them as God's own good news! That's what you're doing where you are isn't it? Good! Up the revolution! THE SALVATION ARMY Corpi Officer CAPT. AND MRS. H. COBB 1302 4th S. School Worship Service A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU! BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH at Iht Corntr of 5th Av.. and 18lh St. N. Sunday a.m. Morning a.m. Evening p.m. EVERYONE WELCOME An Independent Pra Millennial New Teitoment Bandit Church D. OLDFIELD, Pastor PHONE 328-6178 CHURCH OF CHRIST 2720 -21st Ave. S. SUNDAY Study Service WEDNESDAY Study 328-2708 or 327-7991 EVERYONE WELCOME St. Andrew's Priest becomes Plattsburgh mayor Another miracle sought PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) When Rev. Roland St. Pierre was assigned as pastor of St. Peter's parish in 1966 in this city of IB inherited a I debt of and a church 1202 3rd Avenue S. Minlilerti D. GOLDSMITH J. KRESTINSKI School Service Service DIAL-A-THOT 327-4581 CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE SALVATION HEALING MIRACLES Paitor: Rev. T. W. Roycroft Corner 5lh Ave. ond 13th St. S. Service Service Lakeview Mennonite Brethren Church Street So. H. P. NIKKEI, Co-ordinator Ph. 345-3335 School Worship Service Service (Emphasis on Christian Literature) BEREAN CHRISTADELPHIANS 633 7th St. South of Bread School CONQUEST OF EVIL" W. Picfcford A Hearty Welcome Awoltl You EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH llth Ave. and Mayor Mafrath Drive Phone 1174111 Paiton REV. H. J. JOST a.m.-THE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION HOUR a.m.-THE WORSHIP SERVICE "The Workings of the Spirit of God." p.m.-EVENING SERVICE "Tito Nature and Final Consequences of Sin." with peeling paint and in gen- eral disrepair. Five years later when he left St. Peter's to run for m a y o r, the church and its sclwol had been completely renovated and parish books snowed a balance of Father St. Pierre was inau- gurated as mayor of the city this week and his supporters ate hoping he can work a fi- nancial miracle on the mund- pal debt off million. He already has announced In- tention of cutting costs, start- ing with his own job. "I won't use a city-supplied car as has been the custom in the past, and I'll pay my own the church. travelling expenses wherever he said. Father St. Pierre, 45, is the first priest-mayor of this up- state city and the only Roman Catholic priest in the country to have won election to head a city government. He wiped out the parish defi- cit and renovated the church "without a signal appeal for money to our parishioners." "Once the people saw we really were going to get the job done creased said. they voluntarily their Sunday collections went up end parish craftsmen volun- teered their skills to renovate Minister makes apology to police TORONTO (CP) A United Church minister said Wednes- day that he was incorrect in claiming that Metropolitan To- ronto police interrupted his church service by forcing mem- bers of the congregation to move their cars for snow re- moval. Rev. J. G. McDonald of Don Mills United Church said he has sent a letter of apology to police officials. What kosher iheans to Jews Kosher In Jewish religious practice means "fit" or "prop- er" and when applied to die- tary laws means that the food is not derived Irom prolnbitive animals, birds or fish, tlwt the have been slaughtered by rllusl method and that the meat has been salted to remove the blood. DEDICATE GIDEON BIBLES ai a conlinulnf memorial Ph. 327.1331 or 3JI-4J4J PLACED IN HOTELS, SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, PRISONS He had sadd Monday that his sermon was interrupted when police and a city snow removal crew insisted that cars be moved from in front of the church because of snow re- moval operations. On Wednesday, Mr. McDonald said a police officer sat in Ids cruiser across the street but tank no part in the incident. He said a tow truck operator who was with Bie sriow removal crew was the person who in- sisted parishioners move their cars. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 1203 4 AVE. S. SUNDAY a.m.-CJOC "The TRUTH That HEALS" School Service "SACRAMENT" WEDNESDAY Meeting READING ROOM p.m. Open Tues., Thurs., Sal. PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1818 5th Avenue South VINISTER-THE REVEREND I. D. HANKINSON, B.A. ORGANIST-MR. W. VANDERKOOY BE A US PRAISE GOD." It is our duty. Church School: All classes from nursery to adult at a.m. Nursery and kindergarten during church hour also. Church of the Nazarene 9th Ave. ond 16th St. S. -Phone 327-8827 REV. R. G. DEASLEY, Minister Rei. 327-4786 SUNDAY SERVICES School Classes for All Ages Worship A Friendly Welcome Awaits You FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 1614 5th Avenue South Mlnllttr, REV. G. R. EASTER, B.A, B.Th. Organist: MR. ALLYN MILLS Choir Director: MRS. NORA ROSE School for all ages AND COMMITMENT" MEN IN A WOOD" Wednesday p.m. Mid-Week Prayer Service. EVERYONE WELCOME Lethbridge Christian Reformed Church Invites you to listen to the Back to God Hour tonight at over CHEC radio. Dr. Nederhood will speak on Ihe subject: On Jan. 9th the radio minister will speak on the subject: David or Goliath. Is it an interesting a clue to the way things really are? This message will challenge you to great hope and great effort in the work of God. The cause of Jesus Christ will be victorious. The Christian Reformed church is located at 1807 2nd Ave. 'A' North in the city. Services ab 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. You are invited cordially. THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA SAINT AUGUSTINE'S Corner 4th Avenue and llth Street South Reclor: Rev. R. L. Criifiild, B.A., B.D. Anociale Rev. E. R. Doyle, B.A., L.T.H. Organist and Choir Director Mr. Edward Greenwood L.T.C.L Communion Communion (Said) Prayer, Senior Choir (Nursery Provided) (All departments ol Church School) St. Monica's Choir MIDWEEK SERVICES Thursday, January 13th, a.m. Holy Communion ST. MARY THE VIRGIN cond RECTORi The Reverend Canon Robert W. Cowan, B.A., LIh. FIRST AFTER EPIPHANY Eucharist In Parish Hall Eucharist Thursday, p.m. Octave of Eplphiny Saturday, p.m. Prcpantlon for Parish Com- munion. NORBRIDGE COMMUNITY CHURCH The Evanovllcal Cliurch In Canada 1402 8 Avt. N. PASTOIBi.N. W. HEEBNER O. PAHl School Worship Fellowship EVERYONE WELCOME Bethel Baptist Church 716 23rd Street North N. CARLSON, PASTOR Worship Worship LETHBRIDGE PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE REV. W. J. GAMBIE, PASTOR J20 7th Street South Home of tne Sunshine Evangel Hour Listen every Sunday p.m. CJOC1220 K.C. a.m.-Sunday School with Classes for all ages. Worship Subject: "THE HUMAN SIDE OF THE GOSPEL" of Evangelism Wed., and Bible Study Fri., Ambassadors Youth Service RALLY WILL BE HELD IN THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH ON MONDAY, JANUARY 17th AT P.M. MARK GRIPP WILL BE THE SPEAKER. A HEARTY INVITATION IS EXTENDED TO YOU AND A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU Lutheran Churches CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 416 12lh Street South Phone 327-070? PASTOR HAROLD MARTIN School Service IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Corner ilh Avenue end 18th Street S. Minister W. f. Schoepp Phone 327-4336 Office. 328-6987 Dei. School and Bible Gass Worship Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd ELCC llth Avenue and 24th Street South PASTOR ALBERT OLSON a.m.-Sunday School Service Communion First Sunday of Each Month Lltten to the Lutheran Hour-Sunday a.m. CFAC Colaory THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA A UNION OF PRESBYTERIAN, METHODIST AND CONGREGATIONAl CHURCHES Moderator. DR. A. B. B. MOORE, Toronto Preildent of Conference: REV. R. J. THOMSON. Colgory Chairman of Preibyteryi REV. KEN JORDAN, Pincher Creek SOUTHMINSTER 4th Ave. and llth Si. S. MINISTERS. R. W. K. ELLIOTT REV. A. T. KING Musical Director: Mr. W. M. Woolhouse Oraanllt Emerllun Mr. A. K. Pulland SUNDAY, JANUARY 9th, 1972 Sacrament of the Lord's Supper." "The Beckoning Light." Music: Senior Choir: "I Will Magnify Thee." CoUingwood CHURCH SCHOOL IN RECESS NURSERY SERVICES AVAILABLE. McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH Serving Soulheait Lethbridge from I5lh Ave. and 24lh SI. S. Miniiter REV. FLORENCE WILKINSON B.A., B.D., M.lh. Choir Directort Mr. H. Van Eqteren Oraoniit: MRS. C. GREENE SUNDAY, JANUARY 9lh, 1972 Worship "WHICH IS YOUR CHRISTIAN EDUCATION and Intermediate Dept. (8 to 14 yn.) and Primary (to 7 yrs.) SUNDAY, JANUARY 9th, 1972 Two Doors" Rev. Florence Wilkinson No Sunday School Today FIRST UNITED CHURCH Corner of Slh Avenue and 13th Street North Mlniilen REV. R. E. (Ted) ESKDALE Director of Muik-MRS. DOROTHY CLOCK AlCM, RMT SUNDAY, JANUARY 9th, 197? Divine a.m. "SACRAMENT OP THE LORD'S SUPPER" (New Year's Communion) ALL SUNDAY SCHOOL DEPARTMENTS MEET AT A.M. Nursery Facilities Available "A CITY ChURCH, WITH A RURAL WELCOME"