Archive for May, 2024

Journey into a Deeper Commitment with God

Posted on: May 26th, 2024 by St. Stephens Downsview

Hello, dear readers. Today, I am excited to share a reflection that is both personal and inspirational, grounded in our celebration of Guyana’s Independence Day and enriched with scriptural wisdom from John’s gospel. Join me as I recount my journey of faith, the continuous calling of God in my life, and how each of us can respond to God’s divine invitations.

Greetings and Celebration

If you did not know that today was Guyana’s Independence Day, take a moment to look around. It is wonderful to see so many friends, particularly those who are celebrating this special day. To commemorate, I want to share some words from John’s gospel. In John chapter 3, verses 3 and 5, Jesus said:

“Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above. No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and spirit.”

These powerful words lay the foundation for a deeper exploration of our personal journey with God.

My Calling to Ministry

My calling and vocation to ministry—and to a more committed Christian service—came about gradually, through a variety of ways. It began with an invitation from a former choir director to join her in visiting and praying for the elderly and shut-in from our parish. Further influence came from Christian friends at college, and a chance invitation to attend a worship service at another Christian friend’s church one Sunday.

I had personal devotion times during my university years, seeking God’s will for my life. Ultimately, there was a moment where I said yes to what I perceived as a very clear call from God for ministry. This calling and the invitation to deeper Christian service continue for me, and I suspect it is the same for each of us because we serve a God who always seeks us out—a God whose love will never let us go.

Preferring the Shadows

I have always preferred to remain in the shadows. By nature, I am happy to go unnoticed, allowing others to take the spotlight. Public demonstrations of faith were never my kind of thing, and maybe that’s the same for you. Thankfully, we serve a God who understands all of this.

Through responding positively to these invitations during my journey, God gave me an opportunity to emerge from the shadows—much like He did with Nicodemus in our reading today. This journey of faith has been an adventure with the living God, truly the journey of a lifetime.

The Journey of Commitment

Growing up in the church, I learned a lot through Sunday school, youth movements, and sermons, yet each moment of invitation felt different. Each called me to a more personal response and commitment to God. I believe God looks for this personal commitment from all His children and continually calls us to return to Him.

Our gospel reading tells us how Nicodemus came to Jesus by night—when it felt safer, away from the scrutinizing gaze of his fellow Pharisees. This journey was transformational for him, as it can be for us. They knew Jesus came from God, but the struggle was in taking that next step of faith.

Being Born from Above

Jesus made it clear to Nicodemus that seeing the kingdom of God requires being born from above—of water and spirit. This new birth is God’s doing—just like the wind, we do not control it, but we can receive and observe it. When the Holy Spirit comes into our lives, we begin to see its effects, just as we hear the wind blowing through leaves.

Answering God’s Call

Responding positively to God’s calls and invitations allows us to walk a path filled with divine grace. Saying yes to God’s call brought me to places I never imagined and into relationships with other believers that have enriched my spiritual journey. God’s plan for us is beyond our understanding, filled with grace and guidance.

Embrace the Divine Invitation

As I conclude, may we all have the grace to emerge from the shadows and say yes to each invitation that God issues to us. As God’s love calls us back even when we stray, let’s embrace this divine life and love. Remember, God sent His Son not to condemn the world, but to save it. This foundational truth calls us into a literal reality where we live, move, and have our being.

Final Thoughts

Friends, let’s celebrate the Trinity—not just as a doctrine to be explained but as a reality to experience. Jesus revealed this mystery to Nicodemus, an invitation that extends to us all. Let us respond to this gracious invitation to share in God’s life and love.

Thank you for journeying with me through these reflections. May God grant us the grace to continue saying yes each day.


Dare to Get Burned: A Journey Through the Fire of Pentecost

Posted on: May 21st, 2024 by St. Stephens Downsview

As I sit here reflecting on my upbringing in the Bahamas, memories of St. Barnabas Anglican Church and our annual Discovery Weekends flood my mind. It was during these weekends that I experienced a profound spiritual transformation, particularly through the youth retreats centered around spiritual formation.

A Prayer for Renewal

One memory that stands out vividly is the prayer we recited regularly throughout the weekend:

“Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. Kindle in us the fire of your love. Send forth your spirit and we shall be created. So you will renew the face of the earth.”

This prayer to the Holy Spirit encapsulates the essence of Pentecost, a celebration that marks the outpouring of God’s Spirit upon His church. It’s a reminder of the continuous renewal and presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Significance of Pentecost

The day of Pentecost, celebrated 50 days after Easter, holds immense significance in the Christian faith. It symbolizes the birth of the church and the empowerment of believers through the Holy Spirit. Reflecting on the events of that first Pentecost, where the disciples were filled with the Spirit and spoke in different languages, we are reminded of the power and transformative impact of God’s Spirit.

A New Creation in Christ

Paul’s words to the Romans echo through time, reminding us that the whole creation groans in anticipation of redemption. As individuals who have received the Spirit, we too long for the fullness of redemption in our bodies. Despite the challenges and struggles we face, there is a deep sense of hopefulness that God is indeed making all things new.

Embracing the Work of the Spirit

Just as the early disciples were filled with the Spirit and boldly proclaimed the gospel, we are called to embody the same spirit of boldness and proclamation. The gifts and abilities we receive from God are meant to build up the body of Christ and point others to Jesus. Our lives should reflect a testament to God’s deeds of power, drawing others to worship at His feet.

Shining the Light of Christ

In a world marred by darkness and despair, we are called to let our light shine brightly. Just as the disciples appeared to be drunk with new wine, our lives should portray a radical transformation brought about by the Spirit of God. Despite misunderstandings and criticisms, we are commissioned to share the message of the gospel with boldness and love.

A Call to Renewal

As we celebrate Pentecost, my prayer is that God will refresh us with His Spirit, igniting a fire of love within our hearts. May we be instruments of His renewal, proclaiming His goodness and power in both word and deed. Let us embrace the transformative work of the Spirit and allow God to use us as vessels of His light in a darkened world.

In conclusion, as we journey through life filled with the Spirit, may we be reminded of the enduring presence of God’s Spirit within us. Let us embrace the fire of Pentecost and allow it to renew, transform, and empower us to be bearers of God’s light and love in a world that yearns for His redemption.


This blog post is a reflection inspired by the profound experiences and teachings shared in the message on Pentecost. May it serve as a reminder of the transformative power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Reflections on Mother’s Day, Ascension Day, and 70 Years of Faithful Service

Posted on: May 12th, 2024 by St. Stephens Downsview

As I stand before you all today, marking significant milestones and occasions, I am filled with a sense of gratitude and reverence. Today is not just a typical Sunday; it is a convergence of meaningful events that resonate deeply within our hearts and spirits.

First and foremost, we celebrate Mother’s Day, a day to honor and cherish the mothers who embody love, sacrifice, and strength. Mothers, with their nurturing presence and unwavering support, are symbols of God’s love in our lives. Whether this is your first time celebrating as a mother or your first Mother’s Day without your own mother, our prayers and thoughts are with you on this hallowed day.

On this special day, we also mark the significance of Ascension Day. This day, tinged with both anticipation and sorrow, reminds us of the departure of Jesus and the beginning of a new chapter for the church. Just as the disciples witnessed Jesus ascending to heaven, we are reminded of the importance of letting go and allowing growth and transformation to take place.

Furthermore, we acknowledge the 70th anniversary of this sacred space, a place that has been a beacon of worship, prayer, and community for seven decades. The walls of this church hold the echoes of countless prayers, celebrations, and gatherings, embodying the rich tapestry of experiences that make up our faith journey.

As I reflect on the past leaders of this congregation, from 1954 to the present day, I am reminded of the essential role each individual has played in shaping the life of this community. From baptisms to marriages, from joyful celebrations to moments of grief, each leader has contributed their unique gifts and talents to the tapestry of our shared faith.

But beyond the clergy, I am grateful for each and every one of you who has said yes to your baptismal covenant, who has offered your time, talent, and treasure to the church. It is through your dedication and commitment that the church of God truly comes to life, in all its diversity and beauty.

As we look towards the future, I am filled with hope and anticipation for the next 70 years of this parish church. May we continue to be beacons of kindness, compassion, and justice in a world that so desperately needs it. May we embrace the spirit of Easter, of renewal, and transformation, as we strive to make a difference in the world.

To all the precious souls gathered here at St. Stephen’s Downs, I bless you on this anniversary and pray that God’s grace continues to guide you in the years to come. Amen.

In closing, I urge us all to remember the words of the angels who spoke to the disciples on Ascension Day: “Why are you looking up? Because this Jesus will return.” Let us not be so focused on the heavens that we forget our duty to bring God’s love and compassion down to earth, where it is needed most.

May we all be embodiments of love, hope, and grace in a world hungry for light.

Blessings to you all on this sacred day.

The Journey of Self-Reflection

Posted on: May 5th, 2024 by St. Stephens Downsview

As I sit here, pen in hand and thoughts racing through my mind, I can’t help but feel a sense of peace wash over me. In this moment, as I reflect on the path that has led me to where I am today, I am reminded of the importance of self-discovery.

Discovering oneself is a journey that is both daunting and exhilarating. It requires courage to delve deep into the depths of your being and confront the truths that lie hidden within. But it is through this process of introspection that we can truly understand who we are and what we stand for.

I have always believed that self-reflection is the key to personal growth. It is through introspection that we can identify our strengths and weaknesses, our desires and fears. By taking the time to look within ourselves, we can uncover our true passions and aspirations, and pave a path towards fulfillment.

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it is easy to lose sight of ourselves amidst the chaos. But it is during these moments of stillness, when we allow ourselves to pause and reflect, that we can find clarity and purpose. It is in these moments that we can rediscover our true selves and realign our goals with our values.

So, as I continue on this journey of self-reflection, I am grateful for the opportunity to explore the depths of my soul and uncover the mysteries that lie within. It is a journey of self-discovery that never truly ends, but one that brings growth, wisdom, and a profound sense of fulfillment.