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Fusion Canada [March 7, 2016]
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Fusion Canada

~Fusion Canada Newsletter~
March, 2016 

 "Here am I. Send me!"

The Story of
~~Here I Am, Lord~~


When I was a young Jesuit, studying theology in Berkeley, California, a friend came to me one day asked me for a favor. "Dan, I know this is late notice, but I’m planning the diaconate ordination ceremony and need a piece of music set to the text of Isaiah chapter 6." He saw the look of shock on my face knowing I was well aware that the ceremony was only three days away. I told him that I was sick with an awful case of the flu and didn’t know if I could compose anything suitable in that short time. He encouraged me and I told him that at the very least I would try to complete something in time for the ordination .

I had always loved the particular Scripture passage (Isaiah 6) where God calls Isaiah to be his servant and messenger to the people and Isaiah responds with both hesitation and doubt, but also with a humble willingness to surrender to God. If it was going to work, it would have to be God's power and grace making it happen. Much like Isaiah I was not very sure that I could meet the request my friend had made, but I was willing to try.

I remember sitting at my desk with a blank music score in front of me and asking God to be my strength. As I sat there praying for help, I remembered also the call of Samuel, where God came calling in the middle of the night and asked Samuel to do something beyond what he thought he was capable of. I worked for two days on the piece and I remember being exhausted. I was making last minute changes to the score as I walked it over to my friend who lived several blocks away. I remember being very unsure of myself, but hoping that it would be what he had wanted for the ordination.

And it was ok. It was more than ok. From the very beginning, people loved the piece and clearly identified with the dialogue between God and us that is the core of the song.

In the years following, so many have spoken to me or written how they had their own experience of God "calling in the night" and being given the courage to respond. For me, the story of “Here I Am, Lord” tells of the God who over shadows us, giving power to our stumbling words and the simple works of our hands, and making them into something that can be a grace for people. The power God gives is far beyond what we could have planned or created.


Here I Am, Lord, also known as "I, the Lord of Sea and Sky,"
is a well known Christian hymn written by
Dan Schutte in 1981.

Its words are based on Isaiah 6:8
8Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
and
1 Samuel 3:4
Then the LORD called Samuel. Samuel answered, "Here I am."

 
Foundations Festival
Old Strathcona Family Day Community Festival
Monday, February 15, noon to 4 PM
Knox Evangelical Free Church

 
Prayer team potlucks
& Kingdom Cell Bible Studies

~Twice a month we share a meal, taking turns going around to our different homes. We delight in the fellowship, bible study and prayer time that serves to encourage, strengthen and enlighten our
~small group of friends that want to change the world~

The Story Continues...
Britannia-Youngstown
skating rink!
Back in 2008 the Fusion team was one of a number of community groups that worked together to bring the skating rink in Britannia - Youngstown back to life after 15 years of silence.  "The Rink" quickly became a gathering place for kids, youth and families in this part of Edmonton.  And we are pleased to report that "The Rink" continues each year as strong as ever (top picture above). It has just been closed after another successful winter of fun, games and community building. (picture above of melting ice)

Then one day a few months ago the Fusion team was having a meeting in a restaurant when we recognized two men having dinner together.  
One was NEIL PEPPLER, our faithful youth worker.  The other was a 'young man' who was part of many of our programs and spent hours helping us shovel snow and flood the rink.  He has since graduated from high school and works full time.  It was so good to see the two of them!  God is always full of beautiful surprises! (picture below)
  Join the Fusion team for another fun filled day
Join us  for our
Annual Fusion Conference
Saturday, April 16, 2016
9am -7pm

at
Fusion Canada's National Office
& Conference/Retreat Center
Morinville, AB

(which will include our)
Annual General Meeting
of
Fusion Youth and Community
Society of Canada

from
2pm-4pm


Please R.S.V.P to 1.780.699.1087

 
SAVE~THE~DATE
  • Open Crowd Community Festivals This Summer:
    • June 24 and 25:  NE Edmonton
    • July 1 and 2:  Alberta Ave, Edmonton
    • July 16 and 17:  Bon Accord
    • August 24 to 26:  Ave of Nations, Edmonton
    • August 28:  St. Albert  ("Church has Left the Building")
 
 

YOUTH FOUNDATIONS
summer day camp experience!


~grades 7-12 don't want to miss out on a great adventure to learn more about life and the mission God has for them~

All youth welcome!

AUGUST 21-27, 2016

(in partnership with St Albert Alliance Church)

for more info visit


  www.fusioncanada.ca
 

 
A Week long

~~FOUNDATIONS EXPERIENCE~~

will be an amazing way to

end your summer and jump back into the rhythms of Autumn...


We invite you to join us

AUGUST 21-27, 2016

Details will soon be available at

www.fusioncanada.ca



 

"FOUNDATIONS"
FOR A PERSONAL AND GLOBAL AWAKENING!
MARCH RECOMMENDED BOOK:

~LIFE TOGETHER~
by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

In Life Together we read about Pastor Bonhoeffer's experience of Christian community. This story of a unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years reads like one of Paul's letters. It gives practical advice on how to sustain life together in Christ in families and groups.

Are you interested in gaining a stronger understanding about Fusion's approach to community outreach and development?  Here is a list of some of the books that have become important to us over the years:
www.fusioncanada.ca/resources/

PRAYER
  • Please pray for the growing work and team as we launch yearly Foundations rhythms.
  • Prayer of thanks for Knox Foundations course and Festival that had significant testimonies to the Glory of God.
  • Prayer of thanks for launch of Foundations Course at St Albert Alliance Church, and upcoming Festival. After only three weeks we are hearing what an impact the course is having in peoples lives.
  • Prayer of thanks for Week long Foundations Course with the addition of Youth Foundations launching August 2016.
  • We are blessed and continue to thank God for His abundant mercy grace and provision that is abounding.
  • Father bless us as we go
    Jesus walk beside us
    Holy Spirit guide us

We would value your prayers on this exciting journey...
~6 Radical Decisions~
"How small groups of Christ followers
can change the world through Kingdom Cells
"

written by Matt Garvin
If you haven't yet investigated this little book, now may be the time. It's simple, straight forward and easy to use in small groups in your church OR maybe you and a friend who want to go deeper in your faith journey!
 
This book can be yours for $15.00 per copy!  
For more info on Matt's book go to  http://kingdomcells.org.

To purchase the book go to
  www.fusioncanada.ca/resources/
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Fusion Canada
Box 3251
Morinville, AB
T8R 1S2

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