Later Than Expected

Due to unexpected delays because of immigration, traffic, and rest stops, we are expecting to be at Trinity closer to 8pm. Sorry for any inconvenience; it has been unavoidable.

Arrived at Waterpark

We made it through the boarding crossing without incident. We have arrived at the waterpark. Lunch at 12:15. We are here until 3. Then to the hotel and downtown.

Today’s Plan

We will leave Niagara Falls today and head to Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Our first stop will be Wild Water Kingdom, a water park in Brampton, Ontario.  Later in the day we will tour Toronto with our own personal tour guide, have dinner at Forestview Chinese Restaurant (described as an old-fashioned Hong Kong style dim sum house), and then finish the day with a visit to the CN Tower.

It will be a full day, but should be lots of fun!  We need it after a week of hard work!

CN Tower Toronto ©Shireen Nadir 2012

Demonstrate Like Jesus

Demonstrate Like Jesus is today’s theme.  We focused, again, on John 13:1-17:

Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper 3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, 4got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. 5Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. 6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 8Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” 9Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.” 11For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
12After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13You call me Teacher and Lord — and you are right, for that is what I am. 14So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. 16Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. 17If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

We concluded our week with the same Scripture we began it with.  By washing their feet, Jesus wasn’t only showing his disciples what love and service looks like, he was entrusting them with demonstrating those things to the world.  Today, Jesus entrusts his followers with that same task of showing others who Jesus is and how much he loves us.  We are invited to show Jesus to the world.  Will we do that?   What are some ways you will be a demo of Jesus’ love?

Prayer:  We give you thanks, O God, for the opportunity our students and their chaperones have had to serve you by serving the people of Niagara Falls, New York.  Help each of us to love you with our whole heart and to serve others.  Help us to reach out, to step in, to let go, and to demonstrate Jesus’ love for others.  Amen.