The early church called people to come to Christ that they may have their sins forgiven. Two thousand years later has the message changed? Well, a local church is calling people to come and receive bling. What? Really?
A church giving away gold jewelry? Really? “The jewelry was a donation,” said Mike Walker, associate pastor at Christian Victory Church. “And we thought it would be nice to share this blessing with the community. The jewelry has great value, but it has more value if we can bless someone with it.”
So the church, located near Fleming College, is holding a Valentine’s jewelry giveaway Sunday at the church. It’s called Romance and the Rings.
“It’s open to everyone,” said Walker, who handles operations and business for the church.
Mark Murack is lead pastor. The Brealey Dr. church was founded in Peterborough in the 1990s, moving to its current site after several years on Simons Ave.
Doors open at 9:30 a.m., with the event, which includes fellowship and more, beginning at 10 a.m. Ballots have to be in the bin by 10:15; a draw will happen at 11:30 a.m., with three ballots drawn for the jewelry, which has a total value of $5,500.
“Valentine’s is always about giving love — and we love to give,” Walker said.
How low we have fallen since the days when Sunday was called “The Lord’s day”. A day when the body of Christ gathered to listen to preaching from the Word of God. A day when believers came to gether to worship God and encourage each other in the Lord.
Wasn’t there a time when the church focused on Christ on Sundays? A time when they esteemed God so highly that they constantly reminded themselves of their need for him with songs like Toplady’s Rock of Ages hymn:
Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to the cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die.
Well, I must be mistaken as that was long ago. A very very long long time ago. 😦