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Rare Bear: A Call to Worship

By Rev. C.J. Barry Kentner

Based on Psalm  95

This call is from God.  It is a call to worship and obey.

It starts with a song similar to a church service…“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!  Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our Salvation.  Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving.”

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And we do come with thanksgiving but for how long. With the pressures of today it sometimes seems that by the time the day ends and sometimes even before that,  We are out of thanksgiving and praise.

Our God knows that….and he gives a caution:  “Let us Shout joyfully with psalms.” 

In fact in Ephesians chapter 5:18-20 we read “Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your hearts to  the Lord, and giving thanks always for all things to God the Father.”

After all, He is the Great God, and the Great King above all Gods.

And we may know it, but don’t always show it.


                                         Oh come, let us worship and bow down.

                                          Let us kneel before the Lord our maker

                                                                He is our God                                                               

                                           And we are the people of His pasture

                                                      And the sheep of His Hand


A brief history lesson.

As you drive into the community of Parry Sound, Ontario, you are impressed by a huge trestle.  It towers one-hundred-and-five feet above you and spans the valley of the Seguin River.

According to Wikipedia, the trestle is one-thousand-695-feet in length and is the longest trestle East of the Rocky Mountains. This was not always so.

Until l978, when it was dismantled, the trestle of Port McNichol was among the longest wooden structures on the continent;  two-thousand-141-feet long.  However, this trestle was only fifty feet high.  It carried carloads of grain from the elevators of this Port, across the expanse of Hog’s Bay and on to the major centers of Canada — and beyond. 

The Parry Sound trestle was completed in l907, and the Hog’s Bay trestle was built in l908.  It has the distinction of being patrolled by armed guards during both World Wars.


Barry was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1935 and schooled to Grade 10, but continued educational pursuits until age 65 when he graduated from Open Word Bible College. He started working for Spitzer and Mills advertising in 1952, then moved to the Broadcast arena where for 62 years he was News Director and Talk Show Host at several Canadian Radio Stations. He was one of 5 consultants who managed to lobby for Christian Radio in Canada, and in the last five years before retirement, he was News Director of Canadian Altar.Net News, a network of 25 Christian Radio Stations across Canada from Charlottetown PEI to Campbell River BC.
Barry Kentner is a semi-retired pastor.

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