The Spirit is Alive at Christ The Living Word Alliance Church in Toronto!
Location: 16 Thorncliffe Park Drive, Toronto(Rent space from United Church)
Service time: 4:45 p.m. on Sundays.
Senior Pastor: Rod Valerio
Pastoral ministry representative: Brother Tim Miller
I bring warm greetings to all those on the World Wide Web. How's everything going in your life?
Are life's worries eating away at you inside? Perhaps, you recently had someone close to you die. You feel empty and all alone. You need someone to talk to, but are afraid of opening up. The wounds in your heart are just too painful to look at. You want to go to people you can trust to be comforted.
I know when my stepfather died of lung cancer on September 11, 2006, that I felt a deep emptiness enter my life. I loved dad very deeply. He was used by God to boost my self-confidence after being exposed to a father with manic depressant schizophrenia. Today, it is referred to as being schizo affective.
It was like living with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. One moment my dad would be kind and gentle, taking me on piggy back rides. I would laugh as he carried me. Dad would say how much he loved me. That love even when it came in fleeting moments made me feel good all over. Without warning my father would become Mr. Hyde. In the aftermath of one of his manic episodes when my dad beat my mom up and I saw her hanging with a belt from the top of our bathroom door, I felt useless. I screamed, "Mommy! Mommy! Please don't die! Please don't die!"
As a five year-old boy I felt helpless. With each passing moment, I saw my mother slipping further away from life. Then, my dad in one of his sane moments cut mom free from the belt with a sharp knife. Mom gasped for breath. I thanked God she was alive.
I dare to be open in sharing this story because a belief in something larger than myself and my human mind says that a church can be there for people going through sad and rough times. When I sang and spoke at this church, I felt that this was a place where I could safely pour out my heart to God. I felt accepted. I felt loved.
There is a wonderful spirit of worship at this church, which is led by Pastor Rod Valerio! As songs were being sung I felt like I wanted to dance with joy to them! The love of God I felt in the congregation and in their senior minister, Pastor Rod, made me feel so alive and happy inside. I had so much fun speaking about God and singing for Him and His people that I forgot about the worries and cares of my life, which were pressing down upon my spirit. I felt like I was among friends who had known me a lifetime, because the spirit of the congregation, and the pastoral and worship team are close to the heart of God.
This church welcomes anyone who needs a safe spiritual place to call home. I didn't feel judged here because the Lord hasn't chosen to make me and Karen rich. I wasn't made to feel like a failure to God because my wallet was empty. I can tell you that as I worshipped there I felt a richness in my spirit that no amount of money could ever buy.
The church specializes in addressing the needs of many different cultures. My wife and I had the pleasure of enjoying a delicious meal after the service. Since 80% of the congregation uses English as their second language, the entire service is designed with simple words those learning English can understand.
Come set your spirit free and feel loved and accepted for who you are. Be a part of something special where joyous singing and anointed preaching will bring you closer to God. Even if you don't believe in the Lord, just come for the great fellowship, music and food! I know after one of those yummy meals my belt was a little tighter, but my heart was even more satisfied. I had come home again. God let me rest my wounded and hurting spirit for a while. He let me be around very loving and accepting people who demanded nothing from me. They just wanted me to feel like part of their family. It doesn't get any better than that!
Dear internet viewer, if you are in the Toronto area, come to this church and give yourself a much-needed brief vacation from your troubles. You'll be glad you did. I know I was.
Peace be with you all.