Pastor Jim offers a prayer and reflection from John 5:30-47.
Pastor Jim offers a prayer and reflection from John 5:30-47.
In this season of both Lent and COVID-19, we don’t want to lose sight of the true and much needed source of hope. Jesus is victorious over the worst this world can throw at us. When I (Pastor Jim) made Breaking New Ground the theme for 2020, I had no idea that we would be thrust into the fluid and frightening realities of a pandemic. I am therefore revising my preaching plans to focus on this sudden new event. Note that while we are no longer physically gathering together, we have not cancelled church – we are the church and we will continue to find expression in new ways. Please join us online.
May 31: Laughter (Psalm 126) Jesus is and calls us to be the light of the world. There are many ways for that to happen. Sometimes we can brighten and lighten the mood with a sense of humour. Don’t you enjoy a good laugh? We hope to bring a little levity into a heavy time.May 24: May Day (John 3:16-21 & 2 Peter 3) May day, may day is distress signal. Every day people and nations send out prayers and pleas for help. Jesus came and comes in response to these petitions. On this day in May, we are going listen and respond to the distress signals around us.
May 17: Groaning for a Better Day (Romans 8:18-39) The world is a magnificent and beautiful place. Well, almost. It has its flaws and troubles. It is the same with our lives. We are promised a better day – and it just can’t seem to come fast enough. In the wait, we groan, yes, but so much more. Can we live tomorrow, today?
May 10: Don’t Mess with My Mom (Isaiah 49:15) Happy Mother’s Day. I trust we are all grateful for our mothers. We are going to look at something rarely considered. We will look at the mothering qualities and images used in the Bible to describe God’s committed love. These images will be instructive and empowering.
May 3: Strange Land (Psalm 137 & Jeremiah 29:4-14) The consequences of persistent rebellion against God and chronic unfaithfulness was exile. The people found themselves forcibly displaced to a strange place – a foreign country. Psalm 137 captures their utter sense of being lost. The prophet Jeremiah receives and delivers his response to their prayer. It is instructive for us as we navigate our current crisis and the strange place we find ourselves.
April 26: Wilderness (select passages from Numbers, Deuteronomy 29:5-6) Bad enough with the pandemic, but the senseless mass murder spree in Nova Scotia this week has left us, in the words of someone close to the scene, “shattered”. Last weeks message on lament was happening in the midst of it and gives us a model for prayer in our own horror at this carnage and crisis. It is an uncomfortable wilderness into which we have been thrown. I hope today’s message will help us. We look at the 40-year Israelite wandering in a wilderness of their own. Learn how God made himself evident and present to them.
April 19: Spring (Lamentations 3: 10-26 & Isaiah 55:10-13) We are in the middle of spring and we are seeing the end of winter grey and the arrival of the green and colour of spring. These signs of new life should encourage us. They remind us of the promises of God realized and his renewing actions of grace.
April 12: Hope (Titus 2:11-14) In troubling times a light at the end of the tunnel helps. It points to the end of the trial and a brighter future. For some this can feel like wishful thinking but for the followers of Christ it is a sure thing. We have a hope rooted in the resurrection of Christ, his Kingdom come and his promised return. This has huge implications on how we live today.
April 10 – Good Friday: A Thorny Situation (John 19:1-16) We see just how far Jesus went, to enter and absorb the pain and brokenness of our world. Isaiah 53: 5 says, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” This is good news in a time of spreading pain.
April 5 – Palm Sunday: Faith over Fear (Luke 19:28-44) The day Christ rose into Jerusalem was a time of celebration, praise and prayer. It was also a time imminent danger and fear. In our time of disease and dis-ease. When uncertainty and crisis are the new normal, it is natural to be afraid. As people of faith, can we rise above the fear and put our faith in practice?
March 29: Lessons of the Desert Fathers and Mothers (Mark 10:17-31) In a time when people are called to and even forced into isolation, how do we grow and express our faith? We look back to some early Christians who chose lives of seclusion for prayer and faith development. These early pioneers of the secluded life of simplicity and faith were the start of the monastic movement. These were uniquely revered and influential individuals and communities that positively lit and flavoured their times. We will consider their practices.
March 22: Not the First Epidemic – Lessons of the Church in History (Matthew 25:34-40 & Luke 4:16-19) The Church over the centuries has faced epidemics many times before. There are lessons our brothers and sisters from the past can share that will help and inspire us now. We listen to the great cloud of witnesses as we respond to the call of Jesus to serve and not to flee. Finding the path between the avoidance of virus transmission and the practice of community care.
When your eyes are accustomed to the darkness, it can be quite painful when you are faced with the sudden brightness of light. Lent is a time of growing and gradual exposure to the light of Jesus as we move to the full illumination of Easter. In this Lenten season – a time of prayerful preparation – we ready ourselves for the glorious light of Christ – his life, death, burial and RESURRECTION.
Please join us over the coming weeks and brighten your days and ways. Jesus claimed to be the Light of the World. He is the Light of life, love and hope. Don’t be left in the dark.
All Sunday service times begins at 10:30 am (unless otherwise indicated).
March 1 – First Sunday in Lent – CBOQ Sunday: Lessons in Prayer – The early church grew in the midst of a hostile context. It was dangerous to live for Jesus. What shape do your prayers take when things get tough? This is CBOQ Sunday and we will celebrate the shared ministry of our larger family.
Devotional thought: How confident are you that prayer moves us and God?
March 8: Forward with Christ – In our centennial year, we have affirmed that this Church was founded on Christ.For one hundred years, Christ has been our foundation and the head of this congregation. As we proceed, our commitment is to go forward with Christ. Thank you Gary for bringing today’s message. We are grateful to Gary and Carla Nelson for their years of friendship, leadership and support in our church.
Devotional thought: What are the ways that you intentionally spend time with Christ?
March 15: Promise and Preparation (Joshua 1) The Lord readied the people to enter the Promised Land with significant words and actions. There were promises and preparations. As we seek to break new ground in our communities we will want to pay attention. How do we ready ourselves for such a venture?
Devotional thought: What resonates with you in Joshua 1:6-9?
How important is Christ to Christmas? Who is this Christ? During Advent and this Christmas season, we will explore the names of Jesus and their significance. Please join us in this journey of discovery. To not have Christ in your Christmas is missing the point, but to not have him in your life is missing so much more. In this season of Advent, he comes to us. We come to know him together.
December 1: Hope – You will give him the name, Jesus? (Luke 1:26-38, Matthew 1:18-25) There is perhaps no name that is better known than, Jesus. It was the name given to the Christ child. We will come to a fuller knowledge of the bearer of that name. We will consider the significance of the name and the significance of the one named Jesus, to us. You will want to call upon his name.
December 8: Peace – Passing the Peace (Luke 12:51-53, John 14:27, Matthew 5:9) As part of our 100th anniversary series, we celebrate the peace through all generations.
December 15: Joy – Cantata – Born a Saviour, Born a King– The Prophecy Fulfilled. As the prophets had long ago promised, the time had finally come for the advent of Jesus, the Son of God. Could this child, born in such humility, truly be the promised Saviour and King? Where was the fanfare, the armies, the generals, the golden carriage? Join us in this good news discovery through a celebration in word and song. A presentation of our choir.
December 22: Love – Son of God (Luke 1: 26-38, John 3:16) If Jesus is divine, it changes everything. We know he is human, but can he be both human and divine? The truth is glorious. For God so loved the world, he sent his son. This is a truth rich in good news.
December 24, 6:30 pm: Christmas Eve Family Candlelight Service – He is The Christ (Luke 2:8-20) It is the night before Christmas. Christ?mas. This holiday is celebrated all over the globe. What is the place of Christ in your Christmas? We come to know and worship the Christ. This is a community engaging and family friendly service followed by light refreshments.
December 29: Immanuel (Matthew 1:18-25, Isaiah 7:41, Matthew 28:18-19) There is more to the truth that God is with us than many realize. This new proximity of God came with Jesus. How does Jesus bring us the presence of God? This is a good message for us as we conclude one year and begin another.
January 5: Epiphany – King – Son of David (Matthew 2:1-12, Luke 1:30-38) The Magi came seeking the one born king of the Jews. How was it that this child born to poor peasants in an animal shelter and from an insignificant village be given such a lofty title? That the ancient promise was fulfilled in such a way was an epiphany – a great revelation of God.
This series of messages fits into our 2019 theme: “Taste and see – being salt and light”. The material is adapted from a resource produced by Compassion Canada. How we view God, others and the world around us can shape who we are and how we live. Lord, give us eyes to see.
September 8: God’s Eyes (Genesis 1-3 & Colossians 1:15-20)Can we begin to see the needs around us with God’s eyes? We will consider the world’s brokenness as well as the healing produced by Christ. God’s eyes see clearly the present and the future. His eyes will enable us to better see our ministry opportunities.
September 15: Seeing Ourselves (Luke 9:23-25; Romans 12:1-2) This is a day for some soul searching and self-examination. There are many forces, chosen or not, that shape who we are becoming. Our Lord seeks to renew and transform our lives. Are you working with or in opposition to what God wants to do in your life?
September 22: Seeing God (Luke 4:16-21, 7:22 & Matthew 28:19-20) Jesus has made God visible to us. We need the eyes of faith, prompted by the Spirit to see God at work in our communities. Jesus, the Light of the World, not only helps us to see but to also shine his redemptive work.
September 29: Seeing Others (James 2:4-6; Isaiah 1:17; Acts 2:42-47) Do you see others clearly and truthfully. sometimes our view of others can be distorted by prejudice and false assumptions. How we respond to such a distorted view is not always appropriate. What does it mean to have the look of love?
October 6: Compassion Canada – We are pleased to welcome Compassion Ambassador, Brad Guldemond, a gifted speaker and musician. You can learn more about Brad here on his website: http://bradgmusic.com/compassion/ He will both speak and lead us in worship. Compassion provides a comprehensive mission and ministry among needy families of the world.
October 13: Thanksgiving (Psalm 100) This service will focus on expressions of gratitude to God and to one another. We give thanks for the faithfulness of God and his people. Join us in appreciation of God’s gifts.
October 20: Cornerstone Service – Founded on Christ – Rededication with Dr. Gary Nelson, member of our church and President of Tyndale University, College and Seminary. It was in October of 1922 that the cornerstone was laid for our church building. We honour the generosity and commitment of the founders of MBC that so quickly after formation they had raised the funds, purchased land and were putting up a building.
October 27: Seeing the World (Genesis 1:28 & Matthew 28:19- 20) God calls us to be stewards in the midst of his creation. Much of the world’s poverty and environmental trouble is rooted in humanities failure to live into this call. How can we do our part to bring justice and healing to our world?
November 3: That 70’s Sunday – with Rev. Steve Jones, Pastor of MBC 1977-1983. We look forward to having Steve return and share the message of Christ with us as well as some of his memories. Following the service, we will enjoy a pizza party lunch.
November 10: Remember (Joshua 4:19-24) We will give attention to the MBC 1945 Dedication of Soldiers’ Plaque. We will also take time to honour those who served and who serve in peace and protection services. Lest we forget. (No audio recording available.)
November 17: Seeing Ourselves as Bearers of God’s Love (Isaiah 58 & Revelation 21:3-5) In this exciting service we will consider the potential and the possibilities of a people called of God, filled with the Spirit and following Jesus. This is a movement you want to be a part of.
November 24: A Place Near Me (Exodus 33:12-23) – When you come to a banquet, you look for the setting assigned to you. You want to know there is a place for you. Have you ever felt out of place? It is not a good feeling. We learn that there is a place for you. It is a good location where you are truly home. Together, let us find our place, a glorious location near to God. Sermon by Linying Liu.
“This is Paul’s happiest letter. And the happiness is infectious. Before we’ve read a dozen lines, we begin to feel the joy ourselves – the dance of words and the exclamations of delight have a way of getting inside us.”
– Eugene Peterson’s Intro to Paul’s Letter to the Philippians in The Message
As we continue in our “Taste and See” theme for 2019, we consider together what it means to be salt and light. This letter has practical insight and application. Please join us as we flip through the Letter to the Philippians.
April 28: Partnership (Philippians 1:1-6) In these remarkable opening verses we are filled with optimism. With gratitude, are remembered the partnerships enjoyed in the gospel. Bathed in prayer, encouragement and promise compel us forward. (first part of recording is missing)
May 5: All the Best to You (Philippians 1:7-11) We learn what is valued most by looking at the content of a person’s prayer. The rich array of gifts sought for the Philippians is a highly desired treasure that we would do well to pursue. Let us also seek these gifts in prayer and discipline. (no recording available)
May 12 (Mother’s Day): Irrepressible Joy (Philippians 1:12-30) Some think they can stop the spread of Jesus and his good news by means of chains or other restrictive measures. Paul reminds us that the gospel, in all kinds of ways, is being declared and demonstrated. There is joy and courage for us in this truth. Welcome and a blessing to the ones who mother us.
May 19: Prayers Through the Senses (prayer service) We’ll take time in the service to pray together (from young kids to older adults) using our senses. Come pray with us. (no recording available)
May 26: If & Then (Philippians 2:1-11) In this remarkable Christ infused passage we are called to self-examination and response. If we are enjoying certain new realities in Christ then there will be a corresponding new attitude and action. Most revealing in this passage is the gospel portrayed in the humility and exaltation of Christ. Together we are carried into the worship of Christ. (first part of recording is missing)
June 2: Starry Starry Night (Philippians 2:12-18) We are called to shine. If we are salt and light then we need to be salty and bright. Against a dark reality in our world we shine like stars bearing witness to the Light of the World. Is there anything you or we need to work out?
June 9 (Pentecost): Siblings (Philippians 2:19-30) In the family of the church there are particular individuals that God graces us with. These siblings in Christ are those who motivate and encourage. We are so very grateful for these who bring the presence of Christ. Not only did Paul exchange letters with the church he exchanged gifted friends. (no recording available)
June 16 (Father’s Day): Valued Above All (Philippians 3:1-11) Sometimes what we think is most important goes through a change. A health crisis, a new experience, or an epiphany can all be motivators for rethinking priorities. Do we understand these words? “I consider everything loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” What do you value most? (no recording available)
June 23: Step Up in Him (Mark 1:15) Our faith is founded on Jesus’ claim: The Kingdom of God is near. We’ll spend some time looking at a brief overview of the story of humanity with God and Jesus’ redemptive act on our behalf. (no recording available)
June 30 (Canada Day weekend): Straining Towards What is Ahead (Philippians 3:12-4:1) Living for the moment is a popular idea. We can live for so much more. We can live for the promised future. “Forgetting what is behind, and straining for what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”Let’s explore together what it means to live heavenward. (no recording available)
July 7: Know Your Place (Mark 7:24-30) This passage makes Jesus look harsh, mean and maybe even condescending. As we delve into this passage, perhaps there’s a part of Jesus we’re not noticing. Let’s explore together. (no recording available)
July 14: My Ebenezer…and I don’t mean Scrooge! (Genesis 35:9-15, Joshua 3:9-4:9, Joshua 24:14-28, I Sam. 7:7-13, 2 Kings 23:1-3) Humans love to mark events and milestones and accomplishments with cards and certificates and trophies. This is not surprising since God also apparently thought it important to mark special events. Often it was with feasts, but just as often it was with stones! Today we will look briefly at five stories where God’s people were told to mark events with piles of rocks (Ebenezer) or pillars. These were reminders of what God had done for them. Each time they were also told to prepare themselves – to pray, to repent, or to recommit themselves. We are approaching a major milestone in the life of our church – our own Ebenezer, and Christ is our rock, our cornerstone. What will this mean to us corporately and individually? May God bless us as we study His Word together. (no recording available)
July 21: Focused (Philippians 4:2-9) Life is stressful. Our minds are pre-occupied with all kinds of things. Sleep is difficult. It is enough to make us despair. There is very real hope and help. We find practical direction from today’s Philippian passage. (no recording available)
July 28: Lament (book of Lamentations) Did you know 40% of the Psalms are laments. (Do you know what “lament” means?) We don’t usually talk about it but we’ll spend some time tomorrow wrestling with it. (no recording available)
August 4: Renew Your Life (Zephaniah 1:12) sermon by Lin Ying Liu (no recording available)
August 11: Contentment (Philippians 4:10-23) Would you believe that there is a secret to contentment? What would such a secret be worth? How desirable to find what eludes so many people. This secret to contentment is revealed. Let’s have a look at it. (no recording available)
August 18: Look and See (Mark 6:34, Luke 7:44, John 4:35) How well do you see? Jesus models seeing with compassion and action. People all around us long to be seen with the eyes of Jesus. We seek new eyes to see and a heart that breaks for the needs of others. Can we see others and the world around us with the eyes and heart of Jesus?
August 25: Sent Ones (John 20:19-23) We just completed an awesome week of super-hero adventure. Ascenders assemble! We heard the words of Jesus, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” We celebrate and worship the one who sends us out as heroes of grace, truth and love.
September 1: (Psalm 1:1-3) As we draw to the unofficial end of summer, what have you heard from God lately? We will share some of God’s words through prayer and through his Scripture. Focus is on meditation. (no recording available)
Mimico Baptist Church, along with several other local churches, host this annual world day of prayer. This year’s focus is on Slovenia.
Dr. Carla Nelson delivered the devotional for the evening.
SEASON OF LENT: Jesus often spoke of Jonah as a sign and an illustration of truths. Clearly, there are important lessons for us in this story. During the weeks leading up to Easter weekend we will find preparation for our hearts and minds as we journey together with Jonah. This ‘big fish’ story is really a ‘big God’ story. You discover truths that are not too hard to swallow. Taste and see that the Lord is good. It promises to be an eventful ride.
March 10: God Calling (Jonah 1:1-3) Jonah receives a call from the Lord sending him on a mission. When one receives the call of God, one is wise to listen. We should consider our own heart as we look at the response of Jonah. He sets out immediately on a mission – his own. What is God calling you to be and do?
Devotional thought: What does obedience to God look like for you?
March 17: God Calling – LOUDER (Jonah 1:4-17) Sometimes saying no to God does not work out so well. Jonah discovers this in the extreme. Sadly, his disobedience endangered others until he confessed and took remedial action. Consider the response to God of the other’s around Jonah. There are many lessons from this text.
(No audio available)
Devotional thought: When has someone outside the faith shown more faith than you?
March 24: Jonah Calling (Jonah 2) Ironic is it not? Even when we so reluctantly listen to God, he is at the ready to listen to us. That is grace. Jonah finds himself in a tight spot and repents before God. Jonah is moved to prayer and obedience by his experience of God’s love. Let us likewise be moved as we approach the cross and resurrection of Christ.
Devotional thought: Jesus spoke of this event as a sign. What is it a sign of? (Luke 11:29; Matthew 12:38-41; 16:4)
March 31: Mission Success (Jonah 3) Jonah was given, mission impossible. He was to speak a message of judgement against a city with a reputation for gratuitous violence and corruption. It could have gone very badly for him. In a display of the gospel’s power, the people repent. What might such obedience look like today?
Devotional thought: Have you been surprised by the repentance of someone who had seemed so far from God?
April 7: You’re Too Kind (Jonah 4:1-3) Jonah declares the grace and compassion of God to the Ninivites, and saves a city. Strangely, he is not very happy about it. As we move close to the heart of God revealed in the death and resurrection of Christ, we must come to grips with the realities of our own heart.
Devotional thought: Is there a quality in God’s character that troubles you? Does that reveal something about you?
April 14 (Palm Sunday) Branches (Jonah 4:4-11) We remember the coming of Jesus into Jerusalem and the people waving palm branches in praise. While some were praising Jesus, others were complaining. The story of Jonah brings us to another story of branches and the revealed heart of God and his people.
Devotional thought: Can you identify with Jonah at all in this story?
Friday April 19, 10:30 am: Good Friday – We will be hosting this joint service with our area churches (Mimico Presbyterian, Mimico United and Cornerstone Christian Fellowship). The service will be prepared by Mimico United Church. This community event will bring us to the cross of Christ where we will reflect on the significance of his death.
April 21: Easter Sunday – HE IS RISEN! (He is risen indeed!) We remember and celebrate the most transformative event of history. The Passion story of Christ is a love story. It is the story of God sending his One and Only Son – the Holy Lamb of God – to redeem all of humanity in a sacrificial act of love so that we might be eternally united with the Creator of the universe. We testify to the transformative love and power of the Risen Lord, still changing lives. Hallelujah! Together we celebrate in word and song.
The Psalmist wrote, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8) He may have been looking forward to Jesus proclaiming to his followers that, “You are the salt of the earth” and “You are the light of the world.” In 2019 these verses will shape our theme. We will explore and practice what it means to be salt and light; to season and to shine. We will influence and impact our communities as we give taste and visible evidence to the reign of Christ in our lives and his present and coming Kingdom. We want to be very intention in our empowered witness to Christ in our communities with the anticipation that lives will be drawn into relationship with Jesus and his mission.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Matthew 5:13-16 Salt and Light
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Taste: We don’t just want to eat, we want to taste our food and we want to enjoy it in good company. We will consider the use of meals in sharing Christ. We will consider what it means to season a community and what it means to impede the presence of decay.
See: Light is a rich and powerful metaphor for many truths and experiences. Light is necessary to see and to see accurately. There is seeing and there is understanding what is seen. Good lighting can beautify and enhance. How can we brighten our communities and make visible the reality of Christ?
January 27: A Song and a Sword (Psalm 149) There is a Psalm that brings together the vital relationship between worship and ministry. Worship is the essential ingredient that motivates a life of dedicated service. We need a song and we need a sword and we need to keep them together. Let us worship the one who sends us out in mission and ministry. (no audio available)
Devotional thought: What would be your song and your sword?
February 3: Taste and See 1 (Luke 24:13-35) In a remarkable story some individuals have a sudden realization that the meal they are sharing is in the presence of the world’s Lord and Saviour. He opened the Scriptures to them; he walked beside them and chatted with them. However, it was in the breaking of bread, that their eyes were opened. As we come around the table of the Lord today may we afresh, taste and see that Christ Jesus is among us. (no audio available)
Devotional thought: What surprised you the most about this story?
February 10: Taste and See (Psalm 34) – In this Psalm we have a man sharing his experience of the rescuing and present power of the Lord. Through a trying and dangerous crisis, the author tasted the saving work of God and this enabled him to see his Saviour more clearly. The Lord heard and answered his prayers. (no audio available)
Devotional thought: What verse of this Psalm speaks particularly to you?
February 17: Isn’t that what’s his name? (Acts 3) – The church is brand-new and already making its presence known. There is nothing like a changed life to get a community’s attention. Questions are asked and a witnessing opportunity given. What might this look like where we are?
February 24: Priceless (Acts 8:9-25) – The religious soup that exists around us can be baffling. People believe all kinds of things and enter into all kinds of practices. What of our beliefs? There is nothing that satisfies like the real thing and it comes at a very high price. Thank fully God himself picked up the tab. How best to live and share a priceless message?
March 3: Lessons in Prayer (Acts 4:23-37) The early church grew in the midst of a hostile context. It was a dangerous time to live for Jesus. Their response of prayer to the persecution they received is inspiring. What shape do your prayers take when things get tough? This is CBOQ Sunday and we will celebrate the shared ministry of our larger family.
Sunday, January 20, 2019 – Looking Backward to Go Forward (Acts 2:42-47)
For 99 years, Mimico Baptist Church has experienced the presence, blessing and provision of God. Her people have declared and demonstrated the good news of Jesus. He and we are not done yet.
We celebrate and tomorrow we continue.
We are pleased to welcome Rev. Dr Paul Lam to bring a message of grace to us. Paul serves with CBOQ and with his home church.