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Living Hope – the First Letter of Peter

Jesus commissioned Peter to care for the people of his church. (See John 21:15-17) Peter’s letter to Christians scattered by the persecution is pastoral in tone and bold in conviction. It is a source of living hope to those facing the suffering of a broken world. (Note: all service times are at 10:30 am and are led by Rev. Jim Sanderson unless otherwise noted.)

October 24 – Christ-like Living (1 Peter 3:1-12) Peter gives advice on how to live and share our faith with others. There are lessons here for both our home and for our church families.

October 17 – Freedom (1 Peter 2:13-25) – We are continuing in the, Living Hope, series based on a study of 1 Peter. In this difficult passage, we look at the reality of unjust suffering and we learn that the path through it can bring us alongside of Jesus. It is Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec Sunday. CBOQ is the larger family of Churches that we associate with in mission and ministry. We do more together than we can do alone. This increases our ministry impact.

October 10 – Gratitude (Psalm 100) – It is Thanksgiving Sunday. Gratitude is our approach to worship. Enter his gates with thanksgiving. In the midst of this on-going pandemic, we must not lose sight of God’s blessings. Have you a word of thanks to share? Together from our scattered places, we are a community of Christ sharing Christ with our communities

October 3 – A Divine Presence (1 Peter 2:1-12) – We are reminded that the community of Christ has a special presence in the world. We are like a living temple of God where heaven and earth meet. As God’s people, we declare and demonstrate the here and coming Kingdom of God.

September 26 – Called to Holiness (1 Peter 1:13 – 2:3) – We are continuing in a new series called, Living Hope, based on a study of 1 Peter. Holiness is a hard but glorious road. Our calling is not to be happy, comfortable or safe – but to be holy because our God is holy. We’ll explore together what this means. Together from our scattered places, we are a community of Christ sharing Christ with our communities.

September 19 – Scattered Lights (1 Peter 1:1-12) We begin a new series called, Living Hope, based on a study of 1 Peter. In a world darkened by injustice, Peter encourages the scattered Christians to shine where they are with a light that cannot be extinguished.  Life’s frictions can generate a holy fire in the soul.

September 12 – Pay Attention to Jesus (Acts 4:1-22) - For any who think, Jesus is old news, pay attention.  Jesus is very much alive and active. He is not to be ignored.  This was a lesson the early opponents to the Jesus movement had to learn after they thought he was dead and buried.  This is a story of good news and hope. 

October 31 – Be Prepared – 1 Peter 3:13-22 – One never knows what life will throw at them. Is there a way to be ready? Peter helps us to prepare. 

November 7 – Living – 1 Peter 4:1-11 – Now, that’s living! People define the good life in different ways. Today we get some clarity on living well. 

November 14 – Remember the Persecuted – 1 Peter 4:12- 19 – In many places in our world it is dangerous to be a Christian. When one part of the body hurts, we all hurt. How can we stand with our brothers and sisters? 

November 21 – The Way – 1 Peter 5:1-14 – It is important to know the way. Peter’s parting words have weight to help us go forward. 

Summer 2021 Services

Services begin at 10:30 am and are led by Rev. Jim Sanderson unless otherwise noted.

September 5 – Paul Meets Jesus (Acts 9:1-19) Paul has a surprise encounter with Jesus that completely ruins his plans but transforms his life.  He will remember this event as an example of God’s grace.  Jesus sometimes surprises us.

August 29 – Peter’s Sermon on Jesus (Acts 2:14-41) Peter’s first sermon led to thousands of people following Jesus. He used a number of Old Testament passages as his text. We are told that the people were cut to the heart when they realized they had crucified their Messiah. What is it about the Gospel that is so powerful? 

August 22 – Waiting While Losing (Psalm 27:13-14) – This service follows our annual Holiday Club. We dove into the story of David and Goliath to understand how God can empower those who don’t feel or look like champions to be victorious for Jesus. That’s great news! We also know there are times when we don’t feel victorious at all. What happens when you don’t feel like you’re winning? We’ll look at one of David’s psalms today. by Rev. Alvin Lau

August 15 – Introducing David (1 Samuel 16:1-13) Our annual Holiday Club is about to start. Our theme this year: The Underdog Olympics – An Unexpected Champion. The focus will be on the story of David and Goliath. But who exactly was David? We’ll be introduced to him through Scripture.

August 8 – Son of Man (Daniel 7:13; Matthew 26:64; Revelation 14:14) While we usually refer to Jesus as the Christ or the Messiah, the name Jesus most usually used for himself was, Son of Man. Other names we use for Jesus are, the Son of God, or the Lord. Son of Man seems to emphasize his humanity. We need to look at the use of this term by the Old Testament prophet Daniel to understand its fuller significance. 

August 1 – Pass It On Always (Psalm 78:1-8) The Next Generation. We focus a lot on children and youth, saying they are the future. However, Scripture reminds us they are the now with us. As part of their growth, it is our responsibility to pass on the truths of God to them, no matter how old we are. We’ll dive deeper into this mandate in how it looks today. (by Alvin Lau) We also celebrate the baptisms of Tom, Dina and Amy. Join us as we celebrate communion together as well.

July 25 – What is Love? (John 15:12-13, Matthew 22:37-40) Love in the English language is a very broad term. We use it for trivial things like “I love chips” to those who have deepest significance like “I love my spouse”. Sometimes, we also misunderstand what exactly it means to love someone. Today, we’ll delve into 2 key teachings Jesus had about defining what is love. (by Alvin Lau) 

July 18 – CBM Sunday: Active in Mission – During the week of July 18-25, we invite you to get Active in Mission and make a difference this summer. Gather your friends and family and join other participants around the country and Walk-Run-Bike for Education. The UN identifies educational access as a human right. It is one of the single most effective tools to combat poverty. In many of the communities where CBM works, marginalized children lack access to education. A child without access to educational opportunities loses the ability to hope for a better future for themselves and their families.  However, your walking shoes can make strides toward change! Your bike can roll on to address these challenges! Skipping rope can bring hope! In this service we will learn more about the vital work of CBM and how we can actively support it. 

July 11 – Fisher of Men (Luke 5:1-11) Jesus is the Fisher of men, who revealed Himself to us and called us to follow Him.  When we can take a small action of obedience with faith, the Lord will transform it to incredible blessings for us and others. We should also be fishers of men for Jesus according to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).(sermon by Peter Qi)

July 4 – Lord of Creation (John 1:1-5; Colossians 1:15-20) Jesus has a unique relationship with creation. With the number of references to nature in his teaching and stories one has to believe he is a nature lover. But of course he is more. He is the Lord of Creation. This gives us both hope and responsibility. 

More Than Jesus (April-June 2021)

June 27 – Storyteller (Matthew 13) Stories stick. They are engaging, memorable and revealing. Jesus was a master storyteller. He is also a master story maker. Let’s consider some of his stories and their impact. 

June 20 – Father’s Day – Jesus and his Father – The relationship of Jesus the Son to God the Father is a mystery and a model. They were connected by prayer and by a shared mission. If you know one, you know the other. We come to and know the Father through Jesus. 

June 13 – Demon Slayer (Mark 5:1-20) There is hope for the hopeless. Some people have their demons – figuratively and literally. Our story today begins in a creepy cemetery and ends in a joyous commission. Jesus delivers. 

June 6 – Escape Artist (Luke 4:29-30 and other selected passages) Many times the religious leaders or the crowds wanted to trap or kill Jesus. Miraculously or cleverly, Jesus always found a way of escape. Wi such Houdini like ability, why at his moment of greatest danger did he not find a way out? At our time around the Lord’s Table today, we remember why. 

May 30 – Seeker (Luke 15) If you lose something that is valuable, you will look for it until you find it. We learn what is most valuable to God. Jesus came to seek the lost. There is great celebration when the lost is found. Here is a way for you to be the life of the party. 

May 23 – – Pentecost – Spirit (John 16:5-16) Today we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church. We look at what Jesus taught us about the mission and work of the Spirit. We will also consider the presence and work of the Spirit today. An invisible visible presence. 

May 16 – Suffering Servant (Isaiah 53) Jesus is the Suffering Servant of Isaiah. One of the most comprehensive Old Testament passages describing Jesus is Isaiah 53. This chapter has much to reveal as we learn more about Jesus. 

May 9 – Mother’s Day – Lion or Lamb? (Revelation 5) If you were to choose between a lamb and a lion as a metaphor for Jesus, which would you prefer. The lion is a symbol of royalty and power. The lamb a symbol of weakness and purity. What do these images tell us about Jesus? 

May 2nd – Returning (1 Corinthians 11:26) Today we participate in the Lord’s Supper – it is a meal Jesus invites us to celebrate until he comes again. The Bible speaks of the second coming and the need for us to be ready. What do we need to know about this? 

April 25 – I Am (selected verses from the Gospel of John) How would you finish this statement? I am… Jesus finished this statement in a number of very significant ways. His, “I am”, statements help us to know more of Jesus. 

April 18 – Builder (Matthew 16:14-20; 1Peter 2:4-8) Knowing Jesus was the son of a carpenter, it might not sound surprising that Jesus is a builder. However, what is Jesus building? In Matthew 16:18 Jesus says, I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. We are going to consider our place in the construction project of Jesus.

April 11 – “Solidarity Sunday: That We May Be One”, Message by Dr. Darrel Johnstone – Solidarity Sunday is a time set aside for Canadian Baptists to stand wi our global partners in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. The effects of this global crisis continue to be felt most significantly by the poor in the majority world. We will hear updates from and take time to pray for our partners in Bolivia, India, the Philippines, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Easter Sunday 2021

Easter Sunday 2021

Christ is Risen! (He is Risen Indeed!) This is a service for which I truly wish we could all be together, gathered in our church building. Nevertheless, while not in the building we are still the church and we share this service together from our various locations. This will be a service of new life. Welcome. So very glad you have joined us. Our Easter service will be a celebration in song and word. Our Choir will present a cantata, One Sacrifice. In the message, we see how the resurrection of Jesus fits into God’s bigger plans for us. Together we celebrate Christ’s victory over sin and death. Hallelujah! – Great news for you, great news for the world.

Good Friday Service: At the Cross (2021)

On this day we come to the cross of Christ. We reflect on the details and significance of his death.  We come to a place of suffering and ridicule and find God showing his great and victorious love. Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on you, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. We come to the darkness of this day from the darkness of the world in crisis. We enter into the sufferings of Christ to discover he has entered ours and brought his healing grace.

More About Jesus (Winter/Spring series 2021)

Have you ever wanted more? Perhaps it was a great dessert, or some good music or time with a close friend. When something is pleasing or good for us, our desire for it increases. We want more of what meets our deeper needs.   

In Ecclesiastes 3:11 (New Living Translation) it says, “Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

In 2021, we want more of Jesus. For some, it is a raised curiosity to know more about the one, they hope might bring sense, purpose and hope. For those who already know Jesus, it is a desire to go deeper, wider and higher. Together we are going to pursue and engage with Jesus. 

(All services begin on Sunday at 10:30 am unless otherwise noted.)

January 24 – 101st Anniversary Service with Lynda MacGibbon. Lynda, a member of our church, is vice president of People and Culture for InterVarsity Canada. Before working for InterVarsity, she was a journalist for over twenty years. She recently completed a book sharing her experience of living out her faith in a high rise building in our community. The book is called My Vertical Neighbourhood (IVP). We are excited to learn from her experience. 

March 28 – Palm Sunday- Triumphant (Luke 19:28-48) This day we celebrate what is described as Jesus triumphant journey into Jerusalem. What you see, might look more tragic or even comical than triumphant. What is the triumph of this event? Hosanna! Hallelujah! 

March 21 – Anointed (Luke 7:36-50) The story we look at today is either scandalous or it is glorious. Either way, it is a story of great love and faith. The anointing of the Christ takes place in a most dramatic and surprising way. 

March 14 – Asleep (Mark 4:35-41) Is it any comfort to you, that when in a boat, in the midst of a storm, Jesus is asleep. We might wonder in the midst of our own crisis, is Jesus awake to my need? Jesus calls us to faith. 

March 7 – Tempted (Luke 4:1-13) This pandemic hasn’t put any restrictions on the assault of temptations we can experience. Knowing that Jesus faced a barrage of temptations and succeeded in deflecting them can teach us something. While temptations can be relentless, our Saviour is redemptive. 

February 28 – Word (John 1:1-18) We know that words can be powerful. They can hurt and they can heal. They can comfort they can confuse. Jesus is the first and last Word. He is a Word that bring light and life. Let’s listen. 

February 21 – Where’s the Light? (Psalm 40) Lent begins- In Lent we prepare for the gospel event. In the early church, it was a time of instruction and prayer. Today we learn to trust Jesus in the dark places of life. Consider that it in in dark places, the roots grow. Let’s put down roots. 

February 14 – So Loved (John 3:16-21) Today is both Valentine ’s Day and the Chinese New Year. In that sense, it is both a celebration of love and of new beginnings. Today we look at the new beginning made possible by God’s love demonstrated by Christ. It is a love for you that is big enough for the world. 

February 7 – With Us (Matthew 26:17-30) One of the great rituals Jesus gave to his followers to remember him by, was what we call, the Lord’s supper, or communion. When we look at the original meal Jesus shared with his disciples we are surprised to see that while there was some question of the loyalty of his followers – there was no holding back the commitment of Christ to them and to us. Let us learn more of Jesus at this meal.

January 31 – Silence (John 8:1-11) Sometimes we just need to be quiet. Today we consider the practice of silence, of listening, of reflection. In critical and stressful times, Jesus slowed things down. Let’s slow down, be still and know more of Jesus.

January 17: To Live as One (Job 2:3) The consistency and quality of our living is an indication of our character. Alvin takes us through some scriptures and experiences that help us to explore integrity. 

January 10: Seek (Psalm 27) We were created with a natural urge to discover, to find, to learn. Terms that capture this are descriptors like, hunter, explorer, scholar, researcher, experimenter, seeker. Of all these pursuits, the Psalmists puts one above all others – to be in the presence of God. We are invited to be, and equipped to be seekers of God.

January 3 – Epiphany: Take a Journey (Matthew 2:1-12) We follow the Magi on an amazing journey of exploration and discovery. They sought diligently for what they deemed to be most important. Maybe joining some wise men and women on a journey of discovery in a good idea for 2021.

Christmas 2020

While our Christmas festivities will look different this year, we will still celebrate our Saviour Jesus.

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December 24, 6:30 pm: Christmas Eve Family Candlelight Service – Christ: Christmas in a Pandemic? (selected Scriptures) So many things about this season are different. The message stays the same but is even more illuminating and relevant. Joy to the world and hope to face tomorrow. Experience this service in a virtual community, engaging children, families and everyone with the story of the Saviour’s birth. (Come gather with friends, family and neighbours on the lawn of our church for some hot apple cider and light refreshments at 7:45 pm.)

Sunday, December 6, 7:00 pm: Olde Fashioned Christmas – An online presentation including footage from different members of our church.

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During the holidays, the following programs will not be meeting:

  • Kids Online: December 25-January 1
  • Youth Group: December 18-January 1
  • Bible Study: December 23-31

Wednesday, December 2, 7:00pm: Holidays and Hope – An online service for those missing someone at Christmas with. We’re pleased to feature the wise words of Dr. Bill Webster (grief counsellor and author), Pastor Jim Sanderson (religious guide) and the beautiful voice of Mary Bella as we welcome the Christmas season. RSVP at

Songs and Sounds of Christmas (Advent 2020)

When the Gospel writer Luke tells the story of Christmas, he adds some music. Included are four songs. Christmas has become a season of carols and lights. We will listen to these five songs, add some light and respond to the life giving sounds of Christ and his birth.

(All service times are Sundays at 10:30 am unless otherwise noted.)

January 3, 2021: Epiphany – Take a Journey (Matthew 2:1-12) We follow the Magi on an amazing journey of exploration and discovery. They sought diligently for what they deemed to be most important. Maybe joining some wise men and women on a journey of discovery in a good idea for 2021.

December 27: Off to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-18) After the first Christmas Mary and Joseph had to take baby Jesus and flee for their lives. Not everything about the Christmas story is joyful. Jesus and his family knew well the hardships, injustice and brokenness of the world. Jesus would fully enter into the brokenness but come through victorious. He is our hope.

December 20: Love – Simeon’s Ancient Song Made New (Luke 2:29-32) God had promised Simeon, a devout and righteous man that he would live to see the Christ. He would come face to face with the Saviour and burst into song. He could go in peace. Can we come face to face with Jesus as we celebrate the salvation he brings? His look is one of love.

December 13: Joy – Angel’s Sing and Shout (Luke 2:1-20) The song of the Angels is an overflow of joy in heaven. The Angels sing in the midst of frightened shepherds. Their routine was dramatically interrupted by glorious good news that would change their lives forever. It is a message that has been changing lives ever since. Today we sing this song of glory and grace as together we worship the Christ. Such joy!

December 6: Peace – Mary’s Song (Luke 1: 26-56) Mary would be a Christ carrier. She was to be the mother of Jesus. This of course calls for a song, and Mary delivers. We too can be Christ carriers, but in a different way. What is our song to the world? Perhaps a song of peace.

November 29: Hope – Zechariah’s Silence and Song (Luke 1:57-80) Zechariah was the father of John the Baptist. John would prepare the way for the coming of Jesus. Before Zechariah would sing his song, he was in an imposed silence. Perhaps that silence was a space in which to reflect on the significance of the coming Saviour of the world. Out of this comes a glorious hope.

Jesus on Display–Exhibits from the Book of Hebrews (Aug-Nov 2020)

Jesus on Display

And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.

John 12:32  New Living Translation 

The writer of Hebrews holds up Jesus for the world to have a closer look. What to do with Jesus? This is an even more important question than most people realize. This is a timely and essential study. Please join us on a tour of the display and exhibits. The writer of Hebrews raises questions, brings in historical material and challenges the readers. Have your senses ready.

(All services are premiered on Sundays at 10:30 am unless otherwise noted.)

November 22: A Sacrifice of Praise (Hebrews 13:11- 21) Last week we saw the focus of the writer in Chapter 13 was on loving each other. The second focus is on loving God. We are told that the Lord equips and enables us for this privilege. Even so, the acts and actions of praise are described as a sacrifice. We have over these weeks been holding Jesus up on display with the goal of drawing us deeper into worship of the one who is our Lord and Saviour; priest and king.

November 15: Keep on Loving (Hebrews 13:1-10; 20-25) We come to the last chapter of the Letter to the Hebrews and the writer has more to say than his time and space allow for. He gives some quick but very practical parting words. We have seen Jesus on display and we must now respond. The writer begins the chapter with the request, to keep on loving each other.

November 8: Surrounded (Hebrews 12) What does it mean to be surrounded? It depends on who surrounds you, and what their intentions are. To be surrounded by enemies or to be surrounded by friends are two very different things. This passage talks about being surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. We are not alone.

November 1: Will your name be added to the wall of fame? We look at the heroes of faith listed in Hebrews 11. Their example is an inspiration to us. This a good time to consider the strength of your own faith. Let’s exercise our faith muscles.

October 25: When life seems to be falling apart do you blame God and move away from him or do you move closer. The invitation of today’s passage is to draw near to God and to each other. In a time of isolation and social distancing this is going to be a challenge.

October 18: New Covenant (Hebrews 8) Sometimes the problem is interior not exterior. The New Covenant that Jesus establishes with us, is not just stronger wording, it is a transformative experience. It brings us into a secure relationship with our Lord. 

October 11 – Thanksgiving: Let us be Thankful (Hebrews 12:28-29) This will be a thanksgiving unlike any other you have had. What does giving thanks and getting together with family look like in a pandemic? What of our Thanksgiving worship service? In a world that is unstable, we are receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken. Together we gather in gratitude.

October 4: Will Your Anchor Hold? (Hebrews 5:11 – 6: 20) To get to your destination it is important to be going in the right direction. If you are to grow to maturity in Christ, how do you set the correct course? Today’s passage is one of warning and hope. We will find words of encouragement and promise. Jesus, goes before us as our guide.

September 27: Melchizedek (Hebrews 4:14-5:10 & 7) We are introduced to this mysterious king and priest named Melchizedek in Genesis, when he goes out to meet Abraham with some wine and bread. At a time of need you require someone like Melchizedek. In today’s lesson, we learn that Jesus is a high priest in the order of Melchizedek. We will discover together why this is good news. (On Exhibit: Access Pass Card)

September 20: Rest (Hebrews 4:1-13) In the creation story we are told that, “On the seventh day God rested from all his work.” God asked his people to keep the seventh day of the week as a rest and reflection day. It was to be the foretaste of a greater rest to come. You may be looking for a rest. Let’s consider what is on offer. (On Exhibit: Lounge chairs on tropical beach)

September 13: A New Moses? (Hebrews 3) Moses was the man sent by God to lead the people of Israel out of slavery in Egypt into a new land where they would be free. God performed dramatic miracles in the sight of all. Even so, this very same people rebelled against God. This story serves as a warning as we strive to follow Jesus, the new Moses. Both employed wood in their rescues. Moses used a shepherd’s staff and Jesus – a cross. The good news is the faithfulness of Jesus. (On exhibit: A shepherd’s staff and a Saviour’s cross)

September 6: Jesus in the Depths (Hebrews 2) One of the remarkable achievements of Jesus is the depths he went to in achieving his purposes. He learned perfection in suffering and death. He left the heights of glory to enter the brokenness of earth. His is a story of riches to rags to glory. It is a journey to join. (On Exhibit: A pair of worn sandals) 

August 30: Angels and Jesus (Hebrews 1) There is a lot of attention given to angels, but to whom do the angels give their attention? In the first chapter we are brought before Jesus as would be worshippers. We learn just how worthy Christ is of our honour and praise. Even the angels will join us in reverence of Christ. (On Exhibit: A worshipping angel) 

Living Lessons with Jesus (summer 2020)

Join us this summer as we explore Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).

(All services will premiere on Sunday at 10:30 am unless otherwise noted.)

August 23: Welcome to, Connection in Action – CIA. I am James. Pastor James. People call me, Jim. This week has been the roll out of our very first Virtual-Online Holiday Club. Jemma and Joy have worked diligently and very creatively to produce an exceptional program. We’ll get a taste of it in today’s service. Learn how connection to Jesus and his people results in life changing and life enhancing action. 

August 16: What to Do? (Matthew 7:15-29) Today we will be talking about your foundations and about the kind of fruit you produce. Yup, sounds kind of strange but it all has to do with what we do. To some degree what we do defines the kind of person we are. Sooooo? What to do?

August 9: Good’s Narrow Path (Matthew 7:1-14) Judging others? Or not judging? Giving good gifts? Wide and narrow roads? It seems like these are 3 distinct teachings by Jesus and they each do stand on their own. Yet weave them together and a key truth lies within. Let’s explore Jesus’ words together. (by Rev. Alvin Lau)

August 2: Worry? Should I Be? (Matthew 6:25-34) “Don’t worry about it,” is what someone might say to you. Seems Jesus is in this passage. Yet it seems like our natural reaction is to worry. So what do we do if we don’t worry? We’ll explore Jesus’ truth together. (by Rev. Alvin Lau)

July 26: Treasure (Matthew 6:19-25) In the midst of a pandemic people are re-evaluating what matters. What do we truly treasure? The economy is taking a huge hit, investments are tanking and some people’s personal finances are in crisis. Jesus speaks to money matters and to what is most important.

July 19: Today’s Object Lesson: The Law (Matthew 5:17-48) When we think of the “law”, we think of rules and boundaries. So when Jesus says he will fulfill the law, is he giving us more rules and boundaries? Perhaps he’s helping us better understand why God gave the law in the first place. Let’s delve into the deeper understanding of the Law. (by Rev. Alvin Lau)

July 12: Show & Hide? (Matthew 5:13-16 & Matthew 6:1-4) These two passages seem to contradict one another. Jesus tells us to let people see our good works and to not let people see our acts of righteousness. So how do you do that? Let’s find out together. (by Rev. Alvin Lau)

July 5: Blessed (Matthew 5:1-12) God bless you! It is what we sometimes say to someone after they have sneezed. What does it mean to bless and what does it mean to be blessed. Over the summer we will be looking at and listening to the “Sermon on the Mount.” The Beatitudes speak of blessing but are more a declaration of the presence of the Kingdom of God than a description of how to be blessed. We look forward to some good news that will be a blessing to the world. Let’s join others on the mountain and listen to Jesus.