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Advent and Christmas 2019

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.

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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. 

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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.

Advent 2018: Mary’s View of Christmas

Advent 2018: Mary’s View of Christmas

We are going to come to the Christmas passages from a different vantage point to get some new perspectives on this history changing event. We are going to take Mary’s view of the story. As a very central character in this story she brings some very human and personal insight. Mary was contemplative yet bold as she entered the new reality God was creating for her and for us.


December 2 –  Hope – Highly Favoured? (Luke 1:26-38, Matthew 1:18-25) Mary has a surprise close encounter of the Heavenly kind. She is the recipient of life altering news. How do you respond to the call of God on your life? Saying yes to God can be the beginning of a glorious adventure.


December 9 – Peace – Kindred Spirits (Luke 1: 46-55) We are going to come to the Christmas passages from a different vantage point to get some new perspectives on this history-changing event. We are going to take Mary’s view of the story. Mary has to come to grips with her unique calling. Who better to go to for affirmation, understanding and encouragement than someone who shares your experience?  Mary visits Elizabeth to share together in their mutual experiences of a divine pregnancy. They learn and share some valuable lessons in grace together. Who has God given to you as the voice of encouragement?


December 16 – Joy – Cantata – The Glory of Christmas – Celebrating Christ’s Birth – Anguish gives way to joy as the ancient promises find fulfillment. Enter into the hope, wonder, mystery and majesty of the coming of Christ. A celebration in word and song.


December 23 – Love – Mary and Matters of the Heart (Luke 2: 1-20) In the midst of the extraordinary events of Jesus birth, one wonders what went on in Mary’s heart and mind. It would be in pondering the experiences that she would see the gracious hand of God at work. Take some time to reflect on the story of Christ’s birth and to your place in the story.

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December 24 (6:30 pm) – Christmas Eve Family Candlelight Service – Christ – Mary’s View of Christmas (selected Scriptures) This is a community engaging and family friendly service followed by light refreshments. A change in one’s vantage point can shed new light on the familiar. We look at Christmas through the eyes and experience of Mary. From what vantage point do you view this most incredible story? 


December 30 – Voices of Old (Luke 2:21-40) Going to the Temple to do what the law requires Mary and Joseph encounter some elderly prophets with much to say about their baby, Jesus. There is good news and bad news. They had to be prepared for both in faithfulness to their call.


January 6 – Epiphany – Christmas Gifts (Matthew 2:1-12) People sometimes spend an extraordinary amount of time and money to find the perfect gift. The Magi, the first Christmas gift givers, are a wonderful example for the world. Mary not only receives gifts but also has quite a special one to share.

Advent 2017: Immanuel – God with us

At Christmas God came to us in a most unexpected yet wonderful way.  He came accessible as a human – arriving as a baby and growing up with us. He would be called Immanuel – God with us.  How do we experience “Immanuel” in our lives now? Over the Advent and Christmas season we are going answer this question as we explore and celebrate the presence of God among us.


December 3rd: “Hope – A Promise Realized: (Luke 1:67-80) In Zechariah’s song we are brought from darkness to light. He announces the coming to fruition of the many promises of old about a coming king and kingdom. His own son, John would be the one to prepare the way for the coming Christ. Our Hope is rooted in God being with us.


December 10: “Peace – Coming to Peaces” (Luke 2:14 & Luke 2:29-32) The Angel song announces peace upon those living in the favour of God. Simeon held the baby Jesus and now knew the peace he sought. Come enter and experience the peace of Christ and learn how to live in his grace. Learn of the very real hope of peace on earth.


December 17: “Joy – Cantata – Night of the Father’s Love – The Awe and Mystery of God with Us”  A presentation in song and word of the story of Christ’s birth. This service is a joyous celebration.


December 24: “Love – God’s Embrace” (Luke 1:46-55 & John 3:16-17) The coming of Christ is the embrace of God’s love on the world and his embrace of love for you. Mary’s song is a glorious celebration of God keeping his promise to bless the world. John 3:16 reminds us of the depth and breadth of God’s love.


December 24, 6:30pm “Christmas Eve Family Candlelight Service – Christ – Here Now” (Luke 2:1-20) Our service takes us back to the hidden and humble animal shelter where Jesus was born to experience his coming to us. Why did God come among us in this way? We will also try to be attentive to his presence now. Are you aware of the evidence of Jesus among us? The first Christmas helps us with today’s Christmas.


December 31: “The End and the Beginning” The end and the beginning can be at the same time and place. At midnight, 2017 ends and 2018 begins. What will you leave behind and what will you keep as you move into a new year. Having seen the hand of God at work let us go forward with a courageous faith and attentiveness to where and what God might be leading us to.


January 7: “Epiphany – The Star” (Matthew 2:1-12) In this famous but peculiar story some foreign star gazers are strangely and miraculously directed to the one born King of the Jews. These Magi came to Jesus in a most unexpected and surprising way. We are reminded that God is a seeking God and that his ways are not our ways. Maybe we can expect to be surprised.


January 14:

Advent 2016

The Christ of Christmas:  Sometimes Christmas is shortened to Xmas. For some the X, as the first letter in the Greek of Jesus name is just a short form. For many though, the X, as in algebra represents the unknown. Over these weeks we will get acquainted with the Christ of Christmas.

November 27: Advent 1 – Hope:  Anticipation (selected texts) Welcome to the first Sunday in Advent. In Advent we prepare to receive the Christ who comes to us. The Christmas story did not come out of nowhere. It is the realization of centuries of waiting, hoping and longing. God had made promises to his people that had not yet been fulfilled. Jesus comes as the awaited pinnacle of the great story of God and our world. Jesus is our hope. 
Devotional Thought:  Is there much anticipation in your Christmas preparations?  Could what you long for be found in Christ?
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December 4: Advent 2 – Peace:  Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:1-7) There is a verse in the ancient Hebrew Scriptures telling of the birth of a son to be called, the Prince of Peace. Jesus came as the giver of peace. In a world with still so much hatred, violence and terrorism; and a world where many suffer from stress and anxiety, we need the peace that Jesus gives. 
Devotional Thought: If there are turbulence of stress in your life invite the Prince of Peace to come and calm the troubled waters.

December 11: Advent 3 – Joy: Rejoice! (Luke 2:10) One of the great benefits and evidences of Christ is Joy. It was announced that his birth was good news of great joy. We sing, “Joy to the World.” What are the roots of this happiness? Together we will seek and enter into the joy of Christ. 
Devotional Thought: In John 15:9-11, Jesus draws a relationship between his love for us and the joy that he gives. Take a look at these verses and reflect on the completeness of your joy.
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December 18: Advent 4 – Love: Cantata – Sing with the Angels! Our choir will present the Christmas story in song and word. Angels are referenced throughout the scriptures and play a major role in the story of Christ’s birth, from Gabriel’s first appearance to Zacharias, to the glorious scene of angels filling the heavens singing “Gloria in excelsis Deo”. Come join the angel song.
Devotional Thought: What is the song in your heart this Christmas? What would you like it to be?

December 24 (6:30 pm): Advent 5 – Jesus:  Christmas Eve Candlelight ServiceX-Factor (John 1:14 & 18) Sometimes Christmas is shortened to Xmas. For some the X, as the first letter in the Greek of Jesus name is just a short form. For many though, the X, as in algebra represents the unknown. This night we will get acquainted with the Christ of Christmas. Join us for this wonderful family and community service. Service is followed by Apple Cider and light refreshments. 
Devotional Thought:  What is the most important thing you know about Jesus?

December 25: Advent 5 – Jesus: Come Again (Revelation 22) The celebration of Christmas is more than just looking back at a great event of history. Christ is at work today to give us a foretaste of the future he will bring when he returns. When he comes again he will make all things right; uniting heaven and earth. “Amen. Come Lord Jesus.” This will be a service for the whole family.
Devotional Thought:  Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

Advent Sermon Series 2015: Blessed Interruptions

Most of the time an interruption is an inconvenience. In these stories interruptions are a pivotal turning points. Be surprised by God this season.


November 29th – Advent 1 – Hope: A Family Gathering (Luke 1:26-56) Welcome to the first Sunday in Advent. In Advent we prepare to receive the Christ who comes to us. Over these coming weeks, we will experience together, “blessed interruptions.” The unexpected, is a reality of our Christmas season. You are invited to anticipate, and to embrace, the intrusions of the Divine. Come Lord Jesus. Today we share in the blessed interruptions of Mary’s life. A warm welcome to all. Guest performance of the Mimico Children’s Choir.

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Devotional Thought: As you face the busyness and glitz of the Christmas season, pay attention to the glimpses and splashes of grace.  These interruptions that break through the noise may be God reaching out to you.


December 6th – Advent 2 – Peace: Joseph has a Dream (Matthew 1:18-25) Joseph was looking forward to his coming married life with his sweetheart Mary. They had spoken of their coming life together and how they dreamed it would unfold before them. They had it all mapped out and then some angels came and messed things up.

Devotional Thought: We all have our dreams of what we want or hope for.  Are you prepared to have God plant an even greater dream for your life? What might be God’s dream for you?  Are you open to receive it?


December 13th – Advent 3 – Joy: Christmas Cantata by our Choir. Emmanuel – God with us. Christmas is the season when we want to be with those who matter to us – family and friends. It is a time too when we miss those who are not with us. Into our laughter and our longings comes Jesus – Emmanuel – God is with us.

Devotional Thought: God invites his people to courage and action, with the assurance that he is with them. This promise of God was brought closer with the coming of Christ- Emmanuel. Jesus and you – a call to courageous action. How will that find expression in your life?


December 20th – Advent 4 – Love : Angels in the Fields (Luke 2:8-20) Not much ever happens when you are out in the fields at night watching the sheep. Fighting the need for sleep and the occasional predator are about as exciting as it gets. We all know about routine and tedium. Not this night. This is a night that would become

Devotional Thought: The shepherds were drawn from the dull, tedious routines of their night watch to an awakened world of wonder, joy and God with us. Answer the joyous angelic proclamation and come to worship the Saviour King.


December 24th, 6:30pm – Advent 5 – Jesus: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service A Gift of God (Luke 2:9 – 14; John 1:14) What is the best gift you could receive? What is at the top of your wish list? How about, what is the greatest gift you could give? On the first Christmas, a colossal gift, poorly wrapped in the tiniest of packages, would change the world. Join us for this wonderful family and community service.

Devotional Thought: Remember God’s gift of himself to you as you open and enjoy the gifts of your family. How will you celebrate and appreciate the coming of Jesus to you and your Christmas?


December 27th – Flight to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-18) The story of Christmas also reminds us that Jesus was born into a broken and sometimes dangerous world. Shortly after his birth his family would be forced to flee. They would be refugees to Egypt. In a world of millions of displaced people we come to the one who helps the lost to a new home.

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Devotional Thought: The Mimico Refugee Response is a wonderful way for you to help welcome a family fleeing crisis. Go to the link on our church web site to see the ways you can participate.

Season of Advent: preparing for the coming of Jesus

November 30th “Advent 1 – Hope: John’s Birth Announcement” (Luke 1:1-25) Today is the first Sunday in Advent. Advent means, coming, and gives us a time to prepare and reflect on the coming of Jesus. Do you remember that before the miraculous birth of Christ there was a related but different miraculous birth? The announcement and circumstances of John’s birth make for a dramatic story. We enter into the mystery together.

December 7th “Advent 2 – Peace: John’s Birth” (Luke 1:57 – 86) John is born to be a prophet after a long period of silence. It had been hundreds of years since the last prophet and now the voice of one promised of old. John’s father too would speak after 9 months of not being able to. What comes to us out of long waiting and reflection is worth paying attention to. The news is gloriously good.

December 14th “Advent 3 – Joy” Christmas Cantata by our Choir – Were You There on That Christmas Night? And message – “Jesus Birth” Announcement (Luke 1:26 – 56) It must have been terrifying and wonderful at the same time. An angel, Gabriel appears to a young woman to tell her that she is going to give birth to the Son of God – the Messiah. It is a moment of wonder and the miraculous. Young Mary gives us a song in response. Come share in the wonder of it all.

December 21st “Advent 4 – Love : Jesus’ Birth” (Luke 2:1-7) An event so significant and yet so simple. Given to us with few words and a minimum of detail and in only one account this story has been told again and again for hundreds of years. A story that received minimal attention at the time is now a global celebration. Jesus is born.

December 24th (6:30pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service) “Advent 5 –  Jesus’ Birthday Party” (Luke 2:8 – 20) After Jesus birth the invitations were carefully prepared and sent. The turning point of history and only a select few are in on the time and place. Tonight – you are among them. Join some shepherds and Eastern Mystics for Jesus’ birthday party. Join us for this wonderful family and community service. Service is followed by Apple Cider and light refreshments

December 28th “Jesus childhood” (Luke 2:21 – 52) It is really only Luke who gives us a small window into Jesus’ childhood. We have his presentation at the Temple when he was eight days old and his appearance again at the Temple when he was 12 years old. The rest of his childhood is summed up in a sentence or two. But though the window that Luke gives us there is much and more to see. Guest speaker Pastor Pamela Fitkin.