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Summer 2018 services

July 1 Canada Day: Faith, in Canada (Luke 13:29) Canada is rich in diversity. This is certainly true when with views on faith and religion. There is a vast diversity of choice, yet one of the fastest growing groups are those who embrace no religion. In such a context, how do we declare and demonstrate the person and message of Christ. How to we navigate our present to help shape our country’s future?

July 8: The Right Judge (Nahum 1:2-10) The world doesn’t seem right; it feels like there’s so much injustice. In the midst of that, God is faithful to judge rightly. (with Rev. Alvin Lau)

July 15: Judging Rightly (Nahum 1:11-3:19) As we continue with Nahum, we see God’s seemingly severe judgement on Assyria. Sometimes we feel like we want to be vindicated in the same way. Yet there’s another side of the coin to consider, just as Nahum’s people did at that time. (with Rev. Alvin Lau)

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July 22: Hope for the Bully(ed) (Nahum 3:18-19) In our world right now, bullying is a significant issue, for both the bullied and the bully. Our service will include an extended time of prayer for the oppressed and their oppressors. (with Rev. Alvin Lau)

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July 29: Blessed (Psalm 1) This first of the Psalms points to the path of blessing. You are invited to be like a tree planted by streams of water and yielding much fruit. What path are you on?

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August 5: Reaching out in hospitality (Hebrews 13:2) We cannot underestimate the positive impact of the ministry of hospitality. “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it“. Hospitality was a vital ministry of Christ and the early church. It is an important ministry of our Church in this community. We have a team of people dedicated to this vital ministry. We will consider the possibilities of both being a guest and being a host.

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August 12: Chosen Priests (Leviticus 9:1-24) Every Christian has a position of the chosen priests in the world, so we should listen to God’s words and obey God, so that our worship will glorify God and bless people. (with Peter Qi)

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August 19: Can it be? (Acts 9:20-31) When Paul (Saul) began his public ministry, as a new Christian, people were astonished at the change in him. This coming week we will hold our Holiday Club and consider the unimaginable, yet wonderful things that God can do. With a solid hope, we dare to dream and to do what Christ makes possible.

August 26: Unimaginable Events (Ephesians 3:20-21) This service follows our Holiday Club and takes us into the lessons shared with the community. 

September 2: (with Rev. Alvin Lau) The Rhythm of Life (TBA) Summer is almost over (unofficially). Hopefully you’ve had some moments to rest, moments to work and moments to be with God. As the kids join us in our worship service, let’s discover together what God has for us this morning through our worship, our prayers and his worship.

Why? Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians (January-April 2016)

Why? It is a good question and begins many an exploration of discovery. In the book of Ephesians we will discover rich answers to this question as it relates to life and faith. We will learn of God’s purpose for the church that will enlarge our understanding of the vital and universal impact of this Christ family.

There is a unique relevance of this book to our time and place. Ephesians in its day had much in common with our city. It was a place of ideas, cultures, commerce, temples, theatres and stadiums. This letter speaks to all that is new in Christ. Come along for the journey of discovery.

Sunday, January 10th Bringing it all together (Ephesians 1:1-10) In the opening verses of this great letter we are immersed in and awed by the grand purposes of the Creator. We learn of identity, purpose and plans, all of which are to bring together what has been torn apart. Central to this rescue and renewal is Jesus.

Devotional thought: What impact do God’s purposes have on the goals you have set for your life?

Sunday, January 17th Included (Ephesians 1:11-14) The staggering implications of today’s text make it hard to believe that they could be addressed to us. Christ draws us into the glorious purposes of God. How does one get in on this remarkable adventure?

Devotional thought: What are the ways that you identify yourself? What significance do you give to your relationship to Christ?

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Sunday, January 31st Prayer for Enlightenment (Ephesians 1:15- 23) This is a most necessary prayer. We need help to comprehend the utter magnitude of all that is ours and all that is possible in Christ. This prayer takes us to a higher vantage point to better see the grand scale of God’s mission.

Devotional thought: Are you prepared to see in new ways and to make this prayer your own?

Sunday, February 7th The Waking Dead (Ephesians 2:1-10) There is a level of life that is only found in Christ. By comparison to this abundant aliveness in Christ others are the walking dead. Paul uses such dramatic language to describe the awakening power of the gospel of Jesus. This is about grace – amazing grace. “I once was lost but now I’m found, t’was blind but now I see.” Come let us taste and see that the Lord is good.

Devotional thought: On a lost and found scale where would you place yourself?

Sunday, February 14th Tear down the Walls (Ephesians 2:11-22) It is tough to be excluded and to be on the outside or far away. In destroying the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, Christ brings together a new humanity of unity and peace.

Devotional thought: Are there any walls that need to come down in any of your relationships? Will you pray for Christ’s reconciling work of forgiveness, grace and reconciliation?\

Sunday, February 21st Mystery (Ephesians 3:1-13) When we can get a window through which we are better able to see we take a look. Paul opens a window on some mysteries and grants us a good view. Come explore the mysteries of Christ.

Devotional thought: Take some time to ponder with wonder at the mysteries of our world and of the mercies of God.

Sunday, February 28th Prayer for Empowerment (Ephesians 3:14-21) This prayer stretches and reaches beyond our sight and grasp. The realm of life is much larger than it looks and this prayer helps us into a larger dimension of faith and love.

Devotional thought: Consider that Christ can “do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Are your prayers and dreams big enough?

Sunday, March 6th Implications (Ephesians 4:1-16) With great privilege comes responsibility. Paul urges response and action. We all have a part in preparing God’s people for service and building up the body of Christ.

Devotional thought: The body of Christ – the church, builds itself up in love as each one does their part. Consider your contribution to the health of our Christ community. We are all lifted and blessed in different ways.

Sunday, March 13th Come over to the Light side (Ephesians 4:17-5:20) In Christ we are made new. Today’s text helps us to understand in very practical terms what this means for our lives and living. We have to make wisely considered choices.

Devotional thought: If your positive actions and qualities are light and your negative actions and qualities are dark, where would you place yourself on the grey scale. Will you ask Christ to brighten your life?”

Sunday, April 3rd Faith at home and Work (Ephesians 5:21 – 6:9) What does allegiance to Jesus look like in the home and workplace? Paul, quite literally ‘brings home’ in very practical teaching, what being a Christian means in our day to day relationships. Paul also throws some light on the relationship of Christ and his Church. I hope you are at home and work with Jesus.

Devotional thought: TBA

Sunday, April 10th Equipped and Ready (Ephesians 6:10-24) Time to put on your equipment. Paul likens our Christian life in this world to be as a struggle for which we will need some protective equipment. We are introduced to the armour of God. We get dressed for service.

Devotional thought: TBA