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Summer Sermon Series

Note: All church services begin at 10:00 am.
You are invited to the following services offered this summer. This is a season for rest and renewal for many and regular worship is an important part. There is a children’s program during the church service. God bless you – have a great summer.
*NEW* We have included a weekly devotional reading and thought for those unavailable to join a worship service.

July 5th with Pastor Jim (2 Corinthians 1:3-11) Hardship We have been looking at the resources our Lord equips us with. We have been calling it our toolbox. This tool we might rather leave in the box. In this sermon, we grapple with the ministry opportunities and even blessings of hardship. We certainly do not seek hardship but when it comes to you; look for the grace of our Lord bringing comfort and strength. We so often come out stronger on the other side.
Devotional thought: Read sermon text above and consider the place of hardships in your faith journey.  Have you been helped or hurt?  Have you met Christ in the midst of the trouble helping you through?

July 12th with Rev. Alvin Lau (Romans 3:24 and Luke 14:25-33) The Paradox of Salvation? – Paradoxes are moments when 2 seemingly contradicting statements exist together. Often they happen when one of our presumptions are inaccurate. Jesus offers us the gift of salvation and yet it seems it’s not really free. We’ll explore this paradox.
Devotional thought: Read sermon text above and consider how the gift of salvation impacts the way you live.

July 19th with Jan Thomas (I Kings 19: 1-13) Places of the Soul – Although all Scriptural events happened in real places in history, these places have also come to take on metaphoric qualities. We speak of “mountain top experiences” and “the valley of sorrow” or of feeling like we’re in an emotional dessert. We’ll look at these “places of the soul” and what they can teach us about our relationship with God.
Devotional thought: Read sermon text above and consider: Where has your soul been lately? Have you been on a mountaintop high? a valley of sorrow? a desert of dryness? or safe in the Rock? What can we learn from these places?

July 26th with Rev. Alvin Lau (Hebrews 11:1 and the Apostles Creed) The Result of Belief – It’s been said that what we believe shapes what we do. So what do we as Christians believe? How do these beliefs impact our every day lives? We’ll explore this relationship together.
Devotional thought: Read Hebrews 11:1 and the Apostle’s Creed, and consider your own beliefs. How do they influence your actions? (What do your actions suggest you believe?)

August 2nd, with Pastor Jim (Revelation 4-7, 21-22 – selected verses) The Future – The last book in the Bible is one that leaves us with hope and anticipation.  The Revelation of John is a great gift to Jesus’ disciples.  We are given a glimpse of heaven, heaven on earth and the future.  This vision carried and carries the Church through the hard times.  Come let us celebrate.
Devotional thought: Read sermon texts above and consider the future assured to us and enter into the hope that gives you.  Will you pray? – “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”

August 9th with Rev. Alvin Lau (1 Peter) Burn Away … For Good – Trials are not a fun part of life. Yet it is through trials that we learn “what we’re made of”. In Peter’s first letter to churches in Asia Minor, he unpacks why we go through trials and offers practical ways to handle it with Jesus as the foundation. We’ll explore Peter’s letter together.
Devotional thought: Read 1 Peter. What trials are you facing? If you are or aren’t, what’s the reason behind that? If you are, how can they help move you forward?

August 16th with Rev. Alvin Lau (2 Peter) Keep Looking Forward – Our last words demonstrate what’s the most important part of us. It reveals what’s foundational and our last impression to the next generation. In Peter’s second and final letter to the churches in Asia Minor, he leaves what essentially are his last words. We’ll discover his last impression to the generations that followed him.
Devotional thought: Read 2 Peter. How you would summarize Peter’s last words? What would yours be?

August 23rd with Pastor Jim (Mark 6:30-44) They’re Coming! – The feeding of a large crowd is both a challenge and an opportunity. We’ll see how Jesus and his disciples were able to send the crowd on their way satisfied.
Devotional thought: Read sermon text above and consider times when you were given opportunity to feed someone or to share your faith and didn’t feel up to it. Remember this story of Jesus miracle made possible in the perhaps tentative obedience of his disciples next time an opportunity comes your way.

August 30th with Pastor Jim (Psalm 62: & Esther 4:14) Just in Time – We have been travelling around in time this week at Holiday Club. Our theme was Time Travel – Trust in Him at all Times.
Devotional thought: Read sermon text above and consider that we all live in time.  Good times and bad times.  In the midst of whatever time we are called to trust and to seize the moments of opportunity.

September 6th with Pastor Jim (Luke 24:36-53) Commissioned – All four of the gospels end with Jesus commissioning the disciples for service. On Tuesday our students will be going back to school – and so will all the educators of our church.  We all will get back into the full rhythms of Church Life. Let us do so with the blessing of Christ. It is an exciting time of possibilities.
Devotional thought: Read sermon text above and consider what it means for you to be a commissioned servant of Christ in the place that you live, study or work.

September 13 (Romans 1:16) “The Gospel” – We are reminded of the gospel. This treasure entrusted to us, is to live and share.  It is at the heart of who we are, and what we do. The gospel is powerful, loving and life giving – good news. Receive it, embrace it and share it.

The Gospel According to Luke – Holy Week (2015)

Our journey through the Gospel of Luke takes us into the climax of the book. Together, this series digs into the final week of Jesus’ time on earth.
March 29th, 11:00 – Palm Sunday Luke 19:28-48 – Jesus Wept – Though Jesus was received and celebrated by some as he approached Jerusalem he is moved to tears at the sight of the city.  The depth of the compassion Jesus has for a people not embracing their Saviour is something that should grip our own hearts.  How is Jesus being received in our own city.
April 3rd, 10:30 – Good Friday Service – A community service for area churches this year hosted by our church.  Details to follow.
April 5th, 11:00 – Easter SundayCantata and brief message – Luke 24 selected verses – Companion – One of the great stories of Easter is the one about Jesus coming along side some people walking along a road.  Jesus speaks to them about the promises of Scripture and the longings of people’s heart.  He tells how Jesus fulfilled them.  The risen Lord still comes along side as our companion on the journey.

The Gospel According to Luke – Lent series (March 2015)

Continuing our journey through the Gospel of Luke, this series journeys through the five Sundays preceding Holy Week.

February 22nd, 11:00 – Lent – Luke 12:35-13:9 – Ready for the Day – Warnings are given for people’s safety.  There are some warnings that should not be ignored.  In today’s texts Jesus cautions us about certain dangers and invites us to his safety.
March 1st, 11:00 – Lent – Luke 13:18-30 – Like – The lessons of today’s text should be something you like.  He gives some unique insight in what God is doing and what it means for us.  Jesus helps us to understand what the Kingdom of God is like.
March 8th, 11:00 – Lent – Luke 14:1-34 – Banquet – We love to eat and a banquet is a particularly privileged place to do so.  Invitations are out for the great feast and you will be surprised at who is invited.  Jesus talks with us about the guest list.  Come see who is invited.
March 15th, 11:00 – Lent – Luke 15:1-31 – Lost and Found – The Lord does not want to lose anyone.  Each person is precious and will be sought out until found.  The result will be joyous celebration over the one that was lost but now is found.
March 22nd, 11:00 – Lent – Luke 16 – Clarity – We are called to proclaim the good news of Jesus.  How do we communicate the gospel in such a way as it is received and not ignored?  We get some hints from today’s chapter.  Are you ready with conviction and creativity?

The Gospel according to Luke: The Life of Jesus – an orderly account (part 2) (winter 2015)

By a physician and companion of the Apostle Paul.
Join us on a tour through the book of Luke, one of the four gospels in the New Testament. His intro to the book includes these words,
“Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”
We are not certain who this Theophilus was but we know his name means, “Lover of God.”  Our tour focus will be on Jesus; his life story.
Below is a list of the coming services and our destinations on the tour.  Note that this will be a somewhat un-orderly journey through an orderly account.  Come along for the ride of your life.
January 4th 11:00 – Luke 9 – Learning to Follow Jesus – Welcome to the first Sunday in our 95th year as Mimico Baptist Church.  As we continue our journey through the Gospel of Luke we are taught what it means to follow Jesus.  At the beginning of a new year let us commit to learn together the way of Jesus and to be disciples of Christ.
January 11th 11:00 – Luke 10:1-24 – Thy Kingdom Come Jesus sends out his followers with the message and with demonstrations that the Kingdom of God is near. We join with millions of Christians from around the world praying for the coming of God’s kingdom and for his will to be done. Jesus says, “Yet be sure of this: the kingdom of God is near.” The passage we look at today helps us to know what this looks like and what it means.

January 18th 11:00 – 95th Anniversary Service – Bringing the message will be Carla Nelson.  Carla is the Associate Prof. of Education and Director of the B.Ed. Program at Tyndale.  At 95 we have a lot of years behind us.  There are thousands of stories and thousands of touched lives.  Today our focus won’t as much on our roots as it will be on our branches as they continue to reach out. It is a new day and we face the future with anticipation and hope.

January 25th 11:00 – Luke 10:25-42 – Choices – We frequently come across needs and opportunities to respond with the love of Christ.  We also frequently have our own needs and have opportunities to receive the love of Christ.  These are times of choice and life direction.  Today’s lesson offers us guidance and light.
February 1st, 11:00 – Luke 11:1-13 – Prayer – Impressed with the prayer life of Jesus, his disciples asked him, “Teach us to Pray.”  It is a good request.  Prayer comes easily for some and not so easily for others.  It is both a gift and a discipline to be practiced.  Today we join the disciples in Jesus’ school of Prayer.
February 8th, 11:00 – Luke 11:37-12:12What’s Inside? – Jesus wants us to ave the real gospel, not a cheap imitation.  This means having a reliable source and a discerning heart.  The gospel is far too precious and wonderful to miss. Our lives depend upon it.  Fortunately God values and guards us.
February 15th, 11:00 – Luke 12:13-34 – Wealth – We live in a culture obsessed with wealth.  We are fascinated by the rich and famous and enticed by the lottery ads. “If only we had more money we could be happy and satisfied.” Jesus invites us to a different kind of wealth.  How rich do you want to be?

Fall 2014 series: The Gospel According to Luke – the life of Jesus

The Gospel according to Luke
 -The Life of Jesus – an orderly account
 By a physician and companion of the Apostle Paul.
 Join us on a tour through the book of Luke, one of the four gospels in the New Testament.   His intro to the book includes these words, “Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”  We are not certain who this Theophilus was but we know his name means, “Lover of God.”  Our tour focus will be on Jesus; his life story.
Below is a list of the coming services and our destinations on the tour.   Note that this will be a somewhat un-orderly journey through an orderly account.  Come along for the ride of your life.
October 19th 11:00 – Ready?  (Luke 3:1-19)  The coming of Jesus was to be of such great significance that God sent someone to prepare both the way and the people.  John the Baptist was a charismatic prophet who stirred up great anticipation among the crowds who came to hear him.   How do we help those who don’t know Jesus to be ready to meet him and join him?  Are you ready?
October 26th 11:00 – And so it Begins  (Luke 3:21 – 4: 13) Jesus begins his public ministry with his baptism in water and then a baking in the desert.  He receives an affirmation and a testing.   It is evident that God is up to something and Jesus led and empowered by the Spirit is our evidence.  And so, how does it begin with you?
November 2nd 11:00 –  Jesus sets Course  (Luke 4:14-44)  Jesus declares his calling and mission and immediately gets to work, both amazing some and upsetting others.   He says and demonstrates that he is fulfilling the promises of God.  We are ourselves going to have to come to grips with our own reactions to Jesus.  What course of life are you taking?
November 9th 11:00 – Jesus grows a Grace Movement  (LUKE 5:1 – 6:26) As Jesus travels about teaching and healing there is a growing number of people attaching themselves to what is becoming a movement of God’s grace.  There are some that Jesus specifically calls to join him as disciples.  When the call comes, one has to decide if they will get on board.  Are you a participant or a spectator?  Don’t miss the opportunity when it comes.
November 16th 11:00 – Jesus’ Teaching and Stories (Luke 6:17 – 7:50) What Jesus says is of significant importance to understanding who he is and what he is about.  The content of his message can’t be contained on a page.  His words have life and power.  The stability of our lives depends on the strength of our allegiance to Jesus and his truth.  What is at the foundation of your life?
November 23rd 11:00 – Parables and Power  (Luke 8:1-56)  Jesus is making an impact on lives and on the world.  Not everyone is affected and those that are, are not affected in the same way.  Consider today the impact of Jesus and the gospel on others and upon you.