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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. 

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. 

Youth Group: Sept-Dec 2018

Sept 7: Opening Day Party – Dessert (make your own sundaes) and Dialogue

Sept 14: Waterfront Walk and story of Jesus on the beach.

Sept 21: “Life, Is this it?”

Sept 28: Games night. Bring your favourite board game; refreshments and music will be available. Plus a short devo on “All for One” (Luke 15:1-7).

Oct 5: (no youth group)

Oct 12: “Jesus, Who is he?”

Oct 19: Laser Quest

Oct 26: “The Cross – Why did Jesus die?”

Nov 2: Games night

Nov 9: Worship and Faith

Nov 16: Volunteering at Stonegate Ministries

Nov 23: “Prayer, why and how?”

Nov 30: Christmas and why?

Dec 7: Christmas and serving (location TBA)

Dec 14: Christmas and celebrating

Fall 2017 Sermon Series: Jesus Today-A journey through the Gospel According to John (cont’d)

We will take a fresh look at John’s Gospel. Of the four accounts of Jesus’ life and teachings, John takes a unique approach. Written to the church it is an accessible story rich in significance and insight. He describes and demonstrates the great truths of salvation, creation\re-creation, incarnation, the kingdom of God, belief and practice. We will apply all this to today’s reality.

September 10 – Search Light (John 8:12-58) We come attentive to Jesus, the ‘Light of the World’ and humbly learn his ways. In a very volatile situation Jesus uses light and truth to expose some very dangerous and ugly realities behind the actions of those who oppose him. The longer one has been in the dark, the more offensive light feels. Jesus brings the light of his truth into these very dark places. There is a darkness that would blind people to the truth. Jesus comes to set us free.

Devotional thought:  Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

September 17 – Work Light (John 9:1-12) In today’s remarkable story, Jesus gives sight to a man born blind. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” The story raises questions about justice and what is behind the brokenness of our lives and world. Jesus’s answer gives much to consider. The passage has good news for us all.

Devotional thought: Is it possible that some infirmity that you have might be a way through which you might experience God at work?

September 24 – Blind Sighted (John 9:13-41) The simple testimony of a person is a powerful witness to Jesus. “One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” While this man was now able to see, it seems that others – even with sight – could not. This blindness is of a different sort and far too common. Gratefully, Jesus still gives sight to the blind. What is your testimony? 

Devotional thought: Can you think of a time when you were blind to the truth.  Open our eyes Lord.

October 1 – Known (John 10:1-21) Jesus has come to declare and demonstrate the coming of the Kingdom of God. The language and image used is that of a shepherd caring for sheep. Jesus declares, “I am the Good Shepherd.” This passage is a window to the kind of relationship Christ our Shepherd King seeks to have with us.

Devotional thought: Have you found a way to know and recognize the voice of Jesus? “…his sheep follow because they know his voice”

October 15 – Believe it or Not (John 10:22-42) What is the best answer? To give the answer people want to hear or to give them the truth? Jesus asks the crowd to not only hear his words but to also observe his actions. People are looking for answers. Do we leave them in suspense? What do our word and deeds declare about our Lord?

Devotional thought: “What good is it if a person claims to have faith but has no deeds?” James 2:14

October 22 – Jesus Wept (John 11:1-37) At a funeral, Jesus makes a bold declaration of life over death – that he is the resurrection and the life. Jesus invites the mourners to faith and to find hope in him and who he is. This account of Jesus facing the death of a friend and sharing grief with loved ones is of comfort in our own times of loss. Do you believe this?

Devotional thought: What about this story would help you in a time of grief?  That Jesus is the resurrection and the life gives us hope.

October 29  Rise Up (John 11:38-45) In this dramatic event Jesus calls a dead man back to life. It is one thing to say you can raise the dead – it is another, to actually do it. Life wins over death. One has to believe that this event reminded Jesus of his own approaching death and a more significant resurrection. This story brings us to the gospel.

Devotional thought: Jesus performed this miracle of raising Lazarus before a crowd.  That shows us the faith of Jesus. How do you make your faith public?

November 5 – Remembrance – One for All (John 11:45-57) In the passage we consider today Caiaphas the high priest says regarding Jesus, “…that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.” How Caiaphas understood this idea and how God intended it to be understood is something we need to address. At a time of year we remember the sacrifice of others for the whole we will consider the significance of the cross.

Devotional thought: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18 What is the significance of the cross to you?

November 12 – Extravagance (John 12:1-11) A dinner is held in honour of Jesus at the home of the now living Lazarus and his two sisters, Mary and Martha. Jesus is approaching the time of crucifixion. With tremendous reverence and devotion Mary pours out all her love in an act of extravagant worship. This is questioned by Judas who had other intentions. This could be an interesting story to find yourself in. What are the lessons for you?

Devotional thought: Consider what you spend the most time, money and energy on. What values do they reflect? Do you think any changes are in order?

November 19 – A Seed Planted (John 12:20-36) Up to this point in John’s Gospel Jesus has often said, “My time has not yet come.” But now he reveals, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” He speaks of a seed planted the need to walk in the light and of being lifted up. These things he speaks to his would be followers. We will consider the significance of what Jesus says and what it means for us today.

Devotional thought: The gospel is sometimes described a seed planted in the ears of a listener. Has such a seed been planted in you? Are you ready to experience the symbolic death of being planted and coming to new life in resurrection by receiving the gospel in decision and baptism?

November 26 – Chronic Disbelief (John 12:37-50) Jesus faced what we continue to face – disbelief. He reminds us that the ramifications between belief and dismissal if more significant than most realize. Disbelief can have a deadening effect and has you rebelling against your Creator. Jesus affirms that he has come as a Saviour of the world.

Devotional thought: If you are not yet convinced about Jesus are you ready to take a closer look?

Jesus Today (January-March 2017 series)

Jesus Today

We will take a fresh look at John’s Gospel. Of the four accounts of Jesus’ life and teachings, John takes a unique approach. Written to the church it is an accessible story rich in significance and insight. He describes and demonstrates the great truths of salvation, creation\re-creation, incarnation, the kingdom of God, belief and practice. We will apply all this to today’s reality.

January 15: Among Us (John 1:1-18) The message of John 1 is that God took on human flesh and moves among us. This is remarkable news with huge implications for how we live and how we do ministry.  What is Jesus doing today and how can we be a part of it?  Together I expect we will make some exciting discoveries.
Devotional Thought:  At the end of each day this week consider when you may have sensed Jesus at work.

January 29: Voice in the Wilderness (John 1:19-34 & 3:22-36) To prepare the way for Jesus, a messenger was sent in advance to get people ready. John the Baptist, the ‘advance man’ called people to turn their lives around so that they could face Jesus when he came to them. His credibility was evident and his reputation wide. He introduced many to Jesus.
Devotional Thought: What does it mean for us to be God’s voice in today’s wilderness? What would it look or sound like?

February 5: Follow Me (John 1:35-51) The call still stands – continues to be extended – and sometimes to the most unlikely. As Jesus gathers disciples, we see the call extended, sometimes by Jesus directly, and sometimes through another. How are people responding to this call today?
Devotional Thought: How have you heard the call of Jesus in your life? Give thanks. 
(Sorry, a recording is not available.)

February 12: Glory Revealed (John 2:1-11) Jesus performs his first miraculous sign at a wedding.
Devotional Thought: Can you think of a time when you witnessed the glory of the Lord? Did it result in greater faith?
(Sorry, a recording is not available.)

February 19: This Temple (John 2:12-25) The temple holds a central and significant place in Judaism and uniquely in Christianity too.
Devotional Thought: In the New Testament both the Christian and the Church (Christians in community) are described as temples where God dwells. 

February 26: Seeing the Kingdom (John 3:1-21) A curious Pharisee comes to question Jesus at night. Before he can ask the question, Jesus gives him the answer. Jesus shares some truly important and revolutionary information.  The Kingdom is about being born from above; being born again. Jesus was bringing heaven to earth; light and life.
Devotional Thought: Do you want to see the Kingdom of God?

March 5: Another Good Samaritan (John 4:1-42) A most unlikely encounter and conversation brings about a major faith impact on a Samaritan village. It is said the God works in mysterious ways.  Who knows what God might do in your community? And who knows how he will do it? This is CBOQ Sunday, so we will focus some time on our extended family.  
Devotional Thought: If you have a personal encounter with Jesus, who would you tell?
(Sorry, a recording is not available.)

March 12: Miraculous Signs (John 4 ;43-54) For some people to believe they want some kind of miraculous proof. Ever wonders why some believe in Jesus and others don’t? Do you wonder what it would take to turn a life around to face him? 
Devotional Thought: What moved/or moves you towards Jesus?

March 26: A Sign of the Kingdom (John 5:1-15) A man with a disability gets what he wants but only later does he learn that it was Jesus who healed him. Are there people who have met Jesus, even been helped by Jesus without realizing it?   
Devotional Thought: Have you ever looked back on a time in your life and only realised with hindsight that it was an experience of the hand of God?

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?
(No audio recording available.)

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.
(No recording available.)

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.”

The Evolution of Faith in Community (Oct 2016)

This 5-part series (plus a bonus sermon) is preached by Rev. Alvin Lau.


September 26 (the bonus one) “Big and Small” (Job 42:1-6) They say, if you’re looking for answers, just Google it. Indeed, Google does have many answers (although not all of them are necessarily right). It seems we know more now than ever before. But does God fit into all this now? (Or perhaps where do we fit with God?) We’ll explore the big and small of it.

Devotional thought: What do you need to trust with God’s wisdom?


October 2 “The Proposal” (Exodus 20:3) As we travel through this series, we’ll explore how God sees this relationship. The Bible has often used a marriage as an analogy between us and God. What does that exactly entail? We’ll join Moses and the Israelites to see the context of that relationship.

Devotional thought: Are you prepared to accept God’s proposal?


October 9 “The Balance of Contentment” (Philippians 4:10-20) There is a fine line between contentment, complacent and entitlement. We can easily lean towards the other two, but contentment can feel elusive. We’ll look at a couple of moments in King David’s life as a case study into that fine line.

Devotional thought: How do you stay content? (Or what will move you towards contentment?)


October 16 “Far, Far Away” (Psalm 13) There are many times when it feels like God is far, far away. Yet those moments may hold a blessing that we don’t always notice. We’ll empathize together and search for that blessing together.

Devotional thought: When do you feel God’s far away? (How do you respond?)


October 23 “Inclusive Exclusivity” (John 14:6) Sometimes, it seems like Jesus is a paradox. Sometimes he bring peace; other times division. He speaks of the kingdom of God being available to all, then says it’s only for a few. We’ll explore the paradox of “inclusive exclusivity”.

Devotional thought: When you look around, who do you discount from God’s kingdom?


October 30 “To Infinity and Beyond” (John 15:11-15, Revelation 4) As we conclude this series, we look to the present and the future, where are faith is being shaped towards and how it will culminate in the future. Jesus challenges us to “love others as he loved us”. How does look now and what will it lead to in the future?

Devotional thought: How will you love as Jesus loves (based on the definition we explored)?

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.

(Note: We regret some technical issues with this recording.)

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.

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.