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Taste and See

The Psalmist wrote, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8) He may have been looking forward to Jesus proclaiming to his followers that, “You are the salt of the earth” and “You are the light of the world.”  In 2019 these verses will shape our theme.  We will explore and practice what it means to be salt and light; to season and to shine.   We will influence and impact our communities as we give taste and visible evidence to the reign of Christ in our lives and his present and coming Kingdom.  We want to be very intention in our empowered witness to Christ in our communities with the anticipation that lives will be drawn into relationship with Jesus and his mission.

Psalm 34:8

Taste and see that the Lord is good;
    blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Matthew 5:13-16   Salt and Light

13 You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Taste:  We don’t just want to eat, we want to taste our food and we want to enjoy it in good company.  We will consider the use of meals in sharing Christ.  We will consider what it means to season a community and what it means to impede the presence of decay.

 See:  Light is a rich and powerful metaphor for many truths and experiences. Light is necessary to see and to see accurately. There is seeing and there is understanding what is seen.  Good lighting can beautify and enhance.  How can we brighten our communities and make visible the reality of Christ?

January 27: A Song and a Sword (Psalm 149) There is a Psalm that brings together the vital relationship between worship and ministry. Worship is the essential ingredient that motivates a life of dedicated service. We need a song and we need a sword and we need to keep them together. Let us worship the one who sends us out in mission and ministry. (no audio available)

Devotional thought: What would be your song and your sword?

February 3: Taste and See 1 (Luke 24:13-35) In a remarkable story some individuals have a sudden realization that the meal they are sharing is in the presence of the world’s Lord and Saviour. He opened the Scriptures to them; he walked beside them and chatted with them. However, it was in the breaking of bread, that their eyes were opened. As we come around the table of the Lord today may we afresh, taste and see that Christ Jesus is among us. (no audio available)

Devotional thought: What surprised you the most about this story?

February 10: Taste and See (Psalm 34) – In this Psalm we have a man sharing his experience of the rescuing and present power of the Lord. Through a trying and dangerous crisis, the author tasted the saving work of God and this enabled him to see his Saviour more clearly. The Lord heard and answered his prayers. (no audio available)

Devotional thought:  What verse of this Psalm speaks particularly to you?

February 17: Isn’t that what’s his name? (Acts 3) – The church is brand-new and already making its presence known. There is nothing like a changed life to get a community’s attention. Questions are asked and a witnessing opportunity given. What might this look like where we are?

February 24: Priceless (Acts 8:9-25) – The religious soup that exists around us can be baffling. People believe all kinds of things and enter into all kinds of practices. What of our beliefs? There is nothing that satisfies like the real thing and it comes at a very high price. Thank fully God himself picked up the tab. How best to live and share a priceless message?

March 3: Lessons in Prayer (Acts 4:23-37) The early church grew in the midst of a hostile context. It was a dangerous time to live for Jesus. Their response of prayer to the persecution they received is inspiring. What shape do your prayers take when things get tough? This is CBOQ Sunday and we will celebrate the shared ministry of our larger family.

Firm Footing (Jan. 13/19)

January 13Firm Footing (select passages) It is a new year and in that sense, it can be a new beginning. We set course; we establish a firm footing, and a disciplined path. The Scriptures have much to teach up about the way we go through life. What new practices will you make a part of your walk?

Imaginative Hope (Fall 2018)

This series draws on a body of work entitled, Imaginative Hope – Reaching and Engaging the Next Generation with the Gospel. This was the product of work done by 50 Canadian Baptist leaders from across Canada. See

We begin by overcoming ‘Seven Major Obstacles’:

  1. Neglected spiritual health and wellness.
  2. Church structures that hinder change.
  3. Lack of engagement with issues of our time.
  4. Failed intergenerational
  5. Embracing a discipleship that is failing our young people.
  6. Underestimating the transformative power of God.
  7. Embracing a consumerism culture.

September 23: Journey to “First Love” (Revelation 2) Our story is a love story. Love stories are good news and attract audiences. Be a people that loves Jesus so much that it reflects in everything we do and say. We take some time to understand what love is from the author of love.

September 30: Fall Rally and Grand Opening – A Place for All (Luke 14:15-23) After many years of preparation and fund raising, the long held dream has become a reality. The new entrance stands as a testimony to the welcome of God and his people. It testifies to God’s miraculous provision. It testifies to the courageous faith and generosity of his people. So welcome to this celebration appropriately held as part of a worship service. At the front is a table that represents a great banqueting table to which, all are invited.

October 7: Thanksgiving Overflow (2 Corinthians 4:13-18) This is a day, chosen for the season of harvest; to give thanks for all that we have received. Clearly, we especially, living in prosperity, have much for which to be grateful. In the passage we study today, we come to the treasures of our faith, and the unseen eternal gifts for which our praise of thanksgiving should overflow.

October 14: Shape Shifting (1 Corinthians 9:19-23) Shape shifters are imaginary beings that can take on new shapes or forms to fit their need or context. In such rapidly changing times are there any shifts we need to make to respond quickly and appropriately to new and morphing realities?

October 21: Next Gen? (Psalm 71) There sadly seems to be a growing gap between generations and that seems to be especially true in matters of faith. In a rapidly changing, multi-faith and complex world, how do we declare and demonstrate the good news of Jesus to those that follow. We dare not drop the torch before it is received by the next generation. “Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come.” (Psalm 71:18)

October 28: Bridge Building (Luke 10:1-24) What are the tangible expressions of the reign of Christ in our lives and in our communities? We pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Is that prayer being answered in our living and witness? Jesus sent his disciples out to declare that, “the Kingdom of God is near”. It is a message our communities need to hear and see. (Check Imaginative Hope-Opportunity 1.)

November 4: Let Them Come (Matthew 18:1-11; 19:13-15) Children hold a dear and honoured place in the heart of Christ. Jesus held children up to us as examples to learn from, as the greatest in his kingdom and as those most welcome to his presence. He warns us not to hinder them from coming to him.  How can we strengthen our mission and ministry to children?

November 11: Future Investment (Matthew 4:18-22, Acts 4:13-14, Psalm 78:4) We know that reaching the next generations is important. Jesus did so with his disciples. We’ll explore the relationship between Jesus, Peter and John and extrapolate what it means today. This venture is a most worthy investment. We will also take time to honour those who served and who serve in peace and protection services. (with Rev. Alvin Lau)

November 18: Engage Culture (Isaiah 40) We live in strange new times with change happening faster than we can keep up. God gives us his vision for the world and invites us to participate with him in the making of it. To engage culture we need a Christian mind cultivated by the Spirit and Word. The next generations especially need help with this.

November 25: Let Them Lead (1 Timothy 4:11-14, 1 Samuel 16, Esther 4:14) God calls people of all ages to serve him. There is strong support for granting responsibility to the young and helping them to grow into ministry responsibilities. We will look at the examples of some and consider our next steps. Shall we practice some imaginative hope together?

Summer Services 2017

July 2: “Walking the Waves” (John 6:16-24) with Pastor Jim

July 9: The composer of “Abide with Me” wrote a line many of us can relate to. “Change and decay in all around I see.” In our world we see changes happening so quickly and constantly. Some change is good: but at the same time, we need things in our lives that are permanent, that we can count on. In Malachi 3 :6, God says, “I am the Lord, I change not.” We will look at what that means for us. With Jan Thomas (our Choir Director and author of two books)
Devotional thought: What things about God’s unchanging nature do I appreciate most?  What changes has God performed in my life?

July 16: “Keep Building” (Haggai 1) Atrophy can be defined as “gradually decline in effectiveness or vigor due to underuse or neglect”. Summer can sometimes lead towards spiritual atrophy. This morning, we join the Israelites in Haggai’s call towards atrophy. May we respond as they did. With Alvin Lau

Devotional thought: What’s one practice you learned in the last couple of months that you need to keep building on?

July 23: “Good Ol’ Days .. Days to Come” (Haggai 2) Do you remember the good ol’ days? How does it compare to the present? Sometimes, we look back with fondness to what happened before. We may even lament why it isn’t like that now. We’ll continue with Haggai and the return of the Israelites and see what God’s word to them was … and is for us today. 

Devotional thought: How do you think God will continue to spur you forward? (What do you need to be involved)?

July 30: “Missing the Point” (John 6:25-70) with Pastor Jim

August 6: “The Real Showbread” (John 6:35) Bread is a significant part of our Christian understanding. In the NIV
Bible, it shows up 271 times. Let’s explore the richness of what Jesus meant when he said he’s the bread of life. With
 Alvin Lau

August 13: “Still Looking” (John 7) with Pastor Jim

August 20: “Trapped?” (John 8:1-11) with Pastor Jim

August 27: “Ancient Paths” (Jeremiah 6:16) Holiday Club Service with Pastor Jim

September 3: “Remember These” (Joshua 3-4) “Do you remember …” To reminisce is to recall what’s happened
before. Around your home, you probably have pictures or other memorabilia that bring back fond memories (and maybe some not-so-fond ones). We’ll look at an event in Israel’s history, and explore how God cements that specific point in time for generations to come (and why). With
 Alvin Lau

Devotional thought: What helps you to remember God’s faithfulness and promises? (Be specific as you list them.)