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Infectious Joy: flipping through Philippians (Apr-Aug 2019)

“This is Paul’s happiest letter. And the happiness is infectious. Before we’ve read a dozen lines, we begin to feel the joy ourselves – the dance of words and the exclamations of delight have a way of getting inside us.”
– Eugene Peterson’s Intro to Paul’s Letter to the Philippians in The Message

As we continue in our “Taste and See” theme for 2019, we consider together what it means to be salt and light. This letter has practical insight and application. Please join us as we flip through the Letter to the Philippians.

April 28: Partnership (Philippians 1:1-6) In these remarkable opening verses we are filled with optimism. With gratitude, are remembered the partnerships enjoyed in the gospel. Bathed in prayer, encouragement and promise compel us forward. (first part of recording is missing)

May 5: All the Best to You (Philippians 1:7-11) We learn what is valued most by looking at the content of a person’s prayer. The rich array of gifts sought for the Philippians is a highly desired treasure that we would do well to pursue. Let us also seek these gifts in prayer and discipline. (no recording available)

May 12 (Mother’s Day): Irrepressible Joy (Philippians 1:12-30) Some think they can stop the spread of Jesus and his good news by means of chains or other restrictive measures. Paul reminds us that the gospel, in all kinds of ways, is being declared and demonstrated. There is joy and courage for us in this truth. Welcome and a blessing to the ones who mother us.

May 19: Prayers Through the Senses (prayer service) We’ll take time in the service to pray together (from young kids to older adults) using our senses. Come pray with us. (no recording available)

May 26: If & Then (Philippians 2:1-11) In this remarkable Christ infused passage we are called to self-examination and response. If we are enjoying certain new realities in Christ then there will be a corresponding new attitude and action. Most revealing in this passage is the gospel portrayed in the humility and exaltation of Christ. Together we are carried into the worship of Christ. (first part of recording is missing)

June 2: Starry Starry Night (Philippians 2:12-18) We are called to shine. If we are salt and light then we need to be salty and bright. Against a dark reality in our world we shine like stars bearing witness to the Light of the World. Is there anything you or we need to work out?

June 9 (Pentecost): Siblings (Philippians 2:19-30) In the family of the church there are particular individuals that God graces us with. These siblings in Christ are those who motivate and encourage. We are so very grateful for these who bring the presence of Christ. Not only did Paul exchange letters with the church he exchanged gifted friends. (no recording available)

June 16 (Father’s Day): Valued Above All (Philippians 3:1-11) Sometimes what we think is most important goes through a change. A health crisis, a new experience, or an epiphany can all be motivators for rethinking priorities. Do we understand these words? “I consider everything loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” What do you value most? (no recording available)

June 23: Step Up in Him (Mark 1:15) Our faith is founded on Jesus’ claim: The Kingdom of God is near. We’ll spend some time looking at a brief overview of the story of humanity with God and Jesus’ redemptive act on our behalf. (no recording available)

June 30 (Canada Day weekend): Straining Towards What is Ahead (Philippians 3:12-4:1) Living for the moment is a popular idea. We can live for so much more. We can live for the promised future. “Forgetting what is behind, and straining for what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”Let’s explore together what it means to live heavenward. (no recording available)

July 7: Know Your Place (Mark 7:24-30) This passage makes Jesus look harsh, mean and maybe even condescending. As we delve into this passage, perhaps there’s a part of Jesus we’re not noticing. Let’s explore together. (no recording available)

July 14: My Ebenezer…and I don’t mean Scrooge! (Genesis 35:9-15, Joshua 3:9-4:9, Joshua 24:14-28, I Sam. 7:7-13, 2 Kings 23:1-3) Humans love to mark events and milestones and accomplishments with cards and certificates and trophies. This is not surprising since God also apparently thought it important to mark special events. Often it was with feasts, but just as often it was with stones! Today we will look briefly at five stories where God’s people were told to mark events with piles of rocks (Ebenezer) or pillars.  These were reminders of what God had done for them. Each time they were also told to prepare themselves – to pray, to repent, or to recommit themselves. We are approaching a major milestone in the life of our church – our own Ebenezer, and Christ is our rock, our cornerstone. What will this mean to us corporately and individually? May God bless us as we study His Word together. (no recording available)

July 21: Focused (Philippians 4:2-9) Life is stressful. Our minds are pre-occupied with all kinds of things. Sleep is difficult. It is enough to make us despair. There is very real hope and help. We find practical direction from today’s Philippian passage. (no recording available)

July 28: Lament (book of Lamentations) Did you know 40% of the Psalms are laments. (Do you know what “lament” means?) We don’t usually talk about it but we’ll spend some time tomorrow wrestling with it. (no recording available)

August 4: Renew Your Life (Zephaniah 1:12) sermon by Lin Ying Liu (no recording available)

August 11: Contentment (Philippians 4:10-23) Would you believe that there is a secret to contentment? What would such a secret be worth? How desirable to find what eludes so many people. This secret to contentment is revealed. Let’s have a look at it. (no recording available)

August 18: Look and See (Mark 6:34, Luke 7:44, John 4:35) How well do you see?  Jesus models seeing with compassion and action. People all around us long to be seen with the eyes of Jesus. We seek new eyes to see and a heart that breaks for the needs of others. Can we see others and the world around us with the eyes and heart of Jesus?

August 25: Sent Ones (John 20:19-23) We just completed an awesome week of super-hero adventure.  Ascenders assemble! We heard the words of Jesus, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” We celebrate and worship the one who sends us out as heroes of grace, truth and love. 

September 1: (Psalm 1:1-3) As we draw to the unofficial end of summer, what have you heard from God lately? We will share some of God’s words through prayer and through his Scripture. Focus is on meditation. (no recording available)

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.

(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.

(Note: We apologize for some technical difficulties with this recording.)

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.