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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.”

Summer 2016 series

Our summer service begins at 10:00 am EDT.

July 3 (Pastor Jim Sanderson) Glorious (Psalm 72) Together we will look at the Psalm that helped to shape the vision of the founders of Canadian federation. They saw a land ruled from sea to sea by the Lord Jesus. The prayer of our National Anthem is, “God keep our land, glorious and free.” The present reality of Canada may be somewhat different than envisioned but still holds out great opportunity and promise. Canada has opened her arms to welcome the peoples of the world.

Devotional thought: Read sermon text above and consider the place faith in Canada today.  Can you see evidence of the influence of this Psalm?

July 10 (Rev. Alvin Lau) Jesus Wept (John 11:1-44) Pain. Sadness. Grief. These are human emotions that transcend any barrier in life. They are fundamental in what makes us human. We understand Jesus to be fully God and fully human, and yet we sometimes wonder if God actually feels.

Devotional thought: When is the last time you felt emotionally connected to God?

July 17 (Pastor Jim) Walk This Way (I John 1:1-2:14) We will spend some time this summer looking at one of the earliest writings of the church. We will interact with the First Letter of John. John begins with a strong affirmation of Jesus life and work. He then invites us into the benefits. The gospel has a way of changing us. We begin to walk as Jesus did. 

Devotional thought: John describes life with Jesus as walking in the light.  Are there paths in your life that could use more of his light?

July 24 (Jan Thomas) The Light of the World (John 1:1-9, 8:12) Most of us find it difficult to complete an “I am….” statement. Whether from real or false modesty, we don’t like to make positive statements about ourselves. We may be afraid others will not see us as we see ourselves. Jesus had no difficulty describing himself. In at least eight powerful “I am” statements, Jesus told us a great deal about who he is. We will look at “I am the Light of the World.” Life on this earth could not exist without light. The darkest path is illuminated by a single ray of light. Many forms of light provide warmth. We will look at these properties and more to see what they teach us about Jesus.

Devotional thought: Am I opening my heart to all the ways that Jesus can be the light of my life?

July 31 (Pastor Jim) Truth (1 John 2:15-29 & 4:1-6) John is obsessed with the truth. In a pluralistic society where it seems truth is relative it is important for us to listen to what John communicates. Declarations of truth are suspect today and even seen as arrogant. For reasons of integrity and assurance we want to know we are holding onto the truth in crucial matters.  John always speaks of truth in the context of love. Can you handle the truth?

Devotional thought: Would you describe your faith as tentative or confident?  Why?  Will you be a seeker of truth? 

August 7 (Rev. Alvin Lau) Thunder to Love (John 14:15-21) We are often mesmorized when someone has a dramatic change, whether it’s their physical appearance, a tragic turn of events or even their attitudes. Let’s look at John the Apostle’s change and see what we might take from it today.

Devotional thought: Think of 1 person. How can you help them embrace God’s best for them potentially at your own expense? 

August 14 (Jan Thomas) You’re what? (John 6:33,35,48-51, 10:7-9, 15: 1,5) We are sometimes afraid to say positive things about ourselves. If we say, “I am smart,” we might be shown to be foolish. If we say “I am attractive,” someone might accuse us of vanity. Jesus made it very clear to us Who He is in definitive and astonishing “I am” statements. He made no apology for this, usually expanding on each one so that His hearers would clearly understand. Today we will look at more of the “I AM”s” of Christ. While some of the things he said about himself (“I am the door”, “I am the bread of life”, “I am the true vine”) seem strange to us, they are firmly rooted in old testament imagery and make perfect sense when examined carefully. We will rejoice today in a God who chooses to reveal himself to us.

Devotional thought: Have I walked through the door? Have I partaken of the bread of life? Am I an abiding branch?

August 21 (Pastor Jim) Adopted by the Divine (1 John 3:1-15) Some people are into genealogies and exploring their family tree.  Our relations can have quite an impact on our identity.  Our names reveal our family.  John marvels that we can be called children of God.  Imagine being adopted by the Divine – now that would be a name to live up to.  

Devotional thought: It is one thing to know that God invites you to be in his family and another to invite God into your family.  How do you embrace the presence of God in your home?

August 28 (Pastor Jim) Star Ways (John 14:6) We have had quite a week at the J-Deye Academy training the disciples of Lord Jesus.  They have been mastering the gifts of light and truth.  Join us as the faith awakens and we learn the ways of Jesus. 

Devotional thought:  Please be in prayer for the children and youth of holiday club.  May the Truth be with them.

September 4 (Rev. Alvin Lau) Service of Prayers (Exodus 3:14) This weekend tends to be the “calm before the storm” of routines. Let’s take some time to come before Gd together in prayer and worship. May this be a time for your soul to be refreshed before life revs up again.

Devotional thought: Before you head back to your “normal” routine, take some time to express adoration to God, confess your sins, thank him for his blessings and lift up your requests to him.

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.

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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.

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.