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Songs and Sounds of Christmas (Advent 2020)

When the Gospel writer Luke tells the story of Christmas, he adds some music. Included are four songs. Christmas has become a season of carols and lights. We will listen to these five songs, add some light and respond to the life giving sounds of Christ and his birth.

(All service times are Sundays at 10:30 am unless otherwise noted.)

January 3, 2021: Epiphany – Take a Journey (Matthew 2:1-12) We follow the Magi on an amazing journey of exploration and discovery. They sought diligently for what they deemed to be most important. Maybe joining some wise men and women on a journey of discovery in a good idea for 2021.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4rwrg3x56w


December 27: Off to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-18) After the first Christmas Mary and Joseph had to take baby Jesus and flee for their lives. Not everything about the Christmas story is joyful. Jesus and his family knew well the hardships, injustice and brokenness of the world. Jesus would fully enter into the brokenness but come through victorious. He is our hope.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3lTxbsUeyg


December 20: Love – Simeon’s Ancient Song Made New (Luke 2:29-32) God had promised Simeon, a devout and righteous man that he would live to see the Christ. He would come face to face with the Saviour and burst into song. He could go in peace. Can we come face to face with Jesus as we celebrate the salvation he brings? His look is one of love.

https://youtu.be/rqugtlEexS8


December 13: Joy – Angel’s Sing and Shout (Luke 2:1-20) The song of the Angels is an overflow of joy in heaven. The Angels sing in the midst of frightened shepherds. Their routine was dramatically interrupted by glorious good news that would change their lives forever. It is a message that has been changing lives ever since. Today we sing this song of glory and grace as together we worship the Christ. Such joy!

https://youtu.be/fGcEeaxKUNw


December 6: Peace – Mary’s Song (Luke 1: 26-56) Mary would be a Christ carrier. She was to be the mother of Jesus. This of course calls for a song, and Mary delivers. We too can be Christ carriers, but in a different way. What is our song to the world? Perhaps a song of peace.

https://youtu.be/-oHggGJ-DLU


November 29: Hope – Zechariah’s Silence and Song (Luke 1:57-80) Zechariah was the father of John the Baptist. John would prepare the way for the coming of Jesus. Before Zechariah would sing his song, he was in an imposed silence. Perhaps that silence was a space in which to reflect on the significance of the coming Saviour of the world. Out of this comes a glorious hope.

https://youtu.be/aXNMSRrdMCM


Advent 2017: Immanuel – God with us

At Christmas God came to us in a most unexpected yet wonderful way.  He came accessible as a human – arriving as a baby and growing up with us. He would be called Immanuel – God with us.  How do we experience “Immanuel” in our lives now? Over the Advent and Christmas season we are going answer this question as we explore and celebrate the presence of God among us.


December 3rd: “Hope – A Promise Realized: (Luke 1:67-80) In Zechariah’s song we are brought from darkness to light. He announces the coming to fruition of the many promises of old about a coming king and kingdom. His own son, John would be the one to prepare the way for the coming Christ. Our Hope is rooted in God being with us.


December 10: “Peace – Coming to Peaces” (Luke 2:14 & Luke 2:29-32) The Angel song announces peace upon those living in the favour of God. Simeon held the baby Jesus and now knew the peace he sought. Come enter and experience the peace of Christ and learn how to live in his grace. Learn of the very real hope of peace on earth.


December 17: “Joy – Cantata – Night of the Father’s Love – The Awe and Mystery of God with Us”  A presentation in song and word of the story of Christ’s birth. This service is a joyous celebration.


December 24: “Love – God’s Embrace” (Luke 1:46-55 & John 3:16-17) The coming of Christ is the embrace of God’s love on the world and his embrace of love for you. Mary’s song is a glorious celebration of God keeping his promise to bless the world. John 3:16 reminds us of the depth and breadth of God’s love.


December 24, 6:30pm “Christmas Eve Family Candlelight Service – Christ – Here Now” (Luke 2:1-20) Our service takes us back to the hidden and humble animal shelter where Jesus was born to experience his coming to us. Why did God come among us in this way? We will also try to be attentive to his presence now. Are you aware of the evidence of Jesus among us? The first Christmas helps us with today’s Christmas.


December 31: “The End and the Beginning” The end and the beginning can be at the same time and place. At midnight, 2017 ends and 2018 begins. What will you leave behind and what will you keep as you move into a new year. Having seen the hand of God at work let us go forward with a courageous faith and attentiveness to where and what God might be leading us to.


January 7: “Epiphany – The Star” (Matthew 2:1-12) In this famous but peculiar story some foreign star gazers are strangely and miraculously directed to the one born King of the Jews. These Magi came to Jesus in a most unexpected and surprising way. We are reminded that God is a seeking God and that his ways are not our ways. Maybe we can expect to be surprised.


January 14:

Children’s Church: December 2016

This month’s teachers are Jan O’Hearn and Andrew O’Brien.

December 4: Zechariah and Elizabeth (Luke 1:69) God Talk handout

December 11: Mary, Mother of Jesus (Philippians 2:3b-8) God Talk handout

December 18: Joseph and the Trip to Bethlehem (Isaiah 58:11a) God Talk handout

December 25: Shepherds Point to Jesus (Philippains 2:6-7) God Talk handout

April 2015 series

April 12th (Luke 24) “Companion” A week after Easter it is important to ensure a continuation of the resurrection celebration. Today we consider the account of the resurrected Jesus coming along side some people walking along a road.  He speaks to them about the promises of Scripture and the longings of people’s hearts. It is only as he breaks bread with them that they finally recognize the presence of Jesus.  We learn today what it means to have the risen Lord come along side you as your companion on the journey.  We will remember and recognize him around the table of communion.  A very warm welcome to all.
 
April 19th (Luke 18:1-30) “Tough Faith” A good disciple of Christ needs to have a well tuned and practiced faith.  In a series of short lessons Jesus gives us some essential teaching in the attitudes and attentions of faith.  Can it be both tough and tender?  We are called to be relentless, humble, childlike and courageous.  A very warm welcome to all.
April 26th (Luke 18:35-43) “I Want to See” We are honoured and thrilled to have the Mimico Children’s Choir and their families joining us today.  A very warm welcome to you all. Today we have a treat for our ears and eyes.  We will hear great singing and we will witness an encounter of Jesus with a blind man who wants to see.   This man was quite literally blind and Jesus gave him sight.  It is though, possible to look and yet not perceive or understand.  It is possible for a person to have sight and in some ways still be blind.  Together we come to Jesus saying, “Lord, I want to see.”

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.