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Summer 2018 services

July 1 Canada Day: Faith, in Canada (Luke 13:29) Canada is rich in diversity. This is certainly true when with views on faith and religion. There is a vast diversity of choice, yet one of the fastest growing groups are those who embrace no religion. In such a context, how do we declare and demonstrate the person and message of Christ. How to we navigate our present to help shape our country’s future?

July 8: The Right Judge (Nahum 1:2-10) The world doesn’t seem right; it feels like there’s so much injustice. In the midst of that, God is faithful to judge rightly. (with Rev. Alvin Lau)

July 15: Judging Rightly (Nahum 1:11-3:19) As we continue with Nahum, we see God’s seemingly severe judgement on Assyria. Sometimes we feel like we want to be vindicated in the same way. Yet there’s another side of the coin to consider, just as Nahum’s people did at that time. (with Rev. Alvin Lau)

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July 22: Hope for the Bully(ed) (Nahum 3:18-19) In our world right now, bullying is a significant issue, for both the bullied and the bully. Our service will include an extended time of prayer for the oppressed and their oppressors. (with Rev. Alvin Lau)

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July 29: Blessed (Psalm 1) This first of the Psalms points to the path of blessing. You are invited to be like a tree planted by streams of water and yielding much fruit. What path are you on?

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August 5: Reaching out in hospitality (Hebrews 13:2) We cannot underestimate the positive impact of the ministry of hospitality. “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it“. Hospitality was a vital ministry of Christ and the early church. It is an important ministry of our Church in this community. We have a team of people dedicated to this vital ministry. We will consider the possibilities of both being a guest and being a host.

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August 12: Chosen Priests (Leviticus 9:1-24) Every Christian has a position of the chosen priests in the world, so we should listen to God’s words and obey God, so that our worship will glorify God and bless people. (with Peter Qi)

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August 19: Can it be? (Acts 9:20-31) When Paul (Saul) began his public ministry, as a new Christian, people were astonished at the change in him. This coming week we will hold our Holiday Club and consider the unimaginable, yet wonderful things that God can do. With a solid hope, we dare to dream and to do what Christ makes possible.

August 26: Unimaginable Events (Ephesians 3:20-21) This service follows our Holiday Club and takes us into the lessons shared with the community. 

September 2: (with Rev. Alvin Lau) The Rhythm of Life (TBA) Summer is almost over (unofficially). Hopefully you’ve had some moments to rest, moments to work and moments to be with God. As the kids join us in our worship service, let’s discover together what God has for us this morning through our worship, our prayers and his worship.

Summer Sermon Series

Note: All church services begin at 10:00 am.
You are invited to the following services offered this summer. This is a season for rest and renewal for many and regular worship is an important part. There is a children’s program during the church service. God bless you – have a great summer.
*NEW* We have included a weekly devotional reading and thought for those unavailable to join a worship service.

July 5th with Pastor Jim (2 Corinthians 1:3-11) Hardship We have been looking at the resources our Lord equips us with. We have been calling it our toolbox. This tool we might rather leave in the box. In this sermon, we grapple with the ministry opportunities and even blessings of hardship. We certainly do not seek hardship but when it comes to you; look for the grace of our Lord bringing comfort and strength. We so often come out stronger on the other side.
Devotional thought: Read sermon text above and consider the place of hardships in your faith journey.  Have you been helped or hurt?  Have you met Christ in the midst of the trouble helping you through?

July 12th with Rev. Alvin Lau (Romans 3:24 and Luke 14:25-33) The Paradox of Salvation? – Paradoxes are moments when 2 seemingly contradicting statements exist together. Often they happen when one of our presumptions are inaccurate. Jesus offers us the gift of salvation and yet it seems it’s not really free. We’ll explore this paradox.
Devotional thought: Read sermon text above and consider how the gift of salvation impacts the way you live.

July 19th with Jan Thomas (I Kings 19: 1-13) Places of the Soul – Although all Scriptural events happened in real places in history, these places have also come to take on metaphoric qualities. We speak of “mountain top experiences” and “the valley of sorrow” or of feeling like we’re in an emotional dessert. We’ll look at these “places of the soul” and what they can teach us about our relationship with God.
Devotional thought: Read sermon text above and consider: Where has your soul been lately? Have you been on a mountaintop high? a valley of sorrow? a desert of dryness? or safe in the Rock? What can we learn from these places?

July 26th with Rev. Alvin Lau (Hebrews 11:1 and the Apostles Creed) The Result of Belief – It’s been said that what we believe shapes what we do. So what do we as Christians believe? How do these beliefs impact our every day lives? We’ll explore this relationship together.
Devotional thought: Read Hebrews 11:1 and the Apostle’s Creed, and consider your own beliefs. How do they influence your actions? (What do your actions suggest you believe?)

August 2nd, with Pastor Jim (Revelation 4-7, 21-22 – selected verses) The Future – The last book in the Bible is one that leaves us with hope and anticipation.  The Revelation of John is a great gift to Jesus’ disciples.  We are given a glimpse of heaven, heaven on earth and the future.  This vision carried and carries the Church through the hard times.  Come let us celebrate.
Devotional thought: Read sermon texts above and consider the future assured to us and enter into the hope that gives you.  Will you pray? – “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”

August 9th with Rev. Alvin Lau (1 Peter) Burn Away … For Good – Trials are not a fun part of life. Yet it is through trials that we learn “what we’re made of”. In Peter’s first letter to churches in Asia Minor, he unpacks why we go through trials and offers practical ways to handle it with Jesus as the foundation. We’ll explore Peter’s letter together.
Devotional thought: Read 1 Peter. What trials are you facing? If you are or aren’t, what’s the reason behind that? If you are, how can they help move you forward?

August 16th with Rev. Alvin Lau (2 Peter) Keep Looking Forward – Our last words demonstrate what’s the most important part of us. It reveals what’s foundational and our last impression to the next generation. In Peter’s second and final letter to the churches in Asia Minor, he leaves what essentially are his last words. We’ll discover his last impression to the generations that followed him.
Devotional thought: Read 2 Peter. How you would summarize Peter’s last words? What would yours be?

August 23rd with Pastor Jim (Mark 6:30-44) They’re Coming! – The feeding of a large crowd is both a challenge and an opportunity. We’ll see how Jesus and his disciples were able to send the crowd on their way satisfied.
Devotional thought: Read sermon text above and consider times when you were given opportunity to feed someone or to share your faith and didn’t feel up to it. Remember this story of Jesus miracle made possible in the perhaps tentative obedience of his disciples next time an opportunity comes your way.

August 30th with Pastor Jim (Psalm 62: & Esther 4:14) Just in Time – We have been travelling around in time this week at Holiday Club. Our theme was Time Travel – Trust in Him at all Times.
Devotional thought: Read sermon text above and consider that we all live in time.  Good times and bad times.  In the midst of whatever time we are called to trust and to seize the moments of opportunity.

September 6th with Pastor Jim (Luke 24:36-53) Commissioned – All four of the gospels end with Jesus commissioning the disciples for service. On Tuesday our students will be going back to school – and so will all the educators of our church.  We all will get back into the full rhythms of Church Life. Let us do so with the blessing of Christ. It is an exciting time of possibilities.
Devotional thought: Read sermon text above and consider what it means for you to be a commissioned servant of Christ in the place that you live, study or work.

September 13 (Romans 1:16) “The Gospel” – We are reminded of the gospel. This treasure entrusted to us, is to live and share.  It is at the heart of who we are, and what we do. The gospel is powerful, loving and life giving – good news. Receive it, embrace it and share it.