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Rooted and Reaching (part 2)

(You can review the first part of this series at

Sunday May 6, 10:30 am: (John 21:15-25) Re-commissioned – Peter bore an uncomfortable burden of having denied Jesus three times. It was a terrible and painful weight. Jesus leads him through a journey of forgiveness and healing. Peter is then ready to be re-commissioned by Jesus to mission and ministry.

Sunday May 13, 10:30 am: (Mother’s Day) (Proverbs 2) Rooted in Scripture – A lack of adequate nourishment from the roots can put a tree’s health in jeopardy. Being deeply rooted in God’s Word not only nourishes us, but also guides and directs our growth and determines the kind of fruit we will bear. The scriptures, though essential for our health, are a hard soil that takes commitment and effort to get our roots into. It is so worth it though. Welcome and a blessing to the ones who mother us.

Sunday May 20, 10:30 am: (Pentecost) (Galatians 5:16-26) Spirited – The Christian’s life is lived in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit – the third person of the Trinity – is God living within his children. The Spirit is often compared to water and wind.  We want to be well watered, with roots deep in the Spirit, and have him blow freely through our branches. Together we seek to be filled with the presence and power of God.

Sunday May 27, 10:30 am: Rooted in Community – Community and church (Matthew 5:13-16; Acts 2:42-47) While the roots are hidden, the trunk and branches of a tree are visible affecting the area around them. Think of the many benefits of a tree. Isaiah likened the people of God to an oak tree. “They shall be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” (Isaiah 61:3c) We consider the vital relationship of the Church to her community.

Sunday June 3, 10:30 am: Rooted in the Kingdom – Heaven and Earth (Ephesians 1:9-10 & Revelation 21:1-5) Jesus taught us to pray for his kingdom to come and for his will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Our impact in our community is to bring a taste of heaven as a tangible hope for a new world coming. A great marriage of heaven and earth is happening. We help the world to see what it will be like when Jesus is King.

Sunday June 10, 10:30 am: Reaching out in Love (2 Corinthians 9:6-15) The gospel can be shared in economic language. That is what Paul does in 2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. Christ modeled, encouraged and commanded generosity. Giving may be one of the greatest ways we witness to the world. In a world of gross imbalance of wealth rooted in greed and selfishness, the community of Christ models generosity and sharing.

Sunday June 17, 10:30 am: (Father’s Day) Reaching out in Service (Mark 10:35-45) Jesus elevated service to the level of greatness. Jesus came to serve and taught his disciples to do the same. Service is an expression of Christ’s humility and love. We demonstrate that when we follow his example. Are we providing good service?

Sunday June 24, 10:30 am: 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.

Rooted and Reaching (2018 theme)

Rooted and Reaching

The Bible often uses plants or trees to describe our relationship to God and our place in the world.  God’s people are described as a vine or as a tree.  The gospel is described as a seed.  We need to be a people well rooted in Christ and reaching out in his love.  See the following as examples.


The idea of being rooted is to have a strong and vital relationship with God through Christ.  We draw our nourishment and life from him through prayer, scripture, his indwelling Spirit and fellowship in his church.  It is about establishing our lives in Christ. We need to know God and know him well.

REACHING: (Branches)

While roots invisibly reach down to establish a plant and nourish it, the branches visibly reach out to bear fruit, give presence and provide life.  Jesus not only demonstrated and taught a strong devotional life, he also demonstrated and taught a life of loving, sacrificial service and witness.

Matthew 13:1-23  Parable of the sower.

But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.

Isaiah 37:31   Once more a remnant of the kingdom of Judah
will take root below and bear fruit above.  (Take root – bear fruit)

We’ll begin by rooting ourselves in faith, hope and love. 1 Thessalonians 1:3  We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sunday January 28: Rooted in Faith (Colossians 2:6-7) Our faith is a deep, rich and nutritious soil. We are to be well rooted on our faith. Faith is a verb and a noun so we will explore faith as a body of truth and as a practice. What does it mean for you to be a person of faith?

Devotional thought: Romans 10:17 says faith comes from hearing the message of Christ.  Are you listening?

Sunday February 4: Rooted in Hope (Hebrews 6:13-20) While hope is often seen as like the light at the end of a dark tunnel, in today’s passage it is described as an anchor. An anchor is below the surface securing us to keep us from drifting. We need to be rooted in this kind of hope. 

Devotional thought:  What gives you hope?

Sunday February 11: Rooted in Love (Ephesians 3:14-21) The Bible not only teaches love as a kind of action, it is also a kind of knowing. To know and to be held in the love of God is a desirable place to be. We will look at a prayer that invites us to be rooted and established in love. How well are you/we rooted in this kind of love?

Devotional thought: Who are the one’s whose love shaped who you are?  Do you comprehend the dimensions of God’s love?ave freedom to work in your life.

September 2016: Living Upstream in a Downstream World

This three-part series is led by Dr. Gary Nelson.

September 11: “Resident Aliens” (I Peter 1:13-25) Sometimes it feels like to be a person of faith puts us at odds with the world around us. In truth we are. We walk to a different set of core commitments and values that sometimes places us on the other side of arguments- sometimes we see things very differently because of the God we serve. Over the next three weeks we will explore this strange idea of being Resident Aliens both at home in our world but at the same time a stranger.


September 18: “Rooted and Purposeful” (I Peter 2:9-12) Peter is writing to a people in the first century who are facing persecution. In times like those that the early followers of Jesus faced it was easy to lose hope. Peter wants them to be encouraged and he does so by calling them to reflect and grasp onto the Identity they have as disciples of Christ. He realized that out of our identity will flow our actions and our sense of mission. We explore the core of what we root ourselves in- our identity in Jesus Christ.


TBD: “Finding the Centre” (I Peter 4:12-19; 5:6-11) Henri Nouwen one time made a bold statement to a class of graduating students of Tyndale Seminary. He was calling them to maturity as a followers of Jesus told them that to mature as a followers of Jesus will mean that will you be led into some places you don’t want to go. He said “It means the road of downward mobility in the midst of the an upward mobile world. Your life is not going to be easy, and it should not be easy. It ought to be hard. It ought to be radical; it ought to be restless; it ought to lead you to places you’d rather not go.” We end this series focusing on challenge of being a follower of Christ in a complex world.