Maximize Your Health will run “Chronic Disease Self Management Program” at Glenbrook Wednesday mornings from 9:30—12:00 from Sept. 25th—Oct. 30th. If interested please sign up in the lobby or contact the office
In Mississauga Halton Region we envision individuals with chronic conditions working as partners in their own healthcare. We provide programs and services that enable people to take control of their own health by gaining the confidence, skills and knowledge necessary to manage the physical, social and emotional aspects of life with chronic conditions.
The Self Management Strategy is funded through the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care of Ontario and we also have an Advisory Network of stakeholders (including consumers) from across the region contributing to our work.
Prayer Workshop - There is an upcoming prayer workshop, Saturday, September 28th from 9:30-3:00 at St. John’s Anglican Church Dixie. 719 Dundas St. East, Mississauga. If you are interested call 905-277-0462 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org There is a flyer on the board at the church with more details.
But Those Who Wait….
Have you ever felt that God wasn’t listening, or that your path in life is completely hidden from view? At times, it can be hard to see or hear God in your life. Sometimes instead of being given a clear answer, you are called to wait patiently on the Lord and to use your gifts to serve others where you currently are. While it can be difficult, remember that those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength.
Where God Dwells (Part 3)
Paul is declaring that the living God is constructing a new temple. It consists not of stones, arches, pillars and alters but of human beings. It was the radical idea that God truly takes up residence in Christian community, rather than a building. It is not to say that the physical building was unimportant, but it was to say that in Jesus, people of diverse cultures and ethnicities are welcomed and transformed into citizens in God’s Kingdom and together in God’s family. Find time this week to thank God for the opportunity to be apart of a community of faith.
Where God Dwells (Part 2)
King David was living in a beautiful cedar palace, but the Lord God was still living in a moveable tent. David had a desire to build a temple for the Lord. The Lord's message back to David was completely unexpected. He would welcome David's desire to build a temple, as we will see, but there was something more important on God's mind. God kept his covenant with David, and it has changed our lives! Through Jesus Christ, David's greatest Son, we are God's house, "being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit."
Where God Dwells (Part 1)
The Book of Exodus ends with great hope and trust in God. Though Israel was in the middle of a desolate desert, and was weak and liable to sin and rebellion, had fierce enemies in the Promised Land, God was with them, which was evident in the glory that filled the Tabernacle. This gave them great cause for faith and confidence. Christianity believes that God eventually came to us in Jesus, and through the Holy Spirit dwells within us, and desires to lead us, so we too can have faith and confidence in God’s guiding presence throughout the journey of life.
This summer St Thomas à Becket and Glenbrook will run the summer camp together.
It will take place July 22nd to the 26th as an all day (9am to 3:30pm ) day camp for ages 4 - 11.
Contact Glenbrook Presbyterian church or St. Thomas a Becket Anglican church for more information
Why You’re Here
The parable of the good Samaritan is probably the best known of all Jesus’ parables. Jesus told it because he knew what was at stake in the lawyer’s questions. Then and now, it is the question of whether we will use the God-given revelation of love and grace as a way of boosting our own sense of justifying ourselves, or whether we will see it as a call and challenge to extend that love and grace to the whole world. So why are you and I here?
What is God doing in your life lately?
There are times when we can in fact be comfortable, and rest, and just have a great time. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s good to enjoy life. But when we only ever want to be comfortable, and when we neglect Christ in the process, there’s a problem. Sometimes to be a follower of Jesus is to standout, take a risk, serve boldly, act out of love and self-sacrifice. So what is God doing in your life lately? Maybe God is asking you to move out of your comfort zone…and God’s Spirit will be with you.
Believing and Knowing God…What’s The Difference?
There is a connection in believing in something and knowing something. There will be those who say they believe in God (or not); but to believe in someone is not necessarily to know them. The promise of Jesus is that we can come to know our heavenly Father just as Jesus knows the Father, through the Spirit. The interesting thing about Christianity is that God wants us to believe…but even more the invitation is to know “the Father, Son and Holy Spirit” in an ever deepening relationship of love.
God’s Renewing Spirit
As the early followers of Jesus gathered there was something like a strong wind and tongues of fire that descended on them empowering them to participate in God’s mission to the world. The person and activity of the Holy Spirit was unique on Pentecost, received by those early followers. Why is it important for us as followers of Jesus today to ask the Spirit to continue to bring renewal to our church and congregation? In what ways are you and I empowered by the Holy Spirit to share in God’s desire that “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Viral: Set Free!
Paul and Silas find themselves in prison and instead of escaping when freed from their chains, they stay in their cell. At first the prison guard is afraid for his life, but then he realizes that he too is a prisoner and needs to be set free. Seeing and hearing the faith of Paul and Silas he asks “What must I do to be saved?”. How do Paul and Silas respond? How would we respond?
Viral: Recalculating Our Spiritual Direction
Life is hard to navigate at times. We find ourselves on a journey and suddenly there is a detour that prevents us from going along the planned route to the destination we had planned. What do we make of these detours in life? Where is God in the journey? Do we need to “recalculate” our spiritual direction. Sometimes life takes us on detours, and we learn by experience that tomorrow knows what tomorrow knows, but there is also trusting that God has purposes for our lives, even in the detours, that are yet to be discovered. Recalculating.
Viral: God Plays No Favourites
I think we can appreciate the daring and the courage that it took Peter, a messianic Jew who believed in Jesus to even associate with a Gentile like Cornelius. Peter needed to trust and obey the vision that God had given to him to meet and to share the gospel with Cornelius. God did not show favouritism when it came to the ethnic, economic or political background of Jews and Gentiles. Cornelius became a Christ follower and was baptized after he heard and accepted Jesus. Peter’s example is one for us today as we worship Christ who desires all people to come and know his presence.
Viral: A Resurrection Story
In our scripture reading the Apostle Peter is portrayed as an effective agent through whom the risen Lord by his Spirit continued to act and to teach and to transform the lives of others…and it went “viral”. With the healing of Aneeas and the raising of Tabitha, Peter is participating in the work of his Lord, with many believing in Jesus. As Christ followers today, how are you a faithful witnesses to the hope and power of Jesus in the world? Is Christ seen in us?
Viral: On the Road To Damascus
After the resurrection of Jesus faith in him went “viral”. One person who was converted by a dramatic encounter with Jesus was Saul of Tarsus. He was a notorious persecutor of early Christians, and the most unlikely person we would have considered to be disciple of Jesus. Yet God can change the heart. God does not give up. And one whose lips uttered murderous and fearful threats, was transformed to teach and preach the love of Christ. God will not give up on us, and if we are open to Jesus, his love can transform the hardest of hearts.
Isaiah 6: Chaos and the Character of Christ
We are happy to have Dr. Brian Irwin as our speaker on Sunday. Brian is Associate Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures at Knox College. He has been teaching our future ministers at Knox college since 2004. Brian is also a member of Glenbrook Presbyterian Church.
“Whom are you looking for?”
Join us this Sunday for our Easter service.
On Sunday morning we will celebrate the pivotal event of the Christian faith- the Resurrection of Jesus. Our Easter Celebration Choir will present a mini-cantata telling once again this great story and Pastor Ian will have a short meditation based on the encounter of Mary and the risen Jesus.
Saved… Because of Jesus
Palm Sunday is a time in which the Christian Church celebrates Jesus as the “Blessed one who comes in the Name of the Lord”. On that first Palm Sunday there was celebration in the streets of Jerusalem because of the anticipation of what Jesus as Messiah would do. He had come to free the captives and to liberate the people from the oppressor, but not in a way that was expected. Soon the cries of “Hosanna” turned to “Crucify” and Palm Sunday gave way to Good Friday. This Sunday we too will sing “Hosanna” and along with the children and youth of our congregation celebrate Jesus as our Messiah and King. But now we know why! He comes to free the captives from sin and to undo death through his cross and resurrection. And one day he will come again to the shouts of praise.
Costly Extravagance … Because of Jesus
Mary’s supreme devotion to Jesus by anointing his feet with a costly perfume and wiping his feet with her hair was deemed an unnecessary extravagance by Judas and with good reason. Yet Jesus welcomes Mary’s devotion as a beautiful offering, because she anticipates his own costly sacrifice and death…for her, for Judas and for all. Sometimes such love can not be measured or explained…just received.
Welcome…Because of Jesus
Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem, and he is distracted by a short man in a tree, a man who is despised and rejected. The shocker is that Jesus calls out to Zaccheus, by name and invites himself over to his house. Zaacheus falls out the sycamore in disbelief. Maybe even more
shocking is that Jesus extends his saving grace to Zaccheus. Today, it is a reminder that we have all been called by name, regardless of who or what we have done and invited without hesitation to have Jesus come and live in us.
Fruitful . . . Because of Jesus
Jesus’ parable of the fig tree reminds us that God is merciful when it comes to our sin. According to Jesus there are no “bad people” or “good people” when it comes to human sin. We all deserve God’s judgement. Yet God is patient. God has delayed final judgement. Jesus’ parable reminds us that while there is time we can respond in repentance to God’s grace and forgiveness and become fruitful…because of Jesus. Who are we/you becoming?
Overcomers…. Because of Jesus
We all have been tempted to say, do or be something that we know is testing us to betray a confidence or trust that we have established with God or with another person. It is never easy to resist temptation. We are unlikely to be tempted in exactly the same way as Jesus, but at the heart of our resistance is a love and a loyalty to God who has already called us his beloved.
This Sunday we welcome Rev. Deb Stanbury from ARISE ministry as our guest speaker.
ARISE Ministry empowers individuals involved in human trafficking to reclaim hope in their lives by providing outreach, case management and spiritual care; supportive relationships are established, hope is fostered, and futures are reclaimed. Hope is at the heart of ARISE Ministry. They believe in a future worth having for each person they journey with.
We will join together this evening for music from Jillian and Lauren plus our Bag of Ham band. We will have Smores and beverages for snacks during the show. All donations raised will go to help children attend camp this summer. Contact the office if you would like to join us.
Matters of the Heart: What about Love?
The Apostle Paul encourages the Corinthian Church to consistently speak and act in love within the body of Christ. His prayer was that this church would be characterized by the love of Jesus, rather than pride, ambition and conflict. We too can thank God for his grace in Jesus, which covers our own failures and those our fellow believers. We can pray for our fellow Christians, that we would recognize them as fellow members of the body of Christ.
Matter of the Heart: Louder than Words
When the Corinthians came together to celebrate the Lord’s Supper the meal became a sign of social divisions between those in the congregation. The Apostle Paul reminds them that such a division in the body of Christ , in fact dishonours the Lord Jesus who gave his broken body and shed his blood so that our relationship with God might be restored and to be a sign of a gracious unity within his body - the church. What does the Lord’s Supper mean to us?