"Be on guard for all kinds of greed; for one's life does not consist in the abundance of possessions".
The Famous businessman John Rockefeller was asked, "How much money does it take to satisfy a man?" He replied, "Just a little bit more." His answer was insightful - not only about how a lot of people think about money, but about how a lot of people think about life in general. "If only I had better clothes, or a nicer house, or was more popular, or had better grades," they think 'then everything would be perfect'. The distraction of "more is more" can make life more complicated and make us more content. What or who brings you deep satisfaction?
Following A Future Filled With The Possible
"God calls. We respond. God clarifies. We obey. We do no t have to figure it out. God makes his word and will progressively plain to the heart postured to listen and obey"
- J.D Walt
We welcome Debora Rolls as our guest speaker this Sunday, please join us. Our scripture readings this Sunday will be 1 Samuel 3:1-10 and 1 Peter 2:9-10
This Sunday we are going on a road trip! We are visiting St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Streetsville for their 10:30 a.m. service. Our two congregations will join for worship and a pot luck lunch following the service. Join us there, or contact the office for more information.
Choose a favorite game or two from home, pick up your favorite snack food (the church will provide the drinks) and come out to share in an evening of fun and visiting. A Fireworks Display will cap off this evening of celebrating friends and family. Contact the office if you would like to attend.
Fireworks begin at dusk
Discipleship In An Age Of Distraction: Finding Spiritual Community
“The Church is not what we organize but what God gives…a community created by the coming of the Holy Spirit ” Eugene Peterson
Pastor Ian's Sermon Thought for Reflection this week:
Recently I was talking to someone who helps lead an AA group in our church. One of the things that he said was that for him AA is a community “that’s got your back”. When we are tempted or distracted, sometimes that is when we can loose our way. I was thinking about what he said and I thought, isn’t that what the church is also to be? We are not a gated community keeping people out, but we are a gracious community welcoming people, devoted to God and devoted to each other. Is Glenbrook a community of disciples where “we got each others back?”
Discipleship In An Age Of Distraction: Finding Spiritual Solitude
Solitude is difficult for many because most of us are distracted with our “to do” lists and the time expectations of others. Jesus knew this with his disciples in that they needed to “come apart” from the distractions of life to renew and rest before they “came apart”. It was something he not only taught but practiced. Is spiritual solitude a part of your life? Ask the Holy Spirit to come and help you find the time to reconnect with God.
Believing Is Seeing
"Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe" John 20:29
1) What did Thomas come to realize when he saw Jesus (20:28)? How did Jesus respond to Thomas’ desire for visual evidence?
2) How are faith and doubt related? What are some experiences in your life when your faith in God has been tested? How has God been present in your spiritual dryness?
3) What does Jesus’ blessing mean to you? Faith is saying “yes” to God believing that God has said “yes” to us.
Our Old, New, God
“If we had better hearing, and could discern the [singing] of sea birds, the rhythmic [drumming] of schools of mollusks, or even the distant harmonics of [flies] hanging over meadows in the sun, the combined sound might lift us off our feet.” Lewis Thomas, Science Writer
1)Where are you on your faith journey? Can you recall God’s faithfulness in your life, and when you do, are you inspired to sing his praises?
2) As the weather improves and spring arrives, set aside some time to be in nature. Listen to the earth praising and singing a new song to our God. Let your heart and tongue join in!
Our Nicaragua Mission Team is hosting this event. They are providing the food and beverages for free - there will be a free will offering to support the mission trip. Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m., everyone can play some games afterwards, bring a favourite board game if you have one.
The "Unless" Disciple
"Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe" John 20:29
1. What did Thomas realize when he saw Jesus (20:28)? Try to explain in your own words.
2. For your own reflection this week consider the following four evidences of the resurrection:
a) Physical appearances of Jesus to credible eyewitnesses.
b) Historical accuracy of the gospel writers.
c) The day of worship for the early followers moved from Saturday to Sunday.
d) The transformation of fearful disciples to faithful followers and martyrs.
3. What does Jesus’ blessing mean to you? How has it changed your faith and reason for life?
The Hiddeness of God
“When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him…” Luke 24:31
1. Why would Jesus choose to keep his identity hidden to the two disciples?
2. If Jesus were to walk along side of you today, what burdens, griefs, anxieties and joys would you share with him? Why is Jesus’s breaking bread significant for you?
Palm Sunday special presentation from our Children and Youth: Make A Joyful Noise
Plus a meditation: What Kind Of King? from Pastor Ian
You are invited to imagine heaven with the Sunday School today.
We all have the benefit of the full Easter Story to trust in. Shouldn’t our excitement on Palm Sunday be that much more than during that first one long ago as a result?
The God Who Seeks Us In The Night
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
1. Nicodemus was trained to believe that by obeying each technicality of the Law of Moses that he was attaining God’s approval. Why does what Jesus have to say about being “born for above” seem ridiculous?
2. What does 3:16-17 tell us about the nature of our heavenly Father’s love? What difference does it make to your attitudes and priorities?
Alan and Tricia Smillie from Global Outreach Mission will be joining us this Sunday to share their experiences working on the West Coast of Scotland. Al and Tricia worked at Glenbrook for many years with Glenbrook youth. Learn more about Alan and Tricia here: https://www.missiongo.org/donate/missionaries/alan-and-tricia-smillie
Our Nicaragua Mission Team is hosting this dinner, a great chance to sample a few special dishes and talk with our Mission Team members. Everyone is welcome, there is no cost for this dinner; if you do with to contribute financially a free will offering will be collected that evening. Please contact the office if you would like to attend this event.
The God Who Seeks Us In The City
"If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me." Mark 8:35
1) Why would it be important for Jesus to reveal himself as the Messiah in the city of Caesarea Philippi and not in Galilee or Jerusalem?
2) What were the expectations of the Messiah in the minds of the disciples and Peter? What did Jesus reveal about the nature of his Messiahship?
3) How do we interpret and apply Jesus’ command to “take up your cross” to your life?
The God Who Seeks Us In The Wilderness
“Sometimes when you’re in the deepest part of the battle, when you’re tempted and hurt and weak, you’ll hear in the depths of your being the same words Jesus heard: This is my beloved child, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Tim Keller
1. How do you handle your trials and temptations? Is there something from the baptism and temptation of Jesus that you can find strength to encourage you?
2. When we are tempted and going through difficult times we can know that Jesus’ was tempted in every way we were. (Heb 4:15) In a sense there is the voice of Jesus which says “I’ve been there.” Do you find this to be true and helpful?
Come out for our Pancake Supper to enjoy sausages, pancakes, beverages and dessert from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Contact the office to purchase tickets. Adult tickets $5/ children aged 6-12 $4/ children under 5 years are free. There will also be a Lent event called “Come To the Table – Taste and See” set up in the sanctuary from 5:30-7:30
Out Of The Whirlwind: A New Beginning
“And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job...” Job 42:10
“Love may forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them: but Love cannot cease to will their removal.” C.S. Lewis
1) God is never the author of evil, or tragedy or pain in our lives. However, God does permit it because our darkest times often create our most teachable moments. In difficult times, like Job we have questioned God. What have you learned about God and yourself in these times?
3) Job prayed for his friends. Who can you pray for as they are going through a difficult time?
Out Of The Whirlwind: Why This? Why Now? Why Me?
“ As I dream him, God wants so much to be able to step in and make things right, but how can God do that without destroying what life is all about? We cease to be human beings. I sense in the passionate restraint in the silence of God, that which is both silent and yet eloquent” Frederick Buechner
Job expressed his doubt in the ability of God to understand his pain and suffering? Have you ever expressed such doubts? Is it healthy to express our doubts? Why or why not?
2) Why at times is the silence of God during a time of suffering an answer to prayer? What did Job’s prayers of lament teach him about God and himself? What does it teach us?
Out of the Whirlwind: Why do Faithful People Suffer?
Naked I came from my mother’s womb, naked I’ll return to the womb of the earth. God gives, God takes. God’s name be ever blessed. Job 1:21
1) How can one believe in God, a God who is at the same-time good, loving and powerful in the view of human suffering? Maybe the story of Job gives us a clue to trusting God’s goodness even though the evidence of life suggests otherwise.
2) When has your faith in God been tested by pain and suffering? What have you discovered about God, others and yourself?
A Verse For New Year
Those who wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength.
They shall mount up with wings as eagles
They shall run and not be weary
They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
1) Beginning in Chapter 40 what is the prophet Isaiah saying about God’s future restoration of Israel? Is this future hope limited to Israel or is it a promise for the world?
2) What are ways in which we can “wait upon the Lord” in 2018? What is the promise to those who do?
Join us Christmas morning as we celebrate the birth of Christ through word and sacrament.
UPDATE - South Common Court is not plowed, nor is the parking lot. There will be No Service this morning. Stay warm, cozy and have a good morning knowing God is with you even in the snow. What a glorious creation it is.
My Grown Up Christmas List... Contentment
“I Can Do All Things Through Him Who Strengthens Me.” Philippians 4:13
1) What would you include on your “Grown Up Christmas List?”
2) Would you consider yourself to be a person who is “content with whatever you have”? What is the difference between contentment and complacency on the one hand; and contentment and complaining on the other? What was Paul’s “secret”?