Aug
19
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS: THE HEART OF THE MATTER

 The Heart of the Matter

Join us this Sunday as Pastor Ian continues his series with "For such a time as this: the heart of the matter" 

Some people and situations are very difficult to handle.  Some people rub you the wrong way but they act as if it is the right way. Some people know how to push your buttons and you detest that they have such a negative impact on you. What do you do? Maybe like Esther when it comes to Haman the first thing she did was to pray and got others to pray. It protected her from personal bitterness and she trusted God with the outcome.  As Christ followers we may not like some people but maybe we can ask God to help us at least to realize that Jesus died for them too.

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Aug
12
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

For Such A Time as This: The Divine Conspiracy

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"A realization that there is in fact an enemy forces a reassessment of priorities. The moment Haman surfaced, Esther began to move from being a beauty queen to becoming a Jewish Saint." 
- Eugene Peterson

Sermon Thought For Reflection

Though the name of God is not mentioned in the book of Esther, the presence of God is detected as if God is conspiring how own plan behind the scenes. In Esther 4:4 Mordecai asserts that deliverance for the Jews will come from "another place" if not from Esther. Whether she acts or does not act, she will not keep God's plan from happening, The question is - will she choose to do the right thing? 

Think of circumstances in which God has placed you to do his will. What did/will you do? Ask God for the courage to do the right thing.

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Aug
5
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

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Join us on Sunday for Pastor Ian's sermon titled "For Such A Time As This: And The Winner is...." 

Some thoughts for reflection:

The Book of Esther provided the ancient Jewish people with a theological narrative of hope, because it assured them that God was with them and that even though they were exiled, marginalized and searching for an identity. God’s name is never mentioned in the Book of Esther yet God was a hidden presence in both the positive and negative circumstances of Esther’s life and her people in exile. They needed to trust that God was with them.

Do you trust God’s hidden hand working in your circumstances? Like Esther, maybe God is preparing you for something God wants to do through you.

 

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Jul
29
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

SIN IS PROGRESSIVE

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We welcome Debora Rolls as a returning guest speaker. Debora is in her final year at Knox College in Toronto.

"Sin is progressive. It will take you further than you want to go and cost more than you are willing to pay". - Author Unknown

Questions For Reflection

1) what are some of the sins we might unconsciously label as "acceptable"?

2) Although none of us likes to think about the reality, power and consequences of sin, why is it important that we take time to look closely at sin and acknowledge its presence and power in our lives?

3) What are some of the seasons and experiences in life that can create an atmosphere for a drifting heart to grow?

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Jul
23
to Jul 27

Kids Summer Camp

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We will be running a full day camp again this summer the week of July 23-27 from 9:00 - 3:30 daily.  For the camp we are using Group Publishing's "Babylon" program plus other games, crafts, music and fun.  Contact the office to register.  Cost is $45 per child.

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Jul
22
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

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"Our soul is like a stream of water, which gives strength, direction, and harmony to every other area of our life. The stream is your soul. And you are the Keeper."
             - John Ortberg Soul Keeping

There is a "soul-fatigue" that attacks the body, mind, and will such that we feel that we need to "do-something" that makes us feel significant, earn acceptance, and continually seek to please others. It can rob us of our joy. Sound familiar? Yet there is a grace that God gives us which is a gift that when we receive it we can find true acceptance, significance and joy. When we give our soul a rest we can open it to the joy Jesus intends for us. 

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Jul
15
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

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"Our Soul is like a stream of water, which gives strength, direction, and harmony to other areas of our life. The stream is your soul. And you are the Keeper."
John Ortberg Soul Keeping

This week's message will be based on a video "Soul Keeping: What is the Soul?" introduced by a short video by Pastor Ian. 

 

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Jul
13
7:00 PM19:00

Superhero Movie and PJ Party

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Calling all Superheros and Heroines, on July 13th 2018 at 7:00 pm there will be a screening of an INCREDIBLE superhero movie for all of you to enjoy! There will be GAMES, SNACKS and of course a movie to watch. And the best part? It’s a PAJAMA PARTY. It will be a SUPER fun time. We hope to see all of you there

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Jul
8
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

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"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds". 
James 1:2

We are happy to have Willian Min joining us today. William was our Knox College Seminar student in 2016-2017. William has just graduated and has received and accepted a call to be the pastor of First Presbyterian Church Penetanguishine Ontario. 

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Jul
1
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

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"Do we ever come to God for the "pay-off" not His presence? Do we anxiously seek gifts, giving, little attention to the Giver? Are we more interested in our good and not His glory?" 
- Greg Herrick

Questions for Reflection: 
1. What are the most treasured "gifts" in your life? How would you feel if God demanded them from you today?
2. Have you ever felt that you are wanted for what you can give, and not for who you are? Do you think God ever feels that way about you? 

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Jun
17
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

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"Be on guard for all kinds of greed; for one's life does not consist in the abundance of possessions". 
- Jesus

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? 

 
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Jun
10
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

Following A Future Filled With The Possible

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"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

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May
27
10:30 AM10:30

Worship Service

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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.

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May
20
7:30 PM19:30

Games and Fireworks Night

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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   

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May
20
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

People at the Cross of Jesus Christ

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?”

 

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May
13
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

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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.

 

 

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Apr
29
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

Believing Is Seeing

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"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.

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Apr
22
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

Our Old, New, God

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“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! 

 

 

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Apr
15
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

The "Unless" Disciple

"Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe"  John 20:29

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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?

 

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Apr
8
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

The Hiddeness of God

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“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. 1. Why would Jesus choose to keep his identity hidden to the two disciples? 

  2. 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? 

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Apr
1
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

Who Will Roll The Stone Away?

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Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.  He has been raised; he is not here.  Mark 16:6

Our Glenbrook Easter Celebration Choir will present two songs for us during the service.

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Mar
30
11:00 AM11:00

Good Friday Service

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Erindale Presbyterian join us for this special service, together we reflect on the first Easter starting with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane through to him being placed in the tomb.  The service will include a combined choir presentation. 

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Mar
25
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

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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?

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Mar
11
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

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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?

 

 

 

 

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Mar
3
6:00 PM18:00

Nicaraguan Themed Dinner

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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.

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Feb
25
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

The God Who Seeks Us In The City

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"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?

 

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