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 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”?
Christmas Presentation "Grace Is Amazing" by the children and youth of Glenbrook.
“The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, generous inside and out, true from start to finish.” John 14 The Message
Join us Sunday, December 10th as Glenbrook offers an inspired musical evening. Everyone is invited to come and hear some joyful noise in praise of our Lord’s birth. The Glenbrook Celebration choir is a large one this year. Around 30 voices will sing through this mini-musical titled God is With Us! The night offers us an uplifting experience as we share the truth that He is our Emmanuel still today! See you, your friends and guests at 7:00pm for this special Candlelight service. Click for the programme for the evening. Don't miss the beautiful voices of the McWhinnie sisters.
My Grown Up Christmas List...Presence
Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations and will exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10
1. What would you include on your “Grown Up Christmas List”? When you consider your life would you consider asking God to deepen your awareness of those moments or life experiences in which you sense God’s presence?
2. Are you open to having moments over the next several weeks to “be still” and be open to God’s voice speaking into your life concerning how much you are loved? This is such a priceless gift we are given.
My Grown Up Christmas List... Patience
You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. James 5:8
1. As we enter into the Advent and Christmas season and consider our personal Christmas lists. What would an attitude or attribute be that you would ask God to grow and deepen in you? Would it be patience?
2. Many people of the bible including James talk about “being patient”. (See also Romans 8:25 or Hebrews 6:12 or Galatians 5:22) Why is being patient sometimes hard in an “instant” culture?
My Grown Up Christmas List....Wisdom
"But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits..." James 3:17
Questions for Reflection
- As we begin to venture into the Christmas season and consider our Christmas lists. What would be a character trait that you would ask God to grow in you?
- James 3 lists several attributes of a truly wise person. (vs. 17-18). Maybe this could be something added to your grown up Christmas list.
"For in him all the fullness of God was plesed to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, bu making peace through the blood of his cross." - Colossians 1:18-19
Message: Solus Christus: Who Do You Say Jesus Is?
Scripture - Colossians 1:15-20
- What descriptions of Jesus do you hear in the church, in the media, from friends? How would you describe Jesus? Who do you say Jesus is?
- In Colossians 1:18-19 the Apostle Paul wrote, "in Christ God was reconciling all things to God." How would you define reconciliation?
- When have you witnessed or experienced God bringing about reconciliation in Christ?
"No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends."
We are happy to have Lynne Culham, Executive Director of The Open Door here. The Open Door, located at Square One, has been supporting people in our community since 1974. Some of the services they offer are referral counselling, clothing and food distribution, Friendship Dinners, bible study classes and so much more. Visit www.opendoorsquareone.org for more information or to get involved.
"Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another -- showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God's way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us."
2 Timothy 3:16
Message: Sola Scriptura: By What Authority?
Psalm 119: 105-112; 2 Timothy 3: 1-4:2
"Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony" - The Apostle Paul
Message: A Loving Community
Scripture: John 15:9-14; Colossians 3:12-17
Questions For Reflection:
- The Apostle Paul encourages Christians to "clothe" themselves in love. What does this mean for the colossians and what does it mean for us?
- The word for "love" that Paul uses (vs. 14) in the Greek is 'agape' which means an __________ love. Why is the church called to be a loving community?
This informative session will provide an overview of our health care system, talk about misconceptions and available services. Erindale Presbyterian Church is hosting this event.
Bring your own bagged lunch. Erindale will provide beverages and dessert. A free-will offering will be collected.
"If one member suffers, all suffer together with them, if one member is honoured then all rejoice together with them." - 1 Corinthians 12:36
"The church is a hospital for sinners, not a hotel for saints" - Pastor Rick Warren
Message - A Healing Community - Scripture Reading: Matthew 9:9-12; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
Questions for Reflection
- How does Jesus describe his ministry in Matthew 9:12? Why was this a priority for him?
- How would you describe a safe place where you could meaningfully explore who you are with confidence, connect with others who have the same questions, doubts, hurts and know that you are still loved by God and accepted by others? Would you call this "church"?
"This Changed Everything: 500 Years of the Reformation" This DVD study celebrates the fruits of Reformation while also exploring difficult questions
This will be a 10 week course starting weekly on Wednesday, September 20th and bi-weekly starting Friday September 22nd at 7:30 p.m.
Contact the office to register
"The Church is the fellowship of siblings who are friends,and the fellowship of friends who are siblings" - Miroslav Volf
Message - A Welcoming Community - Scripture Reading: Philemon 1:1-22
Questions for Reflection:
- The community of believers is intended to be a place of healing, forgiveness and welcome. Paul urges Philemon and his church to restore to their membership a runaway slave, Onesimus. What does Paul hope to accomplish by writing this letter?
- As a congregation is Glenbrook a welcoming community? Maybe that depends on each one of us. Pray that God will help us to make others feel included within our community of faith