Jan
20
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

Matter of the Heart: God’s strange wisdom

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Some have called the times we are living in “The Age of Information”.  Though it is true that we have so much information available at our finger tips, has this made us any wiser? The Apostle Paul suggests that what we need is not necessarily more and more information or human wisdom and knowledge, as good as that might be. We need a Saviour, which for some seems like complete “foolishness”; while to others it is the “power of God for salvation.” Is it not true that to embrace Jesus as Saviour and Lord is the wisest choice we can make?

 

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Jan
13
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

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Matters of the Heart: The perfect church?

There is no such thing as a perfect church. We don't come to church to be with people who are like us in the way we want them to be. We come because we have staked our souls on the fact that Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and the church is the best place, the only place, to be while we are all on a spiritual journey to figure out what that means. We are called to a faith that has two scandals - that God loves you - and that God loves everyone else.

 

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Jan
6
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

From Manger To Majesty

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Join us this Sunday as we welcome our guest speaker, Debora Rolls!

The people who walked in darkness
    have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
    on them light has shined. (Isaiah 9:2 NRSV)

Some reflections for this week:

1.  Do you live with an attitude of expectancy, open to seeing God at work around you?

 2. Have you traded courage for comfort?  As you reflect on the past year are there times you felt God calling you to do or say something, but fear held you back?

 

 

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Dec
30
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

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Join us for this service as we head into a New Year, the message is titled “A Verse For 2019”

In his letter to the Philippians Paul uses the analogy of a marathon runner to describe the Christian life. God offers strength for the race, cold water to quench our thirst and fresh legs when we grow weary. Maybe most of all we never run alone. The triune God of grace is right with us step by step, encouraging us on or even ahead of us leading the way. Maybe Philippians 4:13 is the verse for you for 2019.  

 

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Dec
2
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

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Hope Is….

Don’t we all need hope? Hope is a vision for better days. There's something up ahead, around the corner, in sight, and it's good. But that good future isn't just abstract, because it reaches in and transforms us in the present. Jeremiah was a man who had hope for God’s people even though they would experience a hard time of exile that was to come. Hope for Jeremiah was what kept him motivated to live in the present knowing that God would keep his promise. On this first Sunday of  Advent, I invite you to a journey of better days, a journey of real and lasting hope

 

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Nov
11
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

Tell Me A Story: The Parable of The Good Samaritan 

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Join us for our Remembrance day service on Sunday, Pastor Ian will lead us in worship and reflect on how we can support others in need, as the Good Samaritan did in Jesus’ parable.

(thank you to Douglas Taylor for the poppy picture, in memory of his dad)

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Muffins for Missions
Nov
4
11:30 AM11:30

Muffins for Missions

we welcome John and Krys Cassels from African Inland Mission. Over the past number of years John and Krys have been working in Uganda partnering with pastors and congregations in some of the more remote areas of Uganda.  It will be good to have them with us once again. All proceeds from Muffins for Missions will go to the Cassels from African Inland Mission

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Nov
4
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

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Join us on Sunday for our worship service, as we hear from John and Krys Cassels from Africa Inland Mission. They have been working in Uganda for many years and will share some of their stories with us. All are welcome to join us.

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Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

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Tell Me A Story: The Parable Of The Rich Man and Lazarus

Jesus was familiar with popular folktales of his time, including those that told about those who go to heaven and hell. Jesus retells an Egyptian folktale and inserts new names but also a new meaning. He shifts the meaning from a moral and ethical lesson on the rich and the poor and speculation about the after life, suggesting that if we only have eyes for the rich man and remain blind to Lazarus…then maybe we need to open our eyes to the realization that the resurrection is taking place all around Jesus…and your story/life is a testimony to that fact.

 

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Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

Tell Me A Story: The Parable Of The Door Keeper

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It is not until something happens that we sometimes wished we had been ready.  Today’s parable reminds us that we are to be prepared for the Lord’s coming.  The watching door-keeper represents the responsibility for us to watch for our own souls, keeping ourselves ready for the Lord's return at all times. How prepared are we?

 

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Sep
30
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

Tell me a story: The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

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Jesus’ parable of the unforgiving servant is a story about being forgiven and being a forgiver. It is a reminder that we have been completely forgiven by God even though we have deserved nothing less than God’s complete justice. It is also a reminder that when we do not forgive others , then we in essence have not included ourselves in the community of sinners and as a result have excluded ourselves from God’s grace. Being forgiven is a miracle. Being a forgiver is immense.    

 

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Sep
23
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

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Tell Me A Story: The Parable Of The Lost Son

The two brothers represent the two basic ways people try to make life work. The younger son pursues "self-discovery"—he's on a quest to find and fulfill himself, even if a few people have to get hurt along the way. The older brother is committed to a program of “self-salvation”, earning the approval of his community and the favour of his father. Both are “lost” and yet both are loved by the Father. Maybe the party was for both sons? What does this story tell us about God’s love for you and how you live your life?  

 

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Sep
9
10:00 AM10:00

Worship & Communion

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For Such A Time As This: Remember When...

“Community is not explained in historical terms, it is not analyzed in sociological terms, it is enjoyed in the language the rituals and food and laughter of a festival."   -Eugene Peterson

The story of Esther and the celebration of Purim are remembered by the Jewish people today because of the great saving act of God from their utter destruction. Remembering would help them keep their perspective as to God’s work in their lives as a people and would strengthen them in the face of other trials.  As Christians we celebrate Communion as an opportunity to remember as a community of faith God’s saving act through Jesus Christ and his continuing strengthening presence with us by the Holy Spirit as we journey through life.                                                

 

                                                                                   

 

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Sep
2
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

For Such A Time As This: The Big Reveal

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God loves and defends those with the least economic and social power, and so should we. That is what it means to “do justice”. - Tim Keller

Everything comes out in the open. Esther’s nationality is revealed.  Haman’s evil plans are exposed.  King Xerxes needs to act with justice.  Evil is punished and good is rewarded. Yet sometimes in our experience we might not witness justice in this life. When we are frustrated with a lack of justice, we can ask God for his grace to help us gain perspective and motivation to do what is right whether or not justice is served. In what area of your life do you long to see justice occur? Do you “cry out day and night”? (Luke 18:7) The good news is that God’s justice will be done.

 

 

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Aug
26
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

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For Such A Time As This: What Goes Around

It is a good thing to ask God to strengthen, encourage and help us to do well in life. But there are times that we can (like Haman) get so focused on getting ahead in life/work/achievements that we start to think we are better than others and we belittle and criticize. “Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less” (C.S. Lewis). Mordecai demonstrated humility as a characteristic he cultivated in his life. He served God and he severed others even after being honoured by the king. We can ask God to help us cultivate the humility of Jesus.

(Philippians 2:8/ Luke 14:11)  

 

 

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Aug
19
10:00 AM10:00

Worship Service

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

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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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