Turning Anxiety Over to Jesus

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Learning for Life: 9:30 am
Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: October 22, 2017

Newsletter: October 2017

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:5-14Matthew 5:1-10Matthew 6:19-34

Songs:

Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

Have you found God to be demanding or caring?

Jesus’ sermon on the mount has been called idealistic and impossible. This is the same Jesus who said, “my burden is light.” Many great minds have written brilliantly about this sermon and its tensions and complexity and relevance.

I’ll say this.

As I’ve tried to follow Jesus I often end up pretty wide of the mark. But this very striving, with its ups and downs, over time, has taught me I can trust Jesus as my Lord.

Our Father in heaven does know what we need and does provide. We have good reason to tell ourselves not to worry, not to be afraid, and not to be anxious. When we fall short, we can learn, even in that very moment, that we can trust Jesus.

Father, give us:
A heart which treasures heaven,
A body whose eyes let in light,
A will that chooses to love and serve you;
So that we can find peace for today
And trust you to provide what we need for tomorrow.

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The Cost of Making Things Right

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Learning for Life: 9:30 am
Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: October 15, 2017

Newsletter: October 2017

ScripturesDeuteronomy 30:15-20Psalm 119:1-8Matthew 5:21-26

Songs:

Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

Memory plays a key role in the courtroom dramas. What do the witnesses remember? What about the victim and the perpetrator? And whose memory is accurate?

fbcsermon_rememberingRemembering is necessary as people try and find a way toward justice and reconciliation.

Jesus used a courtroom scene to talk about anger, guilt, and broken relationships in his famous “Sermon on the Mount”.

In Jesus’ teaching, the remembering is focused in a surprising direction.

In Jesus’ story, remembering needed to take place for the sake of the perpetrator, not for the victim’s.

When Jesus is involved where reconciliation is needed, remembering leads to grace, not to judgement.

There may be a cost to the reconciliation, but friendship and freedom lie on the other side.

October 8 Service

There will be no 9:30 am Learning for Life this week

Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: October 8, 2017

Newsletter: October 2017

Scripture: (to come)

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Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

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Knowing Jesus

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Learning for Life: 9:30 am
Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: October 1, 2017

Newsletter: October 2017

ScriptureJeremiah 31:31-34Psalm 80:7-15Philippians 3:8-4:1Matthew 9:9-13

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Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

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Friends in Hard Times

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Learning for Life: 9:30 am
Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: September 24, 2017

Newsletter: September 2017

Scripture: Ezekiel 36:22-28,37,38; Psalm 145:1-8; Phil 1:12-14,18b-30; Matthew 24:9-14

Songs:

Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

fbcsermon_FriendsHardTimesPeople who have survived a dangerous situation together, or have worked hard on a project together, can come away from that experience with a very close relationship. Organizations even try to create experiences like that for their volunteers and staff to unite them.

Christians are never on their own when things get difficult.

That’s good because sometimes following Jesus doesn’t make life easier. Where a life has lacked love and virtue and things are a mess, Jesus can make a dramatic and obvious change for the better. For the most part, a person can acknowledge Jesus as their Lord without any objections in Canada. But it can also cost people family ties, friendships, respect, and job opportunities. And in many countries today following Jesus can cost you your life.

The Church in Philippi was having a hard time because they called Jesus Lord and because of their involvement in the church. Paul encouraged them to see any hardship as a chance to grow closer to Jesus and to each other.

 
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