Hear and See What Jesus Has Done

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Learning for Life: Returns January 13, 2019 
Worship Service11:00 am

Bulletin: December 16, 2018
Newsletter: December 2018

Scripture readings: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5Matthew 11:2-10

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Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

Third Sunday of Advent – Joy!

This Sunday will be a special service in collaboration with Christ’s Commission Fellowship Regina.

I remember getting my first pair of glasses when I was ten. Suddenly, the world looked different. Everything was crisper, sharper, and brighter. I stood on the back deck of my parent’s home which looked out over trees and farmland around a river valley. The trees arrested my attention. I could see leaves and branches. I had no idea what I had been missing.

Jesus is the light of the world. As you welcome Jesus into your life, as you learn to trust and obey him, it is like seeing things for the first time. Everything becomes crisper, sharper, and brighter.

Sometimes the light of Jesus is great: you see hope and joy and love where before there was none.

Sometimes though, as witnesses of Jesus and the bible will tell you, sometimes what is brought to light is not pleasant. The pain, the darkness, the sin in the world – and inside us – is all much clearer too.

Advent encourages us to come to Jesus, to allow his light to shine on the good and the bad: the hope and the joy, as well as the suffering of the world and the need to repent.

Jesus is Coming to You

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Learning for Life: 9:30 am 
Worship Service11:00 am

Bulletin: December 9, 2018
Newsletter: December 2018

Scripture readingsMalachi 3:3-51 Cor 6:19Matthew 21:1-13

Songs:

Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

Second Sunday of Advent – Peace

When you are waiting for something with anticipation, it can seem to take forever to finally happen. And then – suddenly – the moment arrives.

It is strange that something long anticipated could happen “suddenly” but that is how it can feel, especially something dramatic and significant: a major accomplishment, a big move, a wedding, a child’s birth, or even Christmas.

Three hundred or more years before Jesus was born, one of the Jewish prophets described, “The Lord, suddenly coming to the temple”. Centuries passed, but then indeed Jesus “suddenly” came. This was dramatic and significant: it changed the course of history. It wasn’t all easy and happy. Jesus came to deal with real problems.

How many people consciously or unconsciously have ever wanted to hear from God? Years and decades can go by for a person waiting for God.

For most of us, God works gradually into our lives, bit by bit becoming more and more important to us and changing our hearts and minds over time.

Advent encourages something more “sudden” to take place. Jesus is here, ready to enter our lives. He comes to deal with the things in our lives that no longer belong and to live with us to the end.

Waking and Preparing for Jesus

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Learning for Life: 9:30 am 
Worship Service11:00 am

Bulletin: December 2, 2018
Newsletter: December 2018

Scripture readingsIsaiah 40:1-5Romans 13:11-14John 1:19-34

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Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

First Sunday of Advent – Hope

“Now is the moment for you to wake from sleep!”
“Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
“Prepare the way of the Lord!”

Jesus: Light and Hope For Those In Exile

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Learning for Life: 9:30 am 
Worship Service11:00 am

Bulletin: November 25, 2018

Newsletter: November 2018

ScripturesPsalm 79The Book of Lamentations

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Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

The nation of Judah was defeated. Its major cities were invaded, its land devastated. Judah’s capital Jerusalem was sacked, looted torn apart, and burned. Its citizens were starved, raped, enslaved, murdered, or left behind in the ashes, shattered and in utter poverty.

Five poem-prayers have been preserved from this event in the book of Lamentations. The loss and grief they depict is heart rending.

The poems could have been written today. It might as well be describing the pain of the Indigenous peoples of the world, of Syria, or Yemen, or of the fire-razed towns of California.

What Choice Do We Have?

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Learning for Life: 9:30 am 
Worship Service11:00 am

Bulletin: November 18, 2018

Newsletter: November 2018

Scripture: Esther 5-9

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Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

Esther was one of many Jewish women now scattered through the Persian Empire. She lived in a man’s world, under the attention of the most powerful man of the times. Esther was also a Jew at a time where their survival, and the survival of their faith, was uncertain. How much choice did she have?

As with the women in Ruth, Esther was not as powerless as a reader might imagine given her identity and culture. Undoubtedly, Esther is among the more heroic figures in the bible. The bible gives us no indication if Esther had a sense of God’s leading but she risked her life to do what she could.

Many Christians these days feel like they live in a hostile culture. Are we powerless, or do we have choices to make?

God has placed us in this time and place. What is God calling us to do?

 
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