Three Meditations

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Learning for Life: Resumes in September 
Worship Service: 10:00 am (during summer)

Bulletin: August 12, 2018

NewsletterSummer 2018

Scriptures: John 16:25-32; Revelation 21:1-8 (creation complete); Revelation 21:9-19 (the new Jerusalem); Revelation 21:22-27 (culmination of creation).

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What John Saw

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Learning for Life: Resumes in September 
Worship Service: 10:00 am (during summer)

Bulletin: August 5, 2018

NewsletterSummer 2018

Scriptures: Isaiah 53:3-6; Revelation 20:1-15; Luke 6:46-49

Songs:

Rev. Ron Philips

Chinese Pastor John Cao is currently serving a seven year prison sentence, after helping build schools for the Wa people of Myanmar. Dr. Ken Elliott, a missionary doctor, has been held for two years by an Al-Qaeda linked group, in Burkina Faso. These are but two of many, many, many Christians through the centuries, and all around the world today, suffering for their faith.

The Book of Revelation helps us to make sense of this, and to find hope and to remain loyal to Jesus through great adversity.

This week we will focus on Revelation 20, and see what John saw.

 

His Second Advent

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Learning for Life: Resumes in September 
Worship Service: 10:00 am (during summer)

Bulletin: July 29, 2018

NewsletterSummer 2018

Scriptures: Psalm 148; Revelation 19:1-21;
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Rev. John Nelson

Let’s CELEBRATE Christmas in July! No doubt your response is, “Christmas in July? What a wonderful idea?”
No? I agree. Although this would be a little unusual, many retailers seem to plant the seed of the “coming” of Christmas earlier and earlier each year. What better way to stimulate a sluggish economy than by celebrating the “coming” of Christmas. One retailer’s slogan was, “Celebrate Yuletide at the pool side.”

In many ways Revelation 19 is often used at Advent as a celebration passage, linking Advent which means “coming”, with Jesus Second Coming. Traditionally we observe Advent in December, a time when we celebrate the coming of a babe, Jesus Christ. Did you know that this was Jesus’ FIRST COMING into this world? However, as the old gospel hymn says, “Jesus is Coming Again”- The Second Coming! At the beginning of this tradition many remembered and celebrated the Second Coming more than the first. Sadly though, many today celebrate Christ’s First Advent, but conveniently have forgotten about His Second Coming. This forgetfulness results in missing out on Revelation 19 vivid imageries: of praise to, and worship of God by those who love Him, the judgment of the wicked and the wedding of the Lamb and his bride- the church, and Jesus Second Coming.

Come and hear how exciting, grand and glorious Jesus Second Coming will be! Sunday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m., YOU are invited to join our congregation in the singing of, “The King is Coming”, “Jesus is Coming Again”, and yes, a Christmas carol- “Joy to the World the Lord is come”. Come, let’s celebrate His Second Coming!

The Revelation of Jesus

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Learning for Life: Resumes in September 
Worship Service: 10:00 am (during summer)

Bulletin: July 22, 2018

NewsletterSummer 2018

Scriptures: Matthew 24:3-8Psalm 9: The Revelation to John 1:1-18

Songs:

Rev Joel Russell-MacLean

Story books close with “The End” – as in, it’s finished, it’s over, there’s no more! But “The End” also means we’ve reached our goal; all the events have been fulfilled, all the problems resolved.

For Christians, the story of this world and life itself begins and ends with … a person: Jesus of Nazareth, crucified and then raised from the dead.

Our end is a goal, a destination. The story won’t be over at that point, it will just be getting started.

This is the revelation of Jesus, “I am the beginning and the end. I was dead, and see, I am alive forever. And I have the keys of Death and of Hell.”

God’s Promise to Creation

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Learning for Life: Resumes in September 
Worship Service: 10:00 am (during summer)

Bulletin: July 15, 2018

NewsletterSummer 2018

Scriptures: Genesis 8 and 9Psalm 89Romans 8:18-23

Songs:

Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

One day my daughter asked me, “What is a rainbow?”

And then, just a few days later, she called me excitedly during an evening shower. Thousands of tiny falling windows and mirrors were bending, splitting and reflecting the sun’s light back to our eyes in an arc of vibrant colours. Her straightforward delight in the rainbow got into my heart as well. The rainbow means science and beauty.

After over a year of drought here, during the past month we’ve been blessed with several rainbows over our city. On a very practical level, the rainbow means we’ve had rain but the storms have passed.

When you look at the rainbow, what else do you think of?

God said , “When I will see the rainbow, I will remember my everlasting covenant between you and me and every living creature on the earth.”

Does the rainbow remind you of God’s love for creation? God’s promise to all living things?

Does the rainbow remind you of God’s love for you?

When God’s rainbow appears over our city, God sees it and remembers the promise made to creation – a promise with a cost.

We understand God’s promise and its cost by looking at Jesus on the cross.

 
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