Compassion without Compromise

Learning for Life: 9:30

Worship Service: 11:00 am

Listen to the sermon Richard Hovey

Bulletin: January 26 2020

Newsletter: January 2020

Scriptures: Ezekiel 34:11-16; Psalm 100; Matthew 9:35-10:23

Songs: 

Richard Hovey

Jesus was often moved with compassion for people in need. He saw the crowds as harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He called upon his disciples to pray, yes to pray for workers. They prayed – and shortly thereafter were sent to proclaim the good news of the gospel to the lost sheep. They were told this mission would not be easy. They would be rejected by some. Yet they were to go, not fending for their own needs but the needs of others.

What does the compassionate heart of Jesus mean for us today as his disciples? Do we compromise the heart of Jesus?

Follow Me

Learning for Life 9:30 Special Guest: Dr Brett Salkeld

Worship Service: 11:00 am

Listen to the sermon John Nelson

Bulletin: Bulletin January 19th

Newsletter: January 2020

Scriptures: Isaiah 61.1-4; Matthew 4.12-23

Songs: 

John Nelson

From his baptism, after confronting the devil, Jesus began to invite people into the renewal of all things, into God’s coming kingdom. He healed, taught, and set people free.

Jesus also began to call women and men,

“Come, follow me!”

He taught those first followers to be his new community, the church. He sent them out to continue the work of caring and teaching others the new way of Jesus.

Encounter with God

Listen to the sermon Joel Russell-MacLean

Learning for Life: 9:30

Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: January 12th

Newsletter: January 2020

 

Your Gates Shall Always Be Open

Epiphany

Listen to the sermon Joel Russell-MacLean

Worship Service: 11:00 am

Learning for Life will resume January 12

Bulletin: January 5th – Epiphany

Newsletter: January 2020

Scriptures: Isaiah 60.1-22; Matthew 2.1-23

Songs: 

Joel Russell-MacLean

“Adoration of the Magi” Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

Like all good origin stories, Matthew used the story of Jesus’ birth to tell us who Jesus is and hinted at the conflict he would face:

  • Jesus had royal blood: he was part of the royal line of King David, born in Bethlehem as prophesied by Micah, honoured by foreign dignitaries.
  • Jesus is divine. He is called Immanuel: “God is with us”.
  • Jesus’ identity is at once hidden and in plain sight. 
  • The entire history of Israel led to the moment of his birth. Jesus’ calling was to be the Messiah and to redeem Israel from its sin. His calling was emphasized by a miraculous birth. 
  • All people and all creation were to be included when Israel was saved through Jesus

All of this is established before John the Baptist or Jesus even begin their ministry.

And right from his birth there is opposition to Jesus – fierce, ruthless, bloody opposition. We see evil exposed for what it truly is.

Jesus is born as the human: the fulfillment and the completion of what it means to be truly human. 

But evil is exposed as inhuman: the callous murder of infants and toddlers, a young family forced to flee as refugees.

Our example of faith is the story of the Magi – the “three wise men”. Although they had little to go on, and had to go to great lengths to find him, they chose to seek, to worship, and to honour Jesus.

First Sunday of Christmas

Listen to the sermon Joel Russell-MacLean

Worship Service: 11:00 am

Learning for Life will resume in January

Bulletin: December 29th – First Sunday of Christmas

Newsletter: December

Scriptures: Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 98; Luke 1:68-80; Matthew 1:18-25

Songs:

Joel Russell-MacLean

 

 
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