Celebrating A Bold Promise

Listen to the sermon Joel Russell-MacLean

Learning for Life: 9:30

Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: December 1st –  1st Sunday in Advent

Newsletter: December

Scriptures: Luke 1.46-55; John 2.1-11

Listen to the wedding Rob and Tiffany

Songs:

Joel Russell-MacLean

Every one of us needs to be transformed. God initiates the human search for change through love.

Most of us know we need to change at some level and to some degree. Sometimes we struggle to put it into words. Sometimes we refuse to consider it or admit it, nonetheless, it is true for all of us. 

Jesus’ first miracle was the transformation of one thing into another. Jesus changed water into wine at a wedding, revealing God’s glory.

Perhaps Jesus chose to do this at a wedding because God transforms people through marriage. We especially see the need for change through our closest relationships because love nudges people to be lovable. People in a relationship are challenged to be a better friend, or spouse, or parent.

One of Jesus’ friends put it this way, “We love him because he first loved us.”

How does God seek to transform you?

Yet I Will Rejoice in the Lord

Listen to the sermon Joel Russell-MacLean

Learning for Life: 9:30

Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: Bulletin November 24

Newsletter: November 2019 Newsletter

Scriptures: Habakkuk 1 – 3

Songs:

Joel Russell-MacLean

We are all waiting for God to come and act: the couple looking into an empty crib which was meant for a child; the farmer looking at a dry empty field where seed had been sown; the grocer with empty shelves. Habakkuk wrote about the waiting, the injustice, and the suffering.

Habakkuk called out in prayer, “How long O Lord? Don’t you see what is going on?”

He had a vision. A vision of God coming down in such a dramatic way that it changed everything. It gave Habakkuk the strength to wait – and more to thank and praise God:

“Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength”

This is the Sunday before Advent, the time we reflect upon and celebrate the coming of Jesus, our hope, our peace, our light, the one who loves, forgives, and heals us.

For now, and for much of our life, we must wait, sometimes through the hardest times.

Do Not Be Faithless

Listen to the sermon Joel Russell-MacLean

Learning for Life: 9:30

Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: November 17

Newsletter: November 2019 Newsletter

Scriptures: Malachi 2, 3; Psalm 106:35-38; Mark 13.1-8

Songs:

Joel Russell-MacLean

Marriage is a promise, a covenant created and lived out with love.

Married couples do go through times when all of the words exchanged and all of the things being done seem to come more from routine and duty and less from love. Hearts can harden in these times, frustrations build up. How profoundly hurtful and lonely to feel you are not loved by the person who married you. Or how draining to fear you no longer love the person you married.

At its most destructive, a marriage can end up with one or both of the spouses openly violating their promises with abuse, lies, or adultery.

Spouses are exposed and vulnerable in a marriage.

It is shocking therefore that the minor prophets reflected upon human marriages to understand God’s relationship with people.

Would God really make himself that vulnerable?

The prophets studied the Torah, they reflected on what they themselves had seen and heard of God, and they concluded that God’s relationship with people was like a marriage.

God loved Israel and made marriage vows, a covenant, with them. The law was meant to arise out of love. Instead, the people broke the covenant, they manipulated the vows, they looked for other gods. Their failure to keep promises made to each other was equally a failure to keep their promise to God.

“Remember your love as it was in the beginning”, Malachi pleaded.

This is the love out of which we care for one another and keep our promises. Ultimately, it is the love God has for us.

Judgement Day

Listen to the sermon Joel Russell-MacLean

Learning for Life: 9:30

Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: November 10

Newsletter: November 2019 Newsletter

Scriptures: Zephaniah 1, Zephaniah 3; Psalm 34; Matthew 25.31-36, 41-43.

Songs:

Joel Russell-MacLean

On Sunday, we will observe a moment of silence. We set aside time each year to retell the stories of years and youth taken by war. It helps us to appreciate what we have and not take it for granted. It also helps us have compassion on people living through war around our world today.

Zephaniah lived during the last years of stability in Jerusalem, from around 650-600 BC,  and a period of religious reformation under King Josiah (see 2 Kings chpt 22-23). Unfortunately, once again many people were taking their well being for granted, and violence, corruption, and fraud continued. This has been the pattern of human history since the beginning:

“Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence.” Genesis 6.11 

Zephaniah warned Jerusalem that a time of judgement was coming, when God would hold the nation accountable for all the evil that had gone on. Zephaniah however also looked beyond Jerusalem. He saw the same evil and suffering everywhere, just as we do today when turn to the news.

A day is coming when God will set things right.

It is nice to think that everyone will be willing to change by that day, that everyone will admit what they have done wrong, and accept their Creator’s authority over all life. God’s work and patience is meant to give us time to humble ourselves and seek a better way – God’s way.

But a day has been set when God will put a stop to all the corruption and violence whether we are ready for it or not. That day came for Jerusalem long ago, just as it came for Assyrian Empire, and the Babylonians, and countless other empires and cities and just as it will come for us.

The Locus of Mission

Listen to the sermon Terry Smith

Learning for Life: 9:30

Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: Bulletin November 3

Newsletter: November 2019 Newsletter

Scriptures: Micah 4.1-5; Psalm 145.9-16 ; Luke 13.18-21

Songs:

Terry Smith Terry Smith

We are very pleased to have Terry Smith as our guest preacher this Sunday.

Terry has served as Canadian Baptist Ministries’ Executive Director since 2016. Previously he served as the Director of International Partnerships for 12 years.

As Field Staff, Terry and his wife, Heather worked in France for 20 years, with inner-city youth, urban church planting, theological education and leadership development. He has co-authored Going Global (2011) with Gary Nelson and Gord King and wrote Wordeed, An Integral Mission Primer (2012).

In addition to his work at CBM, Terry has taught at seminaries in Canada and around the world in the areas of Gospel and Culture, Global Christianity and Missions. Terry and Heather, live in Mimico (west end of Toronto). They have three young adult children.

Visit Canadian Baptist Ministries’ website.

 
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