September 27 2020

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Learning for Life: Romans 9:30

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Walking in Grace

Listen to the sermon Richard Hovey

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Bulletin: Bulletin September 27 2020

Newsletter: Weekly Letter Sept 20 2020

Scriptures: Colossians 1:3-14, Psalm 62:5-7, John 15:8-16

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Richard Hovey

Paul prayed that the church at Colossae would be filled with the knowledge of God that they may live in a way that would be worthy of the Lord. It is a prayer that is asking that they – the people of God – respond to the grace of God in such a way that their own lives produce fruit in keeping with the ministry of those who find themselves in the Kingdom of Jesus. Might this prayer ring true in our own lives as well, as we learn to walk in grace.

 

September 20 2020

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Learning for Life: Romans 9:30

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Hidden with Christ in God

Listen to the sermon Joel Russell-MacLean

Listen to the baptism service Baptism Sept 20 2020

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Bulletin: Bulletin September 20

Newsletter: Weekly Letter Sept 13 2020

Scriptures: Colossians 2 and 3, Psalm 27, Luke 3.21-22

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Joel Russell-MacLean

This Sunday we will be celebrating a baptism.

September 13 2020

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Learning for Life: Romans 9:30

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Did Paul Have Any Friends?

Listen to the sermon Joel Russell-MacLean

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Bulletin: Bulletin September 13

Newsletter: Weekly Letter Sept 6 2020

Scriptures: Colossians 1.1-4, 4.7-18; Psalm 65; Matthew 4.18-22

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Joel Russell-MacLean

Paul sometimes sounds like he may have been a difficult person to like. His letters seem full of confrontation, lectures, and reproach. He seems rigid in his demands.

I’ve sometimes pictured the Apostle Paul traveling all alone through danger, hunger, and storm, from city to unfriendly city, chased out sometimes, welcomed briefly at other times. If that is the case, no wonder he wasn’t patient in his letters whenever trouble started in his churches.

Did Paul have any friends?

We have a high regard for friendships in Canada. Parents will sometimes say, “I want my child to think of me as a friend.” Greek and Roman culture had developed a philosophy of around close friendships between men as the greatest relationship. As an educated Roman citizen, did Paul work alone?

Scot McKnight offers a surprising answer. Paul did not call anyone a friend.

Paul called them family. He called the people he worked with, “my sister” and, “my brother”. He called the churches he led, “my beloved.” This was something new in the Jewish and Roman world but Paul did not start it. This came from Paul’s Lord.

Jesus created a new family: the church.

When Jesus called people, he began by calling siblings. We are meant to have a deep love for each other as newly made brothers and sisters, across all our differences. Sometimes it requires lots of grace and forgiveness. Often it is wonderful. Sometimes, our church family is what gets us through tough times like Covid-19.

This Sunday, we will gather around a meal that unites us. Whether you take part from home or come in person, may God fill all our hearts with love for one another.

A link to Scot McKnight’s new book: Pastor Paul: Nurturing a Culture of Christoformity in the Church

 

September 6 2020

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Learning for Life: First Peter 9:30

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Sentimentality and the Power of God

Listen to the sermon Joel Russell-MacLean

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Bulletin: Bulletin September 6

Newsletter: Weekly Letter August 30

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 34; Psalm 90; John 3.22-30

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Joel Russell-MacLean

Moses was alone at his death but for one person. Together, they stood on a mountain ridge and looked out over a land that Moses had longed to see. That land would have meant rest and settling down but he never reached it. Behind and below them were the people Moses had led out of slavery in Egypt. Moses knew his time had come. God alone stood beside Moses in those final moments on the mountain.

God laid Moses’ body in the grave when he died.

Why might we admire Moses? Certainly many have learned about spiritual life and leadership by meditating on his story and his words. Certainly, the things God did through him have never been seen since. More incredible still was his connection to God. “No prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.”

Moses blamed the people twice as the reason he was prevented from entering the land. However, right beside this finger-pointing are God’s words, placing the blame instead at Moses’ feet. God didn’t gloss over sin or flaws in sentimental funeral fashion but God loved Moses and was with him at the end.

This truthful eulogy seems far more powerful and applicable. Love helps us look at one another honestly. We can admit flaws and sin knowing that God loves us and will be with us to the end.

 

 

 

August 30 2020

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Learning for Life: First Peter 9:30

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Balak, Balaam, a donkey, and the Angel of the Lord

Listen to the sermon Norma Holtslander

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Bulletin: Bulletin August 30

Newsletter: Weekly Letter Aug 23 2020

Scriptures: Psalm 145; Numbers 22-24

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Norma Holtslander

In Numbers 22-24 we have an angel only seen by a donkey who speaks. We have a pagan prophet, Balaam, who worships other gods, not God alone. This same prophet beats the donkey but ultimately speaks God’s message to the King of Moab. And this king of Moab, Balak, is scared out of his mind as he sees the people of Israel camped ominously on the plains of Moab.

What does all this have to say to us today, if anything?

 
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