June 7, 2020

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Learning for Life: Ecclesiastes  9:30

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The People of the Triune God: Paul’s Letter to the Galatians

Listen to the sermon Joel Russell-MacLean

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Bulletin: Bulletin June 7

Newsletter: Weekly Letter May 31 2020

Scriptures: Galatians 3.23 – 4.7; Psalm 68.4-6; Matthew 28.16-20

Songs: 

Joel Russell-MacLean

The world rips itself apart time and time again. Human envy and desire pits us against one another over and over again and our differences become our vulnerability instead of our strength and beauty.

The Creator has been revealed as Three-who-are-one, difference within unity, beautiful and wonderful.

Paul exhorts us to let this God, the Holy Spirit of Jesus and of God the Father live within us and to be born again in the Spirit, to live in the Spirit, to be led by the Spirit. The Spirit will confirm in your heart that Jesus gave his life for you and that God knows you and chooses you to be his child. 

The Spirit will welcome you into a new family with brothers and sisters from around the world and across time.

This is close to the heart of Paul’s plea to the church in Galatians; Jesus gave up his life so all of that could happen! 

The church in Galatia had tenderly cared for him at a point in own his life when he was vulnerable and had made much of him. They were his friends, whom he loved. Now, he ached for them and was torn up inside for them and didn’t know what to do. For, instead of continuing to grow deeper into the freedom and the love that comes with living in the Spirit, the Galatians were trying other things.

In these first weeks of the season of Pentecost, we will be reading through Paul’s letter to the Galatians and reflecting on living in the Spirit.

 

An attempt to explain the Trinity

Here is an instructive and funny video on the difficulty of describing the Trinity which you may remember from a few years ago: St Patrick’s Bad Analogies.

May 31 2020

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Learning for Life: Ecclesiastes  9:30

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Living by the Spirit: Paul’s Letter to the Galatians

Listen to the sermon Joel Russell-MacLean

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Bulletin: Bulletin May 31

Newsletter: Weekly Letter May 24

Scriptures: Galatians 2.19-3.14; Psalm 139; John 20.19-22.

Songs: 

Joel Russell-MacLean

Let the Holy Spirit of Jesus and of God the Father live within you: be born again in the Spirit, live in the Spirit, be led by the Spirit.

The Spirit will confirm in your heart that Jesus gave his life for you and that God knows you and chooses you to be his child.

The Spirit will bring you life, new life, eternal life.

This is close to the heart of Paul’s plea to the church in Galatians; Jesus gave up his life so all of that could happen!

The church in Galatia had tenderly cared for him at a point in own his life when he was vulnerable and had made much of him. They were his friends, whom he loved.

Now, he ached for them and was torn up inside for them and didn’t know what to do. For, instead of continuing to grow deeper into the freedom and the love that comes with living in the Spirit, the Galatians were trying other things.

Paul began with his own story and his own experience. Jesus had visited Paul and Paul had received the Holy Spirit.

Paul said, “I live for Jesus, who loved me and gave his life for me.”

In these first weeks of Pentecost, we will be reading through Paul’s letter to the Galatians and reflecting on living in the Spirit.

May 24 2020

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Learning for Life: Ecclesiastes  9:30

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A Continued Ministry

Live From Lebanon: Mission Fundraiser Luncheon following our worship service

You may wish to prepare something to eat for this virtual luncheon. We will be joined by a student from the Arab Baptist Seminary and with our CBM partners in Lebanon. There will also be an update from our SENT team about the current situation in Lebanon.

Listen to the sermon Richard Hovey

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Bulletin: May 24 2020

Newsletter: Weekly Letter May 17 2020

Scriptures: Ephesians 1:15-23; Psalm 93; Luke 24:44-53

Songs: 

Richard Hovey

In Luke 24 is recorded the ascension of Jesus, witnessed by the disciples, with a twofold promise or declaration: that they would receive the Holy Spirit and be Jesus’ witnesses in the world. This account in Luke’s gospel is reiterated in Acts 1, also written by Luke, and he states that in his gospel account he wrote about all that Jesus began to do, suggesting that the Book of Acts is Jesus continued ministry in and through his disciples. In light of Jesus’ ascension and gift of the Spirit, we today who have put our faith in Christ are part of the continued ministry of Christ in the world.

May 17 2020

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Learning for Life: Ecclesiastes  9:30

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The Holy Spirit and Me

Listen to the sermon Norma Holtslander

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Bulletin: May 17

Newsletter: Weekly Letter May 10

Scriptures: Romans 8:23-28, Psalm 51.7-11, John 16.5-15.

Songs: 

Norma Holtslander

“Paintbrush Pentecost”, by Timothy Long.

Jesus told his disciples that it was to their advantage for him to leave this earth because his leaving allowed for the Strengthener (Advocate, Helper, Comforter, Encourager, counsellor, Holy Spirit) to come. The Strengthener is the One who meets our needs from within, who is coming to us. That was true for the disciples and is true for us today.

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May 10 2020

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Learning for Life: Ecclesiastes  9:30

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The Body Without the Spirit Is Dead

Listen to the sermon Joel Russell-MacLean

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Bulletin: May 10

Newsletter: Weekly Letter May 3

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 8.2-3; Psalm 66.8-20; Romans 8.11-13; John 4.7-14

Songs: 

Joel Russell-MacLean

“Paintbrush Pentecost”, by Timothy Long.

The Holy Spirit is the source of life on earth. Throughout the bible, the Spirit of God is connected to the very breath within living creatures. In this arrangement, the physical and spiritual need each other to thrive. However, in common use, the spirit often is treated as the opposite of the physical and the spiritual is treated as the opposite of earthly concerns. Anyone too concerned with business, nature, politics, or food risks being accused of lacking spiritual depth.

Easter tells a different story, a better story.

Easter is made up of stories of people holding Jesus and eating meals with Jesus. Easter is the story of creatures transformed, communities healed and restored, and nations finding their way toward peace because the Holy Spirit has come to live within people.

Jesus borrowed the image from the prophets of a well of “living waters” within a person to capture the dramatic difference the Holy Spirit makes in their life and in the world. The vision of scripture is the Holy Spirit as the life within animals thriving, within cities and neighbourhoods thriving, and within people thriving.

Jesus commanded his disciples, “Receive the Holy Spirit, be filled with the Spirit.” The Spirit is water springing up within us to eternal life for the healing and life of the world.

God’s Grandeur by Gerard Manley Hopkins

 
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