A Gift of Fellowship

Listen to the sermon Richard Hovey

Worship Service11:00 am

Bulletin: June 16
Newsletter:2019 June Newsletter

Scriptures: Jeremiah 31;31-34, Psalm 8, Acts 2.14a, 22, 23, 32-47

Songs:

Dr. Richard Hovey

Jesus has died, been crucified and buried – and has been raised, yes, God raised him up for it was impossible for death to keep him. Jesus has been exalted at the right hand of God, has received from God the promise of the Holy Spirit and has poured this gift out unto us. The Holy Spirit gift is a gift we can receive even today – a gift which transforms our lives, not only in regard to our relationship with God but also in regard to our relationship with one another. This gift is a gift of fellowship, a gift which opens up the possibility of right relationships, authentic and genuine friendships, secured in the very love of God “poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us” (Romans 5:5).

The Spirit Poured Out On All Flesh

Listen to the sermon Joel Russell-MacLean

Learning for Life: 9:30 am

Workshops: Psalms and Prayers

Worship Service11:00 am

Bulletin: June 9 Pentecost
Newsletter:2019 June Newsletter

Scriptures: Joel 2.21-29, Psalm 104, Acts 2.1-4

Songs:

Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

A violent wind is never a good thing – except for once.

Instead of causing destruction, the violent wind at Pentecost signalled God pouring out the Holy Spirit on all flesh.

We long for God to walk on earth again and for our world to be transformed. At the same time, it seems like most of our ideas of God revealed on earth are terrifying. In fact, the Greek word for “reveal” – apocalypse – for most people now means a time of cataclysmic destruction on earth. I’m reminded of a line from Carl Sagan’s book (and movie) Contact, describing humanity as “capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares.” 

Jesus came and for many people, being with Jesus meant healing and joy and hope.

The Holy Spirit has also come. The Spirit was poured out and it was like springtime in Canada. 

The Spirit is life, joy, and growth, the old world blown away and something new beginning.

Acts is the story of the church under construction. They built worship and community around the joy and new life that arrived when God came to live within them.

Raised from the Dead, Raised into Heaven

Listen to the sermon Joel Russell-MacLean

Learning for Life: 9:30 am

Workshops: Psalms and Prayers

Worship Service11:00 am

Bulletin: June 2 Ascension
Newsletter: 2019 June Newsletter

Scriptures: Daniel 7,1, 9-14; Psalm 22; Luke 10.1-12

Songs:

Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

The entrance to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Jesus is God’s means of preserving and renewing humanity and all creation.

The remote arctic island of Svalbard, Norway is the location of a seed bank with nearly one million seeds from around the world. The seeds of crops and other plants are preserved there, frozen in an old mine. Should a plant become scarce or disappear, they can be restored from the Nordic Seed Bank.

When Jesus ascended into heaven, he went into heaven as a physical, resurrected person. Humanity is being preserved in heaven until the day that Jesus returns to set all things right.

The seeds lay dormant in the bank, frozen originals, waiting passively until they are needed. Christ, however, is not passive or inactive. He is not simply waiting until he is needed.

Christ is alive and active to this day in our world to this day.

Jesus is the conduit of divine life and goodness to the world, allowing history to unfold. With his bride, the church, he unites creation and heaven. 

Eating and Drinking

Listen to the sermon Joel Russell-MacLean

Learning for Life: 9:30

Workshops: Psalms and Prayers

Worship Service11:00 am

This Sunday is also our Mission Luncheon – don’t miss out!

Bulletin: May 26 Easter 6
Newsletter: 2019-May-Newsletter

Scriptures: Isaiah 65.17-25; Psalm 22; Luke 10.1-12

Songs:

Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

Have you ever had a guest join you for a meal only to have them spend the entire time offering their advice on everything? How the food should have been cooked, how the room should be arranged, how your life should be organized… 

A guest is also someone invited in, not a person who forces their way in.

Why all this talk about how guests behave?

When Jesus sends people to evangelize and heal, he sends them as guests.

This puts a different spin on evangelism. Does Jesus mean Christians must have an invitation into people’s lives? Does Jesus mean a Christian must in fact depend on the help of those they expect to bless? It sounds like Jesus expects healing and teaching to take place within relationships, around eating and drinking together. 

The thanksgiving meal the church celebrates, affects the meals we have in our homes with other Christians, which affects the meals with share with folks outside the church. At the heart of all these relationships is Jesus. 

Do you see yourself as a guest in other people’s lives?

 

Listen to David Fitch argue from Luke 10.1-12 that ‘presence’ comes before ‘presenting’ the gospel.

“Faithful Presence” by David Fitch

For a inspiring story about the transformative power of entering into relationships as a guest, read the story of Daryl Davis, a black man who has befriended many members of the KKK:

The netflix documentary: Accidental Courtesy

“Dancing With the Devil”, The Washington Post, Sunday, July 5, 1998

Daryl Davis radio interview

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Known, Loved and Blessed

Listen to the sermon Jennifer Holtslander

Learning for Life: 9:30 

Workshops: Psalms and Prayers

Worship Service11:00 am

Bulletin: May 19 Easter 5 Ordination
Newsletter: 2019-May-Newsletter

Scriptures: Lamentations 3.22-26; Psalm 139.1, 13-16, 23-24 John 21.15-17,19b.

Songs:

Rev. Jennifer Holtslander

Today we celebrate the work of the Holy Spirit in the church. As a congregation and as a denomination, we recognize that the Spirit has set Norma Holtslander apart for ministry leadership within the church.

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