Sunday, December 28, 2014

A New Hope

Luke 2:21-38 Simeon & Anna

 We will explore what the new year holds
for us as we reflect on the story of Jesus
being presented in the temple.


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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Announcement of Love

Luke 1:26-45 Announcement of Jesus Birth
Luke 1:46-56 Mary's Song of Praise


We are reminded that nothing is impossible with God. Mary's story takes us through a series of emotional responses that many people go through when God calls on them to play their part in God's mission. Mary is perplexed, afraid, thoughtful, honored by this announcement. In these scriptures Mary questions her vocation, then she accepts and believes, and then she responds with the words "Here am I, the servant of the Lord." Like most of us when God nudges us, calls us, leads us, drags us, Mary is stunned and struggles to understand how this could be? Why me? God's announcement of the birth of Jesus - love incarnate moves each and every one of us. Let us respond to this announcement of love with an open and ready heart. view

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Spirit of Joy

Joel 2:12-13, 28-19 Return to God
Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord
Luke 11:13  God's gift of the Spirit to the people

Kids' Church Christmas Pageant
The children will share with us God's call to return to God. As we prepare for Jesus' birth, we need to respond to the messages from the angels of rendering our hearts to God, putting God first. We will rejoice and delight in the sounds and wisdom of the children and youth in our midst. We will open our hearts, our ears and our minds to where the Spirit is inviting us to spread the message of generosity and love for all of creation.

This was a whole family worship and very dramatic, so there was no formal sermon.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Liberty to the Captives

Isaiah 61:1-11 Everlasting covenant

Luke 4:16-21 Rejection at Nazareth

Our own captivity is hard to recognize, and hard to admit. As it was for those in Jesus' home town, Nazareth who wanted to get rid of him when he suggested that Isaiah's words were pertinent right there and then. It is a spiritual form of captivity, so the needed liberation is necessarily a spiritual process. And, like our society today, there is a kind of captivity that persists as long as life is purged of the spiritual. In what ways do you lament our captivity and long to be free?

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Trust With Hope

Daniel 6:6-27 . Daniel in the lions' den

The story of Daniel in the lions' den is the story of one who found protection and safety in his faith. Advent is a time to acknowledge our longing-our many kinds of longing. One of those is the longing for security, safety, and protection. It is not only for ourselves, but for everything we value: our family, our communities, our country, even our world. Today, hope clashes with fear, and we learn again to trust in God.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

The days will surely come about!

Jeremiah 36:1-8, 21-23, 27-28; 31:31-34 Jeremiah calls for repentance
Luke 22:19-20 The cup is the new covenant

When will we arrive? How many times do we need to be told that God is at work in our midst before we truly believe it? How many times do we need to be told that God loves us and forgives us before we will live out the new covenant? The days have come! We don't need an interpreter any more, we don't need Jeremiah to bring us messages from God. God has written the new covenant on our hearts. The days have come about and now we KNOW God. It is time to accept this and move forward.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Here I Am, Coming About

Isaiah 6:1-8 Call of Isaiah

Luke 5:8-10 The amazing catch of fish

The Isaiah reading, and the wonderful hymn by Dan Schutte based on that passage capture the passion of God, reaching toward the beloved people and longing for their healing, along with the plea, whom shall I send? Our faithfulness is much more than obedience; it is entering into the passion of God for the world and letting lives be turned and ourselves transformed.

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Come about and collaborate!

  • 1 Kings 17:1-24 Elijah and the widow
  • Luke 4:24-26 God's mercy to an outsider


Come about and collaborate!
The story of Elijah and the widow is a living example of the call to collaborate together so that everyone has what they need to flourish in life. Let us engage with one another in sharing our stories of giving and receiving and through the joy of gift economy.

This was a Whole Family Worship service, therefore there was no recorded sermon.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

To Come About as a Universal Church

1 Kings 5:1-5; 8:27-30, 41-43 . Solomon builds the temple

Luke 9:45-46 . Cleansing the temple

Perhaps the Church, like the Temple, would be a place for all nations. The word "catholic" means universal. United Church of Canada envisioned the reunification of the church. In the midst of this, we need to affirm what it is that truly unites us - and it is probably not institutional amalgamation or global centralism. In the United Church, we baptize children into the holy catholic church. What is the true catholicity of the church? On this Reformation Sunday we ask, what does it mean to be a reformed and reforming church today?

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

To come about, we need a keel!

  • 2 Samuel 7:1-17 God's Promise to David



Time and time again, good people with the best intentions lose sight of how our relationship with God works. King David wanted to thank God for all that he had received by erecting a house for God. However, this was not David's decision to make. Through the prophet Nathan God proclaims that God will make a house for us, not the other way around. How will we inhabit the land which God has given and how will we connect our sense of place with our faith?
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

It's time to Fly!

1 Samuel 1:9-11, 19-20 Samuel's Birth
1 Samuel 2:1-10 Hannah's Prayer


 There are so many moments in life when we are faced with a choice - to stay the course or make a change. Change is risky, but rewarding. Giving something up that we love or someone we love is really difficult. Sometimes the right thing does not feel good at first, but when we embrace our fear, and when we receive what is being offered we experience new life, transformation, hope, and freedom! What are the things we are holding tight to in our faith that may need to be set free? How might we change?

This Sunday a play was presented. There is no formal sermon available.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Gods of Gold

  • Exodus 32:1-14 . The golden calf
  • Luke 23:34 . Father forgive them

Sermon: 

Gods of Gold
The presence of the Sacred in the midst of life is so elusive and yet so challenging people have tried to forge it in gold or nail it to a tree. For their foolishness, God would condemn, but Moses and Jesus both mediate on behalf of the people to persuade God to relent from condemnation. Truly to live consciously is to engage the Sacred presence honestly and to stop taking God's forgiveness for granted.
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

What do we need to hold on to AND pass over to follow God?

Exodus 12:1-13 The first Passover instituted
Exodus 13:1-8 The festival of unleavened bread

Today we are reminded by the scriptures that it is important to keep the rituals that we have been given for they serve to remind us of where we have come from, and they connect us with those who have come before us. In this ever changing world it is important to take time to consider what the important rituals are that ground us, to name our common purpose,and to help us to feel we belong. We are the chosen people of God. Are we prepared to move with God when we are commanded? Are we free to follow God or are we being held back by the things we possess?
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Trust and Promise

  • Genesis 15:1-6 God's covenant with Abram
  • Psalm 136 God's work in creation and history

Sermon:

Trust and Promise
The essence of faith is trust in God. The proof lies in the awe of Creation. The reward lies in the freely given Grace of God. It is in our trust of the promise that we are able to discern the call of God to each one of us. And it is in God's call that we experience the purpose, meaning, and direction for the living of our lives.
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Innocence and Experience

  • Genesis 2:4a-7, 15-17; 3:1-8 . Garden of Eden
  • Psalm 136 . Your love is never ending

Sermon:

Innocence and Experience
Each new life begins with the innocence of a new-born baby. And we all encounter the life experiences that shatter that innocence. How do we live with the knowledge of good and evil without letting it destroy us? How do we forge a spirituality that protects us?
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Crucified Messiah

Scripture:

  • Acts 2:22-32 . Peter's Pentecost address, part 2
  • Psalm 16 . You will not abandon my soul
  • 1 Corinthians 1:20-25 . The wisdom of the cross

Sermon:

Crucified Messiah
What is our sense of Covenant with God: the promise of life or the purpose and potential of life? And how do we experience it gained through being lost? How is "the foolishness of God" wiser than men, and "weakness of God" stronger than men? Here is the paradox of Sacred Wisdom at the very core of the Gospel in its earliest form.
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sowing seeds in our neighbourhood with abundance

Genesis 25:19-34 Esau and Jacob
 Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Parable of the sower


 Tom Long writes: "The Church is called to 'waste itself' to throw grace around like there is no tomorrow." The parable of the sower calls us to stop over thinking, and over planning, and procrastinating and simply start scatters seeds of love and acceptance in our neighbourhood. We need to take our statement of welcome and inclusion into our neighbourhood, without seeking reward for our toil, and not as a clever device on getting what we think we need, i.e. more butts in the pews. It is time to throw caution to the wind and see where the seeds fall and witness God at work amongst us.


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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Don't Panic!

Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 Joseph is sold by his brothers
Matthew 14:22-33 Jesus walks on water



 There are times in our life when we take risks for all the right reasons and as we follow that choice we become overwhelmed and then we panic, leaving us with that sinking feeling. Well this literally happens to Peter when he responds to Jesus's command to "Come." The good news rests in Jesus words, "Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid." Like Peter, Joseph finds himself in an uncomfortable situation where all hope seems to be lost.but that is never the end of the story when it comes to God.listen view

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit



Scripture:

  • Acts 5:34-42 . Gamaliel's Intervention

Sermon:

The Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit
Wherein does the Church persist? Throughout history, there has been so much that was so unlikely: the call of Abraham, the Exodus, David's reign, Israel's return from exile. The Church looked unlikely to survive as well. Yet it did, not by human agency, but by the Power of the Holy Spirit. And even today, this is the only power by which the church persists.
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Known God


Scripture:

  • Acts 17:22-31 . Paul Addresses the Areopagus

Sermon:

A Known God
Beyond all of the philosophical debates and smorgasbord of religions that engaged the Athenian inteligensia, Paul speaks of a God who can be known in the sense of familiarity, not just beliefs. This is a relational God who can be loved and who loves us. And it is a God who has acted in history and in the world. This is the essence of Paul's message.
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Play and love as if life depended on it!

Genesis 1:1-5 The wind of God moving over creation

Song of Solomon 2:8-15 Springtime rhapsody.


In the Robertson-Wesley anthem which was written several years ago, we sing of The Spirit of Joy where we play together as a family. Joy is intrinsically tied to play, and to love. We find joy when we play with each other and when we are in love. The love poem from Song of Solomon stirs us to want to get involved and be engaged. We like all parts of creation are called to be in relationship in whatever form that takes. How will we open ourselves to the transformative power of love? listen.view

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Don't be stumped! Seek wisdom with a listening heart.

1 Kings 3:1-15 Solomon's Prayer for Wisdom
Isaiah 11: 1-3 The Peaceful Kingdom


We come together in a spirit of wisdom today where we encourage one another to learn together and seek our own spiritual answers. In the scriptures from 1 Kings, we hear Solomon's prayer to God for wisdom and understanding for governing his people. Solomon is worried and lives in a bit of fear. His father King David was blessed and loved, but will Solomon be able to do this? We are given an image today of new life emerging from an old stump. Where are the stumps in your life and where is new growth emerging?listen.view

Sunday, July 6, 2014

It's time to shed our old shell and risk exposure!

John 8:1-11 Woman caught in adultery
1 John 3:11-23 Love one another



In order to live out our statement of welcome and inclusion, we need to continually adapt as a church. We live in a Spirit of belonging where everyone is welcomed regardless of ethnicity, gender, orientation, age or ability. In the United Church we like to talk about how we draw the circle wide.I'd like to take some wisdom from a lobster! Belonging comes with acceptance for who you are and where you are at in life, with no judgement! How do we make room for new people, so that they find a place in our midst? What are the shells that we need to shed in this process as we continue to grow and live out the new commandment? listen .view

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Who are our neighbours?

Ezekiel 27:1-14 The Valley of Dry Bones
What is our place? Where do we put down roots? Where is home? The church has been misplaced in our society over the past decade. In many ways we have become exiles in a secular world. It is time to reclaim our place in our neighbourhoods. We have a place, we have a role to play in upholding the Spirit of justice in our land. Like the dry bones in Ezekiel's vision, God is breathing new life into us, and resurrecting and transforming the parish. What will happen when we engage our neighbours and reclaim our place? What is the Abundant Community Initiative? listen ..view

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Called to Care; creating a web of support

Acts 19:1-10 Baptism through the Holy Spirit
1 Thessalonians 2: 1-13 We encourage you to lead a life worthy of God










Paul asks the disciples if they have received the Holy Spirit, only to find out that they have missed this message. Have we received the Holy Spirit? How is it at work in our lives and in the lives of others? When we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit we become a part of a Spirit empowered movement. In our R-W anthem we sing of the Spirit of Caring where we support each other, our community and our world. How do we live this out together?
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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Affirmed and Spirited

Scripture:

  • Mark 1:4-11 Jesus baptizes you with the Holy Spirit
  • Acts 4:18-26 We cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard

Dialogue:

Affirmed and Spirited
"Beautifully moving, ceaselessly forming,
growing, emerging with awesome delight,
Maker of Rainbows, glowing with color,
arching in wonder,
energy flowing in darkness and light:
Name unnamed, hidden and shown,
knowing and known, Gloria!"
These words by Brian Wren suggest the dynamic opening of our hearts and faith community as the Spirit moves freely among us. The message today is a dialogue with Casey Edmunds about the experience of a faith community that is artistic and affirming - Spirited!
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Sunday, June 1, 2014

In the Potter's Hand

Scripture:

  • Jeremiah 18:1-11 . The potter and the clay

Sermon:

In the Potter's Hand
"We believe in God, who has created and is creating." And who continues creating until the end of time! Like a potter shaping clay, our God shapes us-each of us and all of us-becoming something far beyond what any of us can imagine. When Israel feels devastated, Jeremiah helps them to see it as God reshaping them. As we celebrate birth, we dedicate ourselves to be born and born again into the Life of our God who will never leave us alone!
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Sunday, May 18, 2014

A Portrait of Inner Beauty - Expressed in our love.

Galatians 6:14-16 A New Creation
1 Peter 3:3-4 Inner Beauty
Luke 6:12-31 The sermon on the plain

 How do we define what is beautiful and what is not? The arts cause our hearts to open and in a world dominated by information and rationalization and scientific pursuit we have been trained to turn off our hearts and simply rely on our intellect.
How do we see beauty in others if we spend our time looking at screens? How do we come to love each other if we don't allow ourselves to feel a connection? Art causes us to engage on a different level and when our hearts open we see the beauty of all creation expressed in each other. listen .view

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Seeing With New Eyes

Scripture:

  • 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 There is a new creation

Sermon:

Seeing With New Eyes
Paul's talk of "New Creation" focuses on the transformed vision. To see Christ and to see one another no longer in the flesh, but in the spirit. The New Creation is not one thing changed into another, like remanufacturing. It is the transformation of the perceiver who, in Christ, comes truly to see Creation anew. What do you see when you behold the New Creation in Christ?

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A Journey of Awakening!

Isaiah 40:28-31 Strength to the powerless
Ephesians 5:6-14 Live as children of the light


 The season of Easter invites us to explore the cyclical nature of life, death and transformation to new life. New life comes when we have the courage to enter the darkness, to enter the moments of uncertainty and the moments of pain. Life is a journey and there are moments along this journey when something acts as a catalyst for change. At that moment we have a choice. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians invites them to live as children of light! He calls the people to awake and live! Where are you on the journey of awakening? listen . view

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Witness Statement

Colossians 1:15-20 First born of all creation
Psalm 96 Sing a new song, praise God
Mark 16:1-8, 14 Resurrection & Commissioning


 Tell me what you saw on Easter morning? We hear Mark's witness statement which is the earliest written witness statement in the Bible. Now like the faithful followers during Christ's life, we too are being called to witness! Like Mary Magdalene we are called by God to go and tell the world that Jesus has been raised. We need to roar like the sea, and let the earth rejoice, and the trees of the forest sing. But all too often we are afraid and instead we cry.we were not there, we have not seen. Yet we know that God created all things visible and invisible. We have witnessed God at work with our eyes, with our hearts, with our lives. We proclaim and believe that God's Spirit is at work in our world. So on Easter Sunday let your voice ring out in joy and "Go into the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation."
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Faithfulness in the Garden

Scripture:

  • Exodus 1:15-20 Birth of Moses
  • Mark 13:14-19 Desolating sacrilege

Sermon:

Faithfulness in the Garden
We hear increasingly grave warnings about the deterioration of our natural environment. Increasingly loud voices challenge the leadership of industry, science, and government. We who are called to prophetic ministry, dedication to the common good, and love of the human family and all creation-how are we to respond? What is true faithfulness for us who live in God's garden?
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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Let There Be Greening

Scripture:

  • Romans 8:19-23 Creation in Labour

Sermon:

Let There Be Greening
In the midst of all that we have learned about how to "live with respect in creation" there is something beyond the pragmatic necessity of preserving this little blue planet of ours. Environmental destruction is also soul-destroying. It is our spiritual survival that is at stake here, not just physical. As we cultivate the well-being of the planet, our own souls blossom!
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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Holy amnesia can lead to new life.

  • Isaiah 65:17-25 The Glorious New Creation
  • Psalm 146 Praise for God's Help
  • Matthew 9: 9-17 The call of Matthew


Mending and restoring the world isn't enough sometimes. Sometimes we need to start fresh, start with a new canvas. Isaiah shares the vision that God is creating a new heaven and earth, one where the land that God gives us is for all people. It is a world where the predator and prey eat together. It is a world where disciples and tax collectors and sinners eat together. Isaiah tells us that we are not to remember former things, and that sometimes it is best to forget in order for something new to emerge. As it says in the Gospel, you shouldn't put new wine in old wineskins for the skins may burst and the wine would spill. How will our journey through lent lead us to something new?

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

From brokenness to restoration

  • Micah 7:11-17 A prophecy of restoration
  • Psalm 107: 23-38 Thanksgiving for deliverance from trouble
  • Matthew 6:25-33 Do Not Worry
 
We proclaim in our statement of faith that we are called to live with respect in creation. Nature is beauty, peace, tranquility and nature is destructive, stormy, and powerful. Water has the power to soothe, and the power to destroy. Humans have the capacity to degrade, erode, and hate and with God in our lives, humans can love, be compassionate, and generous. In this season of lent how might our connection with the environment move us from brokenness to restoration and reconciliation?
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Wisdom Healing Creation

Scripture:



  • Psalm 29 Voice of God in a great storm
  • Matthew 6:25-30 Lilies of the field

Sermon:

Wisdom Healing Creation
In the wounding of a generation of aboriginal children, the fabric of our nation is torn. So the Truth and Reconcilliation Commission is the beginning of healing for the people and the land that is our home. Jesus is a healer, and calls the church to be about the Mending of the World.
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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sacred Grove

Scripture:

  • Psalm 92 The righteous flourish
  • Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 There is a time for everything
  • Sirach 24:8-17 Wisdom planted by the Creator



Sermon:

Sacred Grove
We are inspired by special places in nature, and native and celtic spirituality recognize sacred places: locations where the "veil is especially thin". We need contact with nature (walking, gardening, camping, hiking, etc.) as an essential part of our spiritual well-being.
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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Are you ready for a miracle?

  • Mark 9:2-9 The Transfiguration
  • 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13 The Gift of Love

Did you know that the English word miracle comes from the Latin words miro ("to Wonder") and Mirus ("wonderful"). It's the same root from which we get the word mirror. Towards the end of the Corinthians reading it says, "For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then we will see face to face." When we, Robertson-Wesley look into the mirror, what do we see? What makes us real? What makes us authentic? How do we become visible in a time when people never look up or around? Do we need a facelift or do we need to let our light shine out? What miracle are we preparing for?
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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Architect of Life

Scripture:

  • Hebrews 11:8-16 Architect and builder
  • Psalm 84 How lovely Lord is your abiding place

Sermon:

Architect of Life
To trust in what God is building we reach far into the past, to the ancestors upon whose faith our faith is founded, and to the future with the hope that sees far beyond what we can see. Ultimately, it a trust in God who is with us from everlasting to everlasting. Trust in the architect of life - our Creator.
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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Created

Scripture:




  • Isaiah 43:1-7 Precious in my sight
  • Nehemiah 9:6-8 Heaven of heavens

Sermon:

Created
Our identity, our story, all that defines us is ultimately rooted in our Creator - the bond that we have with the source of our being. This is true also of the Church as it is reformed and reinvented: it is not cut loose and on its own, but shaped by the ongoing process of Creation - in the image and likeness of our Creator.
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Sunday, February 9, 2014

The last straw!

Exodus 5:1-6:1 Bricks without Straw
Romans 5:1-5  Suffering produces character


 In Exodus we hear the story of how Pharaoh punished the Hebrew slaves for answering the call to worship God. Pharaoh felt that they were trying to shirk their responsibilities, and not do their work. Pharaoh wanted to teach them a lesson, so he took away the straw that was needed to make the bricks. The Hebrew people were left to do twice as much work in the same amount of time. Taking time to worship together, to praise God, to study and to strengthen our faith is not a sign of laziness as Pharaoh believed, rather it is a discipline that builds us up and strengthens us to live a healthy and full life full of love and happiness. God was with the people in their time of suffering and provided for the Hebrew people when they needed it. WE, like the Hebrew people face a similar struggle, how will we find a way to carry out our work as we continue to praise God in today's world?

This was a whole family worship that was very interactive and thus there was no recorded sermon.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Facing Change with the Faith of Daniel

Daniel 4: 1-37 Nebuchadnezzar's dream and Daniel's interpretation

The book of Daniel is prophetic in nature and shares many dreams and visions. This book speaks to the nature of the world that we live in today. Daniel's actions and faith give us both insight and encouragement to hold on to what we believe, and to trust that God will provide us with the courage and strength to not conform to the pressures of our secularized world. The story of Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel will help us to discern where our place is in the modernized world as we vision the church in the next century. What do we need to uphold, and what do we need to recreate as we move forward as a faith community?

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Why of Church


 

Hebrews 1:1-4, 10-12 God has spoken by his Son.
Psalm 102:25-28 God has laid the foundation.
Luke 6:46-49 The wise builder.



100 Years: Created and Creating
On this day we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Robertson Building which was completed in 1914. This building has been a landmark in the city of Edmonton for a long time, and we play to keep it that way for a long time to come. How and what is God calling us to create in this time as a legacy for the next generations to come? The United Church of Canada Moderator the Right Rev. Gary Paterson was the guest preacher.

A special thank you to Steven Turgeon for capturing this on video for us.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Step Into God's Life

Scripture:

  • Isaiah 66:1-2 What kind of house
  • Matthew 6:5-6 Prayer

Sermon:

Step Into God's Life
How do we enter into sacred presence? What do we do to cultivate a sense of the nearness of God? How do we call on God; and how do we ready ourselves to hear when God calls us? It is part of why we are here to worship, not because God is only here and nowhere else; but rather to learn, in this place, how to find God everywhere.
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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Being Here

  • Isaiah 40:3-5 A highway for our God
  • Matthew 3:1-3 John the Baptist

Sermon:

Being Here
Isaiah speaks words of hope to Israel using landscape metaphors. What is the significance of R-W's location? What was created here? How was the ministry shaped by this location? And how has the church responded to this landscape? What rugged ground has been made level? And what new rough spots have emerged? What is being created here now?
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Sunday, January 5, 2014

The house of our God is for all of creation

Hebrews 3:1-6 Honour to the builder of the house.
 2 Chronicles 2: 1-17 Maker of heaven and earth: the acts of creation.


Like our ancestors, we long to build temples of worship for God who is our creator and provider, our strength and our guide. King Solomon asked God only for wisdom and knowledge on how best to lead God's people and God rewarded him for his pure heart. Solomon wanted to build God a temple, a space which would gather all people together in praise and thanksgiving for God. We, like Solomon long to provide a space for worshipers to gather, and we like Moses are willing servants of God. We know that God built the house, and Jesus leads the house by calling us to reach out to others with compassion and love. How will we continue to build the household of God in this community? How will we continue to be a beacon of light in this community?
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