Sunday, April 24, 2016

Creating Unity in Diversity

Acts 18: 1-4 Aquila and Priscilla
1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Appeal to unite

Paul's message to the people of Corinth is that we cannot let our diversity stop us from uniting in Christ. Paul believes that he was sent to proclaim the gospel and unite people in a common mission. He went out and created home churches across the lands. The word church comes from the Greek word ecclesia, which was the word used for a gathering of people at the call of a herald. To put it another way, churches are groups of people coming together in answer to the call of Christ. We too are a church, a gathering of diverse people called by Christ, how will we rebuild?
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Sunday, April 17, 2016

God's Mission...our Gifts

Acts 17: 1-9 Paul and Silas preach in Thessalonica
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Giving Thanks

 David Armour is our special guest today. David holds two roles in support of the giving programs of the church; Director of Philanthropy, United Church of Canada President, United Church of Canada Foundation
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Sunday, April 10, 2016

No Stopping Them

Abstract art from Pixaby. Text added: Acts 3:6. License Source

Acts 3:1–10 • Lame beggar healed

In the healing of one lame beggar, the people recognized the presence and power of God, working through these Apostles of the One who had been crucified. Some responded with amazement and rejoicing; others with fear and derision, struggling to find a way to stop the movement without pitting themselves against God. But as long as the Apostles continued to trust that it was God who was working through them, they were unstoppable. The true basis for the church's confidence today is nothing different.

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Remembrance and Promise

Photo by Jason Royle, May 2012. Source. Text added: Acts 1:8.

Acts 1:1–14 • Ascension and promise of the Holy Spirit

The disciples now live between times: inspired by what has happened and longing for what is promised. Between Easter and Pentecost is a time of prayerful waiting. But, it is neither sentimental reminiscence, nor wistful longing. The focus is on the meaning these give to their present moment. What are the memories and hopes that shape our lives and give meaning, direction, and purpose to all our present moments?

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