Friday, 14 June 2019

The Love Story continues

The divine love story, in which Jesus is the bridegroom and we are the bride, is consummated in the sharing of the Lord's Supper (Luk3 22:7-20). When we look at the communion meal through ancient Jewish eyes we see a beautiful ceremony where Jesus invites us into a loving relationship with him.  All we have to do is say "yes." After the message we will share the Lord's Supper together.  Please join us, Sunday, June 16, 10:00 a.m.  And "happy fathers' day!"

Thursday, 6 June 2019

What are you waiting for?

As his very first miracle (sign), Jesus decides to change water into wine (John 2: 1-11).  Couldn't he have chosen a more practical or beneficial miracle? Why this one?  His mother, Mary, may have had something to do with this.  She knew who Jesus was, and she also knew the prophecies of scripture.  Jesus steps up, and establishes himself as the true bridegroom at this wedding in Cana.  And now, God nudges us to step up and proclaim him as our Lord.  During the service 8 young people will do that, as they profess their faith.  We also celebrate the graduation of our grade 4 KidzKonnect class.  Sunday, June 9, 10 a.m.

Friday, 17 May 2019

Blessings on your long weekend!

I'm away this weekend and Pastor John Veenstra will be stepping into the pulpit at Ancaster Christian Reformed Church, this Sunday, May 19.  Have a blessed Sunday and enjoy the long weekend!

Friday, 3 May 2019

Cadets Boys' Club

This Sunday, May 5, we celebrate our Cadets Boy's Club.  Their theme verse is 2 Corinthians 9:8 where we discover that we have been blessed in order to be a blessing.  Abram heard that same message when we was chosen by God - chosen to...
We too, have been chosen.  We have been chosen for a reason; for a purpose. 
During this service we will also be installing our new office bearers.
We hope you can join us this Sunday at Ancaster Christian Reformed Church, at 10:00 a.m. 

Thursday, 25 April 2019

GEMS Sunday

This Sunday's service will highlight our GEMS Girls' Club. They will be participating in various ways in the worship service and our message will be on their theme verse, II Corinthians 9:8 where we discover that we are "blessed to be a blessing."  Join us!  April 28, 10 a.m.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Good Friday - Those Tears

Good Friday worship service:  Friday, April 19, 10:00 a.m. We will share the Lord's Supper during the service.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

If only...

If only... Jesus looked out over the city of Jerusalem, and wept.  "If only..." If only they had known what (who?) would bring them peace.  And such is the condition of our world.  We are all looking for peace.  But there's only one place to find it - at the cross of Jesus.  On Palm Sunday, celebrate the King who comes in the name of the Lord, the one who brings peace.  April 14, 10:00 a.m.

Friday, 5 April 2019

Jesus wept

"Jesus wept" (John 11:35). Or, more accurately, he wailed, he bawled.  Those tears were so much more than tears of sadness and empathy.  Jesus cried over the tragedy of the human condition and over the enormity of what awaited him.  Join us on this 5th Sunday of Lent as we continue our sermon series, "Those Tears."  Sunday, April 7, 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Back to God Ministries International

This Sunday, March 31, we welcome Rev. Kurt Selles, director of Back to God Ministries International.  He will be leading us in worship.  I will be in Florida 😎

Friday, 22 March 2019

Two wonders!

Tears don't always flow from a broken heart.  Sometimes they flow from a healed heart.  A woman's tears fell on Jesus' feet, and they were tears of joy and gratitude; she was overwhelmed by two wonders - the wonder of what she used to be and the wonder of God's glorious love that had changed everything.  (Luke 7:36-50). We too, need to examine our hearts before we can comprehend what God has done for us in Jesus.  Sunday, March 24, 2019, 10:00 a.m.

Friday, 15 March 2019

Disappointed with God


“Don’t cry,” says Jesus to the woman (Luke 7:13). Really?? Her only son had just died. What happens when Jesus doesn’t meet our expectations, when life is just too hard?  Join us as we look into these hard questions.  We share the communion meal during this service.  The bread we serve is always gluten free and the juice is non-alcoholic.  Sunday, March 17, 10:00 a.m.

Monday, 11 March 2019

Ivy Grace Boonstra

On Sunday, March 10, 2019, we celebrated the baptism of Ivy Grace Boonstra, baby daughter of Josh and Hilary.  Congratulations!  May God always walk along side of this precious little one.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Inconsolable

Too often we say the wrong things when trying to comfort someone. True comfort is to walk along side of a person.  God knows that.  His Son, Jesus, was born into a sorrow-filled world - "Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted" (Matthew 2:18). Jesus came to earth to walk along side of us, in good times and in bad.
Speaking of good times, we celebrate the baptism of baby Ivy Grace Bootsma this Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, 1 March 2019

Those Tears

This Sunday we begin a sermon series that will bring us through Lent.  It's called, "Those Tears."  We begin with Isaiah 53 where the one who will save is called the Man of Sorrows.  During this service we will be "passing the hammer" from the service project in Texas (Mike Steenbeek reporting) to the one in West Virginia (our youth mission team leaves this coming week). Join us this Sunday,  March 3, 10 a.m.

Friday, 22 February 2019

A thank you note

Paul's letter to the Philippians is a thank you note.  But like so many of us, he's not really good at accepting gifts and saying "thank-you" (Philippians 4:10-23). His letter to the Philippians is much more than a Hallmark card.  Join us for this final message in the series, "Letters from Prison."  The communion meal will be shared during the service.  Sunday, February 24, 10:00 a.m.

Friday, 8 February 2019

Soup's on!

This Sunday, Feb 10, is Soup Fest.  Stay for lunch and sample a few of the amazing soups.  Bring your favourite pot of soup to share (and a ladle).  Bowls, spoons, crackers - all provided.

Sparking JOY

By now you may have heard about the concept of "sparking joy."  But it's not new.  Incredibly, it got a lot of attention from someone who spent years in prison.  In Paul's letter to the Philippian Christians, he encourages them to think about things that will spark joy.  That becomes possible, even if you are in prison, if you use Paul as your example.  Because Paul is imitating Christ.  Join us for a careful reading of Paul's letter.  Philippians 4:1-9, on Sunday, Feb 10, 10:00 a.m.

Friday, 1 February 2019

Citizenship

"Do as I say, not as I do."  We've probably all used that one.  But Paul, in his letter to the  Philippians (3:17-21), instructs his readers to follow his example.  That's a bold thing to say.  He dares to say it because he knows that as "citizens of heaven," our lives are going to look, well, different.  Sunday, Feb 3 at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Beware of Joy-Zappers

They look so harmless - those people who follow the rules, who try so hard to be "good" Christians.  But when following the law becomes our priority, we zap ourselves and others of the joy that God wants for us.  And worse, our reliance on the law says we think we can save ourselves and that we don't need Jesus.  Paul says it again, in his letter to the Philippians (3:1-16): Rejoice in the Lord!  Sunday, Jan 27, 10 a.m.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Starting Over

Who hasn't wished, at times, that they could start over - undo the past, make a fresh beginning.  Peter had turned his back on Jesus.  But Jesus gave him the gift of starting over (John 21:1-19).  Through Jesus and the power of the resurrection, God gives us that same gift.  Sunday, Jan 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m.