Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Of Gods and Men

In the 1990s, Algeria was gripped by a gruesome, protracted civil war between the government — which declared martial law after annulling elections it appeared to have lost — and a ruthless Islamist insurgency.
The country foundered in a state of terror, with beheadings, throat-slashings and large-scale massacres an almost daily feature of life. These grim circumstances provide the setting for Of Gods and Men, a beautiful, somber and rigorously intelligent film.  The movie is closely based on the true story of a group of French Cistercian Trappist monks caught up in the violence.
Sunday evening, 6:00 p.m., join us for the movie, Of Gods and Men.

Second guessing

Jesus says to his followers, "Why don't you judge for yourselves what is right?" (Luke 12:57).  He's reminding us that the judgement is coming and that really, we know what to do.  But then our doubts crowd-out common sense.  Are God's promises for real?  Will he forgive me?  Don't second guess God's promises.  Instead grab hold of them and live in the hope and security of future where we will live forever in the presence of a loving God. Sunday, Sept 29, 10 a.m.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Edit Profile

It’s a good idea now and then to have a look at your profile.  Not necessarily your FB profile, but the profile that people see when you leave this sanctuary.  Does it need to be edited? If you call Jesus LORD, it’s going to show.  Call Jesus LORD, and do what he says.  In the power of our risen Lord.  Luke 6:46-49; Sunday, Sept 22, 10 a.m.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Understanding the times

What is this world coming too?  Just read the papers and you discover that life is complicated.  What we need is people who understand the times.  David recognized that, and God blessed his army with "men of Issachar, who understood the times and new what Israel should do" (I Chronicles 12:32).  God has gifted his church with "men and women of Issachar."  These are the people who lead and teach. They are our volunteers and our seasoned members.  Through them, God will help us to understand the times in which we live, even when we are crushed by the sorrow of sudden death.  This Sunday we commission our teachers and leaders, while we also gather around a family who mourns the loss of their 21 year old son.  September 15, 10 a.m.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Taking it outdoors...

This Sunday, September 8, we invite you to take your lawn chairs and join us for an outdoor worship service to be held on the grounds of the Mount Mary Retreat Centre in Ancaster.  We welcome special musical guests, "At Once," and I will be preaching on that incredible statement that Jesus makes:  Ask and you will receive (Matt 7:7-12). 10 a.m.