Mar 28, 2020
You Are My Friends – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 15:9-17
Series: Lent
This week, we continue where we left off in John's Gospel, as Jesus explains what it looks like to live and remain in His love. Then Jesus calls the disciples His friends. Now, this is nothing earth shattering, surely He considers the group of people that have been traveling with Him and learning from Him His friends, but Jesus draws a distinction between these people simply being His disciples and expresses the level of care He has for them. Hear this today, Jesus loves you. Hold fast to His commands and remain in His love. He has chosen you. Yes, you. By the Holy Spirit at work through the scriptures and in the lives others that love Jesus, He has revealed all that He has learned from the Father to you. He willingly gave up his life for you. You are precious to Him. Jesus has called you friend. Now remain in His love and hold to His command, which is this: Love each other.
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  • Mar 28, 2020You Are My Friends – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 15:9-17
    Mar 28, 2020
    You Are My Friends – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 15:9-17
    Series: Lent
    This week, we continue where we left off in John's Gospel, as Jesus explains what it looks like to live and remain in His love. Then Jesus calls the disciples His friends. Now, this is nothing earth shattering, surely He considers the group of people that have been traveling with Him and learning from Him His friends, but Jesus draws a distinction between these people simply being His disciples and expresses the level of care He has for them. Hear this today, Jesus loves you. Hold fast to His commands and remain in His love. He has chosen you. Yes, you. By the Holy Spirit at work through the scriptures and in the lives others that love Jesus, He has revealed all that He has learned from the Father to you. He willingly gave up his life for you. You are precious to Him. Jesus has called you friend. Now remain in His love and hold to His command, which is this: Love each other.
  • Mar 22, 2020I Am the Vine, You Are the Branches – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – John 15:1-8
    Mar 22, 2020
    I Am the Vine, You Are the Branches – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – John 15:1-8
    Series: Lent
    Online church starting this week. We will do what we can in the coming weeks to continue to bring you the as close to an average Sunday experience as we can. This week, as we continue through Lent, Pastor Tai takes us through John 15, an iconic passage where Jesus tells His disciples that He is the vine, the life giver, and they are the branches, the ones that bring the fruit of the kingdom to the world. And God the Father, He is the good gardener who prunes the tree to bear the best fruit possible.
  • Mar 15, 2020You Are Salt and Light – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Matthew 5:13-16
    Mar 15, 2020
    You Are Salt and Light – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Matthew 5:13-16
    Series: Lent
    Salt and Light, terms we use regularly around the church. But what does it really mean for us who are definitely not made of salt nor beings that produce light? This week, Pastor Tai walks us through basics of what it means to be "the salt of the earth" and "a light to the world" through Jesus. As we patiently make our way through this new pandemic, it is important for us to remain ambassadors of the Gospel and light bearers of God's love.
  • Mar 8, 2020I Am the Light – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 8:12-18
    Mar 8, 2020
    I Am the Light – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 8:12-18
    Series: Lent
    Jesus tells us that He is "...the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." He is the light that shines when the trials of life close in around us, the light that guides our path when the way is unclear and the light that sustains hope, joy and peace. Coming to us in the fullness of God's promise, the sustainer of life comes to be so much more. May Jesus light your path this Lenten season. Follow after Jesus and receive the Light of Life.
  • Mar 1, 2020Lent in Secret – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 6:1-6
    Mar 1, 2020
    Lent in Secret – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 6:1-6
    Series: Lent
    Lent in secret... most of us talk to each other about what we give up or are trying to do, but there is something special about keeping your Lenten practice between you and God. Jesus, during what we call the sermon on the mount, tells those that would hear, "...6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." Jesus compares this action against those who would pray where others can see them, claiming that if you only pray or practice your faith to gain the approval of others, then that is all you will get. For us, lent is a special season in the church for everyone to take up a holy practice, and while most of us are doing this at the same time, the purpose for these practices are only fulfilled when your focus is on God, not on others and not whatever you may be giving up. Spend this lent in secret, focused on God, becoming closer to God, within this holy practice.
  • Feb 23, 2020From the Frontier to the Suburbs – Rev. Allan Brooks – Genesis 28:16-22
    Feb 23, 2020
    From the Frontier to the Suburbs – Rev. Allan Brooks – Genesis 28:16-22
    Series: Epiphany
    Have you ever found somewhere special, somewhere that leaves you thinking, "surely God is in this place." This week we look at Jacob's story from Genesis 28, as he stopped in Bethel for the night and came to this precise realization as Pastor Allan recounts the history of our church.
  • Feb 16, 2020A Little Water Splashing Here and There – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 14: 22-33
    Feb 16, 2020
    A Little Water Splashing Here and There – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 14: 22-33
    Series: Epiphany
    When Jesus approached His disciples out in the middle of the lake by walking on the water, Peter knew one thing: If this being is Jesus, as he claims he is, then I want to be out there with him.
     
    28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water." 29 “Come,” he said.
     
    And Peter climbed out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. In the midst of the chaos of a storm, for a brief moment, Peter was completely focused on Jesus and stepped out into the unknown to follow and walk with His Lord. How often do we step out in faith, move beyond our comfort zone or leave behind what we perceive as comfortable or safe? Push yourself to join Jesus out on the water. Trust in His guidance and have faith. Walk with Jesus and strive to be like Him, doing what you can for others.
  • Feb 9, 2020This I Believe – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – 1 Timothy 6:11-16
    Feb 9, 2020
    This I Believe – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – 1 Timothy 6:11-16
    Series: Epiphany
    What is it that you believe? Do you know why you believe it? Throughout the New Testament, the Apostles consistently recall the scriptures (the law and the prophets that make up our Old Testament) to show how Jesus fulfilled all that was spoken about Him. As the church grew around the world, the early church leaders organized their beliefs into creeds to guide the churches growth and help people understand the fundamentals of the faith. Today, we continue to recite these creeds as a proclamation of our faith, stating to the world "This, this I believe."
  • Feb 2, 2020The Expectation of Praise – Rev. Allan Brooks – Psalm 31:19-24
    Feb 2, 2020
    The Expectation of Praise – Rev. Allan Brooks – Psalm 31:19-24
    Series: Epiphany
    We conclude our four week series based on the book "Holy Roar" by Chris Tomlin and Darren Whitehead. We discovered seven different Hebrew words that are translated to "praise" in English, and found new life in praising God. This week, we look at the word Towdah.
     
    Towdah: An extension of the hand. Thanksgiving. A confession. A sacrifice of praise. Thanksgiving for things not yet received. A choir of worshippers.
  • Jan 26, 2020“The Music of Praise” – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Psalm 57
    Jan 26, 2020
    “The Music of Praise” – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Psalm 57
    Series: Epiphany
    We continue our four week series based on the book "Holy Roar" by Chris Tomlin and Darren Whitehead. Join us as we look at the seven different Hebrew words that are translated to "praise" in English, and discover a whole new life in praising God. This week, we look at the words Tehillah and Zamar.
     
    Tehillah – Laudation. A hymn. A song of praise. A new song. A spontaneous song.
     
    Zamar – To make music. To celebrate in song or music. To touch the strings or parts of a musical instrument.