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 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 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 19, 2020The Posture of Praise – Rev. Allan Brooks – Psalm 98
    Jan 19, 2020
    The Posture of Praise – Rev. Allan Brooks – Psalm 98
    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 Yadah and Barak.
     
    Yadah – To revere or worship with extended hands; To hold out the hands; To throw a stone or arrow.
     
    Barak – To kneel; To bless God (as an act of adoration); To praise; To salute; To thank.
  • Jan 5, 2020And it all Begins – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 2:1-6
    Jan 5, 2020
    And it all Begins – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 2:1-6
    Series: Advent
    This is the first Sunday in the Season of Epiphany; a season where we attempt to become more aware of God's presence. When the wisemen showed up in Jerusalem asking where they could find the newly born King, they brought with them God's great disruption, shaking everyone from their routine, and revealing God's presence with his people. We recount this story and strive to be more attentive to God with us everyday.
  • Dec 15, 2019In Obedient Love – Rev. Allan Brooks – Luke 1:26-38
    Dec 15, 2019
    In Obedient Love – Rev. Allan Brooks – Luke 1:26-38
    Series: Advent
    Mary, in loving obedience acknowledged God's message sent through his angel to her. Jesus, in loving obedience came to earth, went to the cross and fulfillment of God's promise of redemption and salvation. For us, to live in obedient love of God is the best response we can have to God's grace.
  • Dec 8, 2019Shalom – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Isaiah 9:6-7
    Dec 8, 2019
    Shalom – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Isaiah 9:6-7
    Series: Advent
    Shalom. God's perfect and most complete peace. This is a peace that surpasses all understanding. Peace, as we have come to understand it, incomplete; momentary; and often contrasted with conflict. Shalom is a peace that can quiet even the most distraught of souls. You see, peace can bring happiness, though happiness is fleeting; Shalom brings joy, and joy has roots that run deep. With peace can come a fear of loosing it; but Shalom is complemented by love and calmness, casting aside all fear for the unknown future. The angels that appeared to the shepherds that night declared God's shalom to His people. "I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people..." and with a company of heavenly hosts, praise to God erupted "...Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests." With the announcement of Jesus' birth to the shepherds came a declaration of God's Shalom to this world.