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.
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  • 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.
  • 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 12, 2020Holy Roar: The Shout of Praise – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Psalm 150
    Jan 12, 2020
    Holy Roar: The Shout of Praise – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Psalm 150
    Series: Epiphany
    We begin a 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 Halal and Shabach.
     
    Halal: To rave; To boast; To shine; To celebrate; To be clamorously foolish.
     
    Shabach: To address in a loud tone; to shout; to triumph.
  • Mar 3, 2019In Tension – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 22:34-40
    Mar 3, 2019
    In Tension – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 22:34-40
    Series: Epiphany
    Tension is usually seen as a bad thing, whether we experience a painful tension in our bodies or an uncomfortable tension in social situations, this is usually something we try to avoid. Try as we might, tension is a natural part of life. Our planet rests in tension as the tectonic plates move against each other. The release of that tension may be violent, but helps create some of the most beautiful places on earth. God calls us to live in tension as well, the sometimes difficult tension of loving Him fully and loving our neighbor as ourself. Neither of these things is easy to do, especially at the same time, but nestled right in the middle of this tension is where we find God. Jesus says that all of the laws and the prophets of old hang on these two important commandments, loving God and loving neighbor. All the laws that God gave us, the words and works given to His prophets hangs on these two commands existing in tension. Can the release of tension be violent and unpleasant, sure, but it usually leads to something beautiful.
  • Feb 24, 2019A Place to Remain – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 1:35-39
    Feb 24, 2019
    A Place to Remain – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 1:35-39
    Series: Epiphany
    What is it that you are looking for as you follow Jesus? What are you looking for when you come to church? This is the question that Jesus asked a couple disciples of John the Baptist who decided to follow Jesus as he passed them one day. Their answer: "where are you staying?" As bible commentators explain, it is very possible that because of the disciples' response, they were seeking a place of belonging, a home, and it is very likely that they were not even aware of this desire. They hear John proclaim “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” and innately decide to follow him. Perhaps many of us follow in the same way, not conscious of why we follow, but we know we must because our souls desire a place to remain, to belong, to call home. And so we seek out Jesus, because in His presence is a place to remain.
  • Feb 17, 2019Bunch of Liars and Cheats – Rev. Gary Hilton – Ezekiel 1:6-2:10
    Feb 17, 2019
    Bunch of Liars and Cheats – Rev. Gary Hilton – Ezekiel 1:6-2:10
    Series: Epiphany
    This week, Pastor Gary leads us through the story of the birth of Moses and the women who defied a king to do what they knew what right.