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.
  • Apr 14, 2019Shouting Stones – Rev. Allan Brooks – Luke 19:28-40
    Apr 14, 2019
    Shouting Stones – Rev. Allan Brooks – Luke 19:28-40
    Series: Lent
    "37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” 40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”" (Luke 19:37-40)
  • Apr 7, 2019Living Bread of Communion – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 6:51-58
    Apr 7, 2019
    Living Bread of Communion – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 6:51-58
    Series: Lent
    In this week's scripture, we hear Jesus begin to explain the importance of events to come. He begins telling people that they must eat his flesh and drink his blood, otherwise they have not part in him. As Jesus begins pointing to what we know as communion, when he breaks the bread and passes the cup during the last supper, his explanation is short and direct. Jesus tells us this is something we have to do, and that should be good enough for us. Why? Because Jesus said so...
  • Mar 31, 2019The Unexpected Sin of Righteousness – Rev. Allan Brooks – Luke 15:1-7
    Mar 31, 2019
    The Unexpected Sin of Righteousness – Rev. Allan Brooks – Luke 15:1-7
    Series: Lent
    Righteousness is something that only God can bestow, and yet we often credit ourselves and others as being righteous for various reasons. While we all like to think that we are good people, this sense of "self-righteousness" is insidious as a dangerous sense of pride can develop as we begin to separate ourselves from others and think our "goodness" somehow makes us better. This lenten season, let us become more aware of our sense of righteousness and repent, for no one is above needing God's grace, and only God can credit someone as being truly righteous.
  • Mar 24, 2019Let’s Give it Another Chance – Rev. Gary Hilton – Luke 13:1-9
    Mar 24, 2019
    Let’s Give it Another Chance – Rev. Gary Hilton – Luke 13:1-9
    Series: Lent
    This week, Pastor Gary leads us through Jesus' response to a couple tragedies that the people were facing that concludes with a parable about a fig tree. Jesus message, repent, turn back to God, or perish. Harsh words we are not used hearing from Jesus. To explain the reality surrounding this conversation with community around Him, Jesus tells this parable about a fruitless fig tree in a vineyard who's owner was done letting it use up good soil and was ready to chop it down, and the gardener ready to give the tree a second chance.
  • Mar 17, 2019To Know & Be Known – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 10-1-15
    Mar 17, 2019
    To Know & Be Known – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 10-1-15
    Series: Lent
    This week, Pastor Allan walks us through a conversation Jesus had with the Pharisees. Relating to the work of shepherds, Jesus relates himself to both the gate that protects the flock at home and the shepherd who knows and cares for the sheep. Jesus says he is the "good shepherd," who lays down his life for his sheep, that He knows his sheep and his sheep know him. How wonderful to know and be known by God.