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Sermon Audio – For Yours is the Kingdom

This is the last sermon in our series on the Lord’s Prayer, looking at the phrase “For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever, amen.” and following with a discussion of what God’s kingdom is like.

This week didn’t tie off in a nice, neat package. I think we all left with lots rolling around in our brains. Maybe this is one of those things that are uncomfortable but really good for us.

The book I used for my research is “Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes” by Kenneth E. Bailey. You can find it here. I have found it immensely helpful in understanding the Gospels and finding the loving heart of God in them.

Nicole

 

Sermon Audio – Lead Us Not Into Temptation

In honour of International Women’s Day, this week we started off sharing stories of women who have inspired us. We continue with a discussion of “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one” and end up reminding ourselves of the character of our God who loves us and is for us.

 

Lead us not into temptation…

This Sunday I will be looking at the phrase “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil / the evil one” from the Lord’s Prayer. My apologies to anyone else who was looking forward to hearing Brian West speak, he had something else come up and is no longer able to make it.

Here are some questions to ponder this week:

  • How does temptation work? What are the roles of God, the devil, and us?
  • Why are there two different versions (evil vs the evil one)? Is there a difference?
  • Why would Jesus teach us to pray this way?

Last Sunday was kind of amazing to me, as everyone brought their questions and ideas and we learned together. I am hoping we can do that again. See you Sunday,

Nicole

Sermon audio is here

Sermon Audio – Forgive us our sins…

This week something very special happened. While Greg was speaking, people interrupted with their own questions and thoughts. Greg ran with it and we had an amazing time of learning together. So this recording includes not only what Greg shared, but also what the rest of our little community shared, with permission of course.

Some helpful links I thought of as I listened are below:

The definition of forgiveness by Brad Jersak that Greg shared.

An article on a four step apology. We use this in our home and it helps a lot, especially when modeled by the parents to the children and to each other. After Greg’s suggestion, I  am mulling over whether to leave off step 4 or change it in some way.

Love to our little gathering and to those joining from a distance.

Nicole

Forgive Us Our Sins…

This Sunday Greg McKone will be sharing with us on the phrase “forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us”. In the wrong hands, this could be a scary topic, but Greg is a very safe person and an incredible encourager. I know what he says will bring us life.

Some questions to ponder this week:

  • What is forgiveness?
  • What is the cost of unforgiveness?
  • Why does Jesus connect these two?

Blessings on your week. See you Sunday,

Nicole

Sermon Audio is here

Sermon Audio – Gender Equality

Here is our first Hot Button topic, where Nicole and Josh Giesbrecht present several different aspects of sexism, feminism and gender equality.

Some helpful links can be found on this post.

Sermon Audio – Our Daily Bread

This is the recording from February 11, where Tracey McKone shared with us on the phrase “Give us this day our daily bread” from the Lord’s Prayer.

Gender Equality

This Sunday we are tackling our first hot button topic, Sexism and Gender Equality. Josh and I are going to try presenting together, to get male and female perspectives on various aspects of the topic. Hopefully we can be a living picture of how gender equality can work.

Preparing this time has been an unexpectedly tough slog – the more we look at it, the bigger and more personal the topic becomes. We’ve been learning a lot for sure.

Some of the themes we will be looking at are:

  • God’s design is for equality and partnership between genders.
  • Our culture and general church culture are based in patriarchy. Patriarchy devalues women and creates toxic pictures of masculinity.
  • As these attitudes are in our culture, they have been ingrained in us since birth. We all have them to some degree. Love asks us to examine ourselves for sexist attitudes and seek to change them.
  • Sexism is also in our laws and power structures. Love asks us to support change that moves us toward equality, even if that means giving up some of our own power.

I have one request of you before you come. Would you please think about what words like feminism, sexism, toxic masculinity and gender equality bring up in you? If any of those are trigger words, would you please ask Jesus about why those trigger you and what he would say about them?

If you would like some further food for thought, here are some links I have found helpful:

A poem written by Anne Lawless that gives a beautiful picture of God designed equality.
Toxic masculinity explained in comic form
Mental load explained in comic form
A blog post on why we still need feminism

See you Sunday,

Nicole

Edit: The audio for this can be found here

Adam’s Rib

I came from the side of the man
And that is where I shall stay
Not from his head and not from his feet
I came from the side of the man.

I’m bone of the bone of the man
And that’s how God planned it would be
Flesh of the flesh of the man
That we should completely agree.

That I should be one with the man
Living in sweet harmony
From close to the heart of the man
This then is how it should be.

I’ll walk by the side of the man
And share in the cares of his life
I always will honour the man
And know that he loves me – his wife.

Anne Lawless

Give Us This Day…

This Sunday we are privileged to hear from Tracey McKone on the phrase “Give us this day our daily bread”.

In her preparation, Tracey has come up with three questions for us to consider with Jesus this week.

  1. Jesus, why did you include this phrase in the Lord’s Prayer?
  2. How have you been providing for me this week?
  3. Are there any areas of my life where I am prone to grumbling?

I bless you to see more clearly how Jesus is taking care of you. See you Sunday,

Nicole

Edit: The audio for this can be found here

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