Life-long Jesus follower, or never cracked open a Bible. Shirt and tie guy, or jeans and sneakers person. You are welcome here. We invite you to join our perfectly imperfect community where we explore together the big questions: What’s the meaning of life? Does my life have a purpose? Who is Jesus? What does it mean to be a Christian? No question is dumb or insignificant. We explore these together, we seek to bring hope and healing in our neighbourhood and city through practical projects all while having fun and the odd potluck!
COVID PROTOCOLS UPDATE: All are welcome to worship with us – both those who are vaccinated, and those who are not. We do ask that you sign-in and provide your contact details when you arrive on Sunday mornings so that in the event there is a reported case of Covid, we know how to reach and advise you. We also ask that everyone wear a mask during their time with us. Social distancing is not always possible in our space, so this provides a layer of protection and comfort for all. Thank you for your understanding.
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St Paul’s Presbyterian Church
1545 Monaghan Road – enter at McDonnel Street
St Paul’s Presbyterian worship sanctuary is the front north corner of The Mount Community Centre
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This Sunday we will welcome Al and Trish Smillie who are Christian missionaries working on the west coast of Scotland for the past ten years under the organization Mission Go. (For more information on MissionGo, please visit: http://www.missiongo.org )
They have helped begin two churches on the West Coast along with setting up a fellowship network that draws Christians from many backgrounds for nights of food, fellowship, sharing, and worship all in a place of nurture. There are 7 network centres along a 250 mile coastline in the Northwest of Scotland.
Alan was born in Glasgow, but raised in Ontario (so no, he does not have a thick Scottish brogue!). He tells me he has been praying for the nation of Scotland since he became a Christian at the age of 18. Alan will be bringing a message to us from the book of the prophet Jeremiah, chapter 29 verses 1-14. His message is titled, “When it all falls apart, God still has a plan for you!”
Sometimes we feel like God has abandoned us or is punishing us….the death of a loved one, the collapse of a marriage, estrangement from a child, financial hardship or illness can leave us feeling alone in our trouble and wondering how, or even IF we can pick up the pieces. “Where are you God?” we might cry.
The Israelites who had been exiled to Babylon in 598 BCE were in that position. Their world had fallen apart…living in a foreign land, homesick for their temple, family, traditions and customs. Yet the prophet Jeremiah reassures them: “I have plans for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” God was working quietly behind the scenes to orchestrate their release. The same God who spoke to the Israelites through Jeremiah still speaks to us today. “Come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you and bring you back from captivity.” (Jeremiah 29:12-14, NIV)
Don’t you just hate it when you are made to jump through hoops? When it seems like you’ve just cleared one hurdle only to find another one in your way? It doesn’t matter what you call it: bureaucratic red tape, necessary prerequisites, rules and regulations, …, I think we’d all agree that we hate it when organizations, schools, government or workplaces put obstacles in our path, obstacles that we often consider to be unnecessary or even petty, that interfere in helping us achieve our goal.
Sometimes, even in church, we have put barriers in people’s way that keep them at arm’s length, or we’ve insisted that they “perform” in specific ways in order to be welcome and accepted. What would Jesus think of our insistence on enforcing certain traditions and following certain rules? Join us Sunday to find out what it really means to be followers of Jesus.
Everybody follows someone. We follow trends, the news, sports figures, movie stars, politicians. Why? Motivation varies. We follow news reports so we are up-to-date on current events. We follow individuals because we value their wisdom, admire their work, or find them entertaining. Much of social media is devoted to individuals who are called “influencers” and have a sizeable following. Increasing your follower “base” has good financial rewards. Yet so often these influencers, and other famous individuals have let us down and betrayed our trust. Corruption, scandal, lies among other human foibles have shown them to have succumbed to temptation.
Long before having “followers” was an industry, Jesus Christ, God’s own son, came to earth to recruit and teach disciples about his father, himself and the Holy Spirit. These disciples are also known as Jesus followers. Yet Jesus asks us to follow him not to exploit or manipulate us for his own ends — financial or otherwise, but for our own benefit. What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus…and can we trust him? Join us this Sunday for a rich discussion of this topic!
At the start of each new year many of us take the time to do some reflection on the year just past and to set some goals or intentions for the year that stretches before us. Often we hear about the desire to lead a more “balanced” life — one in which our time is evenly portioned out according to the various spheres and needs of daily life: sleep, diet, work, relationships, hobbies, faith. If only we can live this way, we imagine we will be healthy, enjoy harmonious relationships and be fulfilled. The difficulty is, very few remarkable achievements arise from well-ordered, balanced lives. Health researchers Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness authors of The Passion Paradox go so far as to say that balance and passion are incompatible. This Sunday we will consider the story of the Magi who had a burning desire (aka passion) to meet the Christ child. They had to abandon balance to undertake an arduous journey with an uncertain outcome. Of course, we do need to have self-care and not burn ourselves out by abandoning all and everything to our passion for Christ. Is there a way to have “balanced” passion? Join us Sunday as we explore this more deeply.
“Happy New Year!” It is a greeting of change filled with mixed emotions – excitement of a fresh start, hope for new opportunity and experiences, yet also apprehension and fear of the unknown. Where do you stand as we welcome a new year? Where do you find insight and peace, forging the path ahead?
This New Year’s Day, our own Brenda Roxburgh joins us again in the pulpit with the message “God Lights The Way”.
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