This Sunday marks the third Sunday of Advent and we will be focusing on the theme of Joy. Joy can sometimes be a difficult idea to pin down, it is like happiness but not quite. Join us as we look at the gift that joy is and how we can come to know it in our life, church, and community!
This Sunday marks the second Sunday of Advent, our service will focus on the Advent theme of Love. We will also be having our final interview in our God in the World Series with Heather Postma, who attends Gateway CRC, has worked as a house painter for 17 years and strives to intentionally and creatively integrate her faith in her trade. This is going to be a powerful ending to an already fruitful series!
This week we begin celebrating the season of Advent, a time when we begin anticipating the coming of Christ! Join us this Sunday as we look at Isaiah 11, reflecting on the “Raw Root of Hope” found in lineage of Jesus, and how that extends into the idea of brokenness and beauty today.
Immediately after the service we will have delicious home made soup and buns! Stick around for some good food and fellowship as we celebrate the first Sunday of Advent!
This week we are joined by Pastor Trevor Vanderveen from Vancouver First CRC. Trevor will be interviewed as part of our "God in the World Series” and is going to be talking about his own ministry context in East Vancouver, how he has seen God at work in his church and neighbourhood, and some of the similarities between our two churches.
This week we continue with our interview series, “God in the World.” Dena Nicolai, a Chaplain and Refugee Support Mobilizer in Vancouver will be joining us. Dena works with churches and other groups in BC to help welcome and settle refugees. Through travels and people she meets, Dena bring a unique lens to how she sees God at work in the world.
We continue this week with our God in the World series with Pastor George preaching on 1 Kings 19:1-18. What happens when our life situation seems to great for us, when our circumstances seem overwhelming, how does God speak? Join us as we look at this beautiful yet difficult story in the life of Elijah.
This week we will continue with our interview series, “God in the World.” Adrienne, a member of the Bridge, will be interviewed this week, sharing about the ways God has drawn close to her in her life as an ER nurse, a mother, and through some very difficult circumstances. Join us!
Join us this week as we continue on in our interview series: God in the World. This week we will be interviewing one of our own members from the Bridge: Tony VanEngel. Tony has worked in a diverse number of sectors. Matthew Beimers will interview Tony as he shares about how he engages with the world in response to God’s love and redemption in it.
This Sunday we continue our sermon series “God in the World.” We are very excited to welcome Martin Contant who will be interviewed by George. Martin has pastored congregations in Ancaster, Ontario and Langley, BC and then joined Christian Reformed Home Missions as Regional Leader for Western Canada. In that capacity, he worked extensively with local congregations, pastors, and leaders, encouraging and facilitating greater engagement in God's mission in the local context. He also helped to catalyze new church planting work and campus ministries. Martin now serves as a spiritual director, coach, and consultant to local congregations.
REMINDER: Following the service there will be a barbecue!!
Immediately following the service this Sunday, October 21 we will enjoy the beautiful weather and have a barbecue at church!
Tomorrow, October 16, at 9:30am George will be hosting another drop-in coffee time at the church. Anyone is welcome; come by for a fresh cup of coffee!
This week we are beginning a new sermon series called, God in the World. This series will include both sermons and interviews with people from different walks of life as we look for the ways God’s holy and hidden presence is at work all around us!
Happy Thanksgiving! Join us at 10:00am this Sunday as we gather to celebrate Thanksgiving! We will be reflecting on Deuteronomy 4:32-40 which reminds us to look back and remember all the ways God has provided for us.
This Tuesday, October 2, at 9:30am George will be hosting another drop-in coffee time at the church. Anyone is welcome; come by for a fresh cup of coffee!
Last week we looked at the call of Samuel and how God sometimes whispers our name in the spiritual night. This week we will reflect on the inspiring call of Isaiah and his response to God, 'Here I am! Send me.’ Are these words just for a chosen few, or are they words for all of us?
After the service we will be having a Congregational Meeting to vote on the church budget and to discuss other church related items. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please vote using the absentee ballot! Contact email@example.com for a ballot!
Come on out to our monthly Neighbourhood Dinner on Monday night! If you can volunteer with set up, please come lend a hand starting at 5:30pm! Dinner will be served at 6:00pm. Hope to see you there!
The story of Samuel’s call in 1 Samuel 3 is a literary masterpiece. What seem to be mere physical descriptions in the story actually have deep spiritual meaning. Join us this week as we reflect on how God remains faithful in his call even when it seems the night and darkness are closing in.
Too often in life it seems that God is silent, that prayers go unanswered and we find ourselves overwhelmed with life's situations. However, in the Gospel of John, Jesus is called “Word" and “life." Join us his Sunday as we take a look at this interesting paradox, of how God is so often silent but yet comes to us as Word.
As we wish summer a fold farewell and begin the transition into the busy September season, we will spend time this Sunday reflecting on how to remember and practice our identity as people of God when the craziness of life begins to fly. Join us as we take a deep breath together in what for many people is a very stressful time.
This coming Sunday we welcome guest speaker Anthonie Jansen. Anthonie will be preaching on Matthew 14: 22-36 (see text below) and the title of the sermon is "Rough Seas." Hope to see you there!
Jesus Walks on the Water
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
34 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him 36 and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.