This Sunday we are very excited to welcome Pastor Martin Contant to the Bridge. Martin will be preaching on Matthew 13:1-23, which is the parable of the sower. The focus of the parable (and the message about it) is how we actually hear the Word of God. The condition of the soil to receive the seed is really about the conditions of our heart in receiving the word.
Join us this week as we celebrate the baptism of baby Rowan. This will also be Pastor George’s last service before his leave of absence. George will be preaching on Exodus 33, where Moses pleads with God, “If your presence will not go with us, do not send us up from here.” What does it mean for the presence of God to go with us, especially during times of uncertainty and fear?
This week we continue our journey through the Gospel of Mark by looking at the Parable of the Sower. What is Jesus talking about when he shares this parable? What does it mean to develop “good soil” in our heart, in our church, and in our neighbourhood?
Join us this Sunday as Doug Wilbee preaches on Mark 2 : 13-17. The main emphasis in Doug’s message is that Jesus purposely chose to cross a boundary by not only talking to, but also eating with the most despised/ostracized group of people as determined by the Jewish religous leaders.
Doug will speak about some of the lessons he’s learned from delivering Cobbs Bread, but also hopes to remind everyone that we all have different gifts and help to make up the different parts of the same church body.
The message will challenge us to think about our gifts and how we are using them to "Love God" and "Love our neighbor as ourselves," and to reach out to the people around us both outside (and inside) the church.
Does it sometimes seem like the world is full of bad news? Have we lost sight of what good news even looks like? This week we will be reading from the first verses of the Gospel of Mark, "The beginning of the good news about Jesus Christ.” Join us!
God desires that as we journey through life we would be 'transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory.’ On this first Sunday of the new year we are going to spend some time reflecting on this idea and how it relates to our mission as a church and how it can shape our Deep Hope for 2019.
As 2018 comes to a close we will be spending some time this Sunday looking back at the past year, seeing what we have been up to, how God has been at work, and then how to stay focused on the most important things as we enter into the new year ahead.
This Sunday marks the fourth Sunday of Advent. Peace can sometimes be hard to find in our world, not only is there war and violence but inner peace can also be difficult to come by. Join us this week as we reflect on the “Prince of Peace” and the changing reality he seeks to bring among us.
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!