As we continue on in our Ephesians sermon series, this week we look at some of the smaller steps we can take as we seek to walk in balance with all that God has done for us. It is these small, everyday steps that show the world the counter-cultural ‘new self’ God has created us to be.
This Sunday we will welcome guest pastor Kevin Lobert - Youth Pastor at Langley Immanuel CRC! Pastor Kevin will be preaching on Matthew 28: 18-20. Hope to see you there!
Often the church seems like an add-on to personal faith, a take-it-or-leave-it aspect of following Jesus, but what if God designed the church to be much more than that? What if it was actually the central place where our relationship with God, each other, and even ourselves took place? Join us as we look at Eph. 2:11-22 and the ideas of division, peace, and the church.
This week we welcome Dena Nicolai, a Chaplain and Refugee Support Mobilizer in Vancouver. 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.
Dena is originally from Edmonton, Alberta, and is currently completing her M.A. in Theological Studies at Regent College. She is a member of First CRC Vancouver, where she spent two years on staff as their Community Connections Coordinator, helping the congregation find ways to connect with their neighbours and neighbourhoods.
Prior to moving to Vancouver she lived for four years in the Middle East, based in Cairo, Egypt, where her work included organizing and facilitating numerous interfaith and intercultural dialogue events between North American university students and people from various countries across the Middle East.Her time in Cairo also involved volunteer work with two different refugee organizations, primarily assisting people seeking refuge from other countries in Africa.
More information about the work Dena does can be found here: http://www.van1crc.org/refugee-support
Whenever we think of God’s grace we usually think of salvation, but Paul tells us that our work and participation in God’s mission is also a form of his grace. Join us this Sunday as we explore these two ways that God grace's our lives.
PS: Happy Mother’s Day!
Hot on the heels of outlining God’s abundant gifts for the church, Paul turns his attention to prayer. What is it that fills most of our prayers? Petitions, confession, gratitude? These are good things, but Paul seeks to draw our attention to something maybe even more important. Join us as we look at Paul’s prayer requests for the church.
This week we dive into the book of Ephesians. So often we unconsciously think of God as a "God of scarcity," wondering if God will show up, wondering if he’s there. The book of Ephesians, however, opens with a crescendo of abundance, outlining seven key gifts that God energizes us with as we begin to mature in him. Join us as we look at one of the most amazing (and longest) sentence in all of human history!
Come and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ with us! This Sunday we will be looking at the “unfinished” Gospel of Mark and how he seems to leave his resurrection account on a bit of a cliff hanger. Join us in worship and community this Easter Sunday!
We will be holding a joint Good Friday Service with Langley Immanuel CRC at 7:00pm. The service will be held at Immanuel with Pastor George preaching. The address for Immanuel CRC is 21713 - 50 Avenue.
With the celebration of Palm Sunday this week, we will be looking at the much larger story and prophecy which Jesus fulfills from the book of Zechariah. As Jesus sits upon that donkey on Palm Sunday he is signalling to the people of his day, and to us, that the world is about to change!
As we age, there are many different ways we measure our maturity and milestone of life, but what about our faith? What does a maturing, “grown-up” faith look like? Join us this week as we take an introductory look at Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, a book, as Eugene Peterson puts it, that helps us “Practice Resurrection.”
REMINDER: Stick around after the service to enjoy some delicious soup and buns!
This week, we have the honour of welcoming Martin Contant as guest pastor. The theme of the sermon is a Lenten theme. Jesus recognizes that the hour has come for him to be glorified. In John's gospel that means he is going to go to the cross. People are looking for Jesus as the miracle worker, and they want the goodies he generously distributes...feeding the 5000, healing the sick, casting out demons. But they don't want to give up their lives for him to be their Lord. So he demonstrates what that means by going to the cross. He explains it in a simple little parable. "Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and rise, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds." Through the sermon, Jesus is asking us what we need to die to in our own lives, so that we will be able to bear much fruit for his kingdom.
Scripture: John 12: 20-33
Text: John 12: 24
Come on out to our monthly Neighbourhood Dinner this coming Monday, March 19! 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!
This coming Sunday we welcome guest pastor Sid Vanderwoud. The theme of pastor Sid’s message will be “Devoted.” The sun will be shining, spring is almost here! Join us on this sunny Sunday as we welcome Sid Vanderwoud.
This coming Sunday we welcome Curtis Meliefste, Youth Pastor at Willoughby Christian Reformed Church. Curtis will be drawing out the role of Ananias in Saul’s conversion. Ananias’ role in the story has some great things to say about the action of church in the world. This is a message that is encouraging in nature, but encouraging to help church goers understand their role as members of the church and not just members of the faith.
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!