This Sunday: Do Not Resist Evil – Worthlessness

“You’re absolutely worthless!” “I’m a useless piece of…” Do you ever hear these words–from other people or inside your own head? Are they true? Are you worthless? Or think about it the other way: if you are not worthless, why do you have worth? What makes you worthy? It’s tricky to sort out. And dealing…

This Sunday: Do Not Resist Evil: Fear

What do you worry about? What are you scared of doing? How does fear or anxiety affect your behaviour and relationships? We all have to deal with fears of various kinds and, if we don’t deal with them appropriately, they can lead us to all sorts of unhealthy and dysfunctional behaviours. But, as we’ve already…

This Sunday: Do Not Resist Evil: Guilt Good and Bad

When we are attacked by feelings of doubt, guilt, fear, or worthlessness, we often try (and fail) to simply push those feelings away. But there is another way: instead of resisting these things, we can take what is valuable from them, and let the rest pass us by. This week, the second in a four-part…

This Sunday: How to Live Gratefully

Last Sunday we talked about the need for gratitude in our lives and the difference it can make. This week we’re going to dig into how to practice gratitude. What habits and practices can we put into our lives so that we live every day gratefully?

This Sunday: Living Gratefully: The Value of Gratitude

Do you feel like you’re on a treadmill that’s going too fast for you to keep up? It’s a busy and stressful time of year and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and like there’s just too much to deal with. How can the Lord help us cope with all of this? Gratitude—the Lord commands us…

This Sunday: A Promise of Blessing

After all the threats of destruction throughout the book of Amos, the prophecy ends on a hopeful note: the promise of a return to a fruitful land. Is this promise being made to us? And if so, what was the purpose of all the threats of destruction that came before? We’re wrapping up our series…

This Sunday: A Thirst for the Word of God

In the New Church we tend to focus on the deeper, spiritual meaning of the Bible. But does that mean we can ignore the commandments in the literal sense to care for the poor and feed the hungry? How do we experience the connection between those external things and the deeper meaning within them? We’re…

This Sunday: How to find relevance in challenging parts of the Word

Cows of Bashan, sacrifices, worms devouring olive trees, death, opulence, corruption, rivers, exile, oppression, darkness—this is the content of the text that we’re going to be digging into this Sunday. We’re continuing our series on the book of Amos and continuing to grapple with the question of how we can hear the Lord speaking to…

Sermon This Sunday: The Lord Cares

In light of the recent tragedy in our community, this Sunday we’re going to be taking a break from our series, “Amos: The Word of a Prophet,” and instead Rev Malcolm will be reading a sermon by the Rev. Mark Pendleton titled, “The Lord Cares” that explains what the Lord does for us in times of…

Sermon this Sunday: The Word of a Prophet Part 1: The Wrath of God?

This week we begin a five-week series delving into the book of Amos, one of the Old Testament prophets. Throughout the series we’ll be grappling with the question of how we can hear the Lord speaking to us today through the ancient, sometimes obscure prophecies recorded in the Bible. This week, we’ll especially be asking…