Faith in the unknown – Fourth Sunday of Easter

This week Pastor Dawn encourages us to look closely at Psalm 23 as we broke into pairs to discuss it together. This recording includes the introduction and a summary of the discussions, as well as teaching from Pastor Dawn.

You may also want to explore Psalm 23 with these directions either alone, with a partner, or with a group.

  1. Read Psalm 23
  2. Share what this psalm means to you. Perhaps it raises a certain memory. Share that if you feel comfortable.
  3. You can also try these questions.
    1. How is God described in this psalm?
    2. This psalm names a lot of different settings-the dining room, by a still lake, a dark valley. Where do you find yourself right now? What is the hope God offers in that place? How could that hope be present in your life right now?

Third Sunday in Easter – Love at breakfast

This morning, Pastor Dawn announced her resignation and her move to St. John’s Anglican Church, West Toronto. Her announcement was followed by a response by David Berg, our Council Chair, sharing about what to expect in the near future. We have included the announcement here, along with Pastor Dawn’s sermon, which you can find around 13:50. We apologise for the poor audio quality of the sermon.

Agnes Wasuk Petia-South Sudan Council of Churches

On Reign of Christ Sunday we welcomed Agnes Wasuk Petia, National Woman’s Program Coordinator for the South Sudan Council of Churches, as our guest preacher. Agnes was in Toronto for the Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security gathering with KAIROS Canada. She spoke of the hope and resilience the people of South Sudan find in the promises of God.

Texts: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 and Psalm 93 • Revelation 1:4b-8 • John 18:33-37

That’s It

Have you ever been so sure of something but nobody believes you? It can be frustrating beyond belief.

In today’s sermon, Pastor Dawn shares Jesus’s moment of this frustration and trying to tell his disciples who he is.

Food For The Journey

Pastor Dawn shares the story of Elijah calling on God’s power and the resulting fear and depression that he experiences after, echoing an emotional roller coaster that many people encountering mental health are familiar with. But God wants to feed us, he does not choose death.

We Are Worthy

How do we form our loves as a response to the love that God has bestowed upon us?

Pastor Dawn shares Paul’s letter to the Ephesians and his encouragement to live as God has invited us.

We Are All Loved

Pastor Dawn broadens our understanding of love in saying that anger can exist in the same place as love. In the Bible, we read messages about God’s anger but that does not mean God doesn’t love us and is not in opposition to love.

The letter to the Ephesians which is written on behalf of Paul makes the statement that we are loved simply because we are God’s children.

Home

Pastor Dawn talks about home and shares her own story of going back to her hometown of Souris, PEI while looking like a city girl.

Even if being home feels good for people, that doesn’t mean it is perfect. It was the same for Jesus and his disciples, who had very heavy expectations placed on them.

Waiting

Pastor Dawn talks about the long waiting times we often have to endure and how to have patience and hope with God.

Focus Texts: Lamentations 3:22-33; Psalm 30; 2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43

Trust In God

This week Pastor Dawn’s shares a sermon prepared by Bishop Michael Pryse for Synod were he reflects on how we should trust God, as the disciples did.

Focus Text: Mark 4:35-41; Luke 10:25-37

Called to Leadership

Jordan Smith joins us again as guest preacher in Pastor Dawn’s absence.

The story of David’s anointing as king is used to show how God can choose leaders in the church, and how all of us are called to live a life that shows God to the world.

Focus Text: 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13

Looking for Leadership

In the midst of the recent Ontario election and the upcoming Eastern Synod’s election for bishop, the words of 1 Samuel can provide us with guidance on both what qualities to look for in a leader and also what we should be cautious of when choosing new leadership. Jordan Smith preaches in Pastor Dawn’s absence.

Focus Text: 1 Samuel 8:4-20, 11:14-15

The Breath of God

On Pentecost, Pastor Dawn speaks about the Holy Spirit coming down to earth, the breath of God. She leads the following common breathing exercise:

Deep breath

Breathe out all the cares and concerns and anxieties

Breathe in God’s mercies

Breathe out all stress and tension

Breath in God’s life giving love

 

Focus Text: Ezekiel 37:1-14