Calling all Writers!

We're looking for a group of creative folks to contribute to the church's weekly blog. You could write about a myriad of topics: theology, biblical history, culture, current events, life stories, poetry, etc. Regardless of what topics you're considering, the aim is  to write 'devotionally' through the lens of faith in Jesus. One's overriding question should be, "How does this help me/them/us to be a better disciple?"

If you'd like to contribute a blog this winter or spring, or if you'd like more information, please contact Sarah at sarah@redemptionchurch.ca or 604-732-5577. 

Thanks for your consideration and happy writing! 

Calling All Writers!

We're looking for a group of creative folks to contribute to the church's blog. Blog posts are published weekly to encourage reflection and devotion to Jesus. You could write about a myriad of topics: theology, biblical history, culture, current events, life stories, poetry, etc. Regardless of what topics you're considering, the aim is  to write 'devotionally' through the lens of faith in Jesus. One's overriding question should be, "How does this help me/them/us to be a better disciple?"

If you'd like to contribute a blog this summer or fall, or if you'd like more information, please contact Megan at megan@pgcc.org or 604-732-5577. 

Thanks for your consideration and happy writing! 

Calling All Writers!

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We're looking for a group of creative folks to contribute to Redemption Church's blog. The blogs are published weekly to encourage reflection and devotion to Jesus. You could write about a myriad of topics: theology, biblical history, culture, current events, life stories, and poetry. Regardless of what topics you're considering, aim to write 'devotionally' through the lens of faith in Jesus. Your overriding question should be, "How does this help me/them/us to be a better disciple?"

If you'd like to contribute a blog this spring or summer, or if you'd like more information, please contact Megan at megan@pgcc.org or 604-732-5577. 

Thanks for your consideration!

Peter’s Denial: A Lent Reflection by Rina Carbol

Peter’s Denial: A Lent Reflection by Rina Carbol

“Will you tread the way I trod? Will you drink of my cup?” 

We hear these questions from Jesus and we fiercely reply that we will! Like Peter we declare, “Even if I have to die with you, I will NEVER disown you.” (Matthew 26:35)

But we know from scripture that Peter does indeed deny Christ exactly as Jesus said he would:

“Just as he (Peter) was speaking the rooster crowed. The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him, ‘before the rooster crows today, you will disown me 3 times.’ And he went outside and wept bitterly.” (Luke 22:54-62).

Peter was a disciple of Jesus. He walked with him daily and was in the very inner circle of the King of kings! How, under these circumstances, could he deny his savior? Having witnessed the power of God in so many miracles, how could he turn his face away?

Fear. Peter was afraid. Afraid of being tortured and condemned for his association with Jesus. Afraid of being mocked and ridiculed for following such a fool as this…one who calls himself the son of God and yet now finds himself a captive.

Doubt. Perhaps Peter allowed the words of the enemy, as he heard spoken through Jesus’ captors, to embed doubt in his mind…‘if this is the living God, why does he not free himself?’ The fact that we see this story in scripture is indicative of just how merciful God is toward us. Peter is frankly displayed in all his humanity. The essence of this depiction is that Peter, in his moment of revelation when Jesus looks directly at him, becomes broken-hearted as he fully understands what he has done and in his shame weeps bitterly. In that moment, any pride that Peter carried in his heart was stripped away.

I believe he realized, perhaps for the very first time, that he was no better than even Judas. The mercy displayed is this: When we hit that moment of conviction; when we know we have sinned, and the grief we feel in remorse brings us to our knees, this is where genuine humility comes from. Kneeling naked and honest before our savior, through bitter tears we cry out that we are nothing, that we don’t deserve to be called friend, Jesus offers forgiveness in exchange for our betrayal. From here the Lord exalts us! 

“Peter was not changed in a flash from simple fisherman to a great leader and teacher, but through the very time of his faithlessness- through the experience of denial- God was making him all that he should be. Peter was an impetuous spokesman, ready to lead other disciples, but he could never have been the power he was had he not learned his weakness. No man can save unless he understands the sinner. He who has tested God’s forgiveness in his moment of abject remorse, only he can best speak of salvation.” 

(Unknown).

Fulfilling the command to “love one another” is birthed out of sin, repentance and forgiveness…where we awaken to the knowledge that we walk alongside others as equals...all of us having fallen so short of the glory of God.

 

The Nicene Creed...live!

Check out the work of our talented visual, poetic and technical artists, Nate Draper & Justin Mason, as they bring the Nicene Creed to life on film!

We spent a good chunk of time on Sundays going through the creed, so here's a chance to refresh yourself on the core statements of what we believe. 

You can listen to the Nicene Creed sermon series on itunes or through our website here:

ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/blog-church-from-hollywood/id597997203?mt=2

WEB: http://www.churchfromthehollywood.ca/listen/

Lent 2014: Create. Participate. Encounter...Artists Needed!

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We're doing something a little different this Lent and Easter season, and would love to have your artistic involvement and participation.

We've set up a special area on one side of the church near the blackboards, and want to fill it with art - either art in the making, art in motion, stationary art, or whatever else you may be inspired to do based on our weekly themes.

The overall idea is to enter into the story of Jesus' journey to the cross each week as a whole community, and we're hoping to have artists in motion and creating during the Sunday service in our Lent space, or if that's too much pressure, bringing a piece to install that will invite the congregation to participate and meditate, and engage with Christ in a new way. 

Just think of it like an extended Stations of the Cross for the entire season of Lent as we journey together towards Easter - we may also set up a station every week and incorporate it into our collective worship time. 

If you have any ideas, big or small, or want to sign up for one of the weekly themes below, please let us know and we can get creating and creative! Also, if you know of any artistic folk or friends who would love to participate, spread the word!

Contact: Sarah Kift - sarah@pgcc.org

Our weekly themes: 

March 9: First Sunday - New creation/Garden of Gethsemane

March 16: 2nd Sunday - Jesus Betrayed

March 23: 3rd Sunday - Trial

March 30: 4th Sunday - Denied by Peter

April 6: 5th Sunday - Scourged and Crowned

April 13: Palm/Passion Sunday - Judged/Palm Sunday

April 18: Good Friday - Cross and sacrifice

April 19: Holy Saturday/Vigil - Vigil/Waiting for the Lord

April 20: Easter Sunday - Resurrection

 

The Living Room Sessions

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Starting January 26th, the Living Room Sessions will provide opportunities to dig deep into topics of faith.

We will be gathering monthly to connect, eat, and discuss a particular topic of Christian faith and practice. 

Join us for these informal and informative evenings - everyone is welcome! 

First Session:

January 26th - God & Creation (The Nicene Creed)

6:30pm - 9:30pm 

3512 W 7th

A simple dinner (like pizza or sushi) will be provided.

Prayer in Community: Wednesday Nights

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Prayer in Community starts this Wednesday!

 

'Lord , I have heard of your fame, I stand in awe of your deeds, Renew them in our time.' Hab. 3: 1

 

Do you agree that praying with others can amplify our awareness of God?  Have you ever had this experience?

 

Come and be upheld by the prayers of fellow believers.  Everyone is welcome.

 

Wednesdays - 7:00 p.m. @ 7th & Collingwood 

 

" Now He is able to do more than all we ask or imagine ...."  Eph. 3:20 

We Believe: Winter 2014 Sermon Series

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Dear Church,

This Sunday, January 12,  we are launching a new preaching series, which is going to be something a little different to anything we have done in the past. For the next few weeks we'll be looking at the Nicene Creed, which is an amazing document, and historically one of the most important for the church, apart from Scripture. 

Alongside the content of the creed, we'll be looking at why the Nicene creed was written, why it is still important for us, and as we look at each section of the creed over the next few weeks, we will be unpacking the many key passages of Scripture that it is based on.

 

It's going to be a fun journey, and I'm really looking forward to sharing it with you.

Tim H

Lead pastor

 

The Nicene Creed in full:

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

 

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven:

by the power of the Holy Spirit

he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory

to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

 

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father [and the Son].

With the Father and the Son

he is worshipped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.