We are so pleased to welcome previous Pastor Phil Stel to lead this second Sunday in Advent service with a sermon based on Luke 2:1-20, Matthew 2:1-12, entitled:
“In an Ordinary House in an Ordinary Neighborhood
Jesus Incarnates Himself in Ordinary People Like You and Me”
Isaiah 55:1 says "Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!" In a time when so many people are hungry to fill the emptiness in their lives the Lord promises to provide for us. We discover this truth as we look at the story of the Prophet Elijah in 1 Kings 17:1-6 and how the Lord provided for him in a miraculous way. In the same way we are called to look to the Lord to provide for us and fill the emptiness too many of us experience. Pastor Derek Bouma will lead us in this service which also includes communion.
Mr Steve Baarda will be leading this service, preaching on Genesis 1:24-31; Romans 5:12-21 and Revelation 21:1-2:6. The title of the sermon will be “The Myth of Progress and the Biblical Story.” The sermon will set the biblical message against perhaps the most dangerous and foundational of the myths of our modern secular society, the Myth of Progress.
Mr Steve Baarda will be leading this service, speaking on James 2:14-15, 1 Peter 2:9-12, and 2 Peter 1:3-11, “Cultivating a Heroic Spirituality”. We will be asking the question, how do we know our faith is real and that we are not just fakes and pho-nies?
Pastor John Van Til will be leading this service, speaking on Genesis 1:1-2, 28 Matthew 3:13-17 Acts 1:8, with the sermon titled “Aiming for a Balanced Christian Life”. The message is about how the Father, Son and Holy Spirit each are active in our lives and how we are meant to cooperate with them.
Pastor George Lubbers will be leading this service, speaking on Mark 5:21-43, The Discipline of Being Grounded. This message focuses us on keeping our eyes on Jesus and imitating his life. That can be a challenge as we face stressful times and challenges out-side our control, but we find a peace when we are grounded in our faith and trust in God’s leading.
This week Pastor Eric continues his last series of messages at Bethel Church with the last message today. The series title is “Don’t Miss” and uses as an umbrella verse Hebrews 12:15 “See to it that no one misses the grace of God...” (NIV, 1984). Today’s Scripture includes a second glance at Luke 15 as well as Ephesians 2:8-10. The message theme has centers around the sheer unconditional nature of God’s gift of grace.
This week Pastor Eric continues his last series of messages at Bethel Church. The series title is “Don’tMiss” and uses as an umbrella verse Hebrews 12:15 “See to it that no one misses the grace of God...” (NIV, 1984). Today’s Scriptures include Psalm 13, Lamentations 3: 18 – 26, Romans 5: 6-8. The message theme has to do with the grace of God’s presence and is entitled The “And-Yet” Character of God’s Grace.
This week Pastor Eric continues his last series of messages at Bethel Church. The series title is “Don’t Miss” and uses as an umbrella verse Hebrews 12:15 “See to it that no one misses the grace of God...” (NIV, 1984). Today's focus on God’s grace, emphasizes the generosity of God. We will study Matthew 20:1-16.
This week Pastor Eric begins his last series of messages at Bethel Church. The series title is “Don’t Miss” and uses as an umbrella verse Hebrews 12:15 “See to it that no one misses the grace of God...” (NIV, 1984). The first theme considers the persistent, persevering character of God’s grace. We will study Genesis 37.
This week we look at Matthew 15: 29 – 39 and Jesus question “How Many Loaves Do You Have?” We also plan to celebrate communion. You are encouraged to have items to use as the elements, the bread and the cup.
In general, Jesus asks a lot of questions that force us to look deep within ourselves. This week’s question again requires that deep self-reflection ... and more! We are asking not just ‘what about us?’ but also ‘what about others?’ In our scripture from : Luke 10:25-37 and the parable of the good Samaritan Jesus asks, ‘Which of these three do you think was a neighbour?’
Our summer series entitled “Questions Jesus Asks” moves on to our sixth installment. Worry and anxiety plague many people, some more easily than others. In many cases there are deep-seated psychological and even physiological reasons behind people’s anxiety. Keeping such realities in mind, we know we can’t simply label all issues of anxiety as a condition that has a easy cure. However, we can find strength in Jesus and that in all circumstances, Jesus understands us, reassures us and gives us direction. Jesus also invites us to the firm ground that begins with God, trusting his love and his care. We may find security in him, putting his kingdom first. Our Scripture reading from Mathew 6:25-34 helps us reflect on Jesus’ question “Which of you by worrying can add a single hour onto your life?”
We continue our summer series entitled “Questions Jesus Asks.” Today, the question for our deliberation is Matthew 16:26: "What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” and a study of Luke 12:16-21.
We continue a new series entitled “Top Questions Jesus Asks. This week the question for our deliberation is “Do you want to get well?” along with a study of John 5:1-15. We also plan to celebrate communion. You are encouraged to have items to use as the elements: the bread and the cup.
Today we begin a new series entitled “Top Questions Jesus Asks”. It is an intriguing exercise to go through Scripture and notice how many of Jesus’ responses to people and interactions with others come in the form of questions. I read of one student of the Bible who went through the four gospels and by his count arrived at a total of 307 questions asked by Jesus. Apparently, Jesus answers 8 of them but leaves 299 for us to answer. This series takes a look at only a few of the 307 and prods us all to answer for ourselves. This week, the first question for our deliberation is “What do you want?” from John 1:38.
We welcome Richard Poortinga to lead us in worship. His message is entitled “Thy Spirit, O Lord, Makes Life to Abound”. Today, around the world, the Christian Church is also marking this Sunday as TRINITY SUNDAY.
THE ASCENSION OF JESUS – [Livestream & Communion] Today we mark the Ascension of Jesus. We will reflect on Luke 24:50-53 and Ephesians 1.15-23 with our theme of Jesus ascending in order to bless. We look forward to celebrating communion together as well! (For those at home, please prepare elements that you may use as the elements for the bread and the cup).
Livestream Easter Season Message series – ‘Looking for the Living’ (New Life Resurrection Stories - 4) - We continue our series in which we witness other stories of the power of Easter and resurrection. The story is that of the raising of Eutychus.
New Easter Season Message series—‘LOOKING FOR THE LIVING’ (New Life Resurrection Stories—1)This week we begin a new message series in which we witness other stories of the power of Easter and resurrection. During this Easter season, we will take a look at a number of Scripture narratives that include scenes of resurrection. For our introduction to the series, we examine the story from Luke 7, ‘The Raising of the Widow of Nain’s Son.
EASTER SUNDAY: “HE IS RISEN” Livestream celebration with the community of Christ around the world. We rejoice in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. “Christ is Risen; He is Risen, indeed!” We will worship through songs, prayers, offerings and meditation on God’s word to us through the Bible.
Worship Guide for January 24, 2021 Bethel CR Church, London, ON
(For this worship guide, simply click on each link in the order in which they appear) 1. The Opening, Greeting and Prayer: https://youtu.be/hsEALGbnRkI 2. Prayer 3. Song: “Christ Be Our Light” (Jocelyn Stevens) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKt6NHOifcY&feature=youtu.be
4. Bible Readings: Matt.6:10, also Mark 1.14-15, Matthew 11:2-6 (read together or on your own)
5. The Message, Prayer and Blessing: https://youtu.be/UZhXyDL96j4
6. Closing Song: Thy Kingdom Come https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3b06J_8amBQ&feature=emb_logo
Questions to Ponder this week or discuss with a friend.*
1. As you begin say this prayer aloud: “Lord, as I (or ‘we’) study this passage, lead me, guide me, and enlighten me by your Holy Spirit. Help me surrender my heart to you so that I will not use this Word for my purposes but be shaped by it for your purposes. In Jesus name, Amen.”
2. A.THE WEEKLY CHECK-IN: What are you learning about yourself and life during this pandemic? (Anything new to add this week?)
3. What are some challenges you or some one else might face in praying ‘your kingdom come?’
4. List some ways in which you can live into the praying of this line in the Lord’s Prayer?
5. How might someone find the illustration of D-Day and V-E Day helpful?
6. Read the interpretation of this petition given in the Heidelberg Catechism (written in 1562). What does it add to your understanding?
123 Q. What does the second request mean?
A. "Your kingdom come" means,
Rule us by your Word and Spirit in such a way that more and more we submit to you. Keep your church strong, and add to it. Destroy the devil's work; destroy every force which revolts against you and every conspiracy against your Word. Do this until your kingdom is so complete and perfect that in it you are all in all.
Worship Guide for January 17, 2021 Bethel CR Church, London, ON (For this worship guide, simply click on each link in the order in which they appear) 1. The Opening, Greeting and Prayer: https://youtu.be/5esQ4tDEvsA
2. Song: “Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord” (Jocelyn Stevens) https://youtu.be/1BBsWbsroH4
3. Bible Readings: Matthew 6:9, plus Exodus 3:1-15 and Psalm 9:1-10(read together or on your own)
4. The Message, Prayer and Blessing: https://youtu.be/9zjHTsTQPT0
5. Closing Song: Blessed Be Your Name (Jocelyn Stevens) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iICnAjNKHBs
Service for Bethel CRC for January 3, 2021 will begin a new series entitled An Upside Down Prayer for a Side-ways World.The series deals with various phrases and petitions of the Lord’s Prayer. This week we will focus on "Our Father".
On Sunday, June 30 we joined together in worship with Good News Church, London with Pastor Willemina Zwart leading the service. The message was the second in a series entitled, The Hard Sayings of Jesus. Let's admit it. Sometimes what Jesus says doesn't seem to make sense or seems downright harsh. "Unless you hate your father or mother..." - REALLY Jesus? Or that we will have faith to move mountains?!? This summer series will delve into some of Jesus' more difficult teachings and hear anew what he is calling us to do and to be by the power of His Spirit.
This week we begin a new summer series entitled, "Looks at Luke" in which we take a few 'looks' into the gospel of Luke, paying attention to some of the lectionary readings for the church's Pentecost season (Year C).
Our last message in the series moves into the generation sometimes described as living the third-third of life: people ages 60 to eternity. We also note that sociologists have divided seniors into categories such as "young-old", "middle-old" and "oldest-old". In part we will be exploring how Psalm 92:14 speaks of how God's people "still bear fruit in old age."
In this Easter season we have begun our series NEW LIFE IN EACH GENERATION during which we celebrate all the generations that make up God’s people. I Corinthians 12:27 tells us “You are the body of Christ and each one is a part of it.” We begin by looking at the first of four generations: children. Our focus is on Mark 10:13-16 and Deuteronomy 6:4-10.
Looking at all the 'hype' about the rapture. Some years ago, a series of books and movies were released, "Left Behind", which depicted Christians being swooped up by God at the end times. And when we read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18....sure sounds like that's what is going to happen. Pastor Kelly helps us better understand the passage with its implications not only for the end times, but also for here and now.
This morning we began a new series that will be spread throughout the fall season, entitled, "Why Bother 2.0" In today's world, many people have stopped gathering together in groups as followers of Jesus Christ or simply have given up on considering belief in God at all. When it comes to connecting with church communities or God himself, many ask, "Why Bother?"
Today's message challenge involves our thinking through the invitation to be aware of the reason for the hope within us. In the spirit of 1 Peter 3:15-16 we are asking: What 6 or 8 words capture the essence of our faith and purposes for living?
As we enter the first month of the fall season, we reflect on Philippians 2:12-28 examining our need to be open to receiving God's unconditional love and grace while simultaneously "working out" our faith. What does that mean fore us as followers of Jesus here at Bethel Church?
Pastor Eric's sermon theme continued with REFRESHING OUR RELATIONSHIPS – FORGIVENESS. What is real forgiveness? How do you measure your ability to forgive? What impact does refreshing our thinking about forgiveness impact our relationships?
Scripture passages regularly invite us to meditate on (or think on, think through, reflect upon, absorb) what is being communicated. The poet, in Psalm 119:148 expresses this practice through his desire to "...meditate on your promises".
We join Christians all over the world as we mark the beginning of the season of advent. In the history of God’s people, this season has been marked for over 1,500 years! The Advent season is meant to be a season of waiting meant to cultivate in us an awareness of God’s actions throughout the ages – past, present and future. We reflect on God’s redemptive story, his need to rescue the world and our anticipation of the ultimate fulfillment of God’s purpose. This year we are following the Reformed Worship periodical’s suggested theme, “The Peaceable Kingdom” (RW#125) with various readings from the prophet Isaiah.
We move to the third message in our 3-part series on prayer, “WOW! “. To frame our thinking and reflections we are referencing the title of Anne Lamott’s book on what she regards as THE three essential prayers, “Help, Thanks, Wow.”
We move to the second message in our 3-part series on prayer, “THANKS! “. To frame our thinking and reflections we are referencing the title of Anne Lamott’s book on what she regards as THE three essential prayers, “Help, Thanks, Wow.”
We resume our SURPRISE THE WORLD series, utilizing themes from chapter 6 “Learn: The fourth habit.” So far we have reviewed the following habits to incorporate WEEKLY into our lives as we attempt to live “missional” lives. BLESS- I will bless three people this week. EAT – I will eat with three people this week. LISTEN- I will spend at least one period of the week listening to the Spirit’s voice.