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Forgotten By God

By the time February rolls around, most of us are just about sick of winter. But the short days and cold nights linger, and for many people, this can be the most difficult month of the year. A life of faith requires us to press on through all seasons, so let’s spend some time learning how to pray, even when it’s the last thing we feel like doing.

Lamentations 5:1-22

Song Credit: “Weep With Me” by Rend Collective 2018

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Walled In and Weighed Down

By the time February rolls around, most of us are just about sick of winter. But the short days and cold nights linger, and for many people, this can be the most difficult month of the year. A life of faith requires us to press on through all seasons, so let’s spend some time learning how to pray, even when it’s the last thing we feel like doing.

Lamentations 3:1-33

Our Father – But What About Our Mother

When Jesus talked about God, he spoke with intimacy and familiarity, calling God his Father. This riled the Jewish leaders of his day, and in some ways, it continues to create discomfort, with questions being asked about why we’re attributing gender to God at all.

Matthew 6:25-26, 31-33; 7:7-11; John 5:17-18

The Holy One of Israel

The unfolding narrative of God’s redemptive work among the Hebrew people introduces us to the many names that were attributed to God over the years. Might these ancient labels have something to say to us as we long for God to act in our own day?

Isaiah 45:18-25

I Am Who I Am

In ancient Middle Eastern culture, to access the power of a god, you had to know their name. When Moses asks God for his name, Moses is asking for a way to access God’s power. But what power does God reveal to Moses when he uses the name, “I Am that I Am”? We will learn about this name together and reflect on the power of I Am.

Exodus 3:1-15

The All-Caps LORD God

What better place to start off a new year than at the very beginning. The opening scene of the Bible introduces us to its main character – God. But what do we know about this God character anyway? And might the things we learn about God help us get to know ourselves better?

Genesis 1:1-2:3

Advent 4: The Word Became Flesh

The arrival of December brings with it all things Christmas: the cheery decorations, the cheesy music, and everything in between. But in the church, we try to take things at a slower pace, not rushing through to the main event quite yet. The season of Advent is a time of waiting, and of letting the anticipation build slowly until all heaven breaks through on Christmas Day!

John 1:1-18

Advent 3: I Am the Lord’s Servant

The arrival of December brings with it all things Christmas: the cheery decorations, the cheesy music, and everything in between. But in the church, we try to take things at a slower pace, not rushing through to the main event quite yet. The season of Advent is a time of waiting, and of letting the anticipation build slowly until all heaven breaks through on Christmas Day!

Isaiah 9:2-7; Luke 1:26-38

Advent 2: Prepare the Way for the Lord

The arrival of December brings with it all things Christmas: the cheery decorations, the cheesy music, and everything in between. But in the church, we try to take things at a slower pace, not rushing through to the main event quite yet. The season of Advent is a time of waiting, and of letting the anticipation build slowly until all heaven breaks through on Christmas Day!

Mark 1:1-8

 

Advent 1: Fourteen Generations

The arrival of December brings with it all things Christmas: the cheery decorations, the cheesy music, and everything in between. But in the church, we try to take things at a slower pace, not rushing through to the main event quite yet. The season of Advent is a time of waiting, and of letting the anticipation build slowly until all heaven breaks through on Christmas Day!

Matthew 1:1-17

Living Leviticus: Punishments and Rewards

If you’ve ever tried to read the Bible from cover to cover, chances are you got bogged down in Leviticus and gave up entirely. Don’t feel bad – you’re not alone. But even though the lively narrative of Genesis and Exodus shifts to a book full of repetition and rules, there is plenty of contemporary value to be mined from these ancient pages.

Leviticus 26:3-20

Living Leviticus: Clean and Unclean

If you’ve ever tried to read the Bible from cover to cover, chances are you got bogged down in Leviticus and gave up entirely. Don’t feel bad – you’re not alone. But even though the lively narrative of Genesis and Exodus shifts to a book full of repetition and rules, there is plenty of contemporary value to be mined from these ancient pages.

Leviticus 11:1-8, 43-45; Matthew 15:1-11

Living Leviticus: Neighbours and Aliens

If you’ve ever tried to read the Bible from cover to cover, chances are you got bogged down in Leviticus and gave up entirely. Don’t feel bad – you’re not alone. But even though the lively narrative of Genesis and Exodus shifts to a book full of repetition and rules, there is plenty of contemporary value to be mined from these ancient pages.

Leviticus 6:1-7, 19:1-2, 9-18

Living Leviticus: Offerings and More Offerings

If you’ve ever tried to read the Bible from cover to cover, chances are you got bogged down in Leviticus and gave up entirely. Don’t feel bad – you’re not alone. But even though the lively narrative of Genesis and Exodus shifts to a book full of repetition and rules, there is plenty of contemporary value to be mined from these ancient pages.

Leviticus 1:1-9

 

 

 

 

 

Global Responsibility

With the rush of daily life, it can be challenging to remember that out beyond the comfort of our own community is a world filled with people just like us, many of them struggling to get by. Nikki and TK will be sharing with us about the seeds of hope that they are sowing in one region of Africa, providing a glimpse into how God is at work abroad and inviting us to see ourselves as God’s partners in loving our global neighbours well.

Psalm 121, John 17:18

Equality and Economics

The Bible speaks frequently to both equality and economics, but it sure can seem like they are two very different things – detached from our life of faith. This week we will explore how economic practices are a sacred witness of God’s will for our communities and churches and ultimately the world. If we would just be willing to talk about it, and not get so defensive….

Deuteronomy 15:1-11

1 John 3:16-24

 

Confronting the Isms

Racism, sexism, ageism…and the list goes on. There are so many ways we can pass judgment on others to maintain a measure of control. But in a world of increasing polarization, the gospel challenges our propensity to classify ‘the other’ and invites us instead to an acknowledgment of our shared humanity and our common need for God.

Matthew 15:21-38

Truth and Reconciliation

Jesus has challenged us with the ministry of reconciliation. Truth and reconciliation is a heavy subject, yet what we hope to do is to challenge ourselves to move beyond our “scope” of Western cultural Christianity and see how the gospel message of Jesus is represented in different cultures, namely our First Nations culture, and how we can be involved in redeeming that. Our ministry of reconciling Jesus to the nations involves seeing how Christ is represented in different cultural values.

2 Corinthians 5:16-20

 

More Than Conquerors

There may be a handful of people for whom life is a breeze, but the rest of us wake up each day to face the kinds of challenges that can knock the breath out of us. Where is God to be found when life feels like it’s collapsing in on us? The good news is that He is for us and that nothing at all can separate us from His love for us.

Romans 8:28-39

Children of God

In many ways, our childhood is something we seek to leave behind as we pass through the waters of adolescence and enter into the fullness of adulthood. But a healthy understanding of our identity in Christ invites us to see ourselves as children of a loving Father. How ready are you to once again embrace the role of a child?

Romans 8:1-2, 12-17

Slaves to Righteousness

It goes without saying that we don’t like to think of ourselves as being slaves to anyone or anything. (We prefer our freedom and autonomy, thank you very much!) But what if being enslaved to one thing was the key to being set free from something else that threatened to damage your very soul? Would you be willing to wear those chains?

Romans 6:1-18

 

 

Reconciled to God

Paul delivers some pretty harsh news to the church in Rome: “There is no one who does good, not even one.” And yet that’s not the end of the story – far from it. The distance between God and ourselves has been bridged in Christ, and we are now invited to live by faith in a world marked by God’s extravagant love for us.

Romans 3:10-12, 21-24, 5:1-11

Saint Francis Xavier

The God of Our Fathers

In the words of the Psalmist, “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.”  This summer, we will explore the lives of men and women throughout history who allowed their Christian faith to shape the way they lived in significant ways, andwho continue to impact and inspire people to this day.

 

Mary Jo Leddy

The God of Our Fathers

In the words of the Psalmist, “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.”  This summer, we will explore the lives of men and women throughout history who allowed their Christian faith to shape the way they lived in significant ways, andwho continue to impact and inspire people to this day.

Isaiah 61

 

Saint Athanasius

In the words of the Psalmist, “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mights acts.”  This summer, we are exploring the lives of men and women throughout history who allowed their Christian faith to shape the way they lived in significant ways, and who continue to impact and inspire people to this day.

John 1:1-14; Jude 3-4

Martin Luther King

In the words of the Psalmist, “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.” This summer, we will explore the lives of men and women throughout history who allowed their Christian faith to shape the way they lived in significant ways, and who continue to impact and inspire people to this day.

Daniel 3:1-18; Luke 6:27,28

St. Francis of Assisi

In the words of the Psalmist, “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.” This summer, we will explore the lives of men and women throughout history who allowed their Christian faith to shape the way they lived in significant ways, and who continue to impact and inspire people to this day.

Matthew 10:5-10

 

Mother Teresa

In the words of the Psalmist, “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.” This summer, we will explore the lives of men and women throughout history who allowed their Christian faith to shape the way they lived in significant ways, and who continue to impact and inspire people to this day.

Matthew 25:31-46; 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

 

Polycarp

The God of Our Fathers

In the words of the Psalmist, “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.”  This summer, we will explore the lives of men and women throughout history who allowed their Christian faith to shape the way they lived in significant ways, and who continue to impact and inspire people to this day.

Polycarp

Revelation 2:8-10

John Wesley

The God of Our Fathers

John Wesley was the father of the Methodist movement.  He was a brilliant organizer and a preacher.  But more than these, he was a man deeply transformed by an encounter with God who believed that the gospel was for the common people, the marginalized, the uneducated.  He rocked the Church of England, and together, we will learn how his approach to the gospel can rock our world, too.

John 3:1-17

 

The God Of Our Fathers

In the words of the Psalmist, “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.”  This summer, we will explore the lives of men and women throughout history who allowed their Christian faith to shape the way they lived in significant ways, and who continue to impact and inspire people to this day.

Exodus 3:1-6; Judges 2:10-11

Stretch Out Your Hand

Brandon shared a follow-up sermon on the intersection of same-sex attraction and Christian faith. Since the initial series in early February, our church community has been engaged in a season of listening and learning, and now Elevation’s leadership is prepared to cast some vision for a path forward.

 

Mark 2:23-3:6; Romans 13:8-10

 

The Prayer That Jesus Taught Us

The Lord’s Prayer is shared by Christians all over the world.  What can this often hastily mumbled memorization have for us? This morning we will explore how the continued repetition of this powerfully disorienting prayer will gradually form our hearts, souls, and lives into the ideal jesus lays out for us.

Luke 10:25-37

To Be A Neighbour

Our Place in the World

Over the long history of God’s interactions with His people, there are countless examples of how specific places have been used to provide guidance in life and faith.  Looking back at these stories will not only remind us of how God has used ‘place’ in the past, but will open our eyes to how He might still be using it today.

Ten Thousand Places

Our Place in the World

 

Over the long history of God’s interactions with His people, there are countless examples of how specific places have been used to provide guidance in life and faith.  Looking back at these stories will not only remind us of how God has used ‘place’ in the past, but will open our eyes to how He might still be using it today.

Ten Thousand Places

Psalm 148; Colossians 1:15-20

A Place of Refuge

Our Place in the World

Over the long history of God’s interactions with His people, there are countless examples of how specific places have been used to provide guidance in life and faith.  Looking back at these stories will not only remind us of how God has used ‘place’ in the past, but will open our eyes to how He might still be using it today.

2 Samuel 22:1-7, 17-20

Together In One Place

Our Place In the World

Over the long history of God’s interactions with His people, there are countless examples ofh ow specific places have been used to provide guidance in life and faith.  Looking back at these stories will not only remind us of how God has used ‘place’ in the past, but will open our eyes to how He might still be using it today.

Together In One Place

Acts 1:1-5; 2:1-6, 12, 16-18

The Temple

Our Place in the World

Over the long history of God’s interactions with His people, there are countless examples of how specific places have been used to provide guidance in life and faith.  Looking back at these stories will not only remind us of how God has used ‘place’ in the past, but will open our eyes to how He might still be using it today.

 

The Temple

1 Kings 6:1,11-16, 37-38; Matthew 24:1-2

 

The Promised Land

OUR PLACE IN THE WORLD

Over the long history of God’s interactions with His people, there are countless examples of how specific places have been used to provide guidance in life and faith.  Looking back at these stories will not only remind us of how God has used ‘place’ in the past, but will open our eyes to how He might still be using it today.

The Promised Land

Numbers 14:1-12

Children

 

The People Who Drive Us Crazy (We Love)

What does our faith have to say about the most important relationships in our lives?  If we’re going to be honest, the people we’re closest to are often the same people who, on certain days, threaten our sanity.  So a little help would be nice.  Is there any wisdom out there for how we can love these people well?

Children:  A Survival Guide

Ephesians 6:1-4; 1 Corinthians 4:15-17

Marriage

 

Marriage-Till Death Do Us Part

What does our faith have to say about the most important relationships in our lives?  If we’re going to be honest, the people we’re closest to are often the same people who, on certain days, threaten our sanity.  So a little help would be nice.  So a little help would be nice.  Is there any wisdom out there for how we can love these people well?

Matthew 19:1-12

The Office

The People (Who Drive Us Crazy) We Love

What does our faith have to say about the most important relationships in our lives?  If we’re going to be honest, the people we’re closest to are often the same people who, on certain days, threaten our sanity.  So a little help would be nice.  Is there any wisdom out there for how we can love these people well?

The Office:  A Place Where Dreams Come True

The Office, A Place Where Dreams Come True

The People (We Love) Who Drive Us Crazy

What does our faith have to say about the most important relationships in our lives?  If we’re going to be honest, the people we’re closest to are often the same people who, on certain days, threaten our sanity.  So, a little help would be nice.  Is there any wisdom out there for how we can love these people well?

April 15 – The Office, A Place Where Dreams Come True

Ecclesiastes 3:9-13; Colossians 3:22-24

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Friends Both Real and Facebook

The People (We Love) Who Drive Us Crazy

What does our faith have to say about the most important relationships in our lives?  If we’re going to be honest, the people we’re closest to are often the same people who, on certain days, threaten our sanity.  So a little help would be nice.  Is there any wisdom out there for how we can love these people well?

Friends, Both Real and Facebook

1 Samuel 20:1-4, 16-19, 24-31

The Unbelievable Roadblock

The Unbelievable Roadblock

An empty tomb raises more questions than it answers.  How do the events of the first Easter Sunday continue to offer hope to our world today?  What is the connection between ‘believing’ and living life to its fullest?

John 20

The Prosperity Roadblock

 

LENT – A SEASON OF SEEKING

The Prosperity Roadblock

Miraculously, Lazarus is now fully alive and well, and reclining at the dinner table.  And Mary, overcome with gratefulness, takes a pint of pure nard and pours it on Jesus’ feet, wiping his feet with her hair.  Mary’s action was an act of love, a gift.  But not just any gift, rather a lavish gift given freely and without reservation.  Mary demonstrated her love by freely giving of her  financial resources without carying about her reputation or the criticism she would receive from such a gift.  But how does stewardship merge with wisdom when we reflect on both Mary’s actions and the boisterous Palm Sunday crowds?

John 12:1-19

The Blindness Roadblock

LENT – A SEASON OF SEEKING

The Blindness Roadblock

As Jesus continued on His journey to the Cross, He stopped and healed a man who was born blind.  Even after such a miracle, though, the man was still left seeking.  But as jesus would later tell him, it’s the one who thinks they can see  clearly who is actually blind.  What did he mean by that?

John 9:1-12

The Offensive Roadblock

 

The Offensive Roadblock

For all of our efforts to present Jesus as worthy of being followed, sometimes it seems like he was actually trying to turn people away – and it worked.  So what do we do when we discover that the good news isn’t what we thought it would be?  How do we keep moving forward when we’re offended by what Jesus had to say?

John 6:35-60

The Exclusion Roadblock

LENT – A Season of Seeking

The Exclusion Roadblock

A lifetime of feeling excluded can lead to a hardening of the spirit, to the point where you cannot even imagine being accepted for who you are.  In an unexpected place, Jesus found someone with a long listof reasons she didn’t belong, so e offered her what she couldn’t find anywhere else:  himself.

John 4:1-26

The Mental Roadblock

 

LENT – A Season of Seeking

The Mental Roadblock

To be a Christian requires to live in the world of faith.  For some that is a deal-breaking condition because they require things to be more concrete and definable.  Are thinking and feeling able to be reconciled?  How do fact and faith intersect when it comes to believing in Jesus Christ?

John 3:1-17

Sex Part Three

 

Sex Part Three

The intersection of same-gender attraction and Christian faith is right up there among the most complex and controversial topics that a church can engage in.  With this in mind, we will spend some time exploring this theme today as an introduction to a broader conversation that will take place in the weeks and months to come.

John 6:16-21

Sex Part One

 

Sex – Part One

Nearly everywhere we look, sex finds a way to nudge itself into our line of sight.  But for all of its excess – and for the admittedly significant role it plays in our lives – sex is actually something we don’t talk about a whole lot in church.  Well, now we are.

Song of Songs 5:9-16

 

By All Possible Means

 

Christian faith is meant to be lived out in the full stream of the culture that surrounds it.  As we wrap up our series on listening, we’ll consider the importance of listening to voices from outside of our church community, and the blessing that follows when we do so.

I Corinthians 9:19-23

 

It Seemed Good

It Seemed Good

Almost as soon as the first century church got off the ground, there was disagreement.  Are you surprised?  So how did these early followers of Jesus discern God’s will for them when there were opposing ideas on the table, and how might we learn from their experience?

Acts 15:1-12; 22-35

Speak Lord

Speak, Lord

The first few times God spoke to the boy Samuel, Samuel didn’t know who was speaking.  In his confusion, he assumed it was his mentor Eli and kept missing the voice of God.  This week, we will explore the story of God calling Samuel and Eli’s timeless wisdom to Samuel to go back to bed and answer the voice in the night with:  “Speak, Lord.  Your servant is listening.”

 

 

Salvation From Our Enemies

 

The Christmas Story actually features two birth narratives, and it’s the story of the lesser known parents, Zechariah and Elizabeth, that we will focus on this week.  The child promised to them was to bring salvation and hope, and he grew up to be a trailblazer if there ever was one.  But what does his story have to do with Christmas?  And what does it have to do with us?

Luke 1:57-80

Waiting and Watching

Many of us have heard the Christmas story
our whole lives. To some of us, it may be a
new story. But whether we have grown up
alongside it or are just getting to know it,
let’s try in these next couple of weeks to
look at the story of Christmas in a different
way. This week we will look at the
Christmas story from the perspective of
Mary, and hear how Mary’s unexpected
news led to her waiting and watching for
God to work both in her own heart and in
the world.

Luke 1:26-39; 46-55

Spirit Centred Living

It’s our desire to lean heavily on the Holy Spirit’s direction as the comforter, teacher, and guide, who goes ahead of us. We pray that God would be involved with everything we do, helping us live naturally supernaturally.

As we plan, prepare and make decisions, we know that God is working in our midst. Because of this, we are not averse to change, and in fact welcome new challenges with faith that God is with us.

We don’t want to divide life into the spiritual and the non-spiritual and instead prefer to acknowledge that all of life is permeated by the presence of God. This helps us to avoid separating ‘matters of faith’ from ‘ordinary life’ and frees us to live one life centred in God. It is in God alone that we can experience life in its fullest.

Shared Responsibility

Our Key Values – Shared Responsibility

While each of us assumes primary responsibility for our own spiritual growth, we have discovered the significant role the church plays in this process as a rally of support, inspiring and equipping us as we follow Christ together.

We support Elevation and its mission by participating in the life of the community and taking ownership for the corporate aspects of the church. The entire body benefits as we give generously of our time, abilities, and finances, putting the needs of others before ourselves.

We also have an incredible opportunity to make a lasting impace in our city, our nation, and our world. We are committed to acting with compassion and generosity, seeking justice for the oppressed, and extending mercy wherever it is sought.

1 Corinthians 12:1-27

Journey Mentality

We want to be present with people at whatever part of the journey of life they find themselves on, whether they share our faith or not. In the spirit of honest dialogue, we will ask our questions openly and listen for new ideas from others, respecting our different backgrounds and celebrating diversity.

We will invite people to experience the eternal kind of life that Jesus offers, walking with one another through times of questions and struggles, as well as times of answers and celebration.

With the understanding that each one of us will grow in faith at our own pace, we will encourage one another to become true disciples, raising the standards in our lives, always fighting against the urge to slow down in our pursuit of God.

John 4:4-26