Sermon: Begin with Prayer

Turn in your Bibles with me to Acts, chapter 1, verses 1 through 14. Acts 1:1-14. Acts is the fifth book in the New Testament, right after the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Acts was written by Luke as a companion to his account of the gospel. It picks up right where the…

Sermon: The Disciple Who Walked Away

What happens when a disciple walks away? We used to be so active in the church, so excited to serve the Lord, but now we have faded. We used to want to walk closer and closer to Jesus, going where he leads, but something happened, and now…What happens when a disciple walks away from the…

Sermon: The Gathered Church

I invite you to turn with me in your Bibles to John, chapter 20, verses 19 through 31. John is the four gospel account in the New Testament – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. We have been spending this Eastertide – this Easter season – listen to the resurrection appearances of Jesus. Last week, Mary…

Sermon: The Story of Resurrection

Turn with me to John, chapter 20, verses 1-18. John is the last of the four gospel accounts, this one written by the apostle John. While each of the four gospel accounts record the same events, John makes explicit his purpose for writing in John 20:31, But these are written that you may believe that…

Sermon: Trembling and Bewildered

Brothers and Sisters, Friends, all you who hear this message: Jesus Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed. I hope that you have joined us already for Good Friday, as well as use our liturgies for Maundy Thursday and Holy Saturday. If you haven’t you can contact us through our website bethel-reformed.ca and we will…

Sermon: See How He Died

Good morning! Today is what is known as “Good Friday.” It is the Friday before Easter where we remember and commemorate Jesus’ death on the cross. But why call it ‘Good Friday’? What makes it good? Isn’t it a bit weird, a bit morbid, a bit odd, that for nigh on two thousand years people…

Sermon: Who’s On Trial?

They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders, and the teachers of the law came together. Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. There he sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire. The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin…

Sermon: Drinking the Cup

Greetings Bethel! This is not how I anticipated us meeting again when I left for Florida just over a week ago. I am grateful for the technology that enables me to do this, but I am reminded of the words of John in his second letter, where he says, “Although I have much to write…

Sermon: Knowing the Future

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to Mark 14. Mark 14:12-31. Mark is the second book of the New Testament – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. This Lenten season, we are listening to the last three chapters of Mark as they tell us of the days and hours leading up to the…

Sermon: The Smell of the Bride

I invite you to turn with me in your Bibles to the Gospel of Mark. Mark 14:1-11. Mark is the second book of the New Testament – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – about 2/3 of the way through your Bible. Mark 14:1-11. For the weeks leading up to Easter, known as the season of…