Sermon: Life in the Pit

This summer we are spending our time immersed in the story of Joseph. It is a story where God is everywhere active, but never audible. Unlike with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Joseph gets no direct words from God. Instead, he is given dreams and called to trust God based upon the words that have already…

Sermon: Repent and Believe

Good morning and welcome to you on this Pentecost morning. Pentecost is the Sunday in the church calendar where we remember the pouring out of the Holy Spirit upon the church. The name comes from the fact that it took place on the biblical feast of Pentecost, fifty days after the Passover. This morning, we…

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…