The Songs Of Christmas…. Mary’s Song

She was a totally ordinary, simple, young unremarkable girl in her mid-teens. At least, that is what you’d think watching her life. But as we dig a little deeper some amazing things come to light.

This past Sunday we read Luke 1:39-56 and saw some of the strength and depth and vision of Mary’s faith in God. She is called out by God to a task that’ll land her in all sorts of trouble (which, by the way, is often how it happens down through time to called-out-people; God’s way is not the simplest way).
We watched how she responded, and what sorts of supports the Lord put into place for her to survive….. actually, more than that – to THRIVE. And this got us to look at our own lives and the supports that God puts into place for us to survive….. and to thrive.
You’re invited to download the podcast and the study guide. Grab a bible. Then follow along……

Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

Here’s the podcast…….. Songs Of Christmas – Mary’s Song
And here’s the study guide…….. Mary’s Song – Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.  You can also find this, and other messages online at the KCRC website under the tab “Sermons And Stuff.”

We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!

Called By Jesus…. To Peace

Remember a time when you got angry? Or felt hurt by someone – unjustly so? Or got ripped off, and found yourself laying awake at night, trying to figure out how to get even?
If Jesus was your life coach, how do you think he’d have been directing you during those moments?

This past Sunday we read Luke 6:17-38 – where Jesus teaches exactly on this topic. How to respond to people who aren’t exactly on our warm-and-fuzzy side.
We went there as part of our visioning series, wondering about what Jesus might want us to focus on as individuals and as a community, as we move towards 2020.

You’re invited to download the podcast and the study guide. Grab a bible. Then follow along……

Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

Here’s the podcast…….. Called By Jesus… To Peace
And here’s the study guide…….. Called To Peace – Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.  You can also find this, and other messages online at the KCRC website under the tab “Sermons And Stuff.”

We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!

Called By Jesus….Beyond Ourselves

Have you ever been served an eviction notice? Or been asked to leave a certain location because your presence wasn’t appreciated? How did it feel?
If you’ve ever had such a thing happen, you’re actually in really good company. Jesus was once tossed out of church for unruly behaviour….. while he was preaching! Actually, if the congregation had their way, that would have been the last church service he ever attended, and the last sermon he ever preached.

This past Sunday we read Luke 4:14-30 – the account of the attempted lynching.
You have to wonder – what was it that drove the crowd so crazy? Honestly, I thought people were supposed to fall asleep during a sermon, not become blood thirsty!
Seriously, though – the very end of the story tells of Jesus walking away, beyond their grasp.
And the breath-takingly horrible thing is………. he never comes back!
What’s all going on here? What’s the lesson for we pew-sitters in 2019 church?
What’s our take-away at Kemptville Christian Reformed Church as we round the corner towards the end of 2019, and the beginning of another year of life and ministry together in 2020?

You’re invited to download the podcast and the study guide. Grab a bible. Then follow along……

Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

Here’s the podcast…….. Called By Jesus… Beyond Ourselves
And here’s the study guide…….. Beyond Ourselves – Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.  You can also find this, and other messages online at the KCRC website under the tab “Sermons And Stuff.”

We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!

Relating In Faith: Eating…. alone?

Have you ever notice how often Jesus eats with others? And have you ever noticed the KIND of people that Jesus enjoys sharing table with? If you haven’t, grab a bible and page through any one of the four accounts of Jesus’ life. You may be in for a surprise. You may happen across the passage which describes how he had developed a “reputation” as a party man. Can you believe it?

So what’s with that? Why do we see more of Jesus eating than teaching in a classroom?
Welcome to the closing session in our Fall teaching series, “Relating In Faith.”
The Bible passage for today is John 2.
You’re invited to download the podcast and the study guide. Grab a bible. Then follow along……

Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

Here’s the podcast…….. Relating In Faith: Eating….alone?
And here’s the study guide…….. Relating In Faith: Eating…alone – Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.  You can also find this, and other messages online at the KCRC website under the tab “Sermons And Stuff.”

We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!

Relating In Faith: Getting It Right, But….

Have you ever been mad at God? Yelled and screamed, raised your fist to heaven, sulked – or something because of something painful in your life or that of someone close to you?And – after all that, did you feel guilty about it? Wondering if you were ALLOWED to be mad at God?

We’re going to zoom in on a guy known in the Bible as “The Father of all believers.” In other words, in some way we as Christians all carry his legacy – for good or otherwise, whatever it’s worth, he’s our spiritual ancestor. The Bible describes a totally unbelievable, messy, painful event in Abraham’s life – Genesis 22. Lots get said about that passage as a prophetic look-ahead to the coming of Jesus. Which is true enough. But NOT what we want to key in on. We’re going to think about Abraham’s response when God tells him, “Murder and sacrifice your son. Be like all the other nations, and burn your child to appease me, your God.”
Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?
This podcast is going to force us to each examine how we connect with God, not only in the good times, but the times when things get REALLY messy.
Glad you’re here with us, ’cause you have those times in your life, too. Don’t you!

You’re invited to download the podcast and the study guide. Grab a bible and open it to Genesis 22. Then follow along……

Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

Here’s the podcast…….. Relating In Faith: Getting It Right, But….
And here’s the study guide…….. Relating In Faith: Getting It Right But – Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.  You can also find this, and other messages online at the KCRC website under the tab “Sermons And Stuff.”

We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!

Relating In Faith: In Relationship Or Right?

So, we ended up doing some advanced biology this past Sunday – wondering about the difference between a squid brain and a human brain. There are lots of similarities (did you know that?), which is why scientists often use the squid brain to study human brain activity. But there’s also a BIG difference.

That difference between squid and human brain power is what lays behind a compelling part of Jesus’ great prayer in John 17, “Father, make them one.
This podcast challenges us to examine our lives, wondering if we’re more concerned with being right, or being in relationship with others.
What’s your life record in this respect?
What might Jesus be wanting from his apprentices?

You’re invited to download the podcast and the study guide. Grab a bible and open it to John 17:1-26. You may also want to keep a finger at John 13. Then follow along……

Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

Here’s the podcast…….. Relating In Faith: In Relationship, Or Right
And here’s the study guide…….. Relating In Faith: In Relationship, Or Right – Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.  You can also find this, and other messages online at the KCRC website under the tab “Sermons And Stuff.”

We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!

Relating In Faith: The Love Letter

Had someone challenge me with a totally crazy question some time ago. They wondered, “What would your faith be like if you treated the Bible with the same energy, attention, and passion that you treat your smartphone?”
Crazy, eh? How DARE they ask that?

Well, that question got me all thinking and wondering about how DO I treat the Bible? How important is it? What influence does it have on me? Do I view it more positively or negatively – how does it motivate me?Do I LOVE it? Hmmmmmmm.
Wonder what you might say about these questions?
How close to the heart and core of our Christian faith is the Bible?
Is what it teaches negotiable, or not?
This past Sunday was another in our Fall teaching series here at KCRC, “Relating In Faith.” In it we are exploring what is at the absolute core of everything the Church is and says and does.
Glad you are joining us for this conversation!
You’re invited to download the podcast and the study guide. Grab a bible and open it to John 1:1-14 and 2 Peter 3:14-18. And follow along……

Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

Here’s the podcast…….. Relating In Faith: The Love Letter
And here’s the study guide…….. Relating In Faith: The Love Letter – Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.  You can also find this, and other messages online at the KCRC website under the tab “Sermons And Stuff.”

We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!

Relating In Faith: Hungry For God

Have you ever gotten involved in something, like REALLY involved, only to discover later that you had missed the most important part of whatever it was you were doing?
Many fathers discover this – some, too late. When they’ve been working hard for years and years in order to provide for their family, and then one day realize that they missed growing a relationship with their children; or realizing how far he’s drifted from his bride.

This past Sunday marked the beginning of the Fall teaching series here at KCRC, “was the end of our summer teaching series, “Relating In Faith.” We’re going to spend the next few weeks exploring what is at the absolute core of everything the Church is and says and does. Here’s to hoping you’ll be able to join us for this trek of exploration.
This first podcast explores our willingness to be vulnerable and open to the possibility of a real spiritual entity coming into our deepest personal space and occupying it.
Would you be willing to consider trying that?
What might it look and feel like?
What impact might that have on your Monday-Saturday life?

You’re invited to download the podcast and the study guide. Grab a bible and open it to Matthew 11:28, as well as putting your thumb by Colossians 1:27. And follow along……

Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

Here’s the podcast…….. Relating In Faith: Hungry For God
And here’s the study guide…….. Relating In Faith: Hungry For God – Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.  You can also find this, and other messages online at the KCRC website under the tab “Sermons And Stuff.”

We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!

Praying With Jesus – Yours Is The Kingdom!

“Our Father in Heaven… yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory. Forever. Amen.”
Ever noticed how not all Christians pray these words? And have you ever tried to find them in the Bible? Hint – it WON’T be in the places, like Matthew 6, where Jesus teaches the Lord’s Prayer.
So…… WHY do we pray these words?

This past Sunday was the end of our summer teaching series, “Praying With Jesus.” And we thought about the ending words of the Lord’s Prayer. How did they get tacked onto the prayer? Why do we keep them? And what impact might they have on our lives?
Glad you joined us for this conversation.

Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

Here’s the podcast…….. Praying With Jesus: Yours Is The Kingdom
And here’s the study guide…….. Yours Is The Kingdom – Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.  You can also find this, and other messages online at the KCRC website under the tab “Sermons And Stuff.”

We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!

Praying With Jesus – Deliver us!

“Our Father in Heaven… lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil….”
Ever wondered what those words of the Lord’s Prayer might mean?

Before we park the bus on our summer teaching series, “Praying With Jesus” we want to think about this challenging part of the Lord’s Prayer. This podcast, from the September 1st worship service at KCRC, wonders about where temptation comes from, what it looks like, how to face it, and what the odds might be of overcoming it.
Glad you joined us for this conversation.

Please note – those of you using a mobile device may have to set your browser to “desktop mode” to access the download button (a glitch with our site – sorry about that).

Here’s the podcast…….. Praying With Jesus: Deliver us!
And here’s the study guide…….. Deliver Us! – Study Guide

As always, feel free to pass this stuff around.  You can also find this, and other messages online at the KCRC website under the tab “Sermons And Stuff.”

We’d also love to have you join us live for worship.
We gather each Sunday at 10am.
Don’t worry about getting all gussied up.  Just come as you are – we’re a church full of imperfect people.
And we’d be glad to have other imperfect people, like you, along for the ride!