Waiting Forward

What do you think about WAITING?

How does it work for you?
Do you mind it?
Does it drive you mad?

Are you a fidgety kind of wait-er?
Or can you sit quietly?

Can you focus on that for which you are waiting?
Or does you mind go to a million very strange and unrelated places?

How does waiting work for you?

Just before Jesus returned to heaven he told his apprentices to head back to Jerusalem and ………..   wait.
So we went to Acts 1:1-11, and thought a bit about that.
What does Jesus ask them (and us) to wait for?
How might we best do that waiting?
When will the waiting be over?

You’re invited to wonder with us about all of that.
Grab a bible, download the podcast and study guide, and join us for the message titled, Forward Waiting.

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Forward Waiting

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Forward Waiting – Study Notes

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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!

The Effects Of Easter: At The End Of Our Line

It’s a crazy story – true, but sort of crazy.  We get to watch Jesus messin’ with his disciples in the days following his resurrection.    The boys had gone fishing on a lake that normally was teeming with fish.  Nobody EVER got skunked out there….. except them, this time.

And Jesus meets these frustrated fishers at the end of their futile night.  GRRRR! Wonder what they really muttered under their breath.

Anyway, it all turned out WAY different than any of them could have expected in their wildest dreams.  Totally wonderful.  Empowering.  Freeing.

And completely amazing for us who get to watch from the sidelines!

Grab a bible, download the podcast and study guide, and join in this next in our post-Easter series, “The Effects Of Easter.”

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At The End Of Our Line

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At The End Of Our Line – Study Guide

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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!

The Effects Of Easter: Seeing And Believing

I’d like to introduce you to someone that, I think, has gotten a bad rap in the Church.  Everyone thinks of him as a quivering, unsure, back-of-the-bus follower of Jesus; the guy with wee-tiny faith; full of doubt disciple(ish)….. Thomas.

Reality is – the guy was one of the most courageous and upfront friends of Jesus (check out how he responds to challenging and uncertain situations in John 11 and 14).

But then there’s the time that he wasn’t around.  And, of course, THAT’S the moment when the most unbelievable event in history occurs.  Guess what Thomas does – he doesn’t believe it.  Because it is unbelievable.  In that way I think he’s a lot like you and me.  There’s more of Thomas in us than perhaps we first care to admit.

So – join us as we come alongside this disciple, and in doing so reexamine our own attitudes while following the Risen Jesus.

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Seeing And Believing

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Seeing And Believing – 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!

The Effects Of Easter: When Jesus Calls Your Name

Every once in a while something big happens, something really big – so big that it changes absolutely EVERYTHING!

And, no, I’m not referencing the latest home-based income “opportunity” or the latest flavor in ice cream.

I mean REAL big – where really EVERYTHING changes.

Perhaps you think of a few world changing events – like D-Day, and how it changed everything about World War II.
Or you think of an election, where the winning candidate stands up and claims (s)he is now changing everything – only nothing changes at all.

To say something really changes, let alone EVERYTHING, is a huge big hairy claim to make.

So I don’t want to say it lightly – but the Resurrection of Jesus really DOES do that.  It really DOES change everything.  Over the next few weeks we’ll test drive how true this statement really is.  We’ll drop in and ask Mary and Thomas and…..
No, wait – now I’m getting ahead of myself.
Let’s just start with Mary – Mary Magdalene.  Let’s ask her how the resurrection of Jesus changed everything for her

That’s what we did at KCRC on April 15 in our teaching time.
You’re invited to listen in, as well as to stay with us for the next few weeks where we put the same question to other friends of Jesus.

Grab a bible, download the podcast and study guide, and join in.
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When Jesus Calls Your Name

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When Jesus Calls Your Name – 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!

Divine Restraint: a KCRC sermon podcast

What if an angel suddenly showed up at your church – right smack dab in the middle of a worship service;  if the glory of heaven was unveiled / unleashed just as the band began the intro to the third song?  How might that change things?

That’s the question we wondered about as we thought about Jesus walking into a church in his community.  We’ll be watching Jesus a lot this year – 2018 is going to be a year with Jesus at KCRC – in many of our worship services we’ll be focusing on interactions that Jesus has with needy people, power structures & authorities, skeptics, and more.

Like what happened in Mark 1:21-28 as Jesus went to a local synagogue.  He’s met by a gang of head-scratching worshipers, amazed at what he says and does, and one very sick man, plagued by a demon.

His response is both powerful and very restrained – at the same time.
And in that mix of power and restraint we catch a glimpse of how God deals with us, and how we are called to deal with each other.

Supporting the study of Mark 1 were readings from Deuteronomy 18 and 1 Corinthians 8:1-13.

So….. how did it all go down that Sabbath in the Synagogue?
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Then follow along with the message via the online audio player – or download it to your favorite device to catch again later.
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Divine Restraint

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Divine Restraint – 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!

Join us in 2018 as we journey with Jesus!

 

The Peacemaker: Peace In Community

Want some peace in your life?
Maybe, especially, the sort of peace that Jesus came to bring?
Which, as we learned last week, is that sense of life being whole, complete, rolling out the way God intended it to be for you…. or me.
If you do – where is the best place that you might find it?  Be able to test drive it, check it out, and then fill your life with it?

Welcome to the Christmas season teaching series at Kemptville Christian Reformed Church.
It’s titled “The Peacemaker” – and here at KCRC we truly believe that the absolute BEST way to experience peace is through getting connected to Jesus.  We believe that the Bible promises Jesus to be the link to peace – for us, for our community, for the world.

Our theme bible passage for the series is Isaiah 9:6.  And this week we also checked into Mark 3:13-35.
We’d love to have you track with us for this, and others, in our series.  All of which will show up here on the KCRC.CA website.

So, download the study guide, and grab a bible.
Then follow along with the message via the online audio player – or download it to your favorite device to catch again later.
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The Peacemaker (3): Peace In Community

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Peace In Community – Study Guide

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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!

 

 

The Peacemaker: The Peace Jesus Brings

Miss it?
Wish you had it – at least a bit of it?
Peace, that is.

I suppose “peace” could mean a whole bunch of different things to different people. We’re talking here about that sense of life being whole, complete, rolling out the way God intended it to be for you…. or me.
Here at KCRC we truly believe that the absolute BEST way to experience a peace like that is through getting connected to Jesus.  We believe that the Bible promises Jesus to be the link to peace – for us, for our community, for the world.

The second message in our Christmas teaching series for 2017 explores that idea.
What inner peace looks like for us.
How we come to connect with it.
Our theme bible passage for the series is Isaiah 9:6.

So, download the study guide, and grab a bible.
Then follow along with the message via the online audio player – or download it to your favorite device to catch again later.
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The Peacemaker (2): The Peace Jesus Brings

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The Peace Jesus Brings – 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!

 

 

Steps To Wholeness: Staying Alert

Image result for a stitch in time saves nine“A stitch in time saves 9.”
Who said that?
Certainly true – my wife reminds me of that every time I bring her a clothing item in need of repair.  “Don’t wait.  Get it to me as soon as you see something come loose.  If you wait, it only gets worse and repairs get harder.”

It’s true all over – home repair, physical fitness, auto maintenance, and our relationships with other people.  Actually, it’s true pretty much everywhere.

Pay attention.
And when something seems to be coming loose, wearing out, getting rusty, feeling flabby – whatever – deal with it NOW.
Don’t just assume that what worked or was healthy last month will stay that way for the next five years.

And all of this was the point of the message “Steps To Wholeness – Staying Alert” from the KCRC worship service of November 12.

We peeked in on the life of one of Jesus’ closest friends, Simon Peter, watching him first be confident (even cocky), then crumble, and then as an old man pass on some important wisdom.  Our bible passages were Mark 14:27ff and 1 Peter 5:6-11.

You’re invited to share in the discovery and learning.
Download the study guide, and grab a bible.
Then follow along with the message via the online audio player – or download it to your favorite device to catch again later.
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We’d love to have you track with us for the entire series.  Perhaps here from the podcasts.  Or live as we worship 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 would be glad to have other imperfect people along for the ride, joining us for the journey of following the Steps To Wholeness!

Steps To Wholeness: Staying Alert

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Staying Alert – Study Guide

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Steps To Wholeness: Righting Wrongs

Image result for making amendsHave you ever discovered, to your horror, that you’ve really messed with someone’s life – caused them some sort of undeserved pain or setback?
And then, realizing it and feeling bad about it, you stuffed the business in the back corner of your mind – trying to forget it.
Ever had that?
How did it work out for you?

October 29th message at Kemptville CRC went digging into this sort of experience, which is more common than most of us want to admit.  It was another in our Fall teaching series, “Steps To Wholeness.”

We came at it through the life of Zacchaeus, a tax cheat whom Jesus befriended.
His story is told in Luke 19:1-10.

You’re invited to share in the wondering through the podcast.
Go ahead and download the study guide, and grab a bible.
Then follow along with the message via the online audio player – or download it to your favorite device to catch again later.
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).

We’d love to have you track with us for the entire series.  Perhaps here from the podcasts.  Or live as we worship 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 would be glad to have other imperfect people along for the ride, joining us for the journey of following the Steps To Wholeness!

Steps To Wholeness: Righting Wrongs

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Righting Wrongs – Study Guide

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On Task: Our Call

“Come and see.”
“Now, go and tell.”
That’s the invitation which turned the world upside down.
Remember Mary Magdalene?  She’s one of Jesus’ close friends, and his patron.  She showImage result for Matthew 28:7ed up a couple of times in our previous series at KCRC, “The Women In Jesus’ Life.”  This past Sunday we started a new series, “ON TASK.”  And she’s there, too.

A terrified, grief-stricken woman encounters a couple of angels from heaven when she goes to Jesus’ tomb.  She’s there to clean up the mess of a grissly execution, and give Jesus a dignified burial.  Instead she comes face to face with a Risen Jesus.  Yup – ALIVE.  Well, not right away.  First the angels – who invite her to see the place where Jesus’ body had been, mere hours before.  That place is now empty.  They explain it – “He is risen.”  And then they encourage her to get the news to his other friends.  You can read about it in Matthew 28:1-20

On the way home they meet Jesus himself.  Who also says, “Go – tell ’em!”  And she doesn’t need a second reminder.  Off like a shot!

So….. that invitation “Come and see….. now, go and tell” remains an invitation for people through the ages.  Come and see, come and encounter Jesus.  And then, get the word out to others.  Go!
It is, quite frankly, THE central part of the Church’s reason for being.
Period.

Question is, how do we “go and tell” in today’s rather sceptical, sometimes anti-faith culture?  How do you get to share the news about Jesus without getting shut down and shut out?

‘Cause it really IS news worth sharing, don’t you think?  Hey, anyone  who could predict his own death and resurrection, and then pull it off successfully – don’t you think that’s worth telling others about?  And, perhaps he’d be worth listening to on other matters, also?

Pastor Shawn Ketcheson, from Trinity Bible Church in Osgoode, joined Pastor Ken on the podium this past Sunday to  launch the series.  You’re invited to track along with their conversation.

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On Task: Our Call

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On Task: Our Call – Study Guide

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