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Are You Smarter Than a Youth Leader? – Threshold Jr Dec 6

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 21:16

 

THIS WEEK

Are You Smarter Than a Youth Leader?
+ Stuck Pt 3

Let’s put your knowledge to the test against your small group leaders!
Also Hangout & Cafe in The Cage

Wednesday Dec 6, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 

NEXT WEEK

Christmas Game Show
+ ‘Tis the Season

Christmas Game Shows are simply the best! Join us as we spend time hanging out in the cage! We also start our new series called ‘Tis the Season.

Wednesday Dec 13, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 

 

MEET OUR SPONSOR CHILD!

Each week we collect an offering
for our sponsor child Simon
& for other missions projects

 

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High School Ministry Weekly December 8th!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 15:49


This week…


Ask Anything
December 8th @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm

We live in a world full of information. But do they really answer our deepest questions?  Ask anything you’d like about life and faith as we sit down and allow our conversation to go anywhere!  Text or write in questions and send them in!

The following week…

Whisper Challenge
December 15th @ 7:11pm-10:00pm
We continue with our Supernatural series, but we don’t stop the fun!  Join us as we play Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Whisper Challenge’ and learn more about the supernatural world we live in!

The week after that…

Christmas Formal
December 22nd @ 7:11pm—10:00pm

FULL ON CHRISTMAS & JESUS! Dress your best as we celebrate Christmas together with worship, games, message with small groups. We also finish up our Supernatural series!

MONTHLY CALENDAR

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Let Advent Heighten Our Love for the Gospel

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 11:00

It’s the longest book in the New Testament, written by the only Gentile contributor to that sacred collection. Some would say it is also the most beautiful literary work found there.

Luke, a long-time companion of the Apostle Paul (Acts 16:10-11), is its author, and he is a first century doctor by profession (Colossians 4:.10-11.14).

But in our skeptical times, critics question the trustworthiness of Luke’s claims. Are they real history? Confidence in his message has loosened its hold even on some believers.

Luke almost seems to anticipate our skepticism. And so, he begins his message with the longest sentence in the New Testament, carefully crafted to lay the groundwork for everything he wants to say.

To help you feel the seriousness of what he claims I’m going to break down that original sentence into several even shorter sentences as follows:

(To Theophilus, to whom he is writing): Remarkable things have happened among us. Many have believed and attempted to draw up an account of these events. Their accounts were handed down to us by people who were first-hand witnesses. They were people who gave themselves to spreading the word. Not just they but I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning. I feel compelled to write an orderly account of it all. This is for you, most excellent Theophilus. You have already had basic teaching of the faith. But my purpose is to be sure you feel the certainty of what you have been taught.

Theophilus may have been a Roman government official and a relatively new convert to the faith. Here, in his Gospel account, Luke goes to great lengths to enrich his faith by giving him a fuller grounding in the historical facts and claims of Our Lord Jesus Christ as his diligent investigation has uncovered them.

Here, I want to point out the first and last miracles Luke reports.

The first miracle, recorded nowhere else in the New Testament, has to do with an elderly priest named Zechariah and his wife, Elizabeth, both of them from Israel’s priestly line. They were childless and while Zechariah was ministering in the temple the angel Gabriel came to him and announced that, in spite of their great age, he and Elizabeth would have a son, to be named John.

In spite of Zechariah’s great piety, he did not believe Gabriel’s message, and for that disbelief he was rendered speechless for several months until after the promised miracle was fulfilled. The son born to them became none other than John the Baptist.

The second miracle is the one with which Luke closes his Gospel (Luke 22-24). It is the greatest miracle ever — Jesus’ resurrection! Although he suffered disfiguring brutality brought about by Israel’s religious rulers and carried out by his Roman executioners, nevertheless, on the third day he was raised from death as promised in the freshness and vigor of resurrected life.

In the telling of these two miracles after careful investigation — the miraculous conception of the herald of Jesus’ coming, John the Baptist, and the astonishing resurrection of Jesus — Luke is faithful to his declared purpose. He has done his research.

To be blessed by his account it remains for us to read his report with eyes of faith, embrace it, rejoice over it, and sing again the song of personal resurrection promised every believer.

Photo credit: Luz Adriana Villa (via flickr.com)


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Why Christian Dating is Brutal

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 20:51

Post written by Young Adult & Singles Director at Church of the Rock: Danica Hughes. 

I’ve been on a lot of dates with a lot of men. If I had to put a number to it, I’ve been asked out roughly 60 times in the last 7 years by about 40 men. That’s a disgusting amount of coffee dates for a lady who doesn’t drink coffee. Most, approximately 95%, were solid, Christian men building deeper relationships with God. I don’t say this to brag, but to prove a point: even with those impressive statistics, not one of those dates bloomed into a relationship. Why? Because dating isn’t so simplistic.

It wasn’t until I began to go on dates that I discovered Christian dating wasn’t as rosy and innocent that it appeared from the outside. Values and morals were confused, purity was optional, strangely intense pressures to marry came from every direction, and struggles with substance and sexual addictions all suddenly became issues that I had never considered would be points of conflict.

I went to a Christian school, and the extent of our sex-ed was: “don’t have sex”. As long as two people had a relationship with God and were virgins, there was no reasons why they couldn’t get married. If my Christian influences weren’t willing to get real about relationships, where was I going to learn it?

I remember we had a question box during our sex-ed class way back in high school. But early in the year, our teachers removed the box because we asked too many questions on sex and they weren’t comfortable answering them. I think that’s pretty standard of how Christians deal with these questions & issues: we pretend they don’t exist.

I didn’t learn healthy boundaries, things to look for in a potential spouse, what masturbation was, or how widespread pornography addiction is, just to name a few. By the time I started dating at 18-years old, I had no idea what I was in for. It’s only by God’s grace that I didn’t start relationships then and make mistakes I could never take back.

I point to the lack of information and mentoring on Christian dating as a main source of the relationship disasters that are rampant today (the unspoken, taboo issues too). The amount of conflicting or straight-up bad advice is overwhelming in Christian circles, yes, even by beloved pastors and godly married couples.

Little Timmy can hardly believe it either!! But I’m sure we all have had some bad advice we’ve received in the past – give me some of your “best” ones in the comments!

It’s hard to lay all the blame on one group though. Dating itself is a relatively new social construct: it’s only been around 100 years, but even since then, the dating scene has shifted dramatically. Online dating sites, apps, and a widespread hookup culture are just a few reasons the playing field has changed so rapidly, it’s hard to keep up. But the reality of the matter is that Christian dating calls us to a much higher standard than a Tinder hookup for example, and with peer pressures and socially acceptable promiscuity, by the time we start to figure out what Christian dating should look like, we’ve already made serious blunders with serious consequences.

The solution many Christians have resorted to is marrying quickly (I’m talking a couple months) so as not to stumble into sexual sin. While this may help the couple uphold their sexual purity, I would argue that they don’t even know each other yet, driven to the marriage altar by infatuation and lust with the intent of figuring everything else out later. What a dangerous way to start a marriage.


“We have no idea what we’re doing. Cheers.”

I want to offer you a different solution: Biblical and applicable information to help you have the best relationships you’ve ever had and to date in a way that honours God. My intent is to equip you with practical tools for your relationships and wrestle with challenging topics to achieve a higher standard in your dating life. By applying Biblical wisdom, we will achieve greater relationships with others, and ultimately, a greater relationship with Christ.

In other words, let’s have a date with God. Dating, marriage, and relationships are the most important areas of our life, it only makes sense to consult and prepare with God to do them well. So I think He would have an important question for you:

Would you like to grab a coffee?

~ Danica

Looking to tackle the unique problems singles deal with, Danica Hughes outlines the struggles and confusion she has observed in her ministries and lived as a single. Her hope is to equip singles with biblical tools to have better relationships with others and Christ, as well as to live a more exciting and fulfilling life as a single.

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Human Curling – Threshold Jr Nov 29

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 21:06

 

THIS WEEK

Human Curling!
+ Stuck Pt 2

You and your friends become the curling rocks
as we hurl you down the gym floor on a scooter!
Not to worry, we have safety restraints!
Also Hangout & Cafe in The Cage

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 


NEXT WEEK

Are You Smarter Than a Youth Leader?
+ Stuck Pt 3

Let’s put your knowledge to the test against your small group leaders!
Also Hangout & Cafe in The Cage

Wednesday Dec 6, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 

 

MEET OUR SPONSOR CHILD!

Each week we collect an offering
for our sponsor child Simon
& for other missions projects

 

MONTHLY CALENDAR

Click here for this month’s calendar

 

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Church of the Rock 1397 Buffalo Place Winnipeg, MB R3T 1L6 Phone: (204)261-0070 or 1-877-700-ROCK (7625) Email: tim@churchoftherock.ca (Tim Hamm)

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High School Ministry Weekly December 1st!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 18:08


This week…


Dr. Seuss Rap Battle

December 1st @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm
Pick a Dr. Seuss book to rap to and face off against your friend!  Then we will all see who is truly livin’ the thug life! We are starting a new series called ’Supernatural’.   It’s about exploring the idea that our reality is more than what we see in the natural world.


The following week…

Ask Anything
December 8th @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm

We live in a world full of information. But do they really answer our deepest questions?  Ask anything you’d like about life and faith as we sit down and allow our conversation to go anywhere!  Text or write in questions and send them in!

The week after that…

Whisper Challenge
December 15th @ 7:11pm-10:00pm
We continue with our Supernatural series, but we don’t stop the fun!  Join us as we play Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Whisper Challenge’ and learn more about the supernatural world we live in!

MONTHLY CALENDAR

  Click here for this month’s calendar

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If Jesus Was Really Human — So What?

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 11:00

The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple, by William Holman Hunt, 1859

St. Luke says little about Jesus’ development from his nativity through his childhood other than giving this terse summary: And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52).

Christians believe that Jesus had two natures, the divine and the human. Skeptics often ask dubiously if Jesus was fully human. The reality of the human side of Jesus’ nature is affirmed in four key markers of healthy human development found in this sentence.

Wisdom is a word with many applications: it means good judgment; prudence; the ability to foresee consequences and the self-discipline to respond appropriately; even when to speak and when to remain silent; etc.

Stature in this case has to do generally with physical development. Normal children have a passion to grow up. I remember as a young lad backing up to the kitchen door jam where I asked mother to make a pencil mark to show my growth from time to time.

I recall a driving goal to grow up to the full stature of manhood, with no particular height specified. God had put the passion there. It was so also with Jesus in his humanness — Luke notes that he grew physically toward manhood.

In favor with God: Here, Jesus’ earthly parents led the way. Their concern was that their son develop well spiritually. This was evident when, at twelve years of age, they took him with them on a five-day walk from Nazareth to the temple in Jerusalem for Passover.

In favor with man: As an expression of his human nature Jesus developed socially. The Gospels show this to be so in abundance by the essence of his teachings, his wise response to opposition, his attractiveness to humble people, and in his obedience to his parents (Luke 2:51).

Some might fault Luke’s account for telling us so little about his childhood, saying a good biography deserves full details about the subject’s earliest years.

But Luke’s account is not a biography; it is a Gospel, requiring a different form. The Gospel puts together the story of how and why Jesus came, and the achievements of his time on earth, majoring on the purpose of it all. Thus little about his childhood, but five chapters to cover mostly the events of a little more than one week — telling of his crucifixion and resurrection.

With that in mind, Luke’s simple four-point description of Jesus’ human development explodes with meaning. Jesus was not a phantom, an angel in disguise, or a failed prophet. He was fully God and fully man — God in human form.

As an ancient creed says: he was as much man as though he had never been God and as much God as though he had never been man. The New Testament glories in this certainty.

Jesus’ mentoring of his disciples across three years had revealed him to them as authentically human. As they grew to understand the deeper truth of incarnation they saw him as the co-equal Son of God the Father who came in human form.

But they had seen more. St Peter, when called to answer Jesus’ question ‘Who do you say I am?’ answered, You are the Messiah of God (Luke 9:20) Still later, Thomas blurted out, My Lord and My God! (John:20:28).

That’s how we should worship Our Lord this Advent. He is God Incarnate! The Gospel is clear and convincing. But this Incarnate God is also fully human and thus our brother, and he comes near to us in our times of need as our high priest (Hebrews 2:17).

 


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What If I Can’t?

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 03:23

In 1 Chronicles 28:3, David is told that he would not be able to build a temple, a house for God to dwell in.  There were character flaws within David’s life that prevented him from being used in the next phase of what he wanted to move into.  By the command of God, the door was closed, there was no opportunity to move forward into that phase.

   In our lives there are times when we, by our actions have closed the doors to what could have been an aspect of our future.  Perhaps our sinful conduct has prevented us from moving ahead into something that God had once planned for us.   Poor parenting, immoral actions, selfishness, wrong companions, laziness, wrong motives, or other bad choices may have altered relationships or closed opportunities to such as extent that they seem irreparable.  This was the situation that David had found himself.  Yet there is no indication that David argued over this with God, or that he was bitter over what God had decreed.  He did not have a pity party, he did not forsake God because an opportunity for his life had been missed, nor did he go into months of depression.  He did not blame others for the closed door.

   Instead he made a choice.  Though the door was closed for one area of his life, David still chose to look ahead.  If he could not personally make a temple or dwelling place for God, he would do all that he could so that the next generation could do so.  He was not just looking at the closed door and then giving up hope. In 1 Chronicles. 29:2 says that David “prepared with all his might” in arranging the resource and supplies so that his son could walk out what he was not able to.

   We make many mistakes and sometimes these errors have long term consequences.  Sometimes opportunities may even be permanently closed to us.  In these situations we need to have the heart and mentality that David did.  We should pour our lives into the next generation.  Helping others to go further and do greater things than we can.  Imparting what we have learnt from our successes and also what we have learnt from our failures.  We may not even know what doors or opportunities have been closed for us, but nevertheless we can always be pouring our lives into those that come after us.

   Take some time to pray, and reflect.  What have you learned that God would want you to share with others?  You may not know whom you should be sharing with, but ask our Lord to bring the right people into your sphere of contact, so that you can prepare others to go where you are not able to.

 

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High School Ministry Weekly November 24th!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 16:51


This week…


Coffee House / Talent Show
November 24th @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm

Show us how talented you are by signing up and performing onstage at HSM. Any act is welcomed—use your imagination! Invite your friends as well!
Performers must come at  6:00pm to setup!

The following week…

Dr. Seuss Rap Battle

December 1st @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm
Pick a Dr. Seuss book to rap to and face off against your friend!  Then we will all see who is truly livin’ the thug life! We are starting a new series called ’Supernatural’.   It’s about exploring the idea that our reality is more than what we see in the natural world.


The week after that…

Ask Anything
December 8th @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm

We live in a world full of information. But do they really answer our deepest questions?  Ask anything you’d like about life and faith as we sit down and allow our conversation to go anywhere!  Text or write in questions and send them in!

MONTHLY CALENDAR

  Click here for this month’s calendar

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Dartpocalypse – Threshold Jr Nov 22

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 20:10

 

THIS WEEK

Dartpocalypse

You have been waiting all year to shoot your friend in the eyeball with a nerf dart!
So don’t miss your chance.
Safety glasses, blasters, darts are all provided (Do not bring your own)
Also Hangout & Cafe in The Cage

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 


NEXT WEEK

Human Curling!
+ Stuck Pt 2

You and your friends become the curling rocks
as we hurl you down the gym floor on a scooter!
Not to worry, we have safety restraints!
Also Hangout & Cafe in The Cage

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 

 

MEET OUR SPONSOR CHILD!

Each week we collect an offering
for our sponsor child Simon
& for other missions projects

 

MONTHLY CALENDAR

Click here for this month’s calendar

 

If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please reply and say “Unsubscribe” (DO NOT click on the “Unsubscribe” link below).

Church of the Rock 1397 Buffalo Place Winnipeg, MB R3T 1L6 Phone: (204)261-0070 or 1-877-700-ROCK (7625) Email: tim@churchoftherock.ca (Tim Hamm)

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How Tomato Soup and Psalm 23 Fill out the Menu at Our House Daily

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:00

When we sit down for a bowl of our favorite tomato soup we know we are in for a moment of pleasure. We never tire of tomato soup at our house.

Kathleen’s friend, Betty Johnston, from Tennessee gave her the original recipe more than 20 years ago.

We’ve gone back to this soup on occasion through the years but recently, along with a suitable side dish, it fills out the need almost daily for one of three healthful meals.

This morning it was time to make a fresh two-or-three-day supply, and I was pressed into service as a greenhorn chef. All my family and friends know that cooking has never been my thing.

I was not totally new to the procedure, however, because for some time I have chopped up the cabbage out of consideration for Kathleen’s right shoulder. Replacement surgery a few years ago helped her greatly, but she has to be careful.

This morning’s activity was nevertheless a huge step forward for me. It was my first time to make the soup from start to finish. That is, to wash, chop, assemble, cook and store.

Kathleen supervised every step closely and here is the sequence I followed:

1. Get out the big pot that holds several quarts of liquid.

2. Lay out on the counter the chopping board, then the freshly washed cabbage, several stalks of celery and three or four onions. Also have at hand two cans of Aylmers tomatoes (labeled no salt, and prepared with Italian spices). And don’t forget the hot sauce to add the zing

3. With Kay looking on I chopped the cabbage until the results nearly filled the cooking pot. I then chopped and added the celery and tear-jerking onions.

4. After adding several cups of water I carried the pot to the stove and cooked the vegetables until the cabbage was limp. Then I added the two cans of tomatoes and several squirts of the hot sauce and mixed it all well and let it cook.

5. The final step was to let the mixture cool and then puree the results about half a quart at a time in the blender, pouring the results into containers to store in the refrigerator.

Here’s how this delicious soup fits into our daily menu: After a nutritious smoothie for breakfast and a noon meal of meat, vegetables, salad, and dessert, for our evening repast this soup comes into play. We usually add a protein, like a cheese sandwich or poached egg.

In troubled times such as ours you may ask who should care about matters so mundane as recipes and food cooking procedures? Especially about so modest a dish as tomato soup.

My mind turns toward the end of the 23rd Psalm where  the author addresses this line to the Divine Shepherd: “You prepare a table before me …”  even when my life may be in danger.

Every repast reminds us that this Shepherd God we serve is all-provident and deserves our heart’s gratitude even for a humble dish of tomato soup.

 

Photo credit: Erik Forsberg (via flickr.com)


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Human Space Invaders – Threshold Jr Nov 15

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 21:03

 

THIS WEEK

Human Space Invaders!
+ Stuck Pt 1

Watch the virtual video game come to life!
We will also be starting a new series called Stuck, it’s about what to do when you feel stuck in life!  Also Hangout & Cafe in The Cage

Wednesday Nov 15, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 


NEXT WEEK

Dartpocalypse

You have been waiting all year to shoot your friend in the eyeball with a nerf dart! So don’t miss your chance.  Safety glasses, blasters, darts are all provided (Do not bring your own)  Also Hangout & Cafe in The Cage

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 

 

MEET OUR SPONSOR CHILD!

Each week we collect an offering
for our sponsor child Simon
& for other missions projects

 

MONTHLY CALENDAR

Click here for this month’s calendar

 

If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please reply and say “Unsubscribe” (DO NOT click on the “Unsubscribe” link below).

Church of the Rock 1397 Buffalo Place Winnipeg, MB R3T 1L6 Phone: (204)261-0070 or 1-877-700-ROCK (7625) Email: tim@churchoftherock.ca (Tim Hamm)

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High School Ministry Weekly November 17th!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 19:29


This week…


Uprising Conference
November 17th-18th
Price: $55 Dollars
Join us for a 2 amazing days of worship, preaching and experiencing Jesus. Hundreds of youth will be in attendance this year along with great artists and speakers, but most importantly, will you be there?
Email me back!

The following week…

Coffee House / Talent Show
November 24th @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm

Show us how talented you are by signing up and performing onstage at HSM. Any act is welcomed—use your imagination! Invite your friends as well!
Performers must come at  6:00pm to setup!

The week after that…

Dr. Seuss Rap Battle

December 1st @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm
Pick a Dr. Seuss book to rap to and face off against your friend!  Then we will all see who is truly livin’ the thug life! We are starting a new series called ’Supernatural’.   It’s about exploring the idea that our reality is more than what we see in the natural world.

MONTHLY CALENDAR

  Click here for this month’s calendar

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Re-Post: Keeping Daily Prayers Alive and Fresh

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 11:00

Prayer is a discipline that enriches our awareness of the Living God and his care for us. Prayer is therefore bedrock for living adequately as believers.

Through the years I have kept distraction at bay, and centered my prayer using the five classic elements of prayer as follows.

1. ADORATION. The Virgin Mary began, “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Luke 1:46, 47). That’s adoration. Taking our lead from the Psalmist we may say, “O Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty,” and then let the reality sink in (Psalm 104:1).

Words of adoration, when thoughtfully offered to God, take us into the inner sanctuary of worship. This exercise can concentrate the mind and bring under control our scattered thoughts. The Book of Psalms gives many examples: (Psalm 108:5; 104:33; 145:1; 138:1,2; 111:1; 104:1; 103;1; Psalm 66:1,2).

2. CONFESSION. In a collection of prayers that John Wesley published before he was 30 years of age, he gave this helpful pattern: “Heal, O Father of mercies, all my infirmities (_____), strengthen me against all my follies (____), forgive me all my sins (_____). Wesley left the blanks so that anyone using this prayer could personalize it. However we fill in the blanks, confession must be a part of every honest prayer.

3. PETITION. To petition means to implore or to beseech. Often our prayers of confession lead naturally to petitions for mercy, grace, forgiveness, or strength to obey. Petitions may also have to do with our infirmities, follies, or sins. Or they may arise out of daily needs, however large or small.

Keeping current in this way makes for soul health. George Buttrick wrote, “No situation remains the same when prayer is made about it.”

4. INTERCESSION. This means praying for others — family, friends, associates, neighbors, distant ministries, civic leaders. The efficacy of intercession is one of the profoundest mysteries of the spiritual life. Its effects are often imperceptible but in God’s time come home to us as real.

Intercession saves our prayers from becoming merely “want” lists. It stretches our horizons. James Hastings wrote, “It would not be unfair to estimate a person’s religion by the earnestness by which he longs for the welfare of others.”

5.THANKSGIVING. This aligns with adoration as follows: In adoration, we worship God for who he is; in thanksgiving we praise him for all his benefits. It is good to let our spirits soar in daily thanksgiving.

During this part of our prayer, it is good to remember the smallest mercies alongside the great and grand ones.  And when we pray we give thanks above all else for the gift of redemption through Jesus Christ, the greatest blessing of all!  He is our salvation and we walk with him as Lord!

Photo credit: Stephen Platt (via flickr.com)


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Thurs. Nov. 16 – Trivia Night

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 19:45

Test your knowledge with some trivia!

Trivia Night
Thursday, Nov. 16
7:30pm

We’ll be breaking into teams and attempting to answer as many questions as we can. We’ll have multiple rounds of play, with free time in between to chat and meet new friends. It should be a pretty chill evening with coffee and snacks. So come on out and hang with us!

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Game Show Wednesday – Threshold Jr Nov 1

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 20:04

 

THIS WEEK

Just Dance/Dance Central – DANCE OFF!!
+ Measure Up Pt 3

We just got the newest Just Dance 2018 and we are going to see who is the best dancer at youth by putting it on the screens in the youth room!
Also Hangout & Cafe in The Cage

Wednesday Nov 8, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 


NEXT WEEK

Human Space Invaders!
+ Stuck Pt 1

Watch the virtual video game come to life!
We will also be starting a new series called Stuck, it’s about what to do when you feel stuck in life!  Also Hangout & Cafe in The Cage

Wednesday Nov 15, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 

 

MEET OUR SPONSOR CHILD!

Each week we collect an offering
for our sponsor child Simon
& for other missions projects

 

MONTHLY CALENDAR

Click here for this month’s calendar

 

If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please reply and say “Unsubscribe” (DO NOT click on the “Unsubscribe” link below).

Church of the Rock 1397 Buffalo Place Winnipeg, MB R3T 1L6 Phone: (204)261-0070 or 1-877-700-ROCK (7625) Email: tim@churchoftherock.ca (Tim Hamm)

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You called my name…

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 19:14
… and I ran out of that grave! Hello Women of Worth! We trust you all enjoyed your new study group this last week!

Just a reminder:

  • Coffee/Tea is served from 9:15am – 9:35am in the Chapel
  • Worship begins around 9:35am
  • Then grab your snack and head to your small group study room!
IMPORTANT FOOD ANNOUNCEMENT!

Based on Manitoba Legislation, we need to change the way we “do food” at the church.

We can no longer bring in any homemade food.

All food must be purchased from a grocery store or restaurant. The food must come to church in the sealed package that it was purchased in (or in Restaurant packaging – for eg, Tim Horton’s Box of Muffins)

So what does this mean for WOW?

Well, we still love our snack break, so please continue to bring snacks when you feel so inclined and just make sure it is purchased! Yes, we will miss those home cooked goodies but we are excited to follow this new procedure to ensure the health and safety of the ladies attending the ministry!

    

40 Days of Praise – let’s keep it going!

Now that we’re finished the 40 days of Praise Campaign, let’s use some of those “tools” we learned about to keep on praising the Lord.  Try the “goal post” or “wash the windows” while you listen to this song that we did at church this last weekend.

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High School Ministry Weekly November 10th!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 18:21


This week…


Just Dance/Dance Central – DANCE OFF!!
Friday, November 10th @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm
We just got the newest Just Dance 2018 and we are going to see who is the best dancer at youth by putting it on the screens in the youth room!  We had a blast last year so you don’t want to miss this!  We continue our home-grown series called #YourStory, where you get to tell the story of what God has done in your life!

The following week…

Uprising Conference
November 17th-18th
Price: $55 Dollars
Join us for a 2 amazing days of worship, preaching and experiencing Jesus. Hundreds of youth will be in attendance this year along with great artists and speakers, but most importantly, will you be there?
Email me back!

The week after that…

Coffee House / Talent Show
November 24th @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm

Show us how talented you are by signing up and performing onstage at HSM. Any act is welcomed—use your imagination! Invite your friends as well!
Performers must come at  6:00pm to setup!

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How Aging Takes You By Surprise

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 11:00

I was a college pastor, 37 years old, when a student from the campus across the street came for an appointment. She talked out her problem and we had prayer.

As she got up to leave, she said with a warm smile, “Thanks very much for seeing me; I thought it would be good for me to talk to someone middle-aged.”

Me? Middle-aged? It was a brand new and entirely unexpected thought. I pondered it for some time after she left.

I’m not middle-aged, I thought. I am young. Not that much different from the hundreds of students I preach to every Sunday.

But the truth slowly sank in and from that time to the present, people here and there have managed to keep me conscious that the aging process is real.

For example, I was holding a church conference in Western Canada when I was in my early 60s.  Crossing the conference grounds from the lodge to the meeting place, singing to myself, I saw Maurice coming toward me.

He stopped, put his hand on my forearm, and in a most solicitous voice said something like, “At your age, you shouldn’t be walking and singing at the same time.”

On another occasion some time later my wife, Kathleen, and I were driving across Michigan on I-94. It was late afternoon and time to quit for the day, so I pulled into a motel and went inside.

I asked the usual questions: Do you have a nonsmoking room for two — preferably on the main floor? The desk clerk studied his charts and then, smiling as if he had found the right match said, “I can give you a handicapped room. Fully equipped.”

It was another jarring moment. I wondered, Do I look that infirmed?

But the coup de grace came later that summer, from the boss of a roofing crew replacing the shingles on the house next door. I asked him to look at the roof of my house and give me his opinion.

We walked together to my driveway and he stood for a few moments looking up. Then, he said pleasantly, “You won’t be around to replace those shingles.”

Many observant seniors are aware of the subtle social changes that begin to manifest themselves as age creeps on: Sales clerks seem to show diminished interest in giving service; con artists treat the aged as easy prey for their schemes; people in a group may ignore the comments of the elderly.

Growing old is not for the humorless. I’ve been collecting funny stories about aging and loss of memory for some time now. This is not politically incorrect because my stories are about me and my own age group.

One story my wife and I both enjoy is about the elderly couple driving out to meet friends for a social evening. She says to him, “Honey, you try to remember where we’re going and I’ll try to remember who we are.”

Admittedly, there is a less pleasant side to growing old. Strength begins to wane, degenerative diseases show up, creaks and aches become regular companions.

Perhaps worst of all is the subtle anxiety, always just under the surface, about what the future will hold in this high speed new world.

The Psalmist’s prayer takes on new meaning for us: “Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone” (Ps. 71:9).

In my experience, that sort of response is the right one. We can allow faith to take us by one arm and hope by the other as we walk, perhaps a little less briskly than before, down this pilgrim path.

Faith says in one ear, “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you” (Rom. 8:11).

That verse doesn’t need to apply only to our future resurrection. It can also mean that even the closing years of this life can be infused with special energy from God’s Spirit.

And hope says in the other ear, “Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory” (Rom. 5:2, NLT).

In the meantime, the people of God — the church — can do a wonderful thing for those in their midst who are of advanced years. It can counter today’s tendency to diminish and devalue the aged.

I think of this when I read one of my at-present favorite chapters in the Old Testament, Leviticus 19. It sets forth a summary of how God’s chosen people were to live out His holiness in community.

One verse says, “Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord” (Lev. 19:32).

(A version of this piece was first published in Christianity Today)

 

Photo credit: Garry Knight (via flickr.com)


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Game Show Wednesday – Threshold Jr Nov 1

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 16:59

 

THIS WEEK

Game Show Wednesday
+ Measure Up Pt 2

Come for an opportunity to be a game show contestant and win some prizes!
Also Hangout & Cafe in The Cage

Wednesday Nov 1, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 


NEXT WEEK

Just Dance/Dance Central – DANCE OFF!!
+ Measure Up Pt 3

We just got the newest Just Dance 2018 and we are going to see who is the best dancer at youth by putting it on the screens in the youth room!
Also Hangout & Cafe in The Cage

Wednesday Nov 8, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 

 

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Each week we collect an offering
for our sponsor child Simon
& for other missions projects

 

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