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High School Ministry Weekly August 21st!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:33


This week…


Bible Study!
7:00pm-9:00pm
August 21st & 28th
We will be going through Matthew & Romans as a group.  We will have snacks, worship and chilling out in the youth room.  If you’re wanting to dig a little deeper into your Bible this is for you!

In two weeks from now…

Friday, September 8th – Amaze-in-Corn
COST: $12 – Meet @ the church at 6:45PM
Pick-up @ 10:00pm at the Church

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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions – How We Make Good Ones

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 11:00

A two-month-old infant tastes the first spoonful of baby food. His tongue touches the tip of the spoon and his face reports his decision. A one-year-old child meets a grandfather for the first time and again, facial expression and body language show she is deciding whether or not to trust herself to his arms.

Decision-making begins early in life.

All the way from infancy to the end of life, we are daily faced with scores of decisions. Shall I study or surf the web? Is there time to stop for the yellow light or shall I continue through the intersection? Shall I go on with the relationship or ease out of it? Do I blow a whistle or just quietly leave this organization?

Our grandson, Zachary, told me about a talk he heard on this subject at a Christian Medical Fellowship meeting. The speaker’s outline was simple enough: To make good decisions there are two reference points that should always be reckoned with.

The two reference points are righteousness and wisdom.

Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6). If we are true believers we want to honor God by making our decisions demonstrate moral uprightness. We are tested every day.

God actually “guides us in paths of righteousness, for his name’s sake” the psalmist tells us (Psalm 23:3). But we must be concerned that our life-shaping decisions grow out of our openness to and awareness of his directions.

So, where do we discover this core of the righteousness to which God calls us? We visit the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20: 1-17). Commandments one through four tell us how we are to relate to God, and six to ten, how we are to relate in our social settings — family, church, and state.

But we are often confronted by a dilemma that may not have one explicit answer or a particular verse of scripture to hold onto, such as shall I speak my mind on a certain issue or shall I remain quiet?

That calls into play the other reference point: wisdom.

According to the speaker Zach heard, we must depend on the application of common sense in concert with our understanding of righteousness. That is, we apply the two together to the specific decision we must make.

This wisdom may be given to us by God through his Word, or in the form of our prior life experience, or the insights of others, or our own instincts. This righteousness + wisdom formula helps us to choose our friends wisely, to avoid reality-distorting drugs and other harmful activities, to make good vocational decisions, and yes, even to speak or not to speak.

Wisdom helps us to maintain our commitment to righteousness as we wrestle with the uncertainties and perplexities of life. When we face life’s decisions with righteousness and wisdom guiding us to the best of our ability, always asking for God’s blessing, we are saved from the paralysis of second-guessing ourselves.

We believe that the Lord God can take our decisions and bless their outcomes because we have used the best resources at our disposal — righteous standards to which we are clearly committed with the help of his Spirit, and wisdom for which we earnestly pray (James 1:5).

Photo credit: Dennis Hill (via flickr.com)


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Right Actions, Wrong Heart

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 18:17

 

In 2 Chron. 6:8,9 the LORD said to David, “Whereas it was in your heart to build a temple for My name, you did well in that it was in your heart.  Nevertheless you shall not build the temple, but your son who will come from your body, he shall build the temple for My name.”  In 1 Chron. 28:3 David declared that God told him that, “You shall not build a house for My name, because you have been a man of war and have shed blood”.

David was anointed to be king.  Under God’s direction he brought the enemies under subjection and brought peace to the nation.  He was known as a man after God’s own heart.  Yet in fulfilling the purposes of God, in establishing the kingdom and overthrowing the enemies, there were flaws in the way in which he lead the nation.  These flaws were exposed when it came to the next phase of David’s life, i.e. building the temple for God.  Though the intentions and the plans were appropriate, there were limitations to the extent to which God could work through David.

Though David had been called to rule and he was called to overcome the enemy, yet there was an aspect of human forcefulness that was not in keeping with being a child of the “Son of Peace” (Lk. 10:6).  The scriptures are clear that we are to be people of peace.

  • Gal. 5:22 “but the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, …”
  • James 3:18 “Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace…”
  • Col. 3:15  “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts.”
  • 2 Cor. 13:11 “live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”

In some ways we are all called to be leaders.  We are all in positions of authority and influence, whether it is on the job, in the church, in our family, in the community, or in the political arena.  Though called to lead, I keep wondering how many of us have put limitations on the extent to which we can progress in God’s “building purposes”.  Our leadership in the family, the job or the kingdom can be stifled because we are overly sharp, critical or aggressive in our responding to the situations and people around us.  Though we can be right in addressing the situation, yet if we were humanly forceful in the way or attitude in which we acted, we may have failed to function in the Spirit of Peace to which we are called (1 Cor. 7:15).

We can excuse ourselves by saying, “Well, this is the way that I do things.” or, “This is the way that I am.”  But God does not want us to act or respond in our natural way, instead, He would want us to do them, in the Spirit and nature of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Take a moment to reflect on the attitudes that are present within you as you are challenging, confronting or addressing the needs around you.  Then ask our Lord Jesus to help you function in His Spirit and truth.

 

 

 

 

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Threshold Jr – Tuesday Aug 15 – Park Night

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 19:14
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NEXT EVENT (Completed Grade 6-8)

Tuesday Aug 15
Park Night
Meet at the church @ 6:25pm
Pickup @ 9:00pm

Hanging out at St. Vital Park!
Smores, Capture the Flag and more!

Tuesday August 15, 2017
6:25 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 

COMING UP…

Tuesday Aug 22
Threshold Jr Hangout (For those completed Grade 5-8)
We welcome the new Grade 6s
Games, ice cream & Hangout in The Cage
(New parent meeting at 8:30pm)

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

 

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High School Ministry Weekly August 14th & 15th!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 19:05


This week…


Bible Study!
7:00pm-9:00pm
August 14th
We will be going through Matthew & Romans as a group.  We will have snacks, worship and chilling out in the youth room.  If you’re wanting to dig a little deeper into your Bible this is for you!

On Tuesday…

Tues. Aug 15 – Park Night
Hanging out at St. Vital Park!  Smores,
Capture the Flag, Ultimate and more! Cost: FREE.
Meet at the church @ 6:25pm  Pick up @ 9:00pm

Next Week…

Bible Study!
7:00pm-9:00pm
August 14th
We will be going through Matthew & Romans as a group.  We will have snacks, worship and chilling out in the youth room.  If you’re wanting to dig a little deeper into your Bible this is for you!

 

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Is Regular Church Attendance Good for My Health?

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 11:06

An article on the internet this week makes reference to “hundreds if not thousands” of studies that have been done to explore connections between church attendance and health and longevity.

The findings are positive. For example, one study indicated that people who attend church regularly show lower stress in their lives and tend to live longer.

From infancy onward I was in church twice on Sunday with parents and sister. At 16 years of age, I tried to win freedom to make up my own mind about church attendance but my disciplinarian mother insisted that attending church was non-negotiable as long as I was at home.

Even after leaving home to work in another community I continued the practice into my late teens and young adulthood and then, of course, also during my years as a pastor and overseer. Throughout these years, gathering with God’s people on Sundays has been a joy.

Seven months ago, at age 91, I found myself in the hospital diagnosed with a smouldering form of leukemia. It took a few months to get back on my feet, and two setbacks interrupted my regular church attendance.

In those months I missed more Sundays than I attended. But the love to meet with God’s people in the worship of God in Christ remains unabated.

Last week, and again this week, we have reinstated our regular attendance. When our pastor begins the service with, “Let us stand for the call to worship,” I hear that call with greater intensity. I hear it as a summons to believers of diverse backgrounds, occupations, ages and ethnicities, to worship the Almighty — Father, Son and Holy Spirit — as one people.

We sang hymns and spiritual songs with fresh awareness. The prayers of the people were led by a layperson. Announcements were made to bring the congregation up to date on activities and interests; the children sang for us jubilantly; we presented our offerings, and the pastor gave a message from God on the power of Pentecost.

She had obviously spent significant time preparing it. As a pastor I had prepared fresh Sunday morning messages for many years. I knew the cost of preparation. I knew of the pastoral heart behind it. Her message was biblical. It was Christ-honoring.

There was something in it for me and I assume for others who had come to the gathering with their joys, perplexities or even sorrows. Anyone present who needed salvation would sense the call of the Spirit.

By the time the service was over, I felt in fresh touch with God my Creator and Sustainer of 91 years. The service was dismissed and there were handshakes and hugs. Worshipers showed evidence of joy as they dispersed.

Was this all really health-giving for me? For others in attendance? It appears that statisticians would say yes, and I would agree drawing on my own experience.

Jesus spoke to all people of all ages when he said, “For where two or three come together in my name there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20). How inviting! How could public worship weekly giving thanks to God and shared with a company of his followers mean anything but health to both body and soul?

Photo credit: John Twohig (via flickr.com)


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Engage – Thursday, August 17th – Folklorama

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 15:24

Folklorama
Thursday, August 17
7:30pm

Notre Dame Recreational Centre

Folklorama is always a great time,
and the Chilean Pavilion is sure to be a hit!

We’ll meet at the Notre Dame Recreational Centre
271 ave de la Cathedrale
(Located south of Provencher off of St. Jean Baptiste)
at 7:30PM so we can get seats together!

Tickets are $6 each, however we may get a reduced rate as a group,
so please RSVP to engage@churchoftherock.ca.

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High School Ministry Weekly August 7 & 8th!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 21:47


This week…


Bible Study!
7:00pm-9:00pm
August 7th  (We continue into August)
We will be going through Matthew & Romans as a group.  We will have snacks, worship and chilling out in the youth room.  If you’re wanting to dig a little deeper into your Bible this is for you!

On Tuesday…


Canoe River Tour
Tuesday, August 1st – COST: $20
Meet at the church at 12:30pm – 5:00pm
Sign-up needed for this event:
Email
Tim@churchoftherock.ca by Aug 1 to sign up
We are going to Labarriere Park and going on a Canoe River Tour!
Canoes, life jackets are provided.
Suggested items to bring: suntan lotion, insect repellent, sunglasses, drinking water and any snacks you might want.
Waivers needed: http://churchoftherock.ca/summer-forms

Next Week…

Tues. Aug 15 – Park Night
Hanging out at St. Vital Park!  Smores,
Capture the Flag and more! Cost: FREE.
Meet at the church @ 6:25pm  Pick up @ 9:00pm

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How Our Worries Are to Give Way to Peace

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 11:00

We grieve in the night over a relationship broken irretrievably decades ago. We imagine a long-range missile flying from North Korea towards Los Angeles. We also stress about looming mortgage payment deadlines, the threat of unemployment, street shootings in a nearby city, the meaning of campus unrest, and even political corruption. Such worries rob us of the peace of God.

There is a formula in the New Testament that addresses such debilitating fretfulness and offers an assurance of God’s care and protection. It is written by a man who is in jail. He knows that even as he writes the authorities may be deciding whether he should be released — or executed. His name is Paul.

Here’s his formula and its promised result as found in the New Living Translation: 

Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace which is far more wonderful than the human mind can fathom. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Consider a breakdown of his advice.

First, we take inventory of the issues that hold our minds hostage. The operative word in Paul’s instruction is “anything.” We must leave nothing out lest what we omit becomes like “rust” that keeps the prayer wheels from turning freely.

Second, turn every worry into a prayer. Tell God what is on your mind, and what you need. This can be in a quiet, worshipful way, or it can be intense as you cry out from a heart in anguish.

We can do this in our times of devotional prayer, during a bout of insomnia, or as we drive the highway to work. The more constant our prayers, the greater our reliance on God and his response to us.

Third, make sure that thanksgiving is the unifying attitude. Giving thanks tempers our anxieties. We give thanks even as we present our petitions. Thanksgiving is to be like a prayer rug that underlays all our prayers from beginning to end.

And now for the result: Paul assures us that our prayers will be followed by the peace of God, beyond our comprehension!

However, he does not promise that this peace of God will necessarily obliterate or remove what assails us. When we open our eyes the threats may still be there. But he does promise God’s peace will post a guard around us, like an army of angels. This peace will at the same time clear our thinking and calm our hearts.

Paul offers this gift of peace to us in Christ Jesus who is our Savior and Lord. It is from our blessed position in Christ that we inventory our worries, pray them out to God, and receive his peace.

Photo credit: Jason Lander (via flickr.com)


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High School Ministry Weekly July 31st & August 1st!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 20:48


This week…


Bible Study!
7:00pm-9:00pm
July 31st
We will be going through Matthew & Romans as a group.  We will have snacks, worship and chilling out in the youth room.  If you’re wanting to dig a little deeper into your Bible this is for you!

On Tuesday…

Beach Day
August 1st – 10:30am -4:30pm – Free
We are hitting the beach!  We got sports, sit-down games, water and the golden sun!  We meet at the church at 10:30am AND bring your own lunch or $$ for canteen.  Bring your rollerblades as well!  Gonna be siiiick.
Parent Signed form needed: http://churchoftherock.ca/summer-forms 

Next Week…

Canoe River Tour
Tuesday, August 1st – COST: $20
Meet at the church at 12:30pm – 5:00pm
Sign-up needed for this event:
Email
Tim@churchoftherock.ca by Aug 1 to sign up
We are going to Labarriere Park and going on a Canoe River Tour!
Canoes, life jackets are provided.
Suggested items to bring: suntan lotion, insect repellent, sunglasses, drinking water and any snacks you might want.
Waivers needed: http://churchoftherock.ca/summer-forms

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Threshold Jr – Tuesday Aug 1 – Beach Day **Also sign up needed for next week’s Canoe Day

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 13:52
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NEXT EVENT (Completed Grade 6-8)

Tuesday Aug 1
Beach Day!
Meet at the church @ 10:30am
Pickup @ 4:30pm

We are going to Birds Hill Park.
Check twitter.com/hsm_winnipeg by 8am for rain updates.
Bring lunch or money for canteen!

Tuesday August 1, 2017
10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 

COMING UP…

Tuesday Aug 8
Canoe River Tour ($20)

SIGN UP NEEDED
Emai tim@churchoftherock.ca before Aug 4 to sign up

We are going to Labarriere Park and going on a Canoe River Tour!
Canoes, life jackets are provided.
Suggested items to bring: suntan lotion, insect repellent, sunglasses,
drinking water and any snacks you might want.

Waivers needed: http://churchoftherock.ca/summer-forms

Tuesday Aug 8
Cost: $20
Meet at the church @ 12:30pm
Pick up @ 5:00pm

 

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The Fruit of Our Faith May Live on Past Our Lifetime

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 11:00

Hannah presenting her son Samuel to the priest Eli, ca. 1665. By Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, Public Domain

Elkanah, a man in ancient Israel, had two wives, Hannah and Peninnah. Peninnah had sons and daughters, but Hannah, Elkanah’s favorite, lived with the intense emotional pain of childlessness.

Back then, married women were expected to produce children. Otherwise, people wondered what they might have done to invite God’s disfavor. Childlessness brought anguish and humiliation.

Peninnah, the second wife, was particularly cruel to Hannah. She scorned her to her face and made snide comments and stinging verbal jabs at every opportunity.

Elkanah tried to console Hannah. He asked her, “Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?” This reassurance did not ease her sadness.

Each year, Elkanah, Hannah, Peninnah, and her children would travel to a place called Shiloh, to worship. At one of their visits Peninnah’s abuse was particularly disturbing. During one mealtime Hannah wept, left her food uneaten, and went to the tabernacle nearby to pray. She would pour out her distress to Jehovah.

“Jehovah,” she prayed, “if you will look with mercy upon me and give me a son, I’ll return him to you for all the days of his life . . .”

The aged priest, Eli, sitting nearby, saw her lips moving but heard no audible voice as she prayed. He rebuked her, thinking she was drunk. She corrected him, and he blessed her.

Returning to the table she had left, she ate and her spirits lifted. She believed that the Almighty God of Israel had heard her prayers and that he would answer them.

In time, the special son, Samuel, was born. And so, in keeping with her promise, soon after little Samuel was weaned she surrendered him to the care and training of Eli for temple service “all the days of his life.”

Every Sunday School child has heard the outcome of Hannah’s vow to Jehovah: Samuel grew up and became a prophet and Israel’s last and finest judge. He served the nation with integrity and two books of the Old Testament carry his name. His long life of service was exceptional.

Hannah, on the other hand, is named in only two chapters of the Old Testament. But her story will never be forgotten. In a way that may have been little-noticed at the time, the fruit of her faith made a great contribution to the unfolding story of redemption, and for that we honor her memory. To this day, many women carry her name.


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Threshold Jr – Tuesday July 25 – Dodgeball & Ice Cream

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 18:55
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NEXT EVENT (Completed Grade 6-8)

Tuesday July 25
Threshold Jr Hangout (For those completed Grade 5-8)

We welcome the new Grade 6s
Dodgeball, ice cream & Hangout in The Cage
(New parent meeting at 8:30pm)

Tuesday July 25, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 


COMING UP…

Tuesday Aug 1

Beach Day!

Meet at the church @ 10:30am
Pickup @ 4:30pm

We are going to Birds Hill Park.
Check twitter.com/hsm_winnipeg by 8am for rain updates.
Bring lunch or money for canteen!

Tuesday August 1, 2017
10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 

 

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What Makes Sunday A Special Day for Christians?

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 11:00

The Road to Emmaus by Robert Zünd, 1877

Last week I explained to two of my great-grandchildren why the day of rest and worship shifted from Saturday for the Jews to Sunday for Christians: Sunday was the day our Lord rose from the dead.

I then reviewed for them, and other family members around the table the following Christian certainties under-girding the Lord’s Day:

On Friday of Holy Week our Lord’s brutalized body was hastily placed in a tomb because the Jewish Sabbath begins at sundown on Friday, and the work of his burial was forbidden from then until after sundown on Saturday.

Thus for a part of three days: Friday, all of Saturday and the early part of Sunday, our Lord had been entombed.

At daybreak Sunday morning the Jewish Sabbath was over and several deeply grieving and devoted women, all followers of Jesus, went to the tomb with spices, in order to finish the burial rites.

Adding to their grief and distress, they found the tomb open and empty. Two of the women rushed back to Jerusalem to report this to the disciples.

Mary Magdalene stayed behind. As she stood weeping beside the tomb, she was addressed by ‘someone’ standing near the tomb. She rebuked him, thinking he was the gardener and that perhaps he had moved the body elsewhere.

But when the Lord Himself answered back, “Mary,” she fell at his feet and cried out, “Rabboni” — Teacher!

This is why Mary was the first witness to tell the disciples, “I have seen the Lord.”

After that first early morning appearance to Mary Magdalene, Jesus appeared in the afternoon to two disconsolate men walking the Emmaus road leading away from Jerusalem. At nightfall he appeared for the third time that day, this time to frightened disciples huddled within a locked room in fear for their lives.

Of course he subsequently appeared to many more before his ascension into heaven. But that first Sunday was Resurrection Day, a day unmatched by any other in history.

Our Lord’s resurrection from death on Sunday makes that day, rather than Saturday, the Lord’s Day of rest and corporate worship.

Whether in cathedrals, storefronts, sod huts, or even secret hiding places, Christians raise their voices together in song and prayer to celebrate Jesus’ living presence with his people.

That conversation with family was short but memorable. The children learned about the special reason for the Lord’s Day, perhaps for the first time, and the adults reviewed the conviction together with them.

Sunday is a day to rest from our labors, to gather for worship with a company of his people, and to say again with conviction, “The Lord is risen indeed!”


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A Life Of Silence

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 01:33

“I don’t hear well, so when others are talking I miss out on most of the communication.  Others watch movies or are involved in games or activities but I just watch from the distance.  Sometimes I feel so alone.  Since my husband passed away the feeling of loneliness has increased, his companionship is deeply missed.”

These were the thoughts behind a conversation with an elderly partly deaf woman, who in some sense was alone in life.  “But I am not alone!” she said.  “Years ago I asked Jesus to come into my life.  He is always with me.  At night when I feel the most lonely I picture myself in the arms of Jesus.  I visualize Him hugging me and I know that everything will be all right.” “Jesus is my husband now and He will never leave me.”                      The presence of our Lord Jesus, is not to be something which is only theoretical in nature.  It is to be real, effective and tangible in our lives.  This aged woman, though she could barely hear the voices and communication of others, could clearly sense the affirmation, touch, and words of her beloved Jesus.  We too should be sensing His closeness to us.

It is unfortunate that, though we can hear clearly the voice of many of the people around us, we can rarely hear the voice of the most important one, our Lord Jesus.  Could it be that our ability to hear the noise and voice around us actually drowns out the voice of our God.  In focusing on what others are saying we fail to hear what our Lord is saying.

I am not advocating that we should wish to become deaf, but rather that we would pull aside to the quiet place of solitude and prayer,  where the sweet and comforting  words of our lord Jesus can be heard more clearly.

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What Two Children Learned About Sunday

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 11:00

At our house one Sunday recently a family gathering included two of our great-grandchildren, Jesse, 9, and Rebekah, 8.

I decided to begin our mealtime with a brief question for the children:

What makes Sunday, such a special day for Christians? And why do we call Sunday the Lord’s Day?

Jesse quickly cited the creation story of Genesis 1 explaining that God made the world in six days and on the seventh day he rested from his labors and that is what we are to do also.

Rebekah agreed — both of them reflecting teaching they had received in their home and at Sunday School.

Both children were engaged so I decided to add some building blocks to the foundation their parents and teachers had already laid down.

I noted that Saturday, the seventh day of the week, is still the Holy Day observed by devout Jews, but we Christians set aside for special observance Sunday instead, the first day of the week.

Interest around the table even for the adults was keen so I reviewed for all of us that a day of rest from our labors is still required for Christians in the Ten Commandments: Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.

But, I went on: for us Christians Sunday is not only a day of rest from our labors; it is also a special day to gather for the worship of our Living Lord. He rose from the grave on a Sunday! That’s why we gather and we call it the Lord’s Day.

For most Christians that is how Saturday, the original Sabbath Day of Rest, became Sunday — both a day of rest and the Lord’s Day. There are hints in the Scriptures that this shift of days was beginning even when the New Testament was coming into being (Acts 20: 6-12; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; Revelation 1:10).

The interlude with the children around our table was a memorable moment for our family gathering. We then followed the brief exchange by giving thanks for the food and enjoying lively family fellowship over our Lord’s Day evening meal.

Photo credit: Jason Lander (via flickr.com)


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High School Ministry Weekly July 10th & 11th!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 20:23


This week…


Bible Study!
7:00pm-9:00pm
July 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st
We will be going through Matthew & Romans as a group.  We will have snacks, worship and chilling out in the youth room.  If you’re wanting to dig a little deeper into your Bible this is for you!

On Tuesday…

Bubble Soccer
July 11 – 7:00pm-9:00pm – Free
Our first event of the summer is a fun one!  Join us as we hang out and play Bubble Soccer together, or just hang out!  Meet at the youth room – see you there!
Parent Signed form needed: http://churchoftherock.ca/summer-forms 

Next Week…
Bible Study on Monday 17th &

Archery Tag
Tuesday, July 18th – COST: FREE!
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Totally safe and totally fun game of tag!  We love playing archery tag at HSM, so make sure to come out and be a part of the action.

The Week After That…

Bible Study!
7:00pm-9:00pm
July 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st
We will be going through Matthew & Romans as a group.  We will have snacks, worship and chilling out in the youth room.  If you’re wanting to dig a little deeper into your Bible this is for you!

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Re-post: The Mother of Methodism

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 11:19

Susanna Wesley is sometimes referred to as the Mother of Methodism. She played no active part in the movement but raised the sons, John and Charles, who led it. She was an unusually intelligent, gifted, and attractive woman. There is ample historical evidence to bear this out. While still in her teens she knew Latin, Greek and French. As a youth she had steeped herself in theology. She was also a deeply involved mother. She stands high among the women of the Eighteenth Century.

She gave birth to 19 children in 21 years, although only ten of them lived to adulthood, seven girls and three boys. Along with her husband, she raised this family in an impoverished parish in the county of Lincolnshire, on the eastern side of the England north of London. It was the Fen Country, an area that had to be repeatedly drained because it was surrounded on three sides by rivers that periodically flooded. Most people of the area were rude and illiterate and did not take well to “intruders.” Some of them were vicious in their attacks on the Wesley household, both verbally and physically. This was the environment in which the Wesley children were raised.

Susanna’s husband, Samuel, was brilliant, a serious scholar and a faithful vicar, but a man who was not skilled in avoiding conflict. Nor did he handle the family’s sparse income well. And he did not seem to have strong child rearing instincts. She herself confessed to son John that, “’tis an unhappiness peculiar to our family that your father and I seldom think alike.”

So what were Susanna’s rules for raising the ten children who lived? John asked her for them and she complied in a long letter. Years later, July 24, 1732, he incorporated the letter into his journal. Her rules are detailed and fascinating.

For example, in raising children she notes that “the first thing to be done is to conquer their will, and bring them to an obedient temper.” (Two centuries later James Dobson qualified the idea by saying children’s wills must be conquered without wounding their spirits.) Her rationale for this first principle? She writes, “religion is nothing else than doing the will of God, and not our own” and explains that “As self-will is the root of all sin and misery, so whatever cherishes this in children insures their after-wretchedness and irreligion.” That is why she was determined at the outset to insist on obedience as a first principle.

She also explains that she taught the children to be courteous in speech, to cry softly, and, at the same time, she enforced the rule that they would never get anything they cried for. She taught them to pray, and to distinguish the Sabbath from other days. (Remember that she came from devout Puritan stock). She explains that she created her own schoolroom in which the children were taught to read. She insisted that “no girl be taught to work (sewing, scrubbing, etc.) till she can read very well.” Illiteracy was widespread in the community but not in the rectory. Later the girls were taught to work with the same application and thoroughness.

Some students of the Eighteenth Century complain that children were treated as though they were no more than little adults. There may be some truth to that. Thus, they argue that Susanna’s rules are unacceptable for us today. But that is not always the response of those in our day who become acquainted with them.

Some years ago I was invited to be the speaker at a Baptist Parent-Teacher meeting. I decided I would introduce the audience to Susanna Wesley’s rules for child rearing, so I made copies as handouts. Even so, I was apprehensive that modern parents might react negatively because present ideas and practices for child-rearing are much more permissive. So I decided that I would distribute the Wesley rules, use them as the basis for my talk, and then gather them up afterwards.

The parents, mostly mothers, were fascinated and would not hear of it. They were avid about keeping their copies. My apprehension dissolved. It was as though Susanna’s words spoke to a felt need in the midst of today’s uncertainties about child-rearing.

Good child rearing practices are not a guarantee that children will make the wisest of decisions when they reach adulthood. And environment does have a bearing on how children come to their maturity. There were disappointments in the Wesley family especially among the girls. But these cannot diminish the mark Susanna Wesley left on the world through her devout and careful child-rearing practices. Her three clergymen sons, Samuel, John, and Charles, bear witness.


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Threshold Jr – Tuesday July 11 – Bubble Soccer – **Parent Signed form needed

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 15:13
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Tuesday July 11
Bubble Soccer

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Tuesday July 11, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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Tuesday July 18, 2017
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Church of the Rock
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Is God Everywhere?

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 07/03/2017 - 11:00

Five-year-old Charlie sat on his father’s knee peppering him with questions. The toughest of them: How can God be at our house and at Grandma and Grandpa’s a Long drive away at the same time?

Touching Charlie’s shoulder gently his father asked, “Are you here?” “Yes,” the boy answered.

Then he touched his son’s knee, asking the same question: “Are you here?” Again, Charlie answered, “Yes.”

“If you can be everywhere in your body at the same time,” his father continued, “why can’t God be everywhere in his world at the same time?” Charlie seemed satisfied and went on to something else.

But this five year-old’s question is more challenging than at first appears. That is, in this almost immeasurably vast universe can God be where the Northern Lights shine brightly and at the same time in the semi-darkness of the rainforests in Brazil?

It’s an issue that stretches our faith, yet our Scriptures bear witness repeatedly to this “everywhereness” of God. The theological term is “omnipresence.”

For example, the Psalmist, David, prayed: Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths you are there. (Psalm 139:7,8).

From the wisdom literature of the Old Testament comes another assurance: The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the evil and the good. (Proverbs 15:3).

Jeremiah speaks God’s words as his prophet: “Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?” declares the Lord. “Do not I fill heaven and earth? (Jeremiah 23:24).

Eighty years ago in Sunday School back in Saskatchewan we children were taught a little chorus that went like this:

“Be careful little hands what you do; be careful little hands what you do. There’s a Father up above, and he’s looking down in love, so be careful little hands what you do.” (also mouth what you say; etc.).

The conviction that God is everywhere is reassuring for those of us who live under the Lordship of Jesus. The Proverbs declare: “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3).

Our God is everywhere! There is nowhere he is not. So, we are never out of the range of his watchful eye and his loving care.

Believing this truth does us good in two ways: it sharpens our consciences to resist evil and enriches our faith to trust in his care wherever we may be.

Photo credit: Eduard V. Kurganov (via flickr.com)


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