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Have You Taken the Course “The Holy Spirit 101”?

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 12/16/2019 - 11:00

I preached a sermon on the Holy Spirit when I was a beginning pastor. I called the sermon “The Holy Spirit 101.” My first point was that the Holy Spirit is a personal presence — the third person of the Godhead, which includes Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit.

After the service, a visitor approached me warmly. She said she had never before understood the Holy Spirit as personal — able to communicate, listen, correct, enlighten, but always in accordance with the Christian Scriptures.

She said that she had always assumed that the Holy Spirit was just a feeling, an influence or impulse that came upon people in different ways. The scriptural teaching I had presented — that the Holy Spirit was a “person” especially present in the lives of believers and in the living church — seemed to awaken her to a new reality.

How many professed Christians think accordingly? I have seen a survey that said 50 percent.

What would Jesus say about this? Only hours before his crucifixion, he prepared his frightened followers for his departure by laying before them deep truths about the Holy Spirit (John 14-16). At the core of this teaching he gave this assurance: the Holy Spirit would come to them as an Advocate, or Counselor. “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever — the Spirit of truth” (John 14:16).

An advocate would have to be much more than merely a feeling, however sensational. An advocate would have personal attributes to come to their aid, speak on their behalf, give them guidance and wisdom well beyond their own. This advocate, Jesus promised, would be mysteriously present among them as the essence of truth, and would live in them as Jesus had lived with them.

But the world is full of spirits. How would the Holy Spirit be unique among them? Jesus’ answer to this perplexity resides in the word “another.” The Holy Spirit would be another advocate. The Greek word here means someone else who would be the same as, not different from, Jesus. That is, the one he promised to send would fill the spiritual role of the one who had been with them for three years — Jesus himself!

This promise was so important to Jesus that near the eve of his departure this promise to send an advocate, or spiritual guide, was repeated four times: John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7b. He would be a universal presence in the world, dwell within his followers, purify and energize them and guide them in all truth. That is infinitely superior to a mere feeling.

Advent may not at first seem to be the time for the pondering of this wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit to live within us. But a quick glance across our world in its distress and despair might revise that opinion. Jesus is not physically here with us. But his Spirit is!

In the visible church today there is much need for us not only to understand the personhood of the Holy Spirit but also to invite his work, as we open ourselves to his abiding presence. It is astonishing that the very Spirit of Christ our Lord wills to live in us as our Advocate. Hallelujah!

Photo credit: hickory hardscrabble (via flickr.com)

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Christmas Shenanigans

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 02:30

It’s that wonderful time of year and we can’t wait for you to join us!

Christmas Shenanigans
Thursday, December 19
Youth Room
7:30 PM

Wear your coziest Christmas sweater as we sip on some apple cider and play some charades and Christmas games – think gingerbread! We shall provide you with a perfect sugar rush for this festive season.

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The Gifts of Friendship

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 22:30

Andrew Campbell is preaching a series called “The Gifts of Friendship.” Listen to all his sermons by clicking the audio recording below. If you have any questions, thoughts or comments we would love to hear from you. You can contact us at northend@churchoftherock.ca or 204.261.0070.

The Gifts of Friendship Part Two: Trust  

The Gifts of Friendship Part Three: Encouragement 

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High School Ministry – Dec 13th – Baptisms!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 17:52

The week!

Baptisms
December 13th Friday 7:11-10 PM
We are celebrating what God has done in the short time we’ve been together by baptizing our students!  Bring your family and friends as we enjoy the evening together!  If you’d like to be baptized let Mathew know! Or send an email to mathew@churchoftherock.ca

The week after that…

Christmas Formal
December 20th  Friday 7:11-10 PM
Dress to impress as we finish off the calendar year with a Christmas Formal Party! Expect games, worship, a message and hanging out with good friends!

The week after that…

No Youth!
December 27th & January 3rd
It’s chilly, so we chill out! See you in the New Year!

 MONTHLY CALENDAR

 
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Threshold Jr – Dec 11th – Christmas Game Shows!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 17:48

This week!

Christmas Game Show…
December 11th – Wednesday – 7-9 pm
We enjoy our game shows so much and we are doing a Christmas edition this time! We pick from our favorite and best-played ones! Win prizes with your friends! We finish our series called Unwrapped.

The week after that…

Christmas Movie Night!
December 18th – Wednesday – 7-9 pm
It’s beginning to FEEL a lot like Christmas! Come and relax with your friends as we grab popcorn, chill on couches and watch a Christmas movie! Popcorn is FREE!

The week after that…

No Youth~!
December 25 – January 1
We’ll be taking it easy until the New Year!

MONTHLY CALENDAR

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A Love That Is Still Fresh … 73 Years and Counting

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 11:00

While sorting through some of my papers recently I came across this poem celebrating young love. I wrote it several years ago. I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I still feel this way about Kathleen after 73 years of marriage.

Found

You found me.
Or was it I found you?
Whatever.
We are found.

It was gradual, it was instant,
Enticing, teasing, surprising.
Our finding overtook us, came upon us
Slyly, gently, with a rush.

But was it luck? freakish? odd?
Mere nature acting out?
No, more, much more.

The hand that guides us,
God’s hand, touched us,
Nudged us gently in sleep-robbed night,
Shed light on eyes deeper than sight,
And said found!

And now we stand side by side,
Hearts pounding, eyes aglow from candles near,
Hand touching hand gently,
And say with awe:
God be praised!
We have found each other!

Photo credit: RichardBH (via flickr.com)

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High School Ministry – Dec 6th – Ask Anything!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 12/02/2019 - 21:04

The week!

Ask Anything!
December 6th Friday 7:11-10 PM
Text in or ask any question about faith and life! We will try our best to answer as many as possible! Text anonymously and free: 431-801-5601

The week after that…

Baptisms
December 13th Friday 7:11-10 PM
We are celebrating what God has done in the short time we’ve been together by baptizing our students!  Bring your family and friends as we enjoy the evening together!  If you’d like to be baptized let Mathew know! Or send an email to mathew@churchoftherock.ca

The week after that…

Christmas Formal
December 20th  Friday 7:11-10 PM
Dress to impress as we finish off the calendar year with a Christmas Formal Party! Expect, games, worship, a message and hanging out with good friends!

 

 MONTHLY CALENDAR

 
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Threshold Jr – Dec 4th – God, Save the Queen!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 12/02/2019 - 21:03

This week!

God, Save the Queen!
December 4th – Wednesday – 7-9 pm
It’s freeze tag with foam swords and riddles in the entire church! Will you and your friends be able to save the Queen? We start a brand-new series called Unwrapped. It’s about Christmas!

The week after that…

Christmas Game Show…
December 11th – Wednesday – 7-9 pm
We enjoy our game shows so much and we are doing a Christmas edition this time! We pick from our favorite and best-played ones! Win prizes with your friends! We finish our series called Unwrapped.

The week after that…

Christmas Movie Night!
December 18th – Wednesday – 7-9 pm
It’s beginning to FEEL a lot like Christmas! Come and relax with your friends as we grab popcorn, chill on couches and watch a Christmas movie! Popcorn is FREE!

MONTHLY CALENDAR

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My Father’s Heavenly Tenor Voice

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 12/02/2019 - 11:00

Music figured prominently in the worship of the small congregation where I grew up, even though all singing was a cappella — without musical accompaniment.

Visualize a white clapboard Norman Rockwell sort of building in Saskatchewan back in the 1930s and 40s.

Children sang simple songs, still meaningful to this day:

Jesus loves me! this I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to Him belong,
They are weak but He is strong.

On Sunday mornings, the congregation used hymn books without printed music. In spite of this limitation, traces of bass or alto might be heard rising here and there, and the singing was full-throated.

To begin Sunday-morning worship the pastor might call the congregation to stand and sing and they would respond with conviction.

Holy, Holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, Holy, Holy! merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

On Sunday evenings we sang gospel songs from a book entitled Worship in Song. It had a variety from simple choruses to the more complex gospel song that I remember began:

Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Greater than all my sin;
How shall my tongue describe it,
Where shall its praise begin?

Lines from some of these Christian songs remain with me even at age 94. They linger in my memory and may come forth spontaneously at any moment of the day.

One song, along with the circumstance in which I heard it, is etched indelibly in my mind. It was a song I heard my father sing.

My father attended morning and evening Sunday services with my mother and younger sister and me although he was not at the time a full-fledged believer. He honored Gospel values although at times he struggled to give himself fully to a faith in the Lord Jesus that brings deliverance.

Still, by the grace of God, one Sunday evening his hunger to belong to the Lord compelled him to “go forward” to the altar. It was his turning point.

The next morning I awakened very early to the sound of his stirring up the coal-fired cook stove in the kitchen. I slept in the adjoining room. As he fed the fire, I heard him singing in a lovely tenor voice that I don’t think I was aware of before that time.

It was a new song on the market with a line about Jesus calling a blind man to him and delivering him of his blindness. My father’s singing was beautiful to hear.

It was a simple song that I believe rose up like a tendril of worship from a humble kitchen until it was heard at the Throne and became part of the music of the spheres.

Photo credit: Rory (via flickr.com)

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Thanks for Joining Us!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 11/26/2019 - 00:45

THANKS FOR JOINING US!

I am so pleased to have you join us as we worship God together. Your very presence is a blessing. My desire is to see you become part of a church family and to journey with you in knowing more of Jesus. If you feel that Church of the Rock Bronx Park might be that place, we want to do everything we can to make that possible.

I believe that church is not just somewhere you go on a Sunday morning, but rather a group of caring people with whom you can belong.

I would like to invite you to join us at our next Welcome Lunch being held on Sunday, April 3, 2020. This will introduce you to some of our leaders and programs offered. I trust that this will be a good experience for you to connect with our church family.

RSVP for our next Welcome Lunch

Here is a link to watch our messages online. I hope they will be an encouragement to you.

Go to Watch Online

Thank you for this opportunity to write and share my heart with you.

In Jesus’ love,

Pastor Graham Hunt

P: (204) 261-0070
E: graham@churchoftherock.ca
720 Henderson Hwy Winnipeg, MB R2K 0Z5
www.churchoftherock.ca

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High School Ministry – Nov. 29th – Laser War!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/25/2019 - 16:29

This week!

Laser War
November 29th Friday 7:11-10 PM
Laser war in the entire church? I think so! We start our Have & Have-Nots series! It’s a series about comparisons!

The week after that…

Ask Anything!
December 6th Friday 7:11-10 PM
Text in or ask any question about faith and life! We will try our best to answer as many as possible! Text anonymously and free: 431-801-5601

The week after that…

Baptisms
December 13th Friday 7:11-10 PM
We are celebrating what God has done in the short time we’ve been together by baptizing our students!  Bring your family and friends as we enjoy the evening together!  If you’d like to be baptized let Mathew know! Or send an email to mathew@churchoftherock.ca

 

 MONTHLY CALENDAR

 
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Threshold Jr – Nov 27th – Game Show!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/25/2019 - 16:27

This week!

Game Show
November 27th – Wednesday – 7-9 pm
We love to have tons of fun playing Game Shows and tonight will be no different! Have fun and win some treats!

The week after that…

God, Save the Queen!
December 4th – Wednesday – 7-9 pm
It’s freeze tag with foam swords and riddles in the entire church! Will you and your friends be able to save the Queen? We start a brand-new series called Unwrapped. It’s about Christmas!

The week after that…

Christmas Game Show…
December 11th – Wednesday – 7-9 pm
We enjoy our game shows so much and we are doing a Christmas edition this time! We pick from our favorite and best-played ones! Win prizes with your friends! We finish our series called Unwrapped.

MONTHLY CALENDAR

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Re-post: Let Us Pray for Moral Clarity

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 11/25/2019 - 11:00

Several decades ago a distraught father arrived unscheduled at my study, dropped heavily into a chair, and announced without preliminaries, “We’ve got a pregnant girl at our house.”

The pregnancy was the result of one passionate indiscretion not of a covert lifestyle she and her boyfriend had adopted. Nevertheless, their plans for further education were suddenly jeopardized, and additional unanticipated consequences were beginning to unfold.

The parents were crushed by the news, but wise in their responses. There was no talk of spiriting the daughter out of town to have the baby in anonymity, no toying with the thought of an abortion, no counseling about a possible adoption. They judged that the relationship of the two young people had the marks of real love and they seemed to them a good match. For these reasons, everyone — parents and the couple — agreed to a private wedding in their home.

The news spread quickly to the youth group of the church and they were filled with empathy. They immediately began to talk among themselves about giving the whole of their church youth fund, a significant amount, to the couple. The impulse solidified quickly.

Upon learning of this, I spoke to the group’s leaders, saying theirs was not an appropriate response to the crisis. We don’t reward a serious moral lapse generously. At first the teens saw me as cold and lacking in compassion. Their anger was strong but restrained.

But this became a teaching moment. I explained that the couple’s conduct had grievously broken God’s law, brought grief to parents, and in major ways set a hurtful example to peers. I urged them to understand that their generous plan would create moral confusion.

It would be more appropriate, I explained, to pool their own personal resources and give a wedding gift such as they might give to others from their youth group who were getting married. Emotions cooled and my suggestion seemed to take.

That was many years ago. Things settled back quite quickly then because in that social environment there were more substantial moral norms to work from in making moral decisions. Today a Christian community is likely to find even within its own ranks a confusion of opinions regarding what would be right and what would be wrong in responding to the young couple’s moral lapse.

The couple themselves responded to their new situation courageously and with purpose and they went on to raise a family and live exemplary Christian lives. And the church community, compassionate in its general responses, settled quickly. It bore testimony to something deeper than mere sentimentality — to the redemptive love of a Christian group held together by moral unity.

The shift in society across intervening decades makes clear that moral clarity has become blurred even in the minds of many Christians. Fuzzy thinking about right and wrong replaces a clear settled commitment to seeking the righteousness of God.

In this environment of moral confusion, I pray for moral clarity in my own understanding as well as in the church around the world. I pray for it in the pulpits of the land, in church board decisions, in every Sunday school class, in Christian grade schools, in Christian colleges and universities everywhere. And perhaps most of all, I pray that in Christian families healthy consciences will be formed in the crucible of family living and family altars.

In a world filled with moral ambiguities and confusion, do you believe moral integrity is worth fighting for in family circles, within the church, and in society at large? If so, please join me in prayer for the strengthening of Christian consciences everywhere.

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Elevate Worship Night

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Sat, 11/23/2019 - 01:15

Lift the name of Jesus as a community.

Elevate Worship Night
Sunday, November 24
Youth Room
7:00 PM

Join us for a night of worship and soar on wings like eagles! Hear from one of our Engage leaders about their experience with soaring.

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

Setlist:
Old Church Choir – Zach Williams
Closer – Bethel Music
Endless Alleluia – Cory Asbury
What A Beautiful Name – Hillsong Worship
Still – Hillsong Worship
Great Are You Lord – All Sons and Daughters
Who You Say I Am – Hillsong Worship
From The Inside Out – Hillsong United

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1EbpPGhSaNBYhUf6Krvb1u?si=xu2yrr2TR8WADpcwR1Y5CQ

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High School Ministry – Nov. 22nd – Talent Show!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 04:12

This week…

Talent Show
November 22nd Friday 7:11-10PM
It can be as simple as solving a Rubik’s cube, beatboxing, singing or dancing! It’s your chance to show us your cool and amazing talents and we are pump to see them!

The week after that…

Laser War
November 29th Friday 7:11-10 PM
Laser war in the entire church? I think so! We start our Have & Have-Nots series! It’s a series about comparisons!

The week after that…

Ask Anything!
December 6th Friday 7:11-10 PM
Text in or ask any question about faith and life! We will try our best ti answer as many as possible! Text anonymously and free: 431-801-5601

 

 MONTHLY CALENDAR

 
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Threshold Jr – Nov 20th – Talent Show!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 04:03

This week!

Talent Show
November 20th – Wednesday – 7-9 pm
This is your chance to show us your hidden talents! It can be as simple as singing or dancing and making your eyebrows dance. We finish our series called The Haves & Have-Nots!

The week after that…

Game Show
November 27th – Wednesday – 7-9 pm
We love to have tons of fun playing Game Shows and tonight will be no different! Have fun and win some treats!

The week after that…

God, Save the Queen!
December 4th – Wednesday – 7-9 pm
It’s freeze tag with foam swords and riddles in the entire church! Will you and your friends be able to save the Queen?

MONTHLY CALENDAR

 

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Aalto’s Restaurant & Christmas Gift Exchange

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 16:23

Let’s get a head-start on celebrating the Christmas season! Bring a $9 gender-neutral gift and your appetite for a time of fellowship and food together! Located at Aalto’s in Canad Inns Fort Garry (1824 Pembina Hwy). Affinity Manitoba South singles will also be joining us for the event!

Full dinner buffet is $26.99 ($23.99 if you are a 55 plus person) or you can order off the menu. Gluten-free and nut-free options are available. We will be doing separate bills.

See full menu here: www.canadinns.com/eat/aaltos/ or call Aalto’s for specific inquiries at (204) 478-6422.

RSVP by Wednesday, December 11th to singles@churchoftherock.ca – spots are limited.

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Re-post: A Pastor’s Wife Tells Her Story

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 11:00

By Kathleen G. Bastian

When I married Don, I knew that he was moving toward Christian ministry as a life vocation, but I didn’t know for sure the specific form it would take. I only knew that he was a ministerial student and would have several years of education to complete. I also knew from the start that I would support him in whatever work he believed he was called to do. That was the way most wives felt back in the 1940s.

I was a primary school teacher when we were married; he was a student and staff member at Lorne Park College west of Toronto, Ontario. After three-and-a-half years, we went on to Greenville College (now University) in Illinois with our two-year-old daughter, Carolyn, so Don could finish his final two years of college. From there, we went to Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, for another three years of training.

By the time he had completed his studies at Asbury it was clear that the focus of his ministry was to be the pastorate. In fact, for those three years of seminary he was assigned to be pastor of the Free Methodist church in nearby Lexington, and that is when I got my first taste of what it meant to stand with him in that sort of ministry.

Besides caring for the three little children we had by then and taking as much of the burden of the household as I could while he pursued his studies, I made myself available to teach Sunday school and often entertained seminary students on Sundays so they could remain in the city and canvass the community with my husband.

When we went to our second church, the Free Methodist church in New Westminster, British Columbia, I discovered what it really meant to stand by my pastor husband in ministry. He led the church in a growth spurt that meant new prospects nearly every Sunday, new programs to meet the needs of a growing congregation, and lots of social events in our parsonage to get to know newcomers and otherwise promote fellowship and community.

One aspect of our experience stands out in my mind. We both worked hard at our assignment and my husband did lots of evening calling to follow up on new prospects and care for other pastoral duties. This usually involved two or three nights a week. During these times, I was at home alone with our four little children.

It wasn’t that we didn’t have time together. He was home for the noon and evening meals most days. Also, we had simple and inexpensive but good vacations together. As well, we certainly were in touch with each other in the social life of the church.

But one night when my husband was out calling and I had put the children to bed and the house was quiet, I found myself wondering, “What is this all about anyway? I don’t like being alone so much in the evenings. There’s got to be more to life than this.”

After musing about this for some time I suddenly said to myself, “When I free my husband to be out doing the Lord’s work like this, I am really a part of that call he’s making. It is my ministry too.” That set my heart at rest. I never after that had the same feeling of personal deprivation about releasing him to work in the harvest field of the Lord. And standing together in mutual service has enriched our nearly 72 years together.

In it all, I learned that when working in the Lord’s service one must leave the results with him.

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Crafts for Christmas

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 04:30

We’ve got a couple more great events lined up for this month, plus a sneak peak into December.

Crafts for Christmas
Thursday, Nov. 21
Youth Room
7:30 PM

We’re fundraising support for young adults missions by selling Cookie Jars, but first we have to make them! Join us in the Youth Room at 7:30 PM to put together these jars. They’ll be filled with dry ingredients for cookies and then sold in December. We’ll also be watching a Christmas movie, and to say thank you for helping we’ll be giving you some sweet treats.

M a r k    y o u r    c a l e n d a r s !

New Years Eve Countdown
Tuesday, December 31
Youth Room
9:00 PM

This is one of our best events of the year, and if you don’t have plans yet, you do now! We’re having a party in the Youth Room and you should tell all your friends. What’s the theme? Stay tuned to find out…

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Paint Night for Married Couples

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 19:52

Paint Night is a date night for married couples. Through our marriage ministry, we will be hosting a night for couples to take time to grow and invest into their marriage, while having fun by painting.  Child care is available for the evening. Sign up is required for couples and child care.

Come with your spouse and join us at the North End Campus, 239 Selkirk Ave, on  Friday November 15, 2019 at 7pm. For more information contact Dale and Laura Lawrence and to register your kids for child care call the Church office at 204.261.0070 to speak to Alisha.

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