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If You Would Play Football, Would You Not …

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 21:37

Many years ago I was challenged by God.  My response to that challenge significantly impacted the rest of my life.  Watch the clip below, you too may be challenged.

As a church we are taking the next five weeks to focus on the benefits and practical experiencing of praise and worship to our Lord Jesus Christ.  Join one of the “40 Days of Praise” small groups – you can even participate on-line.  Your heart will be challenged and your spiritual life will be transformed.

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High School Ministry Weekly September 15th!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 19:48


This week…


Pizza Party with Small Groups!
Friday, September 15th – COST – FREE
We are all about Jesus & people!  We believe that community is very important when it comes to faith.  SO, we take time to get to know our new leaders and friends as we hang out with the most delicious snack of them all PIZZA!  Everyone is invited!

Next week…

Live Action Roleplay (LARP!)
September 22 @ 7:11pm—10:00pm
40 Days of Praise

One of HSM’s favourite games to play—LARPing!  With epic music, you attack your foes with a sword made out of razor-sharp Styrofoam.  Okay, maybe not so razor-sharp…
We continue with our 40 DOP series!

The following week…

Giant Soccer
September 29 @ 7:11pm—10:00pm

You’ve always wanted to know what it’s like to kick a massive soccer ball…now if your time!  Join us as we play an incredibly fun game of soccer and continue with our 40 Days of Praise series!

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Small Group Pizza Party – Threshold Jr Sept 13

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 16:15
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THIS WEEK

Small Group Pizza Party

Small group kickoff party
with FREE PIZZA and more fun and games!

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


NEXT WEEK

Game Show Wednesday
+ 40 Days of Praise Pt 1

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

Wednesday Sept 20, 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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Sun. Sept. 17 – Youth Room Sleuth Young Adult Kickoff

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 03:52

We know you’re curious and want to find out about Young Adults, so come discover something new at our kickoff!

Youth Room Sleuth Young Adult Kickoff
Sunday, Sept. 17
1:00 PM
Youth Room

We’re starting the new year with FREE PIZZA!
Find us in the Youth Room after second service at 1:00 PM
and put those detective skills to work.

We’ll be cracking some locks – escape room style, meeting new friends,
and hearing all about Youth Adults for the new year.
You’ll also get a chance to meet our home group leaders and hear about
our worship night – Elevate.

We can’t wait to investigate what’s new with you.

So grab a friend, and come meet some new people.
It’s our desire for you to be involved and connected in with people your own age this year.
We like to have fun and we believe we are a community that you’ll fit in.

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How to Make Our Prayers Seem More Real

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 11:00

Several times I have heard fellow Christians say: I pray, but my prayers seem to lack a sense of reality.

They say: I start with good intentions, but my thoughts are interrupted by something I have to do or they just wander off subject.

Having had the same experience myself, I have a strategy that helps greatly. It is biblical and is in fact taught to us by Jesus, our Lord. I begin by taking time to reflect on who God is.

This is what Jesus intended when he said to his disciples, “This is how you should pray: Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your name’” (Matthew 6:9). It’s a very short prayer but it begins by sharpening our awareness that God is our Father. And this is how our prayers are to begin.

The Gospel of John uses this title for God at least 111 times. It is often used by Jesus in address to his Father, and is to be used by us, although in a different way, when in prayer we address God as our Heavenly Father (John 20:17).

Even if your earthly father has not set before you a good model (an all too common complaint), don’t let that rob you of the reality that God is in every respect an unflawed Almighty Father and he can be fully trusted. Jesus is our authority on that.

After Jesus establishes that God is our Father, he adds, our Father in heaven. This means the God we address dwells in the unseen world that has a reality as great or greater than the world we experience with our human senses.

Our Father is above us as our Sovereign at the same time as he is a caring Father right with us, although unseen. When we give time to this exercise of focusing on God as our Father in heaven, we will experience God’s Holy Spirit intensifying a sense of who God is to us.

Jesus also teaches us to attribute to God, “Hallowed be your name.” John Wesley comments on this, May you be truly honored, loved, feared by all in heaven and in earth, by all angels and all men.” It matters that we take the time to address our Heavenly Father as holy, pure, loving and majestic.

We too easily skip over reflection on the holiness of our God. As a result, we rush into prayer with only a vague sense of God’s holy Fatherhood; thus we fail to identify ourselves as profoundly loved by him. So in reflecting on our God’s holiness and majestic rule we thus see our creaturehood as we should.

You may say: It takes time for such thoughts to sink in. True. So that is why it’s good at the outset of our daily prayers to get in mind the greatness, grandeur and goodness of God, our Father, and to consciously address him as such.

This title for God focuses our attention, clarifies our perspective, and the earthly plane on which we live becomes quiet. It was Jesus Christ, our Messiah, who said, When you pray, first say “Our Father.” That is advice from the highest source, and if we take time to follow it, rewards will be abundant.

Photo credit: Alexander Baxevanis (via flickr.com)


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High School Ministry Weekly September 9th!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 19:44


This week…


Friday, September 8th – Amaze-in-Corn
COST: $12 – Meet @ the church at 6:45PM
Pick-up @ 10:00pm at the Church
SPARKLERS WILL BE PROVIDED!  We kick-off our year by trekking out on an adventure!  Come to the corn-maze with us as we get to know our new crop of students…get it?? 
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Next week…

Pizza Party with Small Groups!
Friday, September 15th – COST – FREE
We are all about Jesus & people!  We believe that community is very important when it comes to faith.  SO, we take time to get to know our new leaders and friends as we hang out with the most delicious snack of them all PIZZA!  Everyone is invited!

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Women of Worth

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 09/04/2017 - 19:42
Come check out our Women’s Ministry!

At WOW we strive to demonstrate God’s love for women, encourage spiritual growth through time spent in the Word, study and worship; and provide a safe place where women can grow in their gifting!

We are looking forward to connecting over a Fall Kickoff Brunch and then jumping into our Church Wide 40 Days of Praise Campaign!

 LET’S HAVE BRUNCH
September 13th, 9:30am in the Chapel
Potluck Brunch – bring an item to share

JOIN US FOR A CHURCHWIDE CAMPAIGN
40 DAYS OF PRAISE

40 DAYS OF PRAISE
September 20th – “Praise Craze”
September 27th – “Worship Warship”
October 4th – “Choice to Rejoice”
October 11th – “Thanks in Advance”
October 18th – “The Dancing Fool”

We will continue WOW with Small Group Book Studies following 40 days of Praise

OCTOBER 25th – DECEMBER 13th

Choose from a variety of Book Options (TBA)

See you on September 13th!

Blessings,
Your WOW Leadership Team

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Do You Recognize Five Faces of Anger?

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 09/04/2017 - 11:00

Someone has said a baby’s first cry is an expression of anger. Whether or not that is true, anger is a feature of our humanness. None of us is born without the capacity to be angry.

This is important to know because in our fallenness every aspect of our beings is marred by sin, and this powerful emotion can be legitimate and appropriate but when misused, is often destructive.

Upon returning to the Israelite camp after being absent for many days, Moses found the people indulging in pagan practices. In a show of legitimate anger, he smashed the sacred tablets upon which were written God’s law — the very law that they were breaking.

As recorded by Mark, when Jesus healed a man on the Sabbath, the Pharisees arrogantly condemned him for “breaking” the Sabbath. Jesus saw their great lack of compassion and he looked around upon them “with anger” — but with complete and holy control.

His anger was the right emotion for the situation, but is probably the emotion hardest to manage well. Sadly, it can wrongfully destroy property or human relationships. In the extreme, for example, consider the terrible consequences of road rage, air rage, or domestic abuse.

Consider five faces of anger.

Sullen Anger. This anger is kept below the boiling point; face muscles are taut; the air seems charged. It’s better than an explosion but not as good as words that could convey meaning or a good walk to dissipate the emotion and regain perspective.

Nice Guy Anger. Some call it frozen smile anger. Kathleen and I took a short trip into the mountains in California on a narrow gauge railroad. The car was open on all sides, and seating was arranged around the edges. A couple with a child boarded at one of the stops and took more spaces than needed.

At the next stop another couple with several children boarded and chose to sit next to the first couple. Seating was tight and the first couple made no effort to give up space for the family. After the exchange of a few unpleasant words, the second woman sat with her back to the other couple. On her face was a fixed smile that appeared to say, “I’m too nice to be angry.”

Misdirected Anger. A cartoon in four frames first showed a boss talking harshly to his employee. The next frame showed the employee at home chewing out his wife. The third frame showed the wife talking harshly to her little girl. The fourth frame showed the little girl angrily scolding her rag doll. To pass on the emotion of anger to an innocent party rather than owning it and dissipating it is unfair and hurtful.

Anger Used to Punish. Insults, loud talk, swearing, or slamming doors do the work here. The abuser may walk away relieved by a kind of catharsis but his or her victim must deal with the aftermath. Anger used to punish that is not acknowledged can make ongoing relationships cautious and superficial.

Denied Anger. Children who, for example, grow up in the home of an alcoholic parent may be left with unrecognized anger that never goes away. This sort of anger is smothered in an unhealthy way, sometimes denied by practicing a three part mantra — “don’t talk, don’t feel, don’t trust.” I have met adults who were surprised when counseling helped them to discover they were living out this mantra and were encouraged to seek professional help.

The Apostle Paul wrote to Christians in Ephesus: “In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.” Anger is clearly acknowledged. Indeed anger is a strong and sometimes necessary emotion but tainted by sin needs to be managed in the power of the Holy Spirit.

That’s why the Apostle goes on to say, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30). By God’s grace, destructive anger does not need to be a feature of the Christian life.

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High School Ministry Weekly August 28th!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 20:47


This week…


Bible Study!
7:00pm-9:00pm
August 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!

Next week…

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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Did the Eclipse Prompt You to Reflect?

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 11:00

Recently, the moon totally eclipsed the sun even though the far more distant sun is 1000 times larger than the moon. It was a rare spectacle.

Advance notice of this phenomenon brought people from far and near — tens of thousands of them — to be under the total eclipse’s charted path all across America, and to witness the phenomenon.

How could it be known almost to the second where the total eclipse would manifest itself at any particular time of that day? And that the total eclipse in every case would last for two minutes?

The moon performed magnificently.

One telecaster, microphone in hand, moved among a crowd of viewers sprawled across a large area in Oregon, asking: What word describes it for you?” One after another said with enthusiasm, “Awesome.” “Awesome.” Awesome.” Awesome was the only word that seemed adequate.

Awesome: “Causing feelings of fear, or wonder, or awe.” Or “causing overwhelming feelings of reverence.”

For Christians, our awe at the mystery and magnificence of the heavenly bodies is amplified dramatically by the opening words of the Scriptures: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1).

God exists, and the universe he spoke into splendid order exists. Both sun and moon are his doing. Verse one of Genesis 1 is like the topic sentence of the Bible.

The Bible quickly takes us beyond the heavenly bodies themselves to insist that a Divine Mind creates and sustains the order of Nature and He, maker of sun and moon and everything else, is to be worshiped.

The prophet Jeremiah prays, “Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you” (Jeremiah 32:17). Think of that!

Or turning to the hymnbook of the ancient church, the Psalter, we come across these words to guide us in our reflection: “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:2).

We cross into the New Testament and find the call to reflection on God’s creation becomes even more revealing. Consider, for example, a portion of the Apostle Paul’s hymn to the supremacy of Christ:

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him” (Colossians 1:15,16).

The crowds that gathered all across America on August 21 of this year with their special glasses and picture-taking devices dispersed as quickly as they gathered. I assume some will reflect again and again on what they viewed. It was spectacular. Others will perhaps soon forget the wonder of the moment and go on to other things.

May those who enjoy the wonders of nature also treasure their Creator and his revelation to humankind through the coming of our Redeemer, Jesus the Christ, recalling with awe that “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:3)

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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?

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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.

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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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