Summer Reading (a book review from me to you)

Many years ago I had a book recommended to me called The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives by Dallas Willard. I eventually bought a copy of this book and it sat on my shelf for a while. I mean, you can't blame me. I could immediately tell that this wasn't going to be like putting my feet up with the latest Grisham novel. But one day I did crack it open. I took a deep breath and I dove in. Am I ever glad that I did.

If you are looking for some great reading this summer let me recommend this one. You may or may not agree with every statement the author makes (when do we ever?) but I can almost guarantee that you will be challenged and encouraged and stirred up in your heart. And, like me, you'll probably learn a few new things while you're at it. I always do when I read great books!

And hey, while I'm at it, let me add a couple more that I have loved and found helpful.

Enjoy!
Pastor Tracy

   The Spirit of the Disciples   by Dallas Willard
   Jesus Among Other Gods   by Ravi Zacharias

Jesus Among Other Gods
by Ravi Zacharias

   Devotional Classics   Edited by Richard Foster and James Bryan Smith

Devotional Classics
Edited by Richard Foster and James Bryan Smith


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This Sunday...

THE SUMMER OF COURAGE
Joseph

Join us on Sunday at 10am as Margaret shares this incredible story of courage.

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Core Value Check: IMPACTING (how are you getting ready for the fall?)

I know that we are only halfway through this beautiful summer season and I'm not ready to give up on the warm evenings or BBQs yet. But I am starting to think about the fall and make plans for our next season. The kids have new backpacks already (unexpectedly found some great ones at Winners the other day!), I'm planning to go through their closets next week and see what they need for school clothes, and it's almost time to sign them up for their sports activities. I'd guess that a lot of you are starting to think about these things too.

Freedom in no exception. We are finalizing the details of our programs that launch again in September and working hard to get our ducks in a row... even as we work around our wonderful summer holiday time!

One of our core values here at Freedom is IMPACTING: Positively Influencing the World for Jesus. We believe that being involved in impacting others for Christ is a vital part of being a disciple of Jesus. It makes sense, doesn't it? If our lives are being truly being transformed, there is a passion to share that same love, grace and change with others.

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My first year teaching at the School of Music (@ the FCC) in fall 2010! 

So as you're starting to plan your fall I want to encourage you to ask yourself: Am I impacting anyone with the amazing good news that is changing my life?

There are so many ways you can do this... at work, with your family, with a not-for-profit in our community, in your neighbourhood and on it goes. We also have amazing opportunities right here at Freedom. I mean, we have our own community centre! You don't have to start a new organization - you are welcome to jump into something that is already going on. We love linking arms with you to impact KW for Jesus!

Whatever it is, wherever it is, I invite you to go ahead, pray and plan for more than just your kids' sports activities and wardrobes. Ask God how you can impact your world for Him. I'm doing that with my family - join me!

Impacting Together,

Pastor Tracy


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This Sunday...

THE SUMMER OF COURAGE
Jonathan

Join us on Sunday at 10am as Erin shares this incredible story of courage.

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🙌 5th Sunday is Here! (you're going to want to get excited)

Why do we make such a big deal about a month with five Sundays? We know it's great every time that we get together and we celebrate life-change through Christ every Sunday. 5th Sundays just give us an excuse to celebrate in a bit of a different way.

So, this Sunday, come ready for something a bit out of the ordinary. Come ready to celebrate being a part of the Church who worships!

We're hoping to have an outdoor service in church picnic style so here's what you need to know to get ready...

  1. Dress for the weather.
  2. Bring a lawn chair and umbrella or sun shelter if you have one.
  3. Bring a couple of picnic-type dishes to share.
  4. We'll provide a popsicle/ice cream-type dessert and lots of water.

We're going to celebrate how the church has worshipped together through the decades, have "special music", celebrate a water baptism and even have a chance for some testimonies. You won't want to miss it!

Service starts at 10:00am and the picnic will follow.
(We'll be indoors if the weather doesn't cooperate. Rain or shine, come excited!)

Can't wait to see you then,
Pastor Tracy


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This Sunday...

THE SUMMER OF COURAGE
Daniel

Join us on Sunday at 10am as Bjorn shares this incredible story of courage.

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The Power of Inefficiency (have you "wasted" any time lately?)

I love efficiency. I get a little giddy when I find out that there is a better or faster way to get something done. I don't drive anywhere without considering how many lights I might have to sit at or how much traffic I will encounter. I organize my grocery list so that I don't have to backtrack through the store. I don't pack for a trip until every piece of laundry is cleaned, folded and put away so that I don't have to return to the job over and over again. If I can order something online for the same price, I definitely will... and let it just come to my door. I like checking off lists and feeling accomplished at the end of the day. You get the picture. I suspect I've just divided you into two groups: those of you who are breathing an amen and those who feel a bit suffocated.

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While our family was away doing worship ministry at Sunset Point Camp in Alberta, we had the chance to take a canoe out on Lac St. Anne. Rob is a very proficient canoe-ist and I knew all I'd have to do is paddle and he'd get us where we wanted to go. Before we set out I had just finished answering a bunch of emails and generally having a productive afternoon. After we'd been paddling for about ten minutes I realized a couple of things:

  1. The noise of the shoreline was disappearing. (Canoes are so quiet!)
  2. The water was beautiful and the setting incredibly peaceful.
  3. Paddling is extremely inefficient.

Sure, we were moving through the lake but we weren't getting anywhere quickly. Pretty soon, the only sound we heard was our wooden oars dipping in and out of the water. And that's when I had this thought: times of inefficiency are so very good for the soul.

I'm not talking about idleness or laziness, I'm talking about strategically spending time accomplishing nothing but quieting your heart.

Our calendars are full, our inboxes are full, our kitchen sinks are full and we strive for better strategies to get it all done and keep it all in order. And truthfully, ordering our worlds is an important discipline for effectiveness in our life and ministry. But ordering your life is about more than that calendar or inbox. There has to be time "wasted" doing whatever it is that quiets your mind and soul.

So go out and inefficiently paddle to the middle of the lake... or whatever you do to move away from the noise. Maybe it's tea on the porch swing (without your phone!). Maybe it's a walk through your neighbourhood with worship in your heart and/or on your iPod. Maybe it's a hike with your family or day at the beach unplugged from the calendar. I can't think of a better season to be intentional about this life-giving practice. Use this beautiful summer season to get this habit into your DNA.

Looking forward to connecting with you on Sunday,
Pastor Tracy


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This Sunday...

THE SUMMER OF COURAGE
Abigail

Join us on Sunday at 10am as Pastor Tracy shares this incredible story of courage.

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An Easter People (and a little flock)

Pope John Paul II once said,

“We do not pretend that life is all beauty. We are aware of darkness and sin, of poverty and pain. But we know Jesus has conquered sin and passed through his own pain to the glory of the Resurrection. Do not abandon yourself to despair. We are an Easter people and hallelujah is our song."

You, dear friends, are an Easter people. You have hope that anchors your soul in any season and every circumstance. You have a gentle Shepherd who leads you beside quiet water and without fear through the valley of the shadow of death. (Psalm 23)

When Luke, the gospel writer, records Jesus teaching on not worrying he tells us that Jesus said, "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been please to give you the kingdom." (Luke 12:32)

So, little flock, whatever worry or stress or trouble you are facing today, remember: You are an Easter people and hallelujah is your song.

From one sheep to another,
Pastor Tracy


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This Sunday...

THE SUMMER OF COURAGE
Peter

Join us on Sunday at 10am as Erin shares this incredible story of courage.

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The Truth Is (of prayer and prayerlessness)

The truth is that we only learn to pray all the time everywhere after we have resolutely set about praying some of the time somewhere.
— Richard Foster, Prayer

This quote (and many others) is highlighted in my copy of Prayer by Richard Foster. It struck a chord with me because of its simple truth. We can learn all there is to learn about prayer, we can study it all day long, but unless we put it into practice we really don't know anything at all. 

If you've ever felt frustrated by or ashamed of your prayer life, you're not alone. 

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"We today yearn for prayer and hide from prayer. We are attracted to it and repelled by it. We believe prayer is something we should do, even something we want to do; but it seems as if a chasm stands between us and actually praying. We experience the agony of prayerlessness.

"We will never have pure enough motives, or be good enough, or know enough in order to pray rightly. We simply must set all these things aside and begin praying. In fact, it is in the very act of prayer itself - the intimate, ongoing interaction with God - that these matters are cared for in due time."

Richard Foster (Prayer, chapter one)

Even as we've been asking Jesus to teach us in His school of prayer over the past several weeks, I invite you to join me in praying the prayer that Foster write at the end of chapter one. 

"Dear Jesus, how desperately I need to learn to pray. And yet, when I am honest I know that I often do not even want to pray. I am distracted! I am stubborn! I am self-centred! In your mercy, Jesus, bring my 'want-er' more in line with my 'need-er' so that I can come to want what I need. In your name and for your sake, I pray. Amen."

May we do everything for His name and for His sake,
Pastor Tracy


This Sunday...

School of Prayer: Teach Us To Use Your Gifts

The fact of the matter is that we are all gifted. Yep, you. Same with me. We have gifts that have been given to us as a member of the body of Christ. And in fact, there are gifts that the Holy Spirit gives the church that go beyond the ministry gifts that each of us possess. Thanks to the grace of God, we are truly a gifted people. The question is... do we know how to recognize and use these amazing gifts? I'm looking forward to talking with you about it on Sunday.  
- Pastor Tracy

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The Path to Holiness (still in the School of Prayer)

As I was preparing my heart for this coming Sunday, another challenging passage from Andrew Murray's Power in Prayer came to my mind. Here is some food for thought as you turn your heart toward the weekend.

"The name Holy Spirit teaches us that it is particularly the work of the Spirit to impart holiness to us and make it our own.

"The holiness of God in Christ becomes holiness in you because His Spirit dwells in you. The words Holy and Spirit and the divine realities they represent are now inseparably and eternally united. You can only have as much of the Spirit as you are willing to have of holiness. And you can only have as much holiness as you have the indwelling Spirit. 

"Some pray for the Spirit because they long to have His light and joy and strength, but their prayers accomplish little increase of His blessing or power. It is because they do not truly know or desire Him as the Holy Spirit. They are not acquainted with His burning purity, His convicting light, His putting to death the deeds of the flesh, and His leading into the fellowship of Jesus, who gave up His will and His life to the Father.

"He reveals and imparts the holiness of Chris. Jesus speaks of 'the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, [who] will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you' (John 14:26). He is the Spirit of Christ. Our hope is awakened to believe that He will work mightily in us."

- Originally taken from The Path to Holiness

Looking forward to being transformed by the Word with you on Sunday,
Pastor Tracy


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This Sunday...

School of Prayer: Teach Us To Be Holy

On Sunday we continue in our School of Prayer asking God to teach us to be holy. Talk about "praying the impossible!” We understand that God has a standard for us - but holiness? Isn’t that something we should only expect from God? Not according to scripture. Let’s talk about it on Sunday.  - Bjorn

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Slow Fade (the truth in the yellow ceiling)

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I consider myself to be a pretty clean person. I do regular chores at my house and like to keep thing tidy. But something pretty horrifying came to light last week while Rob and I started a small kitchen renovation. We were about to begin the process of painting the cabinets and I decided that it was probably a good idea to paint the ceiling since everything else was being freshened up. I could see that the section around the stove had yellowed a bit so I bought a can of ceiling paint and got started. Within a few strokes of the roller I was equally horrified and fascinated. (Look right to see the picture I snapped.) When compared to the rest of the 14 year old ceiling, it wasn't bad... but compared to the fresh, white paint, the ceiling was a perfect shade of EW!

Immediately, I saw the metaphor on my ceiling. When we compare ourselves - thoughts, actions, attitudes - to others, to our surroundings, or to who we were yesterday, we simply can't see clearly what needs to be changed. But when we allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate the Word to us, to speak truth to us and to show us His ways, we have the opportunity to be truly transformed. That's why we're so passionate about meeting together, about knowing the Word, about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and, in this series, how to be people of prayer. All of this works together to help us see more clearly how to be transformed into the image of Christ.

Looking forward to being transformed by the Word with you on Sunday,
Pastor Tracy


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This Sunday...

School of Prayer: Teach Us to Pray in the Sprit

We're going to look into Romans 8 on Sunday and talk about another amazing gift that we have from the Holy Spirit. Ever not known what to say to God? (I'd bet that's been all of us at some time or another.) This gift is for you.

Also, we're excited to welcome the Pennings family this weekend! Barbara and Anthony will be sharing about the work they are doing in Manitoulin. I know you'll be inspired to hear about how they've followed the call of God on their lives. 

See you then,
Pastor Tracy

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Partners in Mission... Ray of Hope (say hi!)

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Say Hello To... Ray of Hope

Allow me to introduce you to or reacquaint you with one of our missions partners. Ray of Hope works right here in Kitchener and provides life-changing services to people in need. They demonstrate the love of Christ to those who are disadvantaged, marginalized, or troubled. Their vision is: "People investing in people. Inspiring Hope. Transforming Life." Wow - it's no wonder that we count it a privilege to partner with Ray of Hope. Their vision and ours share so much in common.

Ray of Hope works in so many different areas of our community. Specifically, they focus on:

  • Community Support
  • Refugee Support
  • Youth Justice
  • Youth Employment
  • Youth Addiction

For the past several years we have been sending a team every other month to make and serve a meal at the Ray of Hope Community Centre. This year, even as we continue to do that, we have a plan to raise funds over and above the cost of the food to be able to bless their ministry in some way at the end of the year. 

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We appreciate everyone who has served with our Freedom team at Ray of Hope and invite you to get involved if you want to participate with us. (Just email Katie and let her know you're interested.)

Thank you for partnering with us as we support this great work in our community and our missions families!

See you on Sunday, 
Pastor Tracy

Want to know more about our 2018 Missions Giving Plan? Click here.


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This Sunday...

School of Prayer: Teach Us the Holy Spirit's Power

Praise the Lord for Pentecost - the gift of the Spirit empowering us. Now what? Do you ever wish that there was an "owner's manual" on how to use the Holy Spirit's power? Or does the Holy Spirit use us? Or is it both? So many questions. I have an idea. Let's ask Jesus to teach us to use the Holy Spirit's power. 

See you on Sunday.
Bjorn

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About Asking and Giving (we're celebrating Pentecost this Sunday)

This week's devotional thoughts are again from Andrew Murray's Power in Prayer. On Sunday we are celebrating Pentecost and so this excerpt seemed especially appropriate.

"God's giving is inseparably connected with our asking. He applies this principle especially to the gift of the Holy Spirit. As surely as a father on earth gives bread to his child, so God gives the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him. One great law rules the whole ministry of the Spirit: We must ask; God must give. When the Holy Spirit was poured out at Pentecost with a flow that never ceases, it was in answer to prayer. 

"Of all the gifts of the early church to which we should aspire, there is none more needed than the gift of prayer - prayer that brings the Holy Spirit into the midst of believers. This power is given to those who say, 'We will give ourselves to prayer.'

"Prayer links the King on the throne with the church at His feet. The church, the human link, receives its divine strength from the power of the Holy Spirit, who comes in answer to their prayers. Where there is much prayer, there will be much of the Spirit; where there is much of the Spirit, there will be ever-increasing prayer. If prayer was the power by which the early church flourished and triumphed, shouldn't it be the same of the church today?"

From Power in Prayer by Andrew Murray

There are some challenging and encouraging things to consider in this brief passage, aren't there? This is a great time to remind you about three important prayer initiatives that we have at Freedom.

  1. Pre-Service Prayer - Sundays @ 9:00-9:30 - You are welcome to come early and pray in the sanctuary while the worship team rehearses. 
  2. Deep Roots - Sunday, May 27 @ 6:00 - Spend time seeking God with others in your church family.
  3. Intercessory Prayer Team - Email prayer@freedomkw.com any time to send your prayer request to our prayer team. They would love to partner in prayer with you.

Can't wait for Pentecost Sunday!
Pastor Tracy


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This Sunday...

School of Prayer: Teach Us To Ask

There is an interesting difference between Matthew 7 and Luke 11 when Jesus is teaching us how to ask and how good our Father God is. Matthew talks about "good gifts" while Luke defines those "good gifts" as someone very specific - the Holy Spirit. On Sunday we will take a look at these scriptures in light of the amazing events that took place on the Day of Pentecost. I'm looking forward to it. Come with an expectant heart! - P. Tracy

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In The School of Prayer (Happy Mother's Day!)

As we approach Mother's Day and continue to focus on prayer, here is a prayer for all of the moms in our lives...

Dear Father, we approach your throne on behalf of the mothers whom you have entrusted with the care of your most precious little ones. We thank you for creating each mom with a unique combination of gifts and talents. We thank you for the sacrifice of self each mom gives for her children. For the late nights spent rocking a colicky infant. For the hands calloused from washing, wiping, scrubbing, mixing, baking, stirring, hugging, patting, disciplining, holding, writing, erasing, painting, and pouring.

We thank you for the gift of time moms give for their kids. We thank you for the flexibility of moms, for their tirelessness, their perseverance, and their devotion.

We pray you give each mom strength. Help her to see in every mundane task the eternal, cosmic significance that you place on motherhood. Help her to understand that the most radical, world-changing events may be happening anonymously in her home. 

We ask you to be the daily bread of tired mothers. We ask you to be their living water. We ask you to be their source of spiritual and physical strength. We pray that the same grace that flowed from Father to Son to us in salvation will flow from mothers to their children. We pray that each mother rejects perfectionism and instead embraces the goodness of the gospel. We pray her rhythms of repentance and forgiveness will shape her home.

Lord, give each mother a worshipful reverence of you, the Creator and Sustainer of life. Help each mother to rest in the knowledge that they are but stewards of your children and that only your Spirit can produce change into the hearts of each boy and girl. May each mother find rest in you.

Most of all, Lord, on this day in which we honour mothers, may we love and cherish the special women who have born us, who have nurtured us, and who have prayed for our well-being. May our hearts overflow with gratitude to you.

Adapted from Daniel Darling

Be blessed!
Pastor Tracy

Oh, and just for fun... this is to honour you, too, moms!


This Sunday...

School of Prayer: Teach Us Discernment
"And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one." 

This week as we celebrate Mother's Day, we are focusing on the next section of the Lord's Prayer where Jesus teaches us to pray for discernment. These 13 words are very familiar to most of us but they are packed with meaning. On Sunday we're going to take some time to understand the bigger message behind this simple prayer.

- P. Tracy

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In The School of Prayer (unleashing a flood)

This week's prayer challenge comes from chapter 16 of "Prayer" by Richard Foster.  As we prepare for Bjorn's message on forgiveness this Sunday, here are some thoughts to prime your heart and mind around Matthew 6:12, 14-15:

"As long as the only cry heard among us is for vengeance, there can be no reconciliation. If our hearts are so narrow as to see only how others have hurt and offended us, we cannot see how we have offended God and so find no need to seek forgiveness. If we are always calculating in our hearts how much this one or that one has violated our rights, by the very nature of things we will not be able to pray this prayer [Matthew 6:12]. 

"In the affairs of human beings there is a vicious cycle of retaliation: you gore my ox and I'll gore your ox, you hurt me and I'll hurt you in return. Now the giving of forgiveness is so essential because it breaks this law of retribution. We are offended and, instead of offending in return, we forgive. (Be assured that we are able to do this only because of the supreme act of forgiveness at Golgotha, which once and for all broke the back of the cycle of retaliation.) When we do, when we forgive, it unleashes a flood of forgiving graces from heaven and among human beings."

From Prayer by Richard Foster

Be blessed this week,
Pastor Tracy


This Sunday...

School of Prayer: Teach Us Forgiveness

"And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." 

This week, we jump back into the School of Prayer with Jesus as He teaches us how to pray in Matthew 6. 

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In The School of Prayer (when we find the Christian life difficult)

Just like last week, I want to share some thoughts from a devotional book comprised of excerpts from Andrew Murray's writings. (The book is "Power in Prayer".) In light of my tag-team message with Bjorn this coming Sunday, here is this week's instalment:

"We find the Christian life difficult because we seek for God's blessing while we live according to our own will. We make our own plans and choose our own work, and then we ask the Lord Jesus to watch and see that sin does not overtake us and that we do not wander too far from the path. But our relationship to Jesus ought to be such that we are entirely at His disposal. Every day we should go to Him first, humbly and straightforwardly, and say, 'Lord, is there anything in me that is not according to your will, that has not been ordered by you, or that is not entirely given over to you? What would you have me do today?'"

From Divine Healing by Andrew Murray
Excerpt from Power in Prayer

Be blessed as you surrender to God each day,
Pastor Tracy


This Sunday...

School of Prayer: Teach Us Surrender & Trust

"Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."
"Give us today our daily bread." 

It's such a simple prayer but it's completely packed with meaning. What does it mean to trust God for our daily needs? How do we learn to rely on Him not ourselves? This Sunday Bjorn and I will be doing a tag-team message that incorporates what we had planned for last week and this week. We're looking forward to unpacking these important truths with you! - P. Tracy

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In The School of Prayer (devotional thoughts from Andrew Murray)

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As I mentioned on Sunday, one of the best known authors on prayer is Andrew Murray. I wanted to share some thoughts from a great devotional book with excerpts of his writings that I received several years ago called "Power in Prayer". It's a little hard to find in print these days but here are some thoughts for your week as you consider the posture of your heart in prayer.

 

"The first thing the Lord teaches His disciples is that they must have a secret place for prayer. Jesus is our teacher in the school of prayer. He taught us at Samaria that worship is no longer confided to times and places, but that true spiritual worship is something that comes from within the spirit and life of a believer. But He still sees it as important that each one choose a location where he can daily meet with Him. That inner room, that solitary place, is Jesus' schoolroom. That spot could be anywhere. It may even change from day to day if we have to move for the sake of family or schedules, but there must be a secret place and a quiet time in which the "student" places himself in the Master's presence to be prepared by Him to worship the Father. Jesus comes to us in that place and teaches us to pray.

"God hides himself from the carnal eye. If in worship we are primarily occupied with our own thoughts and exercises, we will not meet Him who is Spirit. But to the one who withdraws himself from all that is of the world and the flesh and prepares to wait upon God alone, the Father will reveal himself."

From
Teach Me to Pray by Andrew Murray
Excerpt from Power in Prayer

Be blessed as you seek God this week,
Pastor Tracy


This Sunday...

School of Prayer: Teach Us Surrender

We are learning to pray from the Master Himself - Jesus. He is so selfless that even in His prayer He asks for what God wants. Jesus teaches us to address God and say "Your Kingdom come, Your will be done." Does that not go without saying? Does God not always get what He wants anyway? Maybe this prayer has more to do with us then what appears on the surface? On Sunday we will unpack how our attitude and deepest desire in prayer impacts the way we pray. See you then. 

- Bjorn

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Learning From The Master (our spring series is here!)

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OK, so it's snowing a little as I'm writing this and I'm working very hard to see the silver lining in a -5 windchill during the first week of April. Anyone have any suggestions???

However, in spite of the strange "spring" we're having, I'm excited about the new series we're starting on Sunday called "School of Prayer". I've been thinking a lot lately about the vital role that prayer plays in our lives and how much God wants to teach us and change us through communicating with Him. So, what is the best way to pray?

For the next few weeks we're going to be like the disciple who wanted to know the answer to that question, too, so he went right to source: 

One day, Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray...’
— Luke 11:1

This is where we're going to start because this is where Jesus' teaching about prayer started. I invite you to come along with us as we learn from the Master.

See you on Sunday,
Pastor Tracy


Did you participate in our Good Friday "Better Than" video?
 

Did you see it on Easter Sunday? It was absolutely incredible - powerful, honest and heart-felt with the potential to minister to so many others! 

We would love to be able to share it online but we won't do it without your permission. If you or your children made a sign and had your picture taken by Walt and Rob, please click the button below and let us know if you're OK with us sharing it online. If you'd like to see it first, simply mention that in your email and we'll send you a private link.


Thank you! He is risen indeed!
#JesusIsAll #BetterThan #AllTheThings

 
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This Sunday...

School of Prayer: Teach Us The Posture

The first thing we learn from Jesus about prayer in Matthew 6 is how to posture our hearts. It isn't about following a formula or a 5-step program. From creation until now it's always been about the heart. 

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Jesus is All (a pre-Easter message from Pastor Tracy)

Good Friday - March 30 @ 10:00am
Family Communion Service
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Easter Sunday - April 1 @ 10:00am
Come ready to worship... Jesus is ALL!
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This Sunday...

Jesus Is All 

I have a great little reader board in my office. Sometimes it finds it's way to our Welcome Centre but for this past month it's been parked in my office with this message: Jesus Is All. Leading up to Easter and as we've been walking through Hebrews, my heart has been anchored again in this fact; everything that we need is found in Jesus. I am excited to celebrate that with you on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. It's going to be a beautiful weekend. 

See you soon,
Pastor Tracy

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Easter @ Freedom (I can't wait!)

Very simply today I want to invite you into a celebration of the best season of the year. You're invited to make the most out of every moment; dig a little deeper, pause a little longer, listen a little more closely, sing a little louder and experience even more gratitude for the life-transforming work of Christ in our lives. He truly is better than ALL.

Palm Sunday - March 25

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Celebration with Kmotion and palm branches!

Good Friday - March 30 @ 10:00am

Family Communion Service

Easter Sunday - April 1

Come ready to worship.. Jesus is ALL!

Can't wait to see you all on Sunday,
Pastor Tracy


This Sunday...

Better Than Sacrifices

I don’t know if you have ever struggled with making the connection between the old covenant and the new covenant. All that stuff about the spilling of blood for the atonement of sin - why was that necessary? And, if it was important, then why is it not important now? Is the Old Testament obsolete and totally irrelevant? Sometimes the significance of where we are is only revealed in the knowledge of where we have come from. Let’s celebrate greater things together.

See you on Palm Sunday,
Bjorn

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