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November 19, 2018

I titled yesterday's message Wish, as in as you wish – Wesley's reply to Buttercup in the movie The Princess Bride. I suggested that many people want God to be their Farm Boy while they live as Princess Buttercup, expecting Him to do their bidding. They call; He answers as you wish.

We looked at prayer . . . and the assumptions that we do pray, that we actually pray, and that we actively seek God in prayer. I hope I do not assume too much   . . . that we don't expect God to be submissive or deferential to our wants, requests, and demands but that we come to him with the Psalmist's attitude: Investigate my life, O God,  find out everything about me; cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I’m about; see for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong – then guide me on the road to eternal life [Psalm 139:23-24; THE MESSAGE]. To read the message, click here . . . and remember: to be a great person of prayer it's not just talking about prayer that counts; it's not just believing in prayer that counts; it's not just being able to teach about prayer that counts; it is actually taking time to pray that counts [S. D. Gordon]! Find time . . . and pray!

This coming Sunday we'll look at one of the things expected of us pre prayer. Too often we – yes, even we who want to be/try to be/claim to be close to God – get our backs up more quickly and more easily than we should when we interact with other people. We don't just respond; we react to things said or done . . . and we are slow to let go.

We're human. We're normal. We aren't super-people. In Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Shylock asked, Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?

We won't look so far as to revenge . . . in fact, we want to step back from revenge [Deuteronomy 32:35/Romans 12:19] – I think. In our message we'll talk about the possibility of Being Prickly – for Jesus.

Your church board has committed to meet the needs of one of the 10 Nazarene children left orphans in the plane accident in Cuba last May. We are committed for the next 10 years at a cost of $30.00 a month. If you would like to be part of the support team, please give through your tithe envelope  or on-line giving, indicating "Child Sponsorship".

The Church of the Nazarene in Cuba is growing at an amazing rate – it has more than doubled in the past few years, with 128 churches now in existence. In faith, the church board has committed to support a second pastor and church. Thank you for your generosity in compassionate giving.

The Fifth Annual CHRI Pajama Drive is underway. The station is asking for donations of new PJs, which will be distributed through local and rural food banks and to given to families who face difficult challenges such as poverty, addiction, domestic violence and mental health challenges.

The Pajama Drive will continue until the end of February. Click here for more information.

You might also want to think about a reverse advent calendar. Instead of opening a door to take a treat [mmm, Lindt chocolate!], place a non-perishable food item in a basket each day of Advent and at the end of Advent take the basket to a food bank.

Denominationally . . . the 2017-2018 Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Canada gift catalogue can be found on-line [click here to access a copy; you can also pick one up from the table at the back of the sanctuary]. You can give through the church or directly to NCMC either on-line [click here] or by mail.

November . . . is Movember Click here to go to my fund-raising page as I am try to do my part to raise funds for men’s health issues.  [Pastor]

Advent nears. Soon we'll be lighting the candles that remind us of the incarnation . . . singing the carols and hymns of Christmas . . . celebrating the birth of the Christ Child.  As calendars fill quickly, please note the dates and times of our own church activities. 

  • The first Sunday of Advent is December 2 . . . we'll celebrate communion in our service as we prepare our hearts for the season.
  • The second Sunday of Advent is December 9 . . . our day of musical celebration. Everyone who would like to share a special Christmas song or reading is welcome to participate – please see Matt as we look forward to a great time of congregational worship. Following our service we will go out for our Festive Fellowship at the nearby St. Hubert's chicken [1754 St Laurent Boulevard]. 
  • The third Sunday of Advent is December 16. We will gather for our annual open house and fellowship at the parsonage for the evening [beginning at 6:30pm].
  • The fourth Sunday of Advent is December 23 . . . a time of worship and wonder as we look to the manger and the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes.
  • Christmas Eve we'll gather for our candlelight service . . . a time of joyous reflection of the incarnation. Our service will begin at 7pm.
  • Matt will share our year-end message in our December 30 worship service.

The Nursery School's Christmas fundraiser is through Purdy's Chocolate. The web site is a little bit strange. Click here to access it; enter your e-mail address and either sign up [if this is your first time order] or sign in [if you ordered last year]; click on the "three bars" in the top right corner; click "shop online".

You will have two choices: "Use Online Order Form" or "Use Marketplace" [Marketplace shows you pictures of the product]. Add your product, proceed to checkout, pay, and pick up Sunday December 18th. Enjoy!

Let me know if you'd like a copy of the slide show presentation/copies of the pictures that were shown at the anniversary banquet. They can be copied to a flash disk or to a CD.

We are still planning for an interactive prayer time – perhaps in December. We also plan to live-stream our Sunday services via Facebook video soon, "piggy-backing" onto the system the Spanish Church is setting up. Unfortunately, things are taking longer than expected.

We'll keep you updated and will be "on the air" as soon as we can.

Our Messages  in Sundays to Come . . .

  • Nov 25:        Being Prickly for Jesus
  • Dec 02:         I Doubt It!
  • Dec 09:         Musical Celebration
  • Dec 16:         I'm Not So Sure
  • Dec 23:         I'm Going to Believe
  • Dec 24:         I Will Celebrate
  • Dec 30:         Matt Speaking

Church Life in November . . .

  • Nov 22:        Bible Study
  • Nov 23:        Worship Team Practice
  • Nov 30:        Worship Team Practice
  • Nov 30:        Youth Alive Teen Activity