We can have a tendency to enter Advent without curiosity and wonder. We get so caught up with our plans and preparations to mark the season that we miss it....the glory and the wonder of the Good news of Great Joy! The message of Immanuel - God with us! Join us through the advent season as we look to awaken our expectations once again.
Let’s face it - as people, we’re imperfect, and therefore life can be really messy. It doesn’t require any soul searching to recognize that we've all been hurt by other people, and that in turn, we often hurt ourselves and others. As a result, every single one of us ends up with some sort of hurt, hang-up, or habit that can limit the fullness of life that Jesus offers us. The question we all face is, ‘where do we go from here?' Many times our natural response is to run as a means of trying to escape and avoid dealing with the issues that are at the root of our actions and response - especially when it feels like we’ve tried…and failed to ‘fix’ our issues in the past. We have a wholehearted conviction that there is great hope to experience life transformation in some of the stubborn areas in our lives. Join us as we explore choices that can help lead us toward healing and wholeness.
Studies show that people say an average of 7-15 thousand words a day. Most of those words will be quickly forgotten, but when someone nears the end of their life, we tend to pay closer attention. We often get a deeper glimpse into what is most important to them and the things they want us to remember. In the Gospel of John 13-17, we read the last words that Jesus gave to His disciples before His crucifixion. As apprentices of Jesus, we are to pay close attention to what is most prominent on Jesus’ heart as His time on earth nears its culmination.
If you have ever moved a common comment heard is, “Where did all this stuff come from?” We are shocked at the excess that we seem to accumulate over the years. In many ways we have a similar experience with our lives, over the years we take on practices, habits and general routines that become the norm. We don’t even notice how cluttered our lives have become until we get a chance to take a step back and look at all we are carrying with us. Join us this September as we take a look at Remodeling our lives that we can carry less, live more and experience the fullness of a flourishing life as an apprentice of Jesus.
Does life sometimes feel like you are on a roller coaster? There are great highs and everything seems to be going our way. Until we experience that next drop and the low that follows it. Add to this the time in between where it can feel like we are just hanging on for dear life or we are busy trying to catch our breath. Sound familiar? Ever wonder if there is anybody else who knows how that feels? Join us this summer as we explore the Psalms finding wisdom and language to help us navigate this ride called life.
Noise is everywhere. It seems like the volume of the noise in our world today is ever increasing. Frequently it all just becomes white noise- a constant distraction in the background of life. Yet God created us for relationship and relationships require communication. So how do we learn to tune into the voice of the God who speaks? Join us Sundays as we learn together to recognize and respond to God’s voice. Continuing to grow in an understanding of the biblical and theological framework of why we believe this is a non-negotiable for any apprentice of Jesus.
Join us for our. special Easter Sunday service
In the whirlwind of our everyday life and church family activity, we sometimes lose the larger plot of what Jesus is calling us to in our apprenticeship walk with Him, and how He has been at work in our lives personally and corporately. Come and be reminded afresh of the vision we are seeking to walk out as a church family and listen to some of the story of Jesus that has been unfolding at StAAC over the past year.
There is perhaps no other human reality in our time that requires more humility, grace, courage and a listening posture than that of same-sex relationships. Many people wrestle with what the Bible teaches on this topic and how to navigate the implications in a way that reflects the grace and truth of Jesus. Join us with a humble, teachable spirit as we have 4 conversations on this part of the human experience.
We all long for and crave deep and meaningful relationships. It has always been God’s beautiful design that human relationships – of which marriage is the most intimate and most profound – would be a major vehicle through which God would remake the human heart from the inside out.
There is a lot of confusion about what marriage is intended to be and how our sexuality is to be expressed in our day.
Into this reality, we need to uncover again (or perhaps for the first time), God’s beautiful design for marriage and sexuality. We invite you to join us for this important conversation.
Do you look around and wonder what is happening in our world? At every turn there seems to be a story of another disaster, more suffering and great loss. Why does this happen? How can this happen? Is there anything I can do that might change it from happening?
The problem becomes that the answers to these questions don’t come neatly wrapped and tied with a bow for us. Often times these questions just lead to more questions ultimately leading us to ask: How long must we wait for all things to be made right, for justice to prevail and hope to be restored?
Join us for the Christmas season as we engage with prophet Habakkuk exploring some of these questions as our hearts cry out “How Long?”
The Holy Spirit is the One who regenerates, gives spiritual wisdom,
creates anew, convicts of sin, illumines the truth, comforts, teaches, and seals us as redeemed in Christ! In other words, it is impossible to live as an apprentice of Jesus apart from the Holy Spirit of God! Though the Holy Spirit has often been misunderstood, neglected, and even feared, we are to become Spirit-filled people, empowered for life in the Kingdom of God.
One of the key images for us throughout our building redevelopment effort has been that the new facility would serve as a kind of ‘greenhouse’; that it would be the kind of environment that would provide optimal conditions for the seeds of the Kingdom to flourish.
However, plants of all kinds are not to find their permanent home in a greenhouse. Rather, they are tended and nurtured for a season that they may then be healthy and vibrant and ready to be re-planted in various homes, neighbourhoods and gathering places throughout a community.
As we invite 3-year financial commitments to The Seed Project, we will spend the month of October reflecting on how Jesus intends to grow us as a community of His apprentices – not just for our own sake – but that we might see the Kingdom of God express itself in St. Albert and beyond.