How would you describe the state of your heart? Even in a season where we have experienced an external pause placed on our lives, through Covid-19 restrictions, many still describe their lives as busy. In a world that tells us technology is supposed to make our lives easier, it seems like all it has done is increase the speed at which we think we are to function.
The pace many of us live our lives at is not sustainable over the long haul, and it seems so counter to the invitation of Jesus to find rest and an abundance of life.
So, what would it take to see our hearts and lives filled with the grace that sustains Life? Not life that is lived at breakneck speeds, but life that experiences true rest. Join us as we explore Rhythms of Grace, that help us tap into and experience the abundant life that is found in Christ alone.
Throughout the gospels, we see Jesus encounter a variety of people, meeting them on their home turf, often, as they engaged in everyday activities. These encounters challenge our assumptions of who Jesus is - much in the same way they confronted the religious elite and the ideas people had about what a saviour would look like.
In those encounters, there is a contrast between those who chose to draw close to Jesus and those who pushed away from Jesus. Yet, a consistent result of those encounters is the people left changed in some way. Join us this summer as we look at Encounters with Jesus through the gospels and challenge our assumptions, while Jesus reveals his heart and invites each and every one of us to draw near to Him.
Our lives are often filled with noise and busyness - we find ourselves running from one place to another. We often wear the badge of busyness with a sense of honour. Over the last number of weeks, our routines have dramatically changed, and many have commented that they have found more time to slow down and breathe. What if, as part of this season, God is providing an opportunity to see transformation happen in our lives? What if that transformation begins as we have ears to hear what he is saying to us? Join us on Sunday as we begin our new series called Transformed - New ears, eyes and heart, changed by love, changed to love.
These are confusing and disorienting days for the human race. No one alive on the earth today has firsthand experience with the impact of a global pandemic of this size and scale. It raises questions for many of us - what is God doing? Why is He allowing this to happen? How is He going to redeem this for His sovereign purposes? Where is God in all of this? While none of us ultimately knows all that is in the mind and heart of God, we do know His character is unchanging. In time, His goodness, wisdom and mercy will become clear as we hold tightly to Him. This series will explore a variety of themes found in Scripture that shed light on this current moment we find ourselves in.
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.
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.
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 lastwords 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.
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.