Understanding that the earth is the Lord’s points to the Lordship of Christ over all creation, over everything – and this in fact is what mission is all about: proclaiming the Lordship of Christ in our messy, day to day lives including our relationships and not least of all our relationship to creation. Simply put, the Earth is the Lord’s and we are His caretakers or stewards. So our activity in caring for the planet, stewarding all that he has made is not driven by guilt. But rather it is out of obedience and a posture of gratitude that we take care of what he has made. So to live lightly, to steward creation well, is just a normal part of Christian discipleship. It is not some sort of fringe activity or fad. ( Markku Kostamo)
When we think about Jesus most of us can easily form a picture in our minds of Jesus the Healer, or Jesus the Son of God, or Jesus the Friend of Sinners. But what about Jesus the Environmentalist? What comes to mind? Probably not much. In today’s message we will explore how the theme of creation care is prominent not just in the Old Testament and the writings of Paul but is woven into the very fabric of Jesus’ life.
This will be our second week in the Practicing Resurrection in Creation Series. We are grateful to have Leah Kostamo, Director of Communications at A Rocha, sharing with us this morning. Unfortunately, the sermon audio is not available on-line in. Please see the pdf of the sermon draft notes – “Jesus and Creation” by Leah Kostamo
For the final instalment of our “Practicing Resurrection” series, our friends from A Rocha will be with us for the next 3 Sundays as we seek to “Practice Resurrection in Creation”. This morning we welcome Christie Goode who will be preaching from Revelation 21. The title of her message: From the Garden to the Garden City: My Journey Home.
There are no “ideal” families in the Bible, thank goodness. In both the Old and New Testaments, we find vignettes of family life that seem familiar to those of us living in the real world where there is love but also squabbling, where there is loyalty but also deceit, where there is human sin, and also God’s mercy. On this Mothering Sunday, we talk about what it might look like to “Practice Resurrection in our Relationships” by way of considering the reconciliation between Jacob and his brother Esau in Genesis 33. Here, in this magnificent story of forgiveness, we get a glimpse of what it might look like to participate with God in bringing life out of death in our relationships. (Kim Pierrot)
“Mission is not a human activity undertaken out of obligation to the great commission, or even simple gratitude. It is God’s own mission in which we have been included. It is what God is doing to bless all the nations through the resurrection of Christ and the outpouring of the Spirit. Mission work is not motivated by the need of the world but by the sending God who calls and empowers.” Paul Stevens
This morning as we commission our Nashisa team, we will consider the ways in which the risen Christ sends each of us to “practice resurrection” in our world, and we will hear about a few ways in which Cappers are already doing exactly that. (Kim Pierrot)
April 22, 2016 – Shelley MacDonald-Lin and Cap Friends
This morning is the final Sunday in our “Practicing Resurrection in our Work” mini-series. Can all our work be worship? What does it look like to offer up our everyday, ordinary, “going-to-work” life to God? And what changes in us when we make that offering with our lives? As we turn to Romans 12:1-2 and listen to the stories of others, we will begin to discover answers to those questions, and even to get a clearer sense of the “work” our gracious God wants to do in us as we offer our work to Him.
We will continue to explore the intersection between our faith in a resurrected Jesus and our daily lives. Building on what Paul Stevens shared with us last week, some friends will be joining me to talk about what makes our work “good” in God’s eyes, and also to reflect on what it’s like to to be a Christian in our various places of work.
This morning it is our great delight to welcome Dr. Paul Stevens to Cap. Paul has been a pastor, student counsellor, business person, Regent professor, as well as a friend and colleague to many Cappers. His mission is to empower ordinary people to integrate their faith and life from Monday to Sunday. Currently Paul is the Chairman of the Institute for Marketplace Transformation and Professor Emeritus of Marketplace Theology and Leadership at Regent College. We look forward to what Paul will bring to us today from the book of Colossians as he helps us to consider what it means to work with reverence and sincerity of heart before God.
Paul Steven’s PowerPoint for sermon can be found under “What’s Happening” on the CapChurch Website.
This Easter morning, we join our Christian brothers and sisters all over the world in declaring: “He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!” But does Jesus’ death and resurrection actually affect our here-and-now lives? In fact, Christ’s death and resurrection speak to the very heart of the gospel and to the life trajectory of those who trust and follow Jesus. His resurrection is the ultimate demonstration of the power of God to make what is dead come alive again. Jesus risen from the dead is the sign of the promise—that forgiveness, wholeness, restoration, redemption for us and for the whole world—is available through the risen Christ. This is not simply a truth to be believed, but to be lived out.
When I think of Palm Sunday and the Triumphal Entry I am reminded of being a child in the church and waving palm leaves while marching around the sanctuary singing songs that contained the word “Hosanna.” It is one of my favourite stories in the Bible, because it is both a reminder of my need to welcome Jesus into my life as well as a challenge to my often flawed expectations of who he will be in my life.