From the monthly archives:

October 2008

Jesus in the Burbs…

by Lon on October 27, 2008

This is a massive topic that I believe we were only scratching the surface on at our last gathering.

Some further questions and reflections

What are some attributes that come to mind when you think of the suburbs?

What are some of the idols in the suburbs?

Reflect on the following terms as it relates to the suburbs
- Families.  Affluence.  Cookie cutter houses.  Independence.  Waste.  Avoidance of interruptions.  Fragmentation.

Reflect on injustices that you’re aware of in our world.

Reflect on Luke 16:19-31

Why is there a separation between the nameless rich man and Lazarus?

Note how that in this scene no one is in heaven or hell due to doctrine or belief statements

Could it be that the ‘gate’ that the rich man put up, created an unreachable ‘chasm’ within his own heart?

Could it be that the rich man needed Lazarus just as much as Lazarus needed the rich man?

Note how the rich man continues to argue with Abraham and speaks of Lazarus in the third person telling him what he should do?  Why might his attitude in such torment be like this?

Suburbanism is also invading the suburbs.  Do some research on the term gentriciation and it’s implications.

What would it look like for the Kingdom of God to manifest in the suburbs?

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From Lisa Cheong of Ratanak

by Lon on October 11, 2008

Dear Friends
All of you have been such a blessing in my life as you have prayed, supported and encouraged me through my journey to Cambodia over the years. During the Thanksgiving weekend of Oct 11/12, three of us from the Cambodia 2008 team who represented Rexdale Alliance have been given the opportunity to speak for the entire service (well the sermon part) at all 3 weekend services to share about our experiences and what God is leading us to do next. If you are free and able to join us we would love to have you there as you have been so much a part of this pilgrimmage. The service times are as follows:
Sat. Oct 11th at 6:30pm
Sun Oct 12 at 9am and 11am
Hope you are all doing well and apologies for not being able to connect with all of you. Hopefully in the weeks to come we will be able to meet up in person.
Much blessings
Lisa
Blog: http://www.lisachildofgod.blogspot.com/
Blog: http://www.cambodiamission2008.blogspot.com/
Toronto Rep – Ratanak Foundation: www.ratanak.org
” Whatever you do, you do it for the glory of God and for the advance of His kingdom and with a view to its consummation which will embrace every tribe and tongue and people and nation. ” ~ John Piper

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Paul Baloche & Robin Mark Fall Tour & More…

by pomankwan on October 11, 2008

I am so exited to see them coming this fall.  Hope you will like it too.

Paul Baloche with speaker Leonard Sweet

Cambridge, ON
Date/Time: Sat Oct 18 @ 7.30pm
Venue: Forward Baptist Church
455 Myers Road
Ticket Outlet: Gospel Lighthouse/Waterloo: 519.885.4500

Robin Mark with special guest Craig Douglas

Oakville, ON
Date/Time: Sun Oct 19 @ 7.00pm
Venue: The Meeting House
2700 Bristol Circle
Ticket Outlet: Good Books: 905.844.3102

Please visit http://uniteproductions.com/go/main/concerts for more promotion and online tickets.

Thanksgiving Thoughts: Thankfulness in Times of Trouble by Rose DesRochers

  • Thanksgiving is a time for food, celebration, and fun. Every year on Thanksgiving, families gather around the table to enjoy a meal and give thanks. But for some folks, Thanksgiving can be a lonely time. Many adults spend the holidays feeling isolated and depressed.
  • For those who may be feeling depressed this Thanksgiving holiday, open your heart to giving. Helping other people in need is a wonderful way to celebrate the day and may make you feel less alone. Check out communities in your area that may need volunteers during the holidays- example: soup kitchens, shelters, hospitals or reach out to your local church.
  • Today on this Thanksgiving Day please remember, though the harvest might not always be plentiful, family and friends may be few, God has given us each a great deal to be thankful for. It’s my experience that it’s much easier to thank God for our blessing than to find a way to be thankful in the midst of our troubles.

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ~W.T. Purkiser

Happy Thanksgiving

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Sharing the Mosaic Dream

by dimshie on October 4, 2008

1. If you have to pick three of these dreams, which ones would you pick?

  • to flourish in the community outside of church building
  • to bring true life to others…a life that is contagiously attractive to our communities outside of Mosaic
  • to strive to root in God’s word and prayer and develop the passion towards the community/people that God brought in their lives

2. how would you contribute to these dreams?

  • be more intentional in reaching out…make more friends…take up opportunities to share life with others
  • practice REAL and to invite others to join in…
  • stay close to God…to celebrate Sabbath…learn to confess our sins to each other…devote in prayer and scripture

This is my commitment to God…to Mosaic…to the Mosaic movement…to His Kingdom…

Sincerely,

Cindy

P.S. Please keep me accountable and pray for me.

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Thanksgiving Gathering – N.T. style

by sockacoach on October 4, 2008

For this year’s Thanksgiving Sunday gathering, we will gather at Kneadings Bread and Cafe. The gathering itself is an attempt to model after 1 Corinthians 14 for a church gathering. Of course, I doubt if anyone of us is able to speak in tongues. At least, I do not.

In preparing ourselves, let’s take a closer look at a section of this chapter:

26-33So here’s what I want you to do. When you gather for worship, each one of you be prepared with something that will be useful for all: Sing a hymn, teach a lesson, tell a story, lead a prayer, provide an insight. If prayers are offered in tongues, two or three’s the limit, and then only if someone is present who can interpret what you’re saying. Otherwise, keep it between God and yourself. And no more than two or three speakers at a meeting, with the rest of you listening and taking it to heart. Take your turn, no one person taking over. Then each speaker gets a chance to say something special from God, and you all learn from each other. If you choose to speak, you’re also responsible for how and when you speak. When we worship the right way, God doesn’t stir us up into confusion; he brings us into harmony. This goes for all the churches—no exceptions.

 34-36Wives must not disrupt worship, talking when they should be listening, asking questions that could more appropriately be asked of their husbands at home. God’s Book of the law guides our manners and customs here. Wives have no license to use the time of worship for unwarranted speaking. Do you—both women and men—imagine that you’re a sacred oracle determining what’s right and wrong? Do you think everything revolves around you?

 37-38If any one of you thinks God has something for you to say or has inspired you to do something, pay close attention to what I have written. This is the way the Master wants it. If you won’t play by these rules, God can’t use you. Sorry.

 39-40Three things, then, to sum this up: When you speak forth God’s truth, speak your heart out. Don’t tell people how they should or shouldn’t pray when they’re praying in tongues that you don’t understand. Be courteous and considerate in everything.

 

When we gather on Thanksgiving Sunday, be prepared to bring one of the following:

  • a hymn (or a song);
  • a lesson (or read aloud a Scripture passage that will benefit the community);   
  • a story (or a testimony of God’s way in your life);
  • lead a prayer (lead the congregation to pray for something that God has laid on our community);
  • an insight (something that God has laid upon you that will benefit God’s people).

These are not just any “sharings” or ”therapy” to yourself but something that is beneficial to the community (“useful for all“).

Then Paul gave the guidelines of carrying out these items:

  • the one who speaks is responsible for his/her speech
  • the one who speaks must speak in turn – no cutting others off or always wanting to speak or must have the final word
  • when someone is speaking, we are to pay attention. no whispering talks. (“wives must not disrupt worship“) 
  • The Big Three:
  1. speak your heart out
  2. do not tell what others should or should not pray though you do not understand
  3. be courteous and considerate

We will gather according to this way as described in the Bible.

In terms of logistics, you may want to print out your song; your passage or anything that you want the congregation to follow. Remember, there is no projector, I suppose.

This is an exercise on what we have learned on the sermon topic: Church – the Gathering, back in early September. I hope that we will all be blessed and encouraged by this gathering / worship.

See you at Kneadings.

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