Both Pastor Daranne & Pastor Kristian participated in Ashes to Go in downtown Calgary on March 5, Ash Wednesday. Listen to Pastor Kristian’s comments on the CBC Eyeopener Radio Broadcast.
This festival is a bridge between the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany seasons that come to a close today and the Lent-Easter cycle that begins in a few days. On the mount of transfiguration Jesus is revealed as God’s beloved Son, echoing the words at his baptism. This vision of glory sustains us as Jesus faces his impending death […]
We hear in the Old Testament reading, “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God an holy.” Yet we know we cannot achieve perfection. Our attempts to love neighbours and even our enemies fall short of what God desires for us. Yet in Jesus we see one who loved even those who persecuted […]
In the reading from Deuteronomy we are called to choose life by loving and obeying God. Much of the gospel reading echoes portions of the Ten Commandments. Jesus’ instructions to the crowd reveal a pattern of behaviour that honours both God and the neighbour,resulting in life and health for the whole community. We, too, are […]
The prophet Isaiah declares that when we loose the bonds of injustice and share our bread with the hungry, the light breaks forth like the dawn. In another passage from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus, the light of the world, calls his followers to let the light of their good works shine before others. […]
Merry Christmas! Join us for Christmas Eve Candlelight Services at 4:30, 6:00 & 7:30. Click “READ MORE” to watch Nichole Nordeman’s “Real,” the song Pastor Daranne references in her Christmas Eve sermon.
Isaiah prophesies that a young woman will bear a sone and name him Emmanuel. The gospel in Matthew’s account of the annunciation and birth of the one names Emmanuel, God-with-us. During these final days of Advent we pray, “O come, O come, Emmanuel,” a beloved hymn based on ancient prayers appointed for the seven days […]
A note of joyful expectation marks worship. Isaiah announces that the desert shall rejoice and blossom. Jesus points to signs of God’s reign: the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear. We wait with patience for the coming of the Lord, even as we rejoice at his presence among us […]
At the heart of our Advent preparation stands John the Baptist, who calls us to repent and make a new beginning. As the darkness increases we turn toward the light of Christ’s coming. For Christians he is the root of Jesse, the righteous judge who welcomes all, especially the poor and meek of the earth. […]
The new church year begins with a wake-up call: Christ is coming soon! In the readings both Paul and Jesus challenge us to wake up from sleep, for we know neither the day nor hour of the Lord’s coming. Isaiah proclaims the day when God will gather all people on the holy mountain and there […]