What’s so Special about Tabitha?

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Good morning Church and welcome! Pastor John is away for the next three weeks and so we are fortunate to have Pastor Dan Roukema guest preaching for us in John’s absence. This morning’s message is part of a series on the book of Acts and we will look at the account of Peter raising Tabitha to life. The account that Pastor Dan will be breaking down for us depicts two different callings for two followers of Jesus: Peter raises the dead and Tabitha practices good works and charity. As we worship together this morning, let us remember that God calls us to serve in many ways and let us strive to quiet our hearts and our minds so as to be attentive to his calling.

Speak to the Silence – United Pursuit

10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman

Psalm 25 says this

“To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. Make me to know your ways, O lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord! Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. For your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great. Who is the man who fears the Lord? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose. His soul shall abide in well-being, and his offspring shall inherit the land. The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant. My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net” (Psalm 25:1-15, ESV).

Build My Life – Pat Barrett

My hope for all of us today is that we will let this song become our prayer. The line “lead me in your love to those around me” is very reminiscent of the way the Tabitha sought to love the Lord and serve her community. Let us pray that we would be a people who are building all aspects of our life on Christ who is our firm foundation, and let us pray that we would seek to love and bless those who are in need of love and blessing. As Tabitha and Peter were attentive to the calling of God, let us listen to the ways that we are called to serve as a part of the body of Christ.

Resurrecting – Elevation Worship

Seek First – Ben Smith & Jason Upton

2 Corinthians 5:17 says “therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” We have been given new life, and with new life comes commission. We have been commissioned to live into the new life we have been given and love others as Christ did, following the example of disciples like Tabitha. As we go into this next week, let us seek to live faithfully and attentively so that we may experience this new life fully.

 

Thank you for joining us today! If you haven’t listened to this week’s sermon yet, it is posted on both our YouTube channel and our website, or you can find the link on our Facebook and Instagram pages. If you prefer to listen to worship music in a playlist format, we’ve got you covered there too! All of these songs are also available on our Spotify playlist so that you can worship as you go about your week. Our playlist is updated every week so that the songs for the most recent message will be right at the top of the queue. Thanks, and God bless!

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Good morning Church and welcome! In Romans 3, Paul says “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23-24, ESV). This morning, John will be talking about one of the ways that our sin is made evident: our tendencies to lash out. Whether in an argument or responding to a way that someone has hurt us, no matter what side of the issue we are on, we all have sin latched on to our hearts. As we worship together today I encourage you to graciously and gently examine the sin that can be found in your own heart, and as we do this together we can surrender these things to the Father knowing that we have already received redemption through Jesus Christ.

Build My Life – Pat Barrett

Be Thou My Vision – Audrey Assad

Today I wanted to begin our time of worship with a reminder of the commitment that we have made to Christ. Though we are human and though we are sinful, when we gave our lives to Christ we made the commitment to obey, to seek, and to follow him. Building our life on the foundation of our savior means committing to turning back to Christ when we realize that we have strayed, and setting our eyes on Christ as firmly as we are able. Let us remember these things not so that we feel ashamed when we fail to live up to our commitment, but so that we may be continuously evaluating our actions and seeking forgiveness and reconciliation from the Father when we stumble or go astray.

How Deep The Father’s Love For Us – Austin Stone Worship / Stuart Townsend

As Jesus prepared for his own death and crucifixion, he left his disciples with a new task. In John 13, Jesus says “a new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35, ESV). I pray that we all will take this as our task as well in the coming weeks, that we would remember the greatness of Christ’s sacrifice and the depth of the Father’s love and we would seek to love others in the same way.

Nothing But The Blood – Norton Hall Band / Robert Lowry

Give Thanks To God – Housefires

Let us close our time of worship with the words of Paul in Ephesians 2, who says this:

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and the members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the spirit. (Ephesians 2:13-22, ESV).

 

Thank you for joining us today! If you haven’t listened to this week’s sermon yet, it is posted on both our YouTube channel and our website, or you can find the link on our Facebook and Instagram pages. If you prefer to listen to worship music in a playlist format, we’ve got you covered there too! All of these songs are also available on our Spotify playlist so that you can worship as you go about your week. Our playlist is updated every week so that the songs for the most recent message will be right at the top of the queue. Thanks, and God bless!

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Good morning Church and welcome! As always, it is a pleasure to be worshiping alongside you all this morning, and while I cannot see your faces I know that we are unified in Christ. Today Michelle will be bringing the word for us as she talks about relationships and reconciliation. We will be looking at how the brokenness and need for repair in our earthly relationships reveals more about God’s heart and his desire for us to be reconciled back to him. As we worship together today, let us turn our thoughts towards our heavenly father who is constantly trying to draw us near to him.

Goodness Of God – Bethel Music

Come As You Are – David Crowder

Jeremiah 17:14 says “heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise” (ESV). In our prayers, let us cry out and state our need for healing. Let us name the brokenness in our relationships and our need for their repair. Let us be obedient to his calling and meet God where we are, allowing our flaws to be exposed so that the process of healing and reconciliation can begin.

Graves Into Gardens – Elevation Worship 

The first verse of this song is reminiscent of the parable of the prodigal son. In this parable there are two sons and while one of them obviously sins and leaves his father the truth is that both of the sons had relationships with their father that needed repair and reconciliation. The heart of the father in the parable is the same as the heart of our father, that both those who have strayed physically and those who have strayed in their hearts would be drawn near again. In the song “Graves Into Gardens,” the lyrics in the bridge declare the great things that God has done. The song declares that God gives beauty in exchange for ashes and he turns shame into glory, and these include recreating broken relationships into beautiful new ones.

You Are My King (Amazing Love) – Shane & Shane

In Christ Alone – Passion Music

Let us close our time of worship together with 2 Corinthians, which says this:

“therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God who was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:17-21, ESV).

 

If you prefer to listen to worship music in a playlist format, we’ve got you covered there too! All of these songs are also available on our Spotify playlist so that you can worship as you go about your week. Our playlist is updated every week so that the songs I’ve posted to go along with the message will be right at the top of the queue. Thanks, and God bless!

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June 11, 2020

Re: The future of Sunday morning services

Dear Church Member,

Last week the church leadership team met and began to discuss the possibility of a transition from online services to live services in our facility.

Like many of you we are eager to reconnect in a safe and responsible way.

To that end we have tentatively chosen July 26th as a possible restart date — subject to the following conditions:

  1. We will continue to follow and respond to the most current provincial guidance and adjust our plan/timing accordingly.

 

  1. We will not be the first church in our city to ‘restart’. Before we go ahead, we will want to hear from several other churches re: their re-opening experiences and be assured that they have been able to successfully avoid a COVID19 outbreak and re-open in a meaningful way (the last thing we want to do is be known as that Marda Loop church that started too soon).

 

  1. Next week we will be sending a survey to each of you so that we can hear what you think about re-starting (re: gathering restrictions, timing, etc) — especially if you’re a senior. The province currently recommends that churches consider “ways other than in-person attendance to include/support people who are at greater risk of severe disease, including people over 65 years of age and people with chronic medical conditions.”

 

  1. We will also be doing an internal ‘risk assessment’ in relation to the timing and process of re-opening.

This is the plan we will be implementing over the next month. We look forward to hearing from you via the survey. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the church office (or a leadership team member).

Our hope and prayer is that the virus will continue to abate, the province will be able to further loosen restrictions and many churches in our city will successfully be able to re-gather in the weeks and months ahead.

By choosing a July 26th date and preparing as though we will open on that date, we will be ready for any eventuality.

May God continue to keep you in this socially distant time.

 

 Your Marda Loop Church Leadership Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today John’s message is touching on the conversations that have been reignited as a response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, and the others who have been the victims of broken, human systems. Our songs today are centered on lament. As we grieve with our brothers and sisters in Christ all over North America and the world, let us remember that God hears our grieving and sits with us in the midst of the darkness.

Isaiah 58 / Purge Me – Urban Doxology

In Labor All Creation Groans – Bifrost Arts

In his sermon this week, John quotes Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn who says “the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.” In Romans, Paul says “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23, ESV). We all need God to purge the sin from our lives; to separate the evil from the good in our heart. In C.S. Lewis’s book “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” one of the characters – Eustace Scrubb – is turned into a dragon by his greed. When it comes time for Eustace to be freed of his dragon scales and return to being a boy, it requires the claws of the lion Aslan, the Christ figure in the novel, to fully tear the scales and the dragon skin off him and reveal the boy that he was originally created to be. The purging of sin from our lives and the separating of evil from our hearts is not an easy process, and it will almost certainly come with some level pain and discomfort. Whatever the process looks like, I am sure that we cannot scratch off the dragon scales or purge the sin alone, but when we allow Christ to move in these ways we are allowing him to reconcile us back to the Father and return us to who we were originally created to be.

Lift Your Voice – The Brilliance

Seek First – Ben Smith & Jason Upton

Let us seek the Kingdom of God together. Let us know that after the pandemic and through the conversations about racial inequality and prejudice we will be changed. As we go into this next week, I pray that we will all be more intentional about seeking God and softening our hearts so that our Creator can continue to do good works in us.

 

If you prefer to listen to worship music in a playlist format, we’ve got you covered there too! All of these songs are also available on our Spotify playlist so that you can worship as you go about your week. Our playlist is updated every week so that the songs I’ve posted to go along with the message will be right at the top of the queue. Thanks, and God bless!

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