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2019 A New Year: Sabbath a day of rest

Erik kicks off 2019 with a message about Sabbath discussing the day of rest and the practice of creating space for this time. Erik shares on how the practice of Sabbath and his perspective on the commandment has shaped his own relationship with God. Sabbath rest, is not lazy, it’s fully living into God.

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Ordinary Saints of Christmas: Mary

Pastor Evan shared in our sermon series “Ordinary Saints of Christmas." Jesus saw people as more than they were. They were beloved, holy, and beautiful to God. This week Pastor Evan shared on the story of Mary. God was calling ordinary people into the story. This young woman was a teenager, and was betrothed and that was a commitment likely made between their families. There was immense pressure in that. Mary was likely doing boring, ordinary things and not thinking about having babies when the angel Gabriel came to visit her. She was afraid and confused by what she was being told. Eventually, she was willing to lean into the mystery of God and it changed her. It is hard to lean into the mystery. Have you, do you and are you willing to invite the mystery of God into your life?

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Ordinary Saints of Christmas: Joseph

Pastor Preston shared in our sermon series “Ordinary Saints of Christmas." Jesus saw people as more than they were. They were beloved, holy, and beautiful to God. Our journey of following Jesus is about accepting who Jesus says we are. This week Pastor Preston shared on the story of Joseph. God was calling ordinary people into the story. People who were postured towards God and nothing particularly special, but they were righteous people. What could it look like for you to live a righteous life?

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Ordinary Saints of Christmas: Zechariah

Pastor Evan shared in our sermon series “Ordinary Saints." Jesus saw people as more than they were. They were beloved, holy, and beautiful to God. Our journey of following Jesus is about accepting who Jesus says we are. This week Pastor Evan shared on the story of Zechariah.

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Ordinary Saints: From Saul to Paul

Pastor Evan shared in our sermon series “Ordinary Saints." Jesus saw people as more than they were. They were beloved, holy, and beautiful to God. Our journey of following Jesus is about accepting who Jesus says we are. This week Pastor Evan shared on the story of Saul becoming Paul.

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Ordinary Saints: Grateful Lepers

Pastor Preston shared in our sermon series “Ordinary Saints." Jesus saw people as more than they were. They were beloved, holy, and beautiful to God. Our journey of following Jesus is about accepting who Jesus says we are. This week Pastor Preston shared on being unclean in your skin and the story of a chief commander and mighty warrior. People started to believe if they did not have clean skin disease they were considered holy. Jesus is making all things new. Our response is simply two words: thank you.

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Ordinary Saints: The Servants

Pastor Evan shared in our sermon series “Ordinary Saints." Jesus saw people as more than they were. They were beloved, holy, and beautiful to God. Our journey of following Jesus is about accepting who Jesus says we are. This week Pastor Evan shared the story at the beginning of John where Jesus is at a wedding and it’s one of the beginning miracles in understanding the glory of God. Mary points out to Jesus at the wedding they are running out of wine and asks him to meet the needs of the people there. The only people that experience this miracle are the servants who are behind the scenes. God is doing something behind the curtain and not just to wow us, but to draw us deeper into our faith.

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Ordinary Saints: Jesus Saw Zacchaeus

Pastor Preston shared in our sermon series “Ordinary Saints." Jesus saw people as more than they were. They were beloved, holy, and beautiful to God. Our journey of following Jesus is about accepting who Jesus says we are. This week Pastor Preston shared the story of when Jesus Saw Zacchaeus. Zaccheus is noted not only as a tax collector, but as the chief tax collector of Jericho. Jesus offers him unexpected love.

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Ordinary Saints: Samaritan woman

Pastor Evan shared in our sermon series “Ordinary Saints." Jesus saw people as more than they were. They were beloved, holy, and beautiful to God. Our journey of following Jesus is about accepting who Jesus says we are. This week Pastor Evan shared the story of the samaritan woman from John 4. The story is from 2000 years ago and it was a male dominated culture. Men and women were not seen as equal. That was not the way Jesus saw the culture or women. Jesus held women at the same place as men. We see that in the way he lived out his life. The women he had around him were these power house women. Jesus shared his more intimate secret with the samaritan woman and by cultural standards did this in a dirty and unholy place. Jesus saw the saintly in this person when no one else could see.

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Ordinary Saints: Demon Possessed Man

Pastor Preston kicks off new our sermon series “Ordinary Saints." Jesus saw people as more than they were. They were beloved, holy, and beautiful to God. Our journey of following Jesus is about accepting who Jesus says we are. This week Pastor Preston shared the story of the demon possessed man. By the end of the holy encounter with Jesus he was changed. Jesus sees you as holy. A saint isn’t somebody who worked really hard to do good. They lived into what the father says about them.

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So ride on: Worship (God sends us) Camp Chestermere

We joined Camp Chestermere during their School Year Camp for students aged Gr. 6-12 to worship together. This Sunday, Erik our Youth Ministry Leader, shared what God had laid on his heart. The theme for the weekend was participate. Erik shared on how participation is an invitation to participate in relationship with God. God invites you to participate in what he’s already doing. He doesn’t use you. God meets us where we are at.

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So ride on: Worship (God gathers us)

We’re introducing this podcast with a bit of context on a unique Sunday morning. It was with broken hearts on Sunday, October 7 we learned of the sudden passing of our dear friend and worship leader, Melissa. With great sadness we worshiped together that morning. Pastor Evan shared that morning with a raw and emotional sermon. We wanted to share this message with you in memory of Melissa. Our hope is that this message is encouraging to you and that we can be reminded how God enters into our story sometimes in extreme pain and sadness.

Worship bring us together. It is the gathered people of God collectively expressing our heart for Him. In John 14:1, it says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled, but trust in God, trust also in me.” A sense of peace that came with that. Jesus had only given them reason to trust him. Jesus promised to give you and I a gift: an advocate, counsellor and a guide. The very spirit will be present and it will be around us, beside us and inside of our hearts. He told them they could trust it as if Jesus was physically present with them. He promised the same spirit inside of them should be shared and would be in all of those gathered who trusted in the voice of God. It was strange, because even as they were sad and upset by whatever was going to happen to Jesus there was a sense of peace they were all going to endure in the end. Even Jesus was going to be ok.

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So ride on: Worship (God shapes us)

Pastor Preston shares in our sermon series on worship and looking at how God shapes us in worship. What do you want? Jesus asked this question over and over again. It is the start of the book of John. Pastor Preston shares how Jesus invades the passions of our hearts and what you most want will be revealed in that. Worship shapes are desires, postures, habits and rhythms. In time it shapes our hearts to be more like God’s. It’s more than a song in a service. What is in your heart?

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So ride on: Worship (God holds us)

Pastor Evan continues in our sermon series So Ride On. The series is about exploring our four main values at Lake Ridge and this week he explored our value of "Worship." Worship is one of the most misunderstood values. This is part of the reason we have decided to spend the next couple weeks on this value. Part of the process of discipleship is to un-learn and re-learn as we continue to grow. True worship of God happens when we put God first in our lives. When what God says matters more than what others say. And when loving God matters more than being loved.

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So ride on: Generosity

We have a generous God and it flows into us. Pastor Preston continues in our sermon series So Ride On. The series is about exploring our four main values at Lake Ridge and this week he explored our value of "Generosity." He explores several scriptures in the bible Proverbs 11:25 those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. We live this, not out of duty, but as a posture we take to be generous in all areas of our life. It is your privilege to grow in this area - you do not have to have it all figured out.

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So ride on: Community

The way in which we treat each other that people will know God.  All our other values of story, generosity and worship flow into community. Pastor Evan shares on Lake Ridge’s value of community. At the very beginning of creation we see in Genesis 1:26 we are made for community. God said let us make human beings in our image, in our likeness. Father, son and holy spirit created us in their likeness. This is why we have this deep soul calling to be connected. To have relationship in it's truest form is to admit you need them in order to grow into who you are. We must learn to rely on each other. It’s hard to admit we need each other. How are you learning to need the person next to you? Choose to need each other, because that is the message of God and what you actually made for.

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So ride on: Story

You are what you love.  Pastor Preston introduces our new sermon series So Ride On. The series is about exploring our four main values at Lake Ridge and this week he explored our value of "Story." Jesus wanted the story to get into our lives and our hearts. Pastor Preston uses Matthew 11:27 to share the story where Jesus discussed with his disciples the story of God and his willingness to share of all it with them and us. We are included in the story of God. Your story is part of this story - you are not just an onlooker - you are a participant. Reading the story of God and trusting the story teller himself to step into the world is what fuels us. 

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Train wrecked: Life comes off the rails

Pastor Evan wraps up the sermon series with a few stories of seeing God in the train wrecks with Courtney and Lindsay. This sermon series has profoundly important for us not just the scripture or the stories, but because this is actually the heart of what God calls the church to be about. Broken, messy people doing life together with the help of Jesus. Jesus promised you that life was going to come off the rails. The greatest offence we could do is to hide. When He has given you a community of followers of Jesus and a community who speak the life of God in our life and story. God draws near to us. He would move into the neighbourhood and demonstrate his heart and his passion in our messy lives. In the midst of our doubt, pain, anger, and fears. God faces you in the midst of your fear. He does it with compassion, with love and with courage and truth.

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