A Brave & Beautiful Life | Long Story Short (Part 8)
Carl Frederick Buechner, an American Novelist and a profoundly influential Pastor and Theologian, said, "One life on this earth is all we get, whether it is enough or not enough, and the obvious conclusion would seem to be at the very least we are fools if we do not live it as fully and bravely and beautifully as we can." On Monday Frederich Buechner passed away. At 96 years old, it sure seems like he succeeded at living his life as fully, bravely, and beautifully as he could. This Sunday at Cobourg Alliance Church, we're looking at a story where Jesus skips right to the end and shows what it looks like to have a brave and beautiful life. If you could skip to the end, how would you know you lived it fully?
August 22, 2022
Starting Small But Expecting Big | Long Story Short (Part 7)
It can feel defeating when you are starting out and feel like what you have to work with is so small. How can anything grow when what you have feels like nothing at all? In the book of Mark, Jesus shares a parable that tells us that the Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds, but once planted, it grows into the largest plant in the garden. What would it be like if we had faith that the Kingdom of God would grow to be a massive influence even if all we see if a small mustard seed? This week, we will take a look at how God's promises for big things should enable us to expect big things from God and change how we view church.
August 15, 2022
Celebrating the Return | Long Story Short (Part 6)
Speaker: Pastor Abby Langlois How well do you know your circle? Do you take time to notice the people in your life and invest in them? What does your circle look like? Is it full of people who make you comfortable or do you have wide variety? In Luke 15, we read of the Parable of the Lost Sheep, where Jesus talks about paying attention to your circle so that if one wanders off, you can go chase them and bring them back. This weekend, we will look at what it means to chase after your circle and celebrate when they return.
August 07, 2022
Where Joy is Hidden | Long Story Short (Part 5)
Speaker: Marshall Davis God made us for joy, so it’s not a problem that we seek joy and happiness. As C. S. Lewis said, the problem is we are too easily satisfied! We won’t give up cheap and easy joy for ultimate or apparent joy for real joy. Maybe it’s because we don’t think there is anything better. Maybe we don’t know where to find it or if it is real. Or, perhaps we don’t believe it can come from there.
July 31, 2022
Angry Neighbours and Soft Underbellies | Long Story Short (Part 4)
Speaker: Kevin Price Often Jesus' parables flip people's expectations on their head. They seem to have the wrong heroes and teach things that made His original audience upset. The parable of "The Good Samaritan" is a great example of this. Jesus confronts the divisions of his time with a controversial story of a hated Samaritan being the "good guy" and helping an injured man. Through this story, we are challenged to consider the question of "who is our neighbour?" and "how do we respond to them?" And what if we dislike our neighbours and disagree with them? Let's explore the answers to these questions this Sunday as we continue our summer series "Long Story Short".
July 24, 2022
Mercy Multiplied | Long Story Short (Part 3)
Speaker: Pastor Tyler Tavares Perhaps one of the most frustrating experiences in life occurs when we see hypocrisy unveiled. Maybe it's someone who, for the longest time, expressed their commitment to faithfulness and morality but all along were acting another way. In today's parable from Matthew 18 we'll explore the delicate relationship between mercy and hypocrisy, hopefully gaining a vision for what it means to navigate our human relationships with God-infused mercy and wisdom.
July 18, 2022
Speaker: Jay Calder This Sunday, we are highlighting the ministry of Compassion Canada. We will be joined by Jay Calder, who will be speaking, performing, and sharing a bit about Compassion’s ministry. Compassion Canada’s ministry really resonates with Cobourg Alliance Church because it is focused on releasing children from poverty through the local church. Over the coming weeks, prayerfully consider whether God is leading you and your family to sponsor a child. Find out more about Compassion Canada at www.compassion.ca/event/cobourgalliance/.
July 10, 2022
To Teach an Old Dog | Long Story Short (Part 2)
Speaker: Pastor Darryl Buckle If you've ever tried to lead a horse to water, you know it can be hard to help people who need it sometimes. But everywhere Jesus went, he would redraw the boundaries of what people thought was possible or what people thought was appropriate. In Week 2 of our series: A Long Story Short, we're looking at the Parable of the Old Wineskins to see if maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks.
July 03, 2022
The Invisible Advantage | Long Story Short (Part 1)
Speaker: Pastor Darryl Buckle Jesus was a master at talking Life-changing lessons, packaging them in Short stories, and making them memorable, often in a single phrase. This morning we’re kicking off a brand new series called Long Story Short, where we look at look a long story short that Jesus told to cast a vision for how you can make the absolute most of this summer, while you future-proof the rest of your life.
June 26, 2022
Father's Day Top 10
Speaker: Pastor Tyler Tavares Father’s Day 2022 has arrived, and it’s time for a Father’s Day Top 10 — 10 of the best dad moments from scripture — from rescue to protection to comfort and everything in between, join us Sunday as we explore why we call God our good Father. See you then!
June 19, 2022
The Story of Jonah: Contempt & Compassion
Speaker: Pastor Tyler Tavares The story of Jonah’s a classic, and for good reason: he runs from God, gets swallowed by a huge fish, survives in its stomach for three days, gets spit onto the beach, and finishes his original mission to preach to the Ninevites who heed the message, repent, and avoid destruction. Feels like the story should end there, right? It doesn’t, and there’s way more than meets the eye. This is a story all about human contempt and the impossibility of divine compassion. Join us Sunday as we’re invited by God to explore the reality of our own relationships.
June 12, 2022
Expect the Unexpected | If (Part 3)
Speaker: Pastor Tyler Tavares What if... healing is sometimes more than just that thing we want to be healed? And what if the difference between God’s vision for what life can be and how life actually is… is expectation? Join us as we conclude our series all about prayer with a focus on healing.
June 05, 2022
What Do I Say? | If (Part 2)
Speaker: Pastor Abby Langlois What if... the difference between God's vision for what life can be and how life actually is… is the size of our prayers. Praying big prayers can make us feel vulnerable, uneasy and uncomfortable. This weekend we'll see how big prayers not only change the trajectory of our lives but also help us process what is happening around us when we explore 1 Samuel in part two of our new "IF" series.
May 29, 2022
What's Your What If? | If (Part 1)
Speaker: Pastor Tyler Tavares Some aspects of the Christian faith can be confusing at first, maybe none more than prayer. What is prayer, how does it work, and does knowing what kind of prayers we pray help us hear God’s response? Join us as we start to explore a life of prayer.
May 22, 2022
Grace to Spare and Grace to Spend | A Generous Life (Part 4)
Speaker: Pastor Darryl Buckle In the final week of our series, we're talking about God's greatest gift to us as humans and the single most valuable currency we have to share as we build a Generous Life.
May 15, 2022
How Great Givers Give | A Generous Life (Part 3)
Speaker: Pastor Darryl Buckle Proverbs 11:11 says that through the blessing of the upright, it is possible to change the trajectory of the city, a nation, or even the world around us. In Week three of our series called "A Generous Life," we're talking about the Biblical Basis for Generous Giving and how to transform our good intentions into a truly remarkable life.
May 08, 2022
A Little Leverage | A Generous Life (Part 2)
Speaker: Pastor Darryl Buckle Archimedes is famous for saying, "give me a lever long enough - and I will move the world!" In part two we're going to talk about how to leverage everything we have to move the world around us. Join us and get ready to work your advantage.
May 01, 2022
Your Garden Grows | A Generous Life (Part 1)
Speaker: Pastor Darryl Buckle Over the next four weeks, we’re taking a look at the beauty and the blessing of generosity. Beauty, as we imitate the creative generosity of God himself, and Blessing as we watch God grow our faith, the church, and the community around us as we develop a Generous Life. This series might change the way you think about money and generosity. This series might just change the way you think about life!
April 24, 2022
Easter at Cobourg Alliance
Speaker: Pastor Tyler Tavares Spring is here! Birds chirp, flowers bloom, motorcyclists and baseball fans jump for joy. It’s a good season for many reasons, and on Easter Sunday, we celebrate an event that makes this particular Spring day the most meaningful of all — the resurrection of Jesus. Join us as we explore how this one event impacts our lives today.
April 17, 2022
Good Friday at the Cross
Speaker: Darryl Buckle Good Friday is the day Christians around the world celebrate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It must seem profoundly strange for anyone looking from the outside. How can the crucifixion of anyone be called good? And how can a cross accomplish anything good in my life? Join us and discover the power of the message of the cross.
April 15, 2022
Calling Up Faith | S7GNS (Part 7)
Speaker - Abby Langlois Control is something many of us long for. But what if our need for control doesn't line up with what God has planned? What if God is calling you to a place where faith and trust must replace the need for control? The story of Lazarus is one where we see Jesus call up the faith of those around Him and ask that in their waiting, they continue to believe that there is a plan. As we prepare for Easter next week, let this message be one to inspire, challenge and “call up” faith to a deeper place.
April 10, 2022
Jesus, Ophthalmologist | S7GNS (Part 6)
Speaker - Tyler Tavares Physical blindness is a spectrum — from near-sightedness to cataracts to glaucoma, different people can experience different degrees of physical blindness. The same is true of spiritual blindness, and in John 9 we discover Jesus the Ophthalmologist, the one who can diagnose and heal both physical and spiritual blindness. Join us this week as we explore the sixth of seven significant signs in the gospel of John.
April 03, 2022
Finding Jesus in the Center of Your Fear | S7GNS (Part 5)
Speaker - Darryl Buckle If you’ve ever felt lost, adrift, or alone with no sign of hope and no ship coming in, you might be surprised to find out that God is closer than you think. Join us as we continue our S7GNS series in search of peace in the midst of our fear.
March 27, 2022
Soul Food | S7GNS (Part 4)
Speaker - Tyler Tavares You just woke up and it hits you: hunger. You know you can’t focus on anything else until you grab a bite to eat. What do you reach for? We can satisfy hunger a million different ways: from bread to Big Macs to blue cheese.. But what about spiritual hunger? What do you reach for? Join us this Sunday at CAC as we discover the only way to satisfy spiritual hunger in the fourth of seven significant signs in the gospel of John.
March 20, 2022
Adventures in Missing the Point | S7GNS (Part 3)
Speaker - Tyler Tavares You’ve probably been there. Someone in the room tells a joke and it goes right over your head. Punch line missed. Jesus encountered people who missed the point pretty often, but in his case the stakes were higher. Join us this Sunday at CAC as we go on a few of our own adventures in missing the point.
March 13, 2022
From Magician to Messiah | S7GNS (Part 2)
Speaker - Tyler Tavares A good magic show leaves us wanting more. The mystique, amazement and big reveal all come together to create something incredible and, most of the time, inexplicable. But when the show is over, we go about our lives, only drawn back to the magician if we can see another eye-popping trick. Some people approached Jesus like an intriguing magician, but Jesus wanted them to experience something more. Join us in week two of our series “S7GNS” to find out how Jesus changes our vision of him from magician to Messiah.
March 06, 2022
Water to Wine | S7GNS (Part 1)
Speaker - Tyler Tavares The gospel of John is all about the journey of faith — exploring and deepening faith in Jesus as he reveals himself through stories, signs, teaching, miracles, and more. Join us in week one of our series, S7NGS, as we uncover who Jesus is through his first significant sign: water to wine.
February 27, 2022
Taming The Lion | Beating Burnout (Part 4)
Speaker - Darryl Buckle Eugene Peterson wrote, “we live in a society in which crowded schedules and harassed conditions are evidence of importance.” In week 4 of Beating Burnout Pastor Darryl is talking about how to tame the lion of ambition, so that “Hustle and Grind “doesn’t become “Burnout and Brokenness”.
February 20, 2022
Permission to Rest | Beating Burnout (Part 3)
Speaker - Abby Langlois When we are in the midst of crazy schedules and busy seasons, it can feel that we don’t have time to rest. However, from the beginning of time, rest is something that God has gifted us as a way to restore our souls. This week at Cobourg Alliance Church, we will look at how God intended rest as part of a regular rhythm and why it is important, regardless of our situation.
February 13, 2022
A Model for... Mourning? | Beating Burnout (Part 2)
Speaker - Tyler Tavares A good cry can work wonders, right? Maybe you're not known for tears, or perhaps you are — whatever the case, a good cry helps us process grief and sorrow. Even if tears don't flow, there's a word for passionately expressing that feeling — it's lament. And the Bible is full of these moments. Join us as we explore how lament can help us beat burnout.
February 06, 2022
Beating Burn Out Finding Rest | Beating Burnout (Part 1)
Speaker - Marshall Davis Recent years have been full of challenges, and many people have been left feeling burned-out. The prolonged stress of the pandemic, uncertainty, change, and loss has taken a toll on all of us. This four-week series helps us understand burnout and invites us to trust the Bible’s promises, wisdom, and practical insight to help us beat it.
January 30, 2022