Elevation Sermons

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The Crisis of Disillusionment
Series: Christ and our Crises The Crisis of Disillusionment We all walk through life with a set of expectations about how the world ought to work. This can leave us sorely disappointed when the world fails to live up to its billing, as it’s bound to do. But the same can be said for ourselves—such high hopes! so much promise!—and then we find ourselves spinning when not even we can manage to keep things on track. John 21:1-17
18:04
June 28, 2020
The Crisis of Doubt
Series: Christ and our Crises The Crisis of Doubt What can we learn about doubt from the life of the apostle Thomas? When do our doubts become paralyzing rather than productive? John 20:24-29
24:01
June 21, 2020
The Crisis of Loss
Series: Christ and Our Crises The Crisis of Loss One of the common experiences we’re all having these days is an accumulation of loss. Whether it’s hugging loved ones, leaving home to go to work, or even watching sports on TV, all of the ‘little losses’ in our lives are building up. And that’s to say nothing of the more significant losses we face in life—but there, too, we can expect to encounter Christ in the midst of our crisis. John 20:11-18
21:19
June 14, 2020
The Crisis of Death
Series: Christ and our Crises The Crisis of Death What we believe about death tends to inform how we experience the death of people in our lives, how we face our own death, and how we live in the meantime. As we observe the way that Jesus responded in the face of his own approaching death, we’re reminded that Christ comes to us in all of our crises—even death. John 20:11-18
25:20
June 7, 2020
Mother Teresa
Series: At the Feet of Our Spiritual Mothers Mother Teresa While Christian faith certainly involves believing, at the end of the day it needs to be lived out. This month, we’ll consider how three women from different eras and different parts of the world applied the way of Jesus in the circumstances of their lives, raising important questions about how we will do the same in our own. 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
22:56
May 24, 2020
Harriet Tubman
Series: At the Feet of Our Spiritual Mothers   Harriet Tubman While Christian faith certainly involves believing, at the end of the day it needs to be lived out. This month, we’ll consider how three women from different eras and different parts of the world applied the way of Jesus in the circumstances of their lives, raising important questions about how we will do the same in our own. Philemon :1, 8-10, 12-16a
21:52
May 17, 2020
Julian of Norwich
Series: At the Feet of Our Spiritual Mothers Julian of Norwich While Christian faith certainly involves believing, at the end of the day it needs to be lived out. This month, we’ll consider how three women from different eras and different parts of the world applied the way of Jesus in the circumstances of their lives, raising important questions about how we will do the same in our own. Psalm 136
21:29
May 10, 2020
Expressing our Sexuality
Series: A Christian Vision for Healthy Relationships and Sexuality Expressing our Sexuality Our sexuality is an important part of who we are. It’s also something most of us prefer to avoid talking about, especially in church! But as we take the risk of exploring this spicy topic, we uncover a positive vision of sex that will help us honour our bodies and those of the people around us. [Note: This message is rated ‘PG’] Song of Songs 7:1-8a
25:48
May 3, 2020
Forming Healthy Relationships
Forming Healthy Relationships We can experience true community in a variety of places, including families, friendships, and in committed relationships such as Christian marriage. It is in our life-giving relationships with one another that we most clearly reflect the image of God. Genesis 2:4-7, 15-22
22:06
April 26, 2020
Now What?
Now What?  On the other side of Jesus’ resurrection, the disciples went from cowering behind locked doors to proclaiming good news in the streets! Something about their encounter with Jesus transformed their fear and catapulted them out into the world around them, and there’s a hint in Peter’s words that we should expect the same... John 20:19-22; Acts 2:14a, 22-24, 36-39
21:07
April 19, 2020
Easter Sunday - April 12, 2020
Easter Sunday - April 12, 2020 Jesus chose the local nobody, Mary, as the first witness to the resurrection, and followed that up by sending out his band of unbelieving disciples with the task of spreading the good news. Even if we can’t exactly “go out” ourselves these days, we can celebrate Jesus’ resurrection with joy and let that joy seep out through the cracks into a world in desperate need of some good news! Mark 16:1-20
14:54
April 12, 2020
Elevation Holy Saturday Reflection
Take a few minutes on this Holy Saturday, the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, to reflect on what it means to sit in the "in between". Christin Taylor will share a piece that she has written, as well as walk us through a Lectio Divina practice, and we will end with a song that invites us to reflect on what it means to hold on to hope, even when it feels like all hope has been buried in the grave.  Scripture: Hebrews 11:1 Song: Buried in the Grave by All Sons and Daughters
12:00
April 11, 2020
Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem was a sign to the crowds that God was with them and was at work redeeming their broken world. But it wasn’t only a sign for the people who first lined those streets with branches in their hands; it was a sign that God would one day respond to our prayers and come to us, as well. Mark 11:1-10
16:16
April 5, 2020
Some Fell on Good Soil
Series: Lent 2020 - Responding to the Good News Some Fell on Good Soil For all of the ways a seed can fail to take root, there is always the possibility that what’s lying dormant inside will explode into new life! When Jesus encounters a blind man at the side of the road, we witness a miraculous kind of new life that continues to be available to us today. Mark 10:46-52
24:38
March 29, 2020
Some Fell Among Thorns
Series: Lent 2020 - Responding to the Good News "Some Fell Among Thorns" As Jesus reminds us in the parable of the sower, and has his disciples exemplify in their clamouring for positions, a lot of weeds can come into our lives and choke out the good news that has been planted in us. During this time of lent, and season of isolation many of us will have to wrestle with new weeds, but hopefully can find time to realize that many of life's worries are on pause- and there is room to bear fruit in our lives even now. Mark 9:33-35; 10:35-45
24:38
March 22, 2020
Some Fell on Rocky Places
Series: Lent 2020 - Responding to the Good News Some Fell on Rocky Places One of life’s more challenging lessons is that not every good beginning has a happy ending. When the storms of life start crashing around us, it can be easy to lose our grip on the good news we’ve been given. This was every bit as true for the first followers of Jesus as it is for us today. Mark 4:35-41
25:53
March 15, 2020
Some Fell Along the Path
Series: Lent 2020 - Responding to the Good News Some Fell Along the Path For some people, even the best news of all can be received in a negative way. This morning's reading features two instances where some incredibly good news resulted in religious bickering. Let's take a look at some of the 'birds' that threaten to steal away our joy.  Mark 2:1-17
24:56
March 8, 2020
Scattering the Seed
Series: Lent 2020 - Responding to the Good News Scattering the Seed Jesus often used parables to help his audience grasp the deeper truths he wanted to share. On this First Sunday of Lent, we’ll be introduced to one of his classics - a parable that helps us grow in our understanding of the different ways people respond to the good news of Jesus. Mark 4:1-20
33:18
March 1, 2020
Now, Add 1/4 Cup of Fasting
Series: Level Two Prayers Now, Add 1/4 Cup of Fasting At the core of a healthy life of faith is a relationship with God, who created us to love and be loved. In prayer, we make ourselves available to God and we invite God into the flow of our lives. But what happens if our prayers are growing stale or if they're disappearing altogether? Matthew 4:1-4; 9:14-15
29:59
February 23, 2020
Prayer and Presence
Series: Level Two Prayers Prayer and Presence  At the core of a healthy life of faith is a relationship with God, who created us to love and be loved. In prayer, we make ourselves available to God and we invite God into the flow of our lives. But what happens if our prayers are growing stale or if they're disappearing altogether? Matthew 26:36-44
28:38
February 16, 2020
Postures and Practices
Series: Level Two Prayers Postures and Practices At the core of a healthy life of faith is a relationship with God, who created us to love and be loved. In prayer, we make ourselves available to God and we invite God into the flow of our lives. But what happens if our prayers are growing stale or if they're disappearing altogether? Matthew 6:5-13
30:23
February 9, 2020
Beyond the Basics
Series: Level Two Prayers Beyond the Basics At the core of a healthy life of faith is a relationship with God, who created us to love and be loved. In prayer, we make ourselves available to God and we invite God into the flow of our lives. But what happens if our prayers are growing stale or if they're disappearing altogether?  2 Chronicles 7:11-16
30:41
February 2, 2020
A Diverse Community
Series: Here's What We See A Diverse Community At the start of a new year, Elevation's leadership would like to help paint a picture of what our community could look like down the road. We'll be unpacking four opportunities that, once embraced, will lead us into a season of healthy growth and maturity. While this isn't quite a "five-year plan," we definitely want to start building some five-year momentum! Genesis 24:1-4; Acts 11:1-10, 18
29:26
January 26, 2020
A Renewed Spiritual Vitality
Series: Here's What We See A Renewed Spiritual Vitality At the start of a new year, Elevation's leadership would like to help paint a picture of what our community could look like down the road. We'll be unpacking four opportunities that, once embraced, will lead us into a season of healthy growth and maturity. While this isn't quite a "five-year-plan," we definitely want to start building some five-year momentum! Luke 7:36-39, 44-50
27:21
January 19, 2020
A Culture of Invitation
Series: Here's What We See A Culture of Invitation At the start of a new year, Elevation's leadership would like to help paint a picture of what our community could look like down the road. We'll be unpacking four opportunities that, once embraced, will lead us into a season of healthy growth and maturity. While this isn't quite a "five-year-plan," we definitely want to start building some five-year momentum! 2 Corinthians 5:11a, 14-20
29:10
January 12, 2020
A Place to Call Home
Series: Here's What We See "A Place to Call Home" At the start of a new year, Elevation's leadership would like to help paint a picture of what our community could look like down the road. We'll be unpacking four opportunities that, once embraced, will lead us into a season of healthy growth and maturity. While this isn't quite a "five-year-plan," we definitely want to start building some five-year momentum!  2 Corinthians 5:1-9
32:57
January 5, 2020
Advent Three: Walking Humbly
Advent Three: Walking Humbly Advent is a time we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Jesus' birth has endless implications for humanity but perhaps the most significant is his introduction of the coming Kingdom of God. During the four weeks of Advent, we will focus on this slow kingdom coming. This week we look at humility as a key ingredient of that kingdom. Luke 2:1-7; Philippians 2:5-7
20:21
December 22, 2019
Advent Two: Loving Mercy
Advent Two: Loving Mercy Advent is a time we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Jesus' birth has endless implications for humanity but perhaps the most significant is his introduction of the coming Kingdom of God. During the four weeks of Advent, we will focus on this slow kingdom coming. This week we look at mercy as a key ingredient of that kingdom. Luke 1:39-55; 1 Timothy 1:15-16
24:35
December 15, 2019
Advent One: Doing Justice
Advent One: Doing Justice Advent is a time we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Jesus' birth has endless implications for humanity, but perhaps the most significant is his introduction of the coming Kingdom of God.  During the four weeks of Advent, we will focus on this slow Kingdom coming. And we begin this week with justice as a key ingredient of that kingdom.   Micah 6:1-8
30:23
December 8, 2019
Foreskin vs No Foreskin
Series: Old School Bible Fights Title: Foreskin vs No Foreskin Today, few of us could even imagine getting into an argument about the spiritual value of circumcision, but for the Early Church, this was the hottest of all hot topics. We can learn a lot from these first followers of Jesus as we pay attention to how they wrestled with what it meant for them to honour God. Acts 15:1-11
37:20
November 24, 2019
Right vs Wrong
Series: Old School Bible Fights Title: Right vs Wrong Job was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. And yet, despite all of this, his life fell apart in an instant. In this ancient story, we get to listen in on a group of friends arguing back and forth with one another as they sought out an explanation for Job’s sudden misfortunes. Job 1:1-22
26:33
November 17, 2019
God vs King
Series: Old School Bible Fights God vs King The nation of Israel wanted to be like all of the nations around them.  They didn't want to follow God's lead; they wanted a flesh-and-blood king.  The argument between Samuel and the people might have been short-lived, but the consequences reverberated for generations to come.  1 Samuel 8:1-22a
29:28
November 10, 2019
Fruit vs Fat
Series: Old School Bible Fights Fruit vs Fat In the early chapters of Genesis, our origin story, we find ourselves a classic sibling rivalry. You've got Abel tending his flocks and Cain working the soil, but when they come to present their respective offerings to the Lord, things go sideways very quickly.   Genesis 4:1-16
26:36
November 3, 2019
Max Out Your RRSP Contributions
Series: Things Jesus Didn't Say "Max Out Your RRSP Contributions" In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus had a lot to say about how his followers should orient their lives, but sometimes we mix in our own aspirations with his words, which is bound to make a mess of things. Let’s see if we can’t figure out which is which and keep ourselves moving in the right direction. Matthew 6:19-34
27:00
October 28, 2019
Post Only Your Best Photos
Series: Things Jesus Didn't Say "Post Only Your Best Photos" In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus had a lot to say about how his followers should orient their lives, but sometimes we mix in our own aspirations with his words, which is bound to make a mess of things. Let’s see if we can’t figure out which is which and keep ourselves moving in the right direction. Matthew 6:1-18
25:18
October 20, 2019
Look Out For Number One
Series: Things Jesus Didn't Say "Look Out For Number One" In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus had a lot to say about how his followers should orient their lives, but sometimes we mix in our own aspirations with his words, which is bound to make a mess of things. Let’s see if we can’t figure out which is which and keep ourselves moving in the right direction. Matthew 5:21-48
34:17
October 13, 2019
Life Should Be Easy
Series: Things Jesus Didn't Say   "Life Should Be Easy" In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus had a lot to say about how his followers should orient their lives, but sometimes we mix in our own aspirations with his words, which is bound to make a mess of things. Let’s see if we can’t figure out which is which and keep ourselves moving in the right direction. Matthew 5:1-20
28:19
October 6, 2019
Imagining the Kingdom
Series: Welcome to Elevation Imagining the Kingdom People come to church for different reasons, but regardless of why we walk through the doors, we are all invited to stand together and imagine a world infused with the presence of God. What does that world look like, and how can we learn to live so that this world of ours begins to look more like the one we imagine? Acts 1:1-14
30:08
September 29, 2019
A Restlessness in Your Soul
Series: Welcome to Elevation A Restlessness in Your Soul Luke 8:22-32 Why do people continue to walk through the doors of a church? For some, it’s a restlessness in the soul that pushes them to seek out help, support, or guidance from a community of faith. What about you? When life is overwhelming or disappointing, could the church be a place of refuge? Could you find peace and hope here?
30:17
September 22, 2019
Longing for Community
Series: Welcome to Elevation Longing for Community Luke 8:1-3; Acts 2:42-47 Why do people continue to walk through the doors of a church? For some, it’s a longing for community that inspires them to find others who they can journey alongside through all of life’s ups and downs. What about you? What do you hope to receive from (and what do you hope to give to) the people sitting around you?
29:13
September 15, 2019
Spiritual Curiosity
Why do people continue to walk through the doors of a church? For some, it’s a spiritual curiosity that draws them to one of the few places where questions about the meaning of life are welcomed and where faith is still encouraged. What about you? What questions do you have? What answers are you waiting for? Luke 19:1-10
26:54
September 8, 2019
Josiah, The Last Godly King
Series: Reading Between the Lines The Bible is filled with so many great stories, so why does one tend to get so much air play (think: David and Goliath) while another would make even the most faithful church attender check the pages of their Bible to make sure it was really there? Well, we’re going to flip the script this summer and give a few of these lesser-known stories some serious air play! 2 Kings 22-23 (Excerpts) 
36:19
September 1, 2019
The Unjust Steward
Series: Reading Between the Lines The Bible is filled with so many great stories, so why does one tend to get so much air play (think: David and Goliath) while another would make even the most faithful church attender check the pages of their Bible to make sure it was really there? Well, we’re going to flip the script this summer and give a few of these lesser-known stories some serious air play! Luke 16:1-18
31:00
August 25, 2019
The Rise and Fall of Mephibosheth
Series: Reading Between the Lines The Bible is filled with so many great stories, so why does one tend to get so much air play (think: David and Goliath) while another would make even the most faithful church attender check the pages of their Bible to make sure it was really there? Well, we’re going to flip the script this summer and give a few of these lesser-known stories some serious air play! 2 Samuel 9:1-11
32:16
August 18, 2019
Mordecai the Jew
Series: Reading Between the Lines The Bible is filled with so many great stories, so why does one tend to get so much air play (think: David and Goliath) while another would make even the most faithful church attender check the pages of their Bible to make sure it was really there? Well, we’re going to flip the script this summer and give a few of these lesser-known stories some serious air play! Esther 2:21-3:6
28:04
August 11, 2019
Return of Onesimus
Series: Reading Between the Lines The Bible is filled with so many great stories, so why does one tend to get so much air play (think: David and Goliath) while another would make even the most faithful church attender check the pages of their Bible to make sure it was really there? Well, we’re going to flip the script this summer and give a few of these lesser-known stories some serious air play! Philemon 1:1-25
36:50
August 4, 2019
Shiprah and Puah Save the World
Series: Reading Between the Lines The Bible is filled with so many great stories, so why does one tend to get so much air play (think: David and Goliath) while another would make even the most faithful church attender check the pages of their Bible to make sure it was really there? Well, we’re going to flip the script this summer and give a few of these lesser-known stories some serious air play! Exodus 1:6-21
25:57
July 28, 2019
Rizpah’s Vigil
Series: Reading Between the Lines The Bible is filled with so many great stories, so why does one tend to get so much air play (think: David and Goliath) while another would make even the most faithful church attender check the pages of their Bible to make sure it was really there? Well, we’re going to flip the script this summer and give a few of these lesser-known stories some serious air play! 2 Samuel 21:1-14
32:06
July 21, 2019
The Feeding of a Hundred
Series: Reading Between the Lines The Bible is filled with so many great stories, so why does one tend to get so much air play (think: David and Goliath) while another would make even the most faithful church attender check the pages of their Bible to make sure it was really there? Well, we’re going to flip the script this summer and give a few of these lesser-known stories some serious air play! 2 Kings 4:38-44
29:28
July 14, 2019
The Daughters of Zelophehad
Series: Reading Between the Lines The Bible is filled with so many great stories, so why does one tend to get so much air play (think: David and Goliath) while another would make even the most faithful church attender check the pages of their Bible to make sure it was really there? Well, we’re going to flip the script this summer and give a few of these lesser-known stories some serious air play! Numbers 27:1-11
23:14
July 7, 2019
Know Thyself
Understanding how you’re ‘wired’ is a key component of living a healthy and balanced life. As informed as you may be about the physical, social, and financial spheres of life, you can still feel lost if you don’t know the person God has uniquely created you to be. Romans 12:2-8
28:35
June 30, 2019
Balancing the Books
Money is one of those things we rarely talk about and yet it plays such a significant role in our day-to-day lives. But maybe talking about it is what we need to avoid letting its role become either too significant or not significant enough. 2 Corinthians 8:1-12
35:57
June 23, 2019
Friends are Friends Forever
This week, we will look at friendships and the power they hold in our spiritual lives. As Thomas Merton writes: "We are members one of another and everything that is given to one member is given for the whole body." We will study this principle in the story of a paralyzed man whose friends' faith led Jesus to heal him. Mark 2:1-12
31:33
June 16, 2019
Let’s Get Physical
It’s easy to think about our spiritual life as being completely separate from our physical life, but that’s just not the case. To live by faith is to live faithfully in these bodies we’ve been given, with their beauty and their flaws, with their strength and their weakness. “Therefore honour God with your body.” Acts 27:1-2a, 13-20, 27-29, 33-44
25:49
June 9, 2019
Living for Others
Brandon SpeakingIn an airline emergency, we’re told that we need to secure our own oxygen mask before helping those around us. That’s not a bad way to approach life as a whole, unless by taking care of ourselves we forget about our fellow ‘passengers’ altogether. What can we do to avoid slipping into self-serving patterns? Philippians 2:1-11
24:03
June 2, 2019
I Can Do ALL Things?
Philippians 4:10-14
18:22
May 26, 2019
Soar On Wings Like Eagles
There’s no way around it: sometimes life is just plain difficult. And yet even so, the Bible presents us with images of those who are in the depths of despair rising up and soaring victoriously. Are we somehow excluded from this kind of blessing, or can that be our story, too?  Isaiah 40:1-2, 27-31
24:43
May 19, 2019
As For Me and My House
Some of Joshua’s most well-known words often serve as both a declaration of faith and a piece of kitschy home decor at the same time. But the context in which they were first uttered was as real as it gets, and if we let them, these words will continue to present us with a choice and a challenge for ourselves and the people we love. Joshua 24:1-15
32:24
May 12, 2019
Do Not Be Anxious About Anything
As important as Paul’s advice about avoiding worry is for the well-being of our souls, it can be difficult to actually live it out when life overwhelms us. But as long as we keep God involved in our circumstances, the peace we long for won’t be far away. Philippians 4:4-8
22:32
May 5, 2019
For I Know the Plans I Have for You
Series: Verses You Should Memorize (And Why) Certain passages in the Bible are familiar to us because, over the years, they have been stitched into decorative pillows and turned into inspirational posters. But just because something is familiar doesn’t mean that we understand it. Let’s take some time to dig a little deeper into these verses – who knows, we might end up doing some cross-stitching of our own! Jeremiah 29:4-14
24:59
April 28, 2019
Easter Sunday 2019
Luke 24:1-49
23:41
April 21, 2019
Palm Sunday 2019
Luke 19:28-44
26:00
April 14, 2019
Friend your Sins are Forgiven
Series: Lent - Foreshadowing the Cross In the season of Lent, we prepare ourselves for the celebration of Easter by following in the footsteps of Jesus. The gospels are filled with powerful and uplifting stories, and yet right from the very start, Jesus’ life was pointed toward the Cross. Let’s start at the beginning of his journey and pay attention to what we might not have noticed before.   Luke 5:17-26
30:04
April 7, 2019
From Now on You will Fish for People
Series: Lent - Foreshadowing the Cross In the season of Lent, we prepare ourselves for the celebration of Easter by following in the footsteps of Jesus. The gospels are filled with powerful and uplifting stories, and yet right from the very start, Jesus’ life was pointed toward the Cross. Let’s start at the beginning of his journey and pay attention to what we might not have noticed before.  Luke 5:1-11
28:37
March 31, 2019
The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me
Series: Lent - Foreshadowing the Cross In the season of Lent, we prepare ourselves for the celebration of Easter by following in the footsteps of Jesus. The gospels are filled with powerful and uplifting stories, and yet right from the very start, Jesus’ life was pointed toward the Cross. Let’s start at the beginning of his journey and pay attention to what we might not have noticed before. Luke 4:14-30
23:38
March 24, 2019
Until an Opportune Time
Series: Lent - Foreshadowing the Cross In the season of Lent, we prepare ourselves for the celebration of Easter by following in the footsteps of Jesus. The gospels are filled with powerful and uplifting stories, and yet right from the very start, Jesus’ life was pointed toward the Cross. Let’s start at the beginning of his journey and pay attention to what we might not have noticed before. Luke 4:1-13
26:18
March 17, 2019
One More Powerful than I
Series: Lent - Foreshadowing the Cross In the season of Lent, we prepare ourselves for the celebration of Easter by following in the footsteps of Jesus. The gospels are filled with powerful and uplifting stories, and yet right from the very start, Jesus’ life was pointed toward the Cross. Let’s start at the beginning of his journey and pay attention to what we might not have noticed before. Luke 3:1-6, 15-18, 21-23a
27:27
March 10, 2019
A Sign that will be Spoken Against
Series: Lent - Foreshadowing the Cross In the season of Lent, we prepare ourselves for the celebration of Easter by following in the footsteps of Jesus. The gospels are filled with powerful and uplifting stories, and yet right from the very start, Jesus’ life was pointed toward the Cross. Let’s start at the beginning of his journey and pay attention to what we might not have noticed before. Luke 2:21-40
30:10
March 3, 2019
Hurt by those we Love
A Long Winter's Night By the time February rolls around, most of us are just about sick of winter. But the short days and cold nights linger, and for many people, this can be the most difficult month of the year. A life of faith requires us to press on through all seasons, so let’s spend some time learning how to pray, even when it’s the last thing we feel like doing. Psalm 55
32:32
February 24, 2019
Clinging to Guilt
A Long Winter's Night By the time February rolls around, most of us are just about sick of winter. But the short days and cold nights linger, and for many people, this can be the most difficult month of the year. A life of faith requires us to press on through all seasons, so let’s spend some time learning how to pray, even when it’s the last thing we feel like doing. Psalm 51:1-17
33:42
February 17, 2019
Forgotten by God
A Long Winter's Night By the time February rolls around, most of us are just about sick of winter. But the short days and cold nights linger, and for many people, this can be the most difficult month of the year. A life of faith requires us to press on through all seasons, so let’s spend some time learning how to pray, even when it’s the last thing we feel like doing. Lamentations 5:1-22
36:57
February 10, 2019
Walled in and Weighed Down
A Long Winter's Night By the time February rolls around, most of us are just about sick of winter. But the short days and cold nights linger, and for many people, this can be the most difficult month of the year. A life of faith requires us to press on through all seasons, so let’s spend some time learning how to pray, even when it’s the last thing we feel like doing. Lamentations 3:1-33
31:01
February 3, 2019
Our Father (But what about Our Mother?)
When Jesus talked about God, he spoke with intimacy and familiarity, calling God his Father. This riled the Jewish leaders of his day, and in some ways, it continues to create discomfort, with questions being asked about why we're attributing gender to God at all. Matthew 6:25-26, 31-33; 7:7-11; John 5:17-18 
31:31
January 27, 2019
The Holy One of Israel
The unfolding narrative of God's redemptive work among the Hebrew people introduces us to the many names that were attributed to God over the years. Might these ancient labels have something to say to us as we long for God to act in our own day? Isaiah 45:18-25
28:03
January 20, 2019
I Am Who I Am
In ancient Middle Eastern culture, to access the power of a god, you had to know their name. When Moses asks God for his name, Moses is asking for a way to access God’s power. But what power does God reveal to Moses when he uses the name, “I Am that I Am”? We will learn about this name together and reflect on the power of I Am. Genesis 12:1-4; Exodus 3:1-14
29:57
January 13, 2019
The All-Caps LORD God
What better place to start off a new year than at the very beginning. The opening scene of the Bible introduces us to its main character – God. But what do we know about this God character anyway? And might the things we learn about God help us get to know ourselves better? Genesis 1:1-2:3
32:06
January 6, 2019
The Word Became Flesh
Series: Advent 2018 The arrival of December brings with it all things Christmas: the cheery decorations, the cheesy music, and everything in between. But in the church, we try to take things at a slower pace, not rushing through to the main event quite yet. The season of Advent is a time of waiting, and of letting the anticipation build slowly until all heaven breaks through on Christmas Day! John 1:1-14
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December 23, 2018
I am the Lord's Servant
Series: Advent 2018 The arrival of December brings with it all things Christmas: the cheery decorations, the cheesy music, and everything in between. But in the church, we try to take things at a slower pace, not rushing through to the main event quite yet. The season of Advent is a time of waiting, and of letting the anticipation build slowly until all heaven breaks through on Christmas Day! Isaiah 9:2-7; Luke 1:26-38
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December 16, 2018
Prepare the Way of the Lord
Series: Advent 2018 The arrival of December brings with it all things Christmas: the cheery decorations, the cheesy music, and everything in between. But in the church, we try to take things at a slower pace, not rushing through to the main event quite yet. The season of Advent is a time of waiting, and of letting the anticipation build slowly until all heaven breaks through on Christmas Day!  Mark 1:1-8
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December 9, 2018
Fourteen Generations
Series: Advent 2018 The arrival of December brings with it all things Christmas: the cheery decorations, the cheesy music, and everything in between. But in the church, we try to take things at a slower pace, not rushing through to the main event quite yet. The season of Advent is a time of waiting, and of letting the anticipation build slowly until all heaven breaks through on Christmas Day! Matthew 1:1-17
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December 2, 2018
Punishments and Rewards
Series: Living Leviticus If you’ve ever tried to read the Bible from cover to cover, chances are you got bogged down in Leviticus and gave up entirely. Don’t feel bad - you’re not alone. But even though the lively narrative of Genesis and Exodus shifts to a book full of repetition and rules, there is plenty of contemporary value to be mined from these ancient pages.  Leviticus 26:3-20
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November 25, 2018
Clean and Unclean
Series: Living Leviticus If you’ve ever tried to read the Bible from cover to cover, chances are you got bogged down in Leviticus and gave up entirely. Don’t feel bad - you’re not alone. But even though the lively narrative of Genesis and Exodus shifts to a book full of repetition and rules, there is plenty of contemporary value to be mined from these ancient pages. 
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November 18, 2018
Neighbours and Aliens
Series: Living Leviticus If you’ve ever tried to read the Bible from cover to cover, chances are you got bogged down in Leviticus and gave up entirely. Don’t feel bad - you’re not alone. But even though the lively narrative of Genesis and Exodus shifts to a book full of repetition and rules, there is plenty of contemporary value to be mined from these ancient pages. Leviticus 6:1-7, 19:1-2, 9-18
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November 11, 2018
Offerings and More Offerings
Series: Living Leviticus If you’ve ever tried to read the Bible from cover to cover, chances are you got bogged down in Leviticus and gave up entirely. Don’t feel bad - you’re not alone. But even though the lively narrative of Genesis and Exodus shifts to a book full of repetition and rules, there is plenty of contemporary value to be mined from these ancient pages. Leviticus 1:1-9
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November 4, 2018
Global Responsibility
With the rush of daily life, it can be challenging to remember that out beyond the comfort of our own community is a world filled with people just like us, many of them struggling to get by. Nikki and TK will be sharing with us about the seeds of hope that they are sowing in one region of Africa, providing a glimpse into how God is at work abroad and inviting us to see ourselves as God’s partners in loving our global neighbours well.  Psalm 121; John 17:18
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October 28, 2018
Equality and Economics
The Bible speaks frequently to both equality and economics, but it sure can seem like they are two very different things- detached from our life of faith. This week we will explore how economic practices are a sacred witness of God's will for our communities and churches and ultimately the world. If we would just be willing to talk about it, and not get so defensive.... Deut 15:1-11, 1 John 3:16-24
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October 21, 2018
Confronting the 'ism's'
Racism, sexism, ageism...and the list goes on. There are so many ways we can pass judgment on others to maintain a measure of control. But in a world of increasing polarization, the gospel challenges our propensity to classify ‘the other’ and invites us instead to an acknowledgment of our shared humanity and our common need for God. Matthew 15:21-38
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October 14, 2018
Truth and Reconciliation
Series: Kingdom Politics
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October 7, 2018
More than Conquerors
Romans 8: 28-39
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September 30, 2018
Children of God
In many ways, our childhood is something we seek to leave behind as we pass through the waters of adolescence and enter into the fullness of adulthood. But a healthy understanding of our identity in Christ invites us to see ourselves as children of a loving Father. How ready are you to once again embrace the role of a child? Romans 8:1-2, 12-17
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September 23, 2018
Slaves to Righteousness
It goes without saying that we don’t like to think of ourselves as being slaves to anyone or anything. (We prefer our freedom and autonomy, thank you very much!) But what if being enslaved to one thing was the key to being set free from something else that threatened to damage your very soul? Would you be willing to wear those chains? Romans 6:1-18
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September 16, 2018
Reconciled to God
Paul delivers some pretty harsh news to the church in Rome: “There is no one who does good, not even one.” And yet that’s not the end of the story - far from it. The distance between God and ourselves has been bridged in Christ, and we are now invited to live by faith in a world marked by God’s extravagant love for us. Romans 3:10-12, 21-24; 5:1-11
23:05
September 9, 2018
Saint Francis Xavier
In the words of the Psalmist, “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.” This summer, we will explore the lives of men and women throughout history who allowed their Christian faith to shape the way they lived in significant ways, and who continue to impact and inspire people to this day.
24:33
September 2, 2018
Mary Jo Leddy
In the words of the Psalmist, “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.” This summer, we will explore the lives of men and women throughout history who allowed their Christian faith to shape the way they lived in significant ways, and who continue to impact and inspire people to this day. Isaiah 61
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August 26, 2018
Saint Athanasius
In the words of the Psalmist, “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.” This summer, we will explore the lives of men and women throughout history who allowed their Christian faith to shape the way they lived in significant ways, and who continue to impact and inspire people to this day. John 1:1-14; Jude :3-4
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August 19, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr.
In the words of the Psalmist, “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.” This summer, we will explore the lives of men and women throughout history who allowed their Christian faith to shape the way they lived in significant ways, and who continue to impact and inspire people to this day. Daniel 3:1-18; Luke 6:27-28
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August 12, 2018
St. Francis of Assisi
In the words of the Psalmist, “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.” This summer, we will explore the lives of men and women throughout history who allowed their Christian faith to shape the way they lived in significant ways, and who continue to impact and inspire people to this day. Matthew 10:5-10
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August 5, 2018
Mother Teresa
In the words of the Psalmist, “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.” This summer, we will explore the lives of men and women throughout history who allowed their Christian faith to shape the way they lived in significant ways, and who continue to impact and inspire people to this day. Matthew 25:31-46; 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
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July 29, 2018
Saint Benedict
In the words of the Psalmist, “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.” This summer, we will explore the lives of men and women throughout history who allowed their Christian faith to shape the way they lived in significant ways, and who continue to impact and inspire people to this day. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Philippians 2:12-16a 
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July 22, 2018
Polycarp
In the words of the Psalmist, “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.” This summer, we will explore the lives of men and women throughout history who allowed their Christian faith to shape the way they lived in significant ways, and who continue to impact and inspire people to this day. Revelation 2:8-10
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July 15, 2018
John Wesley
In the words of the Psalmist, “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.” This summer, we will explore the lives of men and women throughout history who allowed their Christian faith to shape the way they lived in significant ways, and who continue to impact and inspire people to this day. John 3:1-17
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July 8, 2018
The God of Our Fathers- Introduction
In the words of the Psalmist, “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.” This summer, we will explore the lives of men and women throughout history who allowed their Christian faith to shape the way they lived in significant ways, and who continue to impact and inspire people to this day. Exodus 3:1-6; Judges 2:10-11
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July 1, 2018
Stretch out Your Hand
Picking up on a conversation our church has been engaged in over the past number of months, we will continue to explore the intersection of same-sex attraction and Christian faith. What have we been learning and what will our shared future look like at Elevation? Mark 2:23-3:6; Romans 13:8-10
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June 24, 2018
The Prayer that Jesus Taught Us
The Lord's Prayer Matthew 6:5-13
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June 17, 2018
To Be a Neighbour
Series: Our Place in the World Over the long history of God’s interactions with His people, there are countless examples of how specific places have been used to provide guidance in life and faith. Looking back at these stories will not only remind us of how God has used ‘place’ in the past, but will open our eyes to how He might still be using it today. Luke 10:25-37
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June 10, 2018
Ten Thousand Places
Series: Our Place in the World Over the long history of God’s interactions with His people, there are countless examples of how specific places have been used to provide guidance in life and faith. Looking back at these stories will not only remind us of how God has used ‘place’ in the past, but will open our eyes to how He might still be using it today. Psalm 148; Colossians 1:15-20
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June 3, 2018
A Place of Refuge
Series: Our Place in the World Over the long history of God’s interactions with His people, there are countless examples of how specific places have been used to provide guidance in life and faith. Looking back at these stories will not only remind us of how God has used ‘place’ in the past, but will open our eyes to how He might still be using it today. 2 Samuel 22:1-7, 17-20
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May 27, 2018
Together in One Place
Series: Our Place in the World Over the long history of God’s interactions with His people, there are countless examples of how specific places have been used to provide guidance in life and faith. Looking back at these stories will not only remind us of how God has used ‘place’ in the past, but will open our eyes to how He might still be using it today. Acts 1:1-5; 2:1-6, 12, 14a, 16-18
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May 20, 2018
The Temple
Series: Our Place in the World Over the long history of God’s interactions with His people, there are countless examples of how specific places have been used to provide guidance in life and faith. Looking back at these stories will not only remind us of how God has used ‘place’ in the past, but will open our eyes to how He might still be using it today. 1 Kings 6:1, 11-16, 37-38; Matthew 24:1-2
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May 13, 2018
The Promised Land
Series: Our Place in the World Over the long history of God’s interactions with His people, there are countless examples of how specific places have been used to provide guidance in life and faith. Looking back at these stories will not only remind us of how God has used ‘place’ in the past, but will open our eyes to how He might still be using it today.
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May 6, 2018
Children: A Survival Guide
Series: The People Who Drive Us Crazy We Love What does our faith have to say about the most important relationships in our lives? If we’re going to be honest, the people we’re closest to are often the same people who, on certain days, threaten our sanity. So a little help would be nice. Is there any wisdom out there for how we can love these people well? Ephesians 6:1-4; 1 Corinthians 4:15-17
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April 29, 2018
Marriage: Til Death Do Us Part
Series: The People Who Drive Us Crazy We Love What does our faith have to say about the most important relationships in our lives? If we’re going to be honest, the people we’re closest to are often the same people who, on certain days, threaten our sanity. So a little help would be nice. Is there any wisdom out there for how we can love these people well? Matthew 19:1-12
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April 22, 2018
The Office: A Place Where Dreams Come True
Series: The People Who Drive Us Crazy We Love What does our faith have to say about the most important relationships in our lives? If we’re going to be honest, the people we’re closest to are often the same people who, on certain days, threaten our sanity. So a little help would be nice. Is there any wisdom out there for how we can love these people well? Ecclesiastes 3:9-13; Colossians 3:22-24
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April 15, 2018
Friends: Both Real and Facebook
Series: The People Who Drive Us Crazy We Love What does our faith have to say about the most important relationships in our lives? If we’re going to be honest, the people we’re closest to are often the same people who, on certain days, threaten our sanity. So a little help would be nice. Is there any wisdom out there for how we can love these people well? 1 Samuel 20:1-4, 16-19, 24-31
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April 8, 2018
The Unbelievable Roadblock (Easter Sunday)
An empty tomb raises more questions than it answers: How do the events of the first Easter Sunday continue to offer hope to our world today? What is the connection between ‘believing’ and living life to its fullest? John 20:19-31 
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April 1, 2018
The Prosperity Roadblock
Rebecca continues our Lent series 'A season of searching'  John 12:1-19
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March 25, 2018
The Death Roadblock
Of all the experiences a human being goes through, placing the body of someone you love into the ground must be just about the most difficult. This is precisely the predicament that two of Jesus’ closest friends faced when their brother fell ill. How would he respond in their moment of need? How does he respond in ours? John 11:1-37
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March 18, 2018
The Blindness Roadblock
As Jesus continued on his journey to the Cross, he stopped and healed a man who was born blind. Even after such a miracle, though, the man was still left seeking. But as Jesus would later tell him, it’s the one who thinks they can see clearly who is actually blind. What did he mean by that? John 9:1-12
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March 11, 2018
The Offensive Roadblock
For all of our efforts to present Jesus as worthy of being followed, sometimes it seems like he was actually trying to turn people away - and it worked. So what do we do when we discover that the good news isn’t what we thought it would be? How do we keep moving forward when we’re offended by what Jesus has to say? John 6:35-60
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March 4, 2018
The Exclusion Roadblock
A lifetime of feeling excluded can lead to a hardening of the spirit, to the point where you cannot even imagine being accepted for who you are. In an unexpected place, Jesus found someone with a long list of reasons she didn’t belong, so he offered her what she couldn’t find anywhere else: himself. John 4:1-26
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February 25, 2018
The Mental Roadblock
To be a Christian requires to live in the world of faith. For some that is a deal-breaking condition because they require things to be more concrete and definable. Are thinking and feeling able to be reconciled?  How do fact and faith intersect when it comes to believing in Jesus Christ? John 3:1-17
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February 18, 2018
Sex-Part Three
The intersection of same-gender attraction and Christian faith is right up there among the most complex and controversial topics that a church can engage in. With this in mind, we will spend some time exploring this theme on Sunday morning as an introduction to a broader conversation that will take place in the weeks and months to come. John 6:16-21
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February 11, 2018
Sex-Part One
Nearly everywhere we look, sex finds a way to nudge itself into our line of sight. But for all of its excess - and for the admittedly significant role it plays in our lives - sex is actually something we don’t talk about a whole lot in church. Well, now we are. Song of Songs 5:9-16
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February 4, 2018
By All Possible Means
Christian faith is meant to be lived out in the full stream of the culture that surrounds it. As we wrap up our series on listening, we'll consider the importance of listening to voices from outside of our church community, and the blessing that follows when we do so. 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
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January 28, 2018
It Seemed Good
Almost as soon as the first century church got off the ground, there was disagreement. Are you surprised? So how did these early followers of Jesus discern God's will for them when there were opposing ideas on the table, and how might we learn from their experience? Acts 15:1-12; 22-35
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January 21, 2018
Speak Lord
Christin Taylor continues our 'Listen Up' Series
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January 14, 2018
Quick to Listen
Many of us have lost the art of listening. We might get a passing grade when it comes to our hearing, but listening is another thing altogether. How can we become the kind of people who are "quick to listen"?
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January 7, 2018