By Shel Boese
We look like Vancouver. Find your people and spiritual fam here! We are full of scandalous curiousity and wonder around Jesus. #pilgrimpeople
Shel Boese is the Lead Pastor of Pilgrim Church, A church that looks like the Kingdom of God. Pilgrim Church is located at the corner of East 45th and Inverness Street in South Vancouver, two blocks southwest of East 41st and Knight Street.
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Shel Boese is the Lead Pastor of Pilgrim Church, A church that looks like the Kingdom of God. Pilgrim Church is located at the corner of East 45th and Inverness Street in South Vancouver, two blocks southwest of East 41st and Knight Street.
Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @pilgrimyvr, Youtube @pilgrimchurchyvr, and www.pilgrimchurch.ca
⏳ Advent 1 - Giving Hope with Shel Boese
⏳ Advent 1 - Giving Hope with Shel Boese Giving produces hope in others and it changes the giver. The principle of synergy is woven throughout the Biblical story. God wants co-workers, mini-creators with Him. You have been given the ability to affect new life and bring uniqueness into the world. The church is a creative community working for not only the undoing of harm through healing, but the creative stirring up of gifts and innovation. God is able and is an enabler, in the BEST sense.
November 27, 2022
👑 Christ the King with Josh Liem
👑 Christ the King with Josh Liem Do you feel scattered, anxious, or at a loss for how to cope with news about unrest and executions in Iran, or the mental health, housing, and opioid crisis in Vancouver, or paying bills amidst the third recession in three decades? The kings and kingdoms of this world will offer you solutions in exchange for your allegiance, but it is only Christ the Shepherd/Pantocrator/Crucified King that can promise true and lasting justice, peace, and hope. Proper 29 - Reign of Christ, Year C Christ the King with Josh Liem Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-38
November 20, 2022
📅 God's Time - The Gift of a New Calendar with Shel Boese
📅 God's Time - The Gift of a New Calendar How do you mark time in your life? While we are called to stay awake in the present to experience God’s presence, we’re also called to remember in unique ways. Remembering, helps you understand where you are right now. But the calendar you keep shows what is important. Christians are invited not to get our worth in what we produce or consume, but in being beloved by a God who entered time and is moving us onward.
November 13, 2022
📆 The Power of Planning with Shel Boese
📆 The Power of Planning with Shel Boese In our Second Corinthian Series, Paul's second letter to the Corinthians, he shares his plans for poverty relief. This touches on themes of careful planning, authority, churches working together, financial accountability, and how structure—while not the main focus—can be important to apply in our own lives and community organizations
November 06, 2022
🌹 Brad Jersak at Pilgrim Church
🌹 Brad Jersak at Pilgrim Church Many people in deconstruction never had the benefit of experiencing God as real to them. He was an idea or ideology or theology or, at best, an old story feebly held together by scaffolding of apologetics and indoctrination. When life showed up with experiences their construct couldn’t bear, their faith crumbled with it. Those for whom God is real to them have generally had an experience of hearing God’s voice. How can we as a faith community facilitate that in ways that “count” across temperaments and even beyond bounded-set Christianity? How does God become real for us? When God talks back in a myriad of ways. I've heard of a 'personal relationship', so when does it become personal or relational? When we learn how to hear God's voice!
October 30, 2022
🌊 Example or Warning? with Shel Boese
🌊 Example or Warning? 2 Corinthians 8:1-15 with Shel Boese - Who do you look up to as an example to follow in life? Some live with a spirit of abundance while others do not understand the economy of grace. We are invited to be gifting, giving, gracious, and greater people. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2022 10:30 AM (kids + communion)
October 23, 2022
🎧 HEARING GOD: The Contemplative Path to Hearing with Shel Boese
🎧 HEARING GOD: The Contemplative Path to Hearing—In his new book Analog Christian, Jay Kim compared how society viewed cigarette smoking in the past to how we are blinded by the ways technology is harming us today, with study after study revealing the self-centric digital world decreasing contentment, resilience, and wisdom. (Digital Smoke, Analog Air). We're relearning how to use neglected muscles and to breathe clean air—healing air— and exploring the contemplative path to hearing. HEARING GOD: The Contemplative Path to Hearing 1 Thessalonians 5:17 with Shel Boese
October 16, 2022
💧 Grief and Moving On with Shel Boese
💧 Grief and Moving On with Shel Boese - 2 Corinthians 7:2-16 As we go through life, we wrestle with loss. Grief is the emotion we experience when we are aware of loss, but we cannot grieve what we don’t know we’ve lost. Grief can open up new life before us. In this passage, Titus and Paul teach us that sometimes we are called to grieve.
October 09, 2022
👂 Hearing God: Revelation, Still Speaking with Shel Boese
due to technical issue, the recording is not complete. 👂 New Series! Hearing God: Revelation, Still Speaking - How can we know God? How can we hear God? James KA Smith writes, “But the scandal and mystery and irruption of the Incarnation is the good news that God makes the first move, inviting us into enchantment by meeting us in our disenchantment. The wardrobe is a portal in our disenchanted house.” Join us this fall as we explore this topic and look into the concept of revelation this Sunday. You can hear, because God is still speaking.
October 02, 2022
Truth, Reconciliation, and Salvation with Joshua Lim
🌳 Truth, Reconciliation, and Salvation with Josh Liem Last week, we heard about survival through the residential school system. Where do Christians begin to participate in the healing and reconciliation process? What about immigrants and refugees fleeing their own persecution, only to find themselves somehow complicit in the injustices committed against the Indigenous? Join us this Sunday as we explore the connections between Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10 and us today, especially in the call for truth and reconciliation.
September 26, 2022
Truth and Reconciliation with Frances Carlick
Join us as we welcome Residential School Survivor, Frances Carlick for a conversation on healing and reconciliation. Presented in partnership with Reality Church @realitychurchvancouver , Artisan Church @artisan_church and Kitsilano Christian Community Church Frances Carlick “Ceene” is from the Tahltan and Kaska people from northern BC. She was born in a small village called Lower Post, BC alongside the Liard River. Frances is a second generation Residential School survivor. Her mother went to Lejac Residential School in the 1940’s. Frances and her siblings attended Ed Lower Post Indian Residential School from 1957-1963, then moved to Coudert Residence (also a Residential School) in Whitehorse, Yukon. Frances is a retired teacher who taught Elementary School on Vancouver’s Eastside for 24 years. Frances has been a member of the Vancouver Eastside Vineyard since 1993. Frances shares her journey of Healing and Reconciliation from her time in Residential Schools to now and how she was set free through the Gospel.
September 18, 2022
✂ SEPARATION with Shel Boese
✂ SEPARATION Sometimes in order to grow you have to separate from someone or something—from an unhealthy relationship or a group that keeps you from your next level in life. How can separation be a good and healthy thing? Paul writes the people of Corinth telling them to “be separate”. This Sunday, we explore the power of separation.
September 11, 2022
⚡ HATE and Hyperbole with Shel Boese
⚡ HATE and Hyperbole with Shel Boese - Luke 14:25-33, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 Today’s world claims to be more advanced, progressive, etc. but hatred is everywhere—even if we avoid the word. Jesus’ way is a path of love so how does he teach to 'hate your family and hate your possessions'? We’re even told to separate from or “cancel” some people. What do we do with these teachings, and how does context shed light on them? Are we called to hate in some cases?
September 04, 2022
Summer Series: Storytelling, Lord of the Table with Shel Boese
🍜 SUMMER SERIES: Storytelling, Lord of the Table - Hospitality has rules in all cultures—when you're invited and when you invite. Often, it's tied to advancing oneself and networking. To Jesus, the networking that matters goes beyond people that first come to mind. The early church was respected but looked down upon because of who it invited to the dinner table. How closed is your table? What if your table was messier—exactly where you might encounter the power of the Lord of the Table!
August 28, 2022
💪 Summer Series: Storytelling - Jacob, The Angel, and a Name Change with Shel Boese
💪 Summer Series: Storytelling - Jacob, The Angel, and a Name Change with Shel Boese, Genesis 32:22-32, Job The story of Jacob provides vital information about the kind of relationship God has with the creation—and it’s not what you think. When we begin to understand the implications, it changes how we relate to questions, doubt, and ultimately ourselves.
August 21, 2022
🌿 Summer Series: Storytelling, The Hedge & Vineyard with Shel Boese
Isaiah 5:1-7, Psalm 80, John 15:1-17 The parable of the Hedge and Vineyard is a repeating theme in the Bible. Some of us were taught to pray a “hedge of protection” around people, but what is the story behind this kind of prayer? What is the “hedge” and who or what is the “vineyard”? How can we apply this in our thinking and praying today?
August 14, 2022
📖 Summer Series: Storytelling, Stories & Faith
📖 Summer Series: Storytelling, Stories & Faith Stories have power. The telling of stories opens our imagination, seeds vision, and can empower us to act. A story can reveal what is wrong and spark ideas for solutions. Our capacity to see a vision of what is not yet through a mind open to the Holy Spirit, ties us to a Jesus-centred vision of our story.
August 07, 2022
Guest Speaker Lawrence Cheung
Join us Sunday as we welcome back Rev. Cheung. We have been challenged and encouraged from Lawrence's wisdom that comes from walking with people into the last moments of life and those moments of health crisis that remind us of our mortality and eternity. Lawrence serves as a certified spiritual health practitioner (clinical chaplain) at St. Paul’s Hospital, as well as adjunct teaching staff with UBC’s School of Medicine. He enjoys hockey and marathon training and lives with his wife and two kids in North Burnaby. You can find more about the self-professed #chineseanabaptist on twitter @soulcareyvr.
July 24, 2022
🔥 SUMMER SERIES: Storytelling, Hadassah & Mordecai
🔥 SUMMER SERIES: Storytelling, Hadassah & Mordecai Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 When do you want to just blend in—maybe in your days of youth or in your career? What if something happens to make you question the compromises you're making with yourself? All human relations call for compromise. The book of Esther contains an amazing story of assimilation, resistance, vengeance, violence, and uneasy victory. We enter the story that the Jewish holiday of Purim comes from to further understand why the church keeps this book in our collection of inspired texts.
July 17, 2022
🔥 SUMMER SERIES: Storytelling, Christian Love
🔥 SUMMER SERIES: Storytelling, Christian Love, Luke 10:25-37 The Good Samaritan—one of the best known parables of Jesus. Andrés left us with another one—the Woman at the Well, and gave us some alternative readings. What might be the alternative readings for this beloved story? Let’s explore the text and ask what it means for me, for you, for us, and for the churches?
July 10, 2022
🍍 The Comparison Trap with Felix Chan
🍍 The Comparison Trap with Felix Chan Many of us have experienced the truth of the saying “comparison is the thief of joy”. No matter our stage in life, it’s something we all struggle with to different degrees. Ultimately, continually comparing ourselves to others often leads us to jealousy, pride and shame. Yet the Gospel reminds us that we are fully known and loved by God. How do we ground ourselves in God’s acceptance instead of seeking validation elsewhere? This week we’ll look at the example of John the Baptist in John 3:22-30, and how he remained grounded in his identity. Let’s learn more about how to live satisfied and with joy, no matter our social status, wealth or influence.
July 03, 2022
Seen & Known with Andres Perez
The story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman in John 4 is quite rich and unique. In the words of Karen Gonzalez, “When Jesus encounters the Samaritan woman, he transforms her life, her view of herself, and perhaps even her calling. But she remains both a Samaritan and a woman —remade by the gospel, who finds her identity and purpose in her encounter with Christ and embarks on a journey to be like him”. Join us this Sunday as we dive deeper into these waters and discover the story of the Jesus who sees us and knows us.
June 27, 2022
🏃 The Seeking Father with Andrés Pérez
🏃 The Seeking Father with Andrés Pérez Luke 15:11–32 There are different tools (eg. The Four Spiritual Laws, The Road to Romans, Steps to Peace with God, etc.) which are sometimes useful to summarize the Gospel, but they all fall short in propagating our separation from God. Instead, in Luke 15, Jesus portrays the Father who seeks us.
June 19, 2022
Telos - 05 - Discipleship in a Centred Way
🌿 Telos - A Series on Becoming Centred 05 - Discipleship in a Centred Way How we speak and structure our church can keep people from the life changing power of Jesus. Or we can participate in sharing life together and walk this journey holding space for the Holy Spirit to work. One seems like a faster, more “organized” way, but its actual fruit is failure, deconversion, and hypocrisy. The centred way seems plodding, backwards and forwards, sometimes it appears “sin-endorsing,” but the results are more Christ-like people over the long-term.
June 12, 2022
🔥 Pentecost Sunday Pentecostal Power: Power Games or Empowering Games? Following Jesus on your own will be a failure. Full Stop. Jesus calls us to give allegiance to him, but we are called to operate with a NEW kind of power. How do we learn about that power? Where does it come from? How can it be different and destructive like the misuse of power we see all around us? Discover how to move from power games to another kind of relationship with power. There is power in the name of Jesus. John 14:8-17 [25-27], Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8
June 05, 2022
Q&A with Shel Boese, Andrés Pérez, and Felix Chan
💬 Q&A with Shel Boese, Andrés Pérez, and Felix Chan Are you wrestling with an issue going on in the world or in your life that you want to ask and hear some discussion or a response to? No question is off-limits! This is Q&A Sunday at Pilgrim Church.
May 29, 2022
TELOS - 04 - CONSTRUCTIVE TRUTH
🌲 Telos - A Series on Becoming Centred 04 - Constructive Truth To understand the commands, ethics... the “rules” of the New Testament, requires knowing that Love comes first. The facts on the ground have been changed by Jesus, and he attacks religion head-on. The Centred-Set Community learns to speak the language of gift, of grace, of curiosity before speaking about new ways of living. Our vision must be corrected before we see change in our lives and world.
May 23, 2022
Telos - 03 - A Series on Becoming Centred - Walls or Wells
💫 Telos - A Series on Becoming Centred - 03 Walls or Wells We continue our Telos Series on being focused on the centre or the ends. Groups of people connect and relate in three basic ways: Bounded, Fuzzy, and Centred. In the New Testament, the churches are called again and again to reject all but one way of being together. As we build on the first two messages in this series, we will look at the difference between healthy and unhealthy use of guidelines (commands, rules, etc.) and why we tend to revert to non-Jesusy ways of being together.
May 16, 2022
TELOS - 02 - with John Hau
💥 Telos - A Series on Becoming Centred - Join us as we welcome guest John Hau continuing in our Telos Series. John Hau is the pastor of Reality Vancouver Church, father of 3, husband of Sarah, business consultant, and a below amateur athlete. When he's not doing any of those things, he likes to read - with his favourite book of the year so far being Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith.
May 08, 2022
TELOS - 01 - Boundary Problems
💭 Telos - A Series on Becoming Centred - 01 - Boundary Problems Being more concerned with lines and boundaries, rather than a set direction, causes unnecessary confusion. We begin laying a foundation in this series about finding our centre and how that brings true clarity about our direction. Rev. 22:13; Gal 2:11-15, 5:15-16, Acts 10:10-44
May 01, 2022
The Holy Spirit, God's Permanent Presence With Us, Jessica Chan
When the Spirit comes on us, what do we become? According to Acts 1:8 we receive power and become witnesses. The fruits and gifts of the Spirit can still today bestow power and make us witnesses.
April 24, 2022
The Journey of Jesus, Resurrection Sunday
SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2022 Resurrection Sunday Celebration LENT 2022 - THE JOURNEY OF JESUS, Resurrection Sunday History's Hinge: Easter Acts 10:34-43 We believe in the resurrection because we believe in the God who is revealed as pure love. Love is the grid for understanding holiness, for understanding justice, for understanding forgiveness. Love never fails, nor does it coerce or force a right relationship. On the cross, the power of sin and wrath is exposed and absorbed by Jesus. We are free to choose to be "in-Christ" or to submit to powers of destruction.
April 17, 2022
PALM SUNDAY, PUBLIC MINISTRY, Raise Your Voice!
LENT 2022 - THE JOURNEY OF JESUS In the 40 days before Resurrection Sunday/Easter/Pascha known as Lent, we are following the journey of Jesus from Baptism, to Wilderness, to Public Ministry in Luke. Palm Sunday, PUBLIC MINISTRY RAISE YOUR VOICE! Luke 19:28-40 There are silences that can destroy hope and feed oppression yet, at times, silence can be life-giving. Humans have used their voice to crush revolutions or bring a death verdict but we have the same power to use our voice to shout and dance ourselves to life! When hope in Jesus arrives on the scene, he calls and draws us to use our voice for a new vision of what can be. This Palm Sunday, we are called to shout for joy! There is a God who enters our world from the edges, the obscure places, and allowed us to kill him, to set us free from our own death by the power of his word.
April 10, 2022
LENT 5, PUBLIC MINISTRY, Shock and Jubilee
📜 Lent 5, Public Ministry, SHOCK AND JUBILEE For the final two Sundays in our Journey of Jesus Series leading to Easter, we turn to Jesus’ public ministry. Jesus reintroduces himself to his hometown crowd at a worship gathering and sheds new light on what the business of God and the church is to be about. He kicks off his public ministry with a “shock therapy” campaign aimed at the religious with hints of Jubilee (an ancient word that speaks to emancipation and celebration). We learn that shock and jubilee go together— the truth will set you free, but first it will make you angry. What's next is up to you! LENT 2022 - THE JOURNEY OF JESUS In the 40 days before Resurrection Sunday/Easter/Pascha known as Lent, we are following the journey of Jesus from Baptism, to Wilderness, to Public Ministry in Luke 3-4:30.
April 03, 2022
LENT 4, WILDERNESS, The Temptation To Be Spectacular
🌵 Lent 4, Wilderness with Andrés Pérez THE TEMPTATION TO BE SPECTACULAR The third temptation to which Jesus was exposed was the temptation to do something spectacular. In the words of Henri Nouwen, “Jesus refused to be a stunt man. He did not come to prove himself. Don’t put the Lord your God to the test, he said (ITNOJ, 41). We explore how the example of Jesus should challenge the way we respond to the temptation to be spectacular in a competitive and individualistic society.
March 27, 2022
LENT 3, WILDERNESS, Every Square Inch of Creation is Claimed by Christ with Mark Glanville
LENT 2022 - THE JOURNEY OF JESUS In the 40 days before Resurrection Sunday/Easter/Pascha known as Lent, we are following the journey of Jesus from Baptism, to Wilderness, to Public Ministry in Luke 3-4:13. LENT 3, WILDERNESS Every Square Inch of Creation is Claimed by Christ with Mark Glanville Luke 4:1–13 Costly allegiance to our king requires faithfulness in every aspect of our lives. As C.S. Lewis wrote: “There is no neutral ground in the universe: every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan.”
March 20, 2022
LENT 2, WILDERNESS, Temptation and Relevance
🌲 Lent 2022, The Journey of Jesus, Wilderness: Temptation and Relevance - There is often more than one way to accomplish anything, but it doesn't mean every path takes us in the direction we want to go. People who follow Jesus learn to go about life wrestling with the right use of the power we’ve been given in the choices we make. Join us as we explore temptation. LENT 2022 - THE JOURNEY OF JESUS In the 40 days before Resurrection Sunday/Easter/Pascha known as Lent, we are following the journey of Jesus from Baptism, to Wilderness, to Public Ministry in Luke 3-4:13. SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2022 10:30 AM
March 14, 2022
LENT 1, BAPTISM
SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2022 10:30 AM (in-person + communion & prayer) LENT 2022 - THE JOURNEY OF JESUS In the 40 days before Resurrection Sunday/Easter/Pascha known as Lent, we are following the journey of Jesus from Baptism, to Wilderness, to Public Ministry in Luke 3-4:13 LENT 1, BAPTISM, Luke 3:21-22 This Sunday, we explore Baptism. The baptism of Jesus marked a start, a hinge point between the Old and New in the story of the Bible. Baptism is a physical act with spiritual impact. This ancient Christian practice is a significant pivot for Jesus, Pilgrim Church, and You.
March 06, 2022
Old & New with Andrés Pérez
We're exploring the difference between living in the old (pre-Jesus way) and the new (Jesus-way). How do we pick which parts of the Old Testament are still relevant today? Why is God (apparently) so harsh in the Old Testament and so loving in the New Testament? We wrestle with these questions to understand the transition between old and new and what it means to live out the upside down kingdom here on earth. Hebrews 8:1-13
February 27, 2022
Second Corinthians Series, "NOW!"
⏳ "NOW!" in our Second Corinthians Series Time does not stand still. We can't go backwards, only onward. As life goes along, we can be reactive and closed, or choose an open posture to the "now". Paul could have let his reaction to pain decide many things for him, but he chose the opposite—his pain informs but does not control him. He doesn't stay angry but understands a greater power is at work to bring relationships into a better place. He chooses the open path. 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
February 20, 2022
Second Corinthians Series, The Gaze
2 Corinthians 5:11-21 “Gaze” is a visual word used to speak about power, repression, and distorted human relationships. How we “gaze” on others, reveals our biases and assumptions, often our personal and social blindspots and sins of our cultures and families. Fascinatingly, in this text, the Gospel confronts the "Gaze" nearly 1900 years before 5:16 "we no longer see...” The church has often been co-opted by various visions and views that are not in line with Jesus, sometimes so much so that it ceases to be the church. Join us as we explore Paul's attempt to persuade these ancients, and us, to get a new view, to change our gaze on others.
February 14, 2022
Home Away from Home with Felix Chan
2 Corinthians 4:16-18, 5:1-10 We all long for an end to hardship and suffering. We all long to experience the peace and renewal of our eternal home in heaven. But how do we live in the here and now? Where do we find the courage to face each day’s challenges? Let’s look at how the future resurrection helps us persevere faithfully in every circumstance.
February 08, 2022
Q&A Sunday with Shel Boese and Andrés Pérez
Always enlightening, entertaining, and sometimes life-changing—four times a year we use our teaching/proclaiming time for live questions. This week, Pastor Shel and Andrés enter a conversation with the questions from the larger group.
January 30, 2022
Second Corinthians Series: Memento Mori, 2 Corinthians 4:7-15
Memento Mori is a Latin phrase used to remind you that you will die. It has been used in various ways, even during medieval plagues, to come to terms with death. Paul, at the start of his letter, spoke of being faithful to Jesus' call in facing death. When we follow Jesus' teachings and share Christ, our awareness of death can be transformed into a source of power and life NOW! The power of death is changed in Jesus, for the sake of Jesus and in turn, Jesus transforms us as we face it.
January 23, 2022
Second Corinthians Series: The Shiny Show, 2 Corinthians 4:1-6
✨ The Shiny Show in our Second Corinthian Series Showman or Servant? Shiny or Simple? Staged or Sustainable? Acting or Accountable? We explore the call to authenticity and truth. Authenticity in life and ministry, assumes there is such a thing as inauthentic ministry. But to be a Jesusy human, our belief must be rooted in the pursuit of truth—continuously allowing the curtain to be lifted. Paul continues to teach us what real leadership looks like.
January 16, 2022
Second Corinthians Series: IMAGINATIVE PRAYER
Spirit-inspired “seeing” of Jesus changes our being. Seeing his glory changes us to be more like him, from “one degree of glory to another”. You can strive or you can see your way into change. When faith moves from a mind-game into an experience we start to be changed. What you see, envision, you become. 2 Corinthians 3:18, 4:6, 10:5; Romans 1:18-28,8:6-7; Ephesians 1:18; Philippians 3:19; Colossians 3:2-4; Hebrews 12:1-2
January 09, 2022
Second Corinthians Series: FREEDOM?
What threatens our flourishing? What does real freedom look like, and what gives us the power to be free? How does Jesus ground all freedom? What are practices that help us be empowered, confident people? The Apostle Paul addresses some issues from those who want to mix-and-match various religious traditions with Jesus, and why this does not work for freedom. A buffet does not grant the freedom it claims. There is a path that gives you power to live a fulfilling life of love—a Jesusy life. 2 Corinthians 3:7-3:18
January 02, 2022
WORSHIP New Hope and Broken Strings, with Andrés Pérez
Matthew 2:1-12 Why do we worship? Does God need/demand our worship? Is there a “correct” way to worship? Why are the drums so loud? Where are the hymns? We remember the story of the Magi following the star and making their way to meet Jesus so that they can bow down and worship him. We all worship someone/something. This Sunday, we explore why Christian communities all around the world have decided to worship Jesus for more than 2,000 years.
December 26, 2021
Good Gifts, Spirit & Fire
2021 Advent Series: Good Gifts, Spirit and Fire, Luke 3:16; 11:5-13 When you’re ‘caught up’ in music, games, a movie, dance, or something awe-inspiring, you experience a taste of how God wants to empower you directly, personally, and in/through your body and mind together. These signposts of play and beauty point to the creator who desires that you experience delight. Are you drawn to choose to welcome the power created in your body and mind to grow in love and care for others? Are your relationships taking the form of goodness and truth? This power is the presence and ministry of the Holy Spirit who makes Jesus real in you; power to live differently, power to preserve under pressure, power to reject choices that destroy love; power to speak words that advance the creational work of God—creating new things and situations where goodness and love grows.
December 19, 2021
Good Gifts, Wholeness In Body
2021 ADVENT SERIES: Good Gifts, Wholeness In Body, Luke 5:12-16; Genesis 2:4, 25, 3:7 Sexual wholeness is not simply about genital sexual relations (and all the debates), but a constellation of affirming actions in our relationships and bodies. We can cultivate healthy practices for our well-being that are part of the very design of being a body and name abusive touch and issues with the absence of touch. Join us as we learn from Rich Villodas and others about being cared for in a tangible way. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2021 10:30 AM (in-person + livestream + kids!) NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-12-12-advent-series-good-gifts-wholeness-in-body.html QUESTION?: firstname.lastname@example.org or text 604-426-1230 GIVE PILGRIM: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
December 12, 2021
Good Gifts, Naked and Unashamed
2021 ADVENT SERIES: Good Gifts, Naked and Unashamed, Genesis 2:4, 25; 3:7 We are exploring more about the gift of the body, and in particular how the church often ignores our ongoing sexual formation, leaving it up to purity culture or swiping culture. Leaning into teaching from both the Deeply Formed Life, by Rich Villodas, and a bit more from Dr. McBride, we will hopefully learn new ways to think about the gift of sexuality and the body.
December 05, 2021
Good Gifts, The Gift of Your Body
This Sunday, we look at the goodness of your body (Your Blessed Body). So often we miss this important and foundational aspect of our God-blessed humanity—having a body! Stewardship of our body starts with recognizing it as a gift. The Spirit of God often speaks to us through our bodies! God gives good gifts. The very act of creating the universe is an act of giving. This Advent/Christmas season, join us for an Advent Series on Good Gifts. John 1:14; Gen 1:27; Psalm 139:13(14)-18; 1 Corinthians 6:19 2021 ADVENT SERIES SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2021, 10:30 AM (in-person + livestream, KIDS!)
November 28, 2021
KING JESUS and the Upside-Down Kingdom, with Andrés Pérez
This Sunday we gather to celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. Christ is the most high King of the entire universe and yet also King of our hearts and calls us brothers and sisters. In doing this, Jesus models a new way of being human and invites us to become part of a new type of kingdom, one not of this world. This is an upside-down Kingdom of peace, in which the borders that separated humankind are rendered meaningless. (Mendoza, JEMRS, 1920. Bruxy, Reunion, p.121-130, 2017). John 18:33-37 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2021, 10:30 AM (in-person + livestream, KIDS! + baptism) QUESTION?: email@example.com or text 604-426-1230 GIVE PILGRIM: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
November 21, 2021
The Smell Test
There is a “corpse flower” named “Uncle Fester” at Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver that reeks of rotting flesh when it blooms. Its smell is irresistible to the insects which pollinate it. The ancient church leader, Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians says, God uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. “For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life.” Does our community pass The Smell Test? Second Corinthians Series, 2 Corinthians 2:14-3:6
November 14, 2021
Truth + Love #itscomplicated
Church discipline sounds like a scary thing. We’ve heard of stories where it was used to cover up abuse and shame victims. But the misuse of a thing does not mean it should be avoided, rather we pursue a proper use. Paul writes and then visits the Corinthians to practice healing through expressing love in its truth-telling, boundary-setting, forgiving, and enabling expressions. We can learn practices that move us into greater relational health in our community. Second Corinthians Series, 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:11 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2021, 10:30 AM (in-person + livestream, communion) QUESTION?: firstname.lastname@example.org or text 604-426-1230 GIVE PILGRIM: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
November 07, 2021
Regaining Spiritual Sight
2 Kings 6:8-23 Prophetic Imagination. There is a theme in scripture that we live in a creation full of God's Spirit with other powers at work. By only believing what our physical senses can experience, aided by technology, we have dulled our spiritual senses to what is real. But the imagination of God calls us to an overlapping physical and spiritual world. Awakening to the Spirit changes how we understand and live in the creation. 1 Corinthians 2:14–16, Matthew 11:15, Revelation 3:22, 2 Corinthians 5:7 GIVE PILGRIM: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html GIVE IBC: https://www.immanuelbc.ca/give CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
October 31, 2021
The Freedom of Sabbath with Felix Chan
One of the most important practices of Jesus was finding rest and making time for Sabbath. In a digital age with seemingly constant demands on our time and energy, imitating His example is more important than ever. Let’s consider how we can practically live out the restfulness of Jesus. Join us to hear from Felix Chan. Felix and his wife, Jessica, serve university students with Power to Change at UBC. Their mission is to help students discover Jesus and make His name known! They primarily engage students through one-on-one discipleship and evangelism, small groups, weekly services, retreats and local and global missions. 10:30 AM (ONE GATHERING In-person + livestream, kids!, IBC campus) GIVE PILGRIM: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html GIVE IBC: https://www.immanuelbc.ca/give CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
October 24, 2021
Down Payment, 2 Corinthians Series
2 Corinthians 1:12-21 Buying a home is a process that requires a down payment—a significant amount of money indicating the seriousness of the purchase to come. Following Jesus is not “blind faith” but responding to the down payment he offers you/us. This text calls us to understand relationship as the revelation of the one-of-a-kind God we get in Jesus. Down Payment creates space for the relationship and resources to be developed and shared.
October 18, 2021
Suffering & Comfort, 2 Corinthians Series
This week, we begin a verse-by-verse series through 2 Corinthians with some introductory teaching and a look into chapter 1. Paul is writing for the fourth time (at least that we know of) to this church in Corinth. It has been under attack from within by those wishing to draw them away from a Jesus-centred faith. We learned in 1 Corinthians that they were drawn towards prideful performance, had a critical view of Paul's outward presentation, and were drawn into high rhetoric and spiritual experiences. Now they add money to that mix. 10:30 AM (ONE GATHERING In-person + livestream, kids!, communion, IBC campus) QUESTION? Text: 604-426-1230 QUESTION? EMAIL: email@example.com GIVE PILGRIM: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html GIVE IBC: https://www.immanuelbc.ca/give CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
October 10, 2021
Matthew 22:37-40, 11:19,10:34-36 “Love, in practice, is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams.” Loving well is the goal of the Christian life. Jesus preached great messages to the crowds, but he knew it was not enough for people to “get it”. He did life together with closer disciples for three years in a small group. Story-telling and listening to speeches are not enough to move beyond emotional infancy. Many models of church fail to create disciples because they do not cause us to go deeper. Join us as we talk about being WITH people. 10:30 AM (ONE GATHERING In-person + livestream + Communion, IBC campus) QUESTION? Text: 604-426-1230 QUESTION? EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org GIVE PILGRIM: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html GIVE IBC: https://www.immanuelbc.ca/give CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
October 03, 2021
Q & A Sunday
Four times a year we open our Sunday teaching time to live Questions and Response/Answer via text and email. This is a great time to ask questions you've had over the last three months. 10:30 AM (ONE GATHERING for September Sundays, In-person + livestream + KIDS!, IBC campus) QUESTION? Text: 604-426-1230 QUESTION? EMAIL: email@example.com GIVE PILGRIM: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html GIVE IBC: https://www.immanuelbc.ca/give CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
September 26, 2021
THE END Is The Beginning
When He Appears. As we learn of the core things surrounding the return of Christ, we’ll look at three views of "the Millennium"—what can we all agree on and what should clearly be labelled as secondary. 10:30 AM (ONE GATHERING for September Sundays, In-person + livestream + KIDS!, IBC campus) QUESTION? Text: 604-426-1230 QUESTION? EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-09-19-the-end-is-the-beginning.html PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-09-19_notesdiscussion.pdf GIVE PILGRIM: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html GIVE IBC: https://www.immanuelbc.ca/give CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
September 19, 2021
Return of the Conquering Lamb, Revelation 20:1-10
Biblical Beliefs of the End Times Have you been taught to read the Book of Revelation like a horoscope? Christians with a high view of the Bible have not agreed on how to understand the events that come before the Return of the Lamb/King. This Sunday, we look at three views of "the Millennium"—what can we all agree on, and what should clearly be labelled as secondary. We continue the conversation about the Mark of the Beast, Mark of the Lamb, Anti-Christ(s), and our relationship with our earthly "Babylons". 10:30 AM (ONE GATHERING for September Sundays, In-person + livestream + KIDS!, IBC campus) QUESTION? Text: 604-426-1230 QUESTION? EMAIL: email@example.com ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-09-12-conquering-lamb.html PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-09-12_notesdiscussion.pdf GIVE PILGRIM: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html GIVE IBC: https://www.immanuelbc.ca/give CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
September 12, 2021
666 Mark of the Beast, Revelation 13:11-14:3
As our province requires people to be vaccinated to access certain services and spaces an old track of end-times prophecy sermons starts to play in the back of my mind. Revelation 13:17 says "And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." How do we respond to governments when they introduce increasing restrictions (always in the name of the public good)? What tensions do we need to live with, and when do we say "no"? 10:30 AM (ONE GATHERING for September Sundays, In-person + livestream + KIDS!, IBC campus) QUESTION? Text: 604-426-1230 QUESTION? EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org PDF NOTES: http://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-09-05_notesdiscussion.pdf ONLINE NOTES: http://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-09-05-666-mark-of-the-beast.html GIVE PILGRIM: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html GIVE IBC: https://www.immanuelbc.ca/give CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
September 05, 2021
The Power of NO, Mark 1:21-45
Simple Church, Boundaries, and Limits (Jesus) Saying "no" to something means saying "yes" to something else. Are you shamed by secular or religious activism into saying "yes" to too many people and things? One aspect of emotional maturity is learning the importance of "no". Jesus encourages us to filter our "yeses" and our "nos" in a way that helps us flourish, even if others get upset by our "nos". ONLINE NOTES: http://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-08-29-peace-with-self-series-the-power-of-no.html QUESTION? Text: 604-426-1230 QUESTION? EMAIL: email@example.com GIVE PILGRIM: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html GIVE IBC: https://www.immanuelbc.ca/give CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
August 29, 2021
Reopening and Reordering, Luke 13:1-5
Join us as we welcome Dr. Ng back for the third time at Pilgrim. Edward En-Heng Ng is a Registered Psychologist in private practice in Vancouver. Ed was a high school science teacher for five years in Vancouver and Hong Kong, and after attending Regent College (MDiv 2008), he pastored in a small congregation for another four years, he enrolled at Fuller Theological Seminary’s Graduate School of Psychology (Pasadena, CA), from which he graduated with a Doctor of Psychology degree in 2016. During his doctoral studies, Ed was introduced to the field of cultural psychology, which focuses on how people groups tend to speak of themselves instead of relying on Western psychology to describe them. Ed’s enduring academic interest since then has centred around critical psychology and the applications of cultural psychology and relational psychoanalysis to clinical or counselling contexts. Ed has taught at Trinity Western University and Regent College in the areas of diversity and counselling. He is also the founder of the Eastgate Project and hosts its podcast, which focuses on the intersections of psychology, theology, and the experiences of the Asian diaspora. Ed lives in Richmond, BC, with his wife and two sons. GIVE PILGRIM: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html GIVE IBC: https://www.immanuelbc.ca/give CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
August 22, 2021
SUNDAY POWER - All Together - Joint Pilgrim and Immanuel Service.
SUNDAY POWER Acts 20:7, 1 Corinthians 16:2, 2 Timothy 2:14-15, James 3:.1, 2 Timothy 4:3, Revelation 1:10, John 4:21-24 We usually only learn to release the need to control circumstances or situations by an experience of “The Wall” or what is often called deconstruction. When we let go of this false power and control, we mature and receive the very life we were trying to achieve. This is an upside-down life principle. We don’t give up our personal say-so or power, but when faced with challenges, we learn to lean into grace, and become graceful.
August 16, 2021
Peace with Self Series, Through the Wall of Deconstruction
LET GO! Releasing Power and Control Matthew 5:3 We usually only learn to release the need to control circumstances or situations by an experience of “The Wall” or what is often called deconstruction. When we let go of this false power and control, we mature and receive the very life we were trying to achieve. This is an upside-down life principle. We don’t give up our personal say-so or power, but when faced with challenges, we learn to lean into grace, and become graceful. 9:30 AM (In-person + livestream, Pilgrim campus) 11:15 AM (In-person + KIDS!, IBC campus) ONLINE NOTES: http://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-08-08-peace-with-self-series-through-the-wall-of-deconstruction.html PDF NOTES: http://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-08-08_notesdiscussion.pdf QUESTION? Text: 604-426-1230 QUESTION? EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org GIVE PILGRIM: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html GIVE IBC: https://www.immanuelbc.ca/give CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
August 08, 2021
Peace with Self Series, LET GO!
Releasing Power and Control, 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 "In emotionally healthy churches, people live and lead out of brokenness and vulnerability. They understand that leadership in the kingdom of God is from the bottom up, not a grasping, controlling, or lording over others. It is leading out of failure and pain, questions and struggles—a serving that lets go. It is a noticeably different way of life from what is commonly modeled in the world and, unfortunately, in many churches" (EMC 114). 9:30 AM (In-person + livestream, Pilgrim campus) 11:15 AM (In-person + KIDS!, IBC campus) ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-08-01-peace-with-self-series-let-go.html PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-08-01_notesdiscussion.pdf QUESTION? Text: 604-426-1230 QUESTION? EMAIL: email@example.com GIVE PILGRIM: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html GIVE IBC: https://www.immanuelbc.ca/give CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
August 01, 2021
Peace with Self Series, Go Back To Go Forward, with Andrés Pérez
Emotionally healthy spirituality is about reality, not denial or illusion. It is about embracing the reality that we were birthed into a particular family, in a particular place, at a particular moment in history. This week we explore this second principle of emotional health. True spirituality frees us to live joyfully in the present. However, it requires going back in order to go forward. To do this we must learn to break free from destructive and toxic patterns of our past to live the life of love God intends, which is the very heart of spirituality and discipleship in the family of God. (Scazzero, EHS, 93, Revised). Join us as we continue to walk together in this journey towards healing and reconciliation in Christ! 9:30 AM (In-person + livestream, Pilgrim campus) 11:15 AM (In-person + KIDS!, IBC campus) ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-07-25-peace-with-self-series-go-back-to-go-forward.html PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-07-25_notesdiscussion.pdf QUESTION? Text: 604-426-1230 QUESTION? EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org GIVE PILGRIM: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html GIVE IBC: https://www.immanuelbc.ca/give CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
July 25, 2021
Peace with Self Series, Know Yourself, Looking Below the Surface
PEACE WITH SELF SERIES Know Yourself, Looking Below the Surface You are an iceberg; there is far more to you than meets the eye. Psalm 139:23 declares, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts”. What happens when we forget this principle and the underlying things in our lives go unobserved? We already believe we’re aware of what is going on inside of us. The truth is most of us have not allowed Jesus to transform the deep layers underneath the surface. This week we explore this first principle of emotional health. There is a big break, a big wall, between who we really are right now and the image we portray. Inside of us, there are forces and motivations that need to be examined. This is at the center of becoming a saint, of maturing, part of the work of being a Christian, and the church. Ask better questions and know yourself! 9:30 AM (In-person + livestream, Pilgrim campus) 11:15 AM (In-person + KIDS!, IBC campus) ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-07-18-peace-with-self-series-know-yourself.html PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-07-18_notesdiscussion.pdf QUESTION? Text: 604-426-1230 QUESTION? EMAIL: email@example.com GIVE PILGRIM: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html GIVE IBC: https://www.immanuelbc.ca/give CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
July 18, 2021
Peace with Self Series, The Language of the Soul
We're developing a discipleship course about Peace with God, Others, Self, and Stuff. In 2021, our major teaching focus is on core discipleship, of course with Covid, etc., this is not always easy. We encourage you to make church gathering a priority in your schedule, and when you can't, at least go back and listen to the teachings. On Sunday, we're introducing Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. Coming out of the trauma that Covid (and the restrictions) have caused the church and society, it's vital we learn more about emotional health. Much of what is called sin in the New Testament directly relates to our emotions and how we treat ourselves and others. "The link between emotional health and spiritual maturity is large. For too long we have delegated "emotional" issues to the therapist's office while ignoring the link between emotional and spiritual maturity that the church can and should address". There is a role for therapy, but if we only address these things in that context, we are delaying good work and learning we can embrace from Jesus and the scriptures before, or in addition to therapy. We will use the resources from Emotionally Healthy Spirituality to bring this into the light. Psalm 69, Luke 19:41, 10:21, 7:9, 12:50. 9:30 AM (In-person + livestream, Pilgrim campus) 11:15 AM (In-person + KIDS!, IBC campus) ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-07-11-peace-with-self-series-the-language-of-the-soul.html PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-07-11_notesdiscussion.pdf QUESTION? Text: 604-426-1230 QUESTION? EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org GIVE PILGRIM: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html GIVE IBC: https://www.immanuelbc.ca/give CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
July 12, 2021
How to Be a Vibrant Church
Two-week series: How to Kill a Church and How to Be a Vibrant Church Eight Keys to an Open-Door Church Last week we named church-killers, this week we look at what makes church alive. "With every person we encounter, the only question that should be on our mind is, How can I, right here and right now, affirm the unsurpassable worth of this person for whom Christ died” (G.A.Boyd)? Jesus tells the church in Philadelphia (Rev. 3:7-19) that he has opened a door before them. What does it mean to be a vibrant church? What does the church of the open door look like? 9:30 AM (In-person + livestream, Pilgrim campus) 11:15 AM (In-person + KIDS!, IBC campus) ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-07-04-how-to-be-a-vibrant-church.html PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-07-04_notesdiscussion.pdf QUESTION? Text: 604-426-1230 QUESTION? EMAIL: email@example.com GIVE PILGRIM: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html GIVE IBC: https://www.immanuelbc.ca/give CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
July 05, 2021
How to Kill a Church
How to Kill a Church Two-week series: How to Kill a Church and How to be a Vibrant Church Revelation 3:16, Matthew 23, Matthew 6:19-21, Hebrews 11:13The book of Revelation begins with John being caught up in the Spirit on the Lord's day. He goes on to speak about seven churches saying to one, "you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spit you out of my mouth." What a word! As Pilgrim has been on a revitalization journey and Immanuel is considering joining us, it's important to understand the enemy within that wants to destroy the church so we'll look at How to Kill a Church in seven easy steps and next week for How to be a Vibrant Church. 9:30 AM (In-person + livestream, Pilgrim campus) 11:15 AM (In-person, IBC campus) NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-06-27-how-to-kill-a-church.html PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-06-27_notesdiscussion.pdf QUESTION? Text: 604-426-1230 QUESTION? EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org GIVE PILGRIM: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html GIVE IBC: https://www.immanuelbc.ca/give CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
June 28, 2021
Executive Minister, BC Association, NABC Guest: Bob Krahn
We are in community with other churches in our province and this Sunday, we will hear from our Executive Conference Minister for the BC North American Baptist association of churches, Bob Krahn. In 2005, Bob came to BC to be the Executive Minister after serving in a similar capacity in Saskatchewan and Manitoba for the previous five and a half years. Join us in welcoming Bob as we worship, relate, engage, and serve together! 9:30 AM (In-person + livestream, Pilgrim campus) 11:15 AM (In-person, IBC campus) GIVE PILGRIM: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html GIVE IBC: https://www.immanuelbc.ca/give CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
June 20, 2021
Peace with Others Series, Overcome Evil with Good
"I thought I tried everything and it didn't work. Now what?" We believe in the outrageous love and justice of God in conflict, but peacemaking doesn't always result in immediate breakthroughs. We want to learn from Jesus how to react differently and break the vicious cycle—even in the heat of conflict. As we wrap up our Peace with Others Series, we look at boundary enforcement and responding to conflict with the love of Jesus. Romans 12:20-21, 1 Samuel 24:1-22, 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-06-13_notesdiscussion2.pdf We're OPEN for IN-PERSON gathering! (RSVP REQUIRED) 9:30 AM (In-person + livestream, Pilgrim campus) 11:15 AM (In-person, IBC campus) GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
June 14, 2021
Peace with Others Series, GO and Be Reconciled
Matthew 5:23-24 tells us to initiate reconciliation with others. We have already unpacked what comes before forgiveness in giving a proper apology, repentance, making right personal and material wrongs as much as possible. But forgiveness has two parts and reconciliation is the goal—not always the end result. This Sunday, what forgiveness is and is not is entirely counter-cultural, just like Jesus. We're OPEN for IN-PERSON gathering! (RSVP REQUIRED) 9:30 AM (In-person + livestream, Pilgrim campus) 11:15 AM (In-person, IBC campus) ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-06-06-go-and-be-reconciled.html PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-06-06_notesdiscussion.pdf GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
June 07, 2021
DECONSTRUCTION with Brad Jersak
"Deconstruction" is a trendy term these days, probably used, misused, and overused to describe a great variety of spiritual transitions, ranging all the way from losing one's faith to a radical rediscovery of God's all-expansive love. In his talk, Brad Jersak will share some biblical and contemporary metaphors that can serve as guideposts through what can seem like a perilous journey. ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-05-30-guest-brad-jersak-deconstruction.html PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-05-30_notesdiscussion.pdf GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
May 31, 2021
Lament with Guest Jessica Chan
Have you ever thought, “Let me get this off my chest and then I'll go to church and sing.” or “I need to cry, so maybe this Sunday I'll stay home.” Let us, instead, worship together in our lament. “Lament is not despair. It is not whining. It is not a cry into a void. Lament is a cry directed to God. It is the cry of those who see the truth of the world’s deep wounds and the cost of seeking peace. It is the prayer of those who are deeply disturbed by the way things are...” -Reconciling All Things. Jessica lives with her husband Felix and two daughters. She’s an artist and an art teacher. For the past 10 years, she’s been working with P2C at the University of British Columbia and spent a year at the Universidad de Panamá. In her spare time, she can be found chipping away at a novel she’s writing about her family’s history. Join our Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96359472809 ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-05-23-guest-jessica-chan-lament.html PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-05-23_notesdiscussion.pdf GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
May 23, 2021
Gently Engage Others
Galatians 6:1, Matthew 18:15-20 Conflict is an opportunity to serve others but the challenge is making sure we approach someone in a way they can hear. Jesus' teachings on conflict are designed to make space for a reset and renewal of relationship. Join our Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96359472809 ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-05-16-peace-with-others-gently-engage-others.html PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-05-16_notesdiscussion.pdf EMAIL QUESTIONS: email@example.com or TEXT: 604-426-1230 GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
May 16, 2021
SORRY, NOT SORRY
Accepting responsibility and true apologies We continue personal peacemaking in our Peace with Others Series by revealing the rarest speech in North America—true apology. People know how to judge and cancel but to apologize and move into conciliation? That is rare. This is the speech of a beloved community Dr. Martin Luther King believed was necessary for all to have freedom. We need Jesus’ teaching and Spirit at work. Join us as we look at accepting responsibility. Proverbs 28:13, 2 Corinthians 7:9-10, 1 John 1:8 Join our Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96359472809ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-05-09-peace-with-others-sorry-not-sorry.html PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-05-09_notesdiscussion.pdf EMAIL QUESTIONS: firstname.lastname@example.org or TEXT: 604-426-1230 GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
May 10, 2021
WHAT WE LEARN FROM THE LOG IN OUR EYE
As we continue in our Peace with Others Series, we explore perhaps the most missed and crucial teaching of Jesus and how to apply it. So much of real-life peace-making hinges on getting this right in our cultural-war, cancel-culture, scorched earth, politics-is-religion, North American context. Matthew 7:3-5 Join our Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96359472809 ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-05-02-peace-with-others-what-we-learn-from-the-log-in-our-eye.html PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-05-02_notesdiscussion.pdf EMAIL QUESTIONS: email@example.com or TEXT: 604-426-1230 GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
May 03, 2021
Go Higher! with Andrés Pérez
GLORIFYING GOD IN CONFLICT, 1 Corinthians 10:31Conflict allows us an opportunity to glorify God, that is, to bring him praise and honor by imitating Him, laying down our "rights," forgiving, and loving sacrificially. This is necessary for Biblical peace-making and learning to seek and honour God when we're in conflict, lest we glorify someone or something else. This Sunday we're jumping back into our "Peace with Others" Series using the Resolving Everyday Conflict study from Peacemaker Ministries. Join us as we continue on this discipleship journey exploring new ways to reflect the beauty of the Kingdom of God and the Lord Jesus Christ. Join our Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96359472809 ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-04-25-peace-with-others-go-higher.html PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-04-25_notesdiscussion.pdf EMAIL QUESTIONS: firstname.lastname@example.org or TEXT: 604-426-1230 GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
April 25, 2021
The Deconstructed Faith of Peter and Judas (part 2)
Peter and Judas went through faith deconstruction. Many people in the Bible and today go through it and only some end up with new faith on the other side of "the wall". Pentecost moves the church forward—the direct empowerment/experience of the Holy Spirit making Jesus real. We don’t often grow from these deconstruction moments because of forces at work to keep us deconstructing—both within the church and outside of it. Post-deconstruction faith looks different, it's love-based, and it has a higher level of trust and risk and learns to ask better questions. Join our Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96359472809 ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-04-18-the-deconstructed-faith-of-peter-and-judas.html PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-04-18_notesdiscussion.pdf EMAIL QUESTIONS: email@example.com or TEXT: 604-426-1230 GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
April 18, 2021
The Deconstructed Faith of Peter and Judas
Peter and Judas went through faith deconstruction. Many people in the Bible and today go through it and only some end up with new faith on the other side of "the wall". Pentecost moves the church forward—the direct empowerment/experience of the Holy Spirit making Jesus real. We don’t often grow from these deconstruction moments because of forces at work to keep us deconstructing—both within the church and outside of it. Post-deconstruction faith looks different, it's love-based, and it has a higher level of trust and risk and learns to ask better questions. Join our Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96359472809 ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-04-11-the-deconstructed-faith-of-peter-and-judas.html PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-04-11_notesdiscussion.pdf EMAIL QUESTIONS: firstname.lastname@example.org or TEXT: 604-426-1230 GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
April 11, 2021
Resurrection 2021: IS IT POSSIBLE?
"If someone predicts their death ahead of time, and their coming back to life, and manages to pull it off, follow them." Jesus is not a religion. While much of "Christianity" throughout history has gone off the rails when aligning too much with the cultural norms of the day, there has always been a faithful minority who are curious about (and captivated by) Jesus. This group has been sustained by a teaching and power that keeps drawing and advancing them. Today we lean into the scandal everyone wants to deny: Christ is risen—everything is changing. Can you open yourself to this possibility? EMAIL QUESTIONS: email@example.com or TEXT: 604-426-1230 ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-04-04-resurrection-2021-is-it-possible.html RSVP Link for (Outdoor, In-person) Communion: https://rsvp.church/r/vgbq3x6N GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html Catch-up after service: No chat today because of the communion gathering
April 04, 2021
REAL RELATIONSHIPS with April Yamasaki, Valuing Family
Join us for our returning guest speaker for the first few months of 2021, April Yamasaki. She has lead us in the discovery of Real Relationships through Friendship, Singleness and Marriage, and this week, Family. April Yamasaki writes on spiritual growth and Christian living both online and in print publications, including Christian Century, Christianity Today, The Redbud Post, Godspace, Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology, Leader, and Rejoice! Her books include On the Way with Jesus; Four Gifts: Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength; and Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal. ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-03-28-real-relationships-with-april-yamasaki-valuing-family.html PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-03-28_notesdiscussion.pdf GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
March 28, 2021
Peace with Others Series, Choose Your Battle
James 3:18 We are our own worst enemy in a conflict. Our brains, created and yet fallen, push us into patterns that can fail us long-term. Brain science confirms what Jesus taught 2000 years ago, that when we are in a conflict our brain operates differently. This does not mean that we cannot learn to pre-emptively shape those responses. We look at those responses this Sunday and begin training our patterns in healthy directions—fight, flight, or... PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-03-21_notesdiscussion.pdf ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-03-21-peace-with-others-choose-your-battle.html EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org TEXT: 604-426-1230 GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
March 22, 2021
Peace with Others Series, Facing Conflict
James 4 Have you had tense conversations or difficulties with an upset neighbour, a family member, an overbearing boss, or even something more serious with someone you haven’t spoken to for years? Relationships are the only eternal thing you can influence and take with you into eternity. The bible has great wisdom about conflict and relationships. It says we are to be rooted and grounded in love, but this requires maturity, and a willingness to grow. Growth requires a community of faith and the gifts working together. This Sunday we are starting a special discipleship teaching series focused on "Peace with Others". We're using the Resolving Everyday Conflict study from Peacemaker Ministries. We will explore more than eight teachings on how to define conflict, determining legitimate issues, harmful responses, and moving towards forgiveness. This is about learning to respond differently to conflict than our default settings. The next two months could change your whole experience of Christianity and life! PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-03-14_notesdiscussion.pdf ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-03-14-peace-with-others-facing-conflict.html EMAIL: email@example.com TEXT: 604-426-1230 GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
March 14, 2021
Q+A Interview with Lawrence Cheung
We have a great opportunity to engage with front-line caregiver, Rev. Lawrence Cheung, for a special livestream Q&A and interview. Lawrence serves as a certified spiritual health practitioner (clinical chaplain) at St. Paul’s Hospital, as well as adjunct teaching staff with UBC’s School of Medicine. He enjoys hockey and marathon training and lives with his wife and two kids in North Burnaby. Lawrence calls Killarney Park MB church his spiritual family. You can find more about the self-professed #chineseanabaptist on Twitter @soulcareyvr. GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html
March 07, 2021
REAL RELATIONSHIPS with April Yamasaki, Singleness and Marriage
Our returning guest speaker for the first few months of 2021 is April Yamasaki. She will be leading us in the discovery of Real Relationships through Friendship, Singleness and Marriage, and Family. April Yamasaki writes on spiritual growth and Christian living both online and in print publications, including Christian Century, Christianity Today, The Redbud Post, Godspace, Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology, Leader, and Rejoice! Her books include On the Way with Jesus; Four Gifts: Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength; and Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal. ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-02-28-real-relationships-singleness-marriage.html PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-02-28_notesdiscussion.pdf GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html Catch-up after service: https://zoom.us/j/96359472809
March 01, 2021
Peace with God Series, Inheritance
Like the memories and reminders people leave behind after they are gone, Jesus leaves us with three symbols of our inheritance in Him. We will explore these rituals that can be dead religion or life-giving acts depending on how we approach them. ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-02-21-peace-with-god-inheritance.html PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-02-21_notesdiscussion.pdf TEXT QUESTIONS: 604-426-1230 EMAIL QUESTIONS HERE: firstname.lastname@example.org GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html Catch-up after service: https://zoom.us/j/96359472809
February 22, 2021
Peace with God Series, Territory + Temple
We build online and physical temples searching for purpose and meaning out of our lives; social media, gyms, music, celebrities, art galleries, food, shopping, porn sites, or sports among other things can become religious to us. But what if we build on land not found on a map, with a leader in no need of governmental buildings? How can this way of living bring us the life we try so hard to secure? Jesus crashes through the walls we build that keep us from encountering God. Become a dual citizen and a living temple! ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-02-14-peace-with-god-territory--temple.html PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-02-14_notesdiscussion.pdf TEXT QUESTIONS: 604-426-1230 EMAIL QUESTIONS HERE: email@example.com GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html Catch-up after service: https://zoom.us/j/96359472809
February 15, 2021
Peace with God Series, Tradition + Tribe
"Christianity calcifies when tradition (the living faith of the dead) becomes traditionalism (the dead faith of the living)" -Jaroslav Pelikan Fear and self-preservation are powerful instincts, yet Jesus shows us these instincts and emotions must be checked by love. What traditions and balkanizations do we hold that keep us from being better people? This Sunday in our Peace With God Series, we explore five ways Jesus undoes our religious approaches to God. ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-02-07-peace-with-god-tradition--tribe.html PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-02-07_notesdiscussion.pdf TEXT QUESTIONS: 604-426-1230 EMAIL QUESTIONS HERE: firstname.lastname@example.org GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect.html Catch-up after service: https://zoom.us/j/96359472809
February 07, 2021
Q & A with Shel Boese and Andrés Pérez
Four times a year we slow our Sunday teaching time down for a Q&A conversation. What is on your mind? What are you wrestling with or excited about?
February 01, 2021
REAL RELATIONSHIPS with April Yamasaki, Forging Friendship in a Lonely World
Our returning guest speaker for the first few months of 2021 is April Yamasaki. She will be leading us in the discovery of Real Relationships through Friendship, Singleness & Marriage, and Family. April Yamasaki writes on spiritual growth and Christian living both online and in print publications, including Christian Century, Christianity Today, The Redbud Post, Godspace, Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology, Leader, and Rejoice! Her books include On the Way with Jesus; Four Gifts: Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength; and Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal. NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-01-24_notesdiscussion.pdf ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-01-24-real-relationship-friendship-with-april-yamasaki.html CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.htmlNEW LINK! CATCH-UP (after the service), join us here: https://zoom.us/j/96359472809
January 24, 2021
Peace with God, Revealing Reversals
John 4:1-42 "It is no surprise, in view of his teachings and actions, that Jesus was crucified. What is surprising is that it did not happen sooner." -Ben Witherington III Jesus challenges our ideas of how God should be. Where we want a vague force - Jesus gets VERY personal and particular. Where we want particular favouritism, God zooms out and goes universal. Jesus stands above, through, and in all God-experiences of all times. And we keep trying to kill him, but he keeps coming back! Join us as we dig into some life-changing facts. NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-01-17_notesdiscussion.pdf ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-01-17-peace-with-god-revealing-reversals.html QUESTIONS: email email@example.com TEXT: 604-426-1230 CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connectGIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html NEW LINK! CATCH-UP (after the service), join us here: https://zoom.us/j/96359472809
January 17, 2021
Peace with God, When Jesus Gets Hijacked
What happens when the institutional church gets sucked into the wars and walls of religion and ideologies? This Sunday, we name some evils done in the name of Christ. We also name these evils as fully in opposition to the life and teachings of Jesus. Jesus didn't come to build another version of the Kingdoms of the world. NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-01-10_notesdiscussion.pdf ONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2021-01-10-peace-with-god-when-jesus-gets-hijacked.html QUESTIONS: email firstname.lastname@example.org TEXT: 604-426-1230 CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html NEW LINK! CATCH-UP (after the service), join us here: https://zoom.us/j/93007400050?pwd=MW0yTENpQVd3c1U1NUZZenNibE0ydz09#success
January 11, 2021
Peace with God, Getting Over Religion
There are a lot of competing ideas out there about God and spirituality, connected by several threads. This Sunday we tackle the word "religion" (both the good use and the negative use) and how Jesus came to end it all, not start a new religion/structure. NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2021-01-03_notesdiscussion.pdf QUESTIONS: email email@example.com TEXT: 604-426-1230 CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html NEW LINK! CATCH-UP (after the service), join us here: https://zoom.us/j/93007400050?pwd=MW0yTENpQVd3c1U1NUZZenNibE0ydz09#success
January 03, 2021
Vision for Peace
End of the year. What a ride 2020 has been! This Sunday, we revisit our core at Pilgrim Church, and look ahead at what guides us and keeps us strong in the storm. We are introducing our church-wide focus for 2021. In 2021, we are mobilizing for peace in four directions/four relationships. Join us as we learn what Jesus' way of peace looks like in the face of a world that easily divides and fights. We must choose a just peace with God, self, others, and matter. We all called to be healers in the light of Jesus' grace and truth. QUESTIONS: email firstname.lastname@example.org TEXT: 604-426-1230 CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html NEW LINK! CATCH-UP (after the service), join us here: https://zoom.us/j/93007400050?pwd=MW0yTENpQVd3c1U1NUZZenNibE0ydz09#success
December 28, 2020
Christmas Eve Celebration - Fear Out!
Fear. This has been a year marked by fear. Join us as we let the ancient sources tell the story again through readings and singing! Christmas Eve is a time to celebrate and remember God is with us! The refrain that echoes forward to us is "Fear Not!" Fear cannot win in the end. Light comes to dispel the darkness of fear. We are rooted in something unshakeable. Thursday, December 24, 5:30 PM CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html
December 25, 2020
honest advent 4, attention + room
Matthew 2:2, Luke 2:6-7 For the final honest advent Sunday, we look at one of the several texts in the Bible that speak to the Holy Spirit working and drawing people from all over, all religious pursuits of truth to Jesus. Jesus who makes the scandalous claim to be the embodiment of Truth. #zoroastrianismandJesus This Advent, we have journeyed through Scott Erickson's book, Honest Advent, which he tells us, "...is an exploration of finding the God-with-us coming into our midst now....the Birthday Boy hiding out in the mechanics of this life—the one you're presently living." QUESTIONS: email email@example.com TEXT: 604-426-1230 CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html NEW LINK! CATCH-UP (after the service), join us here: https://zoom.us/j/93007400050?pwd=MW0yTENpQVd3c1U1NUZZenNibE0ydz09#success
December 20, 2020
honest advent 3, counselor + father, Andrés Pérez González
Isaiah 9:6, Hebrews 2:16-18, John 1:1-3 "For that which He has not assumed He has not healed." —Gregory of Nazianzus (4th Century Church Father). Jesus revealed as the Wonderful Counselor assumes the whole of our existence in order to heal the whole of our existence. He became human so we would know He had nothing to hide. He lived in a complicated world so He could relate to the complexity of our world. His name is God-with-us so we would know we are prized. Through the Incarnation, we find a space where we are seen, heard, known, and prized as we experience healing and move towards holistic restoration in order to discover the scandalous revelation that we are not orphans but sons and daughters of the Everlasting Father! He is forever tied to us and we are forever tied to him. We can never not be tied to him. This is our inheritance as the beloved offspring of the Maker of all things! GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.htmlONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2020-12-13-honest-advent-3---counselor--father.html NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2020-12-13_notesdiscussion.pdf NEW LINK! CATCH-UP (after the service), join us here: https://zoom.us/j/93007400050?pwd=MW0yTENpQVd3c1U1NUZZenNibE0ydz09#success CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect
December 13, 2020
honest advent, breath + assumptions
Revelation 1:8, Luke 1:43You know what they say about ASSUMPTIONS... This Sunday we look at how God breathes and breaks the curse of old assumptions. The Holy Spirit moves and reveals several ways we can break out of what we think will never change. This Advent season we explore moving in and out of nostalgia and familiarity and tending to God's presence in our lives. As part of our Advent journey, we will be using Scott Erickson's book, Honest Advent, in which he tells us, "This [Advent season]...is an exploration of finding the God-with-us coming into our midst now....the Birthday Boy hiding out in the mechanics of this life—the one you're presently living." QUESTIONS: email firstname.lastname@example.org TEXT: 604-426-1230 GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.htmlONLINE NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2020-12-06-honest-advent-2---breath--assumptions.html NOTES PDF: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2020-12-06_notesdiscussion.pdf NEW LINK! CATCH-UP (after the service), join us here: https://zoom.us/j/93007400050?pwd=MW0yTENpQVd3c1U1NUZZenNibE0ydz09#success CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect
December 06, 2020
honest advent, vulnerability + unease
""Have yourself a merry little Christmas," goes the song, evoking the "olden days, happy golden days of yore." Advent is exactly the opposite of all this... Advent refuses to dwell in a past that never was. Advent is about the future. It isn't a season of remembering something that happened a long time ago, it is a season of preparation for the great coming day of the kingdom of God." (F.Rutledge, 338) Beginning this Sunday (Advent 1), we explore moving in and out of nostalgia and familiarity and tending to God's presence in our lives. As part of our Advent journey, we will be using Scott Erickson's book, Honest Advent, in which he tells us, "This [Advent season]...is an exploration of finding the God-with-us coming into our midst now....the Birthday Boy hiding out in the mechanics of this life—the one you're presently living." NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2020-11-29_notesdiscussion.pdf QUESTIONS: email email@example.com TEXT: 604-426-1230 GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect
November 29, 2020
“YOUR DAUGHTERS WILL PROPHESY”
When the Hebrew prophet Joel spoke forth these Spirit-inspired words, he was in a patriarchal world where women did not normally prophesy. When Jesus came, he included women in his circle of disciples, a Rabbi’s disciples were to go out and become Rabbis themselves. When the Holy Spirit is poured out and the Charismatic ministry of Christ becomes the Charismatic ministry of the Church, Peter declares that “your daughters will prophesy...even women!” This is radical and disrupts gender-based assumptions we take from our cultures and try to baptize. This Sunday we look at one of the “BUT BUT BUT Paul said...” texts in scripture and will argue from a conservative, high view of the Bible that women should speak the Word of the Lord and be pastors and teachers. You don’t have to agree, we are a big tent, but we all need to understand this approach to the text. Acts 2:16-21, 1 Timothy 2:8-15, Philippians 4:2,3 NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2020-11-22_notesdiscussion.pdf QUESTIONS: email firstname.lastname@example.org TEXT: 604-426-1230 GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.htmlCONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect
November 22, 2020
Special Guest: Jesse Chui, God Seeks, God Saves, God Celebrates, LUKE 15
Join us Sunday at 10 AM, to hear from recent Regent grad Jesse Chui before he heads back home to America. Jesse will be sharing a teaching on Luke 15. This teaching will ONLY be livestreamed with no public recording after the service. Attend in-person or watch LIVE with us! In-person sign-up RSVP is active every Wednesday for the upcoming Sunday. ONLINE NOTES (new!): https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2020-11-15-guest-jesse-chui.html PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2020-11-15_notesdiscussion.pdf GIVE: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/give.html CONNECT: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/connect
November 15, 2020
COLOSSIANS SERIES, Women In Leadership (3:22-4:1)
Paul's nuanced way of navigating cultural practices opposed to the Gospel allows it to be heard instead of immediately crushed. He adds practices to the non-Christian household codes of the ancient world which undermine key beliefs about women and class. Paul plants a “virus” at the heart of the patriarchal and class-based rules of the Empire. The “virus” is actually the healthy thing—love as defined in Jesus—to guide all relationships and, instead of limiting, expanding power to all. ONLINE NOTES (new!): https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/2020-11-08-colossians-series-women-in-leadership-322-41.html PDF NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2020-11-08_notesdiscussion.pdf
November 08, 2020
COLOSSIANS SERIES, The Cultural Dance (3:17-4:1)
We have come to the end of chapter 3 in our Colossians Series, and this end starts at home. The revelation of God enters into the fallen structures and broken parts of culture to set our feet to a different rhythm. Some changes are fast, others take time. Sometimes the slow way is the fastest! How we treat one another at home, in the family, and in existing social structures is a blessing and denouncing prophetic dance. We learn some new moves from Paul this Sunday. NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2020-11-01_notesdiscussion3.pdf
November 02, 2020
COLOSSIANS SERIES, NEW CLOTHES (3:11-17)
What are you wearing? Clothes communicate a lot of different things. Paul tells us that there are things we take off and other things that we put on. What are you wearing? Jesus gives us a new set of clothes, a new way to engage others around us. We put on clothes as part of our engagement with others. Paul shares a better way, the Jesus-Centred, clothed with Christlikeness way of being in community with others - the beloved way of being a friend, a family member, or co-worker. NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2020-10-25_notesdiscussion.pdf
October 26, 2020
Pilgrim Special Guest: Jacob John
Join us to hear from Acts 29 Church pastor, Jacob John at Pilgrim Church this Sunday. John grew up in India, spent a season of his adult life in Bahrain in the Middle East, and now resides in Vancouver, Canada. He studied briefly at Regent College and pastored at Immanuel Baptist from 1998 to 2006. Sunday, 10 AM LIVESTREAM right here. NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2020-10-18_notesdiscussion.pdf
October 18, 2020
COLOSSIANS SERIES: The Lists, Vices, 3:5-11
COLOSSIANS SERIES, The Lists: Vices, 3:5-11 The Bible is full of lists and yet is clear they don't bring us life. What do we do with these lists? We can ignore them, obsess over them, simplify them, or come to understand they are signposts on a journey towards living a love-centred life. This Sunday we get into Colossians 3 and look at a list of vices. NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2020-10-11_notesdiscussion.pdf
October 11, 2020
Executive Minister, BC Association, NABC, Bob Krahn
Join us as we hear from one of the larger church networks we are a part of, The North American Baptist BC Conference's Executive Minister, Bob Krahn. In 2005 Bob came to BC to be the Executive Minister after serving in a similar capacity in Saskatchewan and Manitoba for the previous five and a half years. He holds a BA from the University of Alberta with a major in psychology and a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Bob was born in Flin Flon, Manitoba and had several work experiences including work as an underground miner, heavy equipment operator, a big game guide, and plumber’s helper. Following a dramatic conversion experience, he began to study for ministry and after graduation, became a solo pastor, church planter and the senior pastor of a multi-staff congregation. His greatest joy is to help churches grow healthy and to rekindle their passion for evangelism. Bob is married to Dawn, a teacher and they have two married children and six grandchildren.
October 05, 2020
Colossians Series: LIVE THE DREAM
Adjust Your Settings for Real Living, 3:1-4 Michelle Obama paraphrased the Apostle Paul when she said, “When they go low, we go high”; and CS Lewis wrote, "Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next... Aim at Heaven and you will get earth ‘thrown in’: aim at earth and you will get neither." The ability to be more present in the moment is possible when you also have the scope of eternity in your sights. NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2020-09-27_notesdiscussion.pdf
September 27, 2020
CHURCH + STATE: Kingdom Activist
Justice is a key theme throughout the Bible. The ultimate shape and final justice is placed in God's hands. In the meantime, we are called to "do good" but with some crucial differences from the secular crusaders of justice in our world. One author put it this way, "...The Kingdom (of God) activist protests with the hope of seeing both the oppressed and the oppressor set free and she knows that hatred and vengeance only intensify the bondage of both." We're wrapping up our Church + State series this Sunday and tucking a short Q&A conversation at the end. "What does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." NOTES: https://www.pilgrimchurch.ca/uploads/1/1/1/2/111299251/2020-09-20_notesdiscussion.pdf
September 20, 2020
CHURCH + STATE: The Tool and Trap of Civil Religion
What happens when the church and state are brought together? What could possibly go wrong? A lot, it turns out from history. We are STILL recovering from the damage of this collusion and co-option in the West. We've already explored Big Idea #1: too much centralization/concentration of power is not good for humanity, and Big Idea #2: the church is to be an alternative politics by its very life. The church must remain in peaceful tension with governments and other powers, while we as individuals may be engaged with both. When a politician utters the words, "God bless Canada" which god is being invoked, is it Jesus? Revelation 13:4; Matthew 5:13-16; Mark 10:35-45
September 14, 2020
CHURCH + STATE: Salt and Light in the Face of Power
Matthew 5:13-16 Decentering Power and Civil Religion. Followers of Jesus are called to be first, ambassadors of His way of living and being community in the midst of the states, families, etc. around us. Our nationality, family of origin, etc. are important, but that importance is tempered by a greater love and purpose. This Sunday we dig in again to Biblical challenges to power and identity claims and some steps to take to be a different kind of political person.
September 07, 2020
Q&A with Shel Boese and Andrés Pérez
At Pilgrim, we know God can handle our questions and that we don't get the full picture until the end. Four times a year we use our teaching/proclaiming time for live questions. This week, Pastor Shel and Andrés enter a conversation with the questions from the larger group. Always enlightening, entertaining, and sometimes life-changing. Send questions anytime, we'll get to as many as we can!
August 30, 2020
CHURCH + STATE: The Forgotten Evil (of Centralization)
In Canada, our government has been hit by several scandals, is shoveling money out the door (both in relief and to secure favour), and this week prorogued Parliament to pause investigations and reset the agenda. In the US, the regular presidential and lower elections are happening this fall. Policies of states affect our lives. What does the Bible and Christian teaching have to say about governments? It turns out a lot. In part, the church is to be a kind of alternative "politics" on earth. This week we ask some Spirit-inspired questions of what we are told to assume is just fine.
August 24, 2020
Colossians Series (2:16-23): The Rules
"Just Tell Me What To Do!" Rules can be important, but what is more important is understanding what lies behind the rules. When that happens we know when rules are to followed or discarded. We can find comfort in easy rules, but maturity calls us into deeper thinking and living. Beyond rules religion to Jesus-shaped living. Do not, do not, do not - is not the way to happiness.
August 17, 2020
Colossians Series (2:11-15): The Entrance, Baptism and the Powers
“How do we get into this place?!” Ever struggle to find the entrance to a building or home? Paul encourages the Colossians to remember the doorway into a new way of life. They don’t make the doorway, but crossing over the threshold puts them into a new reality. The old way of living is trying to sell hope based on the old ways, but it’s fake news. Join us as we explore the meaning of baptism and what Jesus has done for us.
August 10, 2020
Colossians Series, Deliverance and Vulnerability
Jesus vs. Everybody? Paul tells the early believers, “Jesus is alive” and they can hang their whole life on it. This changes ALL power dynamics for EVERYBODY everywhere. Even today powers try to censor this message because it challenges ultimate authority. You can get caught up in fake news about Jesus because powers that want to control you don’t give up easily.
August 03, 2020
WORK & REST Cycles for Life, Rest
You've said YES to too much. The demands of work or family (or both) have squeezed out your time for being human. You’re glued to your phone, your schedule and to-do lists are packed. You constantly multitask but feel you are doing few things well. There are seasons when we all get lost in the whirlwinds of life and spiritually. We barely have the strength to see our own hand in front of our face--everything is swirling around us. Jesus has an alternative to this, a restfulness of God that counters the restless anxiety of our world and its powers. What can we learn from him?
July 26, 2020
WORK & REST: Cycles for Life, The Rewards of Doing
We are told how important “being” is but is there also value in “doing”? Summer is the season for vacations but we are exploring what our faith has to say about the balance of work and rest. This Sunday and next, we will look into these two aspects (of many) structuring our lives.
July 19, 2020
Guest Speaker David Cho
David is the pastor of Vancouver Zion Baptist Church an NAB Korean language church that meets on Sunday afternoons. They formed out of Emmanuel Baptist Church. David is also a secondary school teacher and lives with his wife and two daughters in Vancouver.
July 12, 2020
The True Mark: Radical Forgiveness, John 8:1-11
“DO YOU COMMIT SIN? Enter the church and repent of your sin; for here is the Physician, not the judge; here one is not investigated, one receives remission of sins.” —St. John Chrysostom. Join us to hear from Andrés Pérez González as he shares with us from the gospel of John.
July 05, 2020
Colossians Series, Walking Trees?
What if, while being rooted and grounded, the trees could walk? To flourish as humans we need both adventure and stability. Covid-19 has, for many, provided a kind of stability and adventure but not the kind we generally desire. This Sunday we explore stability that "travels" well and enables us to risk well.
June 28, 2020
Father's Day Message - The Running Father
A special message shake up stepping outside the Colossians series for Father's Day.
June 21, 2020
Colossians Series, 1:24-29, Sustaining the Beloved Community
The New Testament calls us into community with others. This community is sustained by something other than common interests, a deep need we are awakened to that challenges us to grow as no other self-selected community can. In the story for this Sunday we see someone who wanted to crush the church, turned into someone who will suffer and even die to see this alternative community grow. You were made to belong to this many-voiced, mysterious community of many people. Join us as we step into this ancient light.
June 14, 2020
Trinity Sunday, "I CAN'T BREATHE"
Pastor Shel spoke on Pentecost Sunday that "Breath" is one aspect of God's Spirit in all people. We spoke of the murder of George Floyd and how racism seeks to choke or diminish that God-given breath and image of God in others. It fears the loss of control. Being committed to everyone’s flourishing as followers of Jesus, we asked what we must offer and do in response to racism. We build on this with Lament, Learning, and Spirit-Empowered Love Revolution.
June 07, 2020
Pentecost - "I CAN'T BREATHE"
Pentecost - "I CAN'T BREATHE" - The Choking Spirit vs The Breath of God Isaiah 42:4-5, Romans 8:26, Acts 2:1-4(5-21) The prophetic Spirit names injustice and has the power to challenge and change oppressors. From the Minneapolis cop to the Hong Kong police, governments that choke the spirit of men and women (and try to choke the Spirit in the church of the margins) are all rooted in an ancient evil telling us life is expendable for the purposes of power. The Bible speaks to this state of affairs and provides real pushback against injustice in all ages and all people. It calls us to a new humanity shaped by Jesus' Spirit.
May 31, 2020
Deconstruction and Restoration, Questioning Freedom
Do You Want to Be Well? Deconstruction can be an endless loop. But what if we develop a questioning life, a wrestling faith that allows us to be confident enough to act on the one thing that is indestructible, love as revealed in Jesus? Join us as we explore how deconstruction and restoration work in tension and are embraced in the Jesus-way.
May 24, 2020
Colossians Series, You are Here
Colossians 1:21-23 NT wright refers to this passage as a big "You are here!" sign. Here is where we find ourselves in relationship to the song lyrics from last week. Here is where he tells us what the artist meant when he sent the song to us. Join us to find out where you are, or could be..
May 18, 2020
Colossians Series, The Christ Hymn
Why has the world not destroyed itself over and over again? Why are we not driven to despair by the ideology and identity divisions we are taught to cling to? What keeps this show moving forward even with glimmers of hope? The Creator of it all is not done with us. This Sunday, we explore an ancient poem/song that pulls back the curtain. It's not over, it's moving onward!
May 10, 2020
Colossians Series, Power Prayers
People yearn for liberty and look for it in many places. We seek goodness and long to be people of kindness, but where does that power come from when our world is driven by greed and every imaginable division? Is there any way out or up? When does knowledge become wisdom? This Sunday, we look at an ancient prayer and a way of looking at the world that makes the pieces fit.
May 03, 2020
Colossians, The King and The Collective: Christ, Creation, Cosmos
Are you feeling trapped in your house, your mind, and your body? Paul, in his letter to the Colossians, shares with us from prison how based on reunion with the Creator and Creation, we can unlock the door and explore the contours of being an alternative community. Can you see yourself as part of a community where God is king instead of our various ideologies?
April 26, 2020
Special Guest, Pastor David Chow
Hear from our special guest, Pastor David Chow. In light of our engagement with the newly forming Jesus Collective (jesuscollective.com) we've invited a local Anabaptist leader to share his insights and wisdom on this Jesus-centred way of living our faith. David Chow is passionate about the intercultural congregation and community that he calls home. A fourth-generation Westerner, David was previously trained as a secondary French teacher. He worked with MB Mission in Japan with his spouse, Charlene for two years, and loves crossing cultures! A consummate reader, David also loves following his wife on crazy adventures, playing in the outdoors with his four amazing children, and listening to music of all flavours. David has worked at Killarney Park MB since 2002, previously as an associate pastor of youth, and associate pastor of community development. He is loving ministry serving as lead pastor.
April 19, 2020
Resurrection Sunday - Provoking the Powers -The Cross Defines the Resurrection (Mark 16:1-8)
EASTER SUNDAY Provoking the Powers -The Cross Defines the Resurrection (Mark 16:1-8) We’re celebrating Easter/Resurrection Sunday together via LIVESTREAM with live music, scripture, and teaching. We encourage you to call everyone you know at Pilgrim and perhaps someone you have been thinking about inviting.
April 12, 2020
Palm Sunday, Provoking the Powers
Worship is a political, Provoking the Powers act (inside yourself and beyond). This Palm Sunday we are in a whole new world. The politicians are helping, AND helping themselves, to powers they cannot possibly predict the future impact of. We are worshippers; we will worship Jesus or we will worship other things like our false sense of security and peace promised to us by powers to secure their own place in our minds and hearts. Worship of Jesus can break the spell and reveal the real war on the earth today. Join us Sunday, 10 AM PST, LIVESTREAM https://www.youtube.com/PilgrimChurchYVR
April 06, 2020
Lent 5, Pandemic and the Pantokrator, Not A Building, A Body, The Church
The virus has forced us into a greater awareness of the body. We are material beings very susceptible to brokenness and evil in creation, but what does this mean for "the body of Christ," the local church? The Pandemic reminds us we are matter and more than matter. Jesus reveals to us there are parts of us the plague cannot extinguish. 1 Corinthians 12:27, Romans 8:1-12
March 30, 2020
LENT 4, Pandemic and The Pantokrator, Natural Evil?
Is this God's will? It's common for people to blur the line between the possible good that can come out of evil, to calling evil itself a "good thing". With sickness, this gets really messy, but if we think about other evils, we can get our blurry lines snapped back into shape pretty fast. Jesus gives us direction to not confuse the good that can come from evil, while still naming some things as evil, bad, and broken.
March 22, 2020
LENT 3, PANDEMIC and The Pantokrator-Christian Response To Crisis
We're jumping out of our Lenten Series for "PANDEMIC and The Pantokrator-Christian Response To Crisis" with Pastor Shel.
March 15, 2020
LENT 2, Deconstruction and Restoration with Andrés Pérez González
We're continuing our Deconstruction & Restoration Series for Lent 2 with our Andrés Pérez González speaking on John 12:24-25.
March 09, 2020
LENT 1, Deconstruction and Restoration
Wandering, deconstructive impulses, and the decision to light a match and walk away... Deconstruction is the systematic pulling apart of the belief system you are/were in… a major faith transition. During Lent, we will look into Deconstruction and Restoration phases of life and faith. Many Christians “are deeply fearful and traumatized by their own curiosity, because of the structure in their community and theology.” What are we seeking when we feel the impulse to "burn it all to the ground"? Is this journey unique? Where does deconstruction start, continue, or stop? What's next? This Sunday at 10 AM, hear two stories of wandering from home while we sketch out questions to wrestle with through the Sundays leading to Easter. Genesis 12:1-9, Luke 15:11-31
March 01, 2020
The Power of the Tongue ON FIRE - Three Directions of Life-Changing Speech
Do you want to speak words that heal and mend the world? The Bible contains consistent teaching about our words and their power. There are three speech acts, from three directions, that we can engage with to alter our perceptions and our realities. These ancient words empower action that heals the world if we can learn again the power of our words.
February 23, 2020
The Power of the Tongue ON FIRE - The Heart and Truth-Telling
Our words shape the world we live in. From "fake news" and wildly different reports on impeachment, to Communist China's suppression of the truth about the Novel Coronavirus, we live in a world of offence fed by lies and deception. This Sunday at 10 AM, we continue in our series with The Heart and Truth-Telling. Truthful speech that flows out of a new heart helps shape a different kind of church and society. We have a light-shining role that makes the world better or worse. Jesus restated this from Jewish law and calls us to a transformed use of our words. Matthew 15:10-20 and 5:33-37
February 17, 2020
The Power of the Tongue ON FIRE
Our words can express the love/kindness that the Jesus Creed tells us is central to our faith. Thoughts of love lead us to actions that are caring and kind. This is COUNTER-CULTURAL for all of us! In the culture of the world, this is a sign of weakness, even stupidity to some, BUT it is the weak things that God uses to confound the wise through which His Power is experienced and made known. We often speak and think situations into greater health or wear them down through toxic negativity in how we use our tongues. Our words reveal what our idols are and what/whom we love. Sunday, 10 AM
February 09, 2020
GUEST Speaker - Josh (Seunghoon) Song
Pilgrim is so grateful for our students! This Sunday join us as one of our Regent graduate students, Josh Song, from South Korea shares during the teaching time!
February 02, 2020
JESUS, Creed and Gospel 3
The Right Tools There are different tools for different jobs in life. Tools can be literal objects or skills for doing, and all doing has a thought process behind it. To use a tool efficiently, you practice, even master or memorize it. The focus of this is not the tool, but the goal of adjusting or fixing another object or situation. The right tool matters and makes a job easier. Certain phrases and prayers are "tools" that allow us to focus on the 'job' of relationship. If a relationship with Jesus is difficult, perhaps you're using the wrong tool... This Sunday at Pilgrim, we explore simple tools you must use daily to keep Jesus and His story at your centre.
January 26, 2020
JESUS, Creed and Gospel 2
The Story that Summons What is the core message we are to share as a church? "gospeling declares that Jesus is that rightful Lord, gospeling summons people to turn from their idols to worship and live under that Lord who saves, and gospeling actually puts us in the co-mediating and co-ruling tasks under our Lord Jesus. When we reduce the gospel to only personal salvation, as soterians are tempted to do, we tear the fabric out of the Story of the Bible and we cease even needing the Bible I don't know of any other way to put it." (158, McKnight, TKJG). As a New Year's journey in this "JESUS, Creed & Gospel" Series at Pilgrim, we are learning, among others, from teacher and theologian Scott McKnight. Don't miss our second teaching in this series. Sunday, 10 AM
January 19, 2020
JESUS, Creed and Gospel
In January we are on re-centering around Jesus! We're in trouble when we aim for a salvation culture instead of a gospel culture. A church with a gospel culture goes way beyond, "I'm a sinner; Jesus, take my place." Dallas Willard writes, "Gospels of Sin Management" presumes a Christ with no serious work other than redeeming humankind...[and] they foster "vampire Christians,' who only want a little blood for their sins but nothing more to do with Jesus until heaven" (McKnight, TKJG, 81). January 12th, 10 AM
January 12, 2020
Guest speaker - Jenn Richards
Join us this Sunday as we welcome guest speaker Jenn Richards, Pastor of Discipleship at Life Church Vancouver in Mount Pleasant!
January 06, 2020
Advent 04 - Benedictus and Magnificat: The Music of the Christmas Revolution
Advent 4 - Luke 1
December 23, 2019
Advent 3 - First Peter Series, Stand Firm
The church is about healing and hope rooted in Jesus done from a position of courage and service. The book of 1 Peter ends with encouragement on how to live, that people are not the true enemies we face, and a fierce spiritual war around us. Realizing we are in a toxic place is an empowering truth that helps us navigate life better and learn to resist. One author put it, “Before the truth sets you free, it tends to make you miserable.” Peter leaves us with some big truths and calls out to us to learn and join in the battle.
December 15, 2019
Advent 2 - First Peter Series - Persecution & Glory
Suffering for the cause of right, for the cause of Jesus, who is love, lived and defined, comes with temptations to turn away. However, this kind of suffering also opens us up to encounter a greater vision of life beyond quickly wilting pleasures. Suffering can be a prelude. If You're Going Through Hell, Keep Going! -Winston Churchill
December 09, 2019
Advent 01 - First Peter Series - Grace + Truth = ?
This Advent we are continuing in First Peter as he writes to encourage the new believers in Asia. This text wrestles with grace and truth and some strange commands about the power of love. One author writes, "Our temptation is to try to separate them... we want love to be “niceness” or “toughness,” but real love is neither of those things (nor is it a combination of the two). It’s a third category that transcends the false binary of “love and truth.”
December 01, 2019
First Peter Series, Christ is King
Join us at 10 AM on the final Sunday in the Western Church year, Christ the King Sunday! As we continue our First Peter Series, we will look at a challenging bit of the New Testament addressing how to think about threats and real suffering inflicted by empires against followers of Jesus. Peter addresses being a jerk and asks believers to “check ourselves”--are we suffering for Christ? In the midst of it, the author pulls on the teachings of Jesus and a strange ancient Jewish text, 1 Enoch. What can we learn about risking more for Jesus and engaging ancient wisdom around suffering?
November 25, 2019
FIRST PETER SERIES, Blessed to be a Blessing
The problems ancient Christians faced living in a society that opposed them are present again to us in the post-Christian West (or anywhere, really). Peter gives local advice to new Christians whose family and society see them as a problem. Come out on Sunday at 10 AM to learn what this advice looks like and how we are called to bless unbelievers without compromising on Jesus!
November 18, 2019
First Peter Series, Subversive Submission
Does the Bible call for sheep-like submission to authorities? Is there something revolutionary to responding in submissive ways, loving and breaking cycles of hate? When we respond to the oppressor with hatred we internalize the very evil that is/was oppressing us and become as evil as those we hate. There is another way to live in response to injustice, a third way, a loving subversive submission. There is submission that honours the image of God even in the hardest of people but does not surrender or turn violent. Join us as we continue in our First Peter Series with Subversive Submission this Sunday at 10 AM!
November 11, 2019
Guest Speaker Jacob John, Set Apart to Set Apart
Join us and listen to our special guest, Jacob John, from Acts29 church!
November 03, 2019
FIRST PETER SERIES, Build the Spiritual House
Where do you live? Each of us is building and being shaped into something in our lives. Are you building a source of sanctuary or distress, a place of flourishing or floundering, strength or stumbling? As we continue our look into the ancient book of First Peter, we will learn what makes a good house for being in community and making a difference in the world. Join us at 10 AM, Sunday!
October 27, 2019
Andrés Pérez González, The Fullness of God
What does the fullness of God mean and are you sure you haven't mistaken me for someone else? Ephesians 1:15-23 Join us this Sunday at 10 AM as we have Andrés Pérez González share with us!
October 20, 2019
TRIGGERED SERIES, Victory Through Spiritual Seeing and Hearing
We wrongly assume that information and facts alone will change us. But the truth is, imagination is a tool that can be shaped for transformation. The Bible calls this spiritual seeing and hearing. Re-presenting old memories, now with Jesus present, can take away the power they have over us and re-program our triggers. Understanding how to use our imagination is a core component of following Jesus and living in victory. Join us at 10 AM this Sunday to learn more and journey together
October 13, 2019
First Peter Series, Understanding Holiness
Don't assimilate! Is the teaching of Peter to the Christians he writes to in Asia. Staying unique by following Jesus as God and his commands of radical love. Not being bound to the rat race of money, sex, and influence, and cultivating wonder are some of the Biblical commands we will explore. Don't assimilate back into what you were glad to leave behind. You left for a reason. Join us October 6, at 10 AM!
October 06, 2019
Triggered Series, The Deception of the Flesh
There are four aspects of our lives that scriptures call "The Flesh". These aspects keep us from becoming fully alive and more human. They are all around us and in us. Join us for a deep dive into the broken places and learn how they keep us stuck in a self-defeating trap. Join us this Sunday at 10 AM as we continue our Triggered Series. Get out of the trap and start the journey again! Reading Scripture: Genesis 3:1-8
September 30, 2019
First Peter Series: To the Pressured and Persecuted Christians
Our fall verse-by-verse series is through First Peter. This Sunday we look at words that encourage us when we are pressured and persecuted. These words call us to lean into the future, not being drowned by the present. As the days get darker, there is light, there is hope! The best is yet to come. Join us Sunday at 10 AM!
September 22, 2019
Triggered No. 2: When "Try Harder" Isn't Working
Transformation is a key aspect of the Christian's life. Many have believed in and experienced the rewards of hard work in the world and yet often in our own emotions and our relationship with God we hit a wall. Trying harder doesn't bring change alone. In fact, it can block transformation. What is the way forward? Do we give up? Do we simply give in to nothingness? What options are there beyond "try harder"? Join us Sunday at 10 AM for Triggered No. 2: When "Try Harder" Isn't Working. 2 Cor 3:17-18, Romans 12:2)
September 15, 2019
First Peter Series, The Great Pilgrimage
Peter calls followers of Jesus "sojourners and exiles". Our Fall Bible teaching series, rotating with "Triggered," is on First Peter about the life of the Pilgrim. The Christian life is one of journey, of pilgrimage through the world as it is, toward the world as it is becoming. This journey involves pain, good pain and bad pain, as we seek to follow our Guide and Lord, Jesus in EVERY aspect of living. Join us Sunday, at 10 AM.
September 09, 2019
It's common these days for younger and older generations to talk about or mock the idea of being "triggered" emotionally by something. Every one of us has things that trigger certain responses and emotions; past experiences, pains, and pleasures create patterns of reaction. Instead of being "warning lights," these unwanted emotions seem to control us. What sets them off? How do we move beyond surrendering in safe spaces or stuffing our emotions down in denial? Join us Sundays at 10 AM in September for "Triggered" Romans 7:15-20, Galatians 5:22-23, 2 Corinthians 4:4-5
September 02, 2019
Guest: Eugene Au, Internations Justice Missions
Eugene Au is the BC Director of Development & Mobilization for International Justice Mission Canada. IJM is a global organization that protects the poor from violence throughout the developing world. On August 25, Eugene will come to share about God’s heart for justice and how IJM works in response to God’s call to bring freedom to the oppressed. ( https://www.ijm.ca/our-work ) In the presentation given by the IJM speaker next week, there will be references made to work done to protect victims of assault, slavery, and sexual exploitation. If discussion of these topics may be of concern to you or your children we have a children's ministry/program option every Sunday during the talk portion of our gatherings.
August 25, 2019
Building Blocks - Kingdoms + Covenants, The Church: Plan A (there is no plan b)
What is the relationship between the Kingdom of God and the local church? The church is to be an alternative politics and city rooted in the story of Jesus. Join us Sunday at 10 AM, as we wrap up our Summer Series with exploring why the church is much more important than most of us believe.
August 18, 2019
Building Blocks, Belong in Community Kingdoms + Covenants Part 2
We are exploring biblical “Belonging” realities in Kingdoms + Covenants and living it out in the local church. This Sunday we look at sex as an example of covenant-making and then turn to the Kingdom of God and Church. Belonging, it's what we're about at Pilgrim and yet it's one of the things we struggle with as humans. We gather to grow together.
August 11, 2019
Building Blocks, Belong in Community Kingdoms + Covenants
Join us Sunday as we dig into Kingdoms and Covenants. What is the Kingdom of God? We’ll cover a bit of Biblical history and what happens when the Spirit forms community. It’s no surprise that the powers of the world seek to deny or co-opt any community formed which does not align with their politics and wishes. Belonging is life-giving and revolutionary when the centre of the community is not class, ethnicity, money, or even religion but a person, Jesus. 10 AM
August 05, 2019
Building Blocks, Belong in Community with April Yamasaki
When we believe in Jesus we become part of a community with all those who place their faith in him. But what does it mean to be part of a community, and what kind of community are we called to be? Join us this Sunday, at 10 AM, as we welcome guest April Yamasaki back to Pilgrim Church! She will continue our Summer Series, "Building Blocks" with Lessons from the Corinthian Church looking at the Corinthian church as one example of Christian community. 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 and 16:5-23
July 29, 2019
Building Blocks, Believing the Holy Spirit
We experience Jesus personally through the Holy Spirit. Jesus himself ascended into another realm after his earthly ministry and became truly human. He cannot physically be in both places. However, by the Spirit he can be present spiritually everywhere. The Holy Spirit’s role is making Jesus and the mind of God present to us in real time. Our growing openness to the Spirit is how we grow in relationship, right action, and understanding the Bible as a living word. Join us this Sunday at 10 AM to learn and engage your spirit!
July 14, 2019
Summer Series, Building Blocks, Believing Jesus, Six Questions
In a well-worn CS Lewis quote he said, "Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important." Sunday, July 7th, at 10am we wrap up the "Believe Jesus" portion of our Summer Series exploring more about Jesus: Who, What, Why and How we can respond to Jesus (hint you already are!)
July 07, 2019
Guest Speaker Brad Jersak
Join us to hear author and theologian Brad Jersak. Brad will be sharing in part from his work, "A More Christlike God", and upcoming work, "A More Christlike Way." You can listen and learn more at https://bradjersak.com/. It's great Sunday to join up with Pilgrim on the journey!
June 30, 2019
Summer Series, Building Blocks No. 3 Believing Jesus
We're continuing our Summer Series: Building Blocks going further into Believing Jesus! Christianity is built around Jesus, a divine-human person. Jesus is the centre of our faith! In Jesus, we have a personal relationship with the creator and teaching that guides our daily life. Join us this Sunday at 10 AM, as we turn from the "abstract" god-out-there to God who is close to us.
June 27, 2019
Summer Series, Building Blocks - Believing Jesus
Christianity is built around Jesus, a divine-human person. Jesus is the centre of our faith! In Jesus, we have a personal relationship with the creator and teaching that guides our daily life. Join us this Sunday at 10 AM, as we turn from the "abstract" god-out-there to God who is close to us.
June 16, 2019
Summer Series, Building Blocks - Believing God
Our Summer Series starts THIS SUNDAY at Pilgrim Church. What are the basics of the Jesus way of life? Join us as we look at believing, belonging, maturing, and acting like Jesus. Sometimes we need to reboot and refresh our grasp on the simple stuff.
June 09, 2019
Jeremiah 33 - Adjusting Expectations
Adjusting our expectations is an important and emotionally intelligent skill to have. We can warn others of the need to lower their expectations, or we sense a need to manage our own. But as a follower of Jesus, our expectations need to create space for God's surprises. Our expectations direct our attempting... the actions that move us into God's future. If we have no expectations of change, we will not attempt much. Expecting comes before attempting.
June 03, 2019
The Story, Retold with Andrés Pérez González
Join us to hear from Andrés Pérez González, our worship leader and Regent student
May 27, 2019
Lessons in the Fire - Empowering Play: Art, Sport and Worship
Our final teaching/conversation drawn from the fire at Notre-Dame. We’ll continue to explore Christian perspectives on matter, stuff, art, and the spirit. What value do we place on art and beauty? What are dangers of ignoring or idolizing the physical stuff of life? 10 AM Go deeper this Sunday at Pilgrim Church! We're people on a journey.
May 19, 2019
Lessons in the Fire - Blessed, Broken, and Blessed Again
Our second teaching/conversation drawn from the fire at Notre-Dame. We’ll continue to explore Christian perspectives on matter, stuff, art, and the spirit. What value do we place on art and beauty? What are dangers of ignoring or idolizing the physical stuff of life? 10 AM Go deeper this Sunday at Pilgrim Church! We're people on a journey.
May 13, 2019
Guest Speaker - Russell Pinson, JustWork's interim executive director
JustWork offers assistance and hope to a growing number of people in the Grandview-Woodlands neighbourhood of Vancouver who were struggling to find work and maintain it. JustWork emerged in 2004 from the life and ministry of Grandview Calvary Baptist Church ("GCBC") in Vancouver, Canada. Since its incorporation as a charity in 2006, JustWork has focused on the development of social enterprises to meet our mandate to offer dignified, meaningful work opportunities to people facing barriers to work. We continue to partner with GCBC and other like-minded organizations as part of a holistic approach to community care, creating opportunities for our employees to make valuable workplace contributions and enjoy the goodness of meaningful work. Join us, Sunday, May 5, 10 AM at Pilgrim Church to hear from JustWork's interim executive director, Russell Pinson.
May 06, 2019
Lessons in the Fire
The world was transfixed by the fire in the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Almost immediately there was an outpouring of support, of sympathy for the damage to this world heritage site, and dollars - over a billion within hours of the fire. There were also all kinds of lessons being drawn from it. Christians created the cathedral. It speaks to our faith valuing the body and spirit as important and real. Join us for the next few Sundays as we explore "Lessons in the Fire".
April 29, 2019
Resurrection Sunday: The Eighth Day of Creation
You belong here! Easter Sunday 10 AM (6075 Inverness & 45th). Sunday is understood as the first day of the week because of the Resurrection and also the eighth day. The eighth day speaks to what is to come for all creation because of Jesus' life. Join us to celebrate the Easter event as we lean into the eighth day of the future in Christ!
April 22, 2019
Palm Sunday -Jeremiah Series - Unexpected Reversals
Join us this Palm Sunday, as we continue in our JEREMIAH SERIES with Unexpected Reversals. Love + Invite + Flourish + Root JESUS
April 14, 2019
Strange Gifts: Sharing Jesus
A report just released indicated that "almost half of practicing Christian millennials say evangelism is wrong." This Sunday we will explore sharing Jesus and getting beyond the idea that disagreement means you are judging someone.
April 07, 2019
Guest Speaker - April Yamasaki, Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength
Is self-care different from being selfish or self-indulgent? Is it the same as caring for your soul? What does self-care look like in light of following Jesus, who called his followers to deny themselves? April Yamasaki will address these and other questions about self-care. Drawing on the ancient scriptural command to love God with our heart, soul, mind, and strength. April Yamasaki is an ordained minister with twenty-five years of experience in pastoral ministry, She is currently Resident Author with Valley CrossWay Church
April 01, 2019
Home Church - Becoming Family
This Sunday, we explore some of the reasons why Christians gather not only for Sunday worship but in homes and neighbourhoods! This is Becoming Family, the power of Home Church at Pilgrim.
March 24, 2019
Jeremiah Series - The Potter's House
"If" is a word of challenge and possibility. It's a hinge word, a condition changing word. This word is matched with the image of an artist making a pot. "If" comes to remind us that art takes on its own life even when in the hand of the artist. Do you see your life as living art? How does this change how we live?
March 17, 2019
Jeremiah Series - The Authenticity Factor
The journey to authenticity is key to the Christian life. The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah was raised up by God to condemn ritual without intention or worse, ritual used to cover up what was actually going on. Religious consumerism keeps us from truth. True religion calls us to care for more than ourselves but starts with hard conversations. Thankfully, the prophets are sent to help us find freedom.
March 10, 2019
Jesus takes Peter, James and John on a pilgrimage. A journey to a place to draw closer to God, out of their ordinary day-to-day life. Setting aside time and place beyond the normal daily and weekly patterns of worship help us enter into new experiences of God's grace and power. Transfiguration - an outer experience can empower a vision for inner change in you.
March 04, 2019
Jeremiah Series - Bread & Circuses
Eat, drink, be merry, keep scrolling Instagram, ignore gathering with others, seek a life of ease, etc. is how the powers control us and keep us from new life and possibilities. Overcoming this numbness of the corporate and the empire starts with grief-acknowledging and lamenting that the world is not as it should be. This keeps us distracted or superficially enraged, but away from deeper community, truths, and change. Truth-filled language is required for deeper work and joy. Join us this Sunday at 10 AM to find out how Jeremiah gives us vital knowledge about coming alive! Police Verso ("Turned Thumb") by Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1872
February 24, 2019
Where's the Line? Q+A Follow Up
Every Q+A we get a bunch of questions premised on following Jesus being about falling on the correct side of a border, line, or wall. These great questions tell us about the desire for order in our lives. Many religious systems are based on amplifying this sense, even churches have built systems of "world non-conformity" on this impulse. But what if there is another way to judge or discern our actions and growth? What if isn't about a line but a direction? What if holiness is not measured by lines but capacity and inner character? Colouring in the lines can lull us into a false sense of stability and safety. There are lines that matter. But they're different than the ones we seek. Covenantal boundaries are not the same as contractual obligations.
February 17, 2019
Q & A with Guest Dr. Ed Ng
Join our first Question and Answer event of 2019! Former guest Dr. Ed Ng will join Pastor Shel for our Q&A. Dr. Ng has a Masters of Divinity (Regent College) and Doctorate of Psychology (Fuller), and is the Director of Counseling Services for Soma Counseling and Family Services in Vancouver. We gather on Sunday morning as usual but leading up to and during the traditional teaching/sermon, we welcome questions for discussion. Bring your questions about life, mental and spiritual health, church, relationships, boundaries, spirituality, wellness, purpose, Jesus, and more! We don’t promise to have all the answers, but we want to have the conversation!
February 11, 2019
JEREMIAH SERIES, Start Speaking!
Jeremiah was a prophet in the Old Testament who did his work during the end of the political nation of ancient Israel. God called him to speak words that would tear down false promises and build up new community. Christians are called to a similar work today.
February 03, 2019
FLOURISH - Practicing Shalom - Reconciliation
Reconciliation is part of the Gospel. Yet our world thrives on antagonism fuelled ideologies. Jesus calls the church to live differently. Join us at 10am this Sunday as we learn to move away from the antagonistic way of life.
January 27, 2019