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Strathcona Vineyard – summer 2013

by Stephen

This summer, the Strathcona Vineyard will be having combined services at 10:30am with The Eastside Vineyard Church. We will NOT be meeting at the Strathcona Community Centre on Sunday afternoon until probably some time in September 2013. Please keep checking in for any further updates! During the summer season many people take the opportunity for […]

A prayer this Easter season

by Stephen

Thank you for this Easter season. Your resurrected body Transformed the hearts and minds Of those filled with grief, fear and doubt. In our own doubts, fears, anxieties and grief, Lord meet us. Help us open our hearts to your love and embrace. Help us make space for you in every part of our lives. […]

Thankfulness as a Lenten Practice

by Stephen

During Lent, we often become more aware of our need for God (especially if we are fasting something!) or more aware of the way the brokenness that we all carry impacts others. As God meets us in these places, we can also reflect on how good God is and how much knowing Jesus makes our […]

Reflecting on stewardship during Lent….

by Stephen

If you searched online you will have discovered that there is a lot out there related to stewardship. Product stewardship, environmental stewardship, agricultural stewardship and stewardship related to faith. As we think about stewardship in relationship to Lent perhaps you have one of two reactions: (1)  I’ll only be aware of  how much needs to […]

Prayer and Repentance during Lent

by Stephen

On Wednesday at our Ash Wednesday Gathering, we talked about the disciplines of prayer and repentance during the season of Lent. We shared how different patterns of prayer have helped re-energise our prayer lives from things like journaling,to practicing the Ignatian discipline of The Examen. Both these practices can help us become more aware of how […]

Lent 2013

by Stephen

This Wednesday February 13, is the beginning of a 40 day period known as Lent, leading up to Easter. During this season it can help to focus on the four disciplines, most commonly associated with Lent, to help us in our relationship with God and others: prayer, repentance, giving to the poor (Almsgiving) and fasting (self denial). Fasting – […]

Come to Us -Ordinary Time

by Stephen

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOKz7iIAYvw] This is a video that beautifully captures the Christmas story. We pray that this time of Christmas that you may see God among us. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year! Our next service is a gathering on December 30th Inter-Church Worship Service @First Christian Reform @2pm Sunday January 6th we […]

This Fall….

by Stephen

We are already deep into Fall. We know that from the rains that finally arrived in Vancouver in mid October! But Fall also signifies something new. If summer meant holidays, times of fun outside and a more relaxing rhythms, Fall often signifies hunkering down to more activity inside as students return back to school and […]

Trip to Okanagan Gleaners

by Stephen

A few of us have just returned from the Okanagan Gleaners www.okanagangleaners.ca. We had an excellent time together – I think it was one of the best experiences we have had of going to the Gleaners. We shared many stories while chopping vegetables (this time there were lots of onions). For those of you who have […]

Doubt and Faith

by Stephen

There are times when we deny our doubt or keep it suppressed because it unsettles us or makes us feel nervous. This is especially true when we see injustice continue and those who abuse power prosper. One very good way to deal with our doubt (or double-mindedness) is to bring it into an act of […]