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Our Worship Time is 10:00 am

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 in Fresh News, Uncategorized

Our  Worship time  is 10:00 am.

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Feb 16 – SPCC Worship is on, but…

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

SouthPark Christian Church will have Worship Service as scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 16, at 11:00 a.m. However, please don’t take any chances if your drive to church will be the least bit unsafe.

Also, the Discipleship Hour (945a-1045a) is officially canceled. Although, any classes still wanting to meet are welcome to do so.

The church will be opened by 10:00 a.m.

Finally, anybody available to setup the Fellowship Hall for Worship on Sunday is encouraged to arrive before 10:30 a.m. to help.

Thanks Everyone! Stay Warm, and Be Safe…
Ed Gagnon

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Preparing for November 13

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 in Weekly Devotion

Abundant Possibilities

Preparing to hear the story

Bring a pitcher of water, an empty glass,and a tray to catch any overflowing
water. Put the glass on the tray and the tray and pitcher of water in the
middle of the table. Imagine that the glass holds all the good things you
are; everything that makes you special and unique. What would the glass
contain? Pour some water from the pitcher into the glass for each gift that
is named. Think of good things you share as a household; traits that show
you are disciples of Christ. Notice the abundance of gifts and wonder how
this goodness, God’s love, pours out into the world.

The Bible story: Matthew 25:14-30

Sometimes when Jesus was teaching, he would tell a parable. When Jesus told
a parable, it would cause the people to think and wonder and then try to
work out what wise thing Jesus was teaching. Read Matthew 25:14-30 from an
age appropriate Bible or from a story Bible such as Lectionary Story Bible:
Year A by Ralph Milton (Wood Lake Publishing), pg. 240. Or, listen to
“Parable of Generous Love,” a story based on Matthew 25:14-30 that is
provided in MP3 format on the Season of Creation, Pentecost 2 Data CD,
available from your church office. The MP3 download is also available for
purchase at www.seasonsonline.ca. Parables use everyday things such as
seeds, coins, and animals to teach about God’s way and God’s love. In this
story, a man is going away and leaves some servants in charge of money. Two
of the three servants put the money to work and double what they are given,
but one servant buries the money. When the man returns, he praises the
investment of the first two servants and tells the servant who buried the money to dig it
up and give it to the servant who had the most to begin with. Jesus finishes
the story by saying that everyone who has will be given more, much more.
What does this story tell us about the realm of God?

After hearing the story

What would you do if you were suddenly responsible for something of great
value? Imagine you have one of these valuable things. Talk about the
possibilities together. Then draw a picture of how you could use the gifts
you have for the good of your community, or even the world.
Imagine you have one million dollars. What good thing could you do with it?
Imagine you are the leader of your country. What good decision could you
make?
Imagine you could see what people needed to help them. How could you use
that special gift?
Imagine the gifts you have. What good thing could you do with them?
Look for investment opportunities together this week; ways you can invest in
the realm of God. What can the members of your household do together to
share love, justice, and compassion with each other and the world?

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Preparing for November 6

Posted on Nov 1, 2011 in Weekly Devotion

“Ready to Shine”

Preparing to hear the story

Think of a time when you went into an
exam, a presentation, a sports event, or
a performance unprepared or not as
prepared as you would like.
How did you feel?
What kind of promises did you
make to yourself afterwards?
How do you feel differently when
you are prepared?

The Bible story: Matthew 25:1-13
Like Moses and Joshua, Jesus showed
people how to live in God’s ways of love.
Today’s story comes from the gospel of
Matthew. Matthew is filled with stories
about Jesus and those who followed
him. Read Matthew 25:1-13 from an
age appropriate Bible or from a story
Bible such as Lectionary Story Bible: Year
A by Ralph Milton (Wood Lake Publishing),
pg. 236. Or, listen to “Ready
to Shine,” a story based on Matthew
25:1-13 that is provided in MP3 format
on the Season of Creation, Pentecost 2 Data
CD, available from your church office.
The MP3 download is also available for
purchase at www.seasonsonline.ca.
Jesus tells a story about ten women
waiting for a bridegroom. Five of them
have oil to refill their lamps while they
wait, and five do not. Those women
have to go and get more oil and, when
they are gone, the bridegroom comes.
The women who were prepared go into
the wedding feast and the others miss
out. This story can make us think about
times when we have missed out, and
times when we have made choices that
lit our way to full participation. And
perhaps it makes us wonder about sharing
so that everyone can be included.

After hearing the story
In this parable from Matthew, Jesus was
teaching about what the reign of God is
like. If the light of God’s love is to shine
in the world, it is important to tend and
nurture the spirit of God that is within
and around.
How can we tend and nurture the
spirit of God within and around us?
In what ways do we share God’s
love in the world?
What prepares a person for life in
God’s reign? Think about the source of
energy in your life. Using oil pastels
or coloured chalk on drawing paper,
create an image that expresses in some
way the source of energy in your own
lives. What is the shape, colour, and
mood of Love within you? Talk about
how Love is expressed in acts of love
in our world.

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Preparing for October 30

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 in Weekly Devotion

God with Us

Preparing to hear the story

This week’s story is about a very special and memorable event in the life of
the people of Israel. Begin exploring the theme by connecting with your
memories of special events.

    What do you remember about your favourite holiday?
    What do you remember about a fantastic time you’ve had with your friends?
    What do you remember about a time you saw something amazing in creation?
The Bible story: Joshua 3:7-17
Following the death of Moses, Joshua became the leader of the people and led
them across the Jordan River into the new land and new life. The Ark of the
Covenant, a portable shrine containing the ten commandments, is named in
today’s story. It was a sign of God’s presence with the people. Only the
priests carried the ark because it was sacred and holy. Read Joshua 3:7-17
from an age appropriate Bible or from a story Bible such as Lectionary Story
Bible: Year A by Ralph Milton (Wood Lake Publishing), pg. 229. Or, listen to
“Crossing the Jordan River,” a story based on Joshua 3:7-17 that is provided
in MP3 formaton the Season of Creation, Pentecost 2 Data CD, available from
your church office. The MP3 download is also available for purchase at
www.seasonsonline.ca.
Joshua has been chosen to lead the people after Moses dies. A sign is sent
to mark his leadership; a sign very similar to the one Moses received when
he led the people out of Egypt and the Red Sea, also known as the Sea of
Reeds, parted. God directs Joshua to ask twelve priests to carry the Ark of
the Covenant across the river Jordan. As soon as their feet touch the water, the waters stop flowing
and pile up. The priests stand on dry ground in the middle of the river, while the people cross.
After hearing the story
When the representatives of the twelve tribes of Israel enter the Jordan to
cross it with the Ark of the Covenant of God, the story says the waters
“stood in a single heap.” The waters of the river, swollen during that season of the
year, stopped. It’s a vivid way to tell the story of God’s presence with the
people. How does your family tell each other the stories of God’s presence?
Think together of a time of wonder, love, grace, challenges and obstacles
overcome or other experiences of the presence of God. What do you need in
order to tell each other that story? Gather pictures or other objects that
might symbolize that time. Make food together that reminds you of it. Or
just sit out under the stars one evening and tell the story.

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Preparing for October 23

Posted on Oct 17, 2011 in Weekly Devotion

God’s Story, Our Stories

Preparing to hear the story
Think of leaders whom you admire and respect. These might be leaders of
social movements, churches, organizations, or governments. With these
leaders in mind, consider the following questions:
What are the characteristics of a good leader?
What do good leaders do?

The Bible story: Deuteronomy 34:1-12

Today’s story is about when the people had reached the end of their journey
through the wilderness and were getting ready to settle into their new home.
The book of Deuteronomy tells the last part of the story of Moses and
introduces a new leader named Joshua. Read Deuteronomy 34:1-12 from an age
appropriate Bible or from a story Bible such as Lectionary Story Bible: Year
A by Ralph Milton (Wood Lake Publishing), pg. 226. Or, listen to “Moses
Blesses Joshua,” a story based on Deuteronomy 34:1-12 that is provided in
MP3 format on the Season of Creation, Pentecost 2 Data CD, available from
your church office. The MP3 download is also available for purchase at
www.seasonsonline.ca. Moses climbs a high mountain and looks out over the
land promised to his forbears – a land he will see but never
live in. Moses dies there in Moab and the people mourn his death. Moses will
be remembered as the greatest prophet Israel has ever known. Joshua takes up
the mantle of leadership, which had been passed to him directly from Moses.
Both of these great leaders helped to shape the stories of the people of
Israel, and continue to live on through the people of faith.

After hearing the story
Joshua received a blessing from Moses and this blessing empowered Joshua to
become a leader for the people. Take turns blessing each family member. Take
the hands of another in yours and say, “You are special to God. Be strong
and have courage knowing God loves you.” Spend a few moments talking about
the experience of being blessed. Make a list of leaders in your community,
your neighbourhood, and your nation. What characteristics make them good
leaders? Use art supplies to make a card for the leaders on the list. Decorate the card and write a blessing for the leader. Gather in a circle and read the blessings aloud. Deliver the cards to the leaders.

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