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Living Hope – the First Letter of Peter

Jesus commissioned Peter to care for the people of his church. (See John 21:15-17) Peter’s letter to Christians scattered by the persecution is pastoral in tone and bold in conviction. It is a source of living hope to those facing the suffering of a broken world. (Note: all service times are at 10:30 am and are led by Rev. Jim Sanderson unless otherwise noted.)

November 21 – The Way (1 Peter 5:1-14) – We are concluding the, Living Hope, series based on a study of 1 Peter. It is important to know the way. Peter’s parting words give us some essentials for the journey.

November 14 – Remember the Persecuted (1 Peter 4:12-19) – In many places in our world it is dangerous to be a Christian. When one part of the body hurts, we all hurt. How can we stand with our persecuted brothers and sisters?

November 7Living (1 Peter 4:1-11) – People look at the lives of the rich and famous and declare, “Now, that’s living!” But is it? People define the good life in different ways. We get some clarity on what it means to live well.

October 31 – Be Prepared (1 Peter 3:13-22) – One never knows what life will throw at them. What is there to secure us? Is there a way to be ready? Peter helps us to prepare.

October 24 – Christ-like Living (1 Peter 3:1-12) Peter gives advice on how to live and share our faith with others. There are lessons here for both our home and for our church families.

October 17 – Freedom (1 Peter 2:13-25) – We are continuing in the, Living Hope, series based on a study of 1 Peter. In this difficult passage, we look at the reality of unjust suffering and we learn that the path through it can bring us alongside of Jesus. It is Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec Sunday. CBOQ is the larger family of Churches that we associate with in mission and ministry. We do more together than we can do alone. This increases our ministry impact.

October 10 – Gratitude (Psalm 100) – It is Thanksgiving Sunday. Gratitude is our approach to worship. Enter his gates with thanksgiving. In the midst of this on-going pandemic, we must not lose sight of God’s blessings. Have you a word of thanks to share? Together from our scattered places, we are a community of Christ sharing Christ with our communities

October 3 – A Divine Presence (1 Peter 2:1-12) – We are reminded that the community of Christ has a special presence in the world. We are like a living temple of God where heaven and earth meet. As God’s people, we declare and demonstrate the here and coming Kingdom of God.

September 26 – Called to Holiness (1 Peter 1:13 – 2:3) – We are continuing in a new series called, Living Hope, based on a study of 1 Peter. Holiness is a hard but glorious road. Our calling is not to be happy, comfortable or safe – but to be holy because our God is holy. We’ll explore together what this means. Together from our scattered places, we are a community of Christ sharing Christ with our communities.

September 19 – Scattered Lights (1 Peter 1:1-12) We begin a new series called, Living Hope, based on a study of 1 Peter. In a world darkened by injustice, Peter encourages the scattered Christians to shine where they are with a light that cannot be extinguished.  Life’s frictions can generate a holy fire in the soul.

September 12 – Pay Attention to Jesus (Acts 4:1-22) - For any who think, Jesus is old news, pay attention.  Jesus is very much alive and active. He is not to be ignored.  This was a lesson the early opponents to the Jesus movement had to learn after they thought he was dead and buried.  This is a story of good news and hope. 

November 21 – The Way – 1 Peter 5:1-14 – It is important to know the way. Peter’s parting words have weight to help us go forward.