Maranatha CRC

Making Disciples by Going, Baptizing, and Teaching as Jesus Commanded Us

December - 19 - 2016
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Christmas Eve Service 7:00pm *** Christmas Day Service 10:00am ***New Year’s Day Service: 10:00am

October - 26 - 2016


September - 1 - 2016
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The Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 36-37 discuss the Third Commandment.  “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” Exodus 20:7 NIV 84 Sermon writing involves taking a lot of notes, about 60%-90% of those notes never make it into the final Sunday morning text.  I will use this space to think out loud about this text and give you a glimpse of the many ways a text like this can speak to our world today. Context:  God is speaking to Moses at Mount Sinai.  Moses  [ Read More ]

April - 6 - 2016
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The sermons on the website are working again.  We should have the most recent sermons up in a couple of days. Starting on April 17 we will begin a series on II Corinthians.  This series will be different from the sermon series of the past because half of the series will be posted here. As we work through II Corinthians, I will preach on a passage and then blog on the next passage.  In this way we will work through the whole book. Here is a little background on the Corinthian church, to whom the letter is addressed.  (The information  [ Read More ]

March - 26 - 2016
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A Good Friday Meditation, Matt 27:55-56 “Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.” (NIV 1984) Watching from a distance. Many women were watching from a distance. That is what this day is about. It is a time to join these women, women who had followed Jesus from Galilee. They don’t have the power to stop what is happening. They cannot remove Jesus from the cross. They cared for his needs. Matthew  [ Read More ]

March - 10 - 2016
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  I thought I should note here that we are actively working to get the online sermons up and working again.  In the meantime, everyone is always welcome to come and listen to a sermon in real time and in real life at our church on Sunday morning at 10:00am. 4561 Langstaff Rd Woodbridge ON L4L 2B2    

February - 4 - 2016
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I grew up in Southern Ohio.  In that place Revival was a planned event.  Revival was scheduled.  The big name speaker would come from out of town.  The band would be assembled.  The church would be open on Friday night and Saturday night. Emotions would fly, and, yes, people would have their lives changed… at least for a little while. The speaker would leave town.  The tent would come down.  Church would return to its normal Sunday morning routine.  And eventually, some of the people who were all excited would start to miss Sunday services and then not really come  [ Read More ]

January - 21 - 2016
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For the past few months I have been wondering about what James KA Smith wonders about in his book Imagining the Kingdom.  Charles Taylor in The Secular Age has similar wonderings, (or wanderings!) as does Hunter in To Change the World, and Lose in Preaching at the Crossroads.  The wondering is this:  What does it mean to believe today? We can look at this question in two parts.  What does it mean to believe? and secondly, how does the world of today impact how we believe? Last night at our Wednesday Bible Study, we asked these questions.  We looked at the passage in  [ Read More ]

January - 14 - 2016
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Here are some notes on the Psalm that will the sermon text for Sunday, Jan 17, 2016 I.  I believed; therefore I said, “I am greatly afflicted.”  Psalm 116:10. Not our typical response.  More often we will hear someone say, “I am greatly afflicted… (sad, ill, depressed, worried, victimized, oppressed, hurt, wounded, angry)” Therefore I said, I don’t believe. But even that feels a little too personal for most people. Let’s depersonalize it a bit and say “there are people in the world who are greatly afflicted.  Therefore, I don’t believe.”  And some version or another of this statement gets  [ Read More ]

January - 5 - 2016
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There is a painting by Gari Melchers entitled The Nativity.  Joseph is seated leaning forward.  His large carpenter hands are folded together.  His elbows are resting on his thighs.  He looks down with tired eyes at the baby in front of him.  Now, finally, all things are still. Mary is next to Joseph, sitting on the floor with her head leaning on Joseph’s side. Her legs are straight out in front of her. She is quietly gazing at the new born.   Both are completely exhausted and wondering what  it all could mean.   The child’s head glows brightly.  And  [ Read More ]