Hospitality. What does it mean to be present to the other? Can we welcome the stranger or the friend into a space of both safety and transformation? How do we practice hospitality well in our frenetic culture?
“Hospitality: In the Midst” will explore the spheres of our lives where we practice hospitality. The table will provide the overarching metaphor for the series. We gather at the various tables in our lives to encounter God and one another.
1. God’s Hospitality...
2. Welcome to the Church
3. Hosting in the Neighbourhood
4. Presence in the World
Join Awaken for the conversation. We gather for worship, teaching and community at 5:30pm on Sunday nights. We’d love to connect with you.
Grace to you—and peace, in and through our Lord Jesus Christ, on this Maundy Thursday.
It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he ha...d come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean. When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.(John 13:1–17)
Who will you share the table with on this Holy Wednesday?
Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. “But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.”
While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke ...the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.
“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
Grace and peace this Holy Tuesday.
In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!” “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”(Mark 11:20–25 NIV11-GK)
Bowness Alpha at Awaken
Starting April 9, 6:30pm (including dinner)
Awaken is inviting our neighbours and friends to engage a conversation about life, faith and meaning. Alpha is an interactive dialogue. Each week includes a meal together, a video presentation and an opportunity to engage the topics together deeply. The conversation around the table is the heart of the Alpha journey....
You are invited to join us. For more information email email@example.com or comment below.
The manifestation of God’s salvation
The season of Epiphany is the bridge between Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter. It is the time of revelation of Jesus divinity and God’s presence on earth. The gospel stories of this season declare the ways that Jesus is manifest to the world. The day of Epiphany is traditionally recognized as the arrival of the Wise Men and the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah for the whole world—the revelation of Christ to the nations. It is cel...ebrated 12 days after Christmas, on January 6.
The Epiphany sermon series will declare the manifestation of God’s salvation. It is a worship series focused on the ministry and life of Jesus, proclaiming and demonstrating a ministry of redemption and reconciliation. This is the ministry of Jesus and the ministry that Jesus calls his followers to participate in.
This is the story of Jesus (rooting) and the story of us (rooted). We will retell the story and invite people to see Jesus in relevant ways—the manifestation as it is in our midst.
Epiphany reveals God’s salvation, redemption, reconciliation and restoration extended to the whole world. Jesus is for the salvation of all. Jesus came to save, and we are the continuing manifestation of his salvation
Happy New Year!
May the blessing of the God of Eternity,
the God who calls time into being and marks its passing;
the God who enters human history in Jesus; ...
the God who gives the gift of his Spirit to all, for all time;
be upon us this night
empowering us to live our time in faithfulness to the gospel,
now and always.
Grace to you—and peace.
Merry Christmas! Peace on Earth!
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders....
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.