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Lecture Service – Move at the Pace of Guidance

Our message from Sunday, August 11, 2019 came from Pastor Rich Braaksma, who serves The Road Church in Calgary, Alberta. Rich is also our coach for our Go Local process. Rich introduced his message to us this way: Three big, weighty, robust bible words:  Time, day,...

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Liturgy Service – Move at the Pace of Guidance

READING #1 - Acts 1:4-9 (New International Version (NIV)) 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with...

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Liturgy Service – Embrace Surprise & Adventure

READING #1 Part of God’s surprises for us may be who he chooses to use to accomplish His work or send a message. There are many instances in the bible where God uses the marginalized, the unwanted or the perceived enemy to teach and expand His word. Those people, as...

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Go Local – Listening Walks

The second activity of our Go Local journey is to engage in neighbourhood listening walks. Have you noticed a theme yet? If you guessed that our first priority is active listening, both to God and our neighbours, you get a gold star! In this practice, we want to spend...

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Go Local – Lectio Divina

One of our very first activities with Go Local is to engage in the practice of listening to God through a practice of Lectio Divina. We have done many of these at GNF over the years, but this particular practice is focused on Luke 10:1-12 - the core driving verses...

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Liturgy Service – God’s Covenant Love

Acts 17:24-31 (NRSV) 24 The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and...

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Liturgy Service – “Love, Justice & Mercy”

Reading: The Bible places equal emphasis on both mercy and justice. The ancient prophet Micah succinctly summarizes God’s design: “He has told you, oh man, what is good and what the Lord desires of you—that you love mercy and do justice and walk humbly with your God.”...

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Resonate – Go Local: Discernment Needed!

On Thursday, February 21, 2019, I (Krista) attended an on-line webinar to learn more about a CRCNA initiative called "Resonate - Go Local". Following is a summary of what I learned and some of why I think it would be a great framework for GNF to use to begin to move...

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