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Three Years Together

Four years ago six of us were sitting around a table in a pizza restaurant in London, England, planning and praying for a church plant in Vancouver. Three years ago, some fifteen of us were gathering in our front room to pray and talk about what it means to be a church. Fast forward to…

Week of Prayer Jan 2015 – Your Kingdom Come

The first order of business in prayer is not our business, it’s God’s business! We’ve seen over the past three posts how Jesus taught us to pray by coming to God in worship. Where does He go from there? Sure, Jesus taught us to confess our sins, to ask for daily provision, and bring our…

Week of Prayer Jan 2015 – Hallowed be Your Name

Over the past two posts we’ve talked about God’s revelation of Himself as Father, and the wonder of His limitlessness as our Father in Heaven. The next phrase that Jesus taught us to pray is one that we can often skip over, as if it were simply an introductory comment. But we should pause when…

Week of Prayer Jan 2015 – Who lives in heaven

At the start of our Week of Prayer, we considered that in coming to God in prayer we come to a Father who loves us. That is how God has chosen to reveal Himself to us, and that is the nature of the relationship that He invites us into. He adopts us into His family through…

Week of Prayer Jan 2015 – Our Father

We’re excited to be starting a week of prayer together as a church – during these weeks God speaks to us as a church family and often surprises us. When Jesus taught His disciples to pray He encouraged them to start by saying: “Our Father…” All too often the enormity of this passes us by….

Jeremy & Mel Little

Full steam ahead in Toronto

Trinity Central has an exciting opportunity to partner with an initiative to plant into Toronto. We talk a lot as a church about being on mission together. As a church we’re working out what it means to be part of Jesus’ mission on the ground in Vancouver – seeing our friends and colleagues impacted by…

Gift Day 2014

I need to give to God? Why?

We’re approaching one of the most exciting days in the Trinity Central annual calendar! This coming Sunday is our Gift Day, when we come together as a church to give back to God some of the resource that He has put in our hands. I need to give to God? Why? Well, for a number of…

Put your Confidence in the Right Place

In what do you place your confidence? The athlete might put his confidence in his muscles, in his strength, his speed or agility. The singer might put his confidence in his voice. The dancer, in her body. The teacher might put his confidence in his intellect. The business woman in her ability to negotiate the markets. The…

Who’s in Control Wk 3 – Mordecai vs Haman

Week three in Esther, and we meet the final two protagonists – Mordecai and Haman. Mordecai is a Jew, living in exile in Susa, in the kingdom of Xerxes. He appears to have a position at the palace, working at the palace gate. When his aunt and uncle died he took in their daughter, Esther,…

Who’s in Control Wk 2 – Esther

In chapter two of Esther we are introduced to the namesake of this book, Esther. Esther, also known as Hadassah, is a young Jewish girl from the tribe of Benjamin. Following Queen Vashti’s refusal of his command to humiliate herself in front of his men, King Xerxes puts on a hunt for a new wife,…

Who’s in Control Wk 1 – Xerxes

The book of Esther is a short book in the Old Testament, set at the time when the Jewish nation had been conquered and many of its people taken away into exile. The first main character we are introduced to in Esther 1 is King Xerxes. Xerxes was a rich and powerful king who conquered…

Giving the tenth

‘Money makes the world go round’ – or at least, that’s how the saying goes! Certainly money – how much of it I have, whether it’s ‘enough’ and where I spend it – not only affects many of our daily decisions and choices but can be a source of identity for us, or an idol…

Consider Yourself Part of the Family

Being part of a church is like being part of a family. You don’t just go to church, like going to a club; you belong to a church, part of the family. This is great news. But we have to be honest and accept that many people have not had such a great family experience…

Believer’s Baptism – the what and the why

As we start Part 3 of A People Prepared we’re looking at what are the distinctive marks of a member – starting with believer’s baptism. Baptism has been inextricably linked with the life of Christians right from the first days of the Church, as described in Acts. But what is baptism, and why do we do…

Prayer – the power for change

“God does nothing but by prayer, and everything with it.”   John Wesley It is easy for us, in the midst of our busy lives, to think that the things we do are the things that bring change. Whether in our circumstances, or in the lives of others, we are quick to think that our activity is…