THIS WEEK

Sunday, January 14, 2007 @ 11:11am – “Followers”

Read: John 1:19-51

Think: Marshal McLuhan was famous for coining the phrase “The medium is the message” – a brilliant observation, but perhaps an incomplete one when placed in context of the Church. Why? The church is more than an exaggerated advertisement and of greater value than a memorial fund or legacy. If the message of Jesus is to be understood and lived out as intended, McLuhan’s adage (when applied to the church) would be more accurate if worded as follows: “The messenger is the message.”

Pray: Father, what does it mean to truly trust you? To truly follow, to truly be a witness…to be the church? Lord teach me.

Live: “The church is then not simply the bearer of the message of reconciliation, in the way a newspaper or a telephone company can bear any message with which it is entrusted. Nor is the church simply the result of a message, as an alumni association is the product of a school or the crowd in a movie theatre is the product of the reputation of the film. That men and women are called together into a new social wholeness is itself the work of God, which gives meaning to history, from which both personal conversion (whereby individuals are called into this meaning) and missionary instrumentalities are derived.”
(John Howard Yoder)

NEWS

*Monthly Prayer Meeting: February 1 at 586 Highbury Park from 7-8pm. We’ll be praying for personal and community needs.

*Food: Val Tosh is taking over the organization side of our potluck meal. She can be reached at [email protected] if you have an idea or a question.

*Volunteer Positions: theStory needs your help in the following areas: Kids; Counting. Talk to Joe and play your part.

*To support theStory financially, the offering tin will be on the counter near the front door. If you’d like to write a cheque, make it out to “New Horizons Community Church” with “theStory” marked in the memo box. All giving is tax receiptable and offering envelopes are provided. For those who are interested in direct debit, we need a minimum 15 people to set up the program. If you’re interested, talk to Joe.