Eastertide – Doubters Who Disciple

Our first instalment of our Eastertide series is online. Jon begins with an interview with our friend and FreeChurch member, Jordan Smail. Jordan works as a director for the Toronto branch of SkateLife, an organization that comes along side the youth in the skate community. Since we are examining God’s restorative work in our city through this series, we will be hearing more about our active participating in these efforts.

Jon’s message on Sunday was on our doubts and fears around being called to make disciples. Who examines the translation of the text and helps us to understand how God is always partnering with us on this journey.

Eastertide Series

EASTERTIDE: Celebrating and Joining God’s Restoration

During the season of Eastertide we are invited to join the celebration and action of the good news of Christ’s resurrection:  Brokenness is being restored. Broken lives.  Broken relationships. Broken social systems. And we not only get to celebrate God’s restorative work, we get to join God in and live up to our calling as image-of-God-bearing people!
Through the next six weeks at FreeChurch we’ll be celebrating God’s restoration by hearing stories from organizations in our neighbourhoods.  We have already begun to partner with those organizations and will look to find more ways of joining in!

Easter Sunday Sermon – Restored!

What an amazing weekend to spend together as a FreeChurch family! From Good Friday’s experiential service to Sunday’s pancake breakfast and Easter Sunday service, it was amazing to share this time with you all.

If you weren’t able to be with us in person, don’t miss out on Jon’s message from this past Sunday, Restored! Jon focused on Christ’s resurrection and how it not only it significance for hope for life after death but also marks the hope for life before death.

“Easter doesn’t pretend that the reality of brokenness doesn’t exist. In fact, resurrection takes place in the midst of that garden, in the midst of the human brokenness, in the midst of that darkness”

Jon also spoke of the significance of the primary witness being a woman, Mary Magdalene, and the restoration of the role of women as image bearing God people in that moment.

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John 20:12-18

… and as she wept, she stooped and looked in. She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying. “Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her.

“Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”  She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him. “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?” She thought he was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”

“Mary!” Jesus said. She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!”
“Do not hold on to me,” Jesus said, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”  Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord!” Then she gave them his message.

Good Friday and Easter Services at FreeChurch

As we’re coming to the end of Lent, we are preparing for our Good Friday and Easter Sunday services. Please join us on April 14 and April 16th to share in our services.

Good Friday: April 14 at St Stephen in-the-Fields

Good Friday will be a unique service in that we will be traveling around the Stations of the Cross. 6 people at a time will be released in staggered groups to share in this experiential service. The main reflection room will begin at 2:30pm.

Sign up for a time slot this Sunday at church.

Easter Sunday: April 16 at CSI Annex (720 Bathurst)

Please join us for a pancake breakfast and worship on Easter Sunday morning. We will be gathering at CSI Annex at 9:45am.

Lent: Part 5

This Sunday, Jon shared a message on “A Band of Sisters” the women who showed immense courage and devotion to Jesus. We explored the radical way in which they were treated by Jesus and how this defied the cultural biases and barriers for their time.

“These (women) had never known a man like Jesus—there never has been such another. A prophet and teacher who never nagged at them, never flattered or coaxed or patronized; who never made arch jokes about them, never treated them either as ‘The women, God help us!’ or ‘The ladies, God bless them!’; who rebuked without querulousness and praised without condescension; who took their questions and arguments seriously; who never mapped out their sphere for them, never urged them to be feminine or jeered at them for being female; who had no axe to grind and no uneasy male dignity to defend; who took them as he found them and was completely unselfconscious… Nobody could possibly guess from the words and deeds of Jesus that there was anything [inferior] about a woman’s nature.” – Dorothy L Sayers