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Welcome to Heart Lake United Church

At Heart Lake United Church you will find people with diverse backgrounds and experiences all coming together to share our faith and build a caring, inclusive community. Everyone belongs!

Our Mission: To live an active faith connecting God, people and community.

These are not easy times. As we begin to ‘open up’ we may be feeling relieved or maybe even more uncertain and vulnerable. The early followers of Jesus were not living in easy times either. They faced disease, economic uncertainty, great income disparity and injustice maintained by force.

Jesus knew that standing up for justice and protecting the rights and the lives of the vulnerable during such a time is not easy. Yet Jesus encouraged his followers to do just that.  He told his first disciples “I am sending you out like sheep in the midst of wolves.” He advised them to be “wise as serpents and gentle as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)

With so much information coming at us and so many expert opinions being shared, we all need to use our own wisdom to sort through it all. We need to seek reliable sources and trust our own common sense. We need to put the care of others before our own comfort. We need to speak out for justice, but do it gently, firmly but gently, so that when we come through this time we will have built a more just and peaceful society for everyone. 

Jesus has more advice for being faithful witnesses to the gospel during challenging times. Join our online worship. 

  Heart Lake United Church is a model of diversity and living in harmony.   
  • all ages,
  • all genders,
  • all races,
  • all religious experiences

Everyone is important to Christ so everyone is important to us.

We all belong.

Heart Lake United Church reaches out through various programs and there is something for everyone.

On Sunday mornings  at 10:30 we worship with inspiring singing led by our music team, sermons that make the Bible relevant to today, and through sincere prayer.

We have a BLAST program for younger kids and SURGE program for youth. Our infants and toddlers are cared for by a trained ECE worker.

 

HUMILITY

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Luke 13:1-9 Sunday 20th March

Prayer: God invite us into your vision fill with your promise. Bring your good news to us through word, song, dreams, and the actions of your people.  We pray in the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen

 

“There is a medieval legend which says that sometime during the 12th century, Henry II of England laid siege to the French city of Le Mans, but he failed to take it, and so he retired, baffled and enraged. According to the legend, he deliberately blasphemed God in order to ensure his own damnation. "Since thou hast taken from me the thing I most delight in - Le Mans - I will deprive thee of the thing thou hast most delight in - my soul."

These are painful words when we choose to let our sins keep us from God. God cares passionately for each of us and invites to confession and to receive the gift of forgiveness. Whether we are the weak soul, the idle, the fainthearted, our God waits to give us understanding and power, if we are only willing to seek it earnestly in humility.

 

I recalled in my earlier years when I got into trouble with my siblings and cousins my grandma said this proverb to us: “Idleness is the devil’s workshop.” During those years I didn’t understand what she really meant. But my experience in life has taught me to be humble with prayer and volunteer time to doing good deeds for others and for the healing of the soul.

 

God’s will for us is a life-long journey. Each experience in life draws us to a deeper relationship with God. It becomes easier to say “Yes” to Jesus’ love and compassion for others. In humility we learn that not a few or some things are possible in life but that all things are possible with God. God’s will is revealed in dreams and visions in the journey of life.

While in the wilderness Jesus struggled in prayer. We learn from Jesus that it can be terribly difficult to give your will to God. You know how difficult it can be for a child to do a parent's will, even if that is something simple as putting away a jacket or a pair of shoes into the closet.

Jesus struggled with his human will as it conflicted with God's will. Jesus prayed: Matthew 26:36-39

36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’ 37He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. 

38Then he said to them, ‘I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.’ 39And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.’

Jesus sought out companionship with Peter in the hour of struggle. This should be an example to us to be willing to be with those who seek our help, and to be willing to seek others who ask us to help them face their trials in life.

Jesus was concerned for Peter's capacity to know God's will and have the power to do God’s will. It was Jesus who was to face the betrayal, trial, violence and death. But Jesus wanted Peter to pray for himself, so that Peter would receive the power from God to face the time with Jesus. Instead of praying, Peter slept.

 

The will of God is not simply something that happens to us.  God takes the initiative leading us through our relationship with God and the community of faith. It involves our humble prayers for knowledge and strength with discerning that will.

Saint Paul pleads before God for the community who are struggling with life's direction.   Paul’s letter was not to a prosperous church. It is a new church under the leadership of young Timothy.  Many persons within the fellowship were struggling with their life and faith. Paul writes: I do not give thanks for the struggle of the soul when I find myself praying as Jesus did in the garden, "Let this cup of suffering pass from me." It is a difficult choice to make for life

However we can receive this good news of Jesus Christ? In the circumstance of pain and death you are thankful for the comfort of the Holy Spirit; thankful for the strength that ill person received from prayers. We are thankful for the love and support the person received from family and friends. We are thankful for the church's ministry to that person and family in time of spiritual need.

It these circumstances God help us to see ourselves as we really are and not as others see us or as we see ourselves. In humility we see ourselves as God sees us with all the sins, anger, fear, doubts and the promise of salvation. All of these are within the soul. Jesus helps us to see where we are on our journey of life and as a community of faith. The cross is a reminder of the spirit who leads us to humbly ask God to wipe away all our shortcomings.

In the parable of the fig tree Jesus offers his audience an invitation to come, see and taste the goodness of God. Jesus advocates for us too: “Give it another chance; leave it alone, for one more year, until I dig around it.” It is not an action of coercion, or to give someone a community club membership. Jesus invites us to surrender to the will of God in humility. The seed of faith is planted in the heart to bear everlasting fruit. Jesus emptied himself in total humility and obedience to God and invites us to do the same.

In God’s garden the Spirit is nurturing, pruning, refreshing and discerning fruit that will last forever; so that whatever you ask of God will be given unto you. St. Paul in his pastoral letter wrote these words of encouragement: “But he gives all the more grace; therefore it says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6) Let us humble ourselves in the presence of God where the mystery of God is revealed to us.  Amen

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Heart Lake United Church
85 Sandalwood Pkwy East
Brampton ON L6Z 4S3
Tel: 905 846 7314
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Website: www.hluc.ca

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