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.

 

Worship

Rev. Margaret MacDonald
Minister - Heart Lake United Church

Flourish with Jesus
(John 15:1-11)

Jesus said: “I am the true vine.” The people of Judea understood when Jesus spoke about the vineyards. It was an industry that had been carefully cultivated throughout the country for centuries. It was a cash crop that was crucial and vital to their economy. It provided sustainable income for their people.

Often Jesus spoke in allegories and images. Jesus painted word pictures, storytelling and let people draw their own conclusions. Indeed, these hidden messages of Jesus frequently were meant to transform the lives of the disciples. They wished that he would speak literally and not be quite so subtle.

Many of us have visited vineyards and found them to be quite fascinating. The vines are a very rugged crop in a way. It is a very delicate fruit and requires being treated with soft and tender gloves. A young vine is not permitted to bear fruit for the first three years. It is drastically pruned in December and January to reserve its production energy. The branches that do not bear fruit are cut off to preserve food for the plant’s growth. Pruning is necessary to give the full potential of the vine. Therefore, when Jesus spoke about vineyards certainly the people could identify with this metaphor.

A vineyard was the symbol of the nation. It was the identity of the Judean community. Israel is seen as the vine or the vineyard of God.
Isaiah 5:7 reads, “The vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel.” Jeremiah makes reference to God: “Yet I planted you as a choice vine, from the purest stock. How then did you turn degenerate and become a wild vine?” 2:21. The Psalmist writes that God compares Israel to a vine that came out of Egypt. Psalm 80:8. Through the eyes of the people, Israel was seen as the true vine, whose roots ran to the origin of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

God the farmer is the one who cultivates the vineyard. God waters and tends the soil, so that the vine is properly nourished. God also prunes the vines and removes the dead branches. God takes pride in God’s crop. The grapes hang on to the branches. Jesus is the true vine the source of spiritual power. Jesus says, “Abide in me as I abide in you.” Through Jesus we receive strength to grow and flourish. When we stray away from the source we die and become fruitless.

What does it mean to be God's vineyard?

  1. A fruit bearing vineyard transforms lives of people.
  2. Unproductive branches are pruned away so that new roots can spring forth and become fruit bearing branches.
  3. We must cultivate a life-long relationship with Jesus Christ.

Jesus said these things so that the joy of Jesus may be in us and our joy may be complete. The joy of the Lord is our strength.

Contacts

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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