Road to Restoration Lenten Devotions 2018
Just last fall, we celebrated the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. It was on October 31, 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. In the first thesis Luther wrote, “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’' (Mt 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.”
Lent is a season of repentance, calling us to reflect not only on our sins, but especially on Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins: His passion, His suffering and death on the cross, and His resurrection from the dead.
A year ago, pastors in our Alberta - British Columbia District wrote this series of Lenten Devotions to address the very issue that Luther mentioned in his first thesis. The purpose of the devotions was to make resources available to members of District congregations to guide people to a deeper understanding of God’s Word, especially regarding confession and forgiveness. The same devotions are offered again this year.
Each week of Lent, two specific themes will be dealt with, using stories of Bible people and passages of Bible truth. It is hoped that these devotions will take us all on “The Road to Restoration” – which is nothing less than the road to the cross of Christ, where forgiveness and reconciliation both begin and end.
You are invited to join us on this road during Lent. On this journey, may God lead us corporately to true humility, authentic confession, ready and full forgiveness, and complete restoration and reconciliation with both Him and each other… all for the sake of the Gospel.
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Posted on February 08, 2018 4:07 PM
The name of this service comes from the season – December 21st is the longest night of the year and marks the winter solstice. But the name also describes the feeling that a number of us have during this season. In the long, dark winter nights, memories of past experiences and the pain of present experiences and situations can become overwhelming. And at a time of year where we're expected to be especially joyful, we may find it even more painful.
Whatever the reason for your pain, you are welcome here.
If someone has died and you feel the pain of that loss, you are welcome here.
If a relationship has ended and you feel the pain of that loss, you are welcome here.
If too many things have happened, or if you're not even sure why you're hurting, you are welcome here.
In this service, we invite you to listen. We invite you to pray. We invite you to sing. We invite you to meditate upon the pain and anguish you may bring – and we invite you to offer your pain to the Christ child. And we trust that you will find hope and comfort in knowing that you are not alone.
Posted on December 04, 2017 3:22 PM
Christmas Performances and Events in December
Below are a few of the Christmas concerts and performances in Airdrie and area that are coming up that you may want to consider attending. Some are free. Some are not. But they will all invite you to consider the special joy we have in Jesus’ birth.
December 1st and 2nd: “A Traditional Christmas” with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Calgary Girls Choir. Celebrate the spirit of the season with a selection of sacred and secular holiday favourites. (http://calgaryphil.com/event/a-traditional-christmas/2017-11-30/)
December 1st and 2nd: “Handel’s Messiah” - Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Calgary Philharmonic Chorus Master Timothy Shantz, has been inspiring audiences around the globe for centuries. This profound work of faith and hope features an outstanding cast of guest soloists and the massed voices of the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus. (http://calgaryphil.com/event/handels-messiah/2017-12-01/)
December 2nd: “Singfest 2017” with the Airdrie Community Choir (2:00 pm at Bert Church Theatre). A Christmas concert in support of the Airdrie Lioness Christmas Hamper Program showcasing groups from Airdrie and the surrounding area. (www.airdriecommunitychoir.org)
December 2nd: “Celebrating Jesus: Messiah King” – the 8th annual Inter-Denominational Choir and Orchestra present this Christmas concert at 2:30 and 6:00 pm. There is no cost to attend and the doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance. Location: Airdrie Alliance Church. (www.airdriechoir.com)
December 16th & 17th: Redeemer Lutheran Church in Didsbury presents their annual Live Nativity at 7:00 pm each night. Come and see the story of Christmas presented before your eyes with live actors and live animals! (www.redeemerdidsbury.com)
Posted on November 30, 2017 10:04 AM
Grief Support Group
You are not alone as you cope with your loss. Come and meet others who are going through a similar journey. Come and learn about your unique grief. Come and receive help and support. Come to heal and find hope for the future.
Dates, Times, Location: Thursdays from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
October 12, 19, 26 November 2, 23, 30 December 7, 14
Nose Creek Valley Museum, 1701 Main Street SW, Airdrie
Register by phone or email. Phone: 403-912-9013 E-mail: email@example.com
You are welcome here! This group is open to all adults who have experienced the loss of a loved one. We welcome people of all religious backgrounds and beliefs. We welcome people of all races and colours. We welcome people regardless of ability or disability. We welcome people regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. We welcome YOU!
This group is facilitated by Darren Dressler, MDiv, MA, CT who is Certified in Thanatology through the Association for Death Education and Counseling. He has also received a Certificate in Death and Grief Studies through the Center for Loss and Life Transition.
This is a service to our community provided by
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Airdrie
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4)
Posted on August 01, 2017 11:22 AM
This year's Alberta Highways Cleanup Campaign is Saturday, May 6th. Volunteer Airdrie is looking for up to 60 volunteers to clean 15 km of the QE 2 from the north Airdrie city limit to the CrossIron Mills overpass at Balzac. This is a great opportunity for families, groups and companies to get out together to help cleanup the environment.
Check out the Volunteer Airdrie website for information on signing up. Click HERE.
Posted on April 26, 2017 3:14 PM
Join us as we begin the Season of Lent together.
The service will include hymns, readings, prayers, and the imposition of ashes.
Posted on February 26, 2017 3:47 PM
Join us for breakfast, fellowship, and some reflection on Scripture.
Posted on February 01, 2017 3:11 PM
Join us for this fun and informal time to hang out together, enjoy some good food and drink, and explore what it means to be a Christian in these days. This session will touch on how we figure out what the Bible means - not just how to translate it, but also what significance passages have. For example, what does it mean to be the 'salt of the earth,' anyways? What properties of salt are we to emulate? We will questiosn like this and also how we consider these things from a Lutheran perspective.
Posted on January 19, 2017 2:24 PM
Christmas Eve Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Join us as we remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus in both word and song. This service will be rich with readings, recitations, and hymns of the season that confess Jesus to be Immanuel, God-with-Us - our Saviour, Redeemer, and Friend.
Service Time: 5:00 PM
Service Location: Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School (1820 1st Ave NW, Airdrie)
Come early to enjoy some shortbread and cider.
To find out more about the origins of this service of lessons and carols, click HERE.
Posted on December 19, 2016 2:48 PM
Martin Luther said, “Next after theology, I give music the highest place and greatest honor.” Music can take words that enter in our ears and deliver them to our hearts in such a way that our hearts are warmed and our spirits enlivened.
Each Advent Season we can rejoice in the music that abounds and the special concerts that not only bring us together but also celebrate our Lord Jesus. Below is information on a few special concerts that you can enjoy:
December 3rd: Airdrie Inter-Denominational Choir and Orchestra presents their 7th annual Christmas performance as they celebrate Jesus, the Light. Performances are at 2:30pm and 6pm at Airdrie Alliance Church. Visit http://www.airdriechoir.com/ for more information.
December 9th & 10th: Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra presents Handel’s ‘Messiah.’ This beautiful and profound work will be performed at 7:30 pm each evening at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. Visit http://calgaryphil.com/event/handels-messiah-2/2016-12-09/ for more information.
December 11th: Airdrie Community Choir presents ‘Singfest 2016’ at 2:30 pm at Bert Church Theatre. This concert is presented to benefit the Airdrie Lioness Christmas Hamper Program and will feature a variety of guests along with the opportunity for a sing-along during breaks in the performance. Visit http://www.airdriecommunitychoir.org/ for more information.
Posted on December 01, 2016 11:39 AM