40 Days of Prayer Invitation 2018
Avenue Church is entering an important and exciting time as we seek God’s continued vision for us as a church family. In the coming weeks, we will be seeking his Purpose (mission for Avenue Church), Place (ministry context and gathering location) and Power (empowerment of the Holy Spirit to live this out).
Avenue Church began in the fall of 2014 as God’s answer to many prayers. As we move deeper into God’s purpose, place and power for us, he is calling us to return to seek him in prayer.
We invite you to join with us in prayer for this season of seeking and discernment over the next 40 days utilizing the guide below (We will begin this journey on May 7 and conclude June 29. We have 5 days/week x 8 weeks scheduled).
Thank you for your continued partnership in the gospel to the glory of God and for the sake of his kingdom!
Mondays (Acts 2)
Please join us in praying for God’s clear direction, guidance and empowerment to carry out the mission that God has for Avenue Church. Please pray for the pastors, staff, executive team, house church leaders, other servant leaders and the community as we listen for and discern God’s vision and as we move in the power of God’s spirit into this vision.
Tuesdays (Jeremiah 29)
Please join us in praying for our neighbourhoods of Alberta Avenue and Parkdale where we currently gather. While crime, poverty, exploitation and loneliness continue to be present, the Spirit of God is at work to bring the kingdom of God into fullness. Pray for our local politicians, community and business leaders as well as for landlords and developers with influence (both positive and negative) in the neighbourhood.
Wednesdays (Revelation 7)
Please join us in praying for the other churches and pastors in our neighbourhoods of Alberta Avenue and Parkdale, including the churches we partner regularly with in prayer and ministry: Crossroads Salvation Army, St. Faith’s and St. Stephen’s Anglican, Avenue Vineyard, Norwood Wesleyan and Bethel Gospel Chapel.
Thursdays (Luke 10)
Please join us in praying for our (and your) neighbours, friends and family that don’t yet know the grace and love of Jesus. Pray that you’d have the opportunity to get to know your neighbours well enough to begin to know their needs and how you may pray for them. Pray for the opportunities to care for them in their needs and for the courage to be vulnerable to allow them to attend to your needs. Pray for the opportunity to share the good news of Jesus and how he has saved and transformed your life.
Fridays (1 Corinthians 12)
Please join us in praying for discernment in how God might be inviting you to partner with us at Avenue Church. Whether you are a regular attender, a casual guest or a distant prayer supporter, are there ways in which God is inviting you to partner with us for the sake of the gospel in our local context?
House Church Leaders
Sam and Josh Stauffer
Calvin and Julie deHaan
Shawn and Roxanne Devries
Loretta and John Stadt
David and Lauren Dykstra
To view or download our 2018 Lent Prayer Calendar, please click here
Students of God’s Word have so many resources available to them today, the choices can be overwhelming! In English alone, there are nearly 50 translations of the Bible. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? Which one(s) should I use?
3. Paraphrase. These translations pay less attention to the original vocabulary and structure, adding several extra words, not present in the original, in order to capture the original thought of the text. While these translations can provide interesting insight into passages, they are highly interpretive and as such can demonstrate certain theological or doctrinal biases.
To take advantage of the strengths of each of these translations, Professor Daniel Wallace suggests owning at least one word-for-word and two phrase-for-phrase translations. With many online tools now, these translations, and the tools needed to compare them, are only a click away.
Keep in Mind When Reading Scripture:
The Bible is a book about God. The Bible is a book that is, first and foremost, about God – his character, his nature, his action. Anything we hope to discover about our identity, our hopes and dreams must be made in relation to the living God. (See the story of Moses in Exodus 3.)
Honour the context. The Bible is made up of historical writings of various genres that were written to a specific people, in a specific time in history and a specific location and situation. It doesn’t matter what a passage means to us if we cannot say what it meant to the original audience.
Questions to Consider Reading Scripture:
• What does this passage teach us about God?
• What questions need asking about the context?
• What can take away in terms of:
• Understanding (how the original audience received it)
• Interpretation (how we can receive it now)
• Application/Illustration (how we can apply/remember it)
• Hint: Look for repeating words to help identify themes.
• Welcome and make note of confusing or unanswered questions
Please let us continue to pray, that those displaced by the fires would experience God’s love, comfort, generosity and hospitality.
Let us also show our love as friends and neighbours in some practical ways. Avenue Church will be taking a love offering in addition to our regular offering. Money gathered will go to World Renew Disaster Relief Services. This organization serves as the development, disaster relief and justice arm of our denomination and has an incredible track record of helping communities rebuild over the long term. (Many of us had opportunity to work with them helping rebuild in High River after the floods).
If you would like to give online, please visit their website by clicking here. Donations are tax deductible.
Over the next few weeks, we will be gathering items at our Sunday gatherings to take to distribution sites. The current need is for:
- Diapers and baby wipes
- NEW toiletries (soap, shampoo, tampons, toothpaste, razors, deodorant, etc.)
- NEW pillows
- NEW shoes
- Donations for the Food Bank
- Pet food
Please stay tuned over the coming weeks as we find out how the needs change and how we may best be able to assist.
One of our congregation members is from Uganda. He recently shared with us an eye-opening and extremely troubling experience he had on his last visit back home. He discovered that there is a huge black hole in terms of awareness and care for children with developmental disabilities in Uganda. Because of persistent misunderstanding, superstition, and a lack of resources, many families of children with developmental and cognitive disabilities are unable to care for them. Tragically, many of these children are abandoned, neglected and left to starve.
Avenue Church is committed to loving its global neighbours. While we work to develop long term partnerships with people on both sides of the ocean, we invite you to help Pastor Wilber and the four children under his care in Kampala. To read their story and to donate to help meet daily needs, please click here.
As God has continued to bless and grow the ministry of Avenue Church, we have started to pray about the next gathering space God is sending us to. The Carrot Coffeehouse has been an incredible host to us for our first year and we are extremely grateful for everything they have done for us but the reality is that we are starting to outgrow it!
God has miraculously opened up an opportunity to stay in Alberta Avenue, just around the corner from the Carrot. Our new space is called The Studio and our new host is artist Glen Ronald! We are excited to not only be sharing space with Glen but are looking forward to exploring ways in which faith, art and community might collaborate in ways that honour God and grow us as disciples.
To see some of Glen’s incredible artwork, click here.
Our first service at the Studio will be Sunday, Oct. 11 at 10:30 AM. As always, coffee is on at 10! The new address is 11739 – 94 St.
Please pray as we transition to the new space. If you would like to help us with the move, have some old tables and chairs to offer or would like to sponsor us financially, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, Avenue Church adheres to the understanding and practices set out by the CRC with regards to baptism and profession of faith.
Baptism – coming soon
Profession of Faith
“The Public Profession of Faith is a believer’s response to God’s extravagant love expressed through the cross and in baptism and is their opportunity to tell the world that they have examined their faith and are committing to follow Him! It is a significant rite of passage in the Christian journey, celebrating all that God has done and will continue to do in a believer’s life.” (from South Bend CRC)
For more information on these practices and traditions along with the history, rationale and theology behind them, please click here.
Avenue Church is celebrating the various aspects of Easter in a variety of ways. We hope you will be able to journey with us as we journey with Christ through this foundational season.
On Thursday, April 2, we will be celebrating Maundy Thursday with our friends at St. Faith’s Anglican Church (11725-93 St). This includes a Seder (Passover) Meal at 5:30, commemorating Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. The Maundy Thursday service will follow the meal in the sanctuary.
On Friday, April 3, we will be holding a Tenebrae Service at 7:30 as part of our Good Friday commemoration. This “Service of Shadows” follows Christ’s journey to the cross through Scripture, song and poetry. As the service proceeds, the space becomes darker until we are left in darkness to contemplate the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
On Sunday, April 5, we celebrate Resurrection Sunday at 10:30. We will have the opportunity to celebrate the hope and new life that Christ brings through his resurrection in community. Avenue Church Choir will be making its debut as well!
Both Friday and Sunday’s services will be held at the Carrot Coffeehouse (9351-118 Ave).