Posts by Every Nation GTA

Immanuel: God With Us

Immanuel: God With Us – Part 3: Everlasting Father

What’s part of your Christmas tradition? In the Philippines, a giant lantern festival is held on the Saturday before Christmas Eve. The competition is fierce as everyone pitches in to build the most elaborate lantern. In Venezuela, on Christmas eve, people head to church on roller skates. This unique tradition is so popular that roads across the city are closed to cars so people can skate to church in safety. Christmas remains a novelty in countries like Japan, however some quirky traditions are emerging, like feasting on Kentucky Fried Chicken on Christmas day. In Toronto, the annual Cavalcade of Lights marks the official start to the holiday season. A Christmas Tree in Nathan Phillips Square – and the whole Square – light up, usually accompanied by spectacular fireworks. You may have your own family traditions handed down over generations, or want to start your own.  Whatever your tradition, we welcome you to join us for the weeks leading up to Christmas. We will take an often-quoted verse from the book of Isaiah and dig deeper into the meaning of the names of God listed there. What’s in a name? More than you could have ever imagined. Take this Christmas journey with us. We meet at Innis Town Hall in downtown Toronto, starting at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. See you there.

Immanuel: God With Us

Immanuel: God With Us – Part 2: Mighty God

What’s part of your Christmas tradition? In the Philippines, a giant lantern festival is held on the Saturday before Christmas Eve. The competition is fierce as everyone pitches in to build the most elaborate lantern. In Venezuela, on Christmas eve, people head to church on roller skates. This unique tradition is so popular that roads across the city are closed to cars so people can skate to church in safety. Christmas remains a novelty in countries like Japan, however some quirky traditions are emerging, like feasting on Kentucky Fried Chicken on Christmas day. In Toronto, the annual Cavalcade of Lights marks the official start to the holiday season. A Christmas Tree in Nathan Phillips Square – and the whole Square – light up, usually accompanied by spectacular fireworks. You may have your own family traditions handed down over generations, or want to start your own.  Whatever your tradition, we welcome you to join us for the weeks leading up to Christmas. We will take an often-quoted verse from the book of Isaiah and dig deeper into the meaning of the names of God listed there. What’s in a name? More than you could have ever imagined. Take this Christmas journey with us. We meet at Innis Town Hall in downtown Toronto, starting at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. See you there.

Immanuel: God With Us

Immanuel: God With Us – Part 1: Wonderful Counselor

What’s part of your Christmas tradition? In the Philippines, a giant lantern festival is held on the Saturday before Christmas Eve. The competition is fierce as everyone pitches in to build the most elaborate lantern. In Venezuela, on Christmas eve, people head to church on roller skates. This unique tradition is so popular that roads across the city are closed to cars so people can skate to church in safety. Christmas remains a novelty in countries like Japan, however some quirky traditions are emerging, like feasting on Kentucky Fried Chicken on Christmas day. In Toronto, the annual Cavalcade of Lights marks the official start to the holiday season. A Christmas Tree in Nathan Phillips Square – and the whole Square – light up, usually accompanied by spectacular fireworks. You may have your own family traditions handed down over generations, or want to start your own.  Whatever your tradition, we welcome you to join us for the weeks leading up to Christmas. We will take an often-quoted verse from the book of Isaiah and dig deeper into the meaning of the names of God listed there. What’s in a name? More than you could have ever imagined. Take this Christmas journey with us. We meet at Innis Town Hall in downtown Toronto, starting at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. See you there.

Empires and Exiles

Empires & Exiles – Part 7: The Unconquerable Empire

Think about a time when something wasn’t going as you had hoped. Or the stresses had piled up so high that you could not see a way out.  The day’s news alone can fill our minds with tragedies and potential storms that seem insurmountable. While words like “Everything is going to be ok” might seem superficial at first, what if these words were indeed true?  What if you heard someone say to you, “We got this” – an expression used these days that, when sincere, shows we are not alone, there is someone who cares and can do something about it. This Sunday we encounter a chapter in the book of Daniel where the main character – Daniel – makes formidable predictions about the future of our world. We learned in our series that Daniel had a gift of interpreting dreams and visions. In this chapter, he had bad news to share…and good news. And the good news is worth hearing about especially today. Spoiler alert! “God’s got this.” Join us for the conclusion of our series, at Innis Town Hall in downtown Toronto at 10:30 a.m.

Empires and Exiles

Empires & Exiles – Part 6: Trial By Lions

Sometimes it is hard to do the right thing. But over time, we usually see the benefits of having kept our integrity and managed our lives wisely, whether we are in a position of authority or not. We can’t ignore the reality though that there are times when doing the right thing brings dire circumstances. In our series on the book of Daniel, we see how God brings Daniel and his friends out of major trials and danger. Well, in part 6, we see Daniel in danger again.  His good reputation brought him fame and a great job in the kingdom. But not everyone was happy about that, in fact, some felt threatened. So a plot was devised to put Daniel’s faith to a test again. Circumstances unravel to a chilling standoff.  Who wins, but more importantly, why. We’ll see this Sunday. Join us at Innis Town Hall in downtown Toronto at 10:30 a.m.

Empires and Exiles

Empires & Exiles – Part 5: A King Defiant

Company reorganizations happen regularly. Sometimes it is to take the company in a new direction; other times it’s to bring in new ideas from the outside.  Whatever the reason for a change of manager, leadership or team, it can introduce a period of uncertainty as you adjust to new people or new ways of doing things. If you’ve had a great leader, it might be disconcerting to deal with someone who is vastly different. Daniel had gone through a lot of ups and downs with one king, but after several years there was a new king in town. And he seemed bent on doing evil. Once again, Daniel provided a warning, from God, but this king wasn’t moved. In fact, he thought more of himself than he did of God. He also did not learn any lessons from his nation’s history.  In the face of wisdom and warnings, this king was defiant and he invited destruction upon himself and his kingdom. What’s the lesson for us today? To find out, join us on Sunday at Innis Town Hall in downtown Toronto at 10:30 a.m.