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The Art Of Rest

The Art Of Rest: Rest Restores Relationship

People take a vacation for many reasons. Sometimes you don’t need a real reason. It’s just a good idea. One movie showed couples taking a vacation at a retreat to help mend and restore their relationships.  Newlyweds take a honeymoon not only because it’s tradition but it allows them to reconnect and relax in each other’s presence after what could be months of intense preparations and activities. Counselors suggest times away to rest to get back in touch with what matters in your life. Sometimes even a leisurely walk on a sunny day clears the mind, or gives you a chance to have more meaningful conversation with those who are close to you. In the ebbs and flow of life, and the many pressures we face, relationships can suffer – especially the most important ones. But how do we draw close again?  It’s worth talking about. See you this Sunday to learn more about how Rest Restores Relationship. We meet at Innis Town Hall in downtown Toronto starting @ 10:30.  

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The Art Of Rest: Rest Is Resistance

Have you ever tried to resist having that extra slice of cake or piece of chocolate sitting in front of you? What helped you decide, for better or worse, or helped you make a choice that you were happy with? Or has there ever been a time when you could not stop thinking about something – maybe a new car that seemed out of reach, something you believed was essential to do your work, or even a new relationship? There are times when our thoughts can overpower us and we may do or say things that seem out of balance. We might start stressing about it or giving it more importance in our daily lives than needed.  You might think you just need extra will power to keep the right perspective. What if the ability to resist comes from rest? We’ll explore that concept as we talk about Rest is Resistance. Join us this Sunday at Innis Town Hall in downtown Toronto starting @ 10:30 a.m.

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The Art Of Rest: Rest Allows Remembering

If you’re like a lot of people, you love a good celebration.  Canada Day. The 4th of July. Easter. Christmas. Your wedding anniversary. Your birthday! Those are days that we typically stop to acknowledge something important. We break from routine. We take time out. We remember.  One memory and aging expert says that when we overextend ourselves – always having too much to do – it makes it harder to concentrate and remember. What are some of the things that we can’t afford to forget… because if we do, it can change our lives? In fact, we can easily become discouraged. Getting up in the morning can get harder. You might start to wonder when was the last time you actually felt good about anything. We’ll talk about that in this Sunday’s message on how rest allows us to remember… and get back on track.  Join us at Innis Town Hall in downtown Toronto starting @ 10:30 a.m.

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The Art Of Rest: Art History

We practice many things. We practice how to play the piano. We practice how to drive a car. We practice how to cook. We practice how to play a sport. When was the last time that you practiced how to rest? That almost seems contradictory. You normally practice an activity… not a supposed non-activity. We live in a fast-paced city. In a fast-paced country. In a fast-paced world. But during the month of August, in a sermon series on the Art of Rest, we are going to give ourselves permission to seek and practice rest – as a lifestyle. You might be surprised to learn just how much importance the bible places on the idea of rest… and for many good reasons. Join us each Sunday to hear more about why rest might be different from what you’re thinking it is, and more important than you’ve probably every imagined. See you at Innis Town Hall in downtown Toronto starting @ 10:30 a.m.

Summer in Psalms

Summer in Psalms: A Life of Worship

A Disney animated film Inside Out is the story of a young girl depicted through the five emotions that live inside her mind, and how each emotion fights for control over how she perceives the world around her and how they color her memories of the past.  What better time of the year than summertime to explore… our emotions.  We’ll spend the month of July in the Book of Psalms.  The Psalms were actually written to be songs, and like songs today, they contain a wide variety of emotional expression, everything from happiness and rejoicing to sorrow and despair.

Do you want to know about love? Maybe take a bit of time to detox your soul? Have you been looking at your life lately and wondering, hey, what’s in it for me these days? Well, a lot. Join us this July for a look at how the Bible actually encourages us to pour out our hearts and find what we’re really looking for. We meet at Innis Town Hall in downtown Toronto on Sundays, starting at 10:30 a.m.  Stay afterwards to meet with others over snacks and refreshments. See you there.

Summer in Psalms

Summer in Psalms: Psalms with Benefits

A Disney animated film Inside Out is the story of a young girl depicted through the five emotions that live inside her mind, and how each emotion fights for control over how she perceives the world around her and how they color her memories of the past.  What better time of the year than summertime to explore… our emotions.  We’ll spend the month of July in the Book of Psalms.  The Psalms were actually written to be songs, and like songs today, they contain a wide variety of emotional expression, everything from happiness and rejoicing to sorrow and despair.

Do you want to know about love? Maybe take a bit of time to detox your soul? Have you been looking at your life lately and wondering, hey, what’s in it for me these days? Well, a lot. Join us this July for a look at how the Bible actually encourages us to pour out our hearts and find what we’re really looking for. We meet at Innis Town Hall in downtown Toronto on Sundays, starting at 10:30 a.m.  Stay afterwards to meet with others over snacks and refreshments. See you there.