Sermons by Gary Heyes

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.


Supernatural – Part 4

What is it about the supernatural that attracts people to TV shows and films about unforeseen forces in our world? Some might say these stories spark curiosity about events that cannot be explained or that offer the possibility of an exciting life outside of our everyday experiences.

Supernatural characters often look attractive and have unusual powers or abilities. Some of us may even imagine ourselves having such powers, or a friend or partner like that!

In surveys about beliefs, you often find people who may not identify themselves as religious but would call themselves spiritual. This is a fascinating topic of conversation. What does the Christian faith have to say about the supernatural?

Throughout the Bible, we read about the Holy Spirit who plays an active role in our lives and in the world. Unlike in the movies, the Holy Spirit is not a fictional character but someone who is real and worth knowing.

Join us for part 4 of our SUPERNATURAL series to grow in understanding and experiencing the person, power and presence of the Holy Spirit.