Pentecost (By Rev. Chris)
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Reflection Questions   Read Acts 2: 1-13: In what ways do you see the Holy Spirit present in this reading? How would you have felt if you were one of the disciples at that time? How do you feel today, when the Holy Spirit moves in a powerful way? Looking at verse 12 - how would you respond if someone asked you “what does this mean”?  What does it mean to be filled by the Holy Spirit? Share an example/story from your life. How do you currently see the Holy Spirit at work in and through you?    Take a moment to reflect on the gift of the Holy Spirit in your life (the v ..read more
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Ascension Sunday (By: Rev. Susan)
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​Questions: 1. Luke 24:36 How is "Peace be with you" a good summary of the gospel? 2. Luke 24:44 Why is it important that Jesus' mission was anticipated in "the Law of Moses," "the Prophets," and "the psalms"? 3. Acts 1:11 When you read verses 5,6,7 and 8 together, you get two different ideas about the kingdom. Verses 5-6, the disciples, verses 7-8 Jesus. How do they differ? 4. Ephesians 1:15-23 a. What does Paul pray for in this passage? b. Which of these things could you use in your life right now? c. Where do you need "the incomparably great power of God" to be at work in the coming week ..read more
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"Pastors/Teachers: Who Do You Say That I Am?"
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These questions are a follow-up to the sermon "Pastors/Teachers: Who Do You Say That I Am?", preached on May 5th by Rev. Merv Lanctot. 1. What/Who do you see as Pastor/Teacher? 2. Is that the same role we need at St. Aidan's? 3. How would you respond if the new pastor is different than your expectations? 4. How do see the role of pastor/teacher fitting into the structure in place now at St. Aidan's? 5. Who do you say that I am ..read more
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The Body's Prophets - Jesus is the Message
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May 1st – Based on a sermon on April 28th by Les Kovacs   Read Ephesians 4:11-13 “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Have you ever had the opportunity to discern whether you had any of these five gifts?   How did you confirm ..read more
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Apostles and the Body
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These questions are a follow-up to the sermon "Apostles and the Body", preached on April 14th by Rev. Kim Salo. ​1. Read Ephesians 4:11-13. Paul calls five ministries “the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers.” Do you know of any churches that regularly exercise all five?  Why do so few churches designate their ministries this way? 2. Why do so many churches drift into “only the minister does real ministry” mode? What are some ways churches can get out of the rut of “only the minister does ministry”?  3. Read Luke 6:12-16. What are some of the reasons ..read more
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"The Body of Christ" by Lynne McCarthy
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For your consideration, some questions from the sermon on 4/7/24 1. Do you know what gifts God has given you (spiritual, practical) to use for others’ benefit and blessing? List them and keep them to remind you. How can you use these at St. Aidan’s? Here is a list of spiritual gifts, too: Administration, Being an apostle, Discernment, Evangelism, Exhortation, Faith, Giving, Healing, Helps, Hospitality, Knowledge, Leadership, Mercy, Prophecy, Serving, Speaking in tongues, Teaching (sometimes known as shepherding), Wisdom 2. How did you come to St. Aidan’s? Do you feel you’ve grown as part of ..read more
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Blog on Palm Sunday
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2M ago
These questions are a follow-up to the sermon on March 24th by Rev. Kim Salo. 1. Have you ever acted in a play? Was it easy or hard to “get into character”? Was it a church play with a Christian theme, including a Christmas pageant or a drama about Christ’s Passion? If so, what was the experience like?   2. Have you ever experienced the Holy Spirit telling you what to say? What happened?  3. Read Mark 10:32-34. What are some of the reasons that the disciples did not understand what Jesus was warning them about when he got to Jerusalem? In other words, why was Jesus so badly misunde ..read more
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Loving Our Rivals
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These questions are a follow up to the sermon on March 17th by Pastor Chris.  Read Matthew 5: 43-48 What is the difference between the teaching of Jesus in this passage, and the teaching of the religious leaders at the time? What would have been the biggest challenges to the Israelites who were listening to this exalted teaching? How would this teaching have changed their worldview? What do you find most difficult with this teaching? What steps/actions do you take to be able to obey this teaching? Do you pray for your enemies? Read Acts 9: 10-19 How did Ananias overcome his negat ..read more
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Light in the Darkness
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2M ago
Questions related to the sermon Light in the Darkness by Les Kovacs Sharing our faith in Jesus Christ can be a bit intimidating in our post-Christian society.  1. Have you run into cultural differences with non-Christians which create barriers to understanding and acceptance of Christian teachings?  Were you able to get past them? 2. Do you have a fear of being rejected or ridiculed by non-Christians for your beliefs, causing you to hesitate sharing your faith?  Where can you find the courage to overcome that fear? 3. Do you feel a lack of knowledge or confidence in your ..read more
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Together in Prayer
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2M ago
​This blog is based on Rev. Kim Salo's sermon for March 3rd, titled "Together in Prayer". 1. What is the difference for you, if any, between praying alone, or in a small group of people, or with the congregation on Sunday? 2. What is your preferred way of addressing God when you pray? How much does it matter how you address God? 3. Have you experienced the Holy Spirit praying through you when you are alone? Through a group? Through a congregation? 4. What happens when you run out of words while praying? 5. When praying with Christians from other backgrounds, was it easy? Awkward? A bit fo ..read more
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