Note, also check out messages from:
Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Parksville, BC; Pastor Fraser Colton at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Nanaimo, BC; Pastor Steve Snipstead at Faith Lutheran Church in Kalispell, MT
Jesus Blesses, May 16, 2021: https://youtu.be/bmanayjemn0
The annual celebration of Jesus’ ascension into heaven focuses on the completion of Jesus’ time on earth and his need to resume his duties as the king of kings and sitting at the right hand of God the Father to rule heaven and earth and beyond. It tells us that he left his disciples to continue his work on earth. Just as Jesus raised his arms and blessed his disciples, the blessing at the end of each service reminds us that we too are disciples of God as we go about our daily lives. © Pastor Vince Gerhardy
Remain in My Love, May 9, 2021: https://youtu.be/4LoOnFsfKsk
Our message today is based on John 15:9, 15: I love you just as the Father loves me; remain in my love. I call you friends, because I have told you everything I heard from my Father. © Pastor Vince Gerhardy
Branches on the Vine, May 2, 2021: https://youtu.be/J7CYFIVV-v0
In John 15:4b,5 Jesus said, “I am the vine you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit…,” Today’s message focuses on the importance of our relationship with Jesus and how we depend on it to nurture us in our daily lives through worship and hearing his Word. We ‘bear fruit’ by the way that we support those in need and choose to live with others in harmony, forgiveness and encouragement. Just as vines need to be pruned, we too need to remove the negative behaviours and attitudes that cause us to hurt others and prevent us from sharing the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience and self control with others. © Pastor Vince Gerhardy
Anxiety and the Good Shepherd, April 25, 2021: https://youtu.be/F2_aHHn8QC8
We have even more reasons than usual to be anxious these days. Even our children are more anxious as they hear and see the news unfolding – whether it be climate change, violence both locally and around the world, pandemics or even upheaval at home. Naturally we want to protect and assure our children that everything will be okay but where do we find the strength and confidence to do so. The message today reminds us that just as the shepherds of old nurtured and protected their flocks, Jesus is our Shepherd and this gives us hope which means, whatever happens, we have nothing to be afraid of. © Pastor Vince Gerhardy
The Easter Difference, April 18, 2021: https://youtu.be/pKxUv2lwWyo
Easter is more than a celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. It’s a reminder of what his sacrifice did for us. It’s easy to think of it as an historical event and consider it too long ago to really impact our lives today. Yet celebrating Easter gets rid of the barriers between us and God and also between us and our fellow man. We need to look at it as more than a passive recognition of the past but as a vibrant and real reuniting us with God and with our brothers and sisters in Christ. © Pastor Vince Gerhardy
Running on Empty?, April 11, 2021: https://youtu.be/sJ-u_ypSlU0
When we feel exhausted and drained of all hope where can we find the strength to reach out to God for strength and comfort? The good news is that you don’t have to. Just as Jesus appeared to the disciples as they huddled in a locked room feeling helpless and terrified of what might become of them, we too don’t need to search for God’s support. He knows our needs and He is there for us in our darkest times. Jesus gave his disciples encouragement, love, offered forgiveness and hope. Easter reminds us that Jesus sacrificed himself so that we too can have these amazing gifts. © Pastor Vince Gerhardy
It Can’t Be! Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021: https://youtu.be/Cfs3-1ub538
Hallelujah! Christ is Risen! Imagine living through your worst nightmare and waking up 3 days later to discover that all your pain and despair has been replaced by hope and celebration! Everything you thought lost is bigger and better than before. Imagine how Jesus’ followers must have felt seeing their beloved Saviour die after being beaten and suffering on the Cross only to discover that he is alive and victorious over evil. Today’s message focuses on what this means in our lives today. © Pastor Vince Gerhardy
There They Crucified Him, Good Friday, April 2, 2021: https://youtu.be/LAwpthR_3j0
In today’s world we have become use to detailed and graphic reporting of all events by the news media. The bloodier and more violent, the better in their eyes to get the message across. However, in the Bible the description of the Crucifixion appears to be oversimplified. Why would such a momentous occasion be described in all 4 Gospels in just 3 words, “they crucified him”? Today’s message focuses on why Jesus was crucified not how. The cross is a sign of how God put all our shame and guilt behind us. He has cleansed us from the guilt of our sin and made it possible for you and me to enter His heavenly kingdom. Through the cross, God has done it all. © Pastor Vince Gerhardy
He Gave It All Up For Us, March 28, 2021: https://youtu.be/uhooz3esrro
He had it all. He gave it all up. And what is more, he gave it all up for us. As we enter into Holy Week, take time to contemplate the sacrifice that Jesus made for us and to recommit ourselves to follow in His footsteps and show others the same commitment and love that God showed us. © Pastor Vince Gerhardy
Lord Help Me When I Pray, March 21, 2021: https://youtu.be/Hp9suI0lSTk
It’s easy when we see God’s hand in our lives, answering our prayers and bringing us health and happiness. But what about the other times when God is painfully silent and we begin to doubt that he is even listening? Even Jesus despaired that God had abandoned him as he suffered on the cross. We need to remember that He gives us just what we need even when it may not always be what we had prayed for. It is difficult but we need to trust that God knows what is best for us and will always be there to support and love us. © Pastor Vince Gerhardy
The Light for Dark Corners, March 14, 2021: https://youtu.be/Nic2v5izigc
Jesus is the Light of the world. He gave his life on the cross so that we could see the path to our salvation. Just as turning the lights on in a room allows the dust, cobwebs and dirt to be displayed, the dark private corners of our lives are exposed when we come into the light of God’s world. Jesus came, not to condemn, but to show us that we need to clean out the dark corners of our lives to bring healing and reconciliation. © Pastor Vince Gerhardy
How is Your Worship?, March 07, 2021: https://youtu.be/kmt39H9BpZ8
When you come to church are you mentally there or is your mind wandering thinking about all the things you need to do the following week? Are you watching other members wondering about the latest gossip? Do you attend as an obligation rather than as an opportunity to spend time with God and celebrate all His blessings? Today’s message talks about the anger Jesus felt when he saw how the people had turned His Father’s house into a marketplace and squandered their opportunity to spend time with Him. © Pastor Vince Gerhardy
Shadow of the Cross, February 28, 2021: https://youtu.be/K4Mz_s0SkAI
Today’s sermon is based on Mark 8:31: “The Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the teachers of the Law. He will be put to death, but three days later he will rise to life.” What does it mean to us to live under the shadow of the cross and how do we fulfill Christ’s command to “take care of my sheep”? © Pastor Vince Gerhardy
Down in the Valleys, February 21, 2021: https://youtu.be/ByUqevVNZPM
Feeling God’s presence when we are celebrating special Church occasions with others’ enthusiasm and excitement feeding our own is a wonderful and rewarding experience. However, our day to day lives are not a constant dose of adrenaline making us feel on top of the world. It is during the constant ebb and flow of daily challenges, sorrows and family responsibilities where we need to remember that although we don’t always feel God’s presence, He is with us and we can draw strength from His presence at all times whether it be a moment of great elation or one of despair. © Pastor Vince Gerhardy
Just a Little Ashes, February 17, 2021: https://youtu.be/u3XcJPcXtew
Today’s message is based on Rev. Alex Stevenson message, “Just a Little Ashes” (Latimer United Methodist Church, February 12 1997). On Ash Wednesday, we put ashes on our forehead to remind us that God formed the first human out of the dust of the earth and breathed life into that dust. Without that breath of life, we would be worthless like these leftover ashes. Lent is the time of mourning our sins and the ashes remind us that we need to repent and request God’s forgiveness.
In the Highs and Lows, February 14, 2021: https://youtu.be/_dKK1Enxq9c
The message today is based on Mark 9:2-3 and talks about the joys of our life’s high moments and why our growth and strength actually comes from our low moments. As we begin Lent and Jesus is preparing for his sacrifice, he shows his disciples the joy of the high that will come out of it. © Pastor Vince Gerhardy
Rising on wings like eagles, February 7, 2021: https://youtu.be/vnO43e4PISI
Today’s message is based on Isaiah 40:27-30: Israel, why then do you complain that the Lord doesn’t know your troubles or care if you suffer injustice? Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard? The Lord is the everlasting God; he created all the world. He never grows tired or weary. No one understands his thoughts. He strengthens those who are weak and tired. Even those who are young grow weak; young people can fall exhausted. But those who trust in the Lord for help will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow weak. © Pastor Vince Gerhardy
Powerful Words, January 31, 2021: https://youtu.be/1zhRfNrNFmc
Every day we are bombarded by words both verbal and written often intended to criticize or discourage us. It’s easy to feel there is little to no hope and forget that we also have access to powerful, healing words if we only take the time to access them. When words from God are spoken with power and authority into the everyday circumstances of our lives things happen – sins are forgiven, strength is given to resist temptation, comfort and assurance are given in times of grief, hope and patience and strength are given to see our way through an illness or accident. When Jesus speaks, things happen. © Pastor Vince Gerhardy
The Culture of the Kingdom, January 24, 2021: https://youtu.be/Na-ZduqZs88
Change is hard and cultural change means not only understanding the impact to our identity but realizing what it means in our daily lives. In this message, we learn what it means to make the commitment to be like God.
© Pastor Vince Gerhardy
When God Calls Us, January 17, 2021: https://youtu.be/kmyViwtmseM
Virtual Christmas Eve Service December 24, 2020: https://youtu.be/_EF7OnzoJvM
Enjoy our Christmas Eve service. Sing along with traditional Christmas music and enjoy messages for all ages. Prepared and narrated by Verna Oderkirk-Bungay
Making the Most of God’s Gifts, November 15, 2020: https://youtu.be/OPpD5D7pWuE
As the chosen and rescued people of God, we have been given an important responsibility – to honour the investment God has made in us and to use what he has given and to
invest and reinvest in his kingdom and the lives of others.
Set Free by Christ, October 25, 2020: https://youtu.be/_ghAAUrhJFc
Text: John 8:34-36 Jesus said to them, “I am telling you the truth: everyone who sins is a slave of sin. A slave does not belong to a family permanently, but a son belongs there forever. If the Son sets you free, then you will be really free.”
Difficult Decisions, October 18, 2020: https://youtu.be/Ak4vP3ROPek
Text: Matthew 22: 21 Jesus said to them, ‘Well, then, pay to the Emperor what belongs to the Emperor, and pay to God what belongs to God. Literally Jesus means “give what you are obliged to give”, or “pay what is owing”. In other words, there are some things that are rightly owed to Caesar. A silver coin with Caesar’s image on it was examined. This belonged to Caesar. Pay what is due to Caesar. At the same time there are those significant parts of this world and our lives that have God’s image on it and so belong to God. Likewise, we are to give to God what is God’s – that is an obligation that falls on all those made in his image.
Why Should we Praise and Thank the LORD Today?”, October 11, 2020: https://youtu.be/o5qqk9DkTZg
“We should Praise and Thank the LORD our GOD Today for: Creation, Salvation and His Soon Return.” Psalm 96. Pastor Pinno, Acting President, AFLC Canada, adds insight on how we can continue to be thankful even in the midst of current day challenges.
Seeking Reconciliation, September 6, 2020: https://youtu.be/7tPggbDmiSU
Lloyd Harvey shares a message from Pastor Vince Gerhardy that tells the story of the struggle between Onesimus and his master Philemon. Although Onesimus was Philemon’s slave, they were brothers in Christ and even today we need to remember that forgiveness and reconciliation are an essential part of our Christian faith.
Walking in Kingdom Authority, August 23, 2020: https://youtu.be/vZqX6kVkcbw
Wherever we are, we’re in His kingdom and we have been given the keys to walk in God’s Authority. This message by guest speaker Pastor Ron Short of The Dwelling Place covers how we walk in Kingdom Authority, what happens when we don’t and what we become when we do.
No Looking Back, July 19, 2020: https://youtu.be/SQfa1g4Txus
Although saying farewell to friends is never a perfect ending to how we might want things to be, we always have the opportunity to finish well no matter the circumstance. As you consider your purpose of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus, what might Jesus be saying to you about finishing well right where you are? What treasure might he want to give in exchange for trash for past successes and failures?
Honouring God in His Unshakable kingdom, July 12, 2020: https://youtu.be/r18TRO0h288
Do you find it easier to dig for dirt than to mine for gold when it comes to other people? What if we made an effort to adopt a different world view from the one we find around us … one that has a different language, a different way of looking at God and people; a different system of evaluating worthiness for being honored? Listen in as we seek God’s help to look for the good in others around us and actually say something about it.
Loving God Life a Warm Cup of Coffee, July 5, 2020: https://youtu.be/ePyeQo5sjhE
On a cold night, most everyone likes a warm cup of something: coffee, tea, cocoa, milk or soup. There are a wide variety of choice. But how do you determine what’s most important in life when tough decisions need to be made between one thing or another? How do you savor what’s best?
Learning to Live a Flinch Free Life
Part 4-Effects, June 7, 2020: https://youtu.be/iS_Ip6gI6gg
Ever wonder if you missed God’s “true” calling for your life… you know… that feeling that maybe there was something deeper? Whatever your thoughts, God is in the business of using us right where we are at as we continue to seek him from our core as life-long learners in his ever present kingdom.
Part 3-Learning, May 31, 2020: https://youtu.be/Ww5I93acd50
No one likes a bait and switch. Ever wonder if that’s what happened when you became a Christian? You thought you signed up for a Princess Cruise only to discover you’ve been assigned to a battleship. Jesus never promised that taking up our cross to follow him was going to be easy. He did promise that He would be with us as we learn along-side him what it means to be a forgiven and healed learner in God’s unshakable kingdom that leads to living a purpose-filled, flinch free life.
Part 2-Healing, May 24, 2020: https://youtu.be/3uA6ZWnSick
Ever wonder why you can’t catch a break? Perhaps you can’t seem to make progress with God no matter how hard you try? But what if you changed your thinking… What if you took a different path rather than hoping that the same path would be different this time? Join the journey in God’s unshakable kingdom where everyone is invited to get healing that leads to living a flinch free life.
Part 1-Focus, May 17, 2020: https://youtu.be/Vf7xxmqYJr4
We all know that courage is not the absence of fear but a willingness to face fear no matter the cost. Unfortunately, the desire to pursue a higher call in spite of the risk is often not that strong. What is often lacking in this equation is an understanding of what a “higher call” is that enables us to have courage, to take risks, to live life and do our work without flinching. Join the journey as we continue to learn how to live a flinch free life in God’s unshakable kingdom with focused determination.
Worship Short, 5th Sunday of Easter-Mother’s Day, May 10, 2020: https://youtu.be/UBM8XQSba5E
When the stuff of life keeps dropping through the cracks and relationships feel strained, do you ever wonder if you can live like this anymore? If anyone understands your struggle, it’s Jesus. It’s why he came. And he’s here to help anyone who wants to experience the unforced rhythms of grace in the midst of burn out.
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