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A Gift from The King

May 17, 2016
A Gift from The King by Annalisa Brooks

I remember when I first heard the term “spiritual gifts” in a sermon. The pastor described them as the ways in which we serve God using our talents and abilities. And I thought, what is my spiritual gift?


Romans 8

March 8, 2016
Romans 8

Years ago I remember sitting in a dim-lit sanctuary listening to a musician perform a song written to Romans 8:35-39. And I remember thinking it was the most beautiful song I’d ever heard.


Teaching Inheritance

September 1, 2015
Teaching Inheritance

There was a time I worked at a youth group where I felt compelled to clean the floor each Friday night. I truly cared about scraping off the gum that managed to manifest itself everywhere. I liked knowing that while I worked behind the scenes no one noticed me.… more

On Pins and Needles

October 28, 2014
On Pins and Needles

Sometimes there just aren't enough beds.

This was my situation a few nights ago and I wasn't sure what to do. Sleep on the loveseat? The floor? Try to sneak into the queen-sized bed with the three-year-old in the next room?


Different But Not Wrong

April 29, 2014
Different But Not Wrong

Several years ago, I joined a worship band for a Sunday night church service. Subconsciously, I think I expected the regular church congregation to be as accepting of the new service as the people who attended it. The idea was fresh; an exciting idea with a bright future.… more

Easter in Song

March 26, 2013
Easter in Song by Annalisa Patenaude

I appreciate both contemporary and traditional styles of worship music but hymns hold a special place in my heart. As a child I was delighted on Sunday mornings to open the gold-coloured hymnal with a cross stamped on the cover. Enthusiastic voices filled the sanctuary.… more

Worship: It’s Not A Coffee Date

March 19, 2013
Worship: It’s Not A Coffee Date by Annalisa Patenaude

Last Sunday I went to church with the wrong attitude. I didn’t really want to go. It had been a busy week and I was already making a mental to-do list for the next.


Should I Be Picky About Music?

March 12, 2013
Should I Be Picky About Music? by Robyn Roste

It’s not like music doesn’t move me—I feel things when I listen to music. Generally good things. Sometimes sad things. But 90 per cent of the time I just listen. If I get really into it I may hum along or tap my foot but not much more.


What it Means to Worship

March 5, 2013
What it Means to Worship by Laura Vanderwel

I was 10, and had just graduated from the Sunday school program at my church into “adult church.” I stood with my parents as the worship team opened the service and watched as the young people I admired raised their hands, swayed their hips, and belted out the words with their eyes cl… more

A Mountain of Rest

February 26, 2013
A Mountain of Rest by Laura Vanderwel

It was July, and I had the worst cold in the history of me and colds (we go way back). My sister and her husband were moving six hours away and the whole family was helping them. Their new place was up in the mountains in a resort town, perfect for their adventurous lifestyle.… more

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