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Party in the Park: Sunday, June 8

City Light

We Are the Light of the World

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)

It’s been a week of intentionally focusing on listening to God and how He is calling us to be “the light of the world” in practical and tangible ways. Looking back at the week, what have you learned? What have you been hearing? Who have you noticed? What has the City Light experience been like for you?

Maybe you’ve had a week where you’ve been really excited about shining for God, creatively sharing His love with those around your neighbourhood. Maybe you’re ready to keep this going and feel like a significant change has happened in your heart and you’re just on fire spiritually. 

Or maybe you’ve had a week where you tried to take a step outside of your comfort-zone to be compassionate and it was horribly uncomfortable or it didn’t go well from your perspective. Maybe if you’re honest with yourself you’re feeling a bit discouraged about how brightly you feel your light is shining.

Or maybe you’ve had a week where you’ve been so busy with family, work, and other things that you’ve barely noticed your City Light cards and booklets, let alone found an opportunity to reflect on what it looks like to live a life of compassion and try to live it out in some practical way.

Maybe you’re in a category all your own. When you think about it, Jesus has given his people a lot of responsibility by deciding that they would be the light of the world. It often feels like there’s a whole lot of darkness in the world and that one light can’t make much of a difference. Do you ever wonder if He would have been better off just being the light Himself?

Whatever your experience has been this week, be encouraged. You are not alone! When Jesus spoke these words, he was addressing a crowd. He knew there would be people in the crowd who believed what he was saying and those that would not. When he says, “You are the light of the world” he is using it in the plural.

We are the light of the world.

We are not alone. Jesus left us with his Holy Spirit to lead us as His light shines through us. He also spoke these words to a community of people so that our lights may shine together for all to see, that we may bring glory to our Father in heaven.

Today we want to come together as family to celebrate what God has been doing in our community this week. We come together to break bread, share stories, celebrate baptisms, and sing songs of worship to our Lord. We can do this at the Oakville site, but seeing as this week has been about getting into our neighbourhoods to engage the people we see every day, we’ve decided to take it to the park!

The hope is that this celebration wouldn’t serve as a City Light wrap-up, but rather as a time for us to look back at the week as a community. Sharing and encouraging each other in how God is shaping our hearts and calling us to move forward. We come together as family, with Jesus, knowing that His light will shine brightest in community.

Whatever your experience has been this week, we don’t want the hope or the heart of what City Light represents to fade. Sometimes we need a consolidated and focused effort to get our attention fixed on what is important. The mission of The Meeting House is to be a transformed community transforming community, and that isn’t going to happen in a week. We can, in a week, take a step towards letting God shine more brightly through our lives.

May our celebration in the park serve not as a marker of the end of our City Light campaign, but as a defining moment in our journey to share Christ with our neighbours.

Mike Finnie
Mike serves as an Associate Pastor at The Meeting House Oakville. He loves people and is often the last one to leave a social situation. Mike is blessed to share his life with his lovely wife, Danica. Though born and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo, Mike and Danica have recently moved to Milton and are loving life. Mike loves pretty much anything involving other people, but is especially fond of sports (especially basketball), movies, music, and all things automotive.

Please join us at Coronation Park for….. 

  • 4:30  / party starts
  • 5:00 / hot dogs served (please bring your own if you have any dietary restrictions) 
  • 6:30 / worship service with baptisms 
  • 8:00 / clean up 

What to Bring

  • lawn chair
  • a picnic dinner to share with your family, home church or friends (we are providing hot dogs)
  • frisbee, football, ball & gloves, or other fun activities 
  • umbrella/poncho if it looks like rain 

What to Wear
Why not grab one of the two new Meeting House t-shirts to wear! 

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