Blue Christmas Service Sunday Dec 11th 7:00PM

Blue Christmas Service

For Those Who Find Rejoicing Hard Work

The Christmas season can be difficult for many reasons: grief, separation, illness, uncertainty... In this service of light, come to find hope and healing, to honour a loved one's memory, or to support someone else.

7:00-8:00 PM Sunday Dec 11th
CPC Sanctuary 177 Beverly St (Baldwin Street entrance)
Downtown Toronto 2 blocks north of the AGO

This gentle, contemplative service is for those who may not feel particularly “merry” or “bright.” Christmas can be a difficult time of year for many reasons. The memory of a loved one no longer with us, the weariness of ill health, the anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the pain of isolation—all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of those joyfully celebrating. 

Through songs, readings, prayers and candle lighting, this service offers sacred space to acknowledge and honour our feelings and to know that we are not alone in them. Come for yourself or invite someone else who may need encouragement.

Easter Services

Sunrise Service (UPDATE) - service will go ahead as planned, outdoors, at 7:45AM

Good Friday 11:00AM
Sunrise Service 7:45AM
Easter Services 11:00AM

Good Friday service will be held in the Sanctuary at 11:00AM, and will be a service of word, communion, and music.

Easter morning our Sunrise Service will be held at 7:45AM outdoors on the steps of the Liberty Grand Building at the CNE, weather permitting. This is an informal service outside, overlooking the water and Ontario Place. Breakfast to follow back at the church.

Our full Easter Service will be held at 11:00AM at the church, in the gym. A service in Cantonese is held in the Sanctuary at the same time.

Parking is available behind the church in our parking lot.

We look forward to seeing you and journeying through the Easter season together.

Renew Your Purpose - Tom Eng

Ecclesiastes 2:4-11 New Living Translation (NLT)
4 I also tried to find meaning by building huge homes for myself and by planting beautiful vineyards. 5 I made gardens and parks, filling them with all kinds of fruit trees. 6 I built reservoirs to collect the water to irrigate my many flourishing groves. 7 I bought slaves, both men and women, and others were born into my household. I also owned large herds and flocks, more than any of the kings who had lived in Jerusalem before me. 8 I collected great sums of silver and gold, the treasure of many kings and provinces. I hired wonderful singers, both men and women, and had many beautiful concubines. I had everything a man could desire!
9 So I became greater than all who had lived in Jerusalem before me, and my wisdom never failed me. 10 Anything I wanted, I would take. I denied myself no pleasure. I even found great pleasure in hard work, a reward for all my labors. 11 But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere.

 

Easter Services

On April 20th come celebrate Easter with us! We have two services to choose from:

7:45AM Sunrise Service

Held outdoors on the south east steps of the Liberty Grand building on the CNE grounds, this informal service features a view of the water and great atmosphere as we celebrate Easter with the dawning of a new day. Tony Lai is our speaker.

Weather Update: Sunday morning forecast calls for 4˚C weather, so please dress warmly and bring something hot to drink!

11:00AM Main Service

Held in the gym at 177 Beverley St. this dynamic service is for the whole family. With contemporary music, relevant message, and a relaxed environment, worshipping at CPC English service is a great way to celebrate Easter Sunday. Pastor Tom Eng is our speaker.

Lent: An Invitation

The season of Lent is a time for us to reflect on our spiritual journey, and a chance to practice the spiritual discipline of fasting. Just as Jesus fasted in the desert for 40 days, Lent affords us that same opportunity to give up something in order that we might rely on God more.

Something that's more traditional to give up for Lent is food, whether it be sweets or chocolate, or coffee. The point is to choose something that won't be too easy for you, otherwise there's no real challenge, is there? If you're choosing a food related item, make it something that you'll notice each time.

Another suggestion might be a negative behaviour that you want to give up. Maybe now would be a good time to give up smoking, or maybe swearing is a problem for you. Perhaps you could refrain from using your smartphone at mealtime. All of these would be great candidates to give up for Lent, and even beyond!

Finally, another suggestion would be to consider giving up some form of leisure or entertainment activities. Video games, watching TV, checking social media, Facebook, Youtube... any one of these could be given up during the season of Lent. Ironically, you're reading this online right now, but it's still worthwhile to consider giving it up.

Whatever you decide, remember: we are not trying to punish ourselves, nor do we want to become legalistic about it

Simply use the fast as a way to help you to live a more disciplined life, and to help us focus our attention more on God.

 

Connect with us

Well, it's 2014, and we're well into our new year here at Chinese Presbyterian Church. I just wanted to let you know the various ways you can get connected with us.

We have a Google+ page where you'll find the latest sermon videos, a facebook page, and we're also on twitter @torontocpc. Leave us a like or a +1 if something resonates with you.

Of course you'll still be able to get announcements and more detailed information about our church here at www.torontocpc.com.

Thanks for visiting, and we hope that we can journey togther with you!