CURRENT TEACHING SERIES
Stories of Surrender
Feb 18 – Mar 24 | 10 AM
Surrender is the foundation of the spiritual life. What is surrender? It is the letting go, unlearning, handing over, and the consenting to trust in something beyond ourselves. Jesus regularly describes following him in the journey of discipleship in this way. He says, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”(Luke 9:23) This can be hard for us to hear. Surrender is a tough sell in our culture. Surrender may even feel like dying, and yet it is the necessary path to freedom. The great paradox of Christian spirituality is that it is in dying that we live, it’s in losing our false self that we discover our true self, and it’s in giving up that our deepest desires are finally sated. To follow Jesus is to go on the lifelong path of deepening surrender. This Lenten season at TMP, we are leaning into the theme of surrender through the parables of Jesus. Jesus often spoke about his Kingdom using parables— which are subversive stories that help us understand a new way of living. Every parable is an invitation to surrender. This Lent, you are invited to lean in to Jesus’ stories of surrender and to consider what it means to let go, unlearn, hand over, and trust. May we walk the road of surrender — and discover what Jesus has for us.
Feb 18 | The Soil of Surrender
Feb 25 | The Cost of Following Jesus
Mar 3 | The Lazarus At Your Gate
Mar 10 | Surrendering to Mercy
Mar 17 | The Vineyard Tenants and the Cross
Mar 24 | The Parable of Palm Sunday
ATTENDING 139 SMITH
For our in person gatherings to keep you and others safe we will have these practices and procedures in place.
Masks are optional here, but we are a mask friendly church. If you prefer to wear your mask please feel free to do so.
The balcony has a designated “mask-required zone” for those who feel more comfortable around others who are wearing one.
BE SURE TO CHECK OUT
- Welcome Centre located at the back of the auditorium
- Hot coffee and tea are free at the cafe before the gathering. Specialty drinks are available for purchase as well.
WHAT TO WEAR
- We’re pretty casual! Our pastors are in jeans and you won’t see many ties. Wear what makes you comfortable.
- 3 levels of FREE parking in the parkade next to church on Smith Street
- FREE street parking
- Click here for a list of bus routes that service 139 Smith Street
- First floor of the parkade next to the church is wheelchair accessible
- Elevator access to all three levels of the church
- Wheelchair accessible washrooms on all three levels of the church
- Designated wheelchair spots reserved in both the first and last rows of the auditorium
- Trained service animals are welcome, as in all public spaces in Manitoba
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A CHURCH SERVICE
- 70 minutes long
- Worship through music, and other creative arts
- Biblical, dynamic teaching usually part of a themed series
- Question + Response time following the teach, where the teacher answers questions that have been texted in during the service
- A time of giving, where we financially support the work of the church locally, across our city and around the world
- Nursery for parents with infants at the back of the auditorium equipped with nursing chairs and support pillows, and a change table
- We have excellent programming, and fully police checked volunteers, for children and youth during Sunday services, beginning with infants all the way up to Grade 7
- Infants-Grade 4 gather in age specific spaces on the lower level
- Grades 5-7 gather in the Youth Lounge on the second level part way through the gathering