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  • Clouds Of Witnesses - Biblical And Local

    Contributed by Rev. Matthew Parker on Sep 12, 2021

    This is a message given about remembering the cloud of witnesses in Scripture and in our local communities whose lives have brought glory to God. It was given near the launch of the celebrations of the 125th anniversary of the Yonge Street Mission (

    CATM Sermon - September 12, 2021 - Isaiah 46:9; Hebrews 12:1-2, Philippians 3:10-14 This is the day the Lord has made; let’s be glad and rejoice in it, and may our hearts be open to hearing from God’s Word as we worship today. 2021 is the 125th anniversary of the Yonge Street Mission. And today more

  • Sermon For A Baptism

    Contributed by Rev. Matthew Parker on Aug 2, 2021

    This is a message given at an outdoor baptism service, the first live service after 16 months during the Covid pandemic

    August 1, 2021 Sermon - A Baptism I speak to you joyfully in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Baptism is a sign, a symbol, and an important marker of the life of a follower of Jesus. It is a sign of a person’s inclusion in the Body of Christ, the church, which is the hands more

  • The Fruit Of The Spirit: Peace

    Contributed by Rev. Matthew Parker on Jul 18, 2021

    Jesus is our peace, and He gives us His peace through His Holy Spirit.

    July 18, 2021 Sermon - The Fruit of the Spirit: Peace Shalom. Has anyone ever said that to you? Any guesses at what that means? If you have an idea, please type it in the chat. In English we say “Hello” and “Goodbye”. The dictionary says it was Thomas Edison, the so-called inventor of the more

  • The Fruit Of The Spirit - Love

    Contributed by Rev. Matthew Parker on Jul 9, 2021

    The character of Jesus is formed in us as the fruit of the Spirit continue to develop in us. This online message, giving during thenCovid pandemic, includes an introduction to a series on the Fruit of the Spirit and a talk on Love

  • A Complete Change Of Heart - The Conversion Of Saul

    Contributed by Rev. Matthew Parker on May 30, 2021

    This message is about the dramatic change that the Apostle Paul went through, from being the chief enemy and persecutor of the church to its chief defender and Apostle.

    May 30, 2021 Sermon - A Complete Change of Heart (Saul) - Acts 9:1-31 Today we continue in our short series on highlights from the book of Acts, and today we are looking at the main figure in the narrative of the book of Acts, Paul. His story is amazing because he experiences a complete more

  • Mother's Day - Women In Ministry And In The Church

    Contributed by Rev. Matthew Parker on May 10, 2021

    A Mother's Day message that looks at women in the ministry of Jesus and in the early church.

    Mother’s Day Message - Sunday, May 9, 2021 Message on YouTube: Happy Mother’s Day! We’re so glad that you have joined us today as we celebrate moms today specifically and women in the church in general. Today we are celebrating Mothers. We are doing that more

  • The Ascension Of Jesus Christ

    Contributed by Rev. Matthew Parker on May 10, 2021

    A reflection on the Ascension of the Lord Jesus

    The Ascension - April 25, 2021 As I was preparing this message, I was doing so with a heavy heart. We know that much of life includes suffering, but it's when it hits so close to home, when it hits you or people you love, that we really become aware of it. Unavoidably attuned to the reality of more

  • Drawing Near To God During Lent

    Contributed by Rev. Matthew Parker on Mar 15, 2021

    During Lent we look at our hearts and ask God to cleanse and refresh us in our walk with Him. As we do so, God speaks to us and draws us near to Him. What was on Jesus' mind as he drew near to the cross?

  • How To Be A New Wineskin

    Contributed by Rev. Matthew Parker on Feb 7, 2021

    God is at work in your life, wanting to bless you and more importantly to bless others through you. How do you become responsive to the Spirit of God as He leads you? How do you continue being a 'new wineskin' for God to pour new joy into? This sermon addresses those questions.

    February 7/21 Sermon - Luke 5:33-39 (36-39) The live version of this sermon is here, current as of February 7, 2021: Today’s message will include a few practical tips on prayer and spiritual formation near the end, so you might want to grab a pen or have your more

  • Don't Let Your Heart Be Troubled - A Funeral Sermon

    Contributed by Rev. Matthew Parker on Nov 6, 2020

    This is a homily for the memorial service of a woman of faith in the community of the Yonge Street Mission in downtown Toronto

    Funeral Homily - John 14: 1 - 9 It is a deeply painful thing to lose someone you love. It is a deeply painful thing to have to adjust to life without that person being here for you and for the community. All of us are here because we want to, we need to, say goodbye to Theresa. And we want to do more

  • How Prepared Are We, Really?

    Contributed by Rev. Matthew Parker on Oct 24, 2020

    In the parable of the 10 virgins, the whole point is being ready - truly ready - for coming face to face with Jesus - either when He returns or when we go to Him. This message, which relies heavily on William Barclay for context and content in the first part, explores this theme.

    How Prepared Are We For Jesus? If we look at this parable with western eyes, it may seem an unnatural and a "made-up" story. But it actually telt tells a story that could have happened at any time in a Palestinian village and which could still happen today. A wedding was a great more

  • God's Grace In A Wage-Based World

    Contributed by Rev. Matthew Parker on Oct 2, 2020

    Most of us are use to earning stuff. Or to trading one thing for another. That's how the world works. That's not how God works. This sermon explores the grace of God through a familiar and wonderful parable of Jesus

    God’s Grace in a Wage-Based World – Sermon for CATM –October 3, 2020 We are continuing to explore the Parables of Jesus both in our Sunday online services, and then also in our Thursday Fireside Bible chat, where we look at the scripture passage that we talked about on Sunday, in greater depth, more

  • Finding God In Fear

    Contributed by Rev. Matthew Parker on Jul 7, 2020

    David found his home in God when he was fearful. This is an interactive message with a small group.

    This is a psalm of David that speaks to my heart in a powerful way. David was a controversial figure in the Old Testament. He's controversial because he was a deeply flawed person, and yet he gave particular attention to matters of the spiritual life that was quite uncommon during his more

  • The Father Heart Of God

    Contributed by Rev. Matthew Parker on Jun 20, 2020

    Jesus reveals the Father Heart of God to us.

    Fathers Day Sermon - The Father Heart of God A young father to be was pacing back and forth, wringing his hands in the hospital corridor while his wife was in labor. He was tied up in knots of fear and anxiety...and beads of perspiration dropping from his brow revealed the agony of his more

  • Jesus Is The Good Shepherd

    Contributed by Rev. Matthew Parker on Jun 9, 2020

    Jesus uses shepherding imagery to express the heart of God. This message talks about the ways that Jesus shepherds us.

    June 7, 2020 Sermon - Jesus: I Am the Good Shepherd” So glad that You were able to join us today for our online worship service, and to continue our exploration of the “I AM” Statements of Jesus. I want to pause before we begin this message by acknowledging the extraordinary pain that is being more