book of job

Sermon: "Better, or Bitter?" October 25th, 2015 - Reformation Sunday Rev. Heather Joy James

Job 42

The following sermon was preached by our guest preacher Rev. Heather Joy James, finishing up our sermon series on the book of Job. In this final chapter, Job shows his humility in the face of the majestic mystery of God. God judges Job as righteous.  While his friends’ opinions are judged as false. God restores Job’s fortunes, and Job experiences God’s blessing afresh for the rest of his days.

Ordained in 2011 Rev. Heather Joy James is a gifted preacher, writer, & worship leader. She believes the primary work of the church is to know Christ and to make Him known in the world. She is passionate about making disciples and empowering believers to live authentic, faith-filled lives. She believes church can be a wonderful place to learn and grow in faith and delights in seeing the church shine Christ's light into their community.

Rev. Heather is currently learning about the Monastic Rhythms of life by living with the Sisters of St. John the Divine, an Anglican order of Nuns. She is also a Practitioner of the Church Renewal Program, an inter-denominational movement to renew the church in Canada. She loves to sing,  enjoys travel, and recently completed the IronGirl Triathlon.

Heather was formerly minister at Cayuga United Church in Cayuga ON, and is the daughter and grand daughter of United Church Ministers.

Sermon: "The Mystery Speaks Back," October 18, 2015 Rev. Ryan Slifka

This service was centered on Job 38:1-7 and 34-41, and is the third part of our sermon series “In to the Mystery” on the Book of Job. In this chapter we are taken into the heart of the mystery of God. After being silent throughout the dialogues between Job and his friends, God finally speaks to Job out of the whirlwind. God does not answer questions about Job's guilt or innocence, but speaks about the created order and questions the limits of human knowledge.

Sermon: "Beyond our Grasp," October 11th, 2015 Rev. Ryan Slifka

Job 23

This service is centered on Job 23:1-9, and 16-17, and is the second part of our sermon series “In to the Mystery” on the Book of Job. In this chapter, Job continues to lament his suffering. However, Job speaks of God as a mystery, and whose wisdom is ultimately beyond humanity’s complete grasp. Just when Job thinks he has God figured out, God slips through his fingers yet again.  The book of Job is Wisdom Literature found in the Old Testament.  Job is a good and pious man who suffers unbearable tragedies, and he and his friends try to figure out why such disasters should happen to him. Job is often considered in relation to human suffering, and is considered a theodicy—a reflection on the problem of evil.

Sermon: The Problem of Suffering, October 4th, 2015 Rev. Ryan Slifka

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This service is centered on Job 1:1, 2:1-10, and is the first part of our sermon series “In to the Mystery” on the Book of Job. The first two chapters tell us about Job, a wealthy and upright man devoted to God. In a conversation with God, however, Satan suggests that Job would turn away from God if he should lose his wealth and good fortune. God agrees to put the matter to a test. Job loses everything, yet persists in his faithfulness.  

The book of Job is Wisdom Literature found in the Old Testament.  Job is a good and pious man who suffers unbearable tragedies, and he and his friends try to figure out why such disasters should happen to him. Job is often considered in relation to human suffering, and is considered a theodicy—a reflection on the problem of evil.

Into the Mystery: A Four Part Series on the Book of Job

The book of Job has fascinated, infuriated, and confounded readers from both a literary and religious perspective for centuries. Job is a good and pious man who suffers unbearable tragedies, and he and his friends try to figure out why such disasters should happen to him. Through Job, people have wrestled with key questions like "why do bad things happen to good people," "what is the nature of God?" and "what are the limits of human knowledge?"

Join us for Sunday Celebrations at 10:30am the month of October while we delve deep into the mysteries of God and humanity with Job as our companion and spiritual guide.

October 4: The Question of Suffering
October 11: Beyond Our Total Grasp
October 18: The Mystery that Talks Back
October 25: The Joy of Humility