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As a church we exist to create pathways for people just like you to know God, love others and serve the world. If we can help you in this journey, in any way, it would be our great honour and privilege.Join our worship services live each week on Saturday at 6:30 PM and Sunday at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM at


  • My Story with Influence

    My Story with Influence

    05/07/2020 Duration: 34min

    My Story with Influence - Psalm 78:71,72: My Story: Season 3 begins this weekend, and it begins with a bang! Dan Gaynor is the former publisher of the Calgary Herald, who weaves together a remarkable story of adventure, success, loss and an encounter with Jesus that changed the entire trajectory of his life. He'll share from his life verses on leadership from Psalm 78:70-72 and will talk about life, leadership and legacy. He'll do this by sharing his story and thoughts on influence and how to find God's path along the way. This will be a weekend you will not want to miss as we launch this much-loved and anticipated season of transforming stories. May your story be blessed by the ultimate storyteller! Pastor Ian

  • The Artisans Whisper

    The Artisan's Whisper

    28/06/2020 Duration: 43min

    Mettle Maker - 1 Kings 18-19: Even amidst a pandemic, God is still sovereign and in control. Out greatest passion is intended to be to hear his voice and follow his path. To hear God's whispers, we require an attentive soul and inner/outer life balance where we learn to be still and when to be active. My prayer is that we'll learn to be more attuned to the Artisan's voice in all the seasons of our lives. Join us this weekend as we learn from Elijah's struggle after the battle on Mt. Carmel. Be blessed, be well and be safe.

  • Iron Sharpens Iron

    Iron Sharpens Iron

    21/06/2020 Duration: 38min

    Mettle Maker - 2 Samuel 23 1 Kings 3: Do you ever feel like you fall short of pleasing God? You look at the heroes of faith in the bible and feel like you have fallen short in terms of faithfulness and fruit. You think: God must love them more than me. In your faith, you see other people seemingly thriving and walking in the Spirit. You said at the beginning of quarantine how much you were going to be in God's word, and 14 weeks later, you've finished Netflix. You measure yourself and ask, what could God do with me, or how could God use me? I'm going to show you that if you are a follower of Jesus, you have what it takes to live like the heroes of faith did. But I'm also going to show you that you don't have what it takes. Mostly, because you haven't asked yet. So whoever you are, this is for you. You and I are going to look at what real wisdom is. We'll jump into the story of Solomon and his request for wisdom; there is so much good stuff in this story. See you this weekend. Happy Father's Day weekend!

  • True as Steel

    True as Steel

    14/06/2020 Duration: 42min

    Mettle Maker - Acts 5:1-11: Few stories in the Bible are as troubling as the story of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5. Their sudden deaths for their partial, insincere gift to the church seems a little harsh and a bit of an overreaction. Just how does the Lord want us to live? What does it mean to pursue integrity in life? What is the life Jesus is calling us to? Join us online this weekend as we reflect on this complicated story from the early church. It will be great to worship and grow together! Be blessed, be safe, be well!

  • Common Bond

    Common Bond

    07/06/2020 Duration: 39min

    Mettle Maker - Acts 2:42-47: Welcome to week 12 of! Obviously, so much continues to happen in the life of the church, but I still miss the weekend experience of community and worship. But this is what we've got, so we'll make the best of it. This weekend we'll talk about the church and how we're to respond to the complexities of the world around us. It seems like we can't watch the news without a box of Kleenex around. How would Jesus have us respond to the Black Lives Matter movement? This is an important weekend for us to remember what it means to be part of the church that Jesus gave his life to build. I look forward to being with you and celebrating the wonder of the church. Have a blessed weekend. Be safe, and take care of each other. Pastor Ian

  • The Greatest Promise

    The Greatest Promise

    31/05/2020 Duration: 38min

    Promises, Promises - John 14:15-21: This is a great weekend for the church. Not because we're able to meet together via our online services, but because it's Pentecost weekend! It's a weekend we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the church and the dramatic transformation that occurred in people's lives. We may not have another Pentecost event, but we can have the Pentecost effect in our lives as we seek him and surrender to him. We'll also gather around the Lord's Table, which is always a fantastic privilege. So I'll see you on the weekend. Be safe, be blessed and find some time outside — if you can! Blessings, Ian

  • Ready to Listen

    Ready to Listen

    24/05/2020 Duration: 42min

    Promises, Promises - 1 Samuel 3:1-5: Have you ever heard the lament of comedienne Lily Tomlin who wrote, "Why is it that if we say we are talking with God, then we're said that we are praying. But if we say God speaks to us, we are said to be schizophrenic?" I desperately believe that God still speaks to us! By his Word and through his people, via his Holy Spirit! The promise we will consider this weekend relates to how he speaks and how we listen. We'll also examine what happens in and through our lives when we listen. Life is a series of choices that shapes us and our legacies. Nothing matters more than allowing God's prompts to shape our choices! It will be great to be together, and as much as I miss the in-person connection, I'm so grateful for the chance to connect online. Have a blessed weekend, I look forward to seeing you on TV! Bless you all! Pastor Ian

  • Slow Your Roll

    Slow Your Roll

    17/05/2020 Duration: 46min

    Promises, Promises - John 8:1-11: Do the stories of Jesus draw you in? I find the stories about Jesus life and ministry compelling. In my experience as a stage director and actor, I've found that if we choose to actively step into the Gospel stories and explore them, they can show us transformational and timeless truths about our world, our relationships and ourselves. This weekend, I invite you to step into a story with me that we've put onstage a couple of times (both in Woven and The Fixer). You'll find it in the first 11 verses of John 8. It's a story of reprehensible exploitation, shameful brokenness, and of course, Jesus' astonishing grace. I hope you'll join us! Rebecca Schnell

  • I Choose You

    I Choose You

    10/05/2020 Duration: 38min

    Promises, Promises - Joshua 24:1-15: What will Mother's Day look like in a COVID-19 world!? I guess we are all about to find out, let's get creative people! We're not going to a restaurant, and most stores are still closed, so it will be different — but perhaps it can become even more meaningful. I look forward to hearing stories of how we are honouring the remarkable women in our lives. In church, we will celebrate Moms in different ways and we will remember the amazing gift that they are to us all. We've received permission to have live (though still recorded worship), and I'll be teaching from Joshua's classic mission statement for his family: "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" in Joshua 24. I truly hope you will be able to join us as we worship, pray and connect with each other online! Be blessed, be safe, be well and honor the women in your life in the most creative way you know how! Happy Mother's Day Weekend! I love being your pastor! Pastor Ian

  • Better with Age?

    Better with Age?

    03/05/2020 Duration: 45min

    Promises, Promises - Joshua 14:6-15: Well, here we are, week seven of the online church experience! I'm not sure we knew what we were getting ourselves into when the government said we could no longer meet in our churches. We still have no idea how long these restrictions will be in place, but we do know the Lord is not surprised and is still committed to building his church! You have been so kind, patient and committed, and I am so grateful for that. This weekend, we carry on with our 2020 reading plan, diving deeper into Caleb's amazing example of faith and courage from Joshua 14. We'll consider what his "wholehearted commitment" to God looked like, and how this reality can impact our lives today. There will be a cameo appearance by Gordon Fowler and Jake Hiebert that will encourage us all to consider what it means to truly become "better with age!" The Greiner guys are leading in worship — and speaking of old guys — Pastor Jerry is hosting!! It will be a great weekend, so please be sure to join us at Than

  • Liminal Living

    Liminal Living

    26/04/2020 Duration: 29min

    Promises, Promises - Joshua 1:1-9: It's one of the greatest stories of the Bible. The story of Joshua taking over leadership and the children of Israel, leading them into the promised land. Joshua 1:1-9 are some of the most beloved verses, as we reflect on the commission that God gave to Joshua and the promises that he gave him. This weekend, Pastor Clint Mix is back to teach us from this incredible passage. He will also introduce us to the word "liminality," which refers to the in-between spaces and places in our lives. We will learn to hear and discern the voice of God amidst uncertainty. It'll be a great weekend to gather together. I hope you can join us Saturday at 6:30pm, Sunday at 9 or 11am, or sometime during the week. Be blessed. Be safe. Continue to care for those God brings across your path. I'm looking forward to worshipping with you this weekend!

  • Listen Well

    Listen Well

    19/04/2020 Duration: 43min

    Promises, Promises - Luke 18:18-43: My dear wife told me about something she heard the other day from a man from China who had endured months of social isolation and physical distancing. He said he asked himself, "Do I want to emerge from COVID-19 being an overweight alcoholic, or having read ten books and learned another language?" Those may not be potential options, but let me ask it in a more Calgary-friendly way: "Do we want to emerge from this season of quarantine having gained 15 pounds and having watched hundreds of hours of mindless television, or is there something greater and grander we could do to redeem this time of pandemic?" How we will respond, in many ways, will reflect what we believe about God and his sovereign purpose in our lives. I am so excited to invite you to church this weekend! We are beginning a new series called "Promises, Promises." We easily become cynical about the capacity of people to keep their promises. But this weekend, let's remember and recommit ourselves to knowing and

  • Easter


    12/04/2020 Duration: 39min

    He is Risen: I know Christmas claims exclusive ownership of the “it’s the most wonderful time of year” mantra, but my vote still lies with Easter. There is the hope that one day snow might melt, that things will begin to turn green, that golfing season is coming soon! Despite lacking evidence for any of these realities, it is the season of new life and resurrection. As followers of Jesus, it is the best time of year! We get to remember the darkness of Good Friday that created the wonder of Easter morning. This weekend we’ll remember both – albeit online. I hope you can join us Friday at 10:30AM for our Good Friday service, where we will remember the cost of forgiveness that our Saviour paid for us. Join us for Easter services on Saturday at 6:30PM, and Sunday at 9 and 11AM. Together, we will celebrate the wonder of Easter and resurrection. If you can’t make it, you can go into our archived services on the website and join in at your convenience. This is a great weekend to be a Jesus follower! May we remember

  • Transitions


    05/04/2020 Duration: 34min

    No Wonder - Luke 19:28-44: Palm Sunday (or Pam Sunday as the Rev. Paton used to say it!) is one of those weekends we're sometimes unsure of. We expect kids to wave branches in church and we sing, "Hosanna," though we really don't know what that means. Was it truly the beginning of the end of Jesus' life on earth? Was it all part of a grander redemptive plan? In a world with COVID-19, we are tempted to wonder if God really is in control. Does he really have a plan? Is he truly sovereign? But over and over, Scriptures reiterate that God is in control, even when it is hard to trace his fingerprints on what is happening. We can either choose to extend an open hand of invitation and trust, or we can make a fist and question his integrity and capacity. I've made more than a few fists in my day. But eventually, those clenched hands relax, and I return to a posture of trust. Nothing prompts me to trust Jesus more than Passion Week. On our calendar, it marks the time that forever answers the question of whether God s

  • Stop, Look and Listen

    Stop, Look and Listen

    29/03/2020 Duration: 46min

    No Wonder - Luke 4:14-30: A.W. Tozer was famous for saying, "It is what we believe about Jesus that is the most important thing about us!" It is often in moments of crisis or loss that our faith is best revealed. In the heart of the COVID-19 reality, which is changing all the rules, we see all kinds of coping strategies. Some are beautiful and inspiring, while others are truly cringe-worthy! (Apparently, ammunition is up there with toilet paper as super hard things to find in Calgary right now.) I want to remind us that turning to Jesus is a much better way to cope with crisis. We will see the earliest days in his public ministry when he announced his purpose in coming, and we will see how this mission impacts us today. There will be a heart-warming story of a lady from our church who's brother is terribly ill with what is likely the virus. We will also hear the response of another woman seeking to live on the solution side of this challenge. It will be inspiring and encouraging. I so look forward to steppin

  • Anxious No More

    Anxious No More

    22/03/2020 Duration: 38min

    No Wonder - Luke 2:41-52 Luke 3:21, 22: Welcome Church to our second weekend of online only services! We are trying a few different things to enhance the experience, let us know how it works for you! We are trying to connect with you through all kinds of ways. We are most excited about our weekend services, but also hoping our new COVID-19 website,, will be helpful for you. We dearly want to stay connected in this "socially distant" society we are currently living in. This weekend's message is entitled, "Anxious No More." We all are concerned, and should be, about the social, spiritual and economic realities of this new season of life. But we also know how easily concern can slide into anxious thinking. So we'll spend some time in Philippians and reflect on Paul's advice on managing anxious thoughts. There will be creative pieces added, including a special visitor! I so look forward to being together with you all. If you're watching live, which we recommend so you can chat, www.foothillsal

  • Overwhelmed with Sorrow

    Overwhelmed with Sorrow

    16/03/2020 Duration: 32min

    No Wonder - Mark 14:32-42: What does Jesus' sorrow have anything do with us? When I would go to funerals with my dad as a kid (I went to many because I am a pastor's kid), I would usually never have a relationship with the family who had experienced loss. But as a kid, I could see the pain on their faces, and for some, it overwhelmed their entire bodies. What did I learn from other people's sorrow? Death stings. What do we learn from Jesus' sorrow in the Garden of Gethsemane? That he felt the pain and pressure of his upcoming crucifixion. This is a big deal for everyone. Why? Because it means Jesus felt pain. Jesus felt enormous strain leading up to his death. And he went through with it all the same. And he didn't deserve it. He did it because he loves us. This weekend, please join me online as we figure out what that means.

  • Upside Down

    Upside Down

    08/03/2020 Duration: 31min

    No Wonder - Mark 11:15-17: I love passages like the one we will study this weekend because they present a picture of Jesus that we desperately need to see! So often we settle for the "Sunday School Jesus," who loves, blesses and is nice. But we miss the powerful Jesus who transforms, battles and purifies! Yes he is the Lamb, but he is also the Lion. This weekend we'll focus on this side of his character as we see him clearing out all that was wrong and lost in his Father's temple. I hope you will be able to join us this weekend, either at church or on Livestream if you can't be here. We will celebrate his power and his passion for all things good and eternal in our lives. We will invite him to step into our stories and reclaim our "houses" for his purposes. It will be a sacred experience, and it is such a gift to share these moments together! It might be one of the most important weekends of the year, and you'll learn why I desperately wished we had entitled this message: "Not in my house!" Thanks for your p

  • Persistent Faith

    Persistent Faith

    01/03/2020 Duration: 37min

    No Wonder… - Mark 7:24-30: If you are following the 2020 Project and reading through the Bible with us, this past week, Mark 7 may have been one of those passages that jumped out at and made you wonder, "What Jesus was thinking?" It has been said that if you think you have God all figured out and want to stay that way, you might need to stop reading the Bible. While we can be certain of Godss character, we are often surprised by the way he works with his people. This weekend we will examine an unusual encounter between Jesus and a Gentile woman and invite her gutsy example lead us to reach out to Jesus with persistent faith. We will discover that while at first glance, this encounter feels limiting, it is actually the opposite, pointing to the expansion of Godss gracious blessing to all. Blessings! Carla

  • With or Without You

    With or Without You

    23/02/2020 Duration: 31min

    Desperate Times - Exodus 33:1-11: You've likely heard the story of the lady who left her lifeboat on the Titanic to retrieve something from her stateroom. Allegedly, she bypassed her expensive jewelry to grab a bag of oranges from her room, which she brought back to the soon-to-be descending lifeboat. Circumstances have a way of redefining the things we value and treasure. Circumstances also have a way of defining what it means to be successful in life. In an instant, everything that matters to us can be transformed with a phone call, a decision at work or a conversation. Our passage this week from Exodus is all about redefining our version of what it means to live a "successful life." We will talk about those who embrace where they are "successful" but lack a real sense of God's presence in their lives. We will remember what matters most as we gather around the Lord's Table and celebrate his remarkable gift of "presence." I look forward to hearing God's voice together with you! Have a blessed weekend. Pasto

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