Sermon Archives


May 8, 2011

   Mother's Day

June 19, 2011

   Father's Day -

   Trinity Sunday

October 9, 2011



November 6, 2011



December 25, 2011

   Christmas Day

Sermons for Special Days of 2011





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May 1, 2011 - June 5, 2011                   

"The Kingdom of God"

This series of sermons explores the ‘Kingdom of God,’ the ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ as illustrated through the parables of Jesus.

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June 26, 2011 - September 4, 2011

"Falling Into Greatness"

This sermon series is a study of some of the Psalms that speak directly to the heart of our own selves. This series is based on the book “Falling Into Greatness” by Lloyd John Ogilvie. As we study these Psalms, we join with the experience of the Psalmist as he pours out his own heart to God. The Psalms are the heart of God’s message of love. The Psalms are the heart of the worship.

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September 18, 2011 - November 20, 2011


This is a series of sermons that examines the subject of MISSIO DEI – the Mission of God.” Missio Dei is God’s self-revelation as the One who loves the world and is actively involved in and with the world, it embraces both church and world, and the church is privileged to be called to participate in God’s mission.
In this series, we will look closely at God’s mission as it is defined in terms of the Triune character and work of God. Our mission has not life of its own: only in the hands of the sending God can it truly be called mission. Mission is thereby seen as a movement from God to the world; the church is viewed as an instrument for that mission. Missio Dei – initiated by God, the Father --> directed by Jesus, the Son --> empowered by the Holy Spirit --> fulfilled by the Church.
This series will also help us define our own changing ministry at Meaford Bethany.
Join us as we seek to learn more about MISSIO DEI.

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November 27, 2011- December 25, 2011

"ADVENT - 2011: The Songs of Advent"

This is an annual series of sermons celebrating the preparation for the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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January 1, 2012  New Year’s Day
April 1, 2012   Palm Sunday
April 8, 2012   Resurrection (Easter) Sunday
May 13, 2012  Mother’s Day
May 20, 2012  Ascension Sunday
May 27, 2012  Pentecost Sunday
June 3, 2012   Trinity Sunday
June 17, 2012  Father’s Day
July 1, 2012   Canada Day

October 7, 2012

Thanksgiving Sunday

Sermons for Special Days of 2012









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January 8, 2012 - January 29, 2012

"The Power of One"

This introductory series of sermons for 2012 deals with the subject of “The Power of One”. The power of ‘One’ is emphasized throughout the entire Bible. The very unity of the Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit – co-equal in character, power, and wisdom – suggests a unity of purpose. This unity is both personal and social, and the Holy Spirit is the originating and sustaining cause. There is one body, one Spirit and one hope – Christ cannot be divided. One body is vitalized by one Spirit and moves progressively toward one hope.
Christians have a unity-keeping responsibility. Walking worthily before the Lord includes attention to preserving the oneness of the Church.  The unity of the body of Christ is a creation of the Holy Spirit, bringing unity of an integrated personality to the individual heart and giving a uniting bond of love to the whole fellowship of believers.
God is still calling individuals – one by one by one – to complete His work here on earth. Each of us has a particular place in fulfilling the great Word and work of God and . . . in that sense – YOU ARE THE ONE; in that sense – I AM THE ONE.
The Power of One . . .


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February 5, 2012 - February 19, 2012

"Spiritual Heart Month"

February is designated as “Heart Month.” In this 3-part sermon series, we will be examining our spiritual heart health, endeavouring to challenge your spiritual world. What is the state of your spiritual heart today? Are you at risk of spiritual heart disease?
From a spiritual perspective, the heart is the seat of physical, spiritual and mental life.
The heart – in Scripture – is not an isolated element of personality along with other elements.  It embraces the whole of our inner being, including motives, feelings, affections, desires, the will, the aims, the principles, the thoughts, and the intellect. The heart represents the whole being, the entire person. The heart is personal and spiritual – the centre of moral and intellectual consciousness and decision-making processes. It is the ‘control room’ of the soul, by which one functions as a self-conscious and self-determining being.
So we ask you; how is your spiritual health today? Have you had a spiritual check-up recently? Are you at risk for spiritual heart disease?


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March 4, 2012 - March 25, 2012

"Lenten Series 2012"

Finding our way as we "Journey with Jesus" towards the Cross. As we experience this journey in this Lenten season, we examine ourselves as we attempt to answer the oft-asked question: "What am I here for?"

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April 15, 2012 - June 24, 2012

"Jesus, the Revealed Christ"

This sermon series, “Jesus, the Revealed Christ,” invites you to walk along the road to Emmaus, to check out the nail prints in His hands, and share breakfast on the beach. This series invites you to walk with Jesus on your own journey of faith, to develop a deep relationship with Him, and acknowledge Jesus as your personal Savior and Friend.

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July 1, 2012 - September 2, 2012


"Daniel: Prophet of Dreams"

This summer sermon series, "Daniel: Prophet of Dreams" invites each one of us to take a look at God's message to you and I in our world through the words and messages of the prophet Daniel.

This book is mysterious! It is dramatic! It exposes the heart and soul of a disobedient humanity. It is a disclosure of the ultimate consequences of a sinful people and nation as they break covenant and turn away from God. It is also the heart-cry of a spiritual leader who has a passion for the lostness of his people Israel.

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September 23, 2012 - November 25, 2012


"Romans: Revelation in Righteousness”

"This fall sermon series, "Romans: Revelation in Righteousness” is a brief study of Paul's letter to the early church that was established at Rome.

This Letter to the Romans has been called one of the most influential works of scripture ever produced. The histories of Christianity record that this letter has been a major influence in the hearts and lives of most of its spiritual leaders thorughout the centuries. Crucial, even critical moments in the lives of St. Augustine, Martin Luther, John Wesley and Karl Barth are all associated with this letter. The influence that this letter has had on such dissimilar people over significant periods of time in the church's history would make this work worthy of study in its own right.

"But even more important than the influence that this work has had over the course of history, the sheer depth and richness of its content has led this work to be perhaps the most critically evaluated literary work of human history. Scholars and authors of every generation have discovered anew the treasure of faith that is the Letter to the Romans.” (The Epistle to the Romans. (n.d.). Retrieved September 3, 2012, from

Please note: this series was interrupted by TWO (2) special events: the Re-dedication of Meaford Bethany Church of the Nazarene on Sunday, October 28, 2012 and the Community Remembrance Day Church Service on Sunday, November 11, 2012

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December 3, 2012 - December 23, 2012

"Advent Series 2012"

ANTICIPATE: an Advent Experience

“We’re standing on the doorstep of the season called Advent. As with many of our Christian observances, the world of business often misuses the season for its own commercial purposes. Advent becomes just another merchandising gimmick for the Christmas buying public – a pre-Christmas season of impatient, frenetic preparation for a gluttonous excursion into all kinds of excess. But Advent is uniquely Christian, an observance for believers and not for a commercial culture. It is in fact the beginning of a new church year. As much as we might organize life and count off the days in several different ways – the school year, the fiscal year, the calendar year – Advent anticipates a sacred calendar in which the church remembers, rehearses, and retells the stories of God’s holy intentions for saving God’s people from their sins by giving the Son as an expression of God’s love.” (Advent Prelude—Introductory Considerations, 2012)

Already, the pages of our Christmas catalogues have been earmarked identifying those special items we “really, really want” this year. The wish-lists are long. We are now counting down the weeks and days. How many more shopping days until . . .? This year is going to be the best year ever! And we wait with impatient anticipation for that special day to arrive.

“Nevertheless, . . . a new year of Christian worship begins, not at the beginning of the gospel, with the birth of Christ, but with a sober admonition to watch for the return of Christ – a signal of the consummation of God’s redemptive work for those who follow Jesus and a sign of God’s judgment on all sin. Advent is the time when we make our spiritual preparations for the coming of Christ by thinking first about his return in glory as promised throughout the New Testament. It anticipates good news on the horizon of human destiny – the Son of Man coming in great glory. The word to us is, “Stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:28 NIV) . . . If we are going to prepare for Christmas during the Advent season as we should, and if we wish to anticipate the birth of Jesus with a spiritual depth that the prevailing culture finds irrelevant, then we will need to take the time to move intentionally toward Bethlehem with thoughtful introspection and spiritual preparation.” (Advent Prelude—Introductory Considerations, 2012)

So let us take a few moments to stop and reflect on what Christmas is really all about. It is about giving all right – God’s giving of everything He had, everything He was for all of us. In this Advent season of 2012, let us share together in ANTICIPATION of His coming into our world, into our lives as the Child of Bethlehem. Join with:

  • the Prophets in their ANTICIPATION of Hope;
  • John in the wilderness in his ANTICIPATION of Peace;
  • the people who were waiting for the fulfillment of God’s promise in ANTICIPATION of Joy;
  • Mary, the mother of Jesus in her ANTICIPATION of Love.

And then . . . anticipate no more for HE IS HERE! God’s promise of love and redemption is fulfilled in the Babe of Bethlehem.

Advent Prelude—Introductory Considerations. (2012, October). Retrieved October 20, 2012, from : file:///C:/Users/Leigh/Documents/CHURCH/BETHANY%20NAZARENE/Special%20Services/Advent/2012/Anticipate%20Sermons_files/adventexperience_com.htm

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This is a collection of non-series sermons that were preached from the pulpit of Meaford Bethany Church of the Nazarene and were not connected to special days or events in the church or calendar year.

September 9, 2012

“Empty and Useless!”

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13

Pastor Leigh Straiton     

September 16, 2012

“Persistence Pays Off!”

Scripture Reading: Luke 18:1-8 NLT

Pastor Joyce Straiton


December 30, 2012

“Looking!” – an introspective of 2012

Part 1: “Looking Back!”

   Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 32:1-9a NLT
   Scripture Text: Deuteronomy 32:7; 1 Chronicles 16:12 NLT

Part 2: “Looking Around!”

   Scripture Reading: John 4:27-42 CEV
   Scripture Texts: John 4:35 NLT; 2 Corinthians 9:6 GOD’S WORD

Part 3: “Looking Ahead!”

   Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 3:11-18 NCV; Proverbs 4:20-27 CEV
   Scripture Text: 2 Peter 3:11b-12a NCV; Proverbs 4:25-26a CEV

Pastors Joyce and Leigh Straiton

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Sermons for Special Days of 2013


January 6, 2013   Covenant/Membership Sunday

“The Ultimate Wedding Celebration”

Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:1-13 NCV

Pastors Joyce and Leigh Straiton




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January 13, 2013 - February 10, 2013

"PRAYER: A Holy Occupation"

“The job of every Christian is to pray. Plain and simple. Yet we want to do more than simply pray. We want to do something for God; we want to be someone important to Him. We want to build; we want to mobilize; we want to show our strength and exert our influence. Prayer seems like such a small thing to do – next to nothing at all in fact.

But that’s not what Jesus said. To Him prayer is everything; it’s a duty as well as a privilege, a right as well as a responsibility. We use prayer as a last resort; Jesus wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do; Jesus wants us to pray before we do anything at all.

But most of us would rather spend our time doing something that will get immediate results. We don’t want to wait for God to bring about the results in His good time because His idea of ‘good time’ is seldom in sync with ours.

This 4-part sermon series looks at prayer as more than an occasional "can-you-spare-a-minute-God" kind of thing. Rather, it is to be an integral part of our everyday lives.


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February 17, 2013 - May 19, 2013

"Ashes to Fire: Year C"

The total Ashes to Fire experience encourages entire congregations – children, youth, and adults – to engage in the same passages of Scripture in Christian proclamation, education and faith formation using the Scripture readings from Year C of the Revised Common Lectionary. Ashes to Fire is an intentional journey with Jesus from Ash Wednesday through Holy Week and Easter and on to Pentecost Sunday – from penitence to praise to power.

This 14-week sermon series is truly designed to encourage and assist people in a quest for personal and corporate spiritual renewal.


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May 26, 2013 - June 23, 2013

"Jesus and Me!"

Who or what is Jesus to you? A swear-word? A good man who lived a long time ago? A prophet? A martyr? A rebel? A no-body? Or is he a very living presence in your life today?

Jesus IS alive! He loves you. He cares for you and about you. He wants to be part of your life today. This 5-part series takes a closer look at the personal relationship we can have with Jesus Christ.


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July 7, 2013 to July 21, 2013

Summer Sermon Series 2013 – Part ‘A’

“Matthew and Friends”

Among the early followers and apostles of Jesus, Matthew, also known as Levi, son of Alpheus was a former tax collector from Capernaum who was called into the circle of the Twelve Disciples by Jesus.

27Later, as Jesus left the town [Capernaum,] he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. 28So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him.
29Later, Levi held a banquet in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor. Many of Levi’s fellow tax collectors and other guests also ate with them.
30But the Pharisees and their teachers of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus’ disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with such scum?”
31Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor – sick people do. (Luke 5:27-31 NLT)

After meeting Jesus, Matthew invited many of his friends into his home to meet the Person who had changed his life.

This story of Matthew provides a biblical model for a new direction of ministry for us at Meaford Bethany. In the month of November, 2013, we will be joining with hundreds of churches across Canada and the U.S. in an initiative called Matthew and Friends which forms the basis for this North American outreach. With the initiative, leadership and help of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada, we will begin a program called My Hope with Billy Graham for the training and development of ‘Matthews’ in our own church.

During one week in November 2013, My Hope Week, Christians across the United States and Canada will invite their friends, family members, neighbors, colleagues, or fellow students to their homes, or another familiar location, to watch television or video programs that clearly share the Gospel. They will then share their own story of how they met Jesus and invite their friends to pray to receive the Lord Jesus Christ.

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August 4, 2013 - September 1, 2013

Summer Sermon Series 2013 – Part ‘B’

“Reflecting Jesus”

Where do you go to find Jesus?
“It is getting harder to distinguish the Christians from the non-Christians.” (Posterski, 1989, p. 20)

Donald Posterski, in quoting Anglican Bishop Michael Marshall, states:
“The problem with contemporary Christianity . . . is that many people have settled for a facsimile of Christian freedom: running their own lives while at the same time saying they believe in Christ . . . [they have] accepted a decaffeinated Christianity [that] promises not to keep you awake at night.” (Posterski, 1989, p. 24)

Are we, who acclaim Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, having so little effect as ‘agents of change’ in the world in which we live?
Is our faith – lived out in what we do and what we say every day – contagious?
Are we really and truly ‘living object lessons of God’s love’ to our family,
      and neighbours?
What do people see when they see you and me?

“If we are honest with ourselves, part of the reason why many people remain [ambivalent about Jesus] is that they have looked us over and do not especially like what they see. Some of us talk the faith but do not live it. Others do not even talk it very well.” (Barna, 2002, p. 18)

As we prepare for a significant ministry outreach in the Fall of 2013 (My Hope with Billy Graham), we need to take an introspective look at our own lives as professing Christians. This series of messages focuses on ideas like “walking the talk”, “actions speak louder than words”, and “what you see is what you get” – especially if we want to be significant ‘destiny-changers’ in the lives of people around us. Our lives will speak for themselves. It is our prayer that the people of God will be visible reflections of the ever-present Jesus Christ in their own hearts and lives.

Barna, G. (2002). Grow Your Church from the Outside In: Understanding the Unchurched and How to Reach Them. Ventura, California: Regal Books/Gospel Light.
Posterski, D. C. (1989). Reinventing Evangelism. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press.


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September 22, 2013 - October 6, 2013

“Dealing with the ‘S’ Word!”


This is a short 3-part series about “Dealing With the ‘S’ Word.” The “S” word is a word that many of us don’t like to talk about – especially in church circles. It is a word that sets many of us on edge. It is a word that often makes us cringe, and slide down in our seats, and slink around hoping no one will notice us. It is a word that challenges you and me to the very deep part of who we are as a Christian.
You may have guessed what this word may be . . . or not. The ‘S’ stands for ‘Stewardship.’ And in this 3-part series of messages, we will be talking about three different aspects of stewardship: our talent, our time, and our treasures.

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