Hearing from God

As a pastor, I have many people come to me and saying – this is what I feel like God is saying to me. At Sunnyside we recognize that “we see through a glass darkly” — yet we also realize that God still speaks to his people.

As a pastor, when someone comes to me with a message from God, I have to ask the question – is this for me or is this for the church. If the message is for the church, then the question is, how do I communicate that.

I have decided to start a blog to be able to communicate those messages which have that ring of truth about them. I am going to withhold the names of the people who submit these. All I will say is that these people love Jesus – and they are bringing a message that I believe comes without an agenda. These messages resonate with me as having truth in them.

So having said that – Here is the first message I would like you to consider. I will entitle this

A Call to live together

“I want My people to live like every conversation is their last with the people they speak with. What I mean by that is…..no harbouring unforgiveness or bitterness. Be kind with one another, patient and understanding.

So no-one gets in a ditch and misinterprets Me, I am not saying not to have boundaries. I am saying deal with things. Don’t let things fester or they will create a huge infection. Be free My children and enjoy Me. Stop acting like sinful, selfish, “wanting a pound of flesh”, vindictive, bitter children.

I have forgiven and done so much for you. Stop acting like babies and get to work….My work. Do not get hung up on the little things for the little foxes will spoil the vines.” (When God said this I saw the church (not Sunnyside just to clarify) but a building that represented the whole church and I saw under the ground the little foxes like little termites working away at the foundation and then the church tumbled. God showed me that the little foxes are offense and little or secret sins (like you referenced on Sunday about being on the line.)

God continued

“Flee from what you call little or secret sins. Seek Me and My face.

Stay far from offense. As far as it is possible with you, live at peace with your brothers and sisters in Me. Ask yourself “Who are my brothers and sisters?”, “Who are my neighbours?”

Do not be wise in your own eyes. Turn your face fully to Me. No shadows. Stay connected to Me. I will do more than you could ever ask or imagine.

Love you,

Daddy God”

I think this is a message worth hearing


Being Downtown Sept 29 2011


september 29, 2011 – joel windle

:.being downtown.:

(a weekly e-letter to Sunnyside Wesleyan Church’s Downtown Congregation)



“In him we live and move and have our being.”

well hi there. are you a baseball fan? if yes, you’ll know that yesterday was one of the most hilarious nights in the entire history of septembers. if no, congratulations on not being invested in a sport that shouldn’t really be as popular as it is. i use the term ‘sport’ loosely. my theory is that if you’re not wearing a mouth guard, you’re not playing a legitimate sport. seriously though, if you’re a boston red sox fan and you need someone to talk to, i’m here. i’ll try my best not to laugh. if you’re not sure what i’m talking about and want to know why it’s funny, i’m going to help you out the only way i know how to as a math major. with graph humour.

by the way, remember that time i asked you if you make muffins? turns out the reason why i wanted them fell through, but thanks for the response. we have a lot of muffin makers in our midst.

do you like to play board games? of course you do. who doesn’t love the thrill of putting up your first house on baltic avenue? who can resist the dice inside the bubble of trouble? what kind of person turns down a chance to settle in catan? well good news: nicole davey is looking to start up a board games group downtown. every other week we’ll be gathering on the ottawa u campus (most likely the agora space) and busting out some games of board. what a great opportunity to show everyone what a good loser you are! it’s also a great opportunity to get to know each other, build community, be present downtown throughout the week, invite others around us into the fun, and accuse professors of murder.











“in the lecture hall. with a lecture.”
for more information, contact me (joel.windle@sunnysidechurch.ca) and I’ll get you in touch with nicole davey. times and day of the week is not quite set yet, so if you have a preference get that to me too. we hope to see you there with your favourite hasbro in hand.

it’s hard for me to believe that september is almost over. it’s been quite a month, and i seem to be saying this at the end of each, but i’m really excited about what next month is going to bring. including fall weather, i hope. every time the skies hint at a nice cool fall day, the sun has to come bake the summer back into my skin. i know everyone else is a fan of their 35 degree heat, but i’m comfortable at about 10 or 13. pastor gina agrees with me, so i’m not alone. speaking of pastor gina, she’s going to be speaking downtown on thanksgiving sunday! i’m pretty excited about that. this coming sunday, being not thanksgiving sunday, we have pastor brent downtown. while i lead worship on air guitar.

i hope God richly blesses you in what’s left of this week, this month and this year. you’re always on my heart. i can’t wait to see you on sunday.


Downtown bulletin

Downtown sermon

Miscellaneous Information
Sunnyside Wesleyan Church is a multi-site church:  one church in two locations.  For more information, please visit our website: www.sunnysidechurch.ca.
The Downtown location is at the Alumni Auditorium in the Jock Turcot University Centre on the University of Ottawa campus. The service time is Sunday at 10 a.m. (Map)
The Grosvenor location is at 58 Grosvenor Ave.  The summer service time is 10 a.m. (Map)
Services in both locations usually last about 75 minutes.
If you wish to be removed from this mailing list, please e-mail office@sunnysidechurch.ca .
If you know someone who would like to be added to this mailing list, please have them send a note to office@sunnysidechurch.ca.
You may email Joel Windle (Downtown Worship Pastor) at joel.windle@sunnysidechurch.ca.



Thanksgiving @Silver Lake: October 9th at 5:30pm Last names A-L bring a salad, M-Z a dessert.


Hyland Park: Woman’s Retreat.  Contact Patricia Kaisers at dpkaisers@gmail.com for more info.


Directory photo’s are scheduled to be taken on Oct 16th, 23rd, and Oct 30th


Prayer Focus:  Mission O Prayer Walk – October 2nd -8th.


LFTS Sept 29 2011

Looking Forward to Sunday


Thursday, September 29th, 2011                              By Brent Russett



            Downtown site pastor Matthew Laker is dealing with houses these days. Their house is on the market – someone is looking today- and they are looking for something in Ottawa. In fact, they are going to be in Ottawa in the middle of the week next week, to look for houses. They are looking for are looking for a three bedroom place for the five of them, plus  pets. (I think at this point either renting or buying are options) If you know of a place that might be suitable please email him at matthewlaker@gmail.com

For people at the Grosvenor site, it is our tradition to decorate the sanctuary during Thanksgiving with goods that can then be donated to the Mission for Men, or other place working with impoverished people. If you would like to donate to this cause you can either bring non perishable goods this week to church, or you can drop it off at the office next week during office hours. (9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Many churches in the city are participating in a prayer walk next week. In the past we have found prayer walking Old Ottawa South as a very interesting activity. God seems to do unexpected things right after we pray. I want to urge you to join in with the city and prayer walk your own community. To find helpful hints on how to do this, go to the Mission Ottawa website. http://missiono.ca/ Lets join with the people of God from across the region to pray for our city next week.

This is the time of year when a whole lot of people are checking us out. I just want to encourage you to go out of your way to speak to someone you don’t know. A smile and a conversation goes a long way.


Sunnyside seems to be hard on its worship pastors these days. Darren is now better from kidney stones – Yeah! Joel has tendonitis and can’t play the guitar for 6 weeks – Boo! Praying for him would be good.

Every so often someone brings me a message that the Spirit of God has laid on their heart for the church. God has been speak – they have been listening. I have decided that instead of keeping those messages to myself, I would share some of them with you by starting a blog. If you are interested check it out at







I have 19 books to read for my courses in January. The one I am reading presently is “Theology in the Context of World Christianity” by Timothy Tennent. He makes the case that Christianity, while in decline in the west, is growing dramatically in Africa, Asia, and South America. (Africa has a net gain of 16500 Christian every day). Christians in the West are outnumber by Christians in other parts of the world by a two to one margin. Theology has historically been centred in the west. However, given the fact that the ethical issues we face are often faced more directly by Christians oversees, we need to listen. While we are good at theory they are good at practice.


Issues like “Is the God of Mohammad the Father of Jesus?” or  “What about poverty, or healing, or community?” Tennent makes a great case that we in the church in the west need the global church a way more than they need us. In many cases, I think he is right..


Looking Forward to Sunday

This Sunday I am speaking downtown. Pastor Darren is speaking at the Grosvenor site. The lectionary text for this Sunday is Philippians 3:4b-14 and Matthew 21:33-46




Grosvenor bulletin


Grosvenor sermon



Sundry Information

Sunnyside Wesleyan Church is located at two sites:

The Grosvenor site is at 58 Grosvenor Ave, Ottawa, ON. The service times at the Grosvenor site are 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. (Map)

The Downtown site is at Alumni Theatre in the Jock Turcot building on the University of Ottawa  Campus. (Map)   The service time at this site is 10 a.m. Services  in both locations usually last about 75 minutes.

We are also located virtually at www.sunnysidechurch.ca, or sunnysideottawachurch.com or swc.on.ca (we are virtually very present)


If you want to be removed from this mailing list e-mail office@sunnysidechurch.ca  If you know someone who wants to be added to this mailing list have them send a note to office@sunnysidechurch.ca  If you want to email me personally write to brent.russett@sunnysidechurch.ca   I love hearing from you.




Baby Dedications are happening this Sunday.


Please bring a food item to dress up the Sanctuary for Thanksgiving.  Items will then be donated.


Stephanie Vizi is starting a group for girls ages 6-10.  Please contact: stephanie.vizi@sunnysidechurch.ca.


Thanksgiving @Silver Lake: October 9th at 5:30pm Last names A-L bring a salad, M-Z a dessert.