April 26 Service
For Kids & Parents!
O-ZONE KIDS (Grades 1 to 5): Join our live Virtual O-Zone on Zoom weekly at 10:30am on Sundays! Check the church eService email for login details.
PRIMARY SUNDAY SCHOOL (pre-Kindergarten to Senior Kindergarten): Download a bible story and activity sheets for your children here, and watch the video below for Sunday School with Miss Jacquie!
- Bible Story: Jesus Goes Back to Heaven
- Bible Verse: Psalm 147:1
- Offering Box Craft
- Read Aloud Story Activity
- Colouring Sheet
Prayer of Dedication
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:9–13).
Call to Worship*
“It is good to praise the Lord
and make music to your name, O Most High,
proclaiming your love in the morning
and your faithfulness at night,
to the music of the ten-stringed lyre
and the melody of the harp.
For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord;
I sing for joy at what your hands have done.
How great are your works, Lord,
how profound your thoughts” (Psalm 92:1–5)!
Worship in Song
Let’s take time now to listen to these songs of praise, noticing together the powerful, Scripture-soaked truths therein (click the Play button to listen).
“Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, young men and women, old men and children. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens” (Psalm 148:7–13).
“I am under vows to you, my God; I will present my thank offerings to you. For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life” (Psalm 56:13).
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:1–2).
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Father, we thank you that you never leave us or abandon us. You do not promise to remove us from difficult situations in our life, but instead you promise that you are right there with us. We thank you that no matter what we are going through, we can trust in your presence and your promises.
Today we take time to pray for those who are struggling with the emotional weight of isolation; those who are lonely, fearful, anxious, sad, angry, or frustrated. We pray for the peace and comfort that only you can provide—a peace that surpasses all understanding. We pray for those who are burdened, weary, and in difficult situations financially or with regards to their employment. We thank you that you are the God who provides for our needs. We admit that sometimes we may have a different idea of what qualifies as a want versus a need, but in those moments we are thankful that you are the omniscient God, and we pray that we will trust in your wisdom.
God we continue to pray for a growing confidence in you, even in the midst of this time. We pray that this season will be remembered as a time of maturing and strengthening and trusting. We continue to pray for our friends, family, and loved ones who do not know you, who have not accepted the free gift of salvation through faith in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We pray that you would use us in powerful ways to share that good news in word and in deed, shining your light in the darkness around us. As we approach the teaching of your Word now, we pray that you would open our ears and our hearts to the message you have for us. Would you use these words to convict, encourage, rebuke, challenge, and embolden us. Would we leave this time today motivated to take action and apply your Holy Scripture to our own lives and situations. Teach us we pray.
Worship in Giving
Even in these trying times, we are reminded of the commands in the New Testament to give generously, sacrificially, and with joy. Giving is still available online or via e-transfer (see eService email for details).
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:6–8).
Trouble watching the video? Listen to the sermon as a podcast.
Song of Response
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed,” (John 8:36).
“Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love” (Ephesians 6:23–24).
Weekly Prayer Meeting: As a church, we know how powerful it can be when God’s people come together in prayer. To that end, we are starting a time of weekly prayer electronically. Check the church email sent out for access details, or email Andrew. Moving forward, we will also be taking communion during this time, so be ready with whatever you have that is closest to the bread and grape juice.
COVID-19: For congregational updates on future meeting times, cancellations, and information regarding the coronavirus, please check our church website regularly.
WORD Processing Podcast: With the help of a number of tech-savvy and servant-hearted individuals, we have created a podcast with new episodes to be released each Wednesday morning. This resource can be accessed and subscribed to via Anchor, Apple, and Spotify It’s also linked on our church website and wherever else podcasts are found.
Groceries: If you are stuck in isolation and in need of assistance with things like getting groceries, picking up medications, or other errands, please contact Josiah or Andrew, or email the church office.
Spring Women’s Bible Study: We are very sad to have to cancel our Spring Study which was to begin April 21st. Though sad, we have deep sense of peace and joy knowing that God’s timing is perfect. Hopefully we will be back studying in the Fall. In the meantime, we would love to hear from you with your praise and concerns.
2020 Annual Mission Trip: The planned mission trip to Camp Joli-B planned for May has been cancelled. All of the funds raised and donated towards this trip will still be given to the camp. Please continue to pray for the Jolin family as they continue to lead and navigate in this difficult time. If you have any further questions, please contact Bob Agnew.
*Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® unless otherwise noted.