April 5 Service
Prayer of Dedication
Heavenly Father, we thank you that you are with us; that you will never leave us or forsake us. We thank you for the gift that is access to your presence through prayer. You have communicated to us through your perfect Word, and the fact that we are able to communicate with you, the Almighty God of the universe, can sometimes be taken for granted. So today we take time to be grateful and to thank you for that blessing. We pray that today, as we spend time in your Word, and in song, and in prayer that we would walk away affected—whether that be through encouragement, hope, challenge, or perhaps even rebuke. Give us a mind that is open and willing to hear the message you have given and a heart that is willing to intentionally do something about it.
Call to Worship*
“I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him” (Psalm 34:1-8).
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).
“The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel!’” (John 12:12–13).
“May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you. May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth. May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you” (Psalm 67:3–5).
“Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live” (John 14:19).
“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:1–2)).
Lord, we once again thank you for that unbelievable gift we have been given: the gift of your Son, who paid the cost we could never pay, and made a way, for us to spend eternity with you through faith in Jesus Christ. We confess now the ways we have taken that gift of grace for granted, and we ask for your forgiveness for the times in our life we have justified our disobedience or minimized our sin. We acknowledge before you that you are a Holy and perfect God, and in our sin we fall short of your glorious standard. Without the blood of Jesus we would be lost in death, but because of His sacrifice we can have life, and life in abundance.
Father, you know the state of the world right now. You know all of the struggles and emotions and feelings we are dealing with. You see our grief, you see our fear; you see our confusion, our loneliness, our exhaustion, and our frustration. But God, you are our authority, the One in whom we trust, and so we ask today that you would give us a heart that trusts in you in spite of our emotions and fears. Father, will you give us the strength through your Holy Spirit to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. We know we cannot do this in our own strength, through human means, but all things are possible through you.
We take time now to pray against the spread of this virus. We pray for your miraculous and supernatural intervention to heal those who are sick, strengthen those who are weak, and stop this virus from continuing to contaminate our world. We know that COVID-19 is a result of a fallen and broken world, and so we pray for and long for the day that Jesus will return to restore your creation to the way it was intended to be. Continue to give us peace and trust, wisdom and discernment as we are consistently faced with uncharted territory.
God, we don’t always understand why you allow what you allow. Help us to be okay with that, and to trust you in the midst of the mire. We pray that you will use this challenging time in our life to do a great work in our hearts, to bring about growth and maturity, to bring a deeper love for our neighbour and for you, and to grow in us an appreciation for the gift of gathering together for corporate worship. We anticipate the day that we will one day be together again, and we thank you for the joy that comes with that.
We praise you God, for you are good.
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).
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Song of Response
“The Lord reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment. He rules the world in righteousness and judges the peoples with equity. The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you” (Psalm 9:7–10).
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Corinthians 13:14).
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.
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: Beginning on April 21st, come spend your Tuesday evenings, 7:00–8:30pm, exploring the perennial question, How do I live a fruitful, pleasing, and meaning-filled life for God? If you’re interested, please contact the church office to sign-up (905-849-0567, [email protected]).
2020 Annual Mission Trip: We’re planning to travel to Camp Joli-B in Rollet, Quebec from May 13–17. All are welcome to join! If you’re interested, please contact the church office to sign-up (905-849-0567, [email protected]).
*Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® unless otherwise noted.