March 15 Service

Greetings Oakridge Family!

Though, for the time being, we are separated physically, we thank God that, by the unifying power of the Holy Spirit, we are always together spiritually! The Apostle Paul celebrated this reality as well when writing to the church in Corinth:

“For my part, even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit” (1 Corinthians 5:3a).

The purpose of what follows is, as best we can given our circumstances, to simulate a time of corporate worship together via an electronic medium. The leadership of OBC trust and pray this placeholder will be a blessing to you until we’re able to gather together again—a time for which I, Pastor Josiah, am already anticipating with eagerness!

Prayer of Dedication

To begin, let’s pray.

Our Heavenly Father, we come before you today as the body of Christ — united though separated — to praise you for your goodness, mercy, faithfulness, ever-presence and sovereignty.

We ask that, while there is much uncertainty and anxiety in the world around us at this moment, you would use the moments that follow to comfort the uncomfortable, encourage the discouraged, strengthen the weak, give peace to the restless, and provide rest to the burdened. 

We bring these requests before you because we have nowhere else to lay them and because we know you hear our prayers, care about our prayers, and are powerful enough to answer our prayers. It’s in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Worship in Song

Let’s take time now to listen to these songs of praise, noticing together the powerful, Scripture-soaked truths therein.

Today is the Day

“The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvellous in our eyes. The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad” (Psalm 118:22–24).

Revelation Song

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come. … [and] Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise!” (Revelation 4:8; 5:12).

O Praise the Name

“Let the name of the Lord be praised, both now and forevermore” (Psalm 113:2).

Hallelujah, What a Saviour

“He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain… Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering… he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:3–6).

Pastoral Prayer*

O Lord, your power is infinite and your wisdom infallible. Because of that, we come before you now and ask that you take care of us in the midst of all that’s happening in the world at the moment. We ask that you do so in such a way that nothing will hinder, discourage, or obstruct our pursuit of godliness, that which is our highest calling.

We ask that you stand between us and all conflict and trouble, that no evil would come upon us and that no sin would corrupt our gifts or zeal for you.

We also ask that you help us avoid labouring at work which you will not bless, that we may serve you without disgrace or debt. Lead us that we may live our lives in the shadow of your wings, the only place where we can find safe, impenetrable protection from

the arrow that flies by day,
the pestilence that walks in darkness,
the strife of tongues,
the malice of ill-will,
the hurt of unkind talk,
the snares of company,
the perils of youth,
the temptations of middle life,
the mournings of old age, and
the fear of death.

Lord God, we are entirely dependent upon you for support, counsel, and consolation. Sustain us by your free Spirit, we ask, and may we never think it’s enough to merely be kept from falling in this life but, rather, may each of us — and all of us together — always go forward abounding in the work you have given us to do. Strengthen us by your Holy Spirit in our inner selves for every purpose of our Christian life.

We give to you, Father, all of our most treasured possessions because we know it’s with you they are safest — our new names in Christ, our bodies, souls, talents, characters, successes, spouses, children, grandchildren, friends, and work. We give you our pasts, our presents, and our futures. We give you all. Take them; they are yours — we are yours — now and forever. Amen.

* This prayer is adapted from Arthur Bennett (ed.), “Refuge,” The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust), 244–45.

Sermon

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Song of Response

I Run to Christ
“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).

Benediction

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Eph. 3:20–21).

Announcements

COVID-19: For congregational updates on future meeting times, cancellations, and information regarding the coronavirus, please check our Update Page regularly.

Giving: Giving is still available online on our website here.

Hymn Sing: Join us on March 29th at 6:30pm at the church for an hour of praising our God through song and prayer.

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]).