March 29 Service
Prayer of Dedication
Father God, we once again come before you and praise you for your holiness. You are perfect and worthy of our worship. Today, as we spend time reading your Word, embracing spiritual truth in song, praying, giving, and learning, we pray that you would use this time to mold us. Lord, would we submit ourselves to you as clay to be shaped, vessels to be filled, willing servants. Would you bless us with growth, wisdom, and maturity, and would your Spirit fill us with joy and thanksgiving now we pray.
Call to Worship*
“May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face shine on us—
so that your ways may be known on earth,
your salvation among all nations.
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.
The land yields its harvest;
God, our God, blesses us.
May God bless us still,
so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.” (Psalm 67).
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).
“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—and I will meditate on your wonderful works (Psalm 145:3–5).
“Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness” (1 Chronicles 16:29).
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts” (Colossians 3:15–16).
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:1–2).
Lord, we thank you for that truth: that it is in Christ alone that our hope is found. We thank you that you have made a way for us to be made righteous through the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus. Thank you that you are a God of mercy and grace, who loves us in spite of our failures. Father, we confess to you now our sin and ask for your forgiveness. We repent of the times even this week that we have committed idolatry by placing anything before you. We repent of the ways we have trusted in our own strength instead of yours. We repent of the times we have given in to fear and panic, allowing our faith to be dictated by our feelings, rather than the other way around. We repent of our lust, our lies, our greed, and our selfishness. We lay all these and many more at the foot of your Son’s cross.
And Father, as we confess, we step forward in faith that our sins are forgiven. We thank you that we can know without a shadow of a doubt that you forgive us when we ask. We thank you that even in our sin we are never separated from your love. You bless us with your lovingkindness and for that we are grateful.
God, we ask again for your strength in this difficult time. We ask for your wisdom, discernment, and clarity in days of uncertainty. We ask that you would give us a heart and mind free of fear and that we would submit our anxieties before you. We know that you would have no reason to test perfect faith, and so in this season of testing we ask that our faith in you would grow. Would you help us to become more like Jesus as we pursue holiness above all else. Fill us with a desire to grow closer to you and to follow you with everything.
Father, be with our world, our friends, our families, our leaders, our governing bodies, our front-line workers, and all those who are struggling with confusion, fear, loneliness, and difficulty. We pray that this would be a time where we, your church, would be noted for our trust and our peace. We ask that this age would be remembered as a time when your people stood strong and shone bright, and when many who were lost found their way to you.
Beyond all that, we pray, God, that your Son will come soon. Our world is broken and marred by sin, and we long for Christ’s return and perfect redemption.
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 envelopes with cheques can be dropped off in the church mailbox beside the main front doors.
“Now about the collection for the Lord’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. 2 On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made” (1 Corinthians 16:1–2).
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Song of Response
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” (Hebrews 6:19a)
“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen” (Hebrews 13:20–21)
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. Email Josiah or Andrew for the access details.
COVID-19: For congregational updates on future meeting times, cancelations, 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.
Hymn Sing: Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances, our Hymn Sing scheduled for tonight, March 29, has been cancelled.
Women’s Brunch: The Women’s Ministry Brunch scheduled for March 28th has also been cancelled.
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.