I apologise ahead of time for this post being a brief one. I won't have a tremendous amount of time to write.
Our church was filled with energetic Praise and Worship with the "Away" Team joining us from Park Drive Pentecostal from Oliver. As always the music was phenomenal and the songs so timely.
Of course we, as I'm sure most churches across the country and around the world, were having a conversation about Haiti and the earthquake and lifting the tremendous needs there. Its a reminder of God's mighty power and at the same time of miracles being seen as people are being rescued from the destruction.
Pastor Bart delivered the WORD - I had intended to capture it in audio to share here but afraid I must confess I was downstairs checking on a Brie (cheese) with cranberries baked in pastry when he began his sermon. Yes, I know, I was being a Mary... My consequence is that I did not time it correctly to catch Bart's talk.
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So, I will have to sum up as best I can of his WORD. (Good test if I was listening well, correct?) Bart recently read a book by a well known Christian author who has been asked to have his life story made into a movie. The author is daunted by the very thought - how to make a MOVIE about his own life? Have YOU thought about what sort of a story would be written about YOUR life if you were to put pen to paper?
Would you find yourself at the beginning of a story, do you have goals - a plot? A conclusion? Are you simply going along?
Bart had us "floating" on a boat between two shores. One where we came from and one where we hoped to be in the future. Will we stay the course even when all we can see is open water? Will we turn back if the weather gets rough or we are bored? Will we start to have doubts the other shore actually exists if we can't physically see it within a certain time?
Besides all the mundane tasks of life, what are we doing to leave our mark - to add to the Kingdom? Is our focus to do SOMETHING of account which will be a witness to our Saviour? Is it obvious? Would someone who perhaps have to write about our life FOR US... would it be obvious to them?
Its what Christ died for - so that HIS name could live on through each and every one of us. He gives everybody the ability to live in such a way that HE is written very visibly into our story.
Bart asked us to ponder upon Philippians 1.
THANK YOU Bart, for your thought provoking sermon. I know you've got me searching my mind and heart.
Isabelle celebrated her 80th birthday recently. She was treated to a surprise birthday party/dinner at the church. Leila and Nathan cooked her a fabulous lasagne dinner and made a cake (FROM SCRATCH) for her. The party was well-attended - every seat was filled!
Nathan and Leila!
And then we had a warm and wonderful house - warming party for Nathan and Leila who have moved into a sweet little place near the beautiful shores of the lake. This young couple have done a tremendous amount of work in order to make it a HOME.
We all brought something nummy and squeezed ourselves into their new/old redecorated and renovated home and had ourselves a wonderful celebration. We pray the Lord will make their home a joyous place of peace and that HIS presence will always be felt there.
Thank you to all who contributed to the party to make it a success.
Wednesday, January 20th 7:00
Bible Study - hosts Al and Ken Johnson.
OCC PRAYER REQUESTS:
"Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. "
Philippians 4: 6
Lindsay Lorenco ... cancer
Steve Lyons ... asthma
Henri Credger ... grieving the loss of a friend
Ken Johnson ... unnamed prayer request
Florence and Dale ... as they minister "south of the border"
Ralph and Krista ... living on the Island at the moment
Jim and Elaine ... in their new ministry on the island
Marie and Cecil ... Cecil's illness and Marie looking after him
Ken and Angie ... their children's school bus route has been cancelled. Please pray the authorities reconsider with more evidence being brought to light and with the exposure from the video on CHBC tv.