Psalm 145:1-7 tells us…
I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
2 Every day I will praise you
and extol your name for ever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
4 One generation commends your works to another;
they tell of your mighty acts.
5 They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
6 They tell of the power of your awesome works—
and I will proclaim your great deeds.
7 They celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
Let’s begin by singing of God’s ongoing greatness
During our online service this morning we will be taking a few minutes to speak with our high school grads. What I am going to ask those of you who are doing this on your own to do, is to take some time to pray for our grads this morning as they prepare for the next phase of life during a time in our world that requires patience and clarity. Due to privacy laws I won’t be sharing the names of the grads as this document will be publicly posted, but I can tell you there are six grads connected to BAC this year.
Prayer Points For Grads
- Jobs needed
- School plans
- Changing relationships with parents
- Some are moving away in the coming year
Thinking about our grads reminded me off my own transition out of high school. It came with all the usual excitements and expectations of freedoms, plans and a very idealistic view on how everything would play out. One of the most significant parts of this journey for me was my time at Canadian Bible College (CBC) in Regina, SK. That is right, I purposely moved to Regina for four years!
One of the things that was always a bit of a struggle for new students at CBC was the expectation of us to follow the Community Living Guidelines. A set of rules that spoke to the expectations of us in regards to things like relationships, how we dressed, what time we had to be in our dorms, and some of the activities that we would not be participating in while students at CBC.
These always went over like a lead balloon with a group of 18-20 somethings who felt that no one should tell them what to do or how to live their lives. I mean, we were of course adults now and fully mature to make wise decisions about everything (note sarcasm).
In hindsight, I can realize now that the purpose of these guidelines was not to steal our fun or a matter of not being trusted, rather they were there so that we had an agreed upon standard of how we would all live together. This was deeply important because with a couple hundred people living together on campus, it was simply not wise to let everyone live however they wanted or thought best for themselves. We needed to consider the community.
Further to this, I can look back and see that these guidelines were well thought out. God’s word had informed them, the need for safety and health had been considered, and even some very practical pieces like how to act appropriately in different situations was incorporated in the layers of these guidelines.
The idea of freedom is not the absence of guidelines in our lives, but being aware of what is good and right for us. You may have noticed we still live under guidelines/rules/policy in our lives. There are guidelines in your work place set by your employer, there are guidelines in our city, province, and country set by our elected officials, and there are guidelines that are unique to you in your life and your household. They all serve a purpose in aiding how we live in each of these different areas of community in our lives.
- As you think about your own life, what shapes the guidelines (written or implied) of your life?
- How do you respond to guidelines set out by others that you need to follow?
- How do our actions, in regards to guidelines, honour or dishonour God?
God should always be a part of the conversation in determining how we will live our lives. By his Spirit and his word, he will guide our lives well even through the toughest times.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says…
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight
Matthew 6:33 says…
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
He is a good father who desires the very best for us, but it means following him in every aspect of our life. Let’s sing about his goodness now.
Before we close, I just want to share a few announcements:
- Re-opening – In case you didn’t have a chance to see the update sent on Friday, we have decided to continue with online worship gatherings until the restrictions will allow for more freedom in our worship and fellowship together. We are working on the following to keep us moving forward in the mission God has invited us to participate in…
- Assembling a Re-Open team to help us interpret and apply the guidelines set out for us
- Considering options for other interactions for us that are within the guidelines.
- Kids Ministry – Joy Olding will be sharing this morning about options she is working on to gather our kids online during the summer
- Prayer Ministry through the summer will continue on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. We are considering the possibility of a hybrid model that would allow us to gather at the church while still offering the zoom connection for those who desire it.
- Tuesday Prayer Meeting This Week – We will again meet for prayer online via ZOOM. Watch your email for the link to join and share your prayer requests with Pastor Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Feel free to share this and other email communications with others. Some from the church are not on the email list and we have had a few that have not received it even though they are on the list. Please help us make sure that people are keeping connected.
I encourage you to do two things with your giving that may help a little.
- Do your giving each week as part of this devotional/worship time. I know it is not exactly the same thing, but it does help us view our giving as worship rather than simply a financial transaction
- Take time to pray as you give. Thank God for what he has given to you, acknowledge your trust in him for tomorrow, and tell him why you give to him and the work of his church.
- Best – E-Transfer (no fees)
- email@example.com is the email address you will need to make an e-transfer
- Please include your first and last name in the memo box
- If you know your envelope number please include it in the memo box (*Do not include the # sign as it will not accept that)
- Still good, but with fees – Canada Helps
- https://bayridgealliance.ca/give-with-canada-helps/ and click on the donate button to give
Thank you for honouring God by supporting the Church.
To lead into our benediction this morning I want us to enjoy a version of it done in the song “The Blessing”. This is a condensed version of the song, but I invite you to receive the blessing being sung.
The Lord bless you
and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’