January 17 Devotional

We have the privilege this morning to gather with one another, to worship and celebrate our God, to participate in communion, and ultimately to re-focus ourselves on Christ. As we begin to do that this morning, I want us to first take some time in prayer to ready ourselves before him. To consider the things of this world that are consuming our thoughts, time and energy, and to lay them down in trust to him. Acknowledging our choice to follow and trust him in everything.

Let’s Pray…

Psalm 16

Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”
I say of the holy people who are in the land,
“They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
or take up their names on my lips.

Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Heart of Worship

Scripture Memory Verse – For the next three weeks we are going to be working on memorizing Philippians 4:8-9. Timely verses to help us replacing consuming thoughts with thoughts that will draw us near the Lord.

Philippians 4:8-9 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

Living Hope

Message & Communion

The Wonderful Cross

 Before we close, I just want to share a few announcements:

  1. Services Online – Due to the province wide lock down we will only be meeting online for our worship services. This service will be at 10:30am each week.
  2. Tuesday – BAC Missions Prayer – watch for an email with the zoom link and then plan to join us at 7pm as we meet with some of our mission partners.
  3. Wednesday Kid’s Zoom –Watch for an email early in the week with details.
  4. Friday Youth Online –Watch for an email from your youth leaders with details.
  5. Office schedule – The Office is closed due to the province wide lock down. We will still be monitoring our emails from home. Katie can be reached at production@bayridgealliance.org, Pastor Greg can be reached at groberts@bayridgealliance.org, Pastor Dave can be reached at dbrown@bayridgealliance.org, and Pastor Cam can be reached at cgolberg@bayridgealliance.org

Offering:

I encourage you to do two things with your giving that may help a little.

  1. 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
  2. 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.

 Offering Options

  • Best – E-Transfer (no fees)
    • finance@bayridgealliance.org 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

Thank you for honouring God by supporting the Church.

Pray – Before our benediction, will you take some time to pray for Christian Horizons.

Benediction

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.”’