June 14 – Devotional
As we begin this morning, I want us to start by acknowledging God’s faithfulness to us in our ever-changing world. You may want to stop and pray thanking him for his faithfulness specifically in your life and then sing along with Great Is Thy Faithfulness. (sorry for any pop-up ads)
When we started our series in Galatians at the beginning of May we started with story; Paul’s story. He used his experience with God to speak to things that were significant to his audience and their situation. This is not unique to Paul, God continues to use experiences, good and bad, to impact lives of others.
This morning we are going to watch a video with Steve Saint. As we listen to this story, listen to the impact on Steve’s life that come out of the experiences of others. At the time that these experiences happened, I suspect that many were asking God why this would happen or how he could allow it to happen. Bad things can happen in our world, but God is good and will bring about his goodness. Let’s watch the video now…
- When you hear Steve retell parts of this story, what emotions are you hit with?
- How did the experience of Steve’s dad and the four other men impact Steve’s life?
- What is the impact of the initial experience on the tribe?
- As we face times and experiences that we don’t understand, do we believe God will still work for good out of sacrifice that we may or may not be choosing to make now?
When we think of our experiences, we have to see that past and present experiences are constantly intersecting with one another and even influencing one another. I want us this morning to remember that we are accepted by God through faith in Jesus. At some point in the life of all Christians we have experienced this acceptance, whether there is a defined event or a faith that has been realized over time, there is a Jesus experience in all Christians. This means that we, like the Galatians or like Steve Saint can stand firm and free in Christ.
Take time to consider your present experience. What have you been grieving? What do are you angry about? What is God revealing to you in these days? Take time to pray about these situations. Invite God into them, invite him to use your life for his glory, invite him to help you in the unclear picture of the day. Allow your faith in him to be realized in prayer while you watch with anticipation to see what God will do. Your life experience will have a ripple effect into our world as you rely on him.
Before we close, I just want to share a few announcements:
- Tuesday Prayer Meeting – We will again meet for prayer online via ZOOM. Watch your email for the link to join and share your prayer requests with Pastor Greg at email@example.com.
- Although regular office hours are suspended we continue to work. If you need anything please contact Pastor Dave (firstname.lastname@example.org) or myself (email@example.com).
- 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.
- In Person Gatherings – We don’t have anything firm in regards to when we will resume in person gatherings or what they will look like. At the direction of our district leadership we continue to wait for an expected document with guidelines for us. One document has circulated that is tied to health and safety for workers, but the understanding is that something more is coming.
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)
- firstname.lastname@example.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
- https://bayridgealliance.ca/give-with-canada-helps/ and click on the donate button to give
Thank you for honouring God by supporting the Church.
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.”’