November 15 Devotional

Let’s begin doing this today by reading Psalm 3…

Psalm 3

Lord, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me,
“God will not deliver him.”

But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain.

I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.

Arise, Lord!
Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
break the teeth of the wicked.

From the Lord comes deliverance.
May your blessing be on your people.

Living Hope

Scripture Memory Verse – Time to work on a new verse. If you are doing this at home, don’t skip this over. Take the time to write God’s word on your heart.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Message November 15

Be Thou My Vision

Communion

As we transition to communion, I want us to read from I Corinthians 11:23-26…

For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

This is how a future hope has been brought to us. Jesus was willing to give himself to bring hope for a future that we could never achieve on our own. Hope for the eternal yes, but also hope in the present as acknowledge him as sovereign king of our life.

Christ’s body given for you…

We start with a piece of bread or cracker that represents the sacrifice of Jesus’ body for us. He willingly gave himself up for us.

Before eating the bread, take time in prayer to thank God for the willing sacrifice that was made for us.

Let’s partake of the bread

Christ’s blood shed for you

Likewise, the cup represents the blood of Christ being poured out for us as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. It is called the cup of the new covenant. Gone is the practice of yearly sacrifice of atonement and in its place, we live as children of God because of the grace of Jesus which has brought us eternal life.

Before we drink the together, take time in prayer to thank God for his eternal sacrifice which has brought us forgiveness from our sins.

Let’s partake of the cup

Jesus Loves Me

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

  1. Christmas Cheer Drive

On December 5, we’re going to have a “Christmas Cheer Drive”, collecting food and Blessing Bags for distribution in our community. If you’re familiar with our Cart to Cupboard basket we’ve had in the foyer, this year it’s more of a Car to Cupboard. No matter your current situation, we’re going to have a way for you to participate – from us coming to you, to you collecting throughout your neighbourhood. More news to follow!

  1. Kids Zoom – a reminder that Zoom Kids Church is this Wednesday, 4:15-5:15 PM for those Preschool to Grade 3, and from 7-8 PM for those Grades 4-8. Keep an eye out for the link that will be sent out from the church office.
  2. Youth – Youth continues Friday at 7pm. Watch for an email to RSVP your attendance. Our primary youth leaders this year will be Amy & Cam Golberg and Josh and Charline Cleaver.
  3. Missions Prayer – This Tuesday night will be our missions focused prayer meeting. Please note, this is an ONLINE ONLY prayer time as we will be joined but some of our missions partners. (link will be emailed on Tuesday)
  4. Office schedule – The Office is open Monday to Thursday. Visits continue to be by appointment only at this time, so be sure to call ahead or email. 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.

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.”’