“Let’s begin our time today by reading from Psalm 148
1 Praise the Lord.[a]
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights above.
2 Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
3 Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars.
4 Praise him, you highest heavens
and you waters above the skies.
5 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for at his command they were created,
6 and he established them for ever and ever—
he issued a decree that will never pass away.
7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
stormy winds that do his bidding,
9 you mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all cattle,
small creatures and flying birds,
11 kings of the earth and all nations,
you princes and all rulers on earth,
12 young men and women,
old men and children.
13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
14 And he has raised up for his people a horn,[b]
the praise of all his faithful servants,
of Israel, the people close to his heart.
Praise the Lord.
Let’s sing together.
There are a number of scriptures that tell us to get rid of things that do not help us grow in our faith, but perhaps none more so than Hebrews 12:1-3. The writer of Hebrews had just finished telling them at length examples of what it meant to live a life of faith. Because of these examples, his instruction was:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
- What are some of the “things that hinder” that need to be thrown off?
- What does it mean to “fix our eyes on Jesus” in your own life?
He really is the Cornerstone of every aspect of our lives. Let’s sing together.
Take some time right now to reflect on what the Spirit of God is telling you right now about some of the questions coming out of the message, namely:
- Where are you rooted? Is your heart hard, shallow, thorny, or receptive?
- What are you rooted in? Or rather, in whom are you rooted? What needs to happen in your life to start or increase bearing fruit?
I’d encourage you to grab a pen and paper and write down any impressions you get out of this time with the Lord.
Christ alone is where our lives should be rooted. In Him alone is where our hope is found. Let’s sing.
Before we close, I just want to share a few announcements:
- Tuesday Prayer Meeting – Join us for prayer this Tuesday at 7 pm. The Zoom link will be sent out on Tuesday via email. We are hoping to have some of our international workers join us.
- 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.
- Youth Zoom – youth in grades 7-12 are meeting this Friday at 7 pm in Oldings’ back yard. More info will be forthcoming.
- While we are working towards returning to the church office, the best way to get a hold of us is via email. 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.
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.”’