Let’s begin our time today by reading from Psalm 145
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.[b]
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.
8 The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.
9 The Lord is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.
10 All your works praise you, Lord;
your faithful people extol you.
11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might,
12 so that all people may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
and faithful in all he does.[c]
14 The Lord upholds all who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food at the proper time.
16 You open your hand
and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and faithful in all he does.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.
Let every creature praise his holy name
for ever and ever.
Let’s sing together.
Why is it important for us to allow the Holy Spirit to convince people of their need for Jesus?
The cross isn’t some abstract concept, not just an ideal for us to strive for. It is real. And it represents the core of our relationship with God. He loved us that much that he sent his son, born into strange circumstances that you would not expect a king to be born into, walked amongst us, discipled those who followed after and told them to do likewise, and died a gruesome death, bearing the punishment for our transgressions, defeating death through his resurrection.
This is the essence of the Cross, and it is only in this that we can boast. We can boast in nothing we have done ourselves, no layer or requirement that we have added on to accessing the Cross. We can boast only in the Cross, only in Jesus.
As we come to Communion, it is this that we remember.
1 Corinthians 11:23-24
23For 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.”
As you remember the sacrifice our Lord made, going to the cross willingly, for our sake, partake of the bread together.
1 Corinthians 11:25-26
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.
As you remember the new covenant that we now have with Christ, because of his sacrifice, partake of the cup together.
Lord, we give thanks that we can remember the Cross today by this bread and this cup. We know we can boast only in you, and what do have done through the Cross – made it possible for us to be in right relationship with you. May we not take it for granted, and in fact may we continue to seek even deeper relationship with you, through your Spirit. Amen.
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.
- Kids Zoom – a reminder that Zoom Kids Church is this Wednesday, 4-5 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 heading into grade 7 and up are welcome to join Pastor Dave for a Zoom call on Thursday at 6:30. Again, keep an eye out for the link from the church office.
- 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.”’