Pastor’s Pen – November 8, 2012

We have truly been reminded of the brevity of this life as we have had five present or former members go onto glory.  I have had four funerals over the past several months.  We have had our front lines thinned as some good soldiers have been called home to heaven.  Though these are gone, our faith and focus must be on the Lord Jesus Christ and the work He has entrusted to us.  We are trusting the Lord that He will raise up some faithful disciples to fill the gaps that have been left.  Though they are no longer with us on earth, their testimony and sacrificial labours still speak loudly for the Lord (Hebrews 11:4; 2 Peter 1:12-15).  Let me add that, during these difficult days, so many of our people sacrificially, tenderly, and lovingly ministered to the needs of friends and family members.  Their gracious gestures were a genuine mark of Christ-likeness.

On Sunday mornings, I am continuing a preaching series on Jesus’ call for true discipleship: “Journeying With Jesus: Don’t Walk Away” based on John 6:66.  On Sunday nights, Brother Blair Cassidy is preaching an excellent, inspiring series entitled: “The Inexhaustibility Of The Bible.”  We have purposefully made Wednesday evenings our most important service.  We come for Bible study (1 Kings) but it is our prayer groups that are the focus of the evening and underpin our church families and ministries.

With a rapidly growing choir, Pastor Hird continues his God-honouring music ministry along with his much-loved children ministries.
Sunday school is held each Sunday at 10am for children, teens, and adults.  Our staffed nursery is open for every service of the week.

Principal Dan Bousquet is very busy as we progress with the necessary plans for the opening of The Vaughan Baptist Christian Academy in September.  Interested parents should contact the church for further information.
The upcoming schedule for Christmas related services is as follows: Christmas Cantata, Sunday morning, December 9th at 11am with refreshments and fellowship to follow; there is no evening service; Sunday school is at 10am.  On Sunday evening, December 16th, there is a Christmas Singspiration.  On Sunday, December 23rd, there is Sunday school and a morning service only.  On Monday, December 24th, there is a Christmas Eve service at 6pm.  There is no Wednesday evening service on December 26th.  On Sunday, December 30th, there is Sunday school and a morning service only.

Other special church events, activities, fellowships, and marriage seminars are announced at church services.

In these perilous days where self is the center of so many lives, may we Christians love God and our neighbour.  May the fruits of the Spirit permeate our attitudes and actions.  Though we must aggressively and unashameably contend for the faith, may we not be contentious.  May we distinguish ourselves as children of God by our goodness, gentleness, and graciousness.  May faithfulness, forgiveness, and forbearance mark our relationships.  Finally, may we humbly and passionately pursue the glory of Him Who has called us with a high and holy calling!

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