Announcements, recordings, Sept. 18, 2021

Announcements:

  • I said last week that we would be announcing changes to our COVID rules this week. But now the government has pushed phase 5 back into October. Stay tuned. (And pray…)
  • Long Lake Camp had a hectic but good season of ministry. You can read their very encouraging report here. They are getting pretty desperate for board members and volunteers, but good things are happening. There are a couple days for roof work and cleanup on October 22 and 23.
  • Our Lunenburg-Queens Baptist Association is offering 5 grants of $1000 each to churches to start “ministry initiatives.” First come, first serve. If you have an idea of something our church could do to bless our community for Christ, or to revitalize our church life, it would be great for us to put this money to use. The info and application form are here.

Recordings:

  • Tomorrow’s sermon is “Who is Going to Win the Election, according to the Bible.” Not a prophecy about a particular name, but some things that will be true about him or her, whoever wins. From Daniel chapter 4. If you can’t come hear it in person, you can watch the video here, or listen on Soundcloud here or on Dropbox here. The sermon notes are here.
  • Earlier sermons are here.
  • Last week’s worship and prayer time are here.

Announcements, recordings, etc., Sept. 11, 2021

Announcements:

  • The province is entering phase 5 of its reopening on Sept. 15. Whereas many of our church’s COVID rules for the past year-and-a-bit have been required by law, it will be largely up to us to decide what to require and what to allow for people in attendance. If you have recommendations or suggestions, please let me or one of the deacons know (deacons being Yvonne, Ralph, and Travis).

Recordings:   This week’s sermon is about “God’s Call To Support Others”, from Philippians 2:20. If you’re not able to come hear it in person, then you can…

  • Watch the video here, or
  • Listen on Soundcloud here,
  • Or listen on Dropbox here.
  • And you can read the sermon notes here.
  • Last week’s worship and prayer time are here.
  • You can hear earlier sermons here.

On the web:

  • Commemorating 20 years since the 9/11 attacks, click here for a sermon that Tim Keller preached in his church in New York City on the Sunday after those attacks.

Announcements, recordings, Sept. 4, 2021

Announcements:

  • We will be celebrating the Lord’s supper tomorrow morning. Pick up your disposable peel-away cup and bread on your way into church.
  • Word on the street is that there will be a bunch of yard sales here in Barss Corner next Saturday, Sept. 11.

Recordings:

  • Tomorrow’s sermon is from Amos 7:10-17, and the sermon is about “When God Calls People to be Amateurs.” If you can’t come hear it in person, then you can watch the video here, or listen on Soundcloud here or on Dropbox here.
  • The sermon notes are here.
  • Older sermons are here.
  • Last week’s worship and prayer time are here.

Recordings etc., Aug. 28, 2021

Recordings: Tomorrow’s sermon is from Acts 18:1-5, how Paul was called to make tents sometimes, and how we are called to do different things from our normal life sometimes. If you can’t come hear it in person, you can watch the video here, or listen on Soundcloud here, or on Dropbox here. The sermon notes are here. Older sermons are here. You can listen to last week’s time of worship and prayer here.

On the web:

  • As we continue to pray for Christian believers in Afghanistan, you should listen to this interview with an Afghan evangelist here. Quite a story about how he came to faith in Christ.
  • CBC has a piece about the New Germany Medical Clinic here.
  • Last week I spoke about how important it is for Christians to absorb good Christian art. I find that sometimes I get a lot out of reflecting on Rembrandt’s paintings of biblical scenes. You can see some here. The body language, facial expressions, etc., often take me deeper into the story (whether he got it right, ultimately, or not).

Recordings, Aug. 21, 2021

No announcements this week except to say that my family and I arrived safely back from New Brunswick.
Tomorrow’s sermon is about God’s call on two artists’ lives in Exodus 31:1-11. (Sorry, no video this week.) If you can’t come hear the sermon in person this week, you can listen on Dropbox here, or on Soundcloud here. The notes are here.

announcements, recordings, Aug. 14, 2021

Announcements:

  • Our sympathy and prayers for Yvonne and family for the death of her sister-in-law Sherry. The obituary is here.
  • I neglected to mention earlier, the tragic death of Cliff Deering of the Old Barss Corner Rd. His obituary is here.
  • On a much happier note, Myrtle Taylor’s sign is out, the blueberry u-pick is open. Lots of berries, and they’re big. 1264 Barss Corner Rd. Phone if you want to make sure it’s not closed at the moment, 644-2525. I expect it’s probably the only u-pick in the county run by a 105 year-old. She expects it will run for several weeks.
  • On another happy note, my family and I are planning to go see relatives in Fredericton NB this week. We plan to be back for next Sunday. You can reach me by cell phone or email in case of an emergency.

Recordings:
   The sermon this week is about how God called Anna the widow to a life of prayer, from Luke 2. If you can’t come hear it in person, then you can watch the video here, or listen on Soundcloud here, or on Dropbox here. The sermon notes are here. Earlier sermons are here. Last week’s worship and prayer time are here.

announcements, recordings, Aug. 7, 2021

My only announcement this week is that I have a cold. It’s the old-fashioned kind, not COVID-19 (I received my test results this morning). I’m quite confident I can lead the worship services without sharing it: I will wear my mask for the whole service, will disinfect all the door handles etc. before the service, and will keep extra distance away from people. But for anyone who wants to be extra sure not to catch it from me, I understand if you want to stay home, which is why I’m giving this warning.

I caught this cold from a friend. I had already been planning to preach about God’s call to friendship. It’s a miserable cold, but friends are worth it.

Recordings: If you don’t come hear the sermon in person, you can watch the video here, or listen on Dropbox here, or on Soundcloud here. Earlier sermons are here. Sermon notes are here. You can hear last week’s worship and prayer time here.

Announcements, recordings, etc. July 31, 2021

Announcements:
-We will be celebrating the Lord’s supper together at the end of the church service tomorrow.
-Congratulations to David and Andrea on the birth of their grand-daughter Sierra Mae Reeves last Sunday (and congratulations to parents Jacob and Emily).
-The Lunenburg County United Way is asking churches to advertise Maritime Bus schedule etc. If you don’t want to drive yourself to the city and back, it’s an easy and affordable way to get to appointments. Click here.
-I had said that we would be away during the coming week. Change of plans: it’s looking like we will be home.

Recordings: Tomorrow’s sermon is about how we should know God’s call on our lives, but how we are often not meant to know the timing of how our calling will work out. From Acts 7:20-36. If you can’t come hear it in person, you can watch the video here, or listen on Soundcloud here or on Dropbox here. The notes are here. You can hear previous sermons here.

Announcements, recordings, etc. July 24, 2021

  • Congratulations to William and Soonih of Stanburne upon the ordination of their son Eddie last Sunday at his church in Texas. You can see the whole service on Youtube here. We might not understand all the Korean language, but the singing is beautiful, and the praying is heartfelt.
  • Happy 10th anniversary to Jason and Michelle Greek (yesterday).
  • (if things go as planned…) I’ll be pronouncing Shane Kaulback and Morgan Joudrey husband and wife later this afternoon. Congratulations to them and their families.
  • I got to hear some of the stories of the people who got baptized at Long Lake last Sunday. Very inspiring, and I’ll be happy to share if you ask me about them.
  • My family and I are planning to be away August 2-7. You’ll be able to reach me by email or cell phone in case of emergency.

Recordings:
This week’s sermon is about God’s calling on Esther’s life in the Old Testament, and how it might teach us about our callings from God. If you can’t come hear it in person, you can watch the video here, or listen on Dropbox here, or on Soundcloud here. The sermon notes are here. Older sermons are here. You can hear last week’s worship and prayer time here.

On the web: I read a really helpful article about the factors that make the most difference for raising children who grow up to live as Christians. https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevin-wax/parents-take-note-spiritual-practices-common-kids-flourish-adults/

Recordings, announcements, July 17, 2021

Announcements:

  • There is a baptism at Long Lake Camp tomorrow (July 18) at 4 PM, with refreshments to follow.
  • Glenys Foster’s funeral will be Tuesday, July 20 at 2 PM in Parkdale.
  • Congratulations to Michele Beck on her retirement. The community will miss your faithful service at the bank Michele.

Recordings:

  • This week’s sermon is about some wrong ways and some right ways to picture a person’s calling in life, from Hebrews 11. If you are not able to come hear it in person tomorrow, then you can watch the video here, or listen on Soundcloud here or Dropbox here. The sermon notes are here. You can listen to earlier sermons here.
  • Last week’s worship and prayer time are here.

On the web: I really don’t know what to think after listening to this interview with a Christian man whose calling (it seems) was to be a spy. At the very least it will get you thinking more carefully about callings. Click here.