August 25, 2020

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Thank you to all who have been able to attend our morning worship services. Your respect for the safety protocols and for one another has been much appreciated. We would like to share some information on how our church ministry will continue over the next few months.

On September 6th, we will be having a communion service immediately following the morning service. The session has discussed and implemented protocols to ensure the safety of the congregation as the communion elements are served.  Also starting on September 6th, the church will be open at 6:30 p.m. for public worship, along with the preservice prayer time at 5:50 p.m. in the main sanctuary.

The Sunday school classes that would normally recommence in September will continue to be on hold at the moment. We encourage families to keep their children with them in the morning and evening services. You can download and print the children’s sermon notes bulletin for use in the services. Download – TFPC KIDS

The Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer meeting will continue at 7:30 p.m. on Zoom for now. The session will review this on a monthly basis.

As the governmental rules and regulations change and are updated, we will endeavor to keep you all informed. We recognize that some may still feel uncomfortable in returning at this time, and we wish to assure you that we will support your decision to continue to worship with us online.

Much blessing to you and your family,

TFPC Session.


“A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.  And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.” Luke 10:30-34

This parable is connected with a question addressed to Jesus by a lawyer, probably an expert in Jewish Canon Law. The question was one of theoretical and not practical interest, nor was it a matter of deep personal concern–as it was to the rich young ruler who, not long afterwards, addressed a similar inquiry to the Lord.

“Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” At the foundation of this question lay the notion that eternal life was the reward of merit, of works. The only question was what these works were to be. The idea of guilt had not entered his mind because he had no conception of sin within. Jesus responds using the common Rabbinic expression, “What readest thou?” which pointed him to the Scriptures of the Old Testament. “Thou shalt love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus answers him, “You have answered rightly. Do this and you will live.”

Why did Christ seem to give his assent to the lawyer’s answer as if it really pointed to the right solution of the great question? We reply, no other answer could have been given him. On the ground of works, if that had been tenable, this was the way to heaven. To understand any other answer would have required a sense of sin, and this could not be imparted by reasoning but must be experienced.

The lawyer replies, “But who is my neighbour?” He wished to vindicate his original question, showing that it was not quite so easily settled as the answer of Jesus seemed to imply. And here it was that Christ could, in a parable, show how far orthodox Judaism was from even a true understanding, much more from such perfect observance, of this Law as would gain heaven. Thus, might he bring even this man to feel his shortcomings and sins and awaken in him a sense of his great need.

The parable is familiar to us all. The priest and Levite both passed by the stricken man. The Samaritan, on the other hand, not only tended to his injuries but brought him to an inn, paying for his care. The lawyer is then himself made to enunciate its lesson. Jesus asks, “Which of these three seems to you to have become neighbor to him that fell among the robbers?” Though unwilling to take the hated name of Samaritan on his lips, especially as the meaning of the parable and its anti-Rabbinic bearing were so evident, the lawyer was obliged to reply, “He that showed mercy to him.”

The parable implies a complete change of Jewish ideas. It is truly a Gospel parable, for the whole old relationship of mere duty is changed into one of love. Thus, matters are placed on an entirely different basis from that of Judaism. The question now is not, “Who is my neighbor?” It is, “Whose neighbour am I?” The gospel answers the question of duty by pointing us to love.

Would you know who is your neighbor? Become a neighbor to all by the utmost service you can do them in their need. The parable points to Christ who, in our greatest need, became neighbor to us, even at the cost of all he had. -Alfred Edersheim

The Lord's Day Services

Sunday, August 30, 2020

11:00 a.m. Morning Service – Dr. Larry Saunders (Church open. Click here for SermonAudio)

5:50 p.m. Preservice Prayer Meeting – via Zoom

6:30 p.m. Evening Service – Dr. Larry Saunders – via SermonAudio ONLY, click here

Weekly Announcements

Wednesday, September 2nd

7:30 p.m. Bible Study & Prayer Meeting – Dr. Saunders – via Zoom

Advanced Announcements

Sunday, September 6th

11:00 a.m. Morning Service – Dr. Saunders – (Church open for all who wish to attend in person)

12:00 p.m. Communion Service

5:50 p.m. Preservice Prayer Meeting – (Church open for all who wish to attend in person)

6:30 p.m. Evening Service – Dr. Saunders – (Church open for all who wish to attend in person)

Wednesday, September 9th

7:30 p.m. Bible Study & Prayer Meeting – via Zoom

Whitefield Christian Schools

Please remember to pray for the staff, students, and parents as school recommences this September, especially with all the new restrictions. We need the Lord to oversee every detail of this ministry for the glory of His name.

TFPC KIDS - Sermon Notes

As we cannot handout paper bulletins or other material at this time, we want to make the TFPC Kids Sermon Notes pages available for parents to print out at home. Click here to view and print the sermons note page for your child to bring with them to church.

The Children's Catechism

Q17. What did Jesus Christ do for us in His life?

A. He obeyed the law of God.

The Shorter Catechism

Q17. Into what estate did the fall bring mankind?

A. The fall brought mankind into an estate of sin and misery1.

1. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (Romans 5:12).

Pregnancy Care Centre

In May of this year, the session and board met with two representatives from the Pregnancy Care Centre. The Pregnancy Care Centre was established in 1984 as a Christian non-profit, non-political, charitable organization to offer valuable community support. PCC is  funded solely by donations from individuals, businesses and churches. Their mission is to provide compassionate community support to women and families facing an unexpected pregnancy so that they can thrive without seeing abortion as their only option. Doing all this while sharing the Gospel, the love of God.

Please visit their website to find out more: click here – Pregnancy Care Centre 

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