CHOSEN AND PLACED
“Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit.” John 15:16
WE DID not choose Him—there we have the evil of the human heart, the film of blindness which sin casts on the sight, the deafness with which it dulls the ear. For to have missed Jesus, to pass Him by, is as though the pearl-hunter were unable to recognize the pearl of greatest price; or the mother to recognize her own babe; or the seeker after the holy grail to fail to discover its mystic sheen!
“But I chose you.” He chose us probably because we were useless and helpless, and He wanted to show what supreme miracles His grace could achieve. The prophet says that the branches of the vine are more useless than any others (Eze 16:1-5). The principle of God’s choice is to take what all others reject—the fire-brand plucked from the burning, the feebly-smoking tow, the bruised reed; the younger sons, the halt and lame, the last and least; the things that are foolish, despised, and weak—these are God’s choice, that He may bring to nought things that are, that no flesh may glory in His presence.
There was no error in the foreknowledge, which preceded our election. God knew all that we were, all that we should be. He foresaw our down-sittings, our hours of depression, our obstinacy, our wanderings into the far country, but He swerved not. Having chosen us, He is going to justify His choice, unless we definitely refuse to let Him have his way.
“‘And appointed you.'” Our Master has placed us just where we are, that He might have a suitable outlet for His abundant life, which He longs to pour forth upon the world. Do not repine or murmur at your lot in life, but remember that He has appointed and placed you there. As the branch is nailed to the wall that it may cover it with foliage and fruit, so Christ has placed you where you are. That inevitable circumstance is the rough piece of cloth, that sorrow is the nail, that pain the restraint such as He suffered on the Cross.
“That ye should go.” “Whither, Master? …. Into the entire world, as My disciples! I have chosen you out of it and now I send you back as My representatives, through whom I may pour out My life and love. Go and bear fruit!” – F.B. Meyer
The Lord’s Day Services
|Sunday, July 24th||11:00a.m.||Morning Service – Dr. Frank McClelland|
|6:00p.m.||Pre-Service Prayer Meeting|
|6:30p.m.||Evening Service – Dr. Larry Saunders
FPC Youth Camp Testimonies
|Wednesday, July 27th||7:25p.m.||Bible Study & Prayer Meeting|
|Sunday, July 31st||11:00a.m.||Morning Service – Dr. Larry Saunders|
|6:00p.m.||Pre-service prayer time|
|6:30p.m.||Evening Service – Mr. James Fraser
Fellowship & Refreshments following evening service
Team #2 is on Set-up and Clean-up
|Wednesday, August 3rd||7:25p.m.||Prayer Meeting & Bible Study – Mr. Roger Valenziano|
|Saturday, August 6th||Youth, College & Career – Cottage Day.
See Jonathan McAnally or David Solc for details.
Please Pray For:
Sunday School Summer Schedule
Starting July 3rd, all Sunday school programs will commence at 11:00a.m., this will give our teachers a break over the summer months.
Front Entrance Project
For over a year now the church board has been working on plans for a major renovation to the front entrance of the church to allow for easier access. This will include a reworking of the driveway to allow vehicles to drop off passengers closer to the door and a canopy for weather protection. The church has already received a substantial donation towards this project and if you would like to contribute, please mark your envelope “Front Entrance Project”. Construction is to begin mid July and alternative access to the church will be posted. Thank you for your patience and pray that all will be done to the glory of God.
Vacation Bible School – August 8 – 12, 2016
We will be holding our Vacation Bible School program during the week of August 8th – 12th in the evening, if you are interested in helping, please sign the sheet in the foyer of the church.
40th Anniversary Services – September 16th – 19th, 2016
Please be in prayer for these special meetings, marking 40 years of God’s grace and provision in this ministry.
An anniversary choir is being prepared for these special services. Anyone who has been in our church choir in the last 40 years is welcome. Rehearsals will begin in late August. Please plan to join us.