“Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,” 2 Samuel 23:1
Among all the saints whose lives are recorded in Holy Writ, David possesses an experience of the most striking, varied, and instructive character. In his history we meet with trials and temptations not to be discovered, as a whole, in other saints of ancient times, and hence he is all the more suggestive a type of our Lord. David knew the trials of all ranks and conditions of men. Kings have their troubles, and David wore a crown: the peasant has his cares, and David handled a shepherd’s crook: the wanderer has many hardships, and David abode in the caves of Engedi: the captain has his difficulties, and David found the sons of Zeruiah too hard for him. The psalmist was also tried in his friends, his counsellor Ahithophel forsook him, “He that eateth bread with me, hath lifted up his heel against me.” His worst foes were they of his own household: his children were his greatest affliction. The temptations of poverty and wealth, of honour and reproach, of health and weakness, all tried their power upon him. He had temptations from without to disturb his peace, and from within to mar his joy. David no sooner escaped from one trial than he fell into another; no sooner emerged from one season of despondency and alarm, than he was again brought into the lowest depths, and all God’s waves and billows rolled over him. It is probably from this cause that David’s psalms are so universally the delight of experienced Christians. Whatever our frame of mind, whether ecstasy or depression, David has exactly described our emotions. He was an able master of the human heart, because he had been tutored in the best of all schools–the school of heart-felt, personal experience. As we are instructed in the same school, as we grow matured in grace and in years, we increasingly appreciate David’s psalms, and find them to be “green pastures.” My soul, let David’s experience cheer and counsel thee this day. – C.H. Spurgeon
The congregation would like to express our condolences to Jennifer and Dan Browett on the passing of Jennifer’s mother, Mrs. Mary Long, who went home to be the Lord on Thursday this past week. Please pray for the family at this sad time.
Visitation – Thursday, August 29th 7:00pm – 9:00pm at Shepherd Village Visitation Centre – 3760 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough, ON M1T 3K9.
Memorial Service – Friday, August 30th 10:00am at Catch the Fire Church– 272 Attwell DriveToronto, ON M9W 6M3
CHURCH FAMILY BBQ
Our annual BBQ will be held on Saturday September 14th, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30p.m. We need volunteers to help with set-up, clean up, and food preparation etc. There will be 2 sign-up sheets in the foyer of the church next Sunday, one for volunteers and the other for number of people that plan on attending. We encourage as many as possible to get involved to help make it a great day!
LADIES BIBLE STUDY – BOOK OF 2 PETER
Commencing in September, the Ladies Evening Bible Study will be gleaning from chapter 1 of 2 Peter. Looking at how to “add” to our faith. In the church foyer, there are invitations with the dates and subject titles of each study. We look forward to delving into God’s word together and we hope you will be able to attend.
FPCNA PRAYER REQUESTS
REV. SANGHOON HAN
Greenville, South Carolina
“And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; and should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.” Mark 4:26–27
To learn & share Christ’s love.
To do everything with joy in the Lord.
That more people would join the worship service & grow spiritually.
That the church in South Korea would serve the Lord in love & grow spiritually & numerically.
Please Pray for
Special Prayer Requests
Dr. Mark Allison, Ron Blair, Francesca Fernandes, Stephen Kelly, Rev. Kevin McLeod, Mary Todd, Grace Saunders and Kim Wagner.
Pray for Our Seniors
Jean Bynoe, Florence Chung, Sam McAnally, Ken Postill, Grace Saunders, Margaret Schenk, Jim Wilson and John & Thelma Watson