“O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come”. Psalm 65:2
There come times in each life when loneliness overshadows like a cloud, and no one is there to listen and provide counsel. Or perhaps there is some problem so personal and intimate that it seems unfitting or too embarrassing to share with anyone else.
But God will listen! No need is so small, no place too remote, no burden too heavy that He who is the “God of all grace” and “the God of all comfort” (1 Peter 5:10; 2 Corinthians 1:3) will not listen and care. “The LORD will hear when I call unto him” (Psalm 4:3).
Young people sometimes complain that their parents won’t listen to them; wives may say their husbands don’t listen; sometimes it seems that no one will listen to our questions or ideas about anything. But “the LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth” (Psalm 145:18). Therefore, “pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah” (Psalm 62:8).
But how can He listen? After all, God is far away upon His throne. The risen Saviour ascended far above all heavens to sit down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. How can the Father hear when we whisper a prayer in our hearts that no human could hear?
God is indeed up there, but He is also right here! Jesus said: “It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you” (John 16:7). Our God is a triune God, and He can be both in heaven and in our room and even, as the Holy Spirit, within our very hearts. Of course, “if I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (Psalm 66:18). But for those who confess and forsake their sins, “his ears are open unto their prayers” (1 Peter 3:12). – Dr. Henry M. Morris
The Lord's Day Services
Sunday, December 8, 2019
10:00 a.m. Sunday school classes for all ages.
Adult Bible Class – Mr. James Fraser
Young Adult Bible Class – At Cedarbrook Home
11:00 a.m. Morning Service – Rev. David DiCanio – Missionary in Liberia, Africa
4:00 p.m. Community Outreach
5:00 p.m. Fellowship Classes
6:00 p.m. Pre-service prayer time
6:30 p.m. Evening Service – Rev. David DiCanio – Missionary in Liberia, Africa
Each year, instead of exchanging Christmas cards among the congregation, we donate those funds to a worthy cause. This year we are supporting “Iglesia Cristiana El Redentor” (The Redeemer Christian Church), the Free Presbyterian work in Mexico City. Donations will go towards the purchase of a church building. If you would like to help with this special offering, please mark your offering envelope, “Mexico City”. Thank you!
MISSIONARY SKYPE MEETING - LITTLE LONDON, JAMAICA
We are looking forward to a Skype meeting with our Jamaican brethren on Wednesday, December 11th. Please continue to keep Richard Craig and Randy Gunnings in your prayers as they oversee the church work in Little London.
INTERNATIONAL LUNCH - DECEMBER 22nd
Everyone is invited to a special ‘International Lunch’ following the morning service on December 22nd. Families are asked to bring a hot dish and salad or dessert. Please sign-up on the sheet in the foyer so that we can get an idea of how many tables are required. Following the lunch, we will have a time of Carol singing and Scripture reading. There will be no evening service.
Anyone desiring to be baptized in obedience to the Lord, please contact Pastor Saunders. Our service is planned for January 29, 2020, during our week of prayer.
LIBERIA MISSION TRIP
Our Mission Board is planning a mission trip to Liberia from August 4th–18th, 2020. We will be working with Rev. David DiCanio and Miss Joanne Greer, helping with Vacation Bible School, children’s programs, and generally assisting with other ministry tasks. This trip is intended for individuals18 years old and over, those who are under 18 will be considered only on a case-by-case basis based upon the recommendation of their Session. Applications and Session recommendation letters must be submitted by Friday, January 31, 2020.
FPCNA PRAYER REQUESTS
Seoul, South Korea
Rev. Seongkyu & Sooyoun Lee
Pray for the new semester that has started along with a new meeting for college students.
Pray for Sam and Jung Lee that have started a new ministry in their home to introduce Christ and the gospel to students.
Pray for the sessions introducing the gospel to unbelieving friends through a book called “Christianity Explored” along with videos.
Pray that there will be a work of God’s saving grace through these meetings.
Please Pray for
Special Prayer Requests
Dr. Mark Allison, Ron Blair, Rev. John & Dorothy Bodner, Pamela (Rajani Devaparan’s mother), Francesca Fernandes, Stephen Kelly, Rev. Kevin McLeod, Ken Postill, Mary Todd, Grace Saunders, Mandy Sigalas, Kim Wagner and Elise Vautour.
Pray for Our Seniors
Jean Bynoe, Florence Chung, Sam McAnally, Grace Saunders, Maria Santos, Margaret Schenk, Jim Wilson and John & Thelma Watson.