NOTICE: Church Services
Updated March 20, 2020 - 11:00 a.m.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We know there is growing concern about COVID‑19 as the events over the past couple of weeks have been escalating. Many people are feeling uneasy, especially as we face increasing changes and limitations to our daily routines and future plans. The Session wants to assure everyone of our prayerful commitment and practical support and that if any need arises, please contact me or one of the elders.
It was announced last Sunday that services would continue this Lord’s Day; however, as new cautions have been put into place by government authorities, we will NOT be able to hold any services for at least the next two weeks. As I am also under self-isolation due to travel, I will only be able to record messages from my home which will be played during the regular service times of 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on March 22 and 29 on our church webcast (www.sermonaudio.com/toronto) We will keep everyone informed via email, our church website, or by phone of any further changes. Thank you for your understanding.
God is doing something unusual in the world, and He has brought many things to a halt in unprecedented closures which are difficult for us to witness. God promised there would be unusual signs. May we as God’s people not be afraid, but trust that He will protect us and may He use these difficult times for His glory.
GOD’S PARTICULAR POSSESSION
“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints”. Ephesians 1:18
God desires us as His own particular possession and portion, and ultimately as those who are to share His glory. Look again at Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian church in Ephesians 1. It is that they may know what is “the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints” (verse 18). To talk about God’s “inheritance in the saints,” the God who made everything and to whom all things belong and by whom all things are, to talk in this way is the most amazing and daring piece of anthropomorphism that Paul ever produced, and yet he has put it like that in order to give believers an understanding of it. What he means is that these are the people in whom God delights and whom God is going to enjoy.
Let me give an illustration in order to make this point clear. Take a child who has many toys, all of which he likes. Yes, but there is one particular favorite, the toy that is always with him. The child is fond of them all, but that one is something special. And it is the same with us. We all have certain possessions that we prefer to others; there is always something especially dear and of interest to us. That is the idea—that the great Lord of the universe has a special object of interest and affection—His own people, those whom He has taken and, as Paul puts it in writing to the Galatians, separated out of this evil world and put into a special category and compartment. That is the whole message of the Bible—God preparing for Himself a people who are going to be His joy throughout eternity. – Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
The Lord's Day Services
Sunday, March 22, 2020
11:00 a.m. Morning Service – Dr. Saunders (via webcast only)
6:30 p.m. Evening Service – Dr. Saunders (via webcast only)
We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Donald, Rajani and David Devaparan on the passing of Rajani’s mother, who went home to be with the Lord on March 18, 2020. We pray that the family will know the comfort of the Lord at this sad time.
COVID-19 COMMUNICATION FROM THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE FREE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF NORTH AMERICA
Summarized for our bulletin
The moderator convened an emergency meeting of the Executive Committee to address a series of pressing issues related to the COVID 19 emergency. The EC adopted the recommendation for all sessions to suspend services until at least April 4. Churches that can live stream without people in attendance may certainly make whatever plans they can. Other churches may encourage their members and attendees to view webcasts of other Free Presbyterian churches as they are able.
The EC urges people to pray for the Lord’s purposes to be accomplished in this period of crisis and to use caution, especially concerning our people who are in high-risk categories from this pandemic.
FPCNA PRAYER REQUESTS
Orlando FPC, Orlando, FL
Dr. Stephen Pollock, Interim Moderator
“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you”. 2 Thessalonians 3:1
Prayerful patience for God’s provision of an under-shepherd
A healthy financial situation to sustain & maintain the work in the year ahead
Free Presbyterian Youth Camp 2020
Lord willing, the annual FPC Youth Camp is planned for July 18th – 25th in South Gibson, Pennsylvania. The camp is a great opportunity for our youth (ages 13-18) to have fun and fellowship together and most importantly, to be in the Word of God and under the sound preaching daily. Camp registration forms are now available and the deadline to sign up is Sunday, May 24th. Please see Jonathan McAnally for camp forms and any questions you might have.
Please Pray for
Special Prayer Requests
Dr. Mark Allison, Ron Blair, Francesca Fernandes, Stephen Kelly, Mary Todd, Peter Slade, Kim Wagner, John & Thelma Watson and Elise Vautour.
Pray for Our Seniors
Jean Bynoe, Florence Chung, Sam McAnally, Grace Saunders, Maria Santos, Margaret Schenk, Jim Wilson.