“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” Ephesians 5:19-20
It is important that we trace our benefits back to their source and express our thanks to the One “from whom all blessings flow,” rather than merely to feel a vague stirring of gratefulness that results in nothing real. I once lived with a fine old couple, neither of whom was a Christian, and I was impressed with the profound sense of gratitude they felt for everything they possessed. When the winter winds moaned through the trees and made the old house tremble, the old man would smile and say, “Ah! How good it is to have a warm place to sleep on a night like this.” And the mother would often speak of her large family, now grown and scattered: “How grateful I am that they are all healthy and all mentally sound. I am so thankful.” Their gratitude was genuine. Of that there could be no trace of a doubt, but I often wondered who was the recipient of it. Whom were they thanking? They never said.
The irreligious world has its own way of reacting. When things “break” fortunately for a businessman, an athlete or a politician he will slap his hands together and shout, “Great! Wonderful!” He is thanking someone; but whom?
It could be that the old couple of whom I speak were actually meaning to express their thankfulness to God, and that the modern man who shouts his pleasure at his lot in life secretly feels his indebtedness to God; the trouble is that they were and are ashamed to direct their gratitude pointedly to One with whom they are not acquainted. They flee like Adam and hide among the trees of the garden rather than face up to the God they know they have offended. Fear of being thought queer sometimes leads people to express religious ideas in generalities instead of in concrete terms. – A. W. Tozer
The Lord's Day Services
Sunday, November 26th
10:00a.m. Sunday School for all ages.
11:00a.m. Morning Service – Dr. Larry Saunders
6:00p.m. Pre-Service Prayer Time
6:30p.m. Evening Service – Dr. Larry Saunders
Fellowship & Refreshments following the evening service, Team #2 is on duty.
We have been able to purchase a block of seats for “Messiah” on Tuesday, December 19th at Roy Thomson Hall. Tickets are $36.75 and $27.50 for seniors. There are still some seats available. Please see Ruth Slade. Dr. Saunders has kindly offered to drive the bus from the church.
Each Lord’s day in December there will be a Gospel outreach with caroling and tract distribution from 2-5 pm. The Jew family has kindly offered to host lunch each of those days. Please pray and participate in getting the Word of God into the hands of our neighbours.
Please Pray for
Special Prayer Requests
Please remember Maud Bennett, Sara Mathew, Francesca Fernandes, Jenny Tian and Norm Lanting’s father.
Pray for Our Seniors
Jean Bynoe, Florence Chung, Mary Long, Yvonne Postill, Grace Saunders and Margaret Schenk.