“Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul.” Jeremiah 32:41
How heart-cheering to the believer is the delight which God has in His saints! We cannot see any reason in ourselves why the Lord should take pleasure in us; we cannot take delight in ourselves, for we often have to groan, being burdened; conscious of our sinfulness, and deploring our unfaithfulness; and we fear that God’s people cannot take much delight in us, for they must perceive so much of our imperfections and our follies, that they may rather lament our infirmities than admire our graces. But we love to dwell upon this transcendent truth, this glorious mystery: that as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so does the Lord rejoice over us. We do not read anywhere that God delighteth in the cloud-capped mountains, or the sparkling stars, but we do read that He delighteth in the habitable parts of the earth, and that His delights are with the sons of men. We do not find it written that even angels give His soul delight; nor doth He say, concerning cherubim and seraphim, “Thou shalt be called Hephzibah, for the Lord delighteth in thee”; but He does say all that to poor fallen creatures like ourselves, debased and depraved by sin, but saved, exalted, and glorified by His grace. In what strong language He expresses His delight in His people! Who could have conceived of the eternal One as bursting forth into a song? Yet it is written, “He will rejoice over thee with joy, He will rest in His love, He will joy over thee with singing.” As He looked upon the world He had made, He said, “It is very good”; but when He beheld those who are the purchase of Jesus’ blood, His own chosen ones, it seemed as if the great heart of the Infinite could restrain itself no longer, but overflowed in divine exclamations of joy. Should not we utter our grateful response to such a marvellous declaration of His love, and sing, “I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation? – C.H. Spurgeon
The Lord's Day Services
Sunday, September 22, 2019
10:00 a.m. Sunday school classes for all ages.
Adult Bible Class – Dr. McClelland – Study in 1 Peter
Peter and Emily were married in an intimate ceremony on August 17th, and the congregation is invited to congratulate the happy couple at a drop-in reception on Saturday, September 28th, from 1-3 p.m. in the church basement. They have kindly requested no gifts but “Best Wishes” only. There is an RSVP list in the foyer of the church if you plan to attend.
WCS DEDICATION SERVICE
On Sunday, September 29th, we will dedicate our school year to the Lord. Pastor Jesse Bartz will be bringing the message that evening. Please note there will be no fellowship time following the evening service.
FPCNA PRAYER REQUESTS
Little London, Jamaica
Mr. Richard Craig
Mr. Randy Gunnings
Giving thanks for provision of the new minibus.
Protection of God’s people from violence.
Pray for more souls for come to Christ.
Spiritual growth among the children, youth & elderly.
Pray for Richard as he continues to study for the ministry.
Please Pray for
Special Prayer Requests
Dr. Mark Allison, Ron Blair, Francesca Fernandes, Stephen Kelly, Rev. Kevin McLeod, Mary Todd, Grace Saunders, Maria Santos 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