“In thee the fatherless findeth mercy.” Hosea 14:3
This is an excellent reason for casting away all other confidences and relying upon the Lord alone. When a child is left without its natural protector, our God steps in and becomes his guardian: so also when a man has lost every object of dependence, he may cast himself upon the living God and find in Him all that he needs. Orphans are cast upon the fatherhood of God, and He provides for them. The writer of these pages knows what it is to hang on the bare arm of God, and he bears his willing witness that no trust is so well warranted by facts, or so sure to be rewarded by results, as trust in the invisible but ever-living God.
Some children who have fathers are not much the better off because of them, but the fatherless with God are rich. Better have God and no other friend than all the patrons on the earth and no God. To be bereaved of the creature is painful, but so long as the Lord remains the fountain of mercy to us, we are not truly orphaned. Let fatherless children plead the gracious word for this morning, and let all who have been bereaved of visible support do the same, Lord, let me find mercy in Thee! The more needy and helpless I am, the more confidently do I appeal to Thy loving heart.
Lord willing, at the Annual General Meeting in May, we plan to elect seven men to the Board of Deacons for the next three years. All members are invited to speak with Elder James Fraser to obtain a nomination form. Please return your form on or before Sunday, March 13, 2022. The Session encourages you to seek the Lord in prayer, asking for His divine guidance on this matter.
The Shorter Catechism
Q96: What is the Lord’s supper?
A: The Lord’s supper is a sacrament, wherein, by giving and receiving bread and wine, according to Christ’s appointment, his death is showed forth;1 and the worthy receivers are, not after a corporal and carnal manner, but by faith, made partakers of his body and blood, with all his benefits, to their spiritual nourishment, and growth in grace.2
1. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. (Luke 22:19-20).
2. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? (1Corinthians 10:16).
The Children's Catechism - History
Q51: What was the tabernacle?
A: A tent where God dwelt among His people and was worshipped.
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2022 FPCNA Prayer Calendar
The 2022 FPCNA Prayer Calendar is now available. I hope it will be useful in praying for the Lord’s work in and through the FPCNA. It includes a directory with contact information for all the ministers, missionaries, and students under care. You might note the new address for Jason and Danielle Boyle, who just moved to a new house in February. Click here to download the calendar.