Message from Pastor Cherie May 10th

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord, for I hide myself in you.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” – Psalm 143:8-10

 

Dear friends in Christ,

It seems that the weather is cooperating with our ‘staying in the house’ mandate by being just a little chilly for this time of the year. But it is bright and sunny most days, which cheers us up considerably doesn’t it?

It is Mother’s Day weekend, and this means that we will be paying tribute to our moms, whether they are near or far, or even if they are with their eternal Father. We may have to connect in different ways this year, by phone, text, email, Zoom or maybe by prayer, and that’s all OK. We can send love any and all of these ways.

Our parents do so much to shape and mold us as our heavenly Father does, giving us his Word to guide us and presence to be beside us. And as the most generous parent, He gave us His only, begotten Son to walk with us and teach us.

One of the most wonderful gifts Jesus gave to us was the example of intimate prayer. We can read of the many times that Jesus prayed to His Father and, indeed Jesus gave us the way that we should pray in Matthew 6, what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’, saying, (will you say it out loud with me?) “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

This week, take some time to give thanks for your mom, and to connect with her. And also, take time to give thanks to your heavenly Father and connect with Him, in prayer. As I said last week, “we are all in this together” and I’m here anytime to pray with you if that would comfort you. Give me a call, text, (905-401-7641) or email pastorcherie@gmail.com. And if you know of someone who would like a call, let me know! It is so important to stay connected right now.

***This part is a late edit to my letter that was completed on Thursday morning.  My friends, I share with you the heartbreaking news that my dear sister in law Allison took her own life Thursday night. She has struggled with mental health issues for many years, feeling unlovable. I know that now she is safe in the arms of the one who has loved her forever. When I say, “Be safe, be well, you are beloved”, please know that YOU ARE BELOVED by the God who created you with love and care. And if you are struggling during this time, and are feeling in a dark place, PLEASE, PLEASE reach out…to me, to a friend, to a professional. You are not alone. You are loved. You are valuable.

I need to be with my brother and my family this weekend so I will not be live streaming our Sunday morning service. I encourage you to look online for other pastors who will be sharing their messages. Check out Rev. Trish Archibald from St. Andrew’s-Knox, Fort Erie, https://www.facebook.com/STAKxFortErie/or Rev. Amanda Currie, our national moderator https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-Presbyterian-Church-of-Regina/537347856347767 or any that you might find uplifting for you this weekend.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, caregivers and friends who are like moms.

Be safe, be well, you truly are beloved.

Pastor Cherie

***Please note:  These notes are for Pastor Cherie’s original sermon, however, please use them to study the Word of the Lord this week.

Sharing Church, Being Church, Together

To give you a fuller experience of our Sunday morning, I am including a prayer for you, the scripture reading, some hymns to think about. This week, our beloved Ruth will be playing these and I will post them on our Facebook page on Sunday morning. The words are printed below. I will also make available my sermon available in print for anyone who wishes it or wishes to pass it on to a friend.

Prayer:

Parent God, you are our guide in the midst of the darkness. You show me the way to go when we are weary and confused. You are the light in the darkness of this world and we look to you for wisdom, strength, direction and comfort. Father God, give us wisdom to know what is right and good and the strength to stick to the right paths in life, despite temptation and inducements to other ways in life. Mothering God, give us direction toward you and the way we should live our lives with you and with others. Give us comfort when we flounder, when we need your hands to hold us. Give us the will to seek you in all things, in all ways and at all time. We ask this in the strong name of Jesus who told us “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened”. Amen.

Scripture:

3rd John 12-8

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honors God. It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth.

Devotions:

Philip Yancey, Author of “Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?” writes, “We should pray like a salesman with his foot wedged in the door opening, like a wrestler who has his opponent in a headlock and won’t let go.

We are given confidence by Christ to pray boldly, “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened”. We are encouraged by Paul “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

This week I want to give invite you to pray boldly! Ask for what you want, ask for what you need, ask for the wants and needs of others. Do it confidently, knowing that God hears your words and the thoughts and motivations in our hearts.

Take a moment each day, whether it is in your morning devotion, or your afternoon conversation with God or your bedtime prayers, to pray boldly to God. Don’t be intimidated by talking to God, think of God like a parent, father or mother and speak to God with your whole heart and mind.

Here are some questions to get you started:

Who needs my prayers right now? (pssst, it might be you)

What does it mean to pray boldly? (and how comfortable am I doing that?)

Where is God leading me/my church right now?

How can I help in God’s plan for my church?

Why is leaning on God and learning from God’s word important in my life right now?

Hymns:

Lord, The Light Of Your Love Is Shining

Lord, the light of your love is shining

In the midst of the darkness, shining

Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us

Set us free by the truth you now bring us

Refrain:

Shine on me, shine on me

Shine, Jesus, shine

Fill this land with the Father’s glory

Blaze, Spirit, blaze

Set our hearts on fire

Flow, river, flow

Flood the nations with grace and mercy

Send forth your word

Lord, and let there be light

Lord, I come to your awesome presence

From the shadows into your radiance

By the blood I may enter your brightness

Search me, try me, consume all my darkness

Shine on me, shine on me

(Refrain)

As we gaze on your kingly brightness

So our faces display your likeness

Ever changing from glory to glory

Mirrored here may our lives tell your story

Shine on me, shine on me

(Refrain)

Give Me Oil in my Lamp

Give me oil in my lamp; keep me burning;
give me oil in my lamp, I pray.
Give me oil in my lamp; keep me burning;
keep me burning till the break of day.
Refrain:
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
sing hosanna to the Servant King;
sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
sing hosanna, let us sing!
Give me joy in my heart; keep me praising;
give me joy in my heart, I pray.
Give me joy in my heart; keep me praising;
keep me praising till the break of day.
(Refrain)
Give me peace in my heart; keep me loving;
give me peace in my heart, I pray.
Give me peace in my heart; keep me loving;
keep me loving till the break of day.
(Refrain)
Give me love in my heart; keep me serving;
give me love in my heart, I pray.
Give me love in my heart; keep me serving;
keep me serving till the break of day.
(Refrain)

The Church’s One Foundation

The church’s one foundation

is Jesus Christ our Lord;
we are his new creation
by water and the word;
from heaven he came and sought us
that we might ever be
his living servant people,
by his own death set free.
 Called forth from every nation,

yet one o’er all the earth,
our charter of salvation,
one Lord, one faith, one birth,
one holy name professing
and at one table fed,
to one hope we are pressing,
by Christ’s own Spirit led.
Though with a scornful wonder
the world sees us oppressed,
by schisms rent asunder,
by heresies distressed,
yet saints their watch are keeping;
their cry goes up, ‘How long?’
But soon the night of weeping
shall be the morn of song.
‘Mid toil and tribulation,
and tumult of our war,
we wait the consummation
of peace forevermore;
till with the vision glorious
our longing eyes are blest,
and the great church victorious
shall be the church at rest.
We now on earth have union
with God the ThreeinOne,
and share, through faith, communion
with those whose rest is won,
O happy ones and holy!
Lord, give us grace that we,
like them, the meek and lowly,
on high may dwell with thee.

 How Great Thou Art

O Lord my God,

When I in awesome wonder

Consider all

The works Thy Hand hath made,

I see the stars,

I hear the mighty thunder,

Thy pow’r throughout

The universe displayed,

 When through the woods

And forest glades I wander

I hear the birds

Sing sweetly in the trees,

When I look down

From lofty mountain grandeur

And hear the brook

And feel the gentle breeze,

 Then sings my soul,

My Savior God, to Thee,

How great Thou art!

How great Thou art!

Then sings my soul,

My Savior God, to Thee,

How great Thou art!

How great Thou art!

 When Christ shall come,

With shouts of acclamation,

And take me home,

What joy shall fill my heart!

Then I shall bow

In humble adoration

And there proclaim,

“My God, how great Thou art!”

 Then sings my soul,

My Savior God, to Thee,

How great Thou art!

How great Thou art!

Then sings my soul,

My Savior God, to Thee,

How great Thou art!

How great Thou art!