Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sermon on Psalm 91

The sermon I preached this past Sunday on Psalm 91 is available here.

And here is the Sons of Korah song of the Psalm.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Prayer for October 26th, 2014

Almighty God, heavenly Father in Jesus Christ our Lord, we thank you for the great and many blessings you have bestowed upon our country and its citizens. We thank you for the gifts of freedom, peace, order, and good government that we may enjoy. We pray for our Sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her house, and the Governor General. Bless the Prime Minister, his cabinet, and all the Members of Parliament. Give them an awareness of their duties and responsibilities. Grant unto them wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to preserve the blessings of this country for the benefit of all and to make good laws and wise decisions.

Bless the military. We thank you for our fellow Canadians who are willing and able to serve in the armed forces for the defence of our country. We thank you specifically for the service of the late Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, so brutally murdered this past week. Bless their families and friends as they mourn. May they look to you for true and abiding comfort. We thank you for protecting the Members of Parliament and the Senate from catastrophic harm. We pray for police officers and all first responders.

O heavenly Father, Who hearest humble prayer
Hold our dominion in Thy loving care.
Help us to find O God in Thee a lasting rich reward,
As, waiting for the better day, we ever stand on guard.
God, keep our land glorious and free!

This we ask of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ who taught us to 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 this day 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.
For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen

Friday, October 24, 2014

Introducing the new (2014) Book of Praise

Introducing Book of Praise 2014! from Book of Praise PPL on Vimeo.

Gentle as feathers; strong as steel

Introduction to this Sunday's morning sermon at Jubilee Church:

This past week has been rather distressing. Canada experienced two acts of terrorism—the first in Quebec with the murder of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent on Monday, and the second here in Ottawa on Wednesday with the murder of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was standing watch over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Canada’s National War Memorial.

Two soldiers killed by terrorists! The second killer then stormed the Centre Block of the Parliament buildings. After he was, thankfully, brought down, the Sergeant-at-arms, Kevin Vickers, spoke what surely will be recorded as one of the greatest understatements uttered in Canadian history, “I engaged the assailant; he is deceased.”

This past Wednesday was trying for many of you and your loved ones as you spent the day in lock-down behind the security perimeter.

At a time like this we feel somewhat rattled. What do we do? Where do we go for strength? To the Word, loved ones! We go to the Word of God. We go there for comfort and direction.

This does not mean that all our questions will be answered. We are left with many “why” questions. And that is okay. But in the midst of the many “why” questions that continue to swirl around in our minds, the “Who” questions can be answered.

The “Who” questions are questions such as, “Who will take care of us? Who will provide rest for us? Who is our refuge? In Whom can we trust?”

For strength, encouragement, and direction to help us move forward, let us turn to Psalm 91. We will not explore everything there is to be uncovered in this Psalm. Some things we will focus on; others we will pass over and leave for another time. But we will hear the main message, which is that the LORD God is our dwelling place. We find shelter under his wings and behind his shield. We will hear about our LORD who is both as gentle as feathers and as strong as steel.……