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Third Sunday of Easter
April 26, 2020
 

Hey friends, here are updates and reminders for our church community

Below you'll find:
  1. Letter from Seth Enriquez
  2. Sunday Lineup and Readings
  3. Sunday Church Online
  4. Alpha Online
  5. v-Living Rooms
  6. Prayer Online
  7. Online Giving
  8. Grocery Support
Good morning St. George's,

As I write, I'm plotting my wife's birthday which is today. I'm so grateful to God that her gift arrived in the mail on time! I've got breakfast ready and her favorite dinner lined up. Little Eve is partnering with me to make this the best birthday given our circumstances. And that's where we all find ourselves. Doing what we can given what's going on in our country, our world, and in our hearts.

It's a tough time, no doubt about that. And then we learn about the senseless violence in Nova Scotia and our hearts break. And we join King David in asking: "How long O Lord? How long will these struggles and difficulties last? How long, Lord? Will you forget us forever? How long will you hide your face from us?"

Psalm 13 has found new meaning for me in this time. The author, King David, saw his fair share of trouble. Read this Psalm over, and bring it to God. I've found Nicky Gumble's reflections over this Psalm incredible helpful. He says:

"Keep going

David’s example suggests four things that you should continue to do during difficult times:

Keep praying

David continues to cry out to God, ‘Look on me and answer, O Lord my God. Give light to my eyes’ (v.3). He pours out his heart to God. Don’t give up praying even when God seems far away.

Keep trusting

‘But I trust in your unfailing love’ (v.5a). ‘I’ve thrown myself headlong into your arms’ (v.5a, MSG). It is relatively easy to have faith when things are going well, but the test of faith is when things do not appear to be going well.

Keep rejoicing

He does not rejoice in the trials, but in God’s salvation. He says, ‘my heart rejoices in your salvation’ (v.5b). ‘I’m celebrating your rescue’ (v.5b, MSG).

Keep worshipping

In spite of everything he has been through, David is able to see the goodness of God: ‘I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me’ (v.6). He remembers all that God has done for him.

As you begin to praise and worship God, it brings perspective to your problems. Sometimes, I find it helpful to look back on my life and thank the Lord for bringing me through so many of my own personal struggles, disappointments and bereavements, and to remember how, through it all, ‘he has been good to me’ (v.6)."

I appreciate his words at this time. I hope you do too. Now, Nicky would be the first to say that what he's shared isn't meant as a complete response to our hurt and struggles. That can only be found in Jesus. Go to him. Bring these encouragements to God in prayer. Spend time with God's word. And connect with the body of Christ, the church.

We have several ways we can gather online. It's not the same as meeting in person, you're right, but it helps. Check below, as well as our website to find out ways to stay connected with us.

I also want to thank Heather Jordan for doing her part in lifting our spirits in these difficult times. Thank you Heather, for all that you do here at St. George's!

God bless you my friends. I look forward to worshiping with you all online on Sunday. Keep healthy and keep safe. 

In Christ, 
Seth 
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This Third Sunday of Easter we're on the walk to Emmaus!

Here are our readings for this coming Sunday:
  • Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17
  • Acts 2:14A, 36-41
  • 1 Peter 1:17-23
  • Luke 24:13-35
These can be accessed online at:https://lectionary.anglican.ca/nrsv/?date=2020-04-26

Make sure to check our website on Sunday for our church bulletin: https://www.stgeorgesinthepines.com/
Sunday services are online

Join our Sunday service live streams, at 9am & 11. 

To join, simply go to our website at https://www.stgeorgesinthepines.com/, and click the "Sunday Church Online" button in the welcome banner, or click the buttons below. 

God bless you all, and see you on Sunday!
 
9am Online Service
11am Online Service
Who is Jesus?

Many put Jesus in the “folklore/legend” category. Others see Jesus as a wonderful man, great moral teacher, or religious leader. There are some who really have no idea about Jesus.

This week we're asking: was Jesus a real, historical person? Was He more than a wonderful man? Was He more than a great moral teacher or religious leader?

Join us online this Tuesday at at 7:30pm! There's no pressure, no follow up, no charge. Just an evening to share your thoughts and feelings of spirituality and faith without judgement, as we explore the Christian faith.

Missed last week? Here are links to last week's talk and discussion guide. 

Alpha 1 Talk //  Alpha 1 Discussion Guide

For more information, visit us at: https://www.stgeorgesinthepines.com/alpha-online
 
Register for Alpha Online
We don’t want anyone to feel isolated at this time. So let's meet online.

​v-Living Rooms are gatherings of people who meet mid week to build friendships, offer support and grow spiritually

You're invited to join us every Wednesday at 7pm for our midweek gathering on Zoom. 

To learn more about v-Living Rooms, go to our website at: https://www.stgeorgesinthepines.com/v-living-rooms
 
v-Living Room Zoom Link
Let's pray together

We'll be meeting regularly for prayer on Zoom every week. 

Mondays - Thursdays for Morning Prayer at 8am

Thursdays for Mid-day Prayer at 1:30pm

To join us, visit our website at: https://www.stgeorgesinthepines.com/stay-connected or hit the buttons below. 
 
Morning Prayer Zoom Link
Mid-day Prayer Zoom Link
Online Giving

In a small church such as our, much of our operating budget comes from the weekly giving of our members and regular attenders. Your giving counts and is greatly appreciated. Please consider continuing to give to the work of God at St. George's by giving online.

Thank you for consistent support. We're so grateful for your generosity as we continue to serve our local community with the love of Jesus. 
 
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