From the Elders - May 2017
Dear members and friends of Trinity
‘For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. For they could not endure the order that was given, "If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned." Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, "I tremble with fear." But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.’ [Hebrews 12:18-24]
There is such a strong contrast between the means of access to God the Father in the time of Moses and what we enjoy in our day. Even Moses trembled with fear as he approached the Lord at Sinai. The regulations and expectations were extensive and detailed and were to be followed to the smallest detail. Not so with us! Though we still come to our majestic Father with reverence and give Him all honour and glory, a pathway of peaceful and joyful access has been thrown wide open to believers, purchased and established by the finished work of Jesus on the cross. We thank God that He welcomes us in the name of His Son, the perfect mediator of a new covenant, and we enjoy free access to the throne of grace where we always find mercy and receive grace to help in time of need!
Spring is a time when a number of special events take place. The SGF Ladies Retreat, with Deborah Vereecke is held May 12-13, Men’s Prayer Meeting is set for 8:00 am on May 20, the SGF Youth Retreat, with Mark Hudson, is running May 26-27 and the SGF Pastor’s Retreat, with Kirk Wellum, runs June 5-7. The PSSH is holding its annual Baby Bottle Drive to raise funds for the centre; the bottles will be available at the church May 14th. As well, this coming Sunday (May 14th) is the last opportunity to contribute to our Special Missions Offering that will be split between Emmanuel International and their work in Malawi and the Christian Embassy and their work in Ottawa among our politicians. Please book off the week of Aug 19-25 to attend the Carey!
It’s that time when we start to chase down police checks, volunteer forms and so on for those who volunteer with our children and seniors. Please get these items in as soon as you can. We will also be starting a sign-in / sign-out policy for Sunday School and Nursery for children up to the age of five. We don’t think this will be onerous, though it will require some of our parents to start dropping off the kids rather than just sending them to class on their own.
We are excited to have our summer intern, Timon Lau, starting up with us. He and his wife Joanne have been to the church already and many have already said hello and introduced themselves. They have to travel a distance on Sunday, so, if you would like to host them on a Sunday afternoon please reach out, as you already do, and invite them over. It might be best if you contact them at email@example.com to confirm a date! Pray for Timon, in particular, as he enters into a full-time schedule of teaching, preaching, visitation, meetings and outreach.
We praise the Lord for the return of Scott Spencer as deacon and treasurer, along with the addition of Henry Heersink, our newest deacon. We also thank David Plante for his excellent service in that capacity over the past number of years.
Trinity has volunteered to host the 2017 SGF Annual Assembly on November 17th and 18th. For an event such as this to run well we will be turning to the congregation for volunteers to help in a variety of ways. Please be open to requests for assistance as they arise over the next couple of months!
On behalf of the elders