In the absence of church services, we suggest alternate ways of giving to causes normally covered by Sunday offerings: 1. Print and fill out the PARS for and return it to the church mail slot. 2. Write a cheque listing the cause(s) you would like to support. Drop your envelope in the church mail slot or mail it to the church office (1281 Exmouth St. Sarnia, ON N7S 1W9). The church mail slot can be found north of the east entrance doors. 3. We have set up an Interac E-transfer option for you to donate to the Church budget. To
Welcome to Living Hope CRC
A Letter to the Congregation
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We are a community of people whom believe that all our hope is found not in what we do for God, but what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. His love and grace is foundational for all we do in worship in our ministries and for how we live with one another. We hope you will experience that same love and grace along with us.
A word from Pastor Mark
From Pastor Mark
“One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and seek him in his temple.”
– Psalm 27:4
Once again I’d like to begin this letter to you with a verse from Psalm 27. As our students from Sarnia Christian School do their best to learn this psalm, as a congregation it is good for us to do the same. Psalm 27:4 speaks to the longing of the psalmist to be in the presence of the covenant Lord. In order to do this, he expresses his desire to be in the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem. Back in his day, this was not an easy thing to do as travel was not nearly as easy as it is for us today. But the faithful would find a way to make this pilgrimage in order to be in the “dwelling place” of God.
With the coming of Jesus Christ and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, we no longer need to make “pilgrimage” to holy sites. We believe that God is present with us everywhere and at every time. During this pandemic we are unable to meet together in our church building, but this does not mean we are away from the presence of God. We are still the Church. We are still connected to one another and our Lord. Christ’s gospel ministry continues. Continue to reach out to one another and pray for one another. In this way we will be the “church” to one another.
As you know, Covid-19 is present among some members of our community. Please see the “Prayer Concerns” for updates on the health of our church members. Again, on the website <www.livinghopecrc.com> and through email you should receive a weekly Family Study Guide entitled “Journey to the Cross”. You are invited to use this for your family devotions on a Sunday morning or any other time. These lessons are based on the gospel texts which would have been used in our regular Sunday worship service. In addition, you will also find another video sermon based on the “Beatitudes” (Matthew 5:1-12) on our church website. This week: “Blessed are the meek”.
When possible, we will also email you the Sunday School lesson that would have been used for a particular day.
Please remember to continue your ministry through giving to the Church. Ways to give online and by other means are in the Church bulletin.
In Quebec the people are saying “Ca va bien aller” – “It’s going to be okay”. This is true because we continue to believe we belong to the Sovereign God of heaven and earth. Pandemic or no pandemic, we live in the presence of our Lord and we continue to seek him in all that we do.