Thanks From S.P.O.T.!

Some of the Sunday School students, as part of a class project, gathered together an assortment of goods to be given to those less fortunate members of our community. The items were delivered to the food bank in the community of Petitcodiac. The following letter was received last month.

To the Friends of S.P.O.T.:

On behalf of the S.P.O.T. group, we would like to extend to you a heartfelt thank you. Whether your donation is big or small, or comes in monetary form, food or gifts, all is greatly appreciated by those less fortunate.

With your contribution many people will continue to be helped throughout the coming months. We feel our communities are a better place, because of your continuous support to our worthwhile cause. We hope that 2010 is a fulfilling year for all of you!

Vicky, Norma and the S.P.O.T. Executive Directors

School Closed Today

Due to the impending weather conditions, all schools in District 2, including CCA, have been cancelled for today.

As we announced previously, Morning Prayer schedule will follow the school cancellation policies. Prayer will resume tomorrow morning at 7.

Students may do schoolwork at home today in order to not fall behind. Also, Monthly Scripture has been pushed ahead to Thursday (and all the students say ‘Amen’… lol).

Enjoy your day with the family! Be Blessed!

This Week (February 15)

There will be morning prayer Monday through Thursday, 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM.

Weekly Cleaners: Steven Goodine Family

Monday, February 15: 3D Youth at the Gym @ 7 PM
Tuesday, February 16: Service in Saint John @ 7:30 PM
Wednesday, February 17: Midweek Service @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 20: Choir Practice @ 7 PM

Sunday, February 21
Sunday School: 10 AM
Morning Worship: 10:30 AM
Musician’s Meeting: 4:30 PM
Evening Service: 6 PM

This Week (February 9)

There will be morning prayer Monday through Thursday, 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM.

Weekly Cleaners: Clyde Newcomb Family

Monday, February 9: Women’s Night at the Gym @ 7 PM
Wednesday February 11: Midweek Service @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 13: Valentine’s Banquet @ 6:30 PM

Sunday, February 14: VALENTINE’S DAY
Sunday School: 10 AM
Morning Worship: 10:30 AM
Choir Practice: 4:30 PM
Evening Service (Footwashing & Communion): 6 PM

Once… But Now…

Once it was the blessing, Now it is the Lord;
Once it was the feeling, Now it is His Word.
Once His gifts I wanted, Now the Giver own;
Once I sought for healing, Now Himself alone.

Once ’twas painful trying, Now ’tis perfect trust;
Once a half salvation, Now the uttermost.
Once ’twas ceaseless holding, Now He holds me fast;
Once ’twas constant drifting, Now my anchor’s cast.

Once ’twas busy planning, Now ’tis trustful prayer;
Once ’twas anxious caring, Now He has the care.
Once ’twas what I wanted, Now what Jesus says;
Once ’twas constant asking, Now ’tis ceaseless praise.

Once it was my working, His it hence shall be;
Once I tried to use Him, Now He uses me.
Once the power I wanted, Now the Mighty One;
Once for self I labored, Now for Him alone.

Once I hoped in Jesus, Now I know He’s mine;
Once my lamps were dying, Now they brightly shine.
Once for death I waited, Now His coming hail;
And my hopes are anchored, Safe within the vail.

~ A.B. Simpson (1843-1919)

Intercessory Prayer

INTERCESSORY PRAYER IS the Christian’s most effective weapon. Nothing can withstand it’s power. It will do things when all else has failed. And the marvel is that we turn to other agencies in order to accomplish what only prayer can bring to pass. God has placed this mighty weapon in our hands, and He expects us to use it. How disappointed He must be when we lay it aside and substitute natural means for supernatural work.

In this twentieth century we are, more and more, turning from the God-appointed means of intercessory prayer and adopting, instead, merely natural agencies for the carrying on of His work. Everywhere we look it is the same, both in evangelism and ordinary church work. Intercessory prayer has been shelved. For some reason it is out of date. Our methods, we say, are better, our plans more successful, and so we adopt natural means to bring to pass the supernatural.

My brethren, it can never be done, We may appear to be successful; the crowds may come; the altar may be full night after night. Reported results may be broadcasted everywhere. Whole cities may be stirred and mightily moved! And yet when it is all over and two or three years have passed, how little will be found to be genuine! And why? Simply because we have been satisfied with a superficial, spectacular work, brought to pass by natural means. Consequently the truly supernatural has been largely lacking.

Oh let us get back to intercessory prayer, the highest form of Christians service, and give God no rest until we have a spiritual outcome.

~ Oswald J. Smith (1889-1986)