TODAY’S DEVOTION (MARCH 28) FROM PASTOR DALE

Love and Unity — 5

 

“I have prayed for you…”

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31-32 (NIV)

Prayer is a wonderful way in which we can show great love even while separated. Are we remembering one another with earnest pleas for God’s protection and provision? Jesus took the time to pray not only for his disciples but for all of us: “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:20-21 (NIV) If it was worth his time and energy to pray for us, it is most certainly worth ours to pray for others. When the people of Israel sinned against the Lord and came under threat of judgment, the prophet Samuel recognized prayerlessness as sin: “As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right.” 1 Samuel 12:23 (NIV) This time of crisis affords a great opportunity for us to practice the loving art of intercession. Choose to stay connected to the lives of your brothers and sisters in Christ. Discover the burdens they carry and the joys they celebrate. Enter in. Pray for one another. A good way to stay connected and to pray together is to join an online Life Group. Why not give it a try?

UPDATE (March 28) – WORSHIPING TOGETHER ONLINE AND AN INVITATION TO A GLOBAL DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING

Dear Friend of UBC:

The purpose of this communication is to invite you to share together in UBC’s virtual worship initiative. We have identified Virtual Hosts who will invite many of you to join a virtual worship group of 5-10 people. We are encouraging these groups to join together at 10 am on Sunday morning (though any time would do) for worship.  In this way as many as possible will be experiencing UBC worship virtually together. All you need is a computer and a Zoom account. We will provide all the instructions you need to get set up with Zoom. We believe this will be a fun and unifying way of living out our unity in these days of social distancing. The outline of our virtual service will continue to be made available through UBC’s InfoLink communication and is also available in the Pastor’s Blog portion of this website. Thank you for your participation.

We are also inviting you to participate in a global day of prayer and fasting hosted by the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, this Sunday, March 26. All the details and resources that you will need in order to participate can be found on the EFC’s website.

Together in Christ,

Pastor Dale

 

UPDATE (March 25) – BUILDING, SERVICES, PROGRAMS, AND MEETINGS (including in-person SMALL GROUPS) ARE PAUSED

Dear UBC Friends and Family,

In an effort to assist with slowing the COVID-19 virus, the Leadership of UBC has made the decision to press pause on all services, programs and meetings until further notice. We will continue to communicate updates through this web page (and on facebook and through the Infolink), and we will update you regarding reinstating services and programs when we are able and as advised by the health authorities and government.

The church building will also be closed during this time. Please be assured that the staff will continue to monitor and be responsive to your emails and voicemails. We are asking that there be no non-essential visits to the church. If there is a need to be in the church, please prearrange your visit through an email or phone call to the church office (uxbap@uxbridgebaptist.com; 905-852-3662).

We know how important community is but we also know how important it is to stop the spread of COVID-19 and so, under the advice of trusted medical authorities, we are requesting that in person small group meetings also pause.  There are numerous ways to remain connected online and we are encouraging that you move your groups to online platforms.

While we are away from one another, we will continue to provide a weekly online service for you to meet around. You can find it on this website under Pastor’s Blog and it will be emailed out through the Infolink. We are also posting daily devotions on our facebook page (and beginning today, on our website above).

We encourage you to check on your neighbours through phone calls, emails, and texts. We want to ensure you that we have a plan in place to reach out to the members of our UBC family who are sick or vulnerable.

Please forward this communication to those who may not be on our distribution lists.

In Hope and Love,

The Leadership of UBC

How The Church Will Communicate Further Cancellations/Updates:

  • Here on our website.
  • Through the Infolink (with the subject line: UBC Infolink – COVID-19 update) (contact the church office to be added to the email).
  • Through the Prayer Network (for daily devotions) (contact the church office to be added to the email).
  • On our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/UxbridgeBaptistChurch
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