Church News Update: April 10, 2020
Join our webcast service today at 4 p.m. After 35 years of holding Easter Friday services with fellowship meals, we are reduced to online only today. Please join us and invite others to watch the webcast. I'll be explaining Christ's substitutionary death on the behalf of sinners. It is the central theme of the gospel that every believer rejoices in and every sinner needs to hear.
"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all" (Isaiah 53:6).
The Lord be with you in the fulness of His grace today and through this Easter weekend.
Pastor Ian Goligher
Church News Update: April 8, 2020
Join our webcast this evening at 7:30 p.m. when I will be reading and speaking on Isaiah chapter 41.
We will learn that God helps those whom He chooses.
"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." Isaiah 41:10
We will be leaving some specific prayer requests with you and of course, we will be praying for God's mercy to stay this Coronavirus in our land. We will also pray that God will use it for His glory to turn hearts from the love of this world and its sins, to know and serve the God of righteousness. Please join us and gather your family for prayer.
Church News Update: April 4, 2020
Here is an excellent article by Rev. John Murray (Scottish Presbyterian) on Behind a Frowning Providence. It's not a major read but is thorough enough to answer our many questions at this time. Knowledge is power and this information will bring comfort to your heart.
I just got news that Anke has been hospitalized and needs our prayers. Her husband was not sure of the nature of her problems and at this time even family visits are restricted.
Please pray for the Lord's blessing on the ministry of His word on the Lord's Day and over the Easter week by radio and by webcast. We will soon be saying farewell to Andrew Dobbin, who is being transferred to Ontario by his employer. He plans to drive across to Ontario in a work truck. We wish him God's speed and protection. It was a joy to have him with us through the last nine months. He promises to visit us from time to time!
Church News Update: April 1, 2020
Join us this evening for our mid-week prayer message online at 7:30 p.m. Please send in your prayer requests and plan to spend time in prayer after our message online. To date, no one in our church fellowship or family has contracted the Coronavirus.
Mrs. Evans is still in Kelowna hospital after her fall. Jack has gone to stay with his son in Smithers.
I was able to talk to and pray with Arlene P. last night in her hospital ward, by cell phone. She is very thankful for the prayers of God's people.
Remember to email or call if you have prayer needs.
Church News Update: March 25, 2020
You can view the message on James 5, webcast last night on, How to Pray in Sickness!
Our ministers, missionaries and seminary students are meeting each week in five different groups by Skype for prayer. With church closures, this is a difficult time to minister the gospel, but it is also an opportune time when we hope people will turn to the Bible for answers. There are many online ministries going on at this time and we pray the Lord will use His word on FaceBook and webcasts etc.
Miss Joanne Greer is assisting a private clinic in Monrovia, Liberia, set up a Coronavirus unit. Rev. DiCanio says there is not one respirator in all of Liberia. He is continuing the 24/7 radio ministry, but fears that there will soon be a shortage of diesel for the generator which powers the radio station. These are urgent matters for prayer.
Pray too for our own broadcasts that are going out in various parts of Canada. We have weekday programs in Greater Vancouver, Calgary, and the Maritimes. These programs are also being aired in Liberia.
Rest in the assurance of the Saviour's love through these times of fear. The words of John are reassuring: "...having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end."
Pray for the Lord's help to preach by webcast this Sunday. We need messages of comfort and gospel hope while ministering to a troubled world. Pray for temporal fear to be turned into gospel fear by the strivings of the Holy Spirit with sinners. As never before we need to call people to repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus.
You can help by praying, and by sending links to our messages online. You can ask people to listen in to find comfort when fearful.
May the Lord bless and keep you each day. Some are isolated and have more time on their hands. You can use this time to make a phone call and show the love of Christ to some soul.
The Lord be with you,
Pastor Ian Goligher
Church News Update: March 24, 2020
Things are tightening up in our country with our Prime Minister telling the nation to "go home and stay home!" Only essential services are to remain open. That precludes all church services and even home meetings. The Lord helped on Sunday to preach both Sunday morning and evening. The recording of the morning sermon clipped words and is not easy to listen to. I apologize for that. When it was pointed out I moved to a different microphone for the evening service. That recording is now on our sermonaudio website. It is on Praying for Our Land to be Healed, based on 2 Chronicles 7:14. This is a call to pray for God to work by His Spirit to humble our hearts and the hearts of all in our nation, praying for true gospel repentance, so souls may know the Lord's pardoning grace, which will bring healing in our land.
In recent days, I have had calls from radio listeners who are calling for the first time to ask for prayer and let me know they are listening. Pray for Joan and Ted in a care home in White Rock and for Mike, who cannot get to see his wife in a care home. Seniors are very vulnerable and so are people with reduced immune systems. Again, please note the guidelines at the bottom of this blog re caring for a family member with COVID-19. Pray for Arlene in SMH which is now in lock-down and visitors are no longer allowed. Her husband tells me that she still listens to the radio programs in her room.
Please join us tomorrow evening, (Wednesday) at 7:30 p.m. on our church webcast for another message and for another call to prayer. Please be in touch if you have prayer requests or needs.
Pastor Ian Goligher
Church News Update: March 19, 2020
Future services will be online only. Last night after our A.G.M. our Session and Committee met to discuss the advisory given by our Executive Committee of Presbytery, which is to cease holding public services until at least April 4. After considering all that is involved in keeping our people safe, our church's testimony in the community where even small restaurants have been closed, it was decided to follow the advisory.
There will, therefore, be no Sunday School nor gatherings for our usual Sunday services. Pastor Goligher will endeavour to conduct webcast services at 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. This will be an opportunity to encourage God's people and proclaim the gospel when people should be turning their hearts to the Lord for His grace and comfort. In future announcements, we will advise on what we can do for Wednesday prayer meetings.
This is a time to seek the Lord through Bible Study and prayer. The book of Jeremiah is very helpful to understand what God is doing in our nations around the world. When people depart from the Lord, harden their hearts and will not turn from their sins, then God has His ways of getting our attention. Pestilence is one of them. See 2 Chronicles 7:13 - 14, where pestilence is specifically mentioned. Pray for God to open His word to hearts and to open hearts to His voice. We pray for revival and we must, therefore, accept that God can use this coronavirus to turn hearts to Himself. Pray for God's blessing upon the ministry of His word on webcast on Sundays and each day on the radio.
If you have prayer requests or in need of help in the days and weeks ahead please call or email. The Lord be with you and keep you in His grace.
Church News Update: March 18, 2020
We are all concerned about the coronavirus pandemic. It is time to seek the Lord anew for His mercies upon our nations and upon our own souls. The world has been brought to its knees with no way to stop the world-wide spread of this disease.
We are brought to realize that we cannot depend on the "world" nor the wisdom of men; we are cast upon the Lord for His mercy. The Bible consistently teaches that this is a world under the sentence of death, but men in their worldly wisdom reject the facts. Now the facts are undeniable, and we must confess that we are in a world of mortality where man is not in control.
The good news is that the Lord is in control and through this epidemic is reminding us all that we are dependent upon Him. It is time to seek the Lord for his grace. God promises:
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2Chronicles 7:14
If you would like prayer for yourself and your family please send us an email at [email protected] or call Pastor Goligher at 604-576-1091.
Please check back for updates on our church services as things are changing weekly, if not daily. Our A.G.M. is still on for Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
See PDF (Below) for a guide for caregivers, household members and close contacts living with someone who has the virus.