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Easter at SDBC

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Even though the current situation with the pandemic has disturbed our routines and sense of normalcy, we must continue to trust God, and worship and honour him in everything that we do. Easter weekend is coming up and this is traditionally a time when Christians all around the world gather to celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord. We have been looking into creative ways to gather for worship to celebrate this special season. We explored the idea of a drive-in church, smaller gatherings that respect the Province's regulations on public gatherings, etc. However, with the continued state of emergency in B.C. and in Canada, we believe that it would be unwise and irresponsible to execute any plans to physically gather at this point. As a church, we want to participate in our civic duty to help our nation overcome our struggles with COVID-19 by staying home and doing our part to protect ourselves and our fellow Canadians.

Nevertheless, it is supremely important to honour Jesus during Easter weekend. Therefore, we're going to celebrate and worship via livestream services on Good Friday (10AM) and Easter Sunday (10AM). We ask you to prepare bread and grape juice for communion on Friday (April 10) during our livestream service that you will be able to access on our website. More importantly, we ask that you would prepare your hearts for this special weekend through prayer and meditation of God's word. You can choose to read through Mark 14-16, Matthew 26-28, Luke 22-24, or John 18-21 to help you prepare for our Easter celebration. Although we're scattered in multiple homes around our city, God will be with us and unite us as one body under Christ's headship as we worship him together. May God's presence and resurrection hope be with you all as we celebrate this special time together.

Posted by Paul Park

Lobby Time

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I miss worshiping with you on Sundays where we can see each other face to face and worship in the same room. I pray that the current struggles will end soon and that we would be able to enjoy one another's presence as we worship together. I'm sure many of us feel the same way, and Easter would normally be a time where we greet one another in the church lobby with great joy and excitement. One may say, "He is risen," and another would respond with, "Risen indeed!" So, this Sunday, as we celebrate Easter, we're inviting the whole church family to join us in a virtual "lobby time" session via ZOOM before and after the service. Join the ZOOM meeting (Meeting ID: 863 334 938) by clicking here any time between 9:15-9:55AM on Sunday to see one another's faces and to greet one another. And you can come back to the ZOOM meeting right after the livestream service to enjoy fellowship and wish one another a happy Easter. We're looking forward to seeing your faces on ZOOM!

Posted by Paul Park

Trusting in the Lord With All of Our Heart

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We are now heading into our 4th week of social distancing and not being able to physically gather on Sunday mornings. I've missed greeting people at the welcome tent, enjoying a cup of our church coffee (I'm partial to the Columbian blend myself), fellowshipping before and after the service, and gathering together at church for worship. On Tuesday, March 31st during the provincial COVID-19 update, Adrian Dix communicated that there was "zero chance" of lifting the province's current health orders of self-isolation and physical distancing throughout the month of April. He said it was unlikely that the orders would ease up in May as well.

I don't know if you had the same reaction as me, but my mind started racing with the implications of continuing social distancing and self-isolation until the end of May — at the very minimum. As my mind was racing, I was immediately drawn to Philippians 4:6-7: "do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." I entered into a time of prayer and was filled with a sense of peace knowing that God is sovereign and in control and I can rest in the knowledge that He is at work despite the circumstances we find ourselves in during this season of life. I'm thankful that, as Psalm 18:2 declares, God is our rock, our fortress, and our deliverer in whom we take refuge. I'm also thankful that although we can't physically gather, we are still able to connect and gather in an online context, especially on Sunday. 

This past Sunday, we ran into some problems with our streaming platform. Church Online Platform shared that on March 29th there were a total of 20,258 church services streamed through their platform! Isn't that incredible. Despite the challenges we face on a global level, God is working in and through the church and the gospel is being proclaimed! Our plan moving forward is to continue using the streaming platform we have in place, but if we run into any tech problems in the future, by 9:30AM on Sunday morning, links will be replaced on our church website directing you to our Sunday morning online service through Youtube Live. After 10AM, the service will be accessible through our website and Vimeo.

I look forward to gathering together this coming Sunday for our online worship service! It's my hope and prayer that despite the incredibly challenging season of life we find ourselves in, that Proverbs 3:5-6 would be our reality: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." We are in this together South Delta Baptist Church, united in Christ.

Posted by Jordan Scott

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