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Reflecting On Easter

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Hey SDBC family! God is so good. As I think about this past Easter weekend, I am incredibly thankful for what he has done! I am overwhelmed by the love and sacrifice of Jesus and the chance to contemplate this as a church on Good Friday. I trust, even though originally designed to be experienced together in person, that we all felt drawn into Jesus' journey to the cross in a new and powerful way. I hope that as we heard scripture being read and shared communion together, we were reminded of his immense love. And as we ended in complete darkness (even though our homes were likely filled with beautiful sunshine) we hopefully had the sense that, when Jesus uttered those words,"it is finished," there was so much more going on, more than we often allow our minds to think: the author of life itself, experiencing the full weight of sin and death.

Then came the morning, on the third day. We heard Mark's gospel share these words: "He has risen; he is not here…But go, tell." We praise God for the certain victory Christ achieved through the resurrection. He IS risen! He IS alive! He IS King over all! Friends, this is why we are a people filled with hope, even in uncertain times. We worship a living God! I know many of our church family shared how encouraged they were by the way we creatively celebrated together on Easter Sunday. This is awesome. It was our longing as a staff team that we would find glory in the risen King! So let us not lose this hope!

Romans 8:10-11 proclaim an incredible resurrection truth we can live and move forward in. Be thankful and be encouraged.

"But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you."

Posted by Jayson Oldham

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

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