Mask Mandate Update
As we have sought to follow public health mandates throughout the pandemic, as of Monday, the wearing of masks will not be required at GBC for any activities or services. I know there will be some who will not feel comfortable with this and so you are encouraged to continue to wear masks as long as you feel led.
May we, as God’s church, show grace to one another as we navigate this new phase of the pandemic no matter what our view is.
Prayer Chain Correction
On Tuesday I gave an update on the prayer chain but I shared some incorrect information. If you have a prayer request, please send it here:
Don’t send it to Jacob Ginter’s personal email. My apologies for any confusion!
Join us on Sunday in-person or on our livestream as we continue our series “Servant in motion”
Sunday at 11am Patrick will be sharing from Mark in our winter series: “Servant in Motion”. A key theme is Jesus as servant so that will direct our study as we look to see what it means for us. This week he’ll be looking at the remainder of chapter 8 and chapter 9.
We will also be having another special mission’s update as we seek to connect with those we support through our finances and prayers.
You can also ‘read ahead’ and get prepared by looking at the passage for the day- Mark 8:26-9:50. We cover a lot of ground so it might help to read before Sunday!
Remember, you can join us as we gather in-person or you can connect through our website www.guelphbiblechapel.ca our YouTube channel as well as Facebook LIVE.
Thought for the day: Be prayerful and practice gentleness to show true strength
As I read the Bible, I am reminded often that Jesus was a man of prayer. With this in mind, as we look at character and how to live it out, we should seek to be prayerful in our own lives.
No matter how busy His ministry got, Jesus found time to be alone and pray. Whether it was in the garden of Gethsemane, across a river, or on a mountaintop, Jesus disappeared for a while in order to pray to God, the Father. People always tried to find Him, and He never turned them away, but He also made sure to make time spent with His heavenly Father a priority. May this be something our lives are noted by.
Okay, that was probably an obvious one. But how about this? Jesus was seen to have a spirit of gentleness.
There were certainly times where Jesus used stern words, but He knew when gentleness was appropriate. Children seemed to love coming to him, and He made sure the disciples knew not to deter them when they did so. When speaking with His disciples, mother, or other people, He could be very kind-hearted and gentle. But, when He was giving someone a rebuke or making a point in an argument, He knew when turning up the heat was necessary and only did so strategically. He could be characterized as meek. Meekness, or gentleness, is not weakness, but strength under control. In these emotionally-charged days this is a critical trait for we who would like to follow Jesus to practice.
In an era where we are seeing varying expressions of power, the one who is prayerful and shows gentleness is the true practitioner of strength.
In His grip,