Tips for Self-Isolation
April 2, 2020
CELEBRATING PALM SUNDAY - HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST!
Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King - John 12:12-13
“The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”; “Blessed is the King of Israel!”
Disappointments! We are all feeling disappointed in some way, as we remain shut-up in our homes. This past week a team of 42 and myself would have been away in Israel and we were looking forward to walking down The Via Dolorosa – a processional route in the Old City of Jerusalem, believed to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to His crucifixion, where the people shouted, “Hosanna – Praise God in the Highest”.
So now, all 42 of us are having to just imagine this scene in our minds, until the rescheduled date, hopefully sometime this November.
Nevertheless, one thing we are not disappointed about - Jesus Christ did that walk for us! He rode humbly down that road, knowing what was to come in the following days.
Folks – we are all learning to go deeper with God in the midst of this situation, and especially to be more purposeful in our daily relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Everything in us is being tested – but remember who you are in Christ, our God.
Don’t despair at this time, don’t quit, don’t give up, don’t dwell in fear – God is with us!
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Josh 1:9)
Continue walking with Him,
Pastor Marie Miller
March 24, 2020
WEEK 2 – SHUT IN TIPS WITH PASTOR MARIE
This past Sunday, March 22nd my message was a solemn call back to Prayer. I trust you not only heard that message, but have been heeding it. We need healing in our nations, and that comes through obedience to the Word of God. If you are still struggling with “Fear” please GO BACK and listen again to the Service on Sunday, March 15th or any of our past messages HERE.
James 1:16-17 says: “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years!”
If there’s no spouse or prayer partner to confess it to, confess is openly to God and He, who always hears us, will hear. We want nothing to hinder our clear channel to our Father, as we TOGETHER seek the Lord for His mercies.
David says in Psalm 67:1 “May God be merciful and bless us.May His face smile with favor on us”. This is our cry, this is our belief, this we pray in Jesus name!
Friends, don’t forget each other. Remember the families with children who are climbing the walls and driving them crazy :) . Remember us your pastors in prayer, remember all the Frontline Workers and please remember our Seniors and Shut-ins. Remember those sick and grieving – please see prayer list below:
We look forward to seeing and knowing that you are ONLINE this SUNDAY as you LIVESTREAM the Service.
With Love & Prayers,
March 16, 2020
BELIEVERS - THINGS TO DO WHEN HOUSEHOLDS ARE SHUT IN!
As we look around we can see that this is truly a difficult season for our world, but my prayer is that we would become better people because of it, and that the lessons we need to learn and the adjustments we need to make, will be done by all, especially those of the household of faith.
God is with us, YES - the God of Jacob is our refuge. Be encouraged by His might and power, and be lifted up as you remain firm in His everlasting arms.
Allow me to offer a few words of reassurance to you during this season and may I suggest PPC’s adherents attempt a few of these suggestions in the next two weeks.
14 SUGGESTIONS FOR REFUELING JOY IN A DIFFICULT SEASON
1. Read the Word of God – Make use of the Study Guides, Devotional books, online sermons and other credible resources to refresh yourself during this time
2. Pray – Frequently and with Urgency. Maximise the use of the prayer guide that was given, over this season and Pray for ALL.
3. Daily Devotional Times - Engage your family in more frequent devotional times together. If you live alone, connect with a friend and enjoy some spiritual moments.
4. Encourage Others - Check in on people you know with a phone call, Don’t text – Call. Be intentional in selecting people that you have not connected with for some time.
5. Worship - Turn up the music (Spotify, YouTube, Google Play) or simply pull out CD’s and play them loudly as you worship like you’ve never worshiped before with hope, freedom and a dance.
6. Good Old Board Games – Engage the family in some good old board games which are good for community spirit and allows for actual direct communication and engagement.
7. Read - Many have stopped reading, this is a chance to reintroduce yourself and your family to some books that have been tossed aside over time
8. Healthy Jokes – laughter is good medicine.
9. Think with Purpose - think about the people in impoverished countries – what are they going through?
10. Journal - Write down what you would do to help them, if you could – then pray for them.
11. Take Vitamins - Research the vitamins you need to be taking, and begin. Vitamin D is a good start.
12. Leave No Room for Discouragement - Do not allow any depression or discouragement to overtake you – God is with you!
13. Take Long Walks – enjoy God’s beauty in creation
14. Raise a Hallelujah! – Pause after worship or prayer and shout some happy “Hallelujahs!”
Quote: “Not all of us can do great things but we can all do small things with great love.” (Mother Teresa)
THERE IS A PRICELESS VALUE IN KNOWING CHRIST!
“Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith”. (Phil 3:1 nlt)
Blessings & Prayers,
PS Please remember to pray for us also!
PPC's Plan of Action
March 13, 2020
“God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
(2 Tim 1:7)
We, the board and staff at PPC, have been watching this situation carefully and are doing everything in our power to prepare and protect all our adherents during this very difficult and uncertain time. We have been vigilant about sanitization!
PLEASE OBSERVE THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 15 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid close contact with people who are ill
Stay home when you are ill, (note: - check the Ministry of Health website for the symptoms and cure)
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands
If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
This Sunday, March 15th, we are planning to have our service at 9am and 11am – a Live Stream option will also be available both times at ppclife.ca
ALL Midweek Services/Events will be cancelled for three weeks and will resume the week of April 5th.
Sunday March 22nd and March 29th, morning worship services will be Live Streamed as one service at 10:00 AM only
The special congregational meeting to discuss the Resolution will be held on Sunday, March 22nd at 11:30 AM and will also be live streamed
Please visit our website frequently to stay up-to-date to the latest news related to PPC ministry events.
We will resume our regular two Sunday services at 9 am and 11 am beginning on Palm Sunday - Sunday, April 5th
Please provide us with your contact information by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org or filling out the online form available at ppclife.ca to receive the most up-to-date information on a regular basis
Please remember to keep our Church operational by continuing your regular tithes and offering during this time - through the online modes on PPC website, text-to-give or by direct giving (forms available from Pastor Rob).
We are planning to have multiple Conference Call Prayer times for groups of people. Please contact your Ministry leader for more details regarding particular times and the number to call.
Currently we have 4 groups that pray thru conferencing: Fridays - Youth @ 7:00 pm; SATURDAYS: Altar Workers @ 6:30-7; Children’s Ministries Workers @ 7:30 - 7:45; and Worship Arts @ 8:30-8:45.
A revised schedule will be done so many more groups can use the same option at the timeframe given for their group.
Tuesday Worldwide Prayer @ 7pm tune in to TSC Live and let’s be in our homes praying together - call a friend and enjoy sharing the moments with them - http://tsc.nyc/webcasts/tuesday-7pm/
Lastly, Believers, “you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15 nlt)
- Let’s continue to call on our ABBA Father for His help!