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WMBC Sunday Worship Services
March 5 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm PST
March 5, 2023 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm & 5:00 pm-6:30 PDT
Sunday Worship Service
March 5, 2023 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm PDT
Ward Memorial Baptist Church, 465 Kamloops St. Vancouver, BC V5K 3V2
“My House will be called A House of Prayer For all Nations” Isaiah 56:7 ~ Mark 11:17
Church Office 604 255 3949
Snr. Pastor Jusuf Wijaya 604 724-1158
G&I Shining Stars Youth Society 604 307-9237
Assoc. Pastor Gary Hockridge 604 255-6242
Youth Pastor: Jeremy Kwan 613-316-8975
Church Moderator: Chris Lim 604-722-1800
Opening Prayer/Welcome/Worship/Praise: Worship Team
Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 2
1 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem:
“This is what the Lord says:
“‘I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the wilderness, through a land not sown.3 Israel was holy to the Lord, the first fruits of his harvest; all who devoured her were held guilty, and disaster overtook them,’”
declares the Lord.4 Hear the word of the Lord, you descendants of Jacob, all you clans of Israel. 5 This is what the Lord says:
“What fault did your ancestors find in me, that they strayed so far from me?
They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves.
6 They did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord, who brought us up out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness, through a land of deserts and ravines, a land of drought and utter darkness, a land where no one travels and no one lives?’7 I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce. But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable.8 The priests did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord?’
Those who deal with the law did not know me; the leaders rebelled against me.
The prophets prophesied by Baal, following worthless idols.
9 “Therefore I bring charges against you again,” declares the Lord. “And I will bring charges against your children’s children.10 Cross over to the coasts of Cyprus and look,
send to Kedar and observe closely; see if there has ever been anything like this:
11 Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.)
But my people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols.
12 Be appalled at this, you heavens, and shudder with great horror,” declares the Lord.
13 “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
14 Is Israel a servant, a slave by birth? Why then has he become plunder? 15 Lions have roared; they have growled at him. They have laid waste his land; his towns are burned and deserted. 16 Also, the men of Memphis and Tahpanhes have cracked your skull.17 Have you not brought this on yourselves by forsaking the Lord your God
when he led you in the way?18 Now why go to Egypt to drink water from the Nile?
And why go to Assyria to drink water from the Euphrates?
19 Your wickedness will punish you; your backsliding will rebuke you. Consider then and realize how evil and bitter it is for you when you forsake the Lord your God and have no awe of me,” declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty. 20 “Long ago you broke off your yoke and tore off your bonds; you said, ‘I will not serve you!’
Indeed, on every high hill and under every spreading tree you lay down as a prostitute.
21 I had planted you like a choice vine of sound and reliable stock. How then did you turn against me into a corrupt, wild vine? 22 Although you wash yourself with soap
and use an abundance of cleansing powder, the stain of your guilt is still before me,”
declares the Sovereign Lord. 23 “How can you say, ‘I am not defiled; I have not run after the Baals’? See how you behaved in the valley; consider what you have done.
You are a swift she-camel running here and there, 24 a wild donkey accustomed to the desert, sniffing the wind in her craving— in her heat who can restrain her?
Any males that pursue her need not tire themselves; at mating time they will find her.
25 Do not run until your feet are bare and your throat is dry. But you said, ‘It’s no use!
love foreign gods, and I must go after them.’
26 “As a thief is disgraced when he is caught, so the people of Israel are disgraced—
they, their kings and their officials, their priests and their prophets. 27 They say to wood, ‘You are my father,’ and to stone, ‘You gave me birth.’ They have turned their backs to me and not their faces; yet when they are in trouble, they say, ‘Come and save us!’
28 Where then are the gods you made for yourselves? Let them come if they can save you when you are in trouble! For you, Judah, have as many gods as you have towns. 29 “Why do you bring charges against me? You have all rebelled against me,”
declares the Lord. 30 “In vain I punished your people; they did not respond to correction.
Your sword has devoured your prophets like a ravenous lion.
31 “You of this generation, consider the word of the Lord:
“Have I been a desert to Israel or a land of great darkness? Why do my people say, ‘We are free to roam; we will come to you no more’? 32 Does a young woman forget her jewelry, a bride her wedding ornaments? Yet my people have forgotten me, days without number.33 How skilled you are at pursuing love! Even the worst of women can learn from your ways.34 On your clothes is found the lifeblood of the innocent poor,
though you did not catch them breaking in. Yet in spite of all this 35 you say, ‘I am innocent; he is not angry with me.’ But I will pass judgment on you because you say, ‘I have not sinned.’36 Why do you go about so much, changing your ways?
You will be disappointed by Egypt as you were by Assyria. 37 You will also leave that place with your hands on your head, for the Lord has rejected those you trust;
you will not be helped by them.
Praise and Worship Contd.
Can also drop off in mail slot at church or send by mail.
Message: “ Build ” by Sephora Pierre-Louis
Baptism: Speak with Pastor Jusuf if you are interested in baptism.
(Vision Statement) “Making God known by sharing the Love of Christ.”
(Mission Statement)“Transformation”- Romans 12:2 (Vision Statement)
– All are welcome at WMBC
Prayer Sessions: Time –Wednesday: 7:00-8:30 p.m.; Sundays: 9:45 a.m.
LIVE STREAMING OF WMBC SERVICES WILL BE ON SUNDAYS @ 10:30 A.M. https://wmbaptistchurch.ca In-person church services commence at 10:30 A.M. Invite families and friends.
Celebration Zone on-site- Sundays @10:30 a.m.
ESL Classes: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the downstairs Fellowship Hall.
Interested Volunteer teachers, contact Yvonne.
Pray without ceasing, continue to be diligent.
Stay home, especially if showing symptoms.
Wash hands frequently with soap and water!!!
Sanitize hands and surfaces.
Wear masks; still consider others ( if in enclosed areas )
-Gary Hockridge and Hercules Tupas, E. Van., on Zoom, Saturdays @3:00 p.m.
Our Outreach Ministries
Burmese Baptist Fellowship: 2:00 p.m. on Sundays at WMBC. Contact: Henry Chan 604-618-0883
ESL Classes: Tues/Thurs @ 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
S.E.T.: Senior Enrichment Time @ 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. every 1st Friday of the month. New re-opening will be announced soon.
Women’s Gathering Group: Details coming soon!
Shining Stars after-School Tutoring and Bible Club: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, @ 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.; Thursdays (TBA); Connections/Youth: Fridays, 3:30 – 8:30 p.m./ 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Shining Stars After-school/Youth activities on-going.
Young Adults with Alyssa Hui /Lorna Horwood- Sundays @12:30 p.m.
Vision School – Contact Chris Lim
Ward Memorial Baptist Church AGM: March 19th, 2023, after the morning service.
Prayer Care / Concerns:
Praise and thanks for the safe return of Pastor Jusuf, Lucy, and team from their mission outreach.
Church Ministries; Church Unity and Growth; Covid-19 and other viral diseases in all impacted countries and people; Health Care Personnel; Teachers / Students; our Community; Haiti, Afghanistan, Russia and Ukraine; Turkey / Syria (earthquake impacted); South Korea, Peru; Families’ displacement in countries due to natural or man-made disasters, etc.; Peace/Safety Officers; Shelters, Homeless; Peace and Harmony across Canada / Reconciliation; Shining Stars After- school programs, Students, Parents and Volunteers; Celebration Zone; Burmese Fellowship; Seniors; Young Adults; Brothers and sisters who are ill.
19th Annual Shining Stars Spring Break KidsFest.
-Accepting children/youth (grades 2 to 9) Spring Break KidsFest on March 14 – 17; 20 – 24, 2023 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Donation: Minimal – $15.00 per child/youth/day
Lunch, Snacks, Prizes, Activities, and Field Trips will be provided.
Every day, children/youth MUST wear running shoes, a coat, and/or rain gear, pack a water bottle, swimsuit, towel, and shampoo in their backpack.
Long Term Missions:
Tim and Kellie Hutton-Bolivia
Paul & Sharyn Branson-Dominican Republic
Janzens-Brazil; Bill and Janice Dyck-Bolivia
“The exciting news is that our heavenly Father is assembling a team of people to lead Mission Central who desire to honour him with their love and obedience. They want his heart before a strategy. This is the type of team that God’s people should get behind.” (John Hall).
Prayer Request- Pray for those who God is calling to continue and expand His mission; pray for generosity of hearts to give towards clearing the existing debt; pray for God’s provision and guidance for the continuing process; prayer praise and thanks for finances received to date.
Local Mission Outreach
-Shining Stars after- school –contact Yvonne M. Jones or Jennifer Lee.
-Seniors Enrichment Time (SET) –contact Pastor Jusuf Wijaya and Assoc. Pastor Gary Hockridge.
A warm Ward welcome if you are visiting in-person or online with us today. Contact Pastors with special prayer requests or concerns. THANKS
Note: Donate your bottles and cans to G&I Shining Stars Youth Society. Proceeds go towards children locally and beyond, as well as care meals for the downtown Eastside.
Dear Lord, thank you for the cross, the authentic symbol of the suffering, horrendous pain, you endured for all humanity, shattering all illusions and expectations by crushing the enemy of our souls through your triumph embedded in your unending, unmatched, eternal love, validated by your resurrection, and promise to return.
As we journey through this Lenten season, renew, repair, refill, revive our hearts with the fruits of your Holy Spirit. Let us not be afraid, obsessed with worry over situations we cannot change, but fix our eyes on you, the author and finisher of all things. Inspire us to be intentionally kinder, more loving, more forgiving, more committed to model your characteristics and allow your light to shine and draw others to you.
Forgive us, when we err, increase our listening capacity to hear and discern your voice regardless of the life’s daily noise level.
Thank you for loving us and being gracious especially when we don’t deserve it.