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Daily Update from Pastor David March 18, 2020

Wednesday, March 18

Update & Prayer Notes

This morning I met with a number of pastors in Maple Ridge to pray for one another and the community. At this unprecedented time, let us storm heaven with our expression of dependence and calls for His intervention. We may well look back on this time as one of the greatest moments in church history as God’s people acknowledged their own sin and independence, and awakened hearts to embrace the Saviour.

As we move through Lent, we would do well to become acquainted with St. Cyril of Jerusalem. He died on this date in 386, just three scant centuries after Jesus walked that city. Cyril knew poverty, sickness and hardship moving him to sell church property to help the poor. For such acts of compassion he was deposed as Bishop of Jerusalem.

As we step up and serve those impacted by the health, social and economic circumstances of our time, would we be willing to endure a backlash of criticism for such actions? May God grant us the courage, (CHAZAK!), to be women and men of faith to our neighbours and within our.

I received an e-mail today from a missionary friend in Portugal who wrote a note to each of her neighbours offering to put together a street group on WhatsApp to offer and ask for help during this time. Could we be doing something similar? She said they are now caring for them as we've never been able to before. That’s our St. Cyril opportunity.

Cyril is associated with Lent because he wrote extensively on the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of our Lord. Much of church liturgy for Lent owes a debt to this saint. One of the prayers offered among the pastors this morning asked that we might not forget this holy season of Lent and Easter because of pre-occupation with covid-19. May I encourage you to be reading in the Gospels during this time. If you start today, begin with John 7:14-31.

You might well imagine that Cyril of Jerusalem, who have so fully to famine-riddled Jerusalem might be known for his acts of kindness. Cyril's writings are filled with the loving and forgiving nature of God which was somewhat uncommon during his time period. Cyril fills his writings with great lines of the healing power of forgiveness.

For all of the adversity he faced, being twice banished from the city over which he presided as Bishop, there is not not a hint of ill will towards those who wronged him.

3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

8We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.                                                                                               —2 Corinthians 1:3-11