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Candlelight Communion

posted 2 Dec 2015, 09:27 by Peter Moore   [ updated 3 Dec 2015, 19:12 ]


I think there must be something wrong with me. I just don’t understand Christmas, I guess. I might be getting presents and sending Christmas cards and decorating trees and all that, but I’m still not happy. I don’t feel the way I’m supposed to feel.              
                                                                         (Charlie Brown in “A Charlie Brown Christmas”)

We are told that “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” But we know Christmas doesn’t magically make all our problems go away. The struggles we had in November, are still there in December. In fact sometimes they are put under a Christmas spotlight. The loneliness we experience is even more evident, the pain more pronounce and our financial burdens can become overwhelming during this season. Let’s be honest, Christmas can be hard for all kinds of reasons!

This Sunday evening, Dec. 6 @ 7pm, we will gather in the sanctuary of Douglas Baptist Church to reflect on the pain, promise and passion of Christmas. This candlelight communion service will include congregational singing, special music, readings, and video. Please join with us as we pray for the comfort and hope of Christmas to find its way into our hearts, families and neighbourhoods this Christmas. 

Deepening the Dialogue- Resources & Sources: Refugee Crisis

posted 1 Nov 2015, 13:50 by Peter Moore   [ updated 1 Nov 2015, 14:37 ]

IMPORTANT NOTE: Links are provided as a convenience and for information only. The links below are external sites and while DBC has sought to identify reliable resources pertaining to this topic, providing these links does not constitute full endorsement or approval by DBC of all information or opinions expressed by the organization or individual maintained in the linked website. In providing links to other sites, DBC is not acting as a publisher or disseminator of the material contained on these other sites and does not seek to control the content of, or maintain any type of editorial control over, such sites.

General

World at War-UNHCR Global Trends. Forced Displacement in 2014
http://www.unhcr.org/556725e69.html
This report was published by The United Nations Refugee Agency.


Finding our Way: Immigrants, Refugees, and Canadian Churches.
http://www.communitybasedresearch.ca/resources/659/Guide%20To%20Action%20March%202015.compressed.pdf
This document is produced by The Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR) which is focused on strengthening communities through social research. Sam Reimer (Crandall University) is a partner in this project. 



Refugee Highway Partnership

http://refugeehighway.net/
The Refugee Highway Partnership is coordinated by a team of leaders from diverse organisations around the world. Its stated purpose reads: “Because of our God-inspired love for refugees, the biblical mandate to care for the alien, and because of our conviction that we can do this best by collaborating together the Refugee Highway Partnership seeks to create a community that facilitates more effective ministry, stimulates strategic initiatives, envisions and equips the church so that refugee ministries are strengthened and more refugees are served.”


Map of Refugee Highway
http://www.iafr.org/map-of-the-highway
This resource is published by the International Association for Refugees which is seeking the welfare of forcible displaced people together with the church.


Refugee Settlement Training Program
http://www.rstp.ca/en/resources/handbook-for-sponsoring-groups/
This is a handbook on resettlement published by the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program. RSTP is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and administered by Catholic Crosscultural Services (CCS).

Videos


A World in Crisis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxUpIjVdpRo
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has many eye opening videos on their Youtube channel including this one.


SANCTUARY WITHOUT END-THE REFUGEES THE WORLD FORGOT
http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2015/10/world/dadaab-refugees/?sr=fbCNN101515dadaab-refugees0300PMStoryLink&linkId=17966684
Recently, CNN provided excellent coverage on Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp, located in Kenya.


Resources Specific to the Middle East and current Syrian Crisis 



World at Your Door: CBM’S Crisis Intervention
http://www.cbmin.org/resources/publications/world-at-your-door/march-2015/
Canadian Baptist Ministries, the national body we belong to, has been working with global partners for many years to help refugees. Here you will find information on some of CBM’S current efforts.


"Lebanese Baptist Speaks to European Christians about Refugee Crisis"
http://www.ethicsdaily.com/lebanese-baptist-speaks-to-european-christians-about-refugee-crisis-cms-22944
This article addresses a lot of the fears Europeans (and Canadians) have about hosting refugees.


Syrian Journey: Choose Your Own Escape Route"
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32057601
This was put together by the BBC to emphasize the lack of good choices for refugees. It's in an interactive choose-your-own-adventure format.

 Videos


Syrian Refugee Crisis
http://baptist-atlantic.ca/media/videos/syrian-refugee-crisis/
The Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches, the family of Baptist churches that DBC belongs to here in Atlantic Canada, has responded to the Syrian refugee crisis by setting a goal of bringing 50 refugee families to the region. The video on this page shares this challenge.

 

"Who's Fighting Who in Syria? Explained in 90 Seconds"
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34462867
This short video is also put together by the BBC, and also focuses on Syria. It gives a good, quick glimpse into just how complicated war can be.

 

"The European Refugee Crisis and Syria Explained"
http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/the-european-refugee-crisis-and-syria-explained/
This is a 6-minute video giving an overview of the refugee crisis.

Selected Biblical Passages to Consider

Leviticus 19:18, 33-34; 24:22; 25:10

Amos 5:21-25

Isaiah 61:1-2

Luke 4:18-19

Matthew 25:34-40

Galatians 5:1, 13

 James 1:27

Deepening the Dialogue Sessions

posted 29 Oct 2015, 17:19 by Peter Moore   [ updated 29 Oct 2015, 17:24 ]

Deepening the Dialogue-Discover. Discuss. Discern.

There  are  many  challenging  issues  in  our world  today and many voices  seeking  to persuade  us on how we should think. Often  there  are  no easy  answers  and many conflicting ideas (even among those who call themselves Christians). Deepening the Dialogue  is  an  opportunity  for  us  to  come together and wrestle  with today’s  challenging issues in a safe place. We will  seek to understand how the Bible and our faith speak   into   the  issues  of  our  day  by  exploring  three  key questions:   What  do  we  need  to  know?    How do we feel? Where do  we go from here? We will seek to discover, discuss and discern together!

Our first Deepening the Dialogue topic will be Refugees. We will  be  meeting on 3 Sunday mornings in November (1st, 8th, and 15th) from 9:15am until 10am. Come with your questions, an open mind and your Bible!

Sabbatical Information

posted 26 Jan 2015, 12:25 by Peter Moore

Douglas Baptist Church
Sabbatical 2015

Some general information about Pastor Peter’s sabbatical and how DBC will continue to minister as a church body during this time.

What is a sabbatical?
A sabbatical leave offers a pastor time to retreat from the day-to-day pressures, to rejuvenate their own soul, deepen family connection, renew vision, research new possibilities to fulfill it, and return with a restored passion. 

How long will Pastor Peter be on sabbatical?
Pastor Peter’s sabbatical is 3 months. It will begin on Wednesday, February 4 and end on Sunday, May 3. His first day back will be Monday, May 4.

What will Pastor Peter be doing on his sabbatical?
Pastor Peter’s sabbatical will consist of three main components: 1-Personal Reflection/Renewal, 2-Family Time and 3-Learning/Education.
Within each area, Pastor Peter has set goals and sought the Church Deacons input/approval. 
 
Here are a few of the highlights and some examples of how Pastor Peter will be spending his time while on Sabbatical:
Processing the events of Leah’s illness (and implications for ministry) by sorting through and compiling journal entries, notes, etc… written at that time.
A study of the life and writings of King David
At least one week away with Patricia for marriage renewal
Spending weekends with and/or visiting family
Attending the Simpson Lectures at Acadia Divinity College
Attending the Exponential Conference in Tampa, FL
Reading Week in Moncton, NB

At the end of each month brief summary reports will be forwarded to the Deacons Ministry. A final summary report will be given to the Church Council through the Deacon’s Ministry no more than two (2) months following the sabbatical completion, and disseminated to the congregation as appropriate.

Will Pastor Peter be away for his sabbatical?
There will be times when Pastor Peter is out of town during his sabbatical. However, those times will be staggered so as not to put undue hardship on his family. 

Where will Pastor Peter be going to church while he is on Sabbatical?
Pastor Peter will miss worshipping with his DBC family, however, in order to retreat from the pressures of ministry, he will be attending other churches during his sabbatical. This will also provide Pastor Peter with a unique opportunity to experience different styles of worship and gain insights that will benefit our congregation going forward.

What if I see Pastor Peter while he is on sabbatical, can I talk to him?
Of course, Pastor Peter considers each of us to be his friend so if you see him while out and about by all means stop and chat. Please do, however, try to respect the fact that we are providing him with time to step back from pastoral ministry and the stresses that come with it.

Who will do Pastor Peter’s “job” while he is on Sabbatical?
The Deacons have been working with Pastor Peter to assure that all our basic needs are met during this time. That being said, we all must work together and be patient, realizing that we are in a different season and there may be things we miss.

The Deacons have asked Dan Grove to step in on a part-time basis while Pastor Peter is away. He has been asked to work for 15 hours a week at DBC. Dan Grove’s main responsibilities will be in the area of preaching and visitation (with specific focus on crisis situations). Dan is also looking forward to doing some general visitation as time allows. Dan will be in the church office on Wednesdays and will attend Deacons Ministry Meetings. While the rest of our church staff are supportive of Pastor Peter’s sabbatical and willing to help make it happen, our goal is to not burden them with a great deal of extra responsibility. The Deacons will be also stepping up and are willing to be called upon.

What if there is a death in our church or community?
Dan Grove will be available to officiate at any funerals that arise. He has pastoral experience and has been involved at many funerals. If Pastor Peter is in the area, he is willing to participate but Dan G. will seek to support the family and work with the funeral home to coordinate all the details. Of course, Pastor Dan Pyke is also available (as always) to officiate or participate. 

Who do I contact if…
I am in need (financially) or know someone in need?
You can contact the church office.  Any calls that come to the church requesting benevolent help will be dealt with by Pastor Dan G. on Wednesdays.
I have a question about the Sunday Service?
Cindy Grasse, our Worship Ministry Coordinator, works closely with Pastor Peter on a regular basis in this area. She will be putting together the order of service while Pastor Peter is away in consultation with Pastors Dan P. and Dan G. Please speak to her if you need info about a particular service.
Please note the following individuals can be contacted if you need assistance or have questions:
Church Moderator (who chairs Council): Roger Price Deacons: Sonny Urquhart (Coordinator), David Anderson, Bob Bettle, Frank Gordon, Clarence Sherman

A Day of Prayer and Fasting

posted 21 Nov 2013, 05:02 by Peter Moore   [ updated 21 Nov 2013, 05:16 ]

A Day of Prayer and Fasting**

At a meeting this week it was decided by our Pastors and Deacons that this Sunday, November 24, would be designated as a day of prayer and fasting. We invite you to join us!

We believe that at this time the need for focused prayer is great. At any given time there are numerous needs in our congregation, however, recent developments in people’s lives, combined with the coming of the Christmas season lead us to believe that it is once again time to rally around those who are struggling. We have received strength in the past when this has been done and God has revealed himself. Let us trust that He can again!

While there are a number of situations that can and will be prayed for, recent developments in Janet Parks’ health have brought her battle into focus. With this in mind we are inviting you to make this Sunday a day of prayer. What that looks like is of course up to you, but we would suggest it means being intentional (and possibly uncomfortable) with some part of your day.

Maybe you will get up an hour early on Sunday and spend extra time in prayer. Maybe you will fast for a meal or even from sunup to sundown. Maybe you will make an effort to join with us at 5pm…that is for you to decide but please consider being intentional about prayer for Janet (and others) this Sunday.

We will begin the day at church with prayer at 9:30am. Our service will take place at 10:30am and we will have a special prayer time during the service. The church building will remain open throughout the afternoon for prayer and we will hold a “Prayer Gathering” from 5-6pm for those who wish to come together for prayer (and music). Please if you have any questions, talk with a Pastor or Deacon and most importantly-PRAY!


Fasting

Simply put, fasting is going without food (and sometimes drink). Many of us may have had to fast for medical purposes but few of us have likely considered fasting for a spiritual purpose. The Bible reveals that fasting commonly took place among God’s people during both Old Testament and New Testament times. Jesus Himself participated in this spiritual discipline.

While we do not have to fast, nor should everyone because of health issues, fasting can still be a valuable spiritual discipline for those who are able and feel called to do so. Dallas Willard in his book The Spirit of the Disciplines wrote, “Fasting confirms our utter dependence upon God…fasting unto our Lord is therefore feasting-feasting on Him and on doing His will.” It has also been said that, “Fasting is a recognition of our weakness and an admission of God’s power.”

In fasting we are not trying to manipulate God. Fasting is not a way for us to get what we want. When someone engages in this spiritual discipline they are choosing voluntarily to focus on God and dedicating themselves to prayer.

Christmas Events at DBC

posted 20 Nov 2013, 08:21 by Peter Moore   [ updated 20 Nov 2013, 09:38 by DBC Admin ]



Adult Fellowship Dinner 

Saturday, Nov. 23 at 6PM 

Sign up in the foyer and let us know which part of the meal you will bring. 
Also please bring along something homemade/handmade that can go 
in the auction (i.e. craft, baking, pickles, knitting, woodworking, etc...).
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Serving Saturday - Spread the Joy 

Saturday, Nov. 30 from 9:30am-12noon

Come help set up for the Bethlehem fair or deliver Christmas flowers to seniors.
All ages welcome. (Children should be accompanied by an adult.)

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Christmas Tree Lighting/Bethlehem Fair 

Sunday, Dec. 1 at 6pm/6:30pm

An exciting night of lights and sights from the Christmas story. 
Live nativity and more. Don’t forget to invite a neighbour.

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Dooryard Christmas 

Sunday, Dec. 8 at 9:30am

A time of food and Christmas fun for the whole family. 

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Musical Drama - Joy of Every Longing Heart 

Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7pm
Sunday, Dec. 15 at 10:30am 

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Christmas Eve Services 

Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 5:30pm & 7:00pm

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What will I see this week...

posted 25 Mar 2013, 08:24 by Peter Moore

Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the Feast. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. "Sir," they said, " we would like to see Jesus." John 12:20-21
 
As I read this part of the Bible this morning, the words of the Greek worshippers seem to jump off the page... "we would like to see Jesus." I found myself praying these words for my family, for my friends, for my church, for myself! This week I want to see Jesus. This week I want us to see Jesus. This week I want everyone to see Jesus.
 
It's the week leading up to Easter, how hard should it be to see Jesus? Well for me it's a busy week- extra church services, the routine is different, kids are home more, family visiting- so if I am not careful I may miss Jesus and the reason we have Easter. I stood in line at the store the other day behind a nice looking couple who were getting ready for Easter. They were buying a cart full of candy and chocolates and gifts! My prayer for them today... I pray they see Jesus this week.
 
Of course there is nothing wrong with candy and chocolates and gifts-I like all three, the first two a little too much in fact-but all to often we get too busy and maybe a little distracted with such things. So my prayer today is...and I invite you to join me in praying... God I would like to see Jesus this week. 
 
I guess one question one might raise about such a prayer is "How can we see Jesus this week?" Well I believe we can see him in all kinds of ways...maybe not Jesus in the flesh like we read about in the Bible... but the essence of who He is lives on (or should live on) in His church. And the Spirit is alive and well all around us. In fact, I have seen Jesus in others, in the way they live out their faith. I have seen the Spirit move and work in all kinds of ways. 
 
So let us pray that amidst all the distractions of life (and Easter), we will see Jesus! 

Miracles...Yesterday's News or Current Events

posted 20 Feb 2013, 09:11 by Peter Moore

What a relief... that's one of many feelings I had after this past Sunday. 

It was a relief to be able to have church in the first place! What is it with all these weekend storms anyway. I understand that we live in Canada-Hey I even like winter! I spent a couple of hours with Leah and the little guy from next door building a snow fort on the weekend. But really do we have to get all our snow on the weekends. It can really slow people down and keep them home on Sundays. That being said, what a blessing it was to see so many people brave the snow (and the forecaste) the last couple of Sundays. 

What a relief it was to finally get started on our Easter series. I know Easter is early and normally it would still be another few weeks before we could start Lent but this year I am just really excited to be exploring the topic of Miracles. It feels like I have been learning about Miracles for so long and that God has been teaching me so much. Now it's finally time to share and study together about God's miracles! 

And so our journey has begun...what a relief... and what exciting times. Do you believe in Miracles? Have you experience a miracle in your life? Are you ready for more miracles? When God shows up, miracles happen!

Here are a few random points from our time together on Sunday...

The word miracle is connected to three key concepts/words in the Bible: Sign, Wonder, Power.

Miracles are signs that point to something.
Miracles can be describe as both being wonders and bringing about wonder.
Miracles are acts if divine power.

Miracles are acts of God that proclaim His sovereign power over creation as well as His commitment to and love for people.
Miracles are essentially expressions of God's glory, provision and salvation.

Let the journey (and Miracles) continue!
 

Learning about Lent/Preparing for Easter

posted 13 Feb 2013, 11:54 by Peter Moore

Something you may not know about me...I went to a Catholic High School. It was a public school but there was still a connection to the Catholic Church. I must admit I'm not sure what the connection was exactly and how it played out behind the scenes. Nor do I know if it remains today but what I do know is that when I went there, we knew it was a Catholic school.

How did we know you ask... well we had a school priest and there were religion classes. I am not sure exactly what they did in those classes because I wasn't required to go. Not being Catholic, I went to Study Hall were I proceeded to get all my homework done so I thought the system was great. 

Every so often all the students in "religion classes" joined up with the all girls Catholic (public) school and went to Mass together. Again, I didn't have to go but I must admit I was a little curious, especially on Ash Wednesday. After Ash Wednesday, all the Catholic students came back from Mass with a little black cross on their forehead. Of course, most of them had it washed off long before lunch but I just wondered what it was all about. Unfortunately, I never got up the courage to ask... it was High School after all and you weren't suppose to talk about that in a public school (even if it was a "Catholic School"). 

Well my High School days are long gone and so to is my ignorance about that little black cross. I now understand a lot more about Catholic traditions and I am proud to have many friends who not only grew up in the Catholic tradition but have explained many of those traditions to me. I have also learned a great deal about Lent and how the Lenten tradition can be helpful as Christians prepare for Easter.

Since High School I have learned that we must not be quick to judge other Christian traditions, in particular Lent. It's kind of ironic that many of us take part in Shrove Tuesday (we had pancakes at our house last night!) but want nothing to do with Lent. While I don't feel obligated to give anything up for Lent, I do feel like I should be preparing for Easter. Spending extra time reflecting on Jesus and His sacrifice is never a bad thing. I now look forward to Lent and preparing for the most glorious Sunday of the year- Easter!

A little bonus-Here's a link to an article on Lent that I found interesting if you want to do some more reading on the topic... www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/february/13.54.html

Confessions of a Pastor

posted 30 Jan 2013, 09:26 by Peter Moore

Self Sufficiency

This was a phrase frequently heard in our province a few years ago. Made popular by the government of the day, "self sufficiency" was used to try and encourage those within our province. A feel good, "we can do it on our own" type of approach that was meant to motivate and stimulate both the people and the economy of our province.

Actually, the idea of being self sufficient has found it's way not only into my province but into my culture, my church and my personal spiritual journey. Long before any government used the phrase "Self Sufficiency," we humans decided that we could do it on our own. There are numerous examples throughout the Old Testament of God's people turning away and trying to "go it alone." Only to find that each time they headed for self sufficiency they ended up further and further away from the promise land.

But I don't need to look that far back in history to find an example of how humans tend to want to "go it alone" and be self sufficient. I simply need to look at my own life. If I am honest (and here comes the confession), I often try to go it alone. There are times when "I don't want to bother anyone" or think to myself "as the Pastor it's my responsibility." Really this is often just another way of saying "I can do it on my own."

When we pause to pray, we are admitting that "we can't do it all on our own." When we pray we are setting aside the idea of being self sufficient and saying that God's grace is sufficient. 

In his book of Transforming Prayer Daniel Henderson writes:
"Again, this is the heart of prayer. He is worthy. I am needy. He is my all-sufficient, holy, and sovereign Father. I am His humble, weak and dependent child. When these two realities meet, prayer transpires."

I am thankful that God's grace is sufficient and that I don't have to be self sufficient. I have a wonderful heavenly Father who provides for me and I am part of His church that is meant to be a place of support and love. 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

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