First News

A Prayer

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Pausing in remembrance on this National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and bowing before the One who has broken down dividing walls through his death on the cross, we reflect on this prayer:

Triune God
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
We come before you
As many parts of a single body;
People drawn from every tribe,
Every nation, every language;
Some indigenous – peoples of the land;
Some refugees, immigrants, pilgrims – people on the move; 
Some hosts, some guests;
All of us searching for an eternal place
Where we can belong.

Creator, forgive us.
The earth is yours and everything that is in it. 
But we forget.
In our arrogance we think we own it.
In our greed we think we can steal it.
In our ignorance we worship it.
In our thoughtlessness we destroy it.
We forget that you created it
To bring praise and joy to you.
That you gave it as a gift, for us to steward,
For us to enjoy,
For us to see more clearly
Your beauty and your majesty.

Jesus, save us.
We wait for your kingdom.
We long for your throne.
We hunger for your reconciliation,
For that day when people, from every tribe
And every tongue will gather
Around you and sing your praises.

Holy Spirit, teach us.
Help us to remember that the body
Is made up of many parts;
Each one unique and every one necessary. 
Teach us to embrace the discomfort
That comes from our diversity
And to celebrate the fact that we are unified, 
Not through our sameness,
But through the blood of our Lord
And Saviour Jesus Christ.

Triune God, we love you.
Your creation is beautiful.
Your salvation is merciful.
And your wisdom is beyond compare. 

We pray this all in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

taken from Lift Up Your Hearts, CRCNA

Is that your call?

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Dear FBC Community: 

I am honoured to be the new chairperson of the FBC Nomination Committee. 

In Scripture, we are reminded that Jesus said, “On this Rock, I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). The Bible also says, “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord” (Romans 12:11).

It is wonderful and a privilege to serve the Lord and His church, His pastors, His congregation and His neighbourhood, assisting His church to be His witnesses and sharing the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives (Acts 1:8). Perhaps the Holy Spirit is empowering you now for this specific calling: to be part of the leadership of the FBC body of Christ. 

FBC seeks “to become a community following Jesus with a heart for the city and beyond” firstbc.org/vision. To help to fulfil our vision, we have different ministries and leaders to assist the work God is calling us to do and assist our pastoral team and our congregation to implement this vision. If you are an FBC member or believe any other members can be part of the leadership team, this is the time of our “Call for Nomination.” As Susan Ting would say, “It is an adventure of creative and collaborative energy to partner and support our pastoral team.”

To be part of the Church Leadership Team (CLT) or a Ministry Area Team (MAT) is an incredible opportunity to serve and exercise the gifts God has given us. It is an opportunity to be part of the FBC community, the body of Christ, not just receiving His word and applying it, but giving back to our community and learning to be led by the Holy Spirit.

Suppose you are an FBC member and interested or know some member suitable to nominate. In that case, more details are available in the Lay Leadership and Nomination document as to the roles and responsibilities of the various service communities. Please fill out a nomination form before November 30th, 2021, and prayerfully consider the nomination of the leaders God may be calling to serve for the coming years in His church. 

If you have questions or would like to discuss details of the various roles, a member of the Nominating Committee would be happy to chat with you. If you wish, please email  , and we will be glad to contact you.

Blessings in Him. 
Suzana Espindola
Chairperson, FBC Nominating Committee

Cultural Humility

Recently, some of you have approached me, wondering how our church will walk alongside Indigenous peoples.

So, I want to take this opportunity to update you regarding this matter. These past few months, the leadership of our church has been discerning on how we can walk alongside Indigenous peoples. Not only that, but on how our church is to grow in cultural humility and cultural awareness in relation to indigenous peoples and other ethnic groups such as those of Asian, Latino, Africans and Afro descendants.  

To grow as a church that reflects the biblical vision of a worshipping community from every nation, tribe, people and language, we are taking two general steps. The first step is at the leadership level. Following that, we hope to take the next step with our larger congregation.

Here are our first two steps:

  • We are partnering with Tyndale Intercultural Ministry Centre to train our Pastoral Team and Church Leadership Team on cultural competency. Our Pastoral Team and Church Leadership Team have already started this training. Our hope is to include our Ministry Area Team members and the rest of our staff team in the next set of training sessions.

  • Following the training sessions, we will address our larger congregation with various opportunities to learn and grow as a church.

We would like to ask you to join us in prayer as we start this journey. This will not be a one-time thing, but this is a marathon. As disciples of Jesus, may we continue to grow in loving our neighbours as He loves us.

In Christ, our hope!
Filipe Balieiro
Director of International Ministries

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