Mothers and Grandmothers, Unite!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Today we make a point of remembering and giving thanks for the mothers, grandmothers, and maternal figures that have shaped our lives. In the message this morning, Pastor Ralph considers the importance of godly women in the lives of believers. Together, we’ll look at the scriptural example of Timothy, who was enriched by the influences of his God-fearing mother, Eunice, and his grandmother, Lois.

“I am convinced that the influence of an army of godly women will be incalculable—in our homes, our churches, and our culture. Will you be one of those women?”

Nancy Leigh DeMoss-Wolgemuth

First Song: Be Thou My Vision

Offering

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Second Song: He Will Hold Me Fast

Message

Scripture reading: 2 Timothy 1:1-7, 8-13

Third Song: Blessed Be the Tie That Binds

Closing Prayer

Thank you, mothers of our Calvary family, for the work you do, the prayers you offer, and the love you give.

How God Addresses Our Anxieties, Part 4

In this week’s Bible study, Pastor Ralph expands upon how a right relationship with God can change our perception of problems and improve our ability to cope with them as we gain a better sense of His power.

Scripture passages

Philippians 4:6-7

1 Peter 5:6-7

Romans 8:28-29

Romans 16:20

(Apologies for getting this up late this week; I (Emily) have been sick — nothing serious.)

Christ Conquered Death

Good morning, everyone! We’re grateful for the opportunity to worship with you again today.

We’re continuing to study the Christ Event (the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus). This week, we’ll examine the scriptural accounts of Jesus’s appearances to people after He arose from the tomb after His burial, which proved His resurrection and victory over death.

First Song: Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Offering

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Second Song: Christ Our Hope in Life and Death

Message

Scripture reading: Luke 24

Third song: Look ye saints, the sight is glorious (Crown Him)

View the lyrics.

Closing Prayer

Do you have prayer requests? Please send them to us.

Thank you to everyone participating in our other online worship activities (EDGE memory verse challenges, Bible studies, and Calvary Kids).

How God Addresses Our Anxieties, Part 3

Did you know God doesn’t put Himself under obligation to answer the prayers of anyone who isn’t rightly related to Him? In this week’s Bible study, Pastor Ralph explores how God’s promises (including the promise to provide peace when you ask Him for it) are grounded in a mutual relationship between you and God.

Readings

1 Peter 5:6-7

Philippians 4:6-7

Next week, Pastor Ralph will begin a series on the concept of justification by faith alone in Christ alone (explained at the end of the video). In preparation, please read Romans chapter 8.

Redemption: The Intermission

We’re thankful to gather with you again today to worship together, even as we’re apart. We’re made for community, but weeks like the one just passed remind us how much we need it.

It’s been a week of sorrow and and tragedy in Canada. Such heartbreaking recent events make us mindful of life and death matters, and urge us to search for what’s true and lasting. Today, Pastor Ralph builds on his Easter messages as he talks about how the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus parallel what life looks like if we’ve died to our old, sin-bound way of living and become a new kind of human (“born again”) through Jesus Christ. For anyone who trusts in Him, even in the darkest of times, we hold onto the hope we have through faith — of life and love, without death, in Heaven. Until then, we wait, and we work.

May God bless your hearing of His Word today.

First Song: His Mercy is More

Offering

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Second Song: He Will Hold Me Fast

Message: Redemption: The Intermission

Our scripture reading and text comes from Romans 6.

Hear the rest of “Rock of Ages,” the song mentioned in the sermon, here.

If you’re interested in learning more about Lee Strobel’s books (also mentioned in the message), you can view them here (we’re not financially affiliated, they’re just good resources). Lee Strobel is an investigative journalist who set out as an atheist to disprove Christianity. In the course of his research became convinced that Christianity is true and became a Christian himself.

Have questions about what you’ve heard today, or want to learn more? Contact Pastor Ralph.

Third Song: Moment by Moment

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Closing Prayer

Our deep condolences and earnest prayers are with the people of Nova Scotia and everyone else affected as they grapple with devastating loss — and this in addition to the stresses of COVID-19. We mourn with them. We’re so grateful to first responders and front line workers!

Cherishing the Christ Event

Good morning, church family and friends! We hope you’re staying well. Easter may be just behind us, but I’m so thankful that through Christ’s sacrifice, that same hope and joy we’ve just celebrated is always available to us. No matter what the circumstances of our lives may be, Christ has already won the greatest battle there’s ever been on behalf of everyone who trusts in Him. Let’s take a moment to pray that we keep our focus on Christ, and ask God to prepare us to be changed by truth as we worship.

Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.

Hebrews 13:15

First Song: How Firm a Foundation

Offering

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Second Song: His Mercy is More

Message: Cherishing the Christ Event

Third Song: Christ Our Hope in Life and Death

Thank you to those who have continued to support our church financially through online giving!

How God Addresses Our Anxieties, Part 1

Pastor Ralph leads an online version of Calvary’s weekly Bible study (normally combined with a prayer meeting), looking at how God assures those who love and obey Him when they face anxiety.

We’re looking at setting up a more interactive prayer meeting through Zoom next week. (In case you’re not familiar with Zoom, it’s a video chat software that allows you to meet with multiple people at the same time.) In the meantime, please feel free to share your prayer requests.

Scripture Passages

Genesis 3:14-15

Isaiah 40: 28-31

Isaiah 26:3

Jeremiah 19:11-13

Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ Spells Life

Happy Easter! He is risen!

Today, it’s our joy to celebrate the second part of Easter, Jesus Christ rising from the dead. We remember with praise and thanks that He conquered death itself so that He could offer us eternal life. In our message, Pastor Ralph delves into the resurrection of Jesus, explaining its importance, proofs, and significance. It’s our prayer that the life-giving hope of Easter will continually have new significance for you, this day and every day.

It’s a blessing and privilege to worship with you this morning!

A note from Eliza and Pat from Children’s Ministries: Calvary Kids is our remote program for children, which is sent out by email every week. If you’d like to join the mailing list, contact us.

First Song: Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed

Offering

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Second Song: Christ Our Hope in Life and Death

Message: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ Spells Life

Scripture readings: 1 Corinthians 15:1-28, Romans 6:1-11, Philippians 3:3-16.

Third Song: The Lord is My Salvation

Closing Prayer

If you have any prayer requests, send them to us.

Thank you to all of you, our beloved Calvary family, for your patience, encouragement, and suggestions as we navigate this streaming learning curve! We appreciate your graciousness.

Good Friday: “Jesus Died for Us” – What Does that Mean?

Happy Good Friday! We hope you’re continuing to be safe and practice social distance in accordance with our government’s instructions, and we pray you’re keeping well. In this challenging period of separation and uncertainty, there’s no better time for us to consider the essence of our hope in this unpredictable life: salvation in Christ alone. On this day, we remember the first part of Easter — the suffering of Jesus on the cross, His death, and His burial. Though it’s a solemn occasion, we call it “Good Friday” because it represents such indrescribably good news for we who love Christ.

The meaning and message of Good Friday is what Pastor explains in today’s message — specifically, what does it mean when we say “Jesus died for us/for our sins”? Who is included in “us”? If I live well, am I still sinful? What was the purpose of Jesus’s death? Is this even relevant to me? Watch the message below to find out more.

Once again, we’re so thankful to be able to enjoy music provided by the Gettys, chosen by Eliza.

Thanks for worshipping with us today!

First Song: The Power of the Cross

Offering

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Message: “Jesus Died for Us”: What Does that Mean?

Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 5:12-21

12 For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart. 13 For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause. 14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. 16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Second Song: Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Closing Prayer

Pastor Ralph opens with a reading from Hymn 128 in Sankey’s Songs and Solos, called “Substitution.”

Thank you, Pastor Ralph, for the work you put into these messages, which help us to better know Christ through God’s Word, the Bible.