Encouragement

In this season when we are unable to meet physically, we wanted to help foster community through the sharing of songs, prayers or reflections. 

Geralynn R.

College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, always has the Hallelujah Chorus sung at their Easter Sunday service. Since that was not possible this year, they decided to try a novel way to display the lyric complexity of this work and got their church families involved. Being a retired music teacher, I think this would be a great way to introduce the work to students and give them “hands on” participation.


Monday, May 25

Marie D.

This is my favourite hymn. It is my favourite because it is true in every situation, no matter what we are going through. 


Friday, May 22


Bob. O


Wednesday, May 20

Sharon R.

I am so encouraged by this page! Thanks to all who have shared; its so wonderful to read your testimonies of faith.

I needed a ruler the other day and came across this one... written on the back of the ruler: God loves me WIDE!

It was part of a Little Wonders lesson, years ago, using the verse Ephesians 3:17-18 that says:

“And I pray that you, being established in love, may have the power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”

A simple message, but how much we need to hear this. God loves me!

Enough said. 

Wednesday, May 13

Maxine C.

I heard this song sung by the Pheonix Chamber Choir from Vancouver on CBC and it made me laugh! I liked it so much, I insisted Bill come inside from gardening to listen to it, too, and we both laughed and laughed! Laughter and joy is so important during this time and this song reminds me that we are all in this together... for the longest time! 


MOnday, May 11

MIchael K.

Thine be the glory, risen, conqu'ring Son;

Endless is the victory, thou o'er death hast won;

Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,

Kept the folded grave clothes where Thy body lay.

Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son,

Endless is the victory, thou o'er death hast won!

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;

Lovingly He greets us, scatters fear and gloom;

Let the church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing;

For her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting.

Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son,

Endless is the victory, thou o'er death hast won!

No more we doubt Thee, glorious Prince of life;

Life is naught without Thee; aid us in our strife;

Make us more than conquerors, through Thy deathless love:

Bring us safe through Jordan to Thy home above.

Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son,

Endless is the victory, thou o'er death hast won!


Friday, May 8

Wilma R.

When we moved to Nanaimo, it was a hard time for us.

We started a new business. I was sick and money was scarce. I listened to Ginny’s song a lot. I looked to the sky

and said “I will trust you”.

I also kept this catechism right beside my bed, so every morning I could read it.

What is your only comfort in life and in death?

That I am not my own, but belong --- body and soul, in life and in death –

to my faithful Saviour

Jesus Christ.

(This is the beginning of Heidelberg Catechism 1)

I know this is true for all of us. We do not need to be afraid of this virus. God is with us.

Whatever happens, He knows. We just have to give our fears to Him, and He will comfort us.

Philippians 4:6-7

Do not worry about anything but pray and ask God for everything you need,

always giving thanks. And God’s peace, which is so great we cannot understand it, will keep your hearts and minds

in Christ Jesus.


Wednesday, May 6

Nancy V.

From my living room or patio, I have an unobstructed view of Mount Benson.

We all think of Mount Benson as a beautiful mountain of protection on the West side of Nanaimo. It graces our city just as the sea borders the East side.

While enjoying the view, I am reminded of Psalm 121:1

“I lift my eyes to the hills-----

Where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,

The Maker of heaven and earth.”

I can still hear my Mum stress the importance of the punctuation in that verse. In the King James Version (which is the version I heard as a child) the second line reads….”from whence cometh my help?”

Mum wanted to be sure that I understood and believed that our help does not come from the mountain but from the Maker of the Mountain (big difference!!!).

There’s a gospel song “Tell the Mountain” that inspires and encourages me sung by The Collingsworth Family that reminds us that the creator of Heaven and Earth has the absolute power over mountains, whether geological or emotional. Hope you’re encouraged by this song!


Monday, May 4

Trish T.

This is the song that has encouraged me during covid-19. Our God goes before us and walks beside us! He already knows.


Bob O.