Do you like inspiring the next generation? Or do you like running games and watching those little minds grow? Or maybe you just love hanging out with kids! We are looking for helpers for Kids Quest, our Tuesday mid-week program which starts September 28 and ends around last week of June with a break during Christmas holidays. Commitment is 1.5-2 hours twice a month. All applicants must go through a police background check and training in our Safe Church policy.
If you love EastRidge Church and want to welcome and give those that come through our doors on Sunday mornings a warm, friendly place to worship, we would love to have you be one of our Ushers and/or Greeters. Click on Apply, fill in the form for volunteers and we will have someone contact you.
Have an amazing eye for photography? We’re looking to grow our church’s photo bank for marketing and promotions. You must own your own camera (either phone or DSLR). Would love for you to join our Creative Arts team!
Read: Genesis 50: 15-21
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20) In God’s hands intended evil becomes eventual good. In the story of Joseph, no one can deny the presence of evil…jealousy, thoughts of murder, rejection, tears, pain, heartache, lying. Just when it looked like Joseph might get a break there is yet another moment of pain. Yet time and time again God redeemed the pain. The very acts intended to destroy God’s servant turned out to strengthen him. “You meant evil against me,” Joseph told his brothers, using a Hebrew verb that traces its meaning to “weave” or “plait.” “You wove evil,” he was saying, “but God rewove it together for good.” God, the Master Weaver. Sometimes, in the tapestry of life it seems as if there are lots of loose threads and strings hanging in random directions. Only the Master Weaver knows what the finished product will become, while we only see how perfectly the pieces fit together once each part is completed. Remember, God sees the finished product, and He is making a beautiful and wondrous work of your life.
God you are good. That is your character. You can not be good. In your hands, intended evil becomes eventual good. Thank you for your goodness to me.
OPTIONAL WORSHIP ‘The Goodness of God’ by Bethel Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0FBb6hnwTo
Read: Genesis 49: 8-12
Of all Jacob’s twelve sons, for some reason God chooses Judah – the fourth in line. The blessing says “your brothers shall praise you”. As the fourth son, there is no earthly reason for his praise except that God has chosen him to be. The choice of Judah over all the other brothers is a bit of a mystery, and the Bible does not give an explicit reason for it. Judah is far from righteous (refer to Genesis 38….it’s scandalous!). Judah’s character did improve and he offered himself as a slave instead of Benjamin. But I kind of think Joseph would have been a better choice! But Judah was God’s choice. Judah’s mother Leah was not who Jacob had initially intended to marry. She lived her life feeling unwanted, undesired and unloved. She must have been in a lot of emotional anguish as reflected in the names that she gave her children. After her firstborn son, Reuben (meaning “See, a Son”) she thought Now my husband will love me. Her second son, Simeon means “God has heard that I was hated.” Then she conceived a third son and called him Levi “because I have given my husband a third son, he will live with me now.” She was consumed with her plight, and all her prayers were focused on trying to get God to end her pain. But then something very powerful happened. She became pregnant again and gave birth to a son and said, “This time I will praise the LORD.” So she named him Judah. Then she stopped having children. It was at this moment that Leah turned her attention away from her pain, even though it had not been resolved, and decided to praise God anyway. Sacrificial praise in the midst of agony is spiritual dynamite. Think about Paul and Silas in jail (Acts 16). After they have been stripped and beaten with rods they were put in an inner cell and their feet were fastened in stocks. Do they cry? Complain? No! They SING! They sing praises to God, so loud that the whole jail can hear them. And what happens? An earthquake! Prisoners come to faith, doors swing open, and even the jailer repents and brings his whole family to accept Jesus as Lord. That’s dynamite! God delights in a voluntary sacrifice of praise in the midst of hardship. It expresses honor, love and trust to God. God decided that Judah’s tribe would be the ancestor of David, and ultimately the Messiah. Leah’s costly heart-change while still in great pain was so powerful and pleasing to God that he gave the honor of his scepter to the one whose very name means “praise”.
Even if you are going through a tough situation, God is worthy of praise and doing so takes our eyes off our situation and puts them on our Lord and Saviour.
OPTIONAL WORSHIP ‘Praise You in the Storm’ by Casting Crowns https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YUGwUgBvTU