Worship By The Lake: A Celebration of God’s Faithfulness – A Reflection by Pastor Kevin Klassen

I first came to Whyte Ridge Baptist Church 21 years ago.  Not really because I wanted to.  And certainly not because I was very interested in finding a church home.  I recall that I visited this church reluctantly, coming here together with someone who had other friends who attended here.  And then I basically never left.

WRBC very quickly became my church family and, ever since then, God has used my time at this church to change my life in some very significant ways.  First of all, it is here that I met my beautiful wife (on the worship team, no less).  And it is also here that I have found and enjoyed many life-giving friendships.  And even deeper than that, God has used the teachings, the relationships, the joys, the challenges and the experiences that I have had in the context of this church family to change me on the inside.  He has used my time in this church to mercifully convict me and lovingly shape me, teaching me about His Word, His grace and His sufficiency.

And in recent years, God has granted me the profound joy of serving as a pastor of worship and care – ministering within the very family that has loved me and walked with me throughout almost all of my adult life.  God is so very, very good!

Because of this history, there are plenty of personal stories that I could tell about God’s faithfulness to us and through us as a church family.  And I know that there are many others who could do the same, whether they have attended for a long time or a short time.

And this coming weekend, September 10th and 11th, we are going to be gathering at our church property on McGillivray Boulevard to Celebrate the Faithfulness of God!  It will be a fun weekend of worship, fellowship and prayer – remembering the stories of God’s faithfulness in the past and asking and thanking Him for His continued faithfulness in the future.

We will be especially be remembering the gift and the purpose of the land that God has given us on McGillivray.  In fact, this weekend will serve as a celebratory kickoff to a Capital Funds Campaign that we expect will move us forward toward the construction of a new church building that God will use to continue to faithfully build His kingdom in and through us.

Worship By The Lake:

On Saturday evening at 7 pm, we’ll have an outdoor celebration that will include much praise and prayer as well as stories that celebrate the Lord and His loving kindness.   Following that will be a bonfire and fireworks.  A few of us are also camping there overnight and you’re welcome to join us (and there are portapotties there, in case that’s a deal-breaker).

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Sunday morning we’ll continue our celebration with an outdoor worship service at 10 am, followed by a BBQ lunch.

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Everyone is welcome!!!  Bring your friends, bring your lawn chairs, bring your mosquito repellent and bring hearts that are ready to worship the Lord.   Prepare your own heart by reflecting upon your own story of how you have seen God’s faithfulness to you and to this church family.  And let us come before Him with thanksgiving and also with anticipation of how He may use this land and building in the discipleship, worship and witness of His church.

For just as we each have personal stories to tell of God’s work in and around us during our time at WRBC, I believe His faithfulness is most greatly reflected in the way that He chooses to include us in the Great Story that He is writing in the building of His Kingdom for His glory.  God is so very, very good!

– Written by Pastor Kevin Klassen, Associate Pastor – Worship and Care

 

Worship By The Lake

Sovereign God

The song Sovereign God is part of a Worship CD compilation – To Bring You Glory, written by Kevin Klassen and performed by various gifted members of Whyte Ridge Baptist. This video was inspired by all the hard work that went into it. May it bring honour to God!

If you like this song and would like a copy of the CD, please contact Whyte Ridge Baptist. We would love to send one your way!

“When we consider that everything on earth exists for the purpose of bringing honour to the Name of our great God, and that in fact our very lives are meant for the worship of God, then everything falls into perspective. I wrote the first three verses of this song during a challenging time in the life of my church. It was important for me to be reminded that, no matter what we experience, the God-given purpose of life has not changed, and most of all, God never ever changes. He is always to be loved with all of our heart and all of mind and all of our strength. The last verse was written for a church covenant celebration service led by Pastor Alf Bell in early 2009.”  – Kevin Klassen


 Video by Girish Manuel

Sovereign God – written by Kevin Klassen
From the album: “To Bring You Glory: “Songs of Worship from Whyte Ridge Baptist Church”

Vocals: Kevin Klassen, Lindsay Hiller;
Electric Guitar: Matt Janzen;
Piano: Andrea Streuber;
Acoustic Guitar: Kevin Klassen;
Bass: Girish Manuel;
Drums: Joey Siemens