2008 Montreal UBF Christmas Service - Singing team lifting up praise to Jesus our Savior King
JESUS, THE SAVIOR KING
“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” – Luke (2:11)
Praise Jesus, who is the Savior King! Jesus came to this world as a tiny baby in a manger to be our Lord, Savior and Messiah. The Montreal ministry held its Christmas service along with UdeM UBF (Misn. Peter Jang’s house church ministry) on Sunday, December 21st, 2008 with the title “Jesus, the Savior King”. For the second year in a row, we were impeded by a snowstorm. Regardless 69 people attended (3 from UdeM UBF) and have some special time together to reflect upon the grace of the birth of our Lord Jesus.
Misn. Luke Hong gave a wonderful Christmas message revealing the baby in the manger as our great Savior King and Messiah. Misn. Luke mentioned at the time when people were so self-absorbed that they had no room for a woman in labor. So Mary had to give birth in a stable and the Christ was wrapped in cloths and laid in a manger. Misn. Luke invited us to make room for the baby Jesus in our hearts through sacrificing our small comforts in this world and serve him. The angel said, “‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.’” The birth of Jesus is such good news because he saves us from sin’s power. We know how powerless we are before sin. But God provided us the rescue plan by sending Jesus to be our Savior King. Despite the realities of our economic situation, we expect such a situation will find its equilibrium. But our sin problem would still remain. We see that it is sin that is behind all of these problems and other problems in life. Jesus resolved our sin problem through his suffering, death and resurrection. Only in Jesus, the baby in the manger can heal us and bind the wounds in our souls. In Jesus, we can truly have a meaningful and a happy and holy Christmas!
Afterwards, S. Ray Grondin from London, Ontario UBF came to visit us and gave his life testimony in powerpoint format. As a child he had solved the Rubik’s cube before the age of four. Over the years, he relied on his smart intellect. But his smart intellect could not save him from the influence of sin. By the mercy of God, he met Misn. Joshua Workhard Yoon on the campus of University of Waterloo and, through Bible study, he could meet Jesus as his Savior King. Since that time, he has become a valuable co-worker in serving London UBF, marry to wonderful woman of faith, S. Tsusaka, and they care for two vigorously growing sons. Recently, he accepted God’s calling to go overseas to Japan to be a Bible teacher and shepherd to Japanese students in southern Japan. S. Ray’s family is our first overseas missionary in Canadian UBF. May this family be the first fruits of sending many more missionaries around the world!
We also had a graceful music program arranged by S. Andrew Christopher. In a sense, S. Andrew had gone through a lot to overcome his bout of depression. S. Andrew gained strength in serving our Lord Jesus and worked through our music program. Doug Nicholson sang “Peace on Earth” with a small choir of our CBF kids. We had a sister’s team, a brother’s team to sing some special songs. But I think the O Holy Night singers demonstrated such high quality and great harmony that we felt the presence of God.
Afterwards we saw a movie directed by S. John Giesbrecht. We took one of Dr. Lee’s old manuscripts from 10 years ago and modernized it in today’s context. Our student leaders (Evan Nicholson, Jason Northey, Sylvia Foisy, Luke Hong Jr, Stephen Chapchal) and sister Véronique joyfully participated in preparing for this movie to reveal Jesus as our Savior King.
As per the UBF International ministry’s direction, we offered our Christmas offering for starving North Korean people. May God bless you this Christmas time with the grace of the birth of our Lord Jesus – our Savior King! May God bless Dr. John Jun to encourage our continental directors to spread the good news of the gospel of Jesus to campus students to the ends of the earth!