Easter Message and Prayer Request

Thursday, April 9, 2020

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Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.  1 Peter 5:6-7

As I type these words Good Friday and Easter Sunday are approaching.  Undoubtedly, these annual commemorations on the church calendar will be different this year.  Our worship services will be recorded or livestreamed.  We will participate from our living rooms.  Family meals have been substituted for phone calls or video chats.  However, the content of our commemoration remains unaltered.  “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb 13:8).  In addition, the Risen and Ascended Christ is the one in whom “all things hold together” (Col 1:17).  The COVID-19 crisis is not an exception to that truth.  So, our grateful remembrance of our Lord’s death and resurrection, though different this year, need not be diminished.

Here at CRTS we are wrapping up the final lectures and preparing for two weeks of exams, beginning April 21st.  All of this is being done online. At this time we sincerely request your prayers for our students in particular.  Especially now, there are many distractions. Sustained focus is a daily challenge.  Moreover, soon after the seminary exams, a good number of students are preparing for ecclesiastical exams.  In addition to that, summer internships have been altered or affected by the global pandemic.  In short, like everyone else, our students experience anxieties, and through it all we are learning to cast them more consistently and intentionally on our all-powerful and all-caring God.  Please also remember the staff and faculty in your prayers as they labour to finish this semester in the best possible way.  Once again, thank-you for your faithful support.

Dr. J. Van Vliet, principal