From the Desk of Pastor Ryan

Good Morning BPGC and a special hello to those of you returning from Hong Kong that I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet. Come and say hi, I would love to get to know you better.

To quote a somewhat infamous phrase Sept.11 is “a day that will live in infamy”. Fifteen years ago the world watched as those professing to be serving God crashed planes into the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

It’s one of those events in life that you always remember where you were when you heard the news. For myself I happened to be in my car going to class. My dad was driving as he was going into Vancouver and wanted to use my car for the trip rather than his truck to save gas and make it easier to find parking. As we got in I flipped on the radio and the DJ was reporting the collapse of the towers. My first thought was this is a really bad joke even for a morning radio show known for horrendous gags. But that quickly turned to shock as I realized that this was actually happening!

As I arrived at class I gathered with the rest of my schoolmates and in the cafeteria, we huddled around a TV that had been brought in from AV storage and we watched as events unfolded in New York City.

The scariest part to me to this day is the shocking reminder that the world can change in an instant for any of us. Those people in the towers before the crash were just ordinary folk going to work, texting their family, checking their emails, and then they were thrust into unexplainable circumstances that forever altered their lives. It serves as a reminder that tomorrow is never a foregone conclusion. All we have is this moment today and in the next we could find ourselves before the throne of God.

That is both a hope and a challenge. A hope in that we know no matter what the next moment brings God holds us in His hands and the ultimate end for us is merely the beginning of forever. A challenge in that in the next minute I might face God and how then will I account for the minutes he gave me here? Will I beg an excuse of well I meant to do Your will but I needed to do my own stuff first, or I thought it was the pastors job to share with my friends, or will we be able to stand proudly and potentially hear the coveted words “Well done good and faithful servant”. The choice is ours and we make it now for tomorrow may never come.

If you are visiting with us this morning, we welcome you to our time of worship and trust you feel at home. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have either about our church family or the One we worship here today.

God’s Peace,
Pastor Ryan

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