Thursday, December 30, 2010

Merry Christmas and God Bless you in 2011

From all of us at LifePoint Church 

Isaiah 9:6
 "For to us a child is born,
   to us a son is given,
   and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
   Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
   Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

Thursday, December 16, 2010

“When The Power Went Out”

Ministerial message by Pastor Kevin Sawatsky

Last week something happened in the midst of all the hustle, rush and bustle of the day and of the season… the power went out.  Not sure what happened but I heard someone hit a power pole and they had to turn off all the electricity to fix it.  So for one hour or so we had no electrical power in town.  Now I know that the power going off for only 1 hour is not a big deal as houses were able to keep their warmth and refrigerators stay cool.  It is true that it would not have taken too much longer without power and we would have had a serious situation on our hands.  On side note, I was taken back at how ill prepared many are to handle a situation like this these days.  Emergency items often are not close at hand and trying to remember where they are or to find them in the dark did not work so well.  Just a few years ago, no electricity was normal and people did very well I might add.  Life was more physically difficult for sure but they were a hardy people and not only survived a time without electricity but thrived.  We have much to be thankful to that generation that paved the way for us to enjoy the lifestyle and the comforts we have today.  Though in these days we depend on electricity A LOT and when we loose it, even for only one hour, we notice just how much we trust and depend on it.  May I ask a question?  What do you do for that hour when there was NO power? You couldn’t shop, work, buy gas, play on computers, watch TV or listen to the radio, play hockey or do much of anything we do daily now.  So again, what did you do?  Did you read?  Did you rest, did you take some time to think or pray?  Maybe you just sat down for a little while?   When the power went out I, eventually, jumped in my car to go check on a few people in town just to make sure they were ok.  They were.  As I did, I noticed several other people doing the same thing and was thankful for them.  It is times like this that we remember how much we need each other and how important people are.   It was kind of strange to me to be driving around town as there were no lights on.  The whole town seemed to feel abandoned except for the faint lights in the inside of the homes.   There was no smoke rising from any houses (except those with wood fireplaces) and it was so quiet.  When I got back home, I walked with my son over to another person’s house to just check in with them.  As I was walking, it stuck me at how wonderful a gift this was to us.   To be given an hour when I really had no where I could to be, no meeting to be at, nothing I could purchase and nothing that I could do about it. It was a gift of time… how wonderful. As I walked, the town was so quiet and the faint glow of the setting sun in the clouds filled the sky.  It was beautiful.  I wondered if the first Christmas felt like something like this.  Mary, Joseph and their new born baby resting for a moment in a humble stable in great peace and joy.  Just a short moment to reflect and be quiet within the presence of the living God… how wonderful.    As the realization of what we all were experiencing began to fill my heart, I was so thankful for the gift of God, Jesus.  He came to bring peace and joy and hope in the midst of all that we think is important in this life.  He came so we could live in His presence everyday of our lives. He came to bring peace to our souls.   He came to forgive and love and help us in this journey of life.  Thank the Lord. Yes, the words of the angels are still true to this day…
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. … And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” ( Luke 2)
Jesus came to bring great joy, peace and goodwill toward men.  Glory to God in the highest!  Soon the power came back on and everything has gone back to normal.  It is my prayer for you that not everything will be as it was before when the power went out.  Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.  

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

If you are alone on Christmas Day....

If you are going to be alone on Christmas day and you would like NOT to be as your family and friends live a long way away, then plan to come for Christmas Dinner!

Many people in this region are alone on Christmas day so we thought it might be fun to get us all together and have a meal, because no one should eat by themselves on Christmas day!

You are welcome just let our office know to expect you and come at about 2:00P.M. (306.365.2465)

There is NO cost for the meal, but donations are gratefully accepted the help cover the expenses of the day.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010


JOIN US for our annual Christmas Drama at 6:00 P.M.

With special music and dance PLUS a wonderful play put on by the teens and children of LPC...


Saturday, December 04, 2010

To God be the Glory!!!

At twelve noon today we completed 24 hours of non stop prayer! A good group gathered at LPC and raised their voices in thanksgiving and praise. It was fantastic.

I pray that the time you had with the Lord was uplifting and empowering.

Please take some time to express to us what the Lord said or did in your life as in response to our seeking the Lord.

"Thank you Lord for meeting with us as we sought your face"

Early in the Morning My Song Shall Rise to Thee

Job 1:5 (New Living Translation)

5 " When these celebrations ended—sometimes after several days—Job would purify his children. He would get up early in the morning and offer a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said to himself, “Perhaps my children have sinned and have cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice."

Arising early to seek God for others is something that people have done for 1000s of years... Tonight as we are in the hardest part of the 24 hours... the early time of day, people are waiting on the Lord for others just Job did here in this passage.
 This scripture is amazing even without knowing what we know about the book of Job.  Job was so concerned for his kids; the next generation and their relationship before the Lord that he would leave his warm bed, on a regular basis, and go to God on behalf of them.  He did this just in case they "sinned" against God.  This is what it means to interceed (intersession prayer ministry).  Intersession is to going to God on behalf of someone else... and he did this in the early part of the day.  
 As people right now are praying and have been doing so all night and seeking the Lord for others, we are following a long held pattern and spiritual discipline.  It is amazing to think that these are many people who are have been seeking God for you while you were sleeping, just a Job did for his kids while they were recovering from a party.  Job was asking God to forgive and watch over them.  We have been doing the same for you in the region.  You have been on our heart and we have been praying for you in the early hour...
God already has done some powerful things as we are into our 19th hour of NON stop 24 hours of prayer.  I am expecting to hear MANY more reports in the hours and days to come what all God has done in response to His people praying without cessing for one day! 

Mark 1:35
In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.

Stay tuned!!  

Thursday, December 02, 2010


Hello everyone,

It is now one day from when we begin our 24 hours of NON STOP prayer at LPC.  I have great expectation in my heart as we set ourselves towards this call.

COULD we ask you all to please make sure that you sign up to pray for at least 15 min on the schedule (here in the office)?   We want to make sure that the whole 24 hours be covered with at least one person praying.  I am sure that there will be many times that more than one person will be seeking the Lord which is awesome.  Please call the office to find out what times are still open, which are still several at this time.    

·        The Denniss Chapel will be open for the whole 24 hours so please feel free to come to LPC at ANYTIME night or day . 
·        At Noon on Saturday we will wind up the 24 hours with a time of worship and praise thanking God for the great things He did in response to the time of prayer.  I hope you can make it here to join in on the celebration.
·        Please feel free to send in your prayer requests and they will be added to those that have already been received. 
·        A prayer guide will be sent out today as a help direct our praying together. It will also be posted on the this blog
·        The blog will be updated with prayer requests and praise reports that come in throughout the 24 hours of prayer.  Please feel free to add comments/requests and praise reports in the blog comments section.

As 1 Chronicles 22:19 says "Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God...”.  That is God’s invitation to us all.. will you heed the call and pray?


Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Twenty Four Hours of Prayer

This WEEKEND is the 24 Hour prayer event beginning midday Friday, till midday SATURDAY.   The scripture calls us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess 5:17), so for 24 hours we will do that as a church family…  ONE FULL DAY of nonstop prayer and intercession. We are encouraging everyone who calls LPC home, to please sign up (on the board in the office) for at least ONE of the 15 min slots over those 24 hours. 
There will be a prayer guide published on the Blog later this week (and emailed), as well as, we will have ongoing praise updates and prayer requests posted on the blog throughout the 24 hours.   

PLEASE NOTE:  If you have something you would like us all to pray for… PLEASE send it to us, as a list is being made.  The church will be open for the whole night and we will end, Saturday at noon, with a time of worship! 

 EVERYONE is welcome to gather, as we approach the noon hour, to end the time of prayer with explosive praise!   So, please, sign up today so that the prayer chain is NOT broken…