Welcome to Church on the Hill, Glenavon, Sask, Canada

Monday, December 26, 2011

Nick Draper Solo A Cappella - Mary Did You Know?

I'll be showing videos from our Dec 18th Christmas Service a little at a time so they're faster to download.

I used this a cappella video of Nick as part of the Christmas Day post on a blog I share with a dozen women of faith, so I'll present this one to you first...

Nick sang his rendition of Mary, Did You Know at both the Christmas Service and the Christmas Eve Candlelight service.

You can find more videos on the Church on the Hill YouTube channel.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

O Little Town of Bethlehem video

Nick Draper accompanied by his dad, Nelson Draper led worship at the beginning of December with this Christmas carol now found on the church's YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/GlenavonChurchonHill.

Join us for more Christmas carols, stories, poems and maybe even a skit as members celebrate Jesus' birth in whichever way is most comfortable to them this Sunday, at 10 am.

Pot blessing dinner following the service, so bring some food to share and join us in fellowship after a great meal.

Everyone is welcome to contribute to the service and the dinner. We're looking forward to seeing you this Sunday at the church.

Friday, November 25, 2011

"In Christ Alone" on YouTube

Dianne Bonk led Worship on Nov 6 with a mix of traditional hymns and popular praise songs. Here she is leading us with the hymn, "In Christ Alone"...

Thank you, Dianne.

For more videos, check the church YouTube channel.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

We Remember

November 11th is Remembrance Day in Canada and Veteran’s Day if you live in the United States of America. It’s the day we pay tribute to all those men and women who fought so we could live in freedom.

In Memory of James Gordon McCowan
  Last Sunday, Pastor Lorne said he remembers when his Uncle Ed came back from the army. Ed couldn’t hold a regular job because of injuries received while on duty, so he worked as a salesman. Pastor Lorne also remembers his neighbors coming home in their uniforms and the straps on their shoulders (epaulets) and the way they shoved their tam under them.

He believes we owe military people a debt of gratitude for what they’ve done for us. To thank the Lord for families who had relatives who served.

Right now, 150 families in Canada are missing family members because they died while serving in Afghanistan.

We don’t want to spend time looking back, but it’s good to look back once in a while. Pastor Lorne said he’s sure you’ve heard of or even been to a Hall of Fame. Hebrews 11:32-40 is God’s Hall of Fame. When we consider heaven’s Hall of Fame, we see some important people and they didn’t all live the good life. No high salaries like athletes. But these men listed were able to deal with things in a supernatural way:
“32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.
39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.”

The world wasn’t worthy of these men although they weren't perfect. But they were all commended for their FAITH. God planned for Jesus to die and be raised so we could be made perfect through Christ. We have so much to be grateful for when we look back at our salvation. All these things took place because people were willing to stand up and proclaim the word of God.

1 Cor 11:26 says “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” But before that in verse 24, He said do this in remembrance of me.

So this month, the focus is on Remembrance Day. At school, they’ll do a Remembrance Day service to remember those who have given their lives and those who have fought to protect freedom.

Erected in Loving Memory
by Father and Mother, J.A. and May McCowan

Each month we as a church celebrate these things and remember what He has done. Christ died for you for me.

We celebrate Remembrance Day because we have freedom. Because no one is going to come and break down the door and stop us from worshipping. We can revel in the Lord without worry. It’s good to remember and think about what Christ has done and to give God the praise for the freedom we have today.

Stained Glass Window, Church on the Hill, Glenavon, Saskatchewan

The stained glass window above is the only one at Church on the Hill. It was donated by J.A. and May McCowan in loving memory of their only son, James Gordon McCowan who died during the World War II. The inscription reads,
In loving memory of our only son, James Gordon McCowan R.C.A.F. 22 years, who paid the supreme sacrifice May 11, 1942. "At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them."

Thank you to all the veterans and to all those families who lost loved ones so we could enjoy freedom.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Mighty To Save Video

Here's a video of The Draper's leading Worship with a favourite from Hillsong, Mighty To Save...

Check out more videos on the Church on the Hill YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/GlenavonChurchonHill.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Thank You, Father

Canada celebrated Thanksgiving the 2nd weekend of October and Pastor Lorne asked everyone what they were thankful for.

Here are the answers from those present that day:
  • Thankful for bountiful gardens despite all the flooding
  • Thankful for 5 yrs free of cancer
  • Thankful for His daily presence and guiding whether or not we stray
  • Thankful for having family home for thanksgiving
  • Thankful for a safe country and a helping government
  • Thankful for a career (job)
  • Thankful that we can praise our God without worry in our country
  • Thankful for release from lack of sleep and meds for bipolar
  • Thankful for completion of tough university studies
  • Thankful for young people who serve God
  • Thankful for everything: health, having God in control, harvest, family and children
  • Thankful for spouses who share the workload
  • Thankful for whoever is blessing our church through the United Way

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Praise and Worship

The Keller’s led us in worship this past Sunday with their last song being I Stand In Awe Of You.

When Pastor Lorne stood to deliver the message, he mentioned their last song and said, “Praise and worship – it’s all about God.”

Pastor Lorne said praise and worship has become a big part of today’s church, but when he went to church, there weren’t any praise and worship choruses. It was all hymns. Now, Bible schools have programs for praise and worship and there’s even a special conference. He held up a flyer for Break Forth Canada 2012, a division of Break Forth Ministries, which is one of the biggest in praise and worship conferences in North America with attendance in the 15,000 range.

Worship has become a big thing.

Pastor Lorne said it would be great to go to a conference and have David as a presenter. If David attended a praise and worship conference, he could tell them a thing or two about putting a worship team together. In that respect, Pastor Lorne wanted to draw our attention to what scripture says about worship.

He said first, it’s important for the worship leaders to prayerfully consider the songs they will use.

Psalm 66:1-4 says, "Shout for joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious. Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you. All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing the praises of your name.” In this scripture, David is telling God how awesome His deeds and how great His power. This is something God wants us to do – bowing down and worshiping Him.

Luke 19:28-44 talks about the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Verse 37-40 says, “When He came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Jesus could have told them to tone it down, but instead if the people stay quiet, even the stones will cry out. That scripture alone told Pastor Lorne that God wants us to lift our voice in praise and worship.

King David was a great worshiper. 1 Chronicles 23 David gathered the leaders of Israel, the priests and the Levites and gave them tasks. Verse 5 says, “Four thousand are to be gatekeepers and four thousand are to praise the Lord with the musical instruments I have provided for that purpose.” Can you imagine what it sounds like to hear 4000 musical instruments all playing together in praise to the lord. Four thousand! These were skilled musicians. That was their job. That’s what they did. Pastor Lorne said, “Talk about a worship team. You’d need a pretty big platform to hold them all.”

In 1 Chronicles 25:6-7 we read, “All these men were under the supervision of their father for the music of the temple of the LORD, with cymbals, lyres and harps, for the ministry at the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun and Heman were under the supervision of the king. Along with their relatives—all of them trained and skilled in music for the LORD—they numbered 288.” Again, all those instruments were playing and worshipping the Lord.

Marianne H Micks says, “When we worship together as a community of living Christians, we do not worship alone. We worship with all the company of heaven.” The angels are worshiping God with us.

2 Chronicles 20:20-23 Talks about the enemy armies that were invading Judah. Verse 21 says, ‘After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise Him for the splendor of His holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever.”’ Jehoshaphat sent the singers ahead of the army. Can you imagine singers leading the way in today’s army? When they sang their praises, the Lord set ambushes and their enemies rose up and destroyed each other. Pastor Lorne said when he was growing up singers were considered sissies. But these guys lifted their hands and sang praises. The following soldiers heard them and the battle was done without the soldiers ever lifting their swords. Jehoshaphat’s army didn’t even have to lift a finger to fight.

When we are facing tough battles, if we lift our arms and voices, He can turn it around for us. Praise doesn’t depend on our circumstances… praise depends on who God is. Because they were lifting praises to God, victory was won. God fought for his people because they praised Him.

Jack Hayford said, “Worship changes the worshiper into the image of the one worshiped.”

David probably saw more trouble than any of us and yet he was the great author of more praise and worship than any other person. His praise didn’t depend on his situation but who God was. In Psalms 35:28, David says, “My tongue will speak of your righteous and of your praises all day long.”

Pastor Lorne wants to encourage us in our daily activities. He lives in the real world too, and knows things get us down. We can still have the praise of God in our hearts. Praising and worshipping God isn’t limited to when the church door opens and someone leads us in song. All day long we can praise and worship. When Job had nothing left, he said in Job 1:21, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”

When David was praying and fasting for the life of his child, he didn’t go into mourning. Instead, he went into the temple and worshiped God. In 2 Samuel 12:23 King David says, “But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”

Pastor Lorne wants to encourage us to worship God in whatever we do. Whether we’re out driving the tractor, or inside washing dishes. If we have problems, be like Job and continue to praise and worship the Lord.

Psalm 34:1 says, “I will extol the LORD at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.”

David said, “No matter what I do, I will praise and worship the Lord.” And when you’re by yourself driving truck, working in your field, or whatever you do, in all those jobs you’re alone even if you’re in the house, always have that praise and worship deep in your hearts because He deserves all the praise and all the glory.

Isaiah 43:21 says, “The people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.” We are put on this earth to worship and praise God. Just by living your life for Him, you are praising and worshipping God. By giving the offering and giving some of your earnings back to him, you are praising and worshipping God.

Grace Oursler said, “Think about the different between thankfulness and praise. When things work out the way we want we’re thankful. Praise is God centered. Praise means becoming aware of God in your life right now. Praise is the beginning of healing.”

Oct 9th is Thanksgiving Sunday and we set time to thank God. But praising and worshipping God is not dependent on what we have from Him. It’s who God is. And our praise and worship go to Him.

Pastor Lorne wants to encourage us to always praise and worship God. When Solomon dedicated the temple and they praised and worshiped God, the power was so strong, the priests couldn’t walk into the open church. They couldn’t get in. The presence of the Lord was strong because of all the people praising and worshipping Him. 2 Chron 7:5 says they sacrificed 22,000 head of cattle and 120,000 sheep and goats.

But do you know the very Creator of all that came down to earth and hung on the cross and became our sacrifice. He paid the price for our sins and our mistakes and all we have to do is praise and worship Him. We take Communion to remember His death and celebrate His resurrection.

Everything we do is for the Lord. We’re not robots. We don’t do everything the same like cookie cutter cutouts. When we praise and worship God, we’re different from the person next to us. We bring our personalities into it. Keep that in mind. When we praise and worship God, we do it as He made us.

This video was taken at the beginning of the above Morning Worship service.

If you'd like to talk to Pastor Lorne about this topic, please use the contact page.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Congratulations Brettiney!

Five years ago, Brettiney entered the Bachelor of Science Degree program at the University of Minot. With that completed, she was accepted for further studies at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

This week, Brettiney finishes her University studies and will receive her degree as a Radiological Technician.

We are proud of Brettiney and pray God's blessing upon her, and the work she'll do in her chosen career field.


Friday, July 29, 2011

Lead Me To The Cross

On July 17th, JJ recorded this video of  Jessica, Nick and Nelson leading the worship service.


For more music videos, check out the Church on the Hill You Tube Channel.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

2011 Sunday School Picnic

The annual Sunday School picnic was held on the grounds of Church on the Hill on the last Saturday in June. From the looks of these photos, taken by Samantha and Tammy Hooker, everyone had a great time.

The photos are of the perennial favourite Egg Toss Game where partners line up across from each other and toss a raw egg back and forth. See the egg in the top centre of this photo:

Tossing the egg comes in many forms, but the key word is 'gently'.

Likewise, there are many ways to catch the egg without it breaking. In the following photo, 2 eggs are in the air... the first is above Nelson's head, the second is on the right side of the photo.

Dropping your egg is not the way to win the game. And with raw eggs flying about, no one wants to be near you if you miss.

I can't enlarge this next photo without losing clarity, but you can see the egg landing just inches from her hand. Because I wasn't there, I don't know if this was the winning catch, but her partner is nowhere in sight. Good one!

If anyone has more info on the picnic, please email it to the church address and I'll see it gets posted.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Congratulations Jacob and Justin

Congratulations going out to

Jacob and Justin

of the Church on the Hill Youth Group (COTHY)
on the event of their Graduation

Rumour has it that
Jacob is seeking post-secondary education
Justin pursues an acting career in the entertainment industry.

Woo hoo!  Good job, guys!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pastor Lorne & Dianne's Ministry

During the celebration for Pastor Lorne's 50th year in Ministry, Dianne displayed a map of all the places Pastor Lorne's ministry has taken them. This map is displayed in the church foyer:

Click for larger view

For a list of the places shown on the map as well as the story of Pastor Lorne's ministry journey - as told by Dianne - please look at Pastor Lorne's blog page in the right column titled About Pastor Lorne.

Did you know we have have our own YouTube Channel?

Here's the newest video:

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Pastor Lorne Celebrates 50 Years in Ministry

On May 29th, the Church on the Hill congregation as well as several guests celebrated Pastor Lorne's 50th year in ministry. Dianne read out the tributes sent to honour this special day. They are listed on a new blog page listed under the Prayer Needs and Praise Report pages in the right hand column.

Pastor Lorne's family shared his special day:

Pastor Lorne and Dianne in the middle
back row Left - Noelle
back row right - Steven and Candace
front - Emma

I had more videos of the day but they aren't available due to technical difficulties. :(

Congratulations Pastor Lorne. You're doing a fine job in the His name.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

May News

Due to the May 1st blizzard we missed the visit of Suzie Smith and her mom, Carrie-Ann from Australia. Pastor Lorne reported that Suzie and Carrie-Ann were disappointed that the snowstorm kept them from church as they were looking forward to renewing acquaintances with everyone. The blizzard knocked out area power for hours and it was still down at church and in the town of Glenavon all day Sunday and into Monday. Pastor Lorne said Suzie and Carrie-Ann were surprised the house was so warm even with all the cold outside. Apparently they don't have furnaces in Australian homes. Please pray for them as they travel to New York and Orlando before heading home.

Pastor Lorne and Dianne were at the PAOC conference last week. They met some of our missionaries and learned where our money goes when we allocate it to the mission field. It was especially heartening to hear about the successful water wells being drilled. Reports from the conference are located at the back of the church if you'd like further information.

Pastor Lorne's Mother's Day message was taken from John 19:26,27 which says, 'When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.'

Pastor Lorne said even in all His agony and pain, Jesus took time to think about the welfare of his mother and wanted to ensure she would be looked after when He was gone.

Exodus 20:12 says, '“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.'

Honouring your mother didn't come from a bunch of mothers gathered together to pray for things to come, but from the Ten Commandments as handed from God to Moses. It's important to honour our parents. Mothers are mothers because they care for their children. Mothers really care. They have the innate ability to look past faults and see the good in people.

Mothers take the education of their children seriously whether it's academic or spiritual.

In Joshua 24:14,15, Joshua says, 14 “Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

Pastor Lorne said it isn't just for his household, but for all households. Make a declaration as Joshua did: As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD!

Pastor Lorne wants us to hang onto that with all our hearts. We will serve the Lord!

It is our powerful confession. "We will serve the Lord!"

If you'd like to speak with Pastor Lorne about this or any other topic, please contact him.

Image Credits:

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Last Joey Theriault Video - Where Could I Go But To The Lord

This is the last video of the music Joey Theriault blessed us with at the Feb 20th song service at Church on the Hill.

Joey Theriault singing Where Could I Go But To The Lord:

If you liked any of these videos, please let us know either by leaving a comment, or contacting us.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

More Joey Theriault Videos

Here are a couple more YouTube Videos from when Joey Theriault visited Church on the Hill on Feb 20th, 2011.

Here's Joey singing Consider the Lilies:

And here's Joey singing Home:

If you like these, please click 'like' on the YouTube site, which you'll get to by clicking on the blue song titles.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Joey Theriault Visits COTH

On Sunday, Feb 20th, Church on the Hill was blessed by a special music service as Joey Theriault of Wolseley shared some beautiful old time hymns and gospel music.

I filmed the event for those of you who couldn't be here in person, so here's my first attempt at a YouTube video with Joey singing I'm the Lamb the Shepherd Left the Flock For:

Let me know if you'd like to see more of Joey's songs.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

2011 Valentine's Dessert Auction Fundraiser

Friday night we gathered at the church for the 2011 Valentine's Dessert Auction to raise funds for COTH Youth. A total of $1,020.00 was raised which is average for this fundraiser. Although there were many more desserts and non-food items to auction off than other years, overall bids were down so if you weren't in attendance, you missed out on some very delectable deals.

Let's set the stage, shall we... the youth spent Monday night decorating the lower level of the church in preparation for the big event.

Everyone who came put there name in for a door prize:

A small buffet was laid out to munch on while we listened to the evening's entertainment. The centerpiece display consisted of a fruit platter with 2 fancy birds made from apples. The story goes that Dianne destroyed several birds in her attempt to produce them. Frustrated, she finally phoned Allen and asked if he knew how. He said yes. Here's a photo of one of them, albeit half-eaten. Asked if he destroyed any apples while attempting his masterpieces, Allen grinned and said, 'Around four'. It seems lessons in this art form will not be given out until the teachers get their technique down. (smile)

Entertainment for the evening was provided by Carla Taylor and Lori Rey from Wolseley.

Carla And Lori played and harmonized over a selection of western love songs and then sang some good old gospel tunes.

Pauline Long Wright was our auctioneer of the night. I didn't know Pauline had the gift until she started belting out the bid requests. I'm not sure where she trained for the job, but she learned her lessons when it came to browbeating and snappy comebacks. She was no slouch in the pleading department, either. Here's Pauline at work:

Not content with calling the shots from the front, Pauline got up close and personal with the bidders...

Below is a short clip of Pauline in action:

The following photos show donated items from members of the church and local community:

All ages of the church were represented beginning with the crocheted afghan and matching pillow from Rose, to Carson's Brownie cakes with hand-pounded chocolate chips, home grown, homemade cherry sauce, white chocolate and whipped cream.

Truly this picture doesn't do justice to Carson's creation.

Feast your eyes on these delights:



The youth went to all lengths to ensure everyone had a chance to see the items:

Hawk showing handmade purse
JJ with wall plaque

Nikita and Shayla with Rice Krispie Heart Pops

Kathy won the bid!

Nick showing off Teddy Bear


Church on the Hill Youth would like to thank the following community members who contributed to the success of this night by donating items:
- Sluser's Garage, Glenavon
- Perras Family Foods, Glenavon

Also, the following church members for their donations:
- Dianne (handmade purses)
- Noelle (plaques and goodies)
- Doug and Anne (surprise boxes)
- Celine (handpainted scripture rock)
- Rose (crocheted pillow and afghan)
- Lorette (snack basket and goodies)

Thank you to all those families who contributed dessert goodies, especially when their kids don't attend youth get-togethers.

And as a church member, I'd like to thank the youth themselves for putting forth the effort to raise funds by baking, decorating, displaying and then cleaning up after this special event.

I apologize if I forgot anyone. Just let me know and I'll add you in.

I have a list of all monies raised for each item. If you want me to post it here, just let me know.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

A New Baby

A new baby!

Congratulations going out to Curtis and Amber on the birth of their new baby:

Jan 29th, 2011

A girl, Leah Joan

9 lbs, 2 oz

Baby and mom are both doing fine.