I am pleased to have you visit the Canaan Baptist Church web site where you can learn a little about who we are and what we are about. Hopefully, your interest will be intensified enough to visit us or seek more information Canaan Baptist Church has been serving the Washington, D.C. religious community since 1947. It is dedicated to the edification of glorifying our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Canaan has made many contributions in the moral humane, and religious growth of the community through the struggles of faithful members, both past and present. Today's Canaan Baptist Church is a vibrant church family that has gotten its second wind. We are an inclusive church family, meaning that we recognize the importance of EVERYONE that is in our employ. We have an active youth ministry and an energetic senior population. We are a church striving to be more committed to God by MAKING MOVES IN MINISTRY. We encourage our members to develop better spiritual growth habits and we provide enabling infrastructure for that to take place. We are a people that stresses ministry and not maintenance, so that our members can discover their spiritual gifts and utilize them in the church and in the community. Our worship style is in the context of celebration and praise. Canaan is a hopeful, expectant congregation. We mandate a ministry that is reverent yet relevant. We are contemporary without compromising our faith or belief. We are called and committed to meaningful ministry. We invite you to come worship with because we are reaching for a real relationship. We realize that in order to receive my favor, I have to do my part.
MESSAGE OF HOPE - November 2016
"...Be thankful unto Him and bless His Name" Psalm 100:4b
We've celebrated the unveiling of a stone monument to a “dreamer” and said good-bye to a technological genius, the “I-guy”. For both of them, the human family owes gratitude to God for their lives. Thank You. As a youngster, I was always taught that the "magic words" were "please" and "thank you". Those words always got you noticed as being very polite and well-mannered, and usually got you more of whatever you wanted. To be ungrateful is arrogant. People can be nice, but what makes you think they have to be nice to you? Last month, we addressed challenges in life. In light of, and in spite of our challenges, we can be thankful that the Word of God says that “He always causes us to triumph through our Lord, Jesus Christ!” (II Cor. 2:14). In other words, conflict is inevitable, but defeat is impossible! So give thanks in whatever state you find yourself and be grateful for your life, health, salvation, and whatever you recognize as something only the God in heaven could do for you!
Periodically the congregation of Canaan joins in singing a song that says, "Thank you for another chance to say yes”; or another song that says, “I thank God just for one more day". We recognize that we're blessed when we can gather to worship in Spirit and in Truth and we dare not be ungrateful to God who made it possible. In this season of Thanksgiving, remember to be grateful to God first, and then for those whom He has placed in our live - yes, even our enemies have a purpose, if no more than to keep us on our knees. Be thankful for your family, whether they resemble one of the classic “made-for-tv” families of the ‘50s, or whether they resemble the television family of the late ‘60s and early ’70s whose theme song describes them as ‘creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky’ - they’re still your family.
Psalm 100 concludes by giving us three emphatic reasons to be thankful for all eternity: 1. "For the Lord is good". 2. "His mercy is everlasting", and 3. "His Truth endures to all generations"! So, be thankful unto Him and bless His Name! And the Church said, “Amen”!
Lady LaWanda, ReNata, and I wish you a blessed and peaceful Thanksgiving Season!
Seeking, Serving and Celebrating the Savior,
Larry Owens, Jr., M.Div. Senior Pastor
Be our guest: Worship with us! Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Canaan Baptist Church 1600 Newton Street, NW Washington, DC