Kids On A Mision 2018 – Focus Community Church

Focus Community Church hosted our First Kids Club on June 27-29th in Plainfield NJ. It was a time of arts & crafts, Sports activities, Step dance, great food, Worship, Bible Exploration and Study. 

Our verse for the week was

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12

and our Video Lesson daily dealt with real kids who were on mission for God setting an example where God had led their Family to do ministry.

Too many kids buy into the idea that you have to “grow up” and become an adult before you can really do anything BIG for God! This is not true. The Bible is full of great examples of young people who made a huge difference in the world when they put their faith in God.

On Thursday evening we were able to split the girls and boys up and deal with issues such as what is a real man?

As the girls had a time with other women leaders as well.  We are so thankful to the Lord as 19 Children attended our Kids Club and on Friday night 12 prayed to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior! (All Praise be to God!!!)

 

WEEKLY OFFICE – JULY 14TH

Silence and Centering    

“Be still, and know that I am God; – Psalm 46:10

 Confession:

Holy and Eternal God, You are the sovereign Lord of creation, and in You we find our true identity. You have called us to a Christ-like character; a character of humility, a character of self-sacrifice, a character of unconditional love. Yet we often lapse into a worldly character; character of arrogance, a character of self-centeredness, a character of selfish lust. We turn from our wicked and sinful ways, and confess our reliance on Jesus Christ. May we see ourselves as You see us, and reject thinking more highly of ourselves than we should. Restore to us the joy of our salvation, as we submit more fully to the Lordship of Christ. In His powerful Name we pray, Amen.

PAUSE FOR  2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

Reading & Devotional:

Most of the time, when we pray to God about our problems, we expect an immediate answer. Sometimes God does answer immediately. Sometimes God has already begun to send His answer, even before we make our request. Yet, there are other times when He doesn’t. There are some things that I have been praying about for years. There are some things I may need to pray about for the rest of my life. Does this mean that our prayers are useless? Why pray if God is not going to immediately answer? Consider this part of the Apostle Paul’s life.

2 Corinthians 12:3 And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— 4 was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. 5 I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses.

6 Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, 7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 

Sometime during his life, the Apostle Paul had an incredible experience. He was caught up into heaven. While there, he heard things that are too magnificent for mortal men to hear. This amazing experience naturally tempted Paul to become proud. Yet God did not want Paul to become proud. God wanted Paul to remain humble and therefore useful. How would God keep Paul’s feet on the ground after he had walked in heaven?

Paul says that God gave him a ‘thorn in his flesh.’ What this thorn was we do not know. Some suppose it was physical and perhaps had something to do with Paul’s eyesight. Others think that it was spiritual considering the fact that it involved Satan. Whatever it was, it humbled Paul greatly.

When this thorn first came into his life, Paul did what every believer will do. He prayed about it. No doubt he prayed intensely and maybe even fasted. Yet the Lord did not immediately remove his thorn. As a matter of fact, it seems that God never removed his thorn. Paul suffered from it for as long as he lived.

Perhaps there was a moment when Paul wondered, “Why keep praying if God is not going to answer?”But then the Lord gave him an answer that exceeded what Paul had been asking. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”God’s answer was that Paul would be stronger with the thorn than without the thorn.

If you are currently facing something difficult in your life and can’t seem to find an answer, keep trusting in God. The Bible says that God is a rewarder of those who ‘diligently seek Him.’ (Hebrews 11:6) Also keep in mind that God’s answer might be something different than you expect.

Devotional By Terry Covey

PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

  • Become aware of the presence of God and his love for you.
  • Review the week with Gratitude.
  • While asking yourself the following questions. Be attentive to what you’re feeling or to what you’re thinking:
  1. Where in your week did you experience consolation; Joy, comfort, peace?
  2. Where in your week did you experience desolation; sadness, frustration or failure?
  • As you become attentive to your desolation; what sadness, frustration, or failure might you need to confess? Where might you need to receive forgiveness?
  • With hope, look toward tomorrow. What newness would the Holy Spirit be inviting you into?

The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

Prayer of The Day – July 14

As we gather as Your people each Sunday, may the walls of FCC
resound with the praise of Your great name! May strongholds of unbelief and
doubt be broken, and may there be salvation in Your house! Lead those who
are searching, to salvation through Jesus.

As we gather this Sunday, be the wall of fire around us and the glory within us
I pray. May glorious praise, thanksgiving and worship be unleashed among us,
and Your name and Your word exalted. (Zechariah 2:5; Psalm 138:2)

Prepare my heart today, Holy Spirit, for all that You have for me as I worship
with Your people tomorrow. Change me and make me more like Jesus.

I commit all these things to You Father, for only You alone can accomplish what
man cannot do. You alone are able, and I put my hope in Your great name.
In Jesus’ name I ask all these things, Amen.

Worship In The Word – July 13th

SILENCE AND CENTERING (2 MINUTES)

Psalm 46:10 (NLT)

“Be still, and know that I am God  I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”

Confession: 

Merciful God, we remember that Your Son was tempted in the desert as we are, and yet He won the
victory over sin. And now, because of His victory, we have hope that we too can be victorious over
the temptations we face in life. There are times when we feel weak, and we do things that we should
not have done, and there are times when we leave undone many things we should have done. We
have failed to love You with our whole heart, mind, and soul, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
We try to make excuses for our actions, but there is no excuse for giving in to temptation.

Lord, grant us the strength and courage we need to overcome our weaknesses so that one day we
can stand before You and hear You say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
We ask these things in the Name of Your Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Amos 7:7-15

7 This is what he showed me: the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. 8 And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said, “See, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel; I will never again pass them by; 9 the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste, and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.” 10 Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King Jeroboam of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the very center of the house of Israel; the land is not able to bear all his words. 11 For thus Amos has said, “Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel must go into exile away from his land.’ ” 12 And Amaziah said to Amos, “O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, earn your bread there, and prophesy there; 13 but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.” 14 Then Amos answered Amaziah, “I am no prophet, nor a prophet’s son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees, 15 and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, “Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’

PRAYERS

Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

Brief silence

O almighty and eternal God, in the face of opposition You call Your Church to proclaim repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Give us courage like St. John the Baptist to continue boldly proclaiming Your whole counsel of salvation to a dying world. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Lord of the Church, we commend to You all ministers of Your Word. Make them zealous and faithful, that through their service Your Kingdom would grow. Send the Holy Spirit upon all who hear them to turn hearts from the love of sin to the love of You. Remember our Ministry Leaders Grant them wisdom in their work and joy in their calling. Grant us an increase in those who prepare to serve in the Office of the Holy Ministry and other church-work vocations. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

O Lord, in the waters of Baptism You severed Your people from any obligation to the old nature, sealed us with Your Spirit of promise and blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing. Grant that we may live our lives as people brought back from the dead to the praise of Your glory. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Kind Master, You are near to all who are sick, to all who suffer, to all in grief and pain. Have mercy on those who carry heavy burdens, [and especially those we have been asked to remember before You ______________,] that they may rest in Your embrace, look to You for relief and peace, and wait in hope for the final healing of the resurrection through Jesus Christ. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Lover of mankind, as we prepare to come to the altar this day, make us poor sinners ready to receive the body and blood of Your Son for the forgiveness of our sins and for a share in His unending life. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Join these, our prayers and praises, with those of Your faithful people of every time and every place, and unite them in the ceaseless petitions of our great High Priest until He comes again in great power and glory as victorious Lord of all. Through Him, with Him and in Him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory is Yours, almighty Father, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 1:3-14

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. 5 He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight 9 he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11 In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, 12 so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; 14 this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.

PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

Pray The Our Father – Slowly

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, 

thy will be done, 

on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our trespasses, 

as we forgive those

who trespass against us. 

And lead us not into temptation, 

but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, 

and the power, and the glory, 

for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer of the Day – July 13

Father, I ask that as a community of faith, we will be found worthy
of Your calling on our lives and empowered to fulfil every good purpose and
every act prompted by faith. May this be accomplished among us so that the
Lord Jesus may be glorified in us. (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)

I ask in the mighty name of Jesus, that You, by Your Spirit, unify and
strengthen my  brothers and sisters in this city (and in this land) to be
salt and light. Pour out Your Spirit on Your Church here I pray. Revive the
hearts of  pastors and may Your Word go forth with power and anointing!

Lord Jesus, I ask that the gifts of the Spirit be poured out on us in even
greater measure, that there would be no lack in the ministries of FCC. May all
who serve do so with great joy, using what we have received from You to serve
others. (1 Peter 4:10)