SUNDAY WORSHIP – DEC. 16, 2018

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: 

Holy and Loving God, You created us in Your image to enjoy You, to love You, to serve You. But our souls have been corrupted by our hard-heartedness, by our self-centeredness,   by our pervasive sinfulness. We turn to you in genuine repentance and seek Your forgiveness. We trust Your promise that You will forgive, redeem, and restore. Help us to forgive others as You have forgiven us. We ask for Your mercy in the Name of Jesus, who has come and will come again. Amen.

Isaiah 12:2-6

2 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation. 3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. 4 And you will say in that day: Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known his deeds among the nations; proclaim that his name is exalted. 5 Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth. 6 Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

 

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

Brief silence

God, our Father, Your Son bids us to pray with confidence. Give us Your Spirit to see You in the person of Your Son, knowing that He and none other is the One who came to bear our sins and be our Savior. Encourage us in true faith and fill us with joy, knowing He will come again to make all things new. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Father in heaven, send laborers into the harvest — pastors, missionaries, teachers and other servants of the Word — to declare Your Law and proclaim Your saving Gospel in Christ Jesus, that Your name may be hallowed. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Father in heaven, You graciously rule Your people even as Your strong arm keeps evil at bay through right governance in this world. Bless and guide all who are in authority to rule justly, and give Your Spirit to Your people, that we may believe Your Word and live holy lives. Sustain the faith of all who suffer mockery, persecution and death for the name of Christ, and keep us in true faith in Your Kingdom. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Wise Father, Your will is done without our prayer. Turn our hearts to You, so that we trust Your wise counsel in all things and trust Your good and gracious providence in our daily lives even as You bring us to eternal life. Open our hearts to all Your promises, that we may know Your will and receive Your gifts in the Gospel and the Sacraments in true faith. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Kind Father, Your Son gave bread to the hungry, sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf; He made the lame to walk and cleansed lepers; He raised the dead and preached Good News to the poor. Help again Your suffering people — the hungry, the poor and unemployed, the sick, the dying, the grieving and all who are anxious of heart [especially _______________]. Graciously give them all that they need for their well-being, give them ears to hear the Good News of life and salvation, and quiet their fears with Your love. Lead us to receive Your daily gifts — our daily bread — with thankful hearts. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Father, forgive us our sins and cleanse us from unrighteousness. Soften the hearts of those who reject Your Word, and renew those whose faith is faltering. Open our ears to Your call of repentance and to Your promise of mercy. Grant us to come to Your table in true faith, gladly receiving Christ’s body and blood and the forgiveness He promises. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Father in heaven, keep far from us Satan and all his wickedness and lies. Give us eyes to see evil and flee from it to Your Son, who casts out demons and restores those who have fallen. In our last hour, bring us to Yourself in peace and safety. Grant that in this day and the coming week, Your Spirit would guide us in safety and godliness. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Father, into Your hands we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy, through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Luke 3:7-18

7 John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 9 Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” 10 And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” 11 In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” 12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” 13 He said to them, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.” 14 Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what should we do?” He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.”

15 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16 John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” 18 So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.

 

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.

 

PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

End Of Year Giving @ Focus!

YOUR YEAR-END GIFTS ARE VITAL TO THE MINISTRY OF FOCUS COMMUNITY CHURCH

As we come to the end of 2018, we want to thank you for your generous gifts throughout the year to support the ministry of Focus Community Church! This was a great year for the church as we shared Christ’s love and hope with our community.  Every year people ask how they can help our church as the year comes to a close. One of the most important ways to push the ministry forward is to sow a year-end financial gift.

We are very excited about 2019 and all that God is going to do. We have an opportunity to sow faith, prayer and financial gifts that can push us toward all that God has challenged us with. Thank you for prayerfully considering how you can be a part of moving our church forward.

Thank you for prayerfully considering how you can make a huge difference with a special year-end gift. May God richly bless you!

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Devocional de Adviento – 13 de diciembre

SILENCIO Y CENTRADO – 2 MINUTOS

ORACIÓN PARA LA PRESENCIA: “SEÑOR MANIFIESTE SU PRESENCIA A NOSOTROS, QUE EXPERIMENTAMOS SU CERCANÍA Y PODER”.

ESCRITURA: Lucas 3:7-18

PIADOSO:

Si el Adviento se trata de renovación, entonces, como este texto
acerca de Juan el Bautista deja claro que también es
sobre el arrepentimiento. Siglos más tarde, las llamadas de John a
arrepentirse todavía resuena Somos las multitudes a las que llama
“Camada de víboras”. Somos los que nos dice que huyan
de la ira por venir, a causa de los estragos
Rompemos nuestras relaciones y comunidades.

Nosotros somos los que presumimos privilegiar.
el pregunta Como advierte, los árboles que no llevan.
El buen fruto será decapado. Todo lo que no puede tolerar
La luz de la verdad y la justicia finalmente se disolverá.
Entonces, ¿qué debemos hacer?

Comparte nuestro exceso de ropa y comida. Solo toma lo que necesitamos.

Evite extorsionar dinero o cualquier otra cosa que no sea
nuestro – con amenazas y acusaciones. Arrepentimiento
Significa cambiar nuestro estilo de vida. Significa medir
Nuestro uso de la riqueza, el poder y el privilegio en contra.
Las normas de verdad de Dios, y no las de este mundo.
y la justicia.

ESPACIO PARA LA REFLEXIÓN: (LA PALABRA O LA FRASE QUE LE PERMITE A USTED. ¿QUÉ PODRÍA DIOS QUE LE ESTÉ DICIENDO?)

ORACIÓN:

Oh Dios, danos poder para arrepentirnos. Ayúdanos a ver el caos
causamos mal uso de la riqueza, el poder y
privilegio que nos has dado. Amén. Y durante todo el día. Amén.

EL NUESTRO PADRE (LENTA LENTAMENTE ESTO)
NUESTRO PADRE QUE ARTE EN EL CIELO, HALLOWED SEA TU NOMBRE. VIENE EL REINO, SE HARÁ EN LA TIERRA, COMO ESTÁ EN EL CIELO. DANOS HOY NUESTRO PAN DE CADA DÍA. Y PERDONENOS NUESTROS TRESPASOS, COMO NOSOTROS OLVIDAMOS A LOS QUE PASARON CONTRA NOSOTROS. Y GUÍTENOS NO A LA TENTACIÓN, PERO ENTREGARNOS DESDE EL MALO. PARA TUYA ESTÁ EL REINO, EL PODER Y LA GLORIA PARA SIEMPRE, AMEN.

2 MINUTOS – CONCLUIR CON SILENCIO

Advent Devotional – Dec. 13

SILENCE AND CENTERING – 2 MINUTES

PRAYER FOR PRESENCE: “LORD MANIFEST YOUR PRESENCE TO US, THAT WE WOULD EXPERIENCE YOUR NEARNESS AND POWER.”

SCRIPTURE: Luke 3:7-18

DEVOTIONAL:

If Advent is about renewal, then—as this text
about John the Baptist makes clear—it is also
about repentance. Centuries later, John’s calls to
repent still resound. We are the crowds he calls a
“brood of vipers.” We are the ones he tells to flee
from the wrath to come, because of the havoc
we wreak on our relationships and communities.

We are the ones whose presumptions to privilege
he questions. As he warns, trees that do not bear
good fruit will be axed. All that cannot tolerate the
light of truth and justice will ultimately dissolve.
What then should we do?

Share our excess clothes and food. Only take what we need.

Avoid extorting money—or anything else that is not
ours—with threats and accusations. Repentance
means changing our lifestyle. It means measuring
our use of wealth, power, and privilege against
God’s—and not this world’s—standards of truth
and justice.

SPACE FOR REFLECTION:  (WHICH WORD OR PHRASE STANDS OUT TO YOU. WHAT MIGHT GOD BE SAYING TO YOU?)

PRAYER:

O God, give us power to repent. Help us see the chaos
we wreak when we misuse the wealth, power, and
privilege you have given us. Amen. and throughout the day. Amen.

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.

2 MINUTES – CONCLUDE WITH SILENCE

 

Devocional de Adviento – 12 de diciembre

SILENCIO Y CENTRADO – 2 MINUTOS

ORACIÓN PARA LA PRESENCIA: “SEÑOR MANIFIESTE SU PRESENCIA A NOSOTROS, QUE EXPERIMENTAMOS SU CERCANÍA Y PODER”.

ESCRITURA:  FILIPINOS 4: 4-7

PIADOSO:
Nuestros pensamientos frecuentemente nos aterrorizan. Ellos magnifican
Nuestros miedos e intensifican nuestros deseos. Incluso cuando nosotros
Reconocer su efecto perjudicial sobre nosotros, es difícil.
para contrarrestar su profundo control sobre cómo percibimos y
responder a la vida

En este pasaje, Pablo nos da tres prácticas.
para tratar con nuestros pensamientos. Estos no son
Comandos, pero ejercicios para poner en práctica nuestra confianza.
y la fe en dios. Lo primero es abrazar la alegría en el
Señor siempre, no como un sentimiento sino como un acto de fe.
El segundo es dejar que nuestra gentileza (o amabilidad)
ser conocidos por todos, no porque nos sintamos como
eso, sino porque confiamos en la cercanía del Señor.

Y el tercero es convertir nuestras preocupaciones en oraciones de
Acción de gracias y súplica.

Cuando confiamos en Dios al hacer estos ejercicios,
nosotros decretamos la paz de Dios, la cual, porque
sobrepasa todos nuestros pensamientos, es capaz de custodiar nuestros
Corazones y mentes en el Mesías, Jesús.

ESPACIO PARA LA REFLEXIÓN: (LA PALABRA O LA FRASE QUE LE PERMITE A USTED. ¿QUÉ PODRÍA DIOS QUE LE ESTÉ DICIENDO?)

ORACIÓN:
Querido Dios, danos poder para ejercer nuestra fe, para vivir
nuestra vida como una oración continua, para que tu paz,
que supera con creces todos nuestros pensamientos, podría proteger nuestra
Corazones y mentes en el Mesías, Jesús. Ahora mismo-
Y durante todo el día. Amén.

EL NUESTRO PADRE (LENTA LENTAMENTE ESTO)
NUESTRO PADRE QUE ARTE EN EL CIELO, HALLOWED SEA TU NOMBRE. VIENE EL REINO, SE HARÁ EN LA TIERRA, COMO ESTÁ EN EL CIELO. DANOS HOY NUESTRO PAN DE CADA DÍA. Y PERDONENOS NUESTROS TRESPASOS, COMO NOSOTROS OLVIDAMOS A LOS QUE PASARON CONTRA NOSOTROS. Y GUÍTENOS NO A LA TENTACIÓN, PERO ENTREGARNOS DESDE EL MALO. PARA TUYA ESTÁ EL REINO, EL PODER Y LA GLORIA PARA SIEMPRE, AMEN.

2 MINUTOS – CONCLUIR CON SILENCIO

Advent Devotional – Dec. 12

SILENCE AND CENTERING – 2 MINUTES

PRAYER FOR PRESENCE: “LORD MANIFEST YOUR PRESENCE TO US, THAT WE WOULD EXPERIENCE YOUR NEARNESS AND POWER.”

SCRIPTURE: Philippians 4:4-7

DEVOTIONAL:

Our thoughts frequently terrorize us. They magnify
our fears and intensify our desires. Even when we
recognize their deleterious effect on us, it is hard
to counter their deep grip on how we perceive and
respond to life.

In this passage, Paul gives us three practices
for dealing with our thoughts. These are not
commands, but exercises for enacting our trust
and faith in God. The first is to embrace joy in the
Lord always, not as a feeling but as an act of faith.
The second is to let our gentleness (or kindness)
be known to everyone—not because we feel like
it, but because we trust in the Lord’s nearness.

And the third is to turn our worries into prayers of
thanksgiving and supplication.

When we trust God as we do these exercises,
we enact the peace of God—which, because it
surpasses all our thoughts, is able to guard our
hearts and minds in the Messiah, Jesus

SPACE FOR REFLECTION:  (WHICH WORD OR PHRASE STANDS OUT TO YOU. WHAT MIGHT GOD BE SAYING TO YOU?)

PRAYER:

Dear God, give us power to exercise our faith—to live
our life as a continual prayer—so that your peace,
which far surpasses all our thoughts, might guard our
hearts and minds in the Messiah, Jesus. Right now—
and throughout the day. Amen.

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.

2 MINUTES – CONCLUDE WITH SILENCE