Evening Prayer – March 28, 2020

Silence and Centering: PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 136:1-6

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.

to him who alone does great wonders,
His love endures forever.
who by his understanding made the heavens,
His love endures forever.
who spread out the earth upon the waters,
His love endures forever.

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 30 seconds OF SILENCE

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 16:13-20

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[c] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[d] loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 30 seconds OF SILENCE

Simon Peter met Jesus. I know several friends and church members who say that besides Jesus, Simon Peter is their ­favorite person in the Bible because they can easily relate to him.

As he tried to follow Jesus, Simon often made mistakes or blurted out something that he regretted later. Simon was the one who tried to walk on water. Simon was the one who insisted that he would never deny Jesus—and then although Simon did that, he was later restored and called to follow Jesus again.

But sometimes Simon got it right. In our reading for today he made a bold and true confession to Jesus, saying, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And that is when Jesus gave him a nickname: Peter. The Greek word for Peter means “rock,” so Jesus was letting him know that Peter’s bold confession was the foundation on which he would build his church. The most faithful thing a person can do is to trust in Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of the living God.

When we act like Simon Peter, making mistakes or blurting out things we’ll regret later, we can be assured that we are not too clumsy or shameful to be of service to God. We too can make the bold and true confession that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God, and by God’s grace we can stand on this firm, rocky foundation.

Evening Prayer:

Heavenly Father, my day is drawing to an end, and I’m ready to turn in. But before I do, I have to thank you for your faithfulness today. It’s always a good day, even when things may not go the way I plan, or when the world seems in chaos, because you are in control.  For all the times when I was aware of your help today, all the times when your unseen presence seemed so near, thank you, God. But for all the ways you worked behind the scenes, unknown to me, moments when heaven-sent angels moved on my behalf in ways I’ll never know, thank you for those also, Lord. 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.

Evening Prayer – March 24, 2020

Silence and Centering: PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 91:1-6

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 30 seconds OF SILENCE

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 14:1-5 

Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they remained virgins. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among mankind and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb. No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 30 seconds OF SILENCE

John was overwhelmed, struggling to find words to match the wonders of Heaven. It was filled with sights of splendor. In particular, John was impressed with a voice that sounded like many harps. He had seen living creatures and elders “each one holding a harp” (Revelation 5:8). And he described hearing a voice like “harpists playing on their harps.”

The harp has a unique place for God’s people. As a boy, David played the harp for King Saul, with miraculous impact (1 Samuel 16:23). The harp was so important that David set aside men in his army to prophesy with harps (1 Chronicles 25:1-3). The Bible tells us that harps are an integral part of praising God (Psalm 33:2).

What might these harps have sounded like? We know from modern recordings that harps produce a natural sound, as each string vibrates with the perfect pitch designed by God. As we know from the Bible, the sound of the harp can be soothing and even healing. Yet when played in a harp choir, the sound can be overpowering.

Here on earth, tastes may change from person to person. But as John discovered, the impact of the sounds in Heaven can be overwhelming! How do you imagine Heaven? No matter what your thoughts, you can be sure that Heaven itself is more glorious than you can imagine! But don’t wait. Praise God now! Enter His presence! Be prepared to be
overwhelmed.

Evening Prayer:

Heavenly Father, my day is drawing to an end, and I’m ready to turn in. But before I do, I have to thank you for your faithfulness today. It’s always a good day, even when things may not go the way I plan, or when the world seems in chaos, because you are in control.  For all the times when I was aware of your help today, all the times when your unseen presence seemed so near, thank you, God. But for all the ways you worked behind the scenes, unknown to me, moments when heaven-sent angels moved on my behalf in ways I’ll never know, thank you for those also, Lord. 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.

Evening Prayer- March 22, 2020

Silence and Centering: PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 4:1-8 

Answer me when I call to you,
    my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
    have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

How long will you people turn my glory into shame?
    How long will you love delusions and seek false gods[b]?[c]
Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself;
    the Lord hears when I call to him.

Tremble and[d] do not sin;
    when you are on your beds,
    search your hearts and be silent.
Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
    and trust in the Lord.

Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
    Let the light of your face shine on us.
Fill my heart with joy
    when their grain and new wine abound.

In peace I will lie down and sleep,
    for you alone, Lord,
    make me dwell in safety.

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 30 seconds OF SILENCE

SCRIPTURE: Mark 10:13-16

13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 30 seconds OF SILENCE

Little children met Jesus. If you had to find someone to put in charge of a kingdom, someone to govern and make wise decisions, would you choose a little child? Not likely. Little children contribute many wonderful things to the world. But when it comes to leading and governing, we usually look to people who are wise and ­experienced.

Jesus, however, welcomed little children when his disciples tried to shoo them away. He even said that the kingdom of God belongs to people who are like them.

Jesus does not give his kingdom to people who think they are self-sufficient, people who act as if they are in control of their lives. The kingdom of God—the kingdom that Jesus came to bring—is not for people who think they have all the answers. The kingdom of God is for people who know that they depend on God for everything—like little children, who are totally dependent on their parents and others.

So many of us like the idea of being independent, taking care of ourselves, and making decisions for ourselves. But Jesus encourages the opposite: instead of striving to be independent, strive to be dependent on God. Ask God for everything you need, and seek to follow God’s will for your life, and you will enjoy full life in his kingdom.

Evening Prayer:

Heavenly Father, my day is drawing to an end, and I’m ready to turn in. But before I do, I have to thank you for your faithfulness today. It’s always a good day, even when things may not go the way I plan, or when the world seems in chaos, because you are in control.  For all the times when I was aware of your help today, all the times when your unseen presence seemed so near, thank you, God. But for all the ways you worked behind the scenes, unknown to me, moments when heaven-sent angels moved on my behalf in ways I’ll never know, thank you for those also, Lord. 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.

 

WEEKEND WORSHIP – MARCH 21-22, 2020

Centering verseScripture Reading

Read 1 PETER 1:1–12

1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,

To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.

 

 

PREPARING OUR HEARTS

Holy God, Creator of all that is, Donor of Grace, and Giver of Life:
Hear our prayer.
There are chasms in our lives, deep valleys that separate us
From one another and from You.
We confess that we have allowed those rifts to grow,
For fear of admitting our part in the separation,

For fear of being rejected when we reach out.
You call us to a reconciled life, to healed relationships,
To a wholeness with each other and with You.
Mend us, we pray, and make us new creations
Through the power and love of Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

Silence: 2 minutes

Sermon Message In English 

 

Mensaje de sermón en español

 

ORACIÓN POR LA MAÑANA – 21 DE MARZO DE 2020

Silencio y centrado: PAUSA POR 2 MINUTOS DE SILENCIO

SAGRADA ESCRITURA:  Salmos 51:10-15 (NTV)

10 Crea en mí, oh Dios, un corazón limpio
    y renueva un espíritu fiel dentro de mí.
11 No me expulses de tu presencia
    y no me quites tu Espíritu Santo.[a]

12 Restaura en mí la alegría de tu salvación
    y haz que esté dispuesto a obedecerte.
13 Entonces enseñaré a los rebeldes tus caminos,
    y ellos se volverán a ti.
14 Perdóname por derramar sangre, oh Dios que salva;
    entonces con alegría cantaré de tu perdón.
15 Desata mis labios, oh Señor,
    para que mi boca pueda alabarte.

Silencio y centrado: PAUSA POR 30 segundos DE SILENCIO

SAGRADA ESCRITURA:  Lucas 22:31-32 (NTV)

31 »Simón, Simón, Satanás ha pedido zarandear a cada uno de ustedes como si fueran trigo;

32 pero yo he rogado en oración por ti, Simón, para que tu fe no falle, de modo que cuando te arrepientas y vuelvas a mí fortalezcas a tus hermanos».


Perspicacia de las Escrituras:

Es verdad. Tenemos un enemigo espiritual. Él desea destruirnos. Y sí, pecamos. Nos quedamos cortos de cómo Dios desea que nos comportemos. Pero alabado sea Dios, no es donde termina el pasaje de hoy. En uno de los versos más sinceros de la Biblia, Jesús se dirige a Simón Pedro y le dice: “pero he rezado por ti, Simón, para que tu fe no falle”. Que momento tan épico. Dios, manifestado en la misma carne de Jesús, llama a Simón por su nombre, lo mira a los ojos y le dice que está orando por él para que su fe no falle. ¡Y la gran verdad es que Él hace lo mismo por nosotros!

El apóstol Juan nos dice que cuando pecamos, cuando estamos bajo ataque espiritual, Jesús es nuestro abogado; es decir, le habla a Dios el Padre en nuestra defensa. Ahora, tenemos que tomar una decisión. Podemos ignorar lo que Jesús dice, o podemos creerle. Piénsalo. Si realmente creemos que Jesús está orando por nosotros, que está intercediendo por nosotros, cambiaría la forma en que vivimos. La nuestra sería una vida llena de gratitud por lo que Dios ha hecho. Paz, por su presencia. Valor, debido a la confianza que tenemos en Él. ¿Y qué pide a cambio? Escucha lo que le dijo a Pedro. “Fortalece a tus hermanos”. Hoy, vive consciente del amor y la protección de Dios. Escucha a Jesús orando por ti por tu nombre, y no dejes que tu fe falle. En cambio, ¡camina en victoria! Y con renovada fuerza y ​​fe, ve a fortalecer a los demás. – Por Ron Ovitt

2 minutos de autoexamen: qué palabra o frase se destaca para usted. ¿Qué podría decirte Dios?

Diario: 3 minutos de examen

2 minutos de súplica: orar por el mundo.

Padre Nuestro (lentamente reza esto)

Padre nuestro que estás en los cielos, santificado sea tu nombre. Venga tu reino, Hágase tu voluntad en la tierra, como en el cielo. Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día. Y perdona nuestras ofensas, como perdonamos a los que nos ofenden. Y no nos dejes caer en la tentación, sino líbranos del maligno. Para ti es el reino, el poder y la gloria para siempre, Amén.

MORNING PRAYER – MARCH 21, 2020

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 51:10-15

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
    you who are God my Savior,
    and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 30 seconds OF SILENCE

SCRIPTURE: Luke 22:31-32 

31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 

32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 30 seconds OF SILENCE

Scripture Insight:

It is true. We do have a spiritual enemy. He does desire to destroy us. And yes, we do sin. We do fall short of how God desires us to behave. But praise God, that is not where today’s passage ends. In one of the sincerest verses in the Bible, Jesus turns to Simon Peter and says, “but I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.” What an epic moment. God, manifested in the very flesh of Jesus, calls Simon by name, looks him in the eye, and tells him that He is praying for him so that his faith may not fail. And the great truth is that He does the same for us! The Apostle John tells us that when we sin, when we are under spiritual attack, Jesus is our Advocate; that is, He speaks to God the Father in our defense. Now, we have a choice to make. We can ignore what Jesus says, or we can believe Him. Think about it. If we really believe that Jesus is praying for us, that He is interceding for us, it would change the way we live. Ours would be a life full of gratitude for what God has done. Peace, because of His presence. Courage, because of the confidence we have in Him. And what does He ask for in return? Listen to what He said to Peter. “Strengthen your brothers.” Today, live conscious of God’s love and protection. Hear Jesus praying for you by name, and don’t let your faith fail. Instead, walk in victory! And with renewed strength and faith, go strengthen others. – By Ron Ovitt

2 minutes of Self-Examination:  Which word or phrase stands out to you. What might God be saying to you?

Journaling: 3 Minutes of Examination

2 Minutes of Supplication: Praying for the world.

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.

Evening Prayer- March 20, 2020

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

SCRIPTURE:  Psalm 24:7-10

Lift up your heads, you gates;
    be lifted up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord strong and mighty,
    the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, you gates;
    lift them up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory?
    The Lord Almighty—
    he is the King of glory.

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 30 seconds OF SILENCE

SCRIPTURE: Luke 17:11-19 

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a] met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 30 seconds OF SILENCE

 

Ten men with leprosy met Jesus. They had a skin disease, and they were not allowed to live with healthy-skinned people unless they were cured. Jesus healed all ten of the men, and they were able to return to the company of other people. Once again, this is a story of Jesus’ great healing power.

This particular story, though, includes an unusual detail. After finding that he was healed, one of the ten men came back to Jesus. He was so grateful to be healed that he shouted praise to God and threw himself at Jesus’ feet. Jesus welcomed and praised this man as someone who truly knew how to praise God, even though the man was a Samaritan, an outsider who wasn’t supposed to know much about God and faith. Jesus also asked, “Where are the other nine?” and we are left wondering how thankful they were.

By praising the man who said thank-you, Jesus shows us that receiving healing is best when it flows into a life of thanking and praising God. It’s one thing to receive salvation from Jesus, and it’s an even better thing to live out our appreciation for that salvation by sharing Jesus’ love with the world.

Let gratitude take root in your heart and life as you praise Jesus for all he has done for you!

Evening Prayer:

Heavenly Father, my day is drawing to an end, and I’m ready to turn in. But before I do, I have to thank you for your faithfulness today. It’s always a good day, even when things may not go the way I plan, or when the world seems in chaos, because you are in control.  For all the times when I was aware of your help today, all the times when your unseen presence seemed so near, thank you, God. But for all the ways you worked behind the scenes, unknown to me, moments when heaven-sent angels moved on my behalf in ways I’ll never know, thank you for those also, Lord. 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.