SUNDAY WORSHIP – DEC. 9, 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: 

Lord we confess that we suffer today because of sin, both the sins we have chosen and the sins committed against us. We have done things we should not have done, and we have neglected to do those things we should have done. Save us from ourselves; save us from the forces of Evil in this world.

We do not have the power to undo what has already been done, so grant us grace to bear present burdens and courage to change things that can be changed. Teach us how to live as those prepared to die and dwell eternally with you and your Boy Child, our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Malachi 3:1-4

1 See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?

For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; 3 he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. F13 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

 

Let us pray…. 

Brief silence

Father God, Most Holy, Righteous and Excellent ELOHIM, Almighty Amongst the Heavens and Earth, The Supreme Sovereign Architect of All, The LORD GOD Creator! Thou are our Wonderful Savior, the provider of all things, True and Good, Blessings, Honor and Glory, flow from Your Mighty Love, we are touched by the Everlasting, the Eternal, the Forever, our hearts are lifted unto You in Thanksgiving, Praise & Worship, HALLELU YAH!

Father, to share in this Holy Communion, to partake of the Beauties and Glories of Holiness, to experience the sweet savor of Salvation, Oh Blessed Savior, our hearts cannot contain the Praise, Worship is an uncontrollable reaction, we must Praise Your Goodness and Mercy, Your Mighty LOVE and Amazing Grace, all the blessed benefits of Your Mighty Hand of Providence, Oh! How Sweet You are, Our Lord and Provider, Selah!

Father, we broach eternity by the nature of our Thanksgiving for there is no end to our Praise & Worship, we are ever thankful, grateful and appreciative, that Yeshua left His Throne in Glory, put on very flesh, suffered, bled and died, and after three days and nights below rose to forever trump and thump the powers of Darkness, have mercy, that the gift of Life Everlasting would be ours for the receiving, so shall we always lift up our Savior, HALLELU YAH!

Thank You Father, for the right and privilege to bow before You, humbly as we might, begging Your indulgence for the forgiveness of our sins, just as we by a Holy and Heavenly example have forgiven those whom have perpetrated acts of unrighteousness against us. Father, we thank You as we receive Your faithful forgiveness and sincerely repent of all, Selah!

Father, joyfully our spirits celebrate in a Holy Spirit pool party, dancing and swimming in the Blood of the Lamb, gratefully immersing ourselves in the rivers of sanctification, our spirits take on the purifying fire of Holiness, Righteousness, and Innocence, we are redeemed of the Lord, and we rise in power, dripping in Anointing, covered in the Unction, the prepared people of a prepared place, Hallelu YAH!

In You Father, we have found purpose and being, we are created and formed in Your LOVE, empowered to carry that Love in the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the world, to dispel darkness, and destroy the bondage of evil, to set the captives free, and spread the very eternal prosperity of the Abundant Everlasting Life in Salvation, Selah!

Father, bless all the prayers of the Saints, bless the intercessors, the preachers, the prophets and the evangelists, bless those whom pastor the flocks and teach Your Word, bless the Bride of Christ in all Her Glory. Father, all this we pray in the mighty and matchless name of Jesus The Christ, YAHUSHUA ha MASHIACH, the First, the Last, The Most Holy, Hallelu YAH! Amen

Luke 3:1-6

1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, 2 during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3 He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, 4 as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; 6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’ “

 

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!

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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ADVENT DEVOTIONAL – DEC. 7, 2018

SILENCE AND CENTERING – 2 MINUTES

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

SCRIPTURE: LUKE 3:1-6

DEVOTIONAL:

During Advent we cry, “Prepare the way of the
Lord.” We cry out for something other than the
dysfunction we find within and around us.
By faith and in hope we live in two time zones—
our time of exile now, in the wilderness, and the
time of God’s redemptive future. Even though
we still anticipate our full redemption—and
the redemption of our entire world—our very
anticipation of that redemption is a way of living
in that redemption, even if the stark reality of our
lives and the world around us makes clear that it
has not yet fully arrived.

So our cries are not futile. As we boldly announce
the Lord’s coming, things do happen. The way of
the Lord gets prepared, even in the wilderness.
God uses our cries to prepare us for a tomorrow, a
new heaven and a new earth, that actually is right
here before us—even now.

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

PRAYER:

Dear Lord, use our Advent cries to prepare us—right
now—to be a palpable sign of your coming among us,
even amid all that counters your truth. 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

ADVENT DEVOTIONAL 12/6/18

Silence and Centering – 2 MINUTES

Prayer For Presence: “Lord manifest your presence to us, that we would experience your nearness and power.”

Scripture: Luke 3:1–6

Devotional:

This Advent, God calls us to be voices crying in the
wilderness. God calls us to prepare the way of the
Lord. God calls us to announce the Messiah’s coming.
When the Messiah comes, valleys are filled.

Mountains and hills are made low. These reversals
echo Mary’s song (Luke 1:46–55), in which the
powerful are brought down, and the lowly are
lifted up. They anticipate the Sermon on the Plain
(Luke 6:20–26), according to which those who are
hungry now will be filled, and those who weep
now will laugh.

Most importantly, when the Messiah comes,
“All flesh shall see the salvation of God” (Luke 3:6).
The Messiah will open our eyes so that we will
see God in our midst. We will see the invisible in
the visible. Through Jesus, we will see the image
of God in one another’s faces. And when that
happens, the crooked are made straight and
rough ways made smooth.

Space For Reflection:  (Which word or phrase stands out to you. What might God be saying to you?)

Prayer:

Dear God, our lives and our world need the advent of your
Messiah. Give us eyes to see and voices to proclaim the
salvation you promise amid everything going on in our
lives. 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

WEDNESDAY WORSHIP – DEC. 5, 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.

Jeremiah 33:14-16

14 The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 16 In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.”

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

Brief silence

 Almighty God, we give You thanks for bringing us to the end of one church year and to the beginning of another. As You have kept us in the days that have passed, so do we pray You would keep us in the days to come. Teach us to be faithful in all things, grateful for all Your gifts, urgent in Your work and hopeful for Christ’s coming again. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Almighty God, we long for an end to the struggles of this mortal life and for the start of everlasting life with Christ and all the saints in Your presence forevermore. Keep us from becoming contented with this life and from despair over the burdens of the flesh. We pray ever more earnestly to see Your face and to know in full the joy of Your presence. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Almighty God, we know how easily the good things You have supplied can be abused and used for harm instead of good. Deliver all who struggle with addiction, restore us when we fall and bring us the strength of Your Word and Sacraments to sustain us. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Almighty God, we rejoiced with people who once welcomed Your Son with palms and hosannas, and we pray You to grant us a true faith, that we may welcome Him now as He comes to us in the bread that is His body and the cup that is His blood. Feed and nourish us in Christ, that we may renounce ungodliness and live righteous and holy lives to the praise of Your glory. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Almighty God, we enjoy the many and rich blessings You have showered upon our nation. Grant to us wise and faithful leaders who will help us use Your bounty for good. Establish Your peace among the nations, and bring to nothing the plots of those who delight in evil, terror and violence. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our pray Almighty God, we face illness, pain, suffering, grief and death, but not without Your grace to comfort us or Your hope to encourage us. Give grace to each as they have need, that sustained through their afflictions they may rejoice in Your promises [recalling especially before You this day Your servants _______________]. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Almighty God, we claim nothing as our own, for all things come from You. Accept the worship of our lips, the service of our lives, and the tithes and offerings we bring in Jesus’ name. Grant that we may use all things for Your glory, for the blessing of those in our care and for the support of Your Church. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Almighty God, we pray not as we ought but as we are able, trusting in Your mercy to supply us with all things needful and beneficial. Keep far from us all things harmful, that we may be kept holy and blameless to the day of Christ’s coming; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

9 How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? 10 Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith.

11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. 12 And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. 13 And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

 

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

ADVENTO DEVOCIONAL – 12/5/18

Silencio y Centrado – 2 MINUTOS

Oración para la presencia: “Señor, manifiesta tu presencia ante nosotros, para que experimentemos tu cercanía y tu poder”.

Escritura: Filipenses 1:3-11

Piadoso: Te animo a memorizar la oración de Pablo. Como lo usas para recordar a otros en oración, Examinar cómo el evangelio transforma el tenor. de tus relaciones. Cuando oramos por y con los demás, hacemos ejercicio. nuestra confianza en que el que ha comenzado un buen El trabajo entre nosotros lo llevará al cumplimiento. Pero eso El buen trabajo no puede ser divorciado de lo profundo. comunión (koinonia) que la gracia de Dios crea. entre nosotros. La compasión de Dios por nosotros nos da una profundo anhelo el uno por el otro. Y como tenemos a otros en nuestros corazones, ellos también nos sostienen en los suyos. En la oración, nuestro amor se desborda. No solo una emoción, El amor nos da el conocimiento y la perspicacia para discernir. Lo que cada uno de nosotros tiene para ofrecer. Enraizada en oraciones mutuas, podemos ser auténticos y sincero sin ofender. Así es como un La cosecha de justicia por medio de Jesús se cumple. en nuestras vidas.

Espacio para la reflexión: (¿Qué palabra o frase te llama la atención? ¿Qué podría estar diciéndote Dios?)

Oración: Querido Dios, te traemos a todas las personas que tenemos en nuestro copas. Que tu gracia profundice la comunión que compartimos. que nuestro amor mutuo se desbordará de conocimiento y perspicacia. Amén.

El Padre Nuestro (reza lentamente esto) Padre nuestro que estás en los cielos, santificado sea tu nombre. Ven, tu reino, hágase tu voluntad en la tierra como en el cielo. Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día. Y perdona nuestras ofensas, como nosotros perdonamos a los que nos ofenden. Y no nos dejes caer en la tentación, sino líbranos del maligno. Porque tuyo es el reino, el poder y la gloria para siempre, Amén.

2 minutos – concluye con silencio