Weekend Worship – 2/10/19

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:

Dear Lord, we rejoice that in You we find our hope. We have tried and failed to manage our lives. We have tried to guard what we say and don’t say. We have tried to serve selflessly. We have tried to contain our appetites and desires. We have tried not to judge or condemn. We have tried to control our thoughts. The harder we try, the more obvious it becomes we cannot attain perfection. We confess our brokenness and weakness to You. We humbly thank You for forgiving our sins and washing us clean through the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Jeremiah 17:5-10

5 Thus says the Lord: Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals and make mere flesh their strength, whose hearts turn away from the Lord. 6 They shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when relief comes. They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. 7 Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. 8 They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.  9 The heart is devious above all else; it is perverse — who can understand it? 10 I the Lord test the mind and search the heart, to give to all according to their ways, according to the fruit of their doings.

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

 

Brief silence

 

Eternal God, You are holy and mighty, and great is the majesty of Your glory. As once You cleansed the guilty lips of Isaiah and sent him forth to call Your people to repentance and to speak hope in Your name, cleanse us and send us forth with Your Word, that many may hear and believe. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Glorious Father, in Your great mercy You sent forth Your Son to atone for the sins of the whole world, and He established a Church by His blood. Renew Your Church and strengthen the resolve of Your people in difficult and dangerous times, that they may be faithful in every circumstance. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

O merciful Lord, You have called Your pastors and missionaries to become fishers for men by proclaiming the whole counsel of Your Word. Guard them in their task, and give them courage and zeal. Bless us through their faithful preaching of Your Law and Gospel, that we may be set free through forgiveness to serve You with our whole heart, mind, body and strength. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Blessed Lord, through Your Word preached and taught, You equip Your people for the fulfillment of their baptismal vocations. Bless especially the young men, that they may hear Your call to the pastoral office, and sustain those who are now being trained for this holy calling. Bless the young women, that they may hear Your call to be deaconesses, teachers, directors of Christian education or to serve as they are able to do the noble work of Your Kingdom, and sustain those now being educated for these paths. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Almighty God, all things are Yours and all authority has its source in You. Bless us with good leaders in government and enable us to be good citizens, both working together for the common good of all people. Bring Your peace to bear where war, violence and terrorism threaten, and protect those who defend us. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Loving God, as Your Son bestowed the healing gifts of Your grace, so bestow upon the sick, the suffering, the wounded in spirit and the dying the fullness of Your grace. Especially do we pray on behalf of _____________ and those named in our hearts. Give to the suffering relief and the sick healing, according to Your will, and give them patience under the burden of their afflictions until that day when we shall no more be troubled by the weakness of flesh and shall see our bodies made new as Christ’s own glorious flesh in the resurrection of the dead. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Holy Lord, though we are sinners, You have granted us new birth in Baptism and have forgiven our sins. By this grace bestowed, enable us to worthily receive His most precious body and blood in this blessed Sacrament. Nourish us for Your Kingdom, and sustain us in this faith and life until we feast together on high with the blessed apostles, prophets, saints and all who have died in faith. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Luke 6:17-26

17 He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. 18 They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. 19 And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.

20 Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 22 Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. 23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.

24 “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. 25 Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep. 26 Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.”

 

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

CONEXION A MEDIANO

 

Silencio y Centrado

Compite tu camino hacia el Señor; Confía en él, y él actuará.
-Salmo 37: 5

Confesión:

Querido Señor, nos alegramos de que en Ti encontremos nuestra esperanza. Hemos intentado y fracasado en manejar nuestras vidas. Hemos tratado de proteger lo que decimos y no decimos. Hemos tratado de servir desinteresadamente. Hemos tratado de contener nuestros apetitos y deseos. Hemos tratado de no juzgar o condenar. Hemos tratado de controlar nuestros pensamientos. Cuanto más lo intentamos, más obvio es que no podemos alcanzar la perfección. Te confesamos nuestro quebrantamiento y debilidad. Te agradecemos humildemente por perdonar nuestros pecados y limpiarnos a través de la gracia de nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Amén.

PAUSA DE 2 MINUTOS DE SILENCIO

Lectura y devocional:

“No acumulen para sí tesoros en la tierra, donde la polilla y el óxido destruyen, y donde los ladrones se meten a robar. Más bien, acumulen para sí tesoros en el cielo, donde ni la polilla ni el óxido carcomen, ni los ladrones se meten a robar. Porque donde esté tu tesoro, allí estará también tu corazón”. Mateo 6:19-21

En Mateo 6:19-21, Jesús nos enseña un importante principio espiritual que debemos conocer para poder darle a Dios nuestros corazones en forma total. La Biblia dice:

“No acumulen para sí tesoros en la tierra, donde la polilla y el óxido destruyen, y donde los ladrones se meten a robar. Más bien, acumulen para sí tesoros en el cielo, donde ni la polilla ni el óxido carcomen, ni los ladrones se meten a robar. Porque donde esté tu tesoro, allí estará también tu corazón”.

Eres hijo de un Dios amoroso que está desesperadamente celoso por la totalidad de tu corazón. Mateo 6:19-21 ilustra una verdad que se extiende más allá de este mundo y en la plenitud de la eternidad. Tú y yo tenemos en esta vida la oportunidad de entregar nuestros corazones a Dios y recibir una recompensa eterna, o de entregar nuestros corazones al mundo, lo cual solo nos llevará a la destrucción. Podemos rendir todo lo que somos y atenernos a los planes perfectos y agradables de nuestro Padre celestial, o buscar la satisfacción, el placer, el estatus y la riqueza en lo que pertenece únicamente al mundo.

La mejor manera, en forma absoluta, en que podemos asegurarnos que nuestras vidas estén completamente entregadas y disponibles para el Padre, es pasar los primeros momentos de nuestro día a solas con él. Si vamos a aprovechar al máximo esta vida, debemos reservar un tiempo para evaluar nuestros pensamientos, acciones y emociones. Debemos hacer un tiempo para mirar honestamente nuestras vidas y descubrir si realmente estamos viviendo para Dios o para el mundo. Y como consecuencia de una evaluación diaria, debemos participar consistentemente en el proceso de confesión, para que nuestras vidas puedan ser fortalecidas por el perdón y el amor del Padre.

Dios anhela que tu vida aquí en la tierra impacte en la eternidad. Él es un Padre que tiene planes perfectos para bendecirte de formas que no puedes imaginar. Pero Dios no puede bendecir lo que no es lo mejor. Él no puede recompensarte por hacer lo que es destructivo. Elige centrar tu vida en tus encuentros con Dios para poder almacenar una gran cantidad de tesoros eternos. Abre tu corazón al Espíritu Santo cada mañana para que él pueda revelar cualquier cosa que te impida experimentar la plenitud de la vida; Jesús murió para que tengas una vida plena. Entrega tu vida al Dios que tiene reservadas para ti cosas más grandes de las que puede pedir o imaginar. Y experimenta la paz y la alegría que proviene de permitirle a Dios tener la totalidad de tu vida para bendecirla y llenarla con su cercanía gloriosa.

Devocional Por First15

PAUSA DE 2 MINUTOS DE SILENCIO

El Padre Nuestro (reza lentamente 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 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.

Midweek Connection

Silence and Centering     

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.
-Psalm 37:5

Confession:

Dear Lord, we rejoice that in You we find our hope. We have tried and failed to manage our lives. We have tried to guard what we say and don’t say. We have tried to serve selflessly. We have tried to contain our appetites and desires. We have tried not to judge or condemn. We have tried to control our thoughts. The harder we try, the more obvious it becomes we cannot attain perfection. We confess our brokenness and weakness to You. We humbly thank You for forgiving our sins and washing us clean through the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

PAUSE FOR  2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

Reading & Devotional:

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

In Matthew 6:19-21 Jesus teaches us an important spiritual principle we need to know in order to give God the entirety of our hearts. Scripture says:

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

You are the child of a loving God who is desperately jealous for the entirety of your heart. Matthew 6:19-21 illustrates a truth that spans beyond this world and into the fullness of eternity. You and I have an opportunity in this life either to give our hearts to God and receive an eternal reward, or to give our hearts to the world, which will only lead to destruction. We can either surrender all that we are and have to the perfect, pleasing plans of our heavenly Father or seek fulfillment, pleasure, status, and wealth in that which belongs to the world alone.

The absolute best way we can ensure our lives are fully surrendered and available to the Father is to spend the first moments of our day alone with him. If we are going to make the most of this life, we must set aside time to assess our thoughts, actions, and emotions. We must make time to take an honest look at our lives and discover whether we are truly living for God or for the world. And in response to a daily assessment, we must consistently engage in the process of confession so that our lives may be empowered by the forgiveness and love of the Father.

God longs for your life here on earth to impact eternity. He is a Father who has perfect plans to bless you in ways you cannot imagine. But God cannot bless that which is not best. He cannot reward you for doing that which is destructive. Choose to center your life around meeting with God that you might store up a wealth of eternal treasure. Open your heart to the Holy Spirit every morning that he may reveal anything that’s keeping you from experiencing the fullness of life Jesus died to give you. Surrender your life to the God who has greater things in store for you than you can ask or imagine. And experience the peace and joy that comes from allowing God to have the entirety of your life to bless and fill with his glorious nearness.

Devotional By First15

PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

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.