Conexión Medio de Semana – 3 de Julio de 2019

Silencio, quietud y orientación ante Dios (2 minutos)

Lectura de las Escrituras y devocional:

Efesios 5:8-10 (NTV)

Pues antes ustedes estaban llenos de oscuridad, pero ahora tienen la luz que proviene del Señor. Por lo tanto, ¡vivan como gente de luz!Pues esa luz que está dentro de ustedes produce solo cosas buenas, rectas y verdaderas. 10 Averigüen bien lo que agrada al Señor.

Quiero ser fructífera. Quiero hacer una diferencia en la vida de las personas, en la iglesia y en el mundo. Espero que esto también sea cierto para ti. Aunque podemos agotarnos en nuestras rutinas diarias sin pensar en por qué hacemos lo que hacemos, cuando retrocedemos y recuperamos el aliento, sentimos un profundo deseo de fructificar. Queremos que nuestras vidas cuenten.

Esto no debería ser una sorpresa, dado que fuimos hechos para ser fructíferos. Recuerde el primer mandato de Dios a los seres humanos en Génesis 1: “Sé fructífero” (Génesis 1:28). Jesús reforzó este propósito a través de su enseñanza. En Juan 15: 8, por ejemplo, dijo: “Esto es para la gloria de mi Padre, que ustedes den muchos frutos, mostrándose a ustedes mismos como mis discípulos”.

¿Cómo podemos vivir vidas fructíferas, cumpliendo nuestro propósito creado, sin mencionar el anhelo de nuestros corazones? En Juan 15, Jesús responde esta pregunta enfatizando nuestra conexión con él. Fructificamos al “permanecer” en él como ramas “permanecer” en la vid (Juan 15: 4-8). En Efesios 5, encontramos un punto similar con diferentes imágenes. Aquí, “somos luz en el Señor” y debemos “vivir como hijos de luz” (5: 8). Cuando lo hagamos, seremos fructíferos. ¿Por qué? Porque “el fruto de la luz consiste en toda bondad, justicia y verdad” (5: 9).

Algo sobre lo que pensar:
¿Dirías que vives fructíferamente? ¿Por qué o por qué no?

¿Qué partes de tu vida son las más fructíferas?

¿Qué partes son las menos fructíferas?

Algo que hacer:
Tómese un tiempo para considerar cómo la luz de Cristo dentro de usted lo está ayudando a vivir una vida productiva y fructífera. Da gracias por todo lo que descubres al reflexionar.

Oración:
Dios misericordioso, gracias por elegir brillar sobre mí, en mí y por mí. Gracias por la forma en que su luz me permite, no solo reflejar su luz en el mundo, sino también por hacer una diferencia genuina en el mundo.

Ayúdame, te lo ruego, para que te ilumine tanto que mi vida sea verdaderamente fructífera, dando el fruto escogido de la bondad, la justicia y la verdad. Amén.

Por Mark D. Roberts

Espacio para la reflexión (tómese 2-3 minutos para guardar silencio o escribir su
pensamientos u oraciones del pasaje de las Escrituras o devocional)

Oración: Concluir con silencio (2 minutos)

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.

EQUIPNET 2019

EquipNet  2019
NJNet’s Spring Equipping Conference and Youth Rally
Saturday, March 16, 2019
8:30 AM – 1 PMEQUIPNET 2019
Hosted by:
First Spanish Baptist Church of Passaic
189 Paulison Ave., Passaic, NJ, 07055
There will be 11 Workshops, including a Youth Rally.  
Free Child Care, and Free Lunch to conclude the Day.
All Workshops will be translated from English into Spanish.
REGISTER for the Conference & Workshops Online by
See the attached Flyers for more information on each Workshop.
Pastors:  
This conference is for your entire Church Family.  
Please feel free to copy and distribute the flyers to your congregation 
to help them select the Workshops they would find helpful.  You 
can email them out or include them with your Worship Bulletins.  
Thank you!
God Bless you!
David Persson
NJNet DAD

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