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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

WEDNESDAY WORSHIP – Dec. 12 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: 

God of All Peace, Your Word says: “In repentance and rest is our salvation, in quietness and trust is our strength.” And yet, there are many days when we are too self-protective to repent, too self-important to rest, too worried to be quiet, too wounded to trust. We demand peace in the world, but allow chaos to govern our souls. In Christ, forgive us; call us to return to You and to find in Your presence a peace that surpasses all understanding, through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Zephaniah 3:14-20

14 Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! 15 The Lord has taken away the judgments against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more. 16 On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak. 17 The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing 18 as on a day of festival. I will remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it. 19 I will deal with all your oppressors at that time. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth. 20 At that time I will bring you home, at the time when I gather you; for I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes, says the Lord.

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

Brief silence

Holy God, who prepared the way of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, by the ministry of John, prepare our hearts by repentant faith for Christ’s glorious return, joyfully receiving the forgiveness of sins and serving You in willing obedience. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Almighty God, we give thanks for the unity of faith that makes Your Church one mystical Body of Christ and for the partnership in the Gospel we share with fellow congregations in the earthly fellowship of our Synod. Keep us steadfast in Your Word of truth and the Good News of life and salvation. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Almighty God, our King, whose eyes watch over the nations, we pray for those who rule and govern Your people in this and every land. Make them faithful in their vocations as rulers and as Your servants for justice. Grant Your protection to those who serve in the military, and grant Your Spirit to guide those who minister to them, proclaiming Your Word of life and salvation. Lead each of us faithfully to serve You by fulfilling our daily vocations and duties in our homes, at work and school, in Your Church and as citizens. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Almighty God and Father, Your Son revealed His love in His compassion toward the poor and the forgotten, the despised and the lowly. Look with mercy on those who have no work and cannot provide for themselves and their families. Let them find gainful employment so that they can rejoice over the fruits of their labor. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Almighty God and Father, You healed the sick and defeated death by the resurrection of Your Son, our Lord. According to Your gracious will, heal the sick and comfort the suffering [especially _______________]. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Almighty God and Father, fill us with Your Spirit that our love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, that discerning what is best we may be pure and blameless until the day of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus, as You gave Yourself for the forgiveness of sins, grant that we may receive Your body and blood with sincere faith in Your Word and promises, so that we commune with glad confidence for our soul’s well-being. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

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

Philippians 4:4-7

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

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