Sunday Traditional Worship 8:45 a.m.; 10:00 Sunday School and Fellowship time; 11:00 Contemporary Worship; 1:00 p.m. Worship in Nepali
Bible Studies Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.
WoW and Xtreme Faith youth group Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Per Capita assessment for each member this year is $26.37, which is an increase of ten cents. This supports the work of our denomination, PCUSA, at the presbytery, synod and General Assembly levels.
April 24, the Hallelujah Hooligans will be here at 3:00 p.m. They have a joy filled ministry of music and Word, and are blessed to be able to share the gifts that God has given them in many ways. Mark your calendars and invite your friends to join you and come to hear the message they will be giving.
The Sermon Sunday is “Surrounded By Shouts of Deliverance” from Psalm 32:1-11- sin weighs us down, forgiveness brings freedom; and Luke 15:11-32- Story of the prodigal sons.
“Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” Psalm 32:1
Sacrament of Holy Communion will be shared as this is the first Sunday of the month.
Around Church this Week:
I was elected to be on Presbytery Council at the presbytery meeting on Friday. The Council is like the Session of a local church as the body that has responsibility for all of the things going on in the presbytery.
Saturday evening I was on IPTV receiving a plaque for 25 years of officiating wrestling.
On Monday there were several who went to watch the movie Risen at the theater. It is historical fiction primarily looking at the impact of Jesus’ resurrection from the Roman soldier’s point of view during the days and weeks following the discovery of the empty tomb.
10% Attendance challenge during Lent: It was easy to have a 68% increase the first week of our challenge, but last Sunday we raised that increase by another 25% over February 14, but it will require that we reach out to gain an increase for this Sunday and next week. Who can you contact?
Have you pulled out the crosses and items you received each week last year through the Sundays of Lent to build our anticipation of Easter?
Chuckle: “The One whose throne is in heaven sits laughing. . . .” (Psalms 2:4)
There are three ways to get something done:
- 1. Do it yourself.
- Hire someone else to do it.
- Forbid your kids to do it.
Birthdays this Week:
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Prayer Thought: “Prayer is the slender nerve that moves the omnipotent muscle of God.” ~ Charles Spurgeon.
Rediscovering Intercession by James W. Goll, author of The Lost Art of Intercession
February 26, 2016
Like Ezekiel of old who sat in the valley filled with old bones, we were sitting in a great cemetery filled with gravestones that marked the resting place of hundreds of Moravian saints. These nearly forgotten prayer warriors had pioneered some of the richest and most daring missionary work in the history of the Church, but on this day all was silent.
Drawn there by a prophetic mission on that pleasant afternoon in February of 1993, 19 intercessors, including my wife, Michal Ann, and myself, paused for prayer before completing our walk through the cemetery. Our goal was to reach the wooden prayer tower overlooking the cemetery and the Moravian village of Herrnhut, which is located on the southeastern border of Germany, across from Poland and the Czech Republic. While sitting in the cemetery during that time of somber prayer, the Lord spoke to my heart, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I responded with the same answer given by Ezekiel thousands of years before me, “Sovereign Lord, You alone know.”
Moments later, we quietly left the cemetery and climbed the hill to the prayer tower. After I unlocked the door, we climbed a spiral staircase to the circular mezzanine at the top of the Moravian watchtower. From that vantage point, we could see far beyond the borders of eastern Germany into the neighboring Czech Republic and Poland, but some invisible hand seemed to draw us all away from simply viewing. As we silently gathered together in a loose circle, we could sense a weightiness and deep anticipation growing in our hearts. Something was about to happen.
Suddenly, every person in the tower was overwhelmed with a compelling spirit of intercession unlike anything we had ever experienced. As we prayed, agonized, and groaned under the obvious influence of the Holy Spirit, a strong wind suddenly blew about the tower where we were standing, whipping away hats and scarves in its power. We all knew that this natural phenomenon was an outward manifestation of a mighty movement by the Spirit of God.
As one person, we were gripped in deep, groaning travail. We knew what was happening. We had traveled tens of thousands of miles as a team and experienced incredible provision and guidance all along our journey to fulfill the Holy Spirit’s command. Our mission was to seek God for the anointing of the spirit of prayer that once rested upon the Moravian community of faith. Now, just as the prophet Ezekiel called forth the winds of God in Ezekiel 37, we had called forth the winds of God’s anointing, and that wind was blowing among us. We sensed that it bore with it the same anointing that God once gave to the Moravian prayer warriors of the eighteenth century!
When the wind died down, we waited. Was our mission complete? Was it over as quickly as it began? Somehow we all knew that God wasn’t finished with us yet. We confirmed it later, but at the time we sensed that as a woman in the midst of giving birth, we were in a lull between “contractions.” Suddenly, we were hit spontaneously as one person with an even stronger spirit of travail, and a second wind began to roar across the valley and up the prayer tower mezzanine where we were positioned. I sensed that this second wind had brought a new wave of faith and anointing to fulfill a holy mandate to blow this spirit of prayer out into the nations.
Immediately, I felt an impression “light up” inside of me that God wanted to raise up the “house of prayer for all nations” in 120 cities, just as He breathed His Spirit into the 120 prayer warriors on the day of Pentecost (see Matt. 21:13; Acts 2). From those 120 cities of prayer, God intended to cover the earth with His glory.
Just as those 120 believers tarrying in the upper room in Jerusalem on Pentecost were “baptized in fire” by the Holy Spirit of promise, so those who answer God’s call to tarry before His face will also be baptized with a holy fire. The group of Moravian believers who gathered at Herrnhut to pursue their dream of religious freedom were in much the same state as most Christians are today. They came from widely diverse religious backgrounds. During the first five years of their communal existence after the community’s founding in 1722, they experienced bickering, dissension, and strife. They were no better or worse than you or I, but they made a deep commitment to Jesus Christ and to prayer, which transformed and changed them forever. They began to think God-sized thoughts and feel a burning, God-like compassion for the lost. They received supernatural faith to tackle challenges that would, in many cases, cost them their freedom or their very lives. Yet, they did it all in faithfulness and joy.
The Moravians changed the world because they allowed God to change them. God wants to change the world again and He is looking at you and me. Are you willing to seek the same fire that inspired the Moravian believers two centuries ago? I believe that God wants to see a whole generation of humble, priestly people rise up with the passion and anointing to lay hold of God as He has laid hold of them.
Please keep in prayer: Siena Hawkins; LaVonne Volzke; Esther Bakker; Wendell Pribyl; For Arlene Lewis, Pete and Dolores Van Regenmorter- pray for balance, core strength and protection from falls.
February 23, 2015, 21 Coptic Christians lost their lives for Jesus Christ. They were beheaded by ISIS on a beach in Lybia for refusing to convert to Islam. Those men, steadfast in their faith until the very end, became a symbol of the persecuted church in Africa and the Middle East.
However, shortly after their deaths, ISIS descended on Syria’s Hasakah province and kidnapped more than 200 Assyrian Christians. Not knowing whether or not they were going to face the same fate as their brothers in Lybia, the church prayed and pleaded for their release.
This year, shortly after the one-year anniversary of our brothers losing their lives, the majority of our Assyrian brothers and sisters were freed from ISIS captivity. Out of the hundreds captured, three were apparently beheaded. Five people are still missing. While ISIS has released hostages throughout the year in small groups, they threatened to kill the remaining victims earlier this month if a ransom of $100,000 dollars was not paid for each kidnapee.
According to the AP, a bank account was created so that people could donate funds to aid payment of the ransom to ISIS. The ransom amount varied between $18 and $25 million. The group did not pay that much for the release – in fact, they paid less than half. Those released were mostly women and children.
As war continues to rage across much of Africa and the Middle East, and as persecution intensifies in these areas and in Asia, it can be difficult to know what to do. But as Paul reminded the Corinthian church, when one member of the Body of Christ suffers, we all suffer and we are called to show care for each member of the church.
In that vein, we must see these precious men, women, and children as the same as us. They are our family and because we are in Jesus together, that family bond is above our cultures or the borders of any country. We are first children together in the kingdom of God & citizens of this world second.
So how can we pray for and support Christians around the world in a time of intense and deadly persecution?
Pray that they can endure in the faith. (Matthew 10:23)
Pray that our brothers and sisters will be strengthened by the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 3:16)
Pray for their continued boldness to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in their countries. (Acts 4:29
Pray that Christians can get continued access to Bibles.
Pray for specific countries. The Voice of the Martyrs has a public prayer map where you can click on different countries and see the hostilities they face. You’ll learn the percentages of Christians in those countries and the major political factions ruling currently. You’ll also get personal stories from Christians and missionaries in that country, giving you specifics to pray for.
Pray that men and women who have lost everything for their faith will find community and love in the body of Jesus.
Pray for them because they are persecuted for the sake of Jesus (Matthew 5:10-11)
Pray for the persecutors, that they would come to know Jesus and be saved (Matthew 5:43-48)
Hundreds of thousands of our brothers and sisters are at risk for persecution and dying for their faith around the world. We must be diligent in prayer, faithful in our support and seek to be spiritually unified with them in the person of Jesus and His word. We cannot be separate from them.
Pastor Dave Ullom <*}}}<