12.25.2009

Matthew 6:5-13

Jesus, prayer and ideas
Reading: Matthew 6:5-13

Jesus lives a life of prayer.
Jesus prays regularly.
When Jesus prays, his divine sensitivity was wide open to his Father and his Holy Spirit.
Then his whole life is connected divinely with his Father.
Jesus consciously made an effort to maintain this relationship.

So, we read about Jesus going to the wilderness.
So, we read about him praying in the mountain.
So we read about him doing an overnight prayer.

Then Jesus says something like that:
And when you pray, pray like you pray to God.
Don’t pray in order to show your piety to someone. Then that would be your reward: people think you are pious.
Instead, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who likes to listen to your prayer and reward you.
Praying a lot or talking to God a lot is not a true prayer.
Instead be ready to listen to God who knows ready what you need to pray for.
So, find a quiet place where you can be alone with God. Then simply be honest to God as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense the grace of God.
There you can pray humbly and patiently. Then only God can answer you because only God knows your prayer.

Don’t try to follow nice prayer techniques to get what you want from God.
It is too precious time to waste like that.
Don't fall for that nonsense.
If there is no God, we may need to do all these shows.
But there is God.
God is your parent.
God knows better than you what you need.

Another reason that we need to do this, is because in prayer we really get to know God. We will have better rewards coming to God in secret.
Brining a lot of great ideas Jesus is knocking our doors.
When we open the doors, Jesus with these ideas may enter in.

When we pray, when we worship, when we meditate, we often get wonderful ideas. That is why people say that prayer is listening.
When we pray, God generates wonderful ideas within our head.
Then when you obey that intuitive idea, you may produce a wonderful result.

Wonderful ideas are generated out during your prayer time.
Have you been listening?
Are you writing them down?
Are you trying to produce someone out of it?
Don’t forget them because it really can be from God.

God is generating wonderful ideas in you.
So sometimes, you need to seek and struggle in prayer.
Or sometimes, you just need to be silent and rest before God.
It is a birth pain.

It is so important time that we don’t need to pray like hypocrites.
We don’t need to pray thinking if we say a lot, God may hear one of them.

We don’t need to pray standing in the meeting places and on the street corners to be seen by people.
Since we want to receive the real reward from God, we pray, in our room, when no one sees.
There we pray to our God, who likes to sees what is done in secret.
Then God comes to us with many good ideas.
So, I wish that we may sometimes silent before God knowing before you ask God; God knows what you need and is ready to give that to you.

We just need to be silent and be able to listen what God is saying; inspiring our spirit; or giving to our intuition.

12.19.2009

Offering prayer

Dear Jesus, as we return these gifts to you, we are reminded that it is you that that brings us joy and happiness. So we share freely and joyfully, because you meet our needs according to your riches of glory.

12.16.2009

Luke 1:46-55

(A children sermon)
Shared at UPC

Micah 5:2-5

Preparation: the list below written in various papers

The list:
"Give away a smile to strangers.
Make someone laugh.
Bring a neighbor some cookies.
Say a prayer for those who are away from their home and family.
Share your toys with friends."


What does this look like?
I have in various colors.

This is your homework.
But this is something fun to do. (Give children lists.)

I want to go home and pick one of these activities and do it.
Let me what is in there. (Read the list)

Why do I want you do these things?
Well, I think Jesus likes to use a small thing and a small action.

Let me explain.
Now do you know where Jesus is born? (Ask children)
Yes, Bethlehem.
Bethlehem means the house of bread.
It must be a small village that makes bread.
It is a small town.
God wants to use this small town for Jesus to be born.

By the way, who is the father of Jesus? (Ask children)
Who is the mother of Jesus? (Ask children)

Mary was about 13 years old when she gave birth to a son, Jesus.
Mary was a young lady.
But God want to use her for a greater purpose.

God chooses Bethlehem a small town.
God chooses Mary, a young lady.

Since God can do all things, God want to use our small action to touch people’s hearts.

So, I have given you these.
Choose one of them in the list.
You may need to ask your parents to help out.
You don’t have to do everything.
But choose one you like.

Ok? Let's us pray.
Christ, you have given us so much. Thank you for all your blessings.
Help us to be a blessing to our neighbors.
In you name we pray. Amen.

12.12.2009

How to prepare a children sermon

sermons4kids.com
eSermon.com
textweek.com

If you like to see some examples of children sermons, these are my recommendations.
First one is free. For the second one, you need to pay an annual fee.

For children sermon, it is a good idea to have a prop. Using some "prop" you can get their attention.

It is a good idea to ask some questions.
It is a sermon that is preached in children's terms.
Think about preaching to your child within.

I think you can only address one main idea or one theme at a sermon.

Opening Prayer

Christ Jesus, you are our inner light.
In this Christmas season you send your peace on us.
It is your kindness that we experience.
It leads to a change in our lives.

As we're sitting here, an inner voice arises in us.
And that voice is already our prayer.
If our lips keep silent, our heart speaks to you and listens to you.
In this way, the will of your love is accomplished within us.
Amen.

Note: It is a modified prayer out of a prayer of Taize. If you like to have this kind of prayer for your worship service, you may go to here.

12.11.2009

Call to Worship 1

May God receive our worship today.
We give God thanks for being able to worship God.
Let’s approach God’s throne praying in the name of Jesus.
Let’s pray:

Call to Worship:

Jesus is here.
Jesus is close to each one of us.
He lives within us.
He is there in secret.
He is the peace in the heart.
He is the inner light that shines the way.
He is inseparably connected with us.

Let us worship God who is so close to us.

Opening prayer:
Christ, now we have come from our mission field.
May your Spirit inspires us, loves us, encourages us and gives us faith so that we may go out and do all things in Jesus Christ! Amen

Offering prayer:
Jesus, our hope, we have these wonderful minds, gifts, times, and talents in our hands.
May we use them for your joyful kingdom.
May you guide us to be more fruitful in all that we do.
In your name, we pray. Amen.

Benediction:
God, you declare that your kingdom is within us.
Open our eyes to see it, our ears to hear it, our hearts to hold it, our hands to serve it.

Our loving God, now we listen to you as your call us:
"Go in peace and let your soul live!
God of peace, bless us.
Jesus Christ, keep us.”

Call to Confession

Unison Prayer of Confession

Christ, you see who I am.
You were familiar with the human condition.
I do not want to hide anything in my heart from you.
You know that I am sometimes pulled in different directions at the same time.
But when my inner being experiences an emptiness, the thirst for your presence remains within me.
And when I am unable to pray, you yourself are my prayer.
(a prayer of Brother Roger of Taizé)

Silent Confession

Assurance of Pardon

When we pray, our poor words are often scarcely able to express our desire for communion with Christ. But Christ Jesus already forgives us and welcomes us.

Christ spoke these challenging words: “Forget what has gone before. Do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up. Do you not perceive it?”

12.05.2009

Invitation to the Table:

Brothers and sisters, this is the joyful feast of the people of God!
Every nation and every people come and sit at this table.
We are all welcome in the kingdom of Jesus.

So, come, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed are those who find rest in Christ!

We celebrate an open communion.
All baptized persons who desire to commune may do so regardless of worldly conditions or denominational ties.

You do not have to be without sin.
Jesus forgives our sin.
You do not have to be good.
No one is good but God alone.
You do not need to feel worthy.
None of us comes here by our worthiness.

It is enough if you want to love Christ.
It is enough if you want to serve Christ with all your heart.
It is enough if you want to turn your back on your sins.
It is enough if you want to live in love and peace.
It is enough if you desire to live a new life.
It is enough if you desire to do the will of Christ.
So, come and participate in this communion.
Come in faith.

Presbyterian Youth Triennium

Triennium

July 20 - 24, 2010 at Purdue University. For grades 9-12.

2007 Presbyterian Youth Triennium Highlight Video from Presbyterian Youth on Vimeo. Note: Other Conferences like this: Excel 2010 (January 15-18) PYWA

Matthew 7:7

Give a try: Hope
Reading: Matthew 7:7

When Jesus says, “Ask it will be given to you. Seek you will find. Knock, the door will open unto you” what does he wants to say?
Why did he have to say these words?

He asks people to hope and try.
Doors open up when people have hope and try.

So, Jesus says: Ask, ask, and ask.
Jesus is saying to us to work toward your goal and hope.
Try to pursue your goals.
Then we will have what you desire.
It is very simple.
It may not happen so simply.
But Jesus says it will happen.

12.03.2009

Communion

Thank you, Jesus, for remembering us.
We gather around this table with a grateful heart.
At this communion table, we remember you, saying, "This is my Body. This is my Blood."
There we remember you have forgiven all of us.

Our faith in you is that you, the Son of God, have lived, performed great miracles, presented wise teachings, died for us on the cross, and rose from the grave.

In this way, you have revealed yourself in history.
And you have given us the mystery of the incarnation, death, and resurrection.

Our faith in you is that you still live within us.
You fulfill your divine ministry in and through us.

So, we eat together from the same bread and drink together from the same cup.
Participating in this communion, we become the living Christ, here and now.
Because you live in us.
You are living in us.

So, we say, “Thank you.”
Thank you for guiding us, helping us and nurturing us.
Thank you for inviting us to live with you.
In your name, we pray.

12.02.2009

Luke 3:1-6 (2)

Christmas is approaching.
What do you celebrate on Christmas?
Whose birthday is it?
So, at the moment, we are waiting for Jesus to be born.

Why is Jesus born?
Jesus was born to love everyone no matter what.
Jesus was born to love everyone no matter who they are.

Then before the birth of Jesus, God said something like this:
“I am sending my messenger ahead of Jesus, who is going to prepare his way.”

Who would that be?
Who is going to prepare the way of Jesus?

His name was John the Baptist.
John started his ministry to prepare the way of Jesus.

I wonder how he did that.

He started to preach near the Jordan River saying:
And he said:
“If you know you have done something wrong, come to God and say that you are sorry.
And be baptized.
Then God forgives you.
Then live a better life.”

This is how John teaches people so that they can be ready to meet Jesus.
In this way, John prepared people’s heart to meet the holy one, Jesus.

Just like John, we can also prepare the way of Jesus.
How can we do that?
We can prepare our heart to receive Jesus.
How can we do that?

We can also say “I am sorry,” when we have done something wrong.
When we feel like:
“Umm, I wished I have been more kind to people I know.
Umm, I think I should have been more loving and caring.”

Then we can say to Jesus:
“I am sorry about that, Jesus.
I don’t want to be like this.
Thank you, Jesus, for forgiving me.
Now help me to be a good friend to people from now on.
I bless them in your name.
Bless them to have fun and enjoy their life.
Bless them to know that you love them.
And help me to love them and kind to them as well.”

In this we also prepare the way of Jesus.
In this way we also welcome Jesus in our heart.
It is so simple that everyone can do it.

Let’s pray:

Jesus, thank you to coming to our world to share your love.
Help us to love and be loved. Help us to share the love that you have for the world.

12.01.2009

Call to Confession


Jesus, you are the Way, on which road God comes to meet us.
But sometimes, we are like those disciples on the road to Emmaus.
We see you and yet don’t know that we see you.
But you are our companion on the way.
Then when you open our eyes, we realize that you are with us and speaking to us.

Jesus, you are always with us.
You love us.
May our heart fully knows this.

May we follow you humbly every day.
May we also love and forgive with you.

Jesus, you invite us to walk with you.
You offer us your energy so that we may always begin anew.
You place in our heart, your forgiveness and confidence in us.
Thank you for guiding us and helping us to see and understand you in our lives.
In Jesus name we pray.
Amen.




Call to Worship

We have come to worship God.
We have come to give hanks because God has given Jesus Christ, the Son.
We have come to honor Jesus Christ.
We have come to give you thanks to Jesus Christ.

Jesus, it is good to proclaim your love and faithfulness.
It is good to sing to you.
You let us sing for joy.
You let us sing for our salvation.
Open your heart so that we may give thanks with a grateful heart.
Explain to us what we need to understand about you.
May you prepare our heart as we want to worship you.