12.27.2010

John 1:29-42 (2)

The obedience of the Lamb (2)
Reading: John 1:29-42 (1 Corinthians 1: 1-9)

The Bible calls Jesus the Lamb of God.

When Jesus was thirty years old, Jesus started his ministry.
But before Jesus started his ministry, he observed the ministry of John the Baptist.
Who is John?
John lived a very obedient life in God.
John didn’t care about things but God.
Jesus loved to watch John ministering to God.
So, Jesus might have hesitated to start his ministry, because if he starts, there is no more need for John’s ministry.

But as for John, it didn’t matter, because he saw the Spirit, God’s pure Spirit.
The Holy Spirit came down as a dove from heaven and remained on Jesus.
He was waiting for this sign so long because God told him that he was going to see this sign.
When he saw this, he realized that Jesus is the Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.

The Holy Spirit was coming down to start God’s ministry together with Jesus. The Holy Spirit is ready to show everything that God has and explain who God is, through Jesus.

John believed in Jesus because he saw the Holy Spirit.
So, John introduced Jesus as the Lamb of God to his followers.
So, two his students followed Jesus to find out more about Jesus.

They don’t have any questions to ask at this time.
They didn’t know what it means that Jesus is the Lamb of God.
They don’t know how to ask questions to find out that Jesus is the Lamb of God.
They just want to learn of Jesus.

But Jesus asked them, “What do you want?”
They said, “Teacher, (pause) where are you staying?”
Jesus said, “Then, come and see.”

Jesus simply invited them to come and see.
Then they were able to observe how Jesus used his words, wisdom and power. They saw how Jesus is answering people’s questions.
They smell the place where he was staying.
They touch what Jesus was touching.
They feel what is like to be with Jesus.
Then they realize how the Holy Spirit is working together with Jesus.
They sense the person of the Holy Spirit, as Jesus heals, and speaks words.
They sense God’s presence.
Then they believe in Jesus because the Holy Spirit is working through Jesus.
They believed him as the Messiah, the Christ.

So, Andrew, one of them found his brother Simon and brought him to Jesus.
Looking at Simon, Jesus said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Peter which means Rock.”
Jesus called him Rock.
He proclaimed his faith, because Jesus saw Simon in the same way that God saw him.
This proclamation created a new kind of relationship between Jesus and Simon Peter.
Jesus knew what kind of role that Peter would play in his movement.
So, Jesus helped Peter to discover his calling and his new identity.
Then three years later Jesus baptized him with the Holy Spirit.
Then he was able to show the character of God by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Like this, God knows the reason why you are here.
Jesus knows what you are called to be.
The Holy Spirit often help you realizes that in a very gentle, subtle, mysterious or very natural way.
Like this, the Holy Spirit help you discovered in Christ.
The Spirit of God will also help you find who Jesus is.

When we spend time with Jesus, we know who God is.
But it is strange.
When we spend with Jesus, we also know who we are.
The more you know of Jesus, the more you know who you are.
The more you obey the words of Jesus, the more you discover your purpose in life.
The more you offer your life to Christ, the more you start to hear clearly the voice of the Holy Spirit.
The more you live for God, the more God lives within you.
The more you get involved in what God is doing, the more you experience the manifestations of the Holy Spirit. It is like a spiritual fountain.

But in order to give us this kind of experience in the person of the Holy Spirit, Jesus needed to pay a price.

In order to give us the Holy Spirit, Jesus needed to experience some kind of birth pain.
When Jesus gives his life, he can take away the sins of the world. Then he was able to give the eternal life.

(3) Jesus is called the Lamb of God.
In ancient time, when people commit sin they offered a lamb to the priest, so that they may be forgiven.
This lamb was slaughtered and was offered to God.
Like this, Jesus, the Lamb was treated badly by some people.
It wasn’t easy to suffer and die like this.
But Jesus was a willing participant.
He was willing to suffer for the forgiveness of sin of others. (Isaiah 53:7)
He was able to bear this pain because he knew for what he was suffering.

But we need to remember one thing.
Jesus didn’t suffer because he didn’t have faith.
He suffered because he had faith.
Jesus suffered because he wanted to bring reconciliation.
Jesus suffered because he wanted to see the loving relationship between God and human beings.

When he was carrying his cross to Calvary, he said to those who didn’t understand the true meaning of his death and suffering, “Don’t weep for me. Rather, weep for yourselves and for your children..." (Luke 23:27-28)
He wanted them to know about their own future.
If they accept Jesus, they would have the eternal life. (Romans 6:23)
Jesus would save them so that they could truly live.

But, in the Bible, we see sometimes Jesus weeping because he felt the pain of someone else.
He was weeping out of compassion, knowing everything.
He wept because he could feel the pain of his loved ones.

Because he loved people like this, Jesus can become the Lamb of God.

The Bible said that the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23)
What does it mean?
Sometimes continual sinning life drives us to death.
This death is not a physical death but also a mental death where we lose the meaning of life.
Jesus wanted to save people from their death, because the human life is too precious for him.
So, Jesus wanted to save people from the consequences of sin.
In order to do that, Jesus wanted to become a human being.
He wanted to conquer the death, as a human.
Becoming the Lamb of God, he defeated the death.

Doing this, Jesus shows that love is a will and a determination.
That is why we can love our enemies. It is not easy.
So, the Holy Spirit gives us patience and self-control.
Patience and self-control make our love complete in Christ.

Love is obedience, a will, and a determination.
What does it mean in our spiritual life?
If you love Christ, you pray even when you don’t want to pray.
You love someone even when you don’t feel like it.
(This someone may be yourself.)
You give thanks and praise for that person even though you don't feel like it.
Then we experience the stronger presence of God in our life.

When you love Jesus, you want to give everything and live for Christ.
So, some people give up their easy life and serve the poor.
So, some people leave their home countries and start living in a foreign country to share the love of God.
They just want to do the works that God is designing for them.

The Bible says that our relationship with Jesus is like a spiritual marriage.
If we love Jesus, we want to be with him, in good days and bad days.
We want to be with him when we feel peace and safety, when we feel sad and suffering.
We would want to be with Jesus through thick and thin.
We want to love Christ at all circumstances, just like God loves us.
We want to give thanks to Christ regardless to what happens to us.
We want to give thanks, when our life seems unbearable.
Thinking about Jesus, we rather comfort those who are suffering.
Following Jesus, getting inspired by Jesus, you get to know the Holy Spirit and experience the power of God.
Then people around you will also feel the power of the Holy Spirit and the presence of God through your life.


12.07.2010

Call to Worship

It is good to give thanks to God.
It is good to sing praises to your name, O Most High.
It is good to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
It is good to speak of your faithfulness by night.
O God, you have made us glad by your work.
I sing for joy at the works of your hands.

11.11.2010

John 19:28-29

5. “I am thirsty”
Reading: John 19:28-29

He is hung on the tree.
With this tree Jesus is just there.
Winds are blowing.
Little insects may be tickling his arms, but he doesn’t have power to move.

Like this tree, he is just there.
This tree also stops growing.
This tree used to grow looking for an angle and looking for the sun.
But now it stopped.
There is no water.

Jesus used to heal people and raise the dead.
But now he was just thirsty.

Then Jesus knew that everything had now been finished.
So, in order that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”
A jar of wine vinegar was there.
So, they soaked a sponge in it.
They put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant.
Then they lifted it to Jesus’ lips.

A awhile ago, Jesus had said:
“I am the living water. Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
(John 4:14)

At this cross, there is nothing.
There is only a good memory.
There is only a good will.
There is no living water for him.
He was continually losing his power.
There is no heaven being opened.
There is no miracle out of dialogue between God and Jesus.
Struggling and weeping; only people look at him.

What does this cross require Jesus carry?
There are no spiritual or earthly enjoyments.

He had to pass this tormenting moment, in order to help many others come to wear white robes in heaven.
Forgiving someone else’s sin or repaying someone else’s sin is not easy at all.
Jesus knows this.

11.09.2010

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

If I have failed to perceive you when you have appeared in the face of a friend, if I have neglected to feed you when you have come with the hunger of a stranger, if I have not embraced you when you have sought me, if I have not laughed and played with you when you greeted me with the delight of a child, forgive me.

Open my eyes, my hands, my arms, my heart to know your appearing and to celebrate the flesh-shaped mystery of Emmanuel, God with us. Make my heart a dwelling place ready to delight at your appearing and to receive you.

Silent Prayers of Confession

Declaration of Pardon

Leader: Jesus Christ, you have given us your life.
All: Now we give you ours.
Leader: Forgive us for what we have been in the past.
All: Through you, what we shall be begins now.
Leader: Take us, renew and remake us.
All: May we be your living presence in this world.
Leader: Friends, let us believe the Good News of the Gospel.
All: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

11.08.2010

Call to Worship Psalm 57:7-11

O God, my heart is fixed:
My heart is quiet and confident.
I will sing and give praise.
Wake up, my soul!
Let us greet the dawn with song!
I will sing and give praise.

I’m thanking you, GOD, out loud in the streets,
singing your praises in town and country.

The deeper your love, the higher it goes:
Your kindness and love is higher than the heavens.
Your faithfulness is higher than the skies.
Soar high in the skies, O God!
Cover the whole earth with your glory!





10.26.2010

Tuesday Worship

Tuesday Worship

Please enter in silence and meditation

Welcome

The kingdom of God:

The kingdom of God is justice and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Come, Lord, and open in us the gates of your kingdom.

Still:

Find rest my soul in Christ alone.
Know his power in quietness and trust.

Gospel reading: Philippians 2: 5-11
Jesus, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death.

Wait for the Lord:

Wait for the Lord, whose day is near. Wait for the Lord. Keep watch, take heart.

Silent Prayer

Stay with me:

Stay with me, remain here with me. Watch and pray. Watch and pray.

Intercessory Prayer

"Holy Spirit come to us"
Eternal God, you have freed us by giving us your only Son. You open for us the way of freedom.
"Holy Spirit come to us"

God, you want us to become new creatures in Christ. Keep us in the communion of your Son. Keep us alert as we wait for the day of his coming.
"Holy Spirit come to us"

Christ, your spirit of life dwells within every human being. May the Spirit enable us to tear down walls of mistrust and of fear, Lord, we pray.
"Holy Spirit come to us"

Give us your peace, so that we can communicate it to one another in mutual love, and serve the human family.
"Holy Spirit come to us"

Christ, you have taken our weaknesses upon yourself and taken charge of our illnesses. Support those who are going through trials, Lord, we pray.
"Holy Spirit come to us"

For those who work with the oppressed, with foreigners and with the lonely, Lord, we pray.
"Holy Spirit come to us"

We entrust to you our families and friends, all who have asked for our prayers and who pray for us, whom we name before you now, (please speak out the names at this time) Lord, we pray…
"Holy Spirit come to us"

God is Forgiveness:

God is forgiveness. Dare to forgive and God will be with you.
God is forgiveness. Love and do not fear.

Closing Prayer:

Jesus our peace, if our lips keep silence, our heart listens to you and also speaks to you. And you say to each one of us: surrender yourself in all simplicity to the life of the Holy Spirit; for this, the little bit of faith you have is enough. (A prayer from Taizé)

Within our darkest night:

Within our darkest night, you kindle the fire never dies away, never dies away.

You are invited to depart in silence or remain to pray.

Taizé songs and prayer: © Ateliers et Presses de Taizé (A&PT), Communauté de Taizé, 71250 Taizé, France. GIA is the exclusive North American Distributor for the Taizé Community.

10.22.2010

Call to Worship

Trust in Christ Jesus with all your heart.
Rely on his understandings and insights.
In all your ways acknowledge him.
He will make straight your paths.

10.10.2010

Tuesday Worship

Tuesday Worship

Please enter in silence and meditation

Welcome

Bless the Lord, My Soul:

Bless the Lord, my soul, and bless God's holy name.
Bless the Lord, my soul, who leads me into life.

Still:

Find rest my soul in Christ alone.
Know his power in quietness and trust.

Gospel reading: Luke 6:37–38
Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.

Wait for the Lord:

Wait for the Lord, whose day is near. Wait for the Lord. Keep watch, take heart.

Silent Prayer

Stay with me:

Stay with me, remain here with me. Watch and pray. Watch and pray.

Intercessory Prayer

"Holy Spirit come to us"

Eternal God, you have freed us by giving us your only Son. You open for us the way of freedom.
"Holy Spirit come to us"

God, you want us to become new creatures in Christ. Keep us in the communion of your Son. Keep us alert as we wait for the day of his coming.
"Holy Spirit come to us"

Christ, your spirit of life dwells within every human being. May the Spirit enable us to tear down walls of mistrust and of fear, Lord, we pray.
"Holy Spirit come to us"

Give us your peace, so that we can communicate it to one another in mutual love, and serve the human family.
"Holy Spirit come to us"

Christ, you have taken our weaknesses upon yourself and taken charge of our illnesses. Support those who are going through trials, Lord, we pray.
"Holy Spirit come to us"

For those who work with the oppressed, with foreigners and with the lonely, Lord, we pray.
"Holy Spirit come to us"

We entrust to you our families and friends, all who have asked for our prayers and who pray for us, whom we name before you now, (please speak out the names at this time) Lord, we pray…
"Holy Spirit come to us"

You are able more than able:

You are able more than able to accomplish what concerns me today.
You are able more than able to handle anything that comes my way.
You are able more than able to do much more than I could ever dream.
You are able more than able to make me what you want me to be.

Closing Prayer:
Jesus our peace, if our lips keep silence, our heart listens to you and also speaks to you. And you say to each one of us: surrender yourself in all simplicity to the life of the Holy Spirit; for this, the little bit of faith you have is enough. (A prayer from Taizé)

Jesus, remember me:

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.

You are invited to depart in silence or remain to pray.

Taizé songs and prayer: © Ateliers et Presses de Taizé (A&PT), Communauté de Taizé, 71250 Taizé, France. GIA is the exclusive North American Distributor for the Taizé Community.
“He is able” © Copyright 1990 by Maranatha! Music

10.05.2010

Living Water

ppt
livingwatersfortheworld.org
Props: a clean long bottle.

(1) Have a look at these kids.
What do you think they are doing?

They are going to a nearby river to get some waters.
They want to have some clean water to drink.
But the water is not clean.

(3) Do you have this facet at home?
But they don’t have it.

(2) So, sometimes they use this yellow container to get water.
But the water is not clean.
But they have to drink some waters.
So they drink it everyday.
And because of that, they get sick.
Some of them die.
Hum, only if they have some clean water, they will live healthier.
What should we do?

Now let me introduce an organization.
It is called “living waters for the world.”
What do they do?
(3) This organization provides clear water.
They train people to go and put this machine in various village/countries.

(4) Then they teach local people how to use this machine.
Then these people can have clean water.
(5) See they have clean water.

So, we are going to send money to this organization so that they can provide more clean water.
So, let’s search for some coins at home.
Now go home and find some coins under your bed, under your sofa, under your car seat.
Then tomorrow bring some coins and put it here.
We are going to collect all those coins.
And we will send all the money to the organization that provides clean water.
Sounds good?

Now what does this bottle look like?
It is a temperature scale.
It shows temperature.
Now it is very cold. Huhuh.
We are going to bring some coin tomorrow and make our weather warmer.
Right?

The bible said Jesus is our living water. (John 7:37-38)
It says, those who know Jesus will be not thirsty again,
It says, those who know Jesus will have the eternal water.

Jesus is the eternal water for our mind.
People need to have this Jesus, the eternal water in their mind.
They also need physical water.
Then they will live healthier.

So, let's pray that everybody may know Jesus with their mind and have clean water so that they would live truly healthier. Ok?

Let's pray:
God, we welcome you in this place.
May you come and give the eternal water that you promise.
And through our coins tomorrow, may you provide clean water so that they may live healthier.
With their good health, may they come to know you, too.
In your name, Jesus, we pray. Amen.

9.28.2010

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

When we lose our faith and hope, forgive us Christ, who loves us.
When we give in to fear and worry, forgive us Christ, who loves us.
When we lose our cool, love, or kindness toward your people, forgive us Christ, who loves us.

Silent Confession

Declaration of Pardon

Leader: Jesus Christ, you have given us your life.
All: Now we give you ours.
Leader: Forgive us for what we have been in the past.
All: Through you, what we shall be begins now.
Leader: Take us, renew and remake us.
All: May we be your living presence in this world.
Leader: Friends, let us believe the Good News of the Gospel.
All: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

9.27.2010

Call to Worship

God of love, we are amazed by your love.
You show that you desire to communicate with us.
We do not always pay attention to you or understand you.
But now give us eyes to see how you are alive in our society.
Open our eyes to see your vision for your world.
Help us to be still and listen to you.
Help us to worship you.
Amen.


9.14.2010

Luke 11: 1-13

Reading: Luke 11: 1-13, 1 Tim 2: 1-7
Preparation: you may need three adult volunteers who will play God, Jesus and people.
A children sermon:

Sometimes, you may hear that some Christian people pray, saying, “In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.” Have you heard that? Why do we do that? Do you know?

Let me tell you a story.
A really, really, really long time ago, people and God was able to talk with each other, freely.
They were able to listen to each other easily.

But one day people felt that they wanted to know what was like to live without God.
So they left God and went out to explore another kind of life, and lived without God.
Then, their relationship with God was sort of broken. It was over.

Then after having fun for awhile, they start missing God.
So they tried to find God.
But now they realize that the gap between God and them became too wide.
They were not able to come to God and get to know God.
They forgot what God is like.

In the meantime, God was watching them.
God saw they were trying to reach out to God, but not able.
So, God sent Jesus Christ to explain to them what God is like.
After explaining to them, Jesus was able to make God and people good friends again.
Jesus become a bridge between God and people.
Now because we become a friend with God, through Jesus, so, we pray in his name.
This is how we recognize Jesus as a good friend maker.

That's why when we pray, we say “we pray this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.”
Anyway, have you tried to talk with God, personally?
Now you can talk with God freely, you know.
Now you can pray for your mom and dad.
Now you can pray for people who appear on TV.
Now you can pray for the president of this country.
Now you can pray for the peace of the world.
So, pray and see what happens.
OK?

Let’s pray: Christ, we thank you for coming back to us to be a good friend to us. In your name, we pray. Amen.

8.19.2010

Luke 12:13-21 (2)

How may I serve? (Luke 12:13-21)

Once, Jesus told this story:
There was a rich man.
Then he got really wealthy because his land just produced a lot of good crops.
Now the question was: what was he going to do?

He thought to himself:
“Hey, my barn is not big enough.
Alright then, I have to tear down my old barn and build bigger ones!
Then I will store all my grains and all my stuff.
Then I'll have plenty for my retirement.
And I am just going to eat, drink and be happy."

But in order to be truly happy, everyone must have a purpose.
There is more to life than just living.
We can always grow and improve ourselves.

But he is not going to be opened to all that.
Instead, he attached himself to his sudden wealth, he was about to stop thinking about what he wants to do with his life.
What about his dream and his passion that is still within him?
He was about to live a life without any decent enthusiasm.

So, while he was just thinking about all this money, he felt God speaking to him, saying:
“You fool. You are about to die.
And someone who knows how to handle this wealth will get what you have prepared for yourself.”

And, Jesus says:
“This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself or herself but does not store up things for God."

What can we learn from this story?
We may learn two things.

1) First, if we want to eat, drink and be happy, like this man in the story, we must give something back. To be happy, you have to give something back.
To move forward, you have to give something back.
Then, we become truly happy and fully alive.
Our happiness and greatness is determined by what we give to this world.

2) The second lesson is this.
Our thoughts are powerful thing.
Our thoughts create reality.
So, when you shift your thought, you shift your world.
We need to use our mind nicely.
Remember the man in the story.
He was just thinking about having all for himself.
But God was offended by his thought, because his thought is going to be a reality.
It turns out his thought was a prayer.

So, the Bible encourages us to think some good thoughts.
It says, “Think about what is true, what is honorable, what is right, what is pure, what is lovely, what is wonderful. Think about what is excellent or praiseworthy. Think about these things. (Phil. 4:8)”

Your thought creates your life. Your life is a result of your thought.
You become what you think about all the time.

Our thought even influences other people.
Does it ever happen to you?
You think about calling someone.
Then you receive a phone call from him or her.
Or you feel someone is looking at you.
You turn around. Someone is indeed looking at you.
Or, suddenly you feel it is going to be a wonderful day.
Then you have a great day. Our thoughts and feelings create everything.

So, think about something nice, something beautiful.
And send some good thoughts, wishes and prayers to your neighbors.
Think about what you truly want.
Think about your purpose in life.
Think about your dream. Think about your personal calling.

Luke 13:10-17 (1)

A Children sermon: "x that"

Props: Signs (No Jews. White Only. Men Only. No Healing on Sunday.)

Do you know what this is? (Show a church’s sign, if you have)
This is a sign that we put out when we want to let people know what is going on inside.

But today I brought some funny signs. We are not going to use these signs.
But just to make us laugh.

Here is the first one. It says “Men Only.” Do you think we can put this sign out. No. So, let’s x that.
Can we put out this sign “White Only.” No. You will be in a big trouble. We don’t need this sign. So, let’s x that.
What about this? “No Jews.” NO. We want to welcome everyone. We want to welcome our Jewish brothers and sisters. So, let’s x that.

During the time of Jesus, there was also a funny sign.
It said, "No Healing on Sunday."
This sign was out, because Jesus loved to heal people on Sunday.
Some people didn’t like him healing people on Sunday.

But one day Jesus was teaching at the church. Then he saw a lady coming into the church. She couldn't walk straight. She was bent over, like this. She was like this for eighteen years. When Jesus saw the woman, he felt compassion over her. So, he healed her. Now her back was straight. She stood right up!

But there were some people who got really mad. They brought this sign: “No Healing on Sunday.” “ Can't you read Jesus? This is Sunday. Don’t you know? Don’t heal people on Sunday. You are supposed to rest.”

Jesus says, “You need to x that. This is not right. God is healing people on Sunday. So, you need to allow healing on Sunday.”

In your life you would also see some signs that you need to x that.
Like Jesus, you need to choose to do what is right.
Well, that is our story.

Let's Pray: God, help us to put people first and not the rules. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

8.16.2010

Praise & Worship

Praise & Worship

Hymn SF #2203 "In Your time"

In Your time, in Your time, You make all things beautiful in Your time.
Lord, my life to You I bring, may each song I have to sing,
Be to You a lovely thing, in Your time.

Hymn SF #2013 "Bless the Lord, My Soul"

Bless the Lord, my soul, and bless God's holy name.
Bless the Lord, my soul, who leads me into life.

Gospel reading: Luke 6:27-31
Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Silent Prayer

Stay with me:

Stay with me, remain here with me. Watch and pray. Watch and pray.

Wait for the Lord:

Wait for the Lord, whose day is near. Wait for the Lord. Keep watch, take heart.

Intercessory Prayer

Holy Spirit come to us: (Veni Sancete Spiritus): Sing once

"Holy Spirit come to us"
“Eternal God, you have freed us by giving us your only Son. You open for us the way of freedom.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"
“God, you want us to become new creatures in Christ. Keep us in the communion of your Son. Keep us alert as we wait for the day of his coming.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

“Christ, your spirit of life dwells within every human being. May the Spirit enable us to tear down walls of mistrust and of fear, Lord, we pray.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

“Give us your peace, so that we can communicate it to one another in mutual love, and serve the human family.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

“Christ, you have taken our weaknesses upon yourself and taken charge of our illnesses. Support those who are going through trials, Lord, we pray.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

“For those who work with the oppressed, with foreigners and with the lonely, Lord, we pray.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

“We entrust to you our families and friends, all who have asked for our prayers and who pray for us, whom we name before you now, (please speak out the names at this time.)
Lord, we pray…”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

God is Forgiveness:

God is forgiveness. Dare to forgive and God will be with you.
God is forgiveness. Love and do not fear.

Closing Prayer:
Risen Christ, you take us with our hearts just as they are. Why do we think we must wait for our hearts to be changed before we go to you? You transfigure them. With our thorns, you light a fire. The open wound in us is the place through which your love comes streaming. And within the very hurts themselves, you bring to fruition a communion with you. Your voice comes to rend our night, and the gateways of praise open within us. (A prayer from Taizé)

Jesus, remember me:

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.

Taizé songs: © Ateliers et Presses de Taizé (A&PT), Communauté de Taizé, 71250 Taizé, France. GIA is the exclusive North American Distributor for the Taizé Community.
“In Your time”: @1978 CCCM Music (admin. By Maranatha! Music c/o The Copyright Co., Nashville, TN)

8.15.2010

Praise & Worship

Praise & Worship

My Peace:

My Peace I give unto you.
It's a peace that the world cannot give.
It's a peace that the world cannot understand.
Peace to know, peace to live.
My peace I give unto you.

Bless the Lord, My Soul:

Bless the Lord, my soul, and bless God's holy name.
Bless the Lord, my soul, who leads me into life.

Wait for the Lord:

Wait for the Lord, whose day is near. Wait for the Lord. Keep watch, take heart.

Gospel reading: Luke 6:37–38
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

Silent Prayer

Stay with me:

Stay with me, remain here with me. Watch and pray. Watch and pray.

Intercessory Prayer

"Holy Spirit come to us"
“Eternal God, you have freed us by giving us your only Son. You open for us the way of freedom.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"
“God, you want us to become new creatures in Christ. Keep us in the communion of your Son. Keep us alert as we wait for the day of his coming.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

“Christ, your spirit of life dwells within every human being. May the Spirit enable us to tear down walls of mistrust and of fear, Lord, we pray.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

“Give us your peace, so that we can communicate it to one another in mutual love, and serve the human family.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

“Christ, you have taken our weaknesses upon yourself and taken charge of our illnesses. Support those who are going through trials, Lord, we pray.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

“For those who work with the oppressed, with foreigners and with the lonely, Lord, we pray.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

“We entrust to you our families and friends, all who have asked for our prayers and who pray for us, whom we name before you now, (please speak out the names at this time.) Lord, we pray…”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

You are able more than able:

You are able more than able to accomplish what concerns me today.
You are able more than able to handle anything that comes my way.
You are able more than able to do much more than I could ever dream.
You are able more than able to make me what you want me to be.

Closing Prayer:

God of love, you welcome us just as we are. And we want to welcome in the same way those you place on our path. Enable us to understand that you are present in the very poor, and even in those who feel they are far from you. Your Gospel fills us with the hope that we shall all be gathered at the table of your Kingdom. (A prayer from Taizé)

Jesus, remember me:

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.

You are invited to depart in silence or remain to pray.

Taizé songs: © Ateliers et Presses de Taizé (A&PT), Communauté de Taizé, 71250 Taizé, France. GIA is the exclusive North American Distributor for the Taizé Community.
“My Peace”: @1963 Fred Bock Music Company (Admin. by Fred Bock Music Company, Inc.)

8.07.2010

Luke 12:32-40 (2)

Give me your mind and focus
Reading: Luke 12:32-40

Jesus believes that God loves to give you the kingdom of God.
God loves to give you everything.

So you can sell your possessions, and give to the poor.
As you give you are going to have heavenly purses that do not wear out.
You will have an unfailing treasure in heaven.
No thief comes near and no moth destroys things in heaven.

God’s purpose is not to have money in heaven.
God’s purpose is to have the minds of people in heaven.
So, Jesus says:
Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

When their mind is free from their main concern, they may be interested in what Jesus has to say.
They may be ready to do what God is saying.
God is saying through Jesus: Give me your mind and focus.

Jesus says that we are blessed, when we give our attention to God.
We are blessed if God finds us doing just that.
Because then God will serve us.
God will have us sit down to eat.
Then God come and serve us.

Jesus asks us to ready with our own mind to welcome God.
Even in our dream, we can be ready.
Can our mind be ready to welcome God in the middle of the night, or near dawn?

Then Jesus says something like this.
“God comes like a thief.
God wants to come when no one expects.
Can you be ready?
I am also coming at an unexpected hour.”

Jesus hopes when he comes, he finds us doing what we are called to do.
We know what is our business and is doing it well.
This is how we can be ready.

The bible says that we are God’s servants.
We need to wait for our God.
We need to pay attention what God is doing.
Then we can respond right away according to God’s movement.

That is during Sabbath, we need to rest and think and give your attention to God.
That is why we need to simplify our life so that we can pay more attention to God.




8.03.2010

God is forgiveness (1)

ppt

God is forgiveness.
God takes the responsibilities of our sin.
Then God forgives.

This God asks us to forgive because then God will be with us.
God asks us to love and forgive.

God is forgiveness.
God forgives.

This table explains what God has done to give this forgiveness.
To offer forgiveness to all human kind, Jesus who is God gives his body and blood.
May we experience his love today.

Luke 12:32-40

Reading: Luke 12:32-40
Prop: purse

Jesus says:
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your God’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the poor.

“Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Jesus suggests that there are purses that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven.
How can we have that purse?

If we want to help North Korean to accept the story of Jesus, we may need to spend our times praying.
If we want to support a ministry over there or near border, we may need to use our energy and money to serve them.
We serve God, with our times and money.

When we are willing to do this, God may move with us.
When we help the poor, we in fact help God searching to help others.
In this way we make purses in heaven for ourselves.

Jesus also says that we need to be ready for action and have our lamps burning.
We need to wait for Jesus to return from the wedding banquet, so that we may welcome him as soon as he comes and knocks.

Blessed are we if Jesus finds us alert when he comes.
Then Jesus will fasten his belt and have us sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them.

He may come during the middle of the night, or near dawn.
If he finds us working for God, you are blessed.

But for some reason, God is going to send Jesus like a thief.
So, we need to be ready, for Jesus coming at an unexpected hour.

But as long as we are rich in God, we are fine.

7.29.2010

Matthew 19:14

Reading: Matthew 19:14

Jesus said:
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

There are some ways that we can practice this at church.
Here are some ideas.

When you have a breakfast together, have cereal boxes and milk set out.
Begin a day with a healthy snack while you asking things that happened in the previous week.

Have a popcorn Sunday.
Invite children to watch a movie together.
Be prepared.

Grow something in your home – plants, fish, small tree a terrarium

Add music when you do some art project together.
Soft, classical music during an art time may change a mood and may bring out even spiritual thoughts.

Start building some puppets or dolls collection for story telling time.

Whenever possible, have children take to their room something that reminds them of what they have learned.

When you share your faith, just be sincere about your faith.

7.25.2010

Matthew 6: 9-15

Thoughts
Reading: Matthew 6: 9-15

Jesus says:
Pray, then, in this way:
Our Father who is in heaven, holy is Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

Why is this prayer so important?
It may be that our thought influences other people.

Does it ever happen to you?
You think about calling someone.
Then you receive a phone call from him or her.

Or you feel someone is looking at you.
You turn around and find out someone is indeed looking at you.

Our thoughts create everything.
If you say in the morning, “God, thank you for this day,” you may be able to have a day that is dedicated for God.





7.08.2010

Call to Worship

Jesus, full of compassion, welcomes you.
So, let’s us entrust everything to Jesus, rejoice in what he accomplishes in our soul.
Christ Jesus receives our gifts and our frailties and brings us to the point of giving our lives for love.
He forgives; and by his Holy Spirit, liberates you.
May Jesus, who gives the Holy Spirit that comforts us, receive our worship and prayer today.

7.02.2010

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Thank you, Jesus, for this bread and this cup.
Thank you for your faithfulness.
Thank you for your forgiveness.
Thank you for your love.
Thank you for your Holy Spirit.
Thank you for your promises.
Thank you for this abundant life.

Thank you for guiding us to enter into your kingdom
Thank you for embracing us with your gospel.

Today, we celebrate your resurrection.
We celebrate your joyful kingdom.

Continually live in us, as we live in you.
We love you. We want to love you.
In your name, we pray, Amen.

6.29.2010

Bulletin

Call to Worship
Leader: Come let us sing for joy. Let us sing aloud to the rock of our salvation.
All: We give thanks with a grateful heart. We give thanks to the Holy One, because God has given Jesus Christ, the Son.
Leader: It is good to sing to your name, O Christ. It is good to worship you.
All: It is good to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.
Leader: Come, let us worship God.

Prayer of Confession (unison)

God of mercy, you sent Jesus Christ to seek and save the lost.
We confess that we have strayed from you and turned aside from your way.
We are misled by pride, for we see ourselves pure when we are stained and we see ourselves great when we are small.
We have failed in love, neglected justice, and ignored your truth.
Have mercy, O God, and forgive our sin.
Return us to paths of righteousness through Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Amen.

Assurance of Pardon (unison)

O Christ, in every creature you place first and forever a word: God's forgiveness and your confidence in us. Then you guide us to walk in your footsteps, offering the energy to begin anew and reminding us that you have forgiven us even before we ask for forgiveness.

Or, (Happy are those whose help is in God, the one who made heaven and earth. Blessed are those whose hope is in Christ, the one who keeps faith forever. In that spirit of faithfulness, God in Christ has forgiven us and invites us rise in new life.)

Opening Prayer

God of all good gifts, we thank you and praise you. Your Spirit has touched our lives, bringing wisdom, power, joy, courage, and passion. You enable us to use our gifts in service to you and for the world. In all that we do, and in all that we are, may your name be glorified. May your kingdom be within us and remain here on this earth. We pray this in the name of your Son, 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 productive in all that we do. In your name, we pray. Amen.

Note:
Sermon title: "All things work together for good"
Reading: Luke 8:26-39, Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
Hymn: 276, 377, 403

6.28.2010

Jesus, our hope

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 productive in all that we do.
In your name, we pray. Amen.

God's forgiveness and confidence in us

Prayer of Confession (unison)

God of mercy, you sent Jesus Christ to seek and save the lost.
We confess that we have strayed from you and turned aside from your way.
We are misled by pride, for we see ourselves pure when we are stained and we see ourselves great when we are small.
We have failed in love, neglected justice, and ignored your truth.
Have mercy, O God, and forgive our sin.
Return us to paths of righteousness through Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Amen.

Assurance of Pardon (unison)

O Christ, in every creature you place first and forever a word: God's forgiveness and your confidence in us. Then you ask us to walk in your footsteps, offering the energy to begin anew and reminding us that you have forgiven us even before we ask for forgiveness.

6.24.2010

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

Whenever we lose our faith and hope, forgive us Christ, who loves us so much.
Whenever we give in to fear and worry, forgive us Christ, who loves us so much.
Whenever we lose our cool, love, or kindness toward your people, forgive us Christ who loves us so much.

Silent Confession

Assurance of Pardon

Leader: Christ sees our weakness and still loves us. Even today, Jesus proclaims his forgiveness to all creation. Even today, Jesus shouts his love to all people.

People: Jesus brings our soul back to life. Jesus teaches us to stand up again and follow the lead of the Holy Spirit. Christ lifts us up to shine with the divine light within us.

All: In Jesus we are a new creation. In Christ we have a new beginning.

6.23.2010

Agape Service

Gathering Around the Table

Greeting and Invitation to the Table

Opening Prayer (responsively)

Leader: Jesus, light of our hearts, you call us to follow you in faith, because your Gospel changes both our heart and our life.
People: Jesus, Son of God, you have never forsaken us when we abandoned you in our thought and deeds. You humble yourself and took the form of a slave, lifting us up to share in your glory.
Leader: Christ, even when there are frailties in us, you always welcome us saying, “My peace I leave you; let not your hearts be troubled or afraid.”
All: Our joy is in you!

Hymn 138 Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty
God in three persons, blessed Trinity

Holy, holy, holy, all the saints adore Thee
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea
Cherubim and seraphim, falling down before Thee
Which, wert and art and ever more shall be

Holy, holy, holy, though the darkness hide Thee
Though the eye of sinfulness Thy Glory may not see
Only Thou art holy, there is none beside Thee
Perfect in power, in love and purity

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Alimighy
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name in earth and sky and sea
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty
God in three persons, blessed Trinity

Preparation for the Meal

Prayer of Confession (In unison)

God of mercy, you sent Jesus Christ to seek and save the lost.
We confess that we have strayed from you and turned aside from your way.
We are misled by pride, for we see ourselves pure when we are stained and we see ourselves great when we are small.
We have failed in love, neglected justice, and ignored your truth.
Have mercy, O God, and forgive our sin.
Return us to paths of righteousness through Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Amen.

Declaration of Pardon

Leader: Jesus Christ, you have given us your life.
All: Now we give you ours.
Leader: Forgive us for what we have been in the past.
All: Through you, what we shall be begins now.
Leader: Take us, renew and remake us.
All: May we be your living presence in this world.
Leader: Friends, let us believe the Good News of the Gospel.
All: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

Agape Meal

Sharing Bread

Sharing Food and Transformational Story-weaving

Scripture Reading: Mark 6: 30-44

(As we Read Mark 6: 30-44, you may close your eyes and picture what was going on. Have a silence after reading.)

The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught.

He said to them, "Come away with me by yourselves to a quiet place and rest a while." It was because many were coming and going, they did not even have a chance to eat. And they went away in the boat to a quiet place by themselves.

But many saw them going and recognized them. And they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them.

As Jesus landed, he saw a great crowd. He felt compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began to teach them many things.

When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, "This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat."

But Jesus answered them, "You give them something to eat." They said to him, "Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?" And he said to them, "How many loaves have you? Go and see."

When they had found out, they said, "Five, and two fish." Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. And all ate and were filled; and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men.

Questions for Discussions

(Each person may choose one of the following questions to answer and discuss with your group.)
• How did Jesus feel toward the crowd?
• Have you ever felt the same way toward a group of people? Who were they? Have you done anything for the group?
• Have you experienced God's compassion upon your church or community? Can you recall your personal story? Can you identify a group of people today who would need God's compassion and feeding?

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

Thanksgiving of Fellowship

Offertory

Hymn 276 Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Refrain:

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Refrain:

Pardon for sin and a peace that endures
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Refrain:

Offering Prayer

God of all good gifts, we thank you and praise you. Your Spirit has touched our lives, bringing wisdom, power, joy, courage, and passion. Enable us to use our gifts in service to you and for the world. In all that we do, and in all that we are, may your name be glorified. May your kingdom be within us and remain here on this earth. We pray this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Departure
Hymn 339 Be Thou My Vision

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art –
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Riches I heed not, nor vain empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance now and always:
Thou and Thou only first in my heart,
Great God of heaven, my treasure Thou art.

Be thou my wisdom, and Thou my true word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.


Benediction

Praise & Worship

Tuesday Worship

O Lord, Your tenderness:

O Lord, Your tenderness, melting all my bitterness.
O Lord, I receive Your love.
O Lord, Your loveliness, changing my unworthiness.
O Lord, I receive Your love.

Lord, Be Glorified:

In my life, Lord, be glorified, be glorified.
In my life, Lord, be glorified today.

Eat this bread:

Jesus Christ, bread of life, those who come to you will not hungry.
Jesus Christ, Risen Lord, those who trust in you will not thirst.

Gospel reading: Matthew 7: 7-8
Jesus says: Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going. (NRSV)

Silent Prayer

Stay with me:
Stay with me, remain here with me. Watch and pray. Watch and pray.

Intercessory Prayer
"Holy Spirit come to us"
“Eternal God, you have freed us by giving us your only Son. You open for us the way of freedom.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"
“God, you want us to become new creatures in Christ. Keep us in the communion of your Son. Keep us alert as we wait for the day of his coming.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

“Christ, your spirit of life dwells within every human being. May the Spirit enable us to tear down walls of mistrust and of fear, Lord, we pray.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

“Give us your peace, so that we can communicate it to one another in mutual love, and serve the human family.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

“Christ, you have taken our weaknesses upon yourself and taken charge of our illnesses. Support those who are going through trials, Lord, we pray.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

“For those who work with the oppressed, with foreigners and with the lonely, Lord, we pray.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

“We entrust to you our families and friends, all who have asked for our prayers and who pray for us, whom we name before you now, (please speak out the names at this time.) Lord, we pray…”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

You are able more than able:

You are able more than able to accomplish what concerns me today.
You are able more than able to handle anything that comes my way.
You are able more than able to do much more than I could ever dream.
You are able more than able to make me what you want me to be.

Closing Prayer:
“Christ Jesus, when we think we are alone, you are there. If there seems to be doubt within us, that does not make you love us any the less. We would like to be daring enough to take risks on account of you, Christ. So we pay attention to your words: Whoever gives his or her life for love of me will find it.” (A prayer from Taizé)

In the Lord:

In the Lord, I’ll be ever thankful.
In the Lord, I’ll rejoice.
Look to God, do not be afraid.
Lift up your voices, the Lord is near.
Lift up your voices, the Lord is near.

You are invited to depart in silence or remain to pray.

Taizé songs: © Ateliers et Presses de Taizé (A&PT), Communauté de Taizé, 71250 Taizé, France. GIA is the exclusive North American Distributor for the Taizé Community. “O Lord, Your tenderness” © 1986 Kingsway’s Thankyou Music


Note:
Other possible songs:
Seek Ye First:
The kingdom of God:
Take My Life
Jesus, Lover Of My Soul
Change my heart oh God

Lord Jesus Christ:
Lord Jesus Christ, your light shines within us. Let not my doubts not my darkness speak to me. Lord Jesus Christ, your light shines within us. Let my heart always welcome your love.

Let Your Servant:
Let your servant now go in peace, O Lord, now go in peace according to your word.

Hymn #140 “Holy, Holy”
Holy, holy, holy, holy. Holy, holy, Lord God almighty.
And we lift our hearts before You as a token of our love. Holy, holy, holy.

I Sing Praises to Your Name
I sing praises to your name, O Lord, praises to your name, O Lord.
For your name is great and greatly to be praised.

Con Que Pagaremos amor tan inmeso, que diste Tu vida por el pecador?
En cambio recibes la ofrenda humilde, la ofrenda humilde, Senor Jesucristo, De mi corazon.

(Translation: How can we repay so great a love, that you gave Your life for the sinner?
In exchange, receive this humble offering, this humble offering, Lord Jesus Christ, from my heart.)

Knowing You, Jesus, knowing You. There is no greater thing.
You're my all, You're the best, You're my joy, my righteousness;
And I love You, Lord. And I love You, Lord.

You are my hiding place,
You always fill my heart with songs of deliverance.
Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.

Reading: Philippians 2: 5-11
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.

Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

6.22.2010

Praise & Worship

Praise & Worship

Lord, Be Glorified:

In my life, Lord, be glorified, be glorified.
In my life, Lord, be glorified today.

Wait for the Lord:

Wait for the Lord, whose day is near. Wait for the Lord. Keep watch, take heart.

Stay with me:

Stay with me, remain here with me. Watch and pray. Watch and pray.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 7: 7-8

Jesus says: Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.
For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

Silent Prayer

Intercessory Prayer

"Holy Spirit come to us"
“Eternal God, you have freed us by giving us your only Son. You open for us the way of freedom.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"
“God, you want us to become new creatures in Christ. Keep us in the communion of your Son. Keep us alert as we wait for the day of his coming.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"
“Christ, your spirit of life dwells within every human being. May the Spirit enable us to tear down walls of mistrust and of fear, Lord, we pray.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"
“Give us your peace, so that we can communicate it to one another in mutual love, and serve the human family.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"
“Christ, you have taken our weaknesses upon yourself and taken charge of our illnesses. Support those who are going through trials, Lord, we pray.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"
“For those who work with the oppressed, with foreigners and with the lonely, Lord, we pray.”
"Holy Spirit come to us"
“We entrust to you our families and friends, all who have asked for our prayers and who pray for us, whom we name before you now, (please speak out the names at this time.) Lord, we pray…”
"Holy Spirit come to us"

You are able more than able:

You are able more than able to accomplish what concerns me today.
You are able more than able to handle anything that comes my way.
You are able more than able to do much more than I could ever dream.
You are able more than able to make me what you want me to be.

Eat this bread:
Eat this bread, drink this cup, come to him and never be hungry.
Eat this bread, drink this cup, trust in him and you will not thirst.
Jesus Christ, bread of life, those who come to you will not hungry.
Jesus Christ, Risen Lord, those who trust in you will not thirst.

Closing Prayer:

Breath of Christ’s loving Holy Spirit, in the depths of our soul you set faith. It is like a burst of trusting repeated countless times in the course of our life. It can only be a simple act of trust, so simple that all can welcome it. (A prayer from Taizé)

In the Lord:

In the Lord, I’ll be ever thankful. In the Lord, I’ll rejoice.
Look to God, do not be afraid.
Lift up your voices, the Lord is near.
Lift up your voices, the Lord is near.

Taizé songs: © Ateliers et Presses de Taizé (A&PT), Communauté de Taizé, 71250 Taizé, France. GIA is the exclusive North American Distributor for the Taizé Community.


Note:
Other possible songs:
Seek Ye First:
The kingdom of God:
Take My Life

Jesus, Lover Of My Soul
Lord Jesus Christ:
Lord Jesus Christ, your light shines within us. Let not my doubts not my darkness speak to me. Lord Jesus Christ, your light shines within us. Let my heart always welcome your love.

In God alone:
In God alone my soul can find rest and peace, in God my peace and joy.
Only in God my soul can find its rest, find its rest and peace.

Hymn #140 “Holy, Holy”
Holy, holy, holy, holy. Holy, holy, Lord God almighty.
And we lift our hearts before You as a token of our love. Holy, holy, holy.

I Sing Praises to Your Name
I sing praises to your name, O Lord, praises to your name, O Lord.
For your name is great and greatly to be praised.


Let Your Servant:
Let your servant now go in peace, O Lord, now go in peace according to your word.

Make Me A Servant

Emmanuel

6.19.2010

Confession

Forgive us, Christ, for we have sinned against you.
We have not loved you as you have loved us.
We have not loved each other as you have asked us to do.
Sometimes, because we are smart, we despise those who are not, instead of helping them with our intelligence.
Sometimes, because we are rich, we despise those who are not, instead of sharing our wealth or helping them get started.
Sometimes, because we are educated, we despise those who are not, instead of teaching them what we have learned.
Sometimes, because we are socially privileged, we despise those who are not, instead of opening a door for them or introduce them to our friends.
Forgive us, Christ, for we have sinned against you.

6.11.2010

Let your will be done

(After leaders’ meeting)
Is there any hymn do you like to sing?
(Sing two hymns: e.g., hymns: 377)

Now our time is about to end.
Let's bring all our thoughts and intention and offer them to God, in Jesus name.
Let's have a silent moment of prayer so that we can offer all our thoughts and intention to God.

(After a moment of silence)
Let's pray:
God, today we talk about our hope and desire.
Now we offer them to you.
We offer to our hope, desire, and goals.
And we surrender all to your name.

In this time, we are waiting for you to come and change us so that we will be ready for your new movement that is starting.

So, now we want to think your thoughts and be filled with your Holy Spirit.
We are yours.
Inspire us and change us for your work and your community.
Send your Holy Spirit.
Move us.
Mold us.
Guide us to the right direction.
We want to be motivated by you.
We want to be touched by your Spirit.

God, do this for your glory.
Do this for your son’s glory.
Do this for Jesus glory.

We pray this, remembering your son, Jesus and his works on earth.
Amen.

6.10.2010

Luke 7:36-8:3 (1)

ppt

Who loves God more?
Prop: one dollar and one million dollar bills
Prop 2: if you like to act out of this sine, you need two persons and God.

Do you know what this is?
Yes, it is one dollar bill.
How much is this one?
Yep, this is one million dollar bill.

Using these, I would like to tell you a story.
A long time ago, Jesus told this story.

He said:
God is like a moneylender.
Meaning, God is so rich.
God is someone who has a lot of money.
So people come to borrow some money.
Particularly, two persons come to God to borrow some money.
God is very kind.
So, God was like:
“OK, How much you need?
One dollar?
Here it is.
What about you?
On million dollar?
OK. Here you go.”

Then these two persons went to make more money using this money.
But their businesses didn’t go well.
They made some mistakes.
So they lost every penny of it.

So, they couldn’t pay God back.
So, they came to God and explained what had happened.
God was like:
“Ok.
Things happen.
Don’t worry about it.
I am going to cancel all your debts.
You don't have to pay me anything back.”

So, this is the story.
After telling this story, Jesus asks an interesting question.
He said:
“Now which of them will love God more?"

What do you think?
Do you think the person owed one dollar loves God more?
Do you think the person owed one million dollar loves God more?
Why?
Because his bigger debt was canceled, right?
I think he was more thankful and grateful, right?

Jesus was saying that God is like this moneylender.
God gives us freely what we need.
But when we make mistakes and when we did something not so good, we can always come to God, because God forgives us.
When we come to God and explain what we did, God says:
“Ok.
Things happen.
Don’t worry about it.
Forget it.
I am going to cancel all your debts.
You don't have to pay me anything back?”

Some of us are forgiven little.
Some of us are forgiven a lot.

But no matter who you are, God would say:
"You are forgiven.
Your faith has saved you.
Go in peace.
You don't have to pay me anything back."

Well, that is our story today.
What do you think about this story?
Do you know someone who might owe God one million dollar?
Do are those who may owe God one million dollars?
They might have been very poor.
They might have done something terrible wrong.

God forgives them too.
Jesus was willing to show kindness to those who owe God a lot.
Jesus was willing to forgive one million dollar debt.

It might be easy to forgive those who only have done wrong something so small.
But Jesus might here invite to us to forgive those who have done something wrong big time.
Then we may be free.
We may live like God.


Let’s Pray:
Jesus, thank you for forgiving us and giving us a new chance in life again and again.
And thank you for teaching us what God is like.
In your name we pray. Amen.

OK. See you next time.

6.08.2010

Call to Worship

Call to Worship:

God wants to do a lot of works in our life.
So, God asks: “Be still and know that I am God.”
What does that mean?
God wants to work in our life.
In those hours, God wants us to wait for God.
God is strong.
God wants to get involved.
Let’s courageously worship God who comes to make all things right in Jesus name.
Let us worship God who gave Jesus Christ who is our power.
Let us pray:

Opening prayer:
Jesus, may your kingdom come.
May your kingdom be within us.
Open our mind to see, hear, understand and serve you.



6.03.2010

I Kings 17:8-24

(a children sermon, based on I Kings 17:8-24)

Prop: a baby (a toy)

Do you know what this is?
Yes, this is a baby doll.

I would like to use this to tell a story.

It was many, many years ago. It is about three thousand years ago.
There was a very, very good lady.
She was a very kind. So, when she saw a man of God who was traveling a lot, she offered him a room and foods. She said, “From now on, it is your room. Just come and stay whenever you like.” For the man of God, that is exactly what he needed. So, he was happy.

Then one day, while he was staying in his room, the lady said that her baby has just died.
This was her only child.

The man of God felt so sorry for her.
So he wanted to do something.
He said, “Give me your son.”
Then he took him and carried him to his room where he was staying.
He laid him on his bed.
Then he pray saying, “O God, Let him live. Let him breathe again. Let him live again!”

Then suddenly the boy start breathing. He was alive.
So, the man of God gave the baby back to the lady. "Here is your baby alive!"
She was so happy.
She was rejoicing and praising God.
Then she said to the man of God, "Now I know that you are a really holy man of God and your words are true.”

What do you think of this story?
I think when we try to help each other and when we want to help one another, sometimes miracles happen. Well, this is our story today.

Let’s pray: Christ, thank you for all the miracles that are happening in our life whether it is big or small. We pray that we would be always rejoicing and praising you because you are always with us. In your name we pray. Amen.

5.27.2010

Opening Prayer

Gracious and holy God,
Give us a will to seek you,
wisdom to understand you,
patience to wait for you,
a mind to meditate on you,
eyes to notice you,
ears to listen for your Word,
a heart to love you,
and a life to proclaim you,
through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

5.26.2010

John 16:12-15

Cherishing the gift
(A children sermon)
ppt

Props: a box (like a small jewelry box) with various reminders of the Holy Spirit: e.g., love sign, a pretty stone (a reminder of baptism), etc.

I have a question.
When you love somebody how do you express it?
How do you show that you love that person?

Do you give a gift?
What kind of gift do you give?

I have another question.
When Jesus was going home, to be with his Father, he gave us a gift.
Jesus wants us to have this gift because he loves us.

Do you know what it is?
Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit.

Have you heard of the Holy Spirit?
Have you received the Holy Spirit?
Have you experienced the Holy Spirit?
How do we know whether we received the Spirit?
It is a good question, isn’t it?

We don’t see the Holy Spirit.
But we may feel the presence of the Holy Spirit.
When we have the Holy Spirit, we feel peace, love, joy and courage.
Also, we may feel the Holy Spirit, when we give ourselves to God.

Anyway, Jesus shares his love with us by giving us the Holy Spirit.
So, welcome the Holy Spirit.
Let the Holy Spirit to come and share everything with you.
Let the Spirit come and teach you.
In this way, you experience the love of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

So, here is something that may help you to remember the Holy Spirit this week.
Have this.
You can choose whatever you like.
Keep it with you as a sign that the Spirit is always with you.

OK? Let’s pray:
Jesus thanks you for giving us the Holy Spirit. In your name we pray. Amen.

5.24.2010

Church, website, and social media

I would like to think about church website.
How as a Christ-follower, should we do website making?
How should we use social media sites?

Jesus lived a simple life.
Should we make a simple website so that we can communicate our message?
Maybe in order to communicate the story of Jesus, we should post something on our church website or social media site about the gospel of Jesus.
Maybe that is more important than posting our picture or our church history.

Many churches are starting to use social media sites to make a blog, twitter, and facebook page.
We can be very creative in this to introduce various ideas of Jesus on various issues.
We can also send emails to our members to share news.

I think each church should seek to provide spiritual value through websites, blog and so on. You can synchronize all of your web presences so that you can post in one place, and show up on all other sites.



Luke 4:1-4

Reading: Luke 4:1-4

In Luke 4:1-4, we read this account.

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”
One of the reasons that we gather at the church is to hear the words of God.
This is what Jesus was thinking.
We gather because we cannot live with the words of God.
Sometimes, we need to give up our food in order to follow the words of God.

When we celebrate communion, we retell the world that we cannot live without the words of God who is Jesus.
We confess that we will go astray if we don’t seek the will of God.

In order to do the will of God, we need to know the story of Jesus.
The story of Jesus is to explain what kind of thinking God does.
Every word Jesus said, expresses about the Father, the Son and the Spirit.
We need to learn how Jesus lives his life and how Jesus was faithful to God.
Only from the story of Jesus we learn how to live an abundant life.

In Luke 4:4, this important Jesus, says we cannot live by bread alone.
This is what we are called for.
Often we were pushed by all directions.
We fear and do something we know we shouldn’t do.
Often it is because if we don’t do, we will lose something.
Sometimes, we struggle between doing the will of God, and doing what is required.

We need to offer ourselves during those times.
When we obey God, we become a visible evidence of the story of Jesus.
We become a manifestation of the power of the story.
We become a part of the story of Jesus.

We need to choose to say, “I am not living by bread alone.”
We are living to follow the order of God.

You need to pray and read the story of Jesus.
You need to prayerful read Jesus’ words.
You may need to struggle in order to pray, meditate and contemplate on God.
You need to listen to Christ and read the word of Christ.
It calms your mind so that you can listen and obey God.

Having a prayer habit is one of the hardest things.
Many people try and give up praying.
They prayed when something bad happened.
But we need to pray regularly.
You need to read the story of Jesus or the gospels.
You need to encounter with Jesus.
You need to be challenged by Jesus’ Word.
You need to find some applicable things that you can do on earth.
In this way, you can live like Jesus.

Meditate on the words of Jesus.
Read a short text, and ponder about it.
Close your eyes and imagine what may happen there.
For example, when Jesus says, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone’” what was his tone of voice? What does his eyes look like? What was the weather like at that moment?
What do you think Jesus was thinking at that moment?
Jesus can show you and guide you there.

Read the same text again and again.
Write down the text.
Post it on somewhere.
Try to memorize it.

Anne Lamott

From "DINNER IN EMMAUS" Sermon Preached by Jon M. Walton (May 8, 2011)

It’s a story told by Anne Lamott about a writer friend of hers who took her two year old up to Lake Tahoe during the summer.
They were staying in a rented condominium by the lake.

And since it’s Tahoe and there is gambling there, the hotels have curtains and shades that block all the light so that you can stay up all night in the casinos and sleep all morning.
One afternoon, Anne’s friend put the baby to bed in his playpen in one of these rooms, in the pitch dark, and went to do some work.

A few minutes later she heard her baby knocking on the door from inside the room, and she got up, knowing he’d crawled out of his playpen.
She went to put him down again, but when she got to the door, she found he’d locked it.
He had somehow managed to push in the little button on the doorknob.
So he was calling to her, “Mommy, Mommy,” and she was saying to him, “Jiggle the doorknob, darling” and of course he didn’t speak much English – mostly he seemed to speak Urdu.

After a moment it became clear to him that his mother couldn’t open the door, and the panic set in.
He began sobbing.
The mother ran around like crazy trying everything possible, like trying to get the front door key to work, calling the rental agency where she left a message on the machine, calling the manager of the condominium where she left another message, and running back to check in on her son every minute or so.
And there he was in the dark, this terrified little child.

Finally she did the only thing she could which was to slide her fingers underneath the door, where there was a one inch space.
She kept telling him over and over to find her fingers.
Finally somehow he did.
So they stayed like that for a really long time, on the floor, him holding onto her fingers in the dark.
He stopped crying.

Eventually he relaxed and she kept saying, “Open the door now,” and every so often he’d jiggle the knob, and eventually, after maybe half an hour, it popped open.
Anne Lamott says, “I keep thinking of that story, how much it feels like I’m the two year old in the dark and God is the mother and I don’t speak the language. ...I... just hold onto her fingers underneath the door.
It isn’t enough, and it is.”

5.18.2010

Bulletin

Call to Worship

Shout with joy to God, all the earth.
Worship God with gladness.
Come into God’s presence with singing!
Our God is gracious, merciful and faithful to all generations.
Let us worship God.

Opening Prayer

God our Father, you sent your Son to make us a new creation and give us abundant life. We wish to see Jesus so that we might also be the salt of the earth and light for the world. May your Spirit fill us and guide our eyes so they see, our ears so they hear, our hands so they may serve, our lips so we may praise you, our hearts so we love, and our feet so we may continue to walk in your paths as pilgrims who come to worship your Son. We ask this through Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. Amen.


Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

Christ, you have sent your Spirit into our hearts that we might come to know you and love you. But we have not loved you and have not loved others, even though we were able to do so by the Spirit that you have given to us.
Forgive us for the sake of your compassion, as we lay down our anger, resentment, criticism and jealousy before you. Renew us in the power of your Spirit as we welcome you to come and make us new.

Silent Prayers of Confession

Declaration of Pardon

Open your hearts and hear the words:

Christ believes in you even when you don’t believe in yourself.
Christ loves you even when you don’t love yourself.
Christ forgives you even when you don’t forgive yourself.
Believe, speak, and live the Good News of the Gospel.
In Christ we are forgiven! Alleluia! Amen.

Offering prayer

Our faithful God, bless these gifts as your faith community comes alive in worship.
Bless them as your community is enriched through your Holy Spirit.
Bless them as your Word comes home to us, and renew us.
Bless them as the compassion of Jesus Christ goes to work through us and in us. Amen.

5.17.2010

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

Christ, you have sent your Spirit into our hearts that we might come to know you and love you.
But we have not loved you and have not loved others, even though we were able to do so by the Spirit that you have given to us.
Forgive us for the sake of your compassion.
Renew us in the power of your Spirit, as we lay down our anger, resentment, criticism and jealousy before you. We welcome you to come and make us new.

Silent Prayers of Confession

Declaration of Pardon

Leader: In every creature Christ places first and for ever a word: God's forgiveness and confidence in us.
People: Christ offers us the energy to begin anew and walk in his footsteps.
Leader: Friends, believe the good news.
People: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

5.12.2010

Matt 5:33-37

Reading: Matt 5:33-37

God said to Jacob: “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” (Gen 28:15)

God’s promise is stronger than anything.
God can make an oath and accomplish it.
When God says, “I will do such and such,” it is done.
Jacob could have said: “Amen. Thank you, God.”

But Jacob responded to God like this:
Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father’s household, then the LORD will be my God and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.” (Gen 28: 20-22)

Then God might have said: “Whatever.”
It seems that Jacob didn’t believe and wanted to bargain with God, saying “If you keep your promise, I will keep my promise.” Then he thought that God would love and his deal. It shows his lack of faith. Or, when he was a cheater, everyone looks like a cheater.

Jesus says: (Matt 5:33-37)
You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’
But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.
And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black.
All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No.’
Anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

Jesus is saying, “You don’t know.”
Jesus explains who we are.
We don’t know what tomorrow may bring.
So, we don’t need to promise anything concerning our future.
So, we can only say that is now, by answering ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ for now.
That is enough.
Otherwise, you may unintentionally lie simply because you don’t know the future.

God knows the future.
So, only God can make an oath.

5.08.2010

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession:

Forgive us, Christ, for we have sinned against you.
We have not loved you as you have loved us.
We have not loved each other as you have asked us to do.
Instead, we have formed a community where people criticize each other.
Then, since we were afraid of being criticized, we, without knowing, criticize first.
We gave each other a guilt trip.
Forgive us, Christ, for we have sinned against you.

(Silent prayer of confession)

Prayer of Assurance:

Jesus Christ, you have given us your life.
Now we give you ours.
Forgive us for what we have been in the past.
Through you, what we shall be begins now.
Take us, renew and remake us.
May we be your living presence in this world. Amen.

5.07.2010

What is like to follow Christ Jesus?

When we want to follow Christ, we could not hesitate over a choice for fear of making a mistake. We cannot be buried under indecision.

When we say yes to Christ, we are entering into a spiritual life which is not natural to us.
So, we will make a lot of errors.
But because of the blood of Christ Jesus, we are already purified.
From the start, you need to start with the faith of Jesus.
We need to set out unseeing.
We need to take Jesus at his word.

Don’t nurture your own darkness.
Don’t hide your refusal.
You need to tear your hands from your eyes.
You need to dare to take a greatest of all risks, ‘dying and rising with Jesus Christ.’

What is like to follow Christ Jesus?
It is like becoming what you are in your heart of hearts.
It is like opening the gates of childhood.
It is like opening your heart to receive God’s love.

5.02.2010

Matthew 24:45-51

ppt

When the Christ comes
Reading: Matthew 24:45-51

Jesus said:
Keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.

Think about this.
If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.

So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time?

It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. He will put him in charge of all his possessions.

But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself:
“My master is staying away a long time.”
Then he begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards.

The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of.

He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.





4.30.2010

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Christ, you have shown us how to love.
Through the life of Jesus, you have shown us how to love, seek, suffer, and survive all things. You call us; even command us, to love like you.
Yet we have turned away from loving others.
Loving others was hard.
Loving ourselves was often harder.
We confess that the ways of love were not our ways.
We hurt, hated, ignored, despised, denied, and rejected.
Have mercy on us.
Help us to welcome your love in a manner that allows us to share your love with others.
Help us to welcome your love in a manner that allows us to love ourselves.

Silent Prayers of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

Open your hearts and hear the words:

Christ believes in you even when you don’t believe in yourself.
Christ loves you even when you don’t love yourself.
Christ forgives you even when you don’t forgive yourself.
Believe, speak, and live the Good News of the Gospel.
In Christ we are forgiven! Alleluia! Amen.

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

Christ, you have sent your Spirit into our hearts that we might come to know you and love you.
But we have not loved you and have not loved others, even though we were able to do so by the Spirit that you have given to us.
Forgive us for the sake of your compassion.
Renew us in the power of your Spirit, as we lay down our anger, resentment and jealousy before you. We welcome you to come and make us new.

Silent Prayers of Confession

Assurance of Pardon

Leader: God forgives. God forgives humanity. We are justified by this faith. When we believe, we experience the love of Christ pouring into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.
All: In Christ we are forgiven!

Leader; In Jesus Christ, we have peace with God. In Christ, we are forgiven according to the riches of God’s grace. We even boast in our hope, because Christ gives this hope.
All: In Christ, we are forgiven.

4.21.2010

Mark 4:30-32

(A skit for young children)

Narrator: At this time, Jesus was trying to explain about the kingdom of God to his students.

Jesus: What shall I say about the kingdom of God?
What does the kingdom of God look like?
What is like?
How should I describe it?
What kind of story shall I use?

Oh! I know.
Hey, listen!
It is like a mustard seed.
It is the smallest seed you plant in the ground.
And yet when it is planted, it grows and grows and grows.
Then it becomes the biggest and tallest plant in the garden.
It has such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.

You know what I mean? (To his students)
Can you imagine that?

Let me explain like this.
The kingdom of God is like a pine nut.
When it lands on the ground it is quite small as seeds go.
And yet once it is planted, it grows into a huge pine tree with thick branches.
And even eagles nest in it.

That is what the kingdom of God looks like.
Can you understand that?

Students: Oh! You mean the kingdom of God is like a Redwood tree, right? When it starts to grow, it becomes the tallest tree of all, right?
Jesus: Exactly!

4.18.2010

Bless everyone

When you love someone, you bring life to that person.
In the same way, your blessing and love changes a person.
It is proven in my life.
It is proven in your life.

It is also true to nature and water.
Dr Masaru Emoto made an experiment with water: He discovered that when you bless water, you turn its crystal to form a beautiful shape.
Water seems to response to your intention, your love and your blessing.
You can make a wonderful result by having a good intention.

God loves the world.
The God of love holds us and maintains us.
You are called to join with God to love and bless the world.
You are called to bless all humanity, even your enemy.

Jesus comes to save all.
It is because Jesus loves just like God.
Jesus Christ comes to love and bless everyone.
Through love and good will, the world is created and sustained.

Allow Christ in you to love you and love people around you.
Allow Christ in you to love the world.
Allow Christ in you to form a beautiful community.

4.07.2010

Guidelines for Sunday School

(I am trying to make a covenant for our Sunday school. This is so far what I came up with.)

The covenant of teachers:

We care for the wellbeing of children.
We respect each child as a child of God.
We talk with each child kindly and gently.
We encourage positive behaviors.
We guide each child to honor all people.
Two adults are present at all time.

The covenant of students:

We respect each other.
We show kindness to each other.
We listen to each other.
We clean up after ourselves.

4.06.2010

John 20:19-31 (2)

Prop: a ball

Hello.
Do you know what this is?
This is a ball.
You can play all kinds of games with this one.

What I like about this ball is that when you throw it in the air, it comes back to you.
Like this.
It goes up and it goes down.
It goes up and down.

I think it is like our faith.
Sometimes we believe in God and have fun with our faith.
Our faith is up and high.
We believe and trust that God is in control.
We believe that God can do all things.
Yeayee! (Throwing it in the air)

But sometimes, we don’t feel like believing in God.
Sometimes, our faith just disappears like this (Hide it behind you).
We cannot find our faith anywhere.
Where is it?
Sometimes we lose it.
(Drop it and walk away)
Then we don't feel like believing in God at all.
Then we get scared or worried.
Then, we complain a lot.

Our Bible story today is about a man who experiences something like that.
His name was Thomas.
Thomas was one of the men who followed Jesus.
Thomas had a good faith when Jesus was alive.
(Throw the ball in the air)
But after watching Jesus being dead, his faith was gone.
He couldn’t find his faith anywhere.
(Hide it behind you)

Even when Jesus came back to life, Thomas didn't believe it at first.
But then, when Thomas actually saw Jesus with his own eyes, his faith came back to him.
(Throw it in the air)
He believed in Jesus again!

So sometimes we are like that too,
Sometimes, we feel like we believe in God. Sometimes we don’t.
But God is always with us whether we feel like it or not.
God is always faithful whether we believe or not.
God is patient with us when we don't believe in God.
But when we believe in God, God loves it.

Well, that is our story today.
Let’s pray:

Jesus, thank you for being with us.
Thank you for helping us to trust and believe again and again.
In your name we pray.
Amen.