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11 April 2021 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

“Moving on as Witnesses”

2nd Sunday in Eastertide

Psalm 133;
1 John 1:1-10, 2:2

Christianity is not a philosophy, a useful way of looking at the world that will get us through. It is not a system of rituals, following a set of sacred acts to manipulate God’s favor. It is not essentially a system of morality —”doing this and not doing that” — in order to win the prize of heaven. Christianity is simply knowing the truth about God, what He has done, what He is doing, and also knowing the truth about humanity.

It is important that Christians should recognize that God is light, and should walk in the light. Let me clear this, we walk in the light not to show how we live perfectly, while others do not. But, we walk in the light with the willingness to be open and honest about our deeds and life before God. In 1 John 1:5-7 it says, “God is light, in Him there is no darkness at all”. If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son, purifies us from all sin. The Bible Encyclopedia has these comments and I qoute: “The first fact upon which the light of God impinges in human life is sin; and the first test walking in the light is the recognition and confession of the said fact. Such confession is the first step into the fellowship with God, because it bring us under the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus.” It is simply saying that, we can never be cleansed if we will deny that there is sin that we should confess to God; and there is sin that we should honestly declare before God. We have to remember this truth: the claim of sinlessness is not only self-deception, it is also blasphemy.

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COVID19 EMC Updates

Referendum to Renew the Call of Rev. Carlos Dela Cruz

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Please be guided with the referendum details below:

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7 April 2021 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

Answer me when I pray,

O God, my defender!

When I was in trouble, you helped me.

Be kind to me now and hear my prayer.

How long will you people insult me?

How long will you love what is worthless

and go after what is false?

Remember that the Lord has chosen the righteous for his own,

and he hears me when I call to him.

Tremble with fear and stop sinning;

think deeply about this,

when you lie in silence on your beds.

Offer the right sacrifices to the Lord,

and put your trust in him.

There are many who pray:

“Give us more blessings, O Lord.

Look on us with kindness!”

But the joy that you have given me

is more than they will ever have

with all their grain and wine.

When I lie down, I go to sleep in peace;

you alone, O Lord, keep me perfectly safe

Psalm 4
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04 April 2021 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

“The Testimony of Witnesses of Jesus’ Resurrection”

Resurrection Sunday

John 20:1-20

The incredible event is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The word resurrection means “rising again to life”. It is truly an incredible event for never before had anyone risen from the grave after they were buried. It has never happened before. Incredible. Unbelievable.

THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS
Although Jesus told the disciples on several occasions that he will die and on the third day will rise again, succeeding events would show that they found this incredible beyond belief. In the present day lingo some may have even said, “weh” or “joke only”

But His Resurrection is no joke.

The great gospel truth upon which our faith is anchored has three pillars.
One, that Jesus was crucified.
Two, that Jesus was buried and
Three, that Jesus rose again.

The first two pillars of our faith are well documented (John 19:17-42). The third pillar however appeared to be enveloped in confusion, misconception as well as bewilderment especially among those who saw the empty tomb the day after the crucifixion.

Let us examine the reactions and interactions of these witnesses with the risen Christ on that fateful day.

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31 March 2021 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

Christ is the “centerpiece” of the human race.

God does not have favorites, but He does have intimates who walk and talk with Him.

T.T. Crabtree

Sin is, has been and ever shall be the parent if misery.

Every sin has three parts

– temptation

– hesitation

– participation

T.T. Crabtree

Trust God for too much rather than for the little.

Do you really pray or just worry on your knees.

T.T. Crabtree

Through the church Christ acts, and without the Church HE cannot act.

Mission is not a sideline. It is the lifeline of the church.

T.T. Crabtree
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Holy Week 2021

Lenten Retreat Guide

LENTEN RETREAT 2021

01 April 2021

The Pandemic has been with us for more than a year and will be with us a little longer. We have seen how a lot of our activities including our worship services have moved to an online platform, together with much of our work, classes, meetings, seminars and even family reunions have moved to a digital/virtual venue.

Except for Medical Frontliners and other essential workers, we have found ourselves mostly at home.

But have you learned to:

  1. Pray more? If you are with your family: Are you praying WITH your family more?
  2. Read the Bible more? If you are with your family: Are you reading the Bible TOGETHER?

The Pandemic has given us not only the opportunity to PRAY MORE and to READ THE BIBLE MORE but also to LOOK TO GOD MORE.

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Holy Week 2021

Maundy Thursday – Worship Guide

“Do I Have A Part In Your Life?”

01 April 2021

Maundy Thursday takes its name from the Latin word “Mandatum” which means “command” or “Mandate.” This refers to the command/mandate Jesus gave to His disciples to offer their lives in the service of others. Maundy Thursday’s observance includes the Celebration of the Holy Communion in commemoration of Jesus’ last supper with His disciples before His arrest and crucifixion.

The Holy Communion is a memorial of our Savior’s death by which He atoned for all our sins. May it be clear that this “Lord’s Supper at home” does not in any way replace the sacramental celebration in public worship at church. We uphold communal celebration of the sacraments in God’s house with member families and individuals gathering and doing this act as often as we do it in remembrance of Him. It is just that the current situation forbids us from coming together in keeping with the social/physical distancing order.

The second part of the liturgy of Maundy Thursday is the “Service of Tenebrae.” At this time, as we are confined in our own homes, we will dispense with the turning all lights into “off” position and instead use a black cloth to symbolize “Darkness” that has enveloped the circumstance of the disciples when our Lord Jesus Christ was arrested after the Last Supper and Prayer at Gethsemane.

As the candle is lit during the Last Supper, it will put-off at the start of the service of Tenebrae during the singing of the hymn “Above The Hills Of Time.” The black cloth will be laid on the extinguished candle after the last reading and during the moment of silence before the closing hymn “My faith Looks Up to Thee” to symbolize that Darkness has come into the lives of the disciples and our vigil begins until the early morning on Resurrection Sunday.

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Good Friday – Worship Guide

“My Whip Marks And Death Are For You”

02 April 2021

“JESUS’ SEVEN LAST WORDS ON THE CROSS”

“Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Luke 23:34

Elder Jesse Emmanuel Bacon II

“Truly, truly I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise”
Luke 23:43

Elder Bernard Supetran

“Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your mother.”
John 19:26-27

Elder Lionel Shadrach Barinaga

“My God, My God why have You forsaken Me.”
Matthew 27:46

Elder Elizabeth Roberto

“I thirst”
John 19:28

Elder Dr. Ruth Fuentes

“It is finished”
John 19:30

Elder Effie Jean Romero

“Father, into Your Hands I Commend My Spirit”
Luke 23:46

Elder Voltaire Organo
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28 March 2021 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

“Where Is Jesus Victorious In Your Life?”

6th Sunday in Lent

Psalm 118:19-29
Mark 11:1-11

At the beginning of this new week, the news is as grim as ever. I know you have been watching the spread of COVID-19 and the pandemic that has swept our world into action. You have adjusted your lives but it’s harder to adjust your habits. You have made decisions about how careful you will be to avoid contact. You have wondered about when this might be over, or what things will look like when it is over. We are facing a crisis, and it has not yet come to its full effect. In your own understanding foresight – are we winning the battle or are we on the losing end?

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24 March 2021 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

I look to the mountains; where will my help come from?

My help will come from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

The Lord will protect you from. all danger; He will keep you safe.

He will protect you as you come and go now and forever.

Psalm 121:1-2; 7-8

Whoever goes to the Lord for safety, whoever remains under the protection of

the Almighty, can say to Him “You are my defender and protector. You are my

God; in You I trust.” He will keep you safe from all hidden dangers and from all

deadly diseases. God says, “I will save those who love me and will protect those

who acknowledge me as Lord. When they call to me, I will answer them; I will

rescue them and honor them.”

Psalm 91:1-4; 14-15

Let us hold on firmly to the hope we profess, because we can

trust God to keep His promise.

Hebrews 10:23

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