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13 June 2021 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

“Choosing The True Life-Giving King”

3rd Sunday After Pentecost
Freedom Sunday

1 Samuel 15:34-16:13
Mark 4:26-34

It is interesting to note that after David was anointed by Prophet Samuel, he was filled by the Holy Spirit. It was a private anointing showing God’s choice of David as future king of Israel. We should remember that David waited for many years before he became a king of Israel. God indeed has a way of preparing him for a bigger responsibility, and David did not fail the Lord in those waiting years. He remained faithful in doing a humble but noble work as a shepherd. He never put in his mind that he would be the king of Israel and never demanded to be treated well. In the same way, God has good works of service prepared for each of us, and like David, we may be at this point where He is preparing us for a bigger task or service. Maaaring ang ating simpleng paglilingkod ngayon ay paraan ng paghahanda ng Diyos sa atin sa higit na mapaghamong paglilingkod. Ang mahalaga, tayo ay handang sumunod at magtiwala sa Kanya. Let us bear in mind, when God calls us to serve, He also makes a way to equip us. We should not undermine the work God can do through us by His Spirit. But rather, let us always remember that no matter how simple our work of service may be, when we put it in God’s hands and trust in His power, that simple work of service will bless many people and will cause them to praise and thank the Lord. Like the mustard seed in today’s parable, its significance is not on its size, but on how it grows and blooms and benefits people. This is also a lesson that we need to learn as a church. When we look for leaders, we often seek those who possess certain characteristics that spell success and achievements. We look for people of influence, power, intelligence and means. God, however, looks for people of integrity and character. He wants people who are faithful and willing to obey God’s command. God is not after our achievement, but He is concerned with the condition of our heart.

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09 June 2021 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

The Lord strengthens those who are weak and tired. Even those who are young grow weak; Young man can fall exhausted. But those who trust in the Lord for help will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; They will run and not get weary; They will walk and not grow weak.

Isaiah 40:29-31

Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! For in our union with Christ, He has blessed us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world. Even before the world was made. God had already chosen us to be His through our union with Christ, so that we would be holy and without fault before Him.

Ephesians 1:3-4
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06 June 2021 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

“The Family of God”

2nd Sunday After Pentecost
Communion Sunday

Genesis 3:8-15
Mark 3:20-35

What does it mean to do God’s will? How do we do it? Come now brothers and sisters, let’s go deeper into this pandemic thing. Why do you think God permitted this pandemic thing to happen around the world? If God really does not want us to suffer, why this pandemic? If God does not want us to live in poverty, groping in the dark and having fear and anxieties, why this pandemic?

Don’t you think God wants us to go back to our own family? Settle ourselves and make sure our family is in God’s hands, in God’s keeping, having God in the center of our family? And that being said, it extends to God’s family, the Church. Not the building, not the physical structure but us, you and me who do the will of God. Those who have a right relationship with Him – claiming Him to be our Lord and Savior. Don’t you think God intended and permitted this pandemic to move us a little further from the image of the building and concentrate on being a church even in our own homes?

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02 June 2021 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

“O Lord, you have always been our home. Before you created the hills or brought the world into being, You were eternally God, and will be God forever. You tell us to return to what we were; You change us back to dust. A thousand years to You are like one day; that they are like yesterday, already gone, like a short hour in the night. Teach us how short our life is, so that we may become wise.”

Psalm 90:1-4, 12

Jesus went around visiting all the towns and villages. He taught in the synagogues, preached the Good News about the Kingdom, and healed people with every kind of disease and sickness. As he saw the crowds, his heart was filled with pity for them, because they were worried and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. So he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is large, but there are few workers to gather it in’. Pray to the owner of the harvest that He will send out workers to gather in His harvest.“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation.” Jesus went around visiting all the towns and villages. He taught in the synagogues, preached the Good News about the Kingdom, and healed people with every kind of disease and sickness. As he saw the crowds, his heart was filled with pity for them, because they were worried and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. So he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is large, but there are few workers to gather it in’. Pray to the owner of the harvest that He will send out workers to gather in His harvest.

1 Peter 4:12-13
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30 May 2021 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

“A Gift For The Giver”

Trinity Sunday
LCSMC Sunday

Isaiah 6:1-8
John 3:1-17

I am reminded of an elder of a church who loves to invite people to join the army of Christ. After a worship service, she greeted a man in uniform and gladly issued the invitation: we would love to have you in the army of Christ, Sir. Smilingly the officer responded: I am already enlisted, Mam. The elder momentarily kept quiet and politely asked, thank you, Sir, how come I only see you on Christmas and Resurrection Service. Mam, whispering to the elder, I am in a secret service.

Nicodemus preferred to be a secret disciple.

When the gift of light is available and we still pretend to be in the dark, groping and allowing darkness to hover upon us, and eventually consume us is a tragedy. The good news is that Jesus is patiently leading us to the light regardless of our response—of our choice. From the very beginning the gift of light is always available for the world – for you and for me.

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26 May 2021 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

I will go in the strength of the Lord; I will proclaim Your goodness, Yours alone, You have taught me ever since I was young And I still tell of Your wonderful acts Now that I am old and my hair is gray, do not abandon me, O God! Be with me while I proclaim Your power and might to all generations to come.

Psalm 71:16-18

Jesus went around visiting all the towns and villages. He taught in the synagogues, preached the Good News about the Kingdom, and healed people with every kind of disease and sickness. As he saw the crowds, his heart was filled with pity for them, because they were worried and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. So he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is large, but there are few workers to gather it in’. Pray to the owner of the harvest that He will send out workers to gather in His harvest.

Matthew 9:35-38

So stand ready, with truth as a belt tight around your waist, with righteousness as your breastplate, and as your shoes the readiness to announce the Good News of peace. At all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you will be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil One. And accept salvation as a helmet, and the word of God as the sword which the Spirit gives you. Do all this in prayer, asking for God’s help. Pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads. For this reason keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God’s people.

Ephesians 6:14-18
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23 May 2021 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

““Filled and Empowered by the Holy Spirit”

Pentecost Sunday
73rd UCCP Founding Anniversary

Ezekiel 37:1-14
Acts 2:1-21

There was a man who owned a ten-hectare piece of land. This man wasn’t able to make enough on his farm land operation to pay the principal and interest on the mortgage, so he was in danger of losing his property. With little money for clothes or food, his family was barely able to survive. Day after day, as he grazed his few cattle over those rolling places, the valleys, the plains and the hills, he was, no doubt, greatly troubled about how he would pay the bills.

Then a seismographic crew from an oil company came into the area and informed him they are seeking lands with oil beneath it. And there might be oil on his land. They asked permission to drill a wildcat well, and he signed a lease contract. At 1,115 feet they struck a huge oil reserve. The first well came in at 80,000 barrels a day. Many subsequent wells were more than twice as large.

In fact, 30 years after the discovery, a test of one of the wells showed it still had a potential flow of 125,000 barrels of oil a day. And the man owned it all. The day he purchased the land, he had received all the oil and mineral rights. Yet, he had been living on relief.

A multimillionaire living in poverty for years and nearly lost the opportunity to enjoy the richness of his land.

The problem? He didn’t know the oil was there even though he owned it. He was not aware of the treasure that laid within his own property.

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19 May 2021 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

GAD or GOD
Our Daily Bread by Marvin Williams

Are you a chronic worrier? Do you worry about bills, the future, health, debt, marriage issues? Has worry so consumed you that you have become “a fret machine”? If this describes you, perhaps you have generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD—a condition marked by a perpetual state of worry about most aspects of life. According to David Barlow, professor of psychology at Boston University, “the key psychological feature of GAD is a state of chronic, uncontrollable worry.” A little anxiety is normal, but constant worry is not.

Overwhelmed by suffering and persecution, the first-century Christians were driven out of Jerusalem and scattered throughout Asia (1 Peter 1:1-7). Many of these Jesus-followers were experiencing feelings of distress because of possible danger or misfortune. Peter encouraged these believers not to be filled with anxiety but to cast all their worries upon God (5:7). He wanted them to realize that it made very little sense for them to carry their worries when they could cast them on God who cared deeply about what happened to them.

Are you a chronic worrier? Let God be responsible for your anxieties. Stop worrying and start trusting Him completely.

“When every worry, every care To God in faith is brought, We have no place whereon to found One single anxious thought.”

Anonymous
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16 May 2021 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

“The Prayer of Jesus for the Faithful”

7th Sunday in Eastertide
Ascension of the Lord Sunday

Psalm 1:1-6
John 17:6-19

Today we celebrate and commemorate the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ to heaven. After His resurrection from the dead, and the many occasions He made Himself known that He is truly alive, now comes His physical departure from His disciples yet with a promise and a purpose.

Jesus’ ascension into heaven is something that probably doesn’t get enough attention. With Christmas and Easter, we make a pretty big deal over His birth and His death and resurrection, but what about the ascension? We might think the ascension is not at all that important. But if we overlook this event we will miss out on learning some valuable lessons. For without the ascension, the work of Jesus would be incomplete.

As Jesus was ascending to heaven, the disciples were eager to know things that Jesus didn’t want them to be thinking about. Their focus was not where it needed to be. They are now looking for signs for Jesus’ return. Not that it’s wrong but if that begins to consume our time then we are missing out. We are missing out on the rest of the Bible that is meant for our instruction regarding the here and now our commitment. And if we focus too heavily on end-times scripture, we could miss out on our ministry to others. If we are too obsessed on looking up in anticipation of Christ’s return, then we won’t be looking out into the field of opportunity to witness and to serve.

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12 May 2021 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

PRAYER FOR MOTHERS

Our sovereign gracious loving God and Heavenly Father, we approach your holy throne of grace on behalf of the mothers whom you have entrusted with the care of your most precious little ones. We thank you for creating each mom with a unique combination of gifts and talents. We thank you for the self-sacrifice each mom gives for her children.

We thank you for the gift of time moms give for their kids, whether it’s stay-at-home moms, working moms, and moms who are both. We thank you for the flexibility of moms, for their tirelessness, their perseverance, and their devotion.

Father God, we pray that you give each mom strength and wisdom. Help her to see in every ordinary task the eternal and boundless significance that you place on motherhood. Help her to understand that the most radical, world-changing events may be happening unknowingly in her home. Help her to forgive those who undermine her significance.

We ask you to be the daily bread of tired mothers. We ask you to be their living water. We ask you to be their source of spiritual and physical strength. We pray that the same grace that flowed from God the Father to God the Son to us in salvation will flow from mothers to their children. We pray that each mother rejects perfectionism and instead embraces the goodness of the gospel. We pray the rhythms of repentance and forgiveness shape every home.

Lord God, give each mother a worshipful reverence of you, the Creator and Sustainer of life. Help each mother to rest in the knowledge that they are but stewards of your children and that only the Holy Spirit can produce change into the hearts of each boy and girl. May each mother find rest in you.

Most of all, Lord, on this mother’s day in which we honor mothers, may we love and cherish the special women who have born us, who have nurtured us, and who have prayed for our well-being. May our hearts overflow with gratitude to you, who formed and knitted each of us in a mother’s womb. This we pray in the mighty and most precious name of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Amen.

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