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17 January 2021 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

“The One Who Knows Us Completely”

2nd Sunday After Epiphany

“ARE YOU AWARE OF THIS?”
Psalm 139: 1-6;13-18
John 1:43-51

Do you know that in God’s dictionary, you will never find the word “coincidence?” God does not believe in “nagkataon lang..” or “swerte lang” and even “sorry, malas lang…” We know for a fact that everything that happens, happen for and with a purpose. So brothers and sisters, consider it a privilege to be here today, either you are in the zoom room or in the FB live page or you may be just replaying this later. God surely made a way for you to be here today, to worship Him, to participate in this worship time. You do not just open your gadget just to watch the worship as if watching a television show. God called you to be in today’s worship service. Now, knowing all these things, how do you feel about this?

“How does it make you feel when you are told that God knows you so well that even the hairs on your head are numbered?” He knows about the bald spots too – and oh, the freckles, the wrinkles, the warts, whatever. Nothing is hidden from our Maker, Our Creator God!

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13 January 2021 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

Midweek Prayer Meeting

“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

Numbers 23:19

His faith did not leave him, and he did not doubt God’s promise, his faith filled with power, and he gave praise to God. He was absolutely sure that God would be able to do what He had promised. That is why Abraham, through faith, was accepted as righteous by God.

Romans 4:20-22

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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10 January 2021 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

“The Voice Of Love And Joy”

Baptism of the Lord

RESURRECTED INTO A LIFE OF GRACE, JOY AND LOVE
Psalm 29
Mark 1:4-11

Today’s Gospel reading introduces us to John the Baptist, seen by the Gospel writers not just Mark, but even Matthew and Luke as the one whom the prophet Isaiah had prophesied in the Old Testament. The narrative in the gospel of Mark opens with John the Baptist preaching a message of repentance in the desert declaring that the kingdom of heaven is near. Many people from Judea and Jerusalem have heard John’s preaching and they were moved to confess their sins and let themselves be baptized. We may ask, why did the people venture out into the desert to hear John’s message? We can cite two probable reasons. One, maybe the people realized that John was preparing the way for the Messiah and they wanted to know more about it and be in on it. Many of them never forgot what had been promised by God to their ancestors, that the Messiah would come as prophesied in Isaiah chapter forty that tells of the preparation of the road for the coming of the Lord, and in Isaiah chapter thirty-five that speaks of the Highway of Holiness. Considering too that God’s people in John’s time were under the tyrant rule of the Roman government officials, they needed to claim that promise for them not to be distressed and discouraged with their situation. And two, some people maybe were just so curious about John’s message of repentance and baptism. Maybe for so long, they never heard or talked much about what John the Baptist is proclaiming.

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06 January 2021 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

GENERAL DAY OF PRAYER

It is timely that we begin the Year with today’s theme: “The Light Amid The Darkness” which declares the hope we find in Jesus to lead us through the difficulties and challenges that this year brings.

It is also timely that today we celebrate Epiphany, which is the celebration of the manifestation of Jesus Christ to the Gentile nations as represented by the visit of the Wise Men from the East. Now salvation, though it came through the Jews is NOT EXCLUSIVE for the Jewish nation but is now for all peoples.

We should know by heart everyone’s FAVORITE memory verse in John 3:16,

for God so loved the WORLD, that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him, will not perish but have everlasting life.

GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD!

The very reason for Jesus Christ is not just to save a select few, but to SAVE THE WORLD! From the Jews who were the people of promise to “whosoever believes” are to be called children of God.

Our reading from Isaiah, prophesies about the coming Savior and the role of Jerusalem as God shines His light upon the birth of the Savior. Verse 2 from Isaiah 60 even says:

Other nations will be covered by darkness, But on you the light of the LORD will shine; The brightness of his presence will be with you.

But the nations in darkness will be drawn to the light. In other Bible versions, ‘gentiles’ are used for the word ‘nations.’ It provides us with this visual of how from the centrality of Jerusalem in the life of the Jewish nation, we are directed to the participation and INVOLVEMENT of all peoples, the Gentiles, in God’s plan of salvation.

Just as the wise men laid down their gifts, let us lay down our prayers before Jesus’ feet as He directs His light upon the darkness of the world.

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03 January 2021 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

“THE NEW YEAR CALLS FOR CHANGING ONE’S LIFE”

2nd Sunday After Christmas
Communion Sunday

THE BIGGER PICTURE : GOD’S RE-SOLUTIONS
Jeremiah 31:7-14
Ephesians 1:3-14

In our experiences of darkness and our own version of exile, the community quarantine, we tend to forget or lose sight of this “bigger picture.” But not so Jeremiah though, even in the deepest gloom and doom, the prophet exhorts the people of Judah and Israel not to give up, not to lose hope, not to forget the promises-the re – solutions of God.

Unlike the feeble New Year’s resolutions that we humans make; God’s resolutions; God’s promises are kept and fulfilled. We might start off okay, good intentions and all with our made promises, but within a month or so—if we last even that long!—we “fall off “ and set aside our own promises. We know from history that Jeremiah’s prophecy of hope and comfort did come true — the residents of the Northern Kingdom, Israel did return from their Assyrian exile; and the residents of the Southern Kingdom, Judah did return from their Babylonian exile. God did bless and prosper their work, their society, their nation again. Even today, they continue to be blessed by God and to prosper.

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31 December 2020 – New Year’s Eve Worship Guide

“FOR A BETTER LIFE”
Ecclesiastes 3:1-13, Matthew 25: 31-46

Year 2020 taught us to be careful this coming year. Be careful in living. Be careful in the way you live. Be careful. Be wise. Be careful with your time, which is God’s time.Don’t contribute to evil. Be wise. Seek the Lord’s will in all things. Every day and in every way.

According to the recent survey on accidents, the four major factor is : panic, worry, multitasking equals stress. Stress is such a huge factor when it comes to accidents. Mental health experts says when a person in under stress, his ability to decide, to control himself and to act is decreased by 18 per cent of one’s total capacity.

Brothers and sisters, we’re all vulnerable when it comes to accidents, but obviously, some are more prone than others simply because they either panic, worry, do two or three tasks at the same time which lead stress and stress leads to accidents.

The same is true in the spiritual realm. If we are not properly focused in life, we will suffer for it. And most of the time, we are far too stuck in the affairs of this world and get materially focused than we are spiritually focused. LET’S BE HONEST ABOUT THIS. The year 2020 is a good lesson for all of us. Let year 2021 be a year for careful living – Let us use more of our time for the Lord. Let us seek the Lord more in life. And let us serve the Lord no matter else we do.

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27 December 2020 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

“The Message of the Messiah”

1st Sunday After Christmas

Got The Message?
Luke 2:22-40

How has 2020 been going for you? It’s been quite a year: a global pandemic, economic recession, unemployment, political division, massive corruption, traffic tension, record of abuses, floods and another threat of a more deadly strain of virus. On top of all this, some have relapsed, and many are struggling with depression, grief, fear and hopelessness.

Do you feel like you’ve hit an emotional wall this year? According to a recent survey, 3 in 4 families report the constant stream of bad news has taken a tremendous toll on their lives. Not surprisingly, 80% are desperate to be cheered up. Have you ever thought of what this Christmas has brought us this year? Got the message?

While we may be still be excited about Christmas with all the happy notes and the joy that comes from it, and looking forward to a new year, it is important to remember the true message of the Messiah that is telling us and others that Christ Jesus came to save us from our sins, that in Him we will have full redemption that will truly bring us to peace and joy now and the rest of our days. This is our hope for years to come.

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25 December 2020 – Christmas Day Worship Guide

“SINAG NG PAG-ASA”

Yes, this very day we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. The celebration gives us so much excitement and joy for we expect a lot of beautiful things to happen. Christmas, as we all know, is an opportune time for social gatherings and reunion. Although we celebrate it now in a different way with respect to the guidelines set by the IATF, still, families, friends and relatives find a way to gather together to renew their relationships and refresh each other with fond, precious, and good memories. Churches from the different Christian denominations launch Christmas day services to reflect on the essence of the birth of Christ. On the other side, there are those who reduce their Christmas celebration into a kind of what we called, “material gain” and “commercialism.” Monetary profit dictates the capitalist to take advantage of the joyful and generous mood of the people, and take note that even we are in the midst of pandemic, they have a way of making a profit thru online services. Increase in cost and appraisement of basic necessities continue to rise. Ang presyo ng sibuyas binibili mo pa lamang at hindi mo pa hinihiwa mapapaiyak ka na, pati sili hindi lamang lasa ang mahanghang pati presyo. I know there are a lot of people who are bothered by what the capitalists are doing to us right now, or may be some just don’t want to think about it at this time of joyful celebration. It is so sad that while relationships and personal ties are being strengthened and renewed to suit the spirit of the Incarnating God, we also see around us some “danger signs” that cover the true meaning of the birth of Christ.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, I know that in our lives, there are times when we are caught in a situation where we do not know what to do. There are circumstances in life that seemingly are out of control and the pressure is overwhelming. But praise be to God! For His grace is always sufficient for us and His power is made perfect in our weaknesses. God never gets tired of reaching out to us. He will not leave us alone for He knows that we need Him. That is exactly the reason why He came down to live with us, died for us and assured us of His presence in the midst of trials and hardships. That hope is His precious gift to us Jesus Christ God’s beloved Son, Whom we celebrate today.

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24 December 2020 – Christmas Eve Worship Guide

A Night of Scriptures and Songs

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23 December 2020 – Simbang Gabi Worship Guide

“Hope In Despair, Peace In Turmoil, Joy in Sorrow And Love In Place Of Hatred”

As we continue to endure this pandemic, the effects of the natural calamities we have experienced and the personal tragedies we are coping with, it is easy to give in to feelings of hopelessness, despair, bitterness and depression this Christmas. Many of us are having difficulties in preparing for the celebration of our Savior’s birth. Some of us have this nagging thought of cancelling Christmas this year.

However, no matter how we feel about this season, God is at work and Christmas will push through not according to our ways but according to His will.

Keep in mind that since the beginning of time, evil forces were busy with its futile attempts stop the coming of the Messiah. But God’s power and His love can never be defeated. God reigns at tuloy na tuloy ang Pasko!