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5 July 2020 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

5th Sunday After Pentecost

“The Rest That The Lord Jesus Gives”
Genesis 24: 34-38,42-49, 58-67
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

As of this morning, there are billions of people all over the world, sitting around and thinking about a lot of things. Do I go out or do I stay in? Will the economy rebound and what about the stock market? Am I going to be able to continue to work? When will all this end? When will things get back to normal? Are we winning the fight against the virus or are we at the verge of surrender. Last night’s headline in CNN puts New Zealand in the limelight as the Health Secretary resigns because he cannot anymore do something to fight nor even flattened the curve.

And it is rather fitting that in today’s text, Jesus says “Come to me.” Think about that invite on this First Sunday of July when the General Qurantine is extended. Consider WHO is asking us to come, HOW LONG will it take, WHERE is He taking us, WHAT is He asking us to do, and WHY?

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28 June 2020 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

4th Sunday After Pentecost

“DEAD TO SIN, SLAVES TO RIGHTEOUSNESS”
genesis 22:1-14
romans 6:12-23

Today, is the fourth Sunday after Pentecost. It was during Pentecost that the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles and the other disciples after Jesus Christ ascended. Pentecost marks the beginning of the Christian Church. We, the Church today, continue our mission of sharing Christ’s saving grace and love into the world. And this Pentecost season, we are constantly reminded of God’s great gift to us – His presence through the Holy Spirit.

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21 June 2020 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

Father’s Day

“ONE WHOLE”
PSALM 17
matthew 10:24-39

It’s no coincidence that our lectionary theme for today is “The Holy Spirit teaches us integrity.” This is God ordained! Integrity and fatherhood, fatherhood and integrity — two things that should go hand in hand.

Psalm 17 is a prayer of David. In the first part of this Psalm, he takes great lengths in expressing his integrity before God. He was being true to God by praying what was in his soul with all honesty.

To have integrity is live an open book in the eyes of God. It is to be transparent in front of our Lord. It is to be able to open our closets to other people and they will find no skeletons in it.

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17 June 2020 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

“Like Father, Like Son”

genesis 22:1-16

As his father yielded to God, Isaac also totally yielded to his father allowing him to bind him to the altar without hesitation or resistance. Isaac was submissive to his father’s will and authority, and in being so, he was also submissive to God who was responsible for the whole experience.

The amazing truth is that God works through fathers and mothers, too. God uses parents to develop mature Christ like attitudes in the lives of sons and daughters. Proverbs 22:6 says “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

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14 June 2020 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

Freedom Sunday

“True to his promise”
GENESIS 18:1-15
romans 5:1-8

Today, we cannot deny the fact that the vast complications of this world befuddle us. There is war, sickness, hunger and violence all over the world, calamities come one after the other, disunity at home, in the church, government and community are so evident. And now the whole world is confronted with the fatal and unseen enemy, the Covid 19 which attacks not only the physical and the economic life of the people but also the mental and the spiritual life too. Many find it so hard to manage it well, some just resorted on either deny it or find some way to deal it by their own. But again it affects the whole totality of a person.

Thanks be to God for there is abundance of His love and grace. We have a living hope, our Lord Jesus Christ who makes it possible for us to endure any hardships and trials and we have the Holy Spirit to guide and lead us to a right path. Thanks be to God for He has given us the purpose for our existence, a reason to go on even thou there would be tough times in life. Living through it we become sanctified, set apart for His glory. We gain new perspective, we grow deeper, we grow up until the character of Christ is seen in us.

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10 June 2020 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

“Taking Your Breath Away”

I Peter 5:6-11

While it was difficult to consider and imagine in our present situation, Peter also assured us that in this Community Quarantine times we actually benefit a lot than lose more. How do we view our stay at home period for the past three months will determine how we value God’s plan and promise for us.

And as we witness God’s answer to our prayers and how He guides us through in this critical times, we can exclaim how Peter declared “To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.

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7 June 2020 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

Trinity Sunday

“GOD IN US…”
GENESIS 1:1-2:4A
II CORINTHIANS 13:11-13

Last Sunday, we celebrated Pentecost Sunday. And today, the first Sunday after Pentecost is marked in the Christian calendar as Trinity Sunday.

In essence, the Trinity is the belief that God is one in essence, but distinct in person. In other words, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are somehow distinct from one another, yet at the same time they are completely united in essence, will and tasks. God has a life in which all three members of the Trinity relate to each other, give to each other, and love each other.

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3 June 2020 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

“Ghost Stories”

Acts 2:37-47

Through the centuries, one of the most exciting and intriguing, but scary to topics to talk about is about ghosts or what many people consider as restless spirits of the dead. Filipinos, in particular, have been talking about ghosts since time immemorial, and have been immortalized in novels, komiks, movies, TV series, and on the Internet. It only goes to show that ghost stories are part of the people’s way of life.

In the year 33 AD, there was a historic and earth-shaking ghost story worth retelling which took place, and led to a series of events that would “turn the world upside down”, as the Bible described. It was not the typical restless spirit which we get to hear, but a very special ghost—the Holy Ghost or the Holy Spirit, which descended upon the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ who ascended into heaven the week before.

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31 May 2020 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

Pentecost Sunday

“WHEN THE SPIRIT CAME…”
Numbers 11:24-30
Acts 2:1-12

Today is Pentecost Sunday and I think it is fair to ask the question. Do we really understand what happened on the day of Pentecost?

Let us refresh ourselves with what happened that day from the first four verses from Acts Chapter 2… “When the day of Pentecost came, all the believers were gathered together in one place. Suddenly, there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Holy Spirit enabled them to speak.”

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May 27, 2020 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Worship Guide

Learning how to live involves learning how to live in the meantime. A significant portion of life is spent in the “meantime.” One of the most difficult waiting time would be during this pandemic… from the time of total lockdown last March 15, 2020 up to the time to a new normal life, what are we to do?