“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
July 22, 2018
– Call To Worship –
“LORD I LIFT YOUR NAME ON HIGH”
“SURELY THE PRESENCE”
“GLORIFY THY NAME”
Prayers of Intercession
BIBLE STUDY: Don Auxier
Acts Chapters 3 & 4
Worship God in Spirit and Truth
Grow in His Grace and Knowledge
Share the Love and Hope we have in Christ.
Grace Communion International – We are an international Christian fellowship, on mission with the Father, Son and Spirit, living and sharing the gospel in ways that birth all kinds of churches, for all kinds of people, in all kinds of places. As an international Christian fellowship, we have about 50,000 members formed into 900 churches spread across 100 countries.
GCI Haiti Update
July 18 – Hello brother David-We thank you for your prayers most needed in this time of severe trial. Georgette is still in convalescent after the surgery she had in her right ankle on Tuesday June 19th. By the healing hands of the Lord all sufferings and pain have ceased a bit…we can sleep at night.
The school was released and sent to vacation on June 8th, one week earlier, because of the aggravation of social condition. We are not certain of a reopening on September. We keep praying for a quieter time, so the kids can safely return in class-room on September 2018
Please tell all our sister churches in Indiana how much we and the Haitian kids are grateful for their support of all kinds. They were 173 children at the start of school in September 2017, and we closed the year with 113 children. Glory to the Lord! Joseph Franklin – GCI Pastor Haiti
IN TIMES OF TROUBLE, uncertainty, dismay, discouragement, etc., God is whispering “My dearly loved son and daughter, this is going to be okay.” Those are his arms you feel. Trust him. That is his voice you hear. Believe him. Allow the only decision maker in the universe to comfort you. Life at times appears to fall to pieces, seem irreparable. But it’s going to be okay. How can you know? Because God so loved the world. If God can make a billion galaxies, can’t he make good out of our bad and sense out of our faltering lives? Of course he can. He is God. —- by Max Lucado
Don’t Let Anyone Steal You Joy In The Lord by Bill Keller
I realize that as many of you wake up and read this message today, you have allowed people or the circumstances in your life to steal your joy. DON’T LET ANYONE OR ANYTHING STEAL YOUR JOY!!! If you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have the assurance that when this brief journey here is over you will be forever with the Lord. That fact alone is the reason you should always have joy.
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU***
Dear Lord, thank you for JOY. Even in the midst of the challenges of life, I can still have JOY in my heart because of my Lord and Savior. Help me this day to pass that joy on to others who are hurting. May I never forget that regardless of the day to day issues of this life, because of you I will always have that JOY! In the name of Jesus…AMEN!!!
GCI members Lloyd and Mary Elwell, leaders in GCI’s congregation in Rochester, NY, founded a ministry in January this year that they call Hidden Pearls. Its mission is to reach out to cognitively-delayed people and their families in the area surrounding their church building, to help them comprehend the gospel and to provide pathways for them to be included in all aspects of Church life.
According to the Elwells (pictured above), “Our thinking was to reach out to and disciple both the cognitively-delayed and their families.” In ministering to this focus group, Mary and Lloyd emphasize all aspects of Christian life based on personal experience—their youngest son is cognitively-delayed and Mary is involved professionally with the cognitively-delayed. Their oldest son also brings to the ministry the perspective of a sibling.
At first, the Elwells envisioned that their focus group would come to their church. They prepared brochures and began passing them out to agencies and other contacts in the community. In January they started to hold meetings but found it difficult to get participants to the church. Scheduling of staff and availability of transportation was a problem, so they changed their strategy.
After receiving permission, they began holding the meetings at a group home that serves this focus group. Now they have a small group with all six housemates in the home participating (they are pictured below participating in one of the small group meeting learning activities).
Each meeting has a “remember phrase” that sums up the main theme of the lesson. During the meeting there are discussions, questions are answered, and there is lots of fun and a snack. One participant has closed the meeting with prayer on several occasions. Often the group home staff sits in and helps. Several have commented on the small group to staff at other group homes. The Elwells hope to see the number of small groups serving this focus community multiply.
†† Pastor’s Corner ††
Pastor David Perry & Jonnie
What a wonderful privilege to be able to gather to worship and praise the God who loves us more than we can ever know. I love what is written in Psalms 122:1 When they said, “Let’s go to the house of God,” my heart leaped for joy. Does your heart “leap for joy” every Sunday when you have the gracious privilege to come and join your brothers and sisters to worship our God in the congregation He has placed you? Has the excitement worn off? Is coming to church and worshiping God, being refreshed by the Spirit, something you have to contemplate whether or not to do?
This past week, I was private messaging on Facebook with a longtime friend who used to attend our denomination. Jonnie and I spent many wonderful times with them (years ago) and I had the privilege of having their teens in my youth group. This person related to me that she and her husband have had their lives changed dramatically. The veil has been lifted and they now see Jesus as central in their lives, not the law. She went on to say that just seeing how God sees us and loves us has been life changing. We no longer feel “condemned” (Rom. 8:1), but have peace and joy as we enjoy our “rest in Jesus”.
I rejoiced with “heaven” and with her for God’s grace in their lives. I wrote her the following: “It is truly amazing once we see Jesus, His Grace and love for us and all people…being central in our faith and lives. It truly is amazing to live our lives as a response to his loving grace, forgiveness, kindness, mercy and love.” Jonnie & I praised the Lord for His working in their lives.
Who are you lifting up in prayer to our Lord, asking Him to work in their lives to help them see His amazing Life and Love for them? Are you also asking the Lord for Divine Appointments to touch their lives and the lives of others. We only have so many days on this earth to join Jesus in His ministry of life and love to others. What an awesome privilege to “be like Jesus to others”…encouraging them, loving them, showing kindness to them, etc.
I want to thank all of you for your prayers for my mom, my sister and Jonnie and me. It’s tough as I reflect on how weak my mom is getting and knowing her time on this earth, and with us, is growing shorter. But I know I’ll spend all eternity with my dad and mom…and with all of you! The Promise of Life eternally with the Lord and his people, and our loved ones…is so precious. You are loved…Pastor David
Prayers for our Country and Pres. Trump
Prayers for the Body of Christ World Wide
Our Persecuted Christian Brothers & Sisters Around The World
Local Prayer Requests
Mary Coffey, prayers for healing, strength & encouragement.
June Perry – Weakness and gets winded very easily…on oxygen 24/7
Ashton (Harriette Cox’s great grandson) hospitalized in Indianapolis this week.
Sue Durbin Low blood levels and very weak
Lucy (Anita Franz’s sister) kidney disease
GCI Indianapolis – Prayers for Pastor Al Talison and the GCIndy church.
Deben Sam (GCI affiliate in Nepal) Prayers as it appears that some very drastic and restrictive anti-conversion (to Christianity) laws will come into effect in Nepal in August. It does seem that evangelistic activities will become illegal.
Hector & Paulina Barrero (GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator for Columbia & South America) For blessings, protection and inspiration as they minister to others.
Eugene & Lulu Guzon (GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator for Philippines) Prayers for wisdom, inspiration and safety as he travels, serving the Philippines
Kalengule Kaoma (lives in Lusaka, Zambia, Africa) Prayers for wisdom & protection as he oversees Africa as GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator.
Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School – See update below
Joe & Tammy Tkach & Greg & Susan Williams
For Divine Appointments To Touch Others With Jesus’ Life & Love