“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
March 15, 2020
– Call To Worship –
“Praise To The Lord”
“God Will Make A Way”
“He Is Able”
Prayers of Intercession
Revelation 2: 12-18
“He Who Began A Good Work In You”
Worship God in Spirit and Truth
Grow in His Grace and Knowledge
Share the Love and Hope we have in Jesus
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.
March 27 Carl Franz (Laf) birthday March 28
Donna Dunbar (Laf) birthday March 29
Lighting the Candle of Hope By Jill Butler Wilson
The Message beautifully describes the Creator in the act of creation: “God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.” What most appeals to you about the garden that God then produced to serve as a home for humanity? Ideal human companionship? A splendid, totally safe environment? Abundant provision of sparkling water and sumptuous food? An immense, varied, peaceful animal kingdom to survey, enjoy, and shepherd?
Clearly, the delights of Eden, entirely fitted to our various inclinations, would have brought each of us everlasting engagement and satisfaction—but for the Fall. Happily, as we battle the vicissitudes borne into the world by the sins of Adam and Eve and perpetuated by our own, we live assured that our loss of a perfect abode is only temporary.
Our constant human striving for gratification evidences that we are still filled with longing for Eden, but whereas Genesis describes Eden as a garden, a lovely yet finite space God would visit, Jesus spoke of our future inheritance as the King’s kingdom, a vast atmosphere sufficient unto itself and in which the Lord’s will is fulfilled. Our belonging place to come is no second thought but was designed at the very foundation of the world. Through the wrenching sacrifice of his earthly life, Jesus paid the price and forged the key for the accommodating room he is preparing for you there.
In my father’s house are many rooms. . . .
I will come again and will take you to myself,
that where I am you may be also. John 14:2-3
Small hints of both the home humanity lost and the glorious one that awaits are everywhere—in the soothing purr of a kitten in your lap, the surprise blessing of a green shoot springing from dark soil, the expansive and awe-inspiring vision of a cloudless starry sky, the warm and steadying hug of a dear friend. God has given you such places to belong until you reach your amazing eternal destination.
Come, you who are blessed by my Father,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you
from the foundation of the world. Matthew 25:34
Meditate on the love-filled lengths God took to prepare a home for you.