Monday, 5 November 2012

Prayer and Sharing Sunday Sermon Review

Sunday Sermon Review - November 4, 2012
(from my home church I attend regularly)
Psalm 66:20 Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me
Our service at church today did not follow the usual format. It was a time dedicated to prayer and sharing rather than to preaching.
The service began with singing several songs, one was "Jesus Messiah -Lord of All."
There was a testimony time from some people of our congregation who are heading out on short term mission trips to Bolivia and also to Zambia. We prayed for them and their work there.
This was followed by a short video discussing the persecution of Christians in countries abroad - many heart breaking stories of Christians who are suffering for their faith and for sharing the good news of the gospel.

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church: Nov. 4th (or 11th), 2012

They are stripped of their rights. Their neighbors threaten them with violence and death. Their homes are razed. Their families beat them. And their governments want to slaughter them.
They are our brothers and sisters around the world, boldly believing and proclaiming Christ in places where the penalty for doing so is often death.
Please check out thevideo at the  following link - www.gfa.org/persecuted  We prayed for Christians who are suffering in this way and thank the Lord for the peace we have here in Canada.
Singing followed - "All for Jesus, all I am and ever hope to be..."
Time of Sharing and Prayer
Prayer requests from our congregation -
* for those suffering from mental illness
* our elderly people
* marriages
* the church in Tigertown, Texas
* a brother-in-law
* that we know God better and grow deeper in relationship with Him
* a couple who is moving
* friends
* those suffering from drug addictions
* those with a new baby
* a father
We pray for these prayer needs.
Communion was served
- we remember the price that Jesus paid on our behalf
- as believers we share in communion with our brothers and sisters around the world.
1 Corinthians 11: 23- 29
For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.


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