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John 14:6

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Greetings and welcome to this week’s fellowship



Holy Fellowship With Jesus

By Charles H. Spurgeon

But even if our conduct and conversation were more consistent with our faith, I would still have this third charge against us: there is too little real communion with Jesus Christ. If, by the grace of God, our conduct and conversation were consistent and our lives unblemished, many of us are still sorely lacking in that area that we call holy fellowship with Jesus.

Men and women, let me ask you, How long has it been since you have had an intimate conversation with Jesus Christ? Some of you may be able to say, “It was only this morning that I spoke with Him, I beheld His face with joy.” But I fear that the great majority of you will have to say, “it has been months since I have been with the LORD.”

What have you been doing with your life? Is Christ living in your home and yet you have not spoken to Him for months? Do not let me condemn you or judge; only let your conscience speak: Have we not all lived without Jesus? Have we not grown content with the world to the neglect of Christ?


May His face shine upon you and be gracious and give you peace.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Christians around the world profess the Apostle’s Creed.

We do so to join with others as a statement of our beliefs in God.



Apostle’s Creed



I believe in God, the Father, the Almighty,

The creator of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

Born of the virgin Mary,

Suffered under Pontius Pilate,

Was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended into hell.

On the third day He rose again from the dead

.He ascended into Heaven,

And sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

From there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church,

The communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

The resurrection of the body and life everlasting.

Amen.




Let us lift up in prayer the following in the Name of Jesus:


We ask for YOUR help in Texas and Louisiana in their recovery from the storm, we ask for protection from the new storm headed towards land, we ask for protection for those fighting the wildfires, we ask for YOUR grace and love to fill us and to break hearts of stone to know YOU and to love YOU and to walk in YOUR way,  Ashley, Amy Jo and Danny and family, Valerie & Rocky, Jan, Deidre, Joanne & David, Suzanne, Debby, AGLOW Ministries For YOUR healing touch LORD on those who suffer from disease and illness, fill hearts with the knowledge that YOU are more than enough to heal our hearts, our minds and our bodies. Help us to learn to wait on YOU to accomplish what YOU want for us. Whether healing comes right away, or years from the moment we pray or whether healing does not come in this life, help us to be at rest in YOU. We ask for YOUR healing on Jim; we lift up Sue and her son Jimmy, Darrel & Jerilyn and their family, Paula and Steve and family, we lift up those who deny YOU and try to stop YOU from being spoken of. We lift up coaches and everyone who is being persecuted for worshiping YOU. Fill them with YOUR strength to continue unafraid in their praise and worship. Fill the courts with judges who know YOU so that righteous decisions will be given. We pray, LORD, that people will open their eyes and stop the violence that is happening in this country. We pray that people will accept our president, who was elected according to the laws of this country and that those who lost would not be trying to overthrow this government that was duly elected. We pray that people will stop spreading the lies of the devil and that people will listen to YOUR truth. We pray for the children who are abducted and abused, who are homeless and hungry. We pray for our loved ones who are sick. We lift up those who have lost their jobs and their homes and have given up. Give them Your peace, O Lord. Father, help us to let Your grace flow in all parts of our lives. We pray that people will get ready for Your return Lord Jesus.  God send us revival and spiritual awakening in our Christian churches that will set our nation aright, that radical Islam would stop their assaults, religious intolerance of Christianity, Mariam, Stephen, Edwin & Sherie & Eric & Ethan, Ester, Cindy, Shirley, Wayne and Shawna, safe travels, that Christians would seek Your Word daily & learn and seek Your way, Your truth and Your life in all areas of their lives and not allow the lies of the devil and the people he uses to spread his lies about You, especially the lie of the queen Bible that removes Your Words about homosexuality, and that Your truth about all things will be revealed & that people will see that You ordained marriage between men and women, let Christians rise up and declare their faith in You and Your Word and stop believing the lies of the liberal agenda,  Billy Graham, Franklin Graham, Joseph Prince, Kirk Cameron, Joyce Meyer, Jack Graham, Michael Youssef, Oral Roberts Ministry & the many other ministries that preach the Word Of God in truth & spirit, that people will tune in and watch in order to learn about you and that people would live in Your ways Father, for those trying to open new businesses will be successful, especially Beth and Playdate, for those who are trying to buy their own homes especially Henry and Monica and family, spiritually curious people, Arthur and Denise Blessitt, the slaughter of Christians in Nigeria by Boko Haran, Syria,  Sudan, Iran and many other lands, President Donald Trump and those he has chosen to serve with him, that they will bring good changes to the United States, that people will realize that we are all YOUR children and as such we are brothers and sisters and to treat each other in YOUR amazing love, Christians United for Israel, stay-at-home moms and dads, we pray for the children who are homeless and hungry, aborted and are victims of pediphiles and sexual slavery, we pray for our loved ones who are sick. We pray that people will get ready for Your return Lord Jesus, for those who suffer with addictions, for peace in Israel, that Your chosen people would come to know You Lord Jesus as their Savior. Pray for those who are out preaching the gospel both here in the United States and all around the world, that seeds of faith may be sown to bring glory to our Lord God. We pray for all who love the Lord that they will completely abandon themselves to YOU. We pray for those who do not know the Lord that they will come to the Lord and ask Him for His forgiveness and give their lives to God. We pray that they will learn that only through Jesus can they find eternal life, Michele & Dana & family, Carey & Martin & family, Michelle & family, Deanna & Josh & family, OJ, Anna, Ethan & Serenity, Sherie, Tommie, Mark, Bill and Bev, Hyma & family, Glenn, Dee Dee, Nancy & Dave, Emily & Joseph & Jamie & Kacie & Melissa & Phil & Mila & Karen & Kenny & family, Prodigals to come back, Robert & Elizabeth, Donna & Johnny & family, for those that are working to keep us safe and provide emergency services, Home Churches all over the world, for those who kill through abortion, prayer requests, Felicia & Campus Ministry, those affected by the weather and natural disasters, fires & drought, Aspen & AJ, for the children who suffer from disease or abuse, CJ & mom April, Callie & Cozy & Noah & parents Karen and Joe,  Bowen, Patty, Nathan & Erica & Sophie, Anna & Craig & family, Andrea & Jason & Ian & Ava, Barbara, those suffering from cancer and mental illness, Michael, Middle East, Israel, for judges to not make laws, Elaine & Tony, Jeanine, Beth & Eric & Isaiah & Alliyah & Addyson, Chrissy & JD & Noah & Ashton & Konner & Elle & Briley, Henry & Monica & Isaiah & Branson & Flora, Nora & Chris & Ethan & Jocelyn, John & Carol, Kat, Kim, Marie, Craig, Michael & Gina, Toni & Angel, Kevin & Ro, Monica, Bill, Mike, Shannon, Johnny & Jamie & Mikey, Becca, Allie, Harry & Sandy, Sara & Bella, Emily, John & Cheryl & family, Kathy, for our families and friends, for those that are in hospitals, nursing homes, care centers, Patt and Ron, Melanie & Nick, Sean, Scott, Kathie, Scot & Fran, Caity & Corey & Aiden & Tristan, Krissy & Travis & family, Renee & LA, Dwight & Brandy & Savannah & Blake, Brenda, Sebastian, Kathryn & Sean & Julian & Hunter, Suzette, Mike & Erin & Nathan & Michaela & Colin, for all those who loved ones have passed on, Donna & Erick & family, Melissa & Aaron & Patrick & Kailyn & Macey & AJ, Crystal & Luke & son, Mary, Maureen & daughter Nicole & child, Janet, Henry & Noreen, this church & ministry & the Journey, peace, Christians who are persecuted & killed, our men & women in the armed forces and our veterans & their families, for all those who have asked for prayers …

(Your prayers and petitions)


We thank You Father for hearing our prayers spoken and unspoken. We know that You are the way to life. We believe that by following Your way that when we ask of You, we will receive; that when we seek, we will find; and when we knock the door will open. So with faith we humbly ask You to answer our prayers and grant our petitions and prayers according to the Father’s Will. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Therefore, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your FATHER in heaven may forgive you your sins.

Matthew 11:24-26



Readings


Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ


Psalm 119:89-96


89 Your Word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.

90 Your faithfulness continues through all generations; You established the earth, and it endures.

91 Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve You.

92 If Your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.

93 I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have preserved my life.

94 Save me, for I am Yours; I have sought out Your precepts.

95 The wicked are waiting to destroy me, but I will ponder Your statutes.

96 To all perfection I see a limit; but Your commands are boundless.  


Hosea 2:16-25 (Jewish Bible)


“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly unto her. And I will give her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope; and she shall respond there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt. And it shall be at that day, saith HaShem, that thou shalt call Me Ishi, and shalt call Me no more Baali. For I will take away the names of the Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be mentioned by their name. And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beast of the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground; and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the land, and will make them to lie down safely. And I will betroth thee unto Me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto Me in righteousness, and I in justice, and in lovingkindness, and in compassion. And I will betroth thee unto Me in faithfulness; and thou shalt know HaShem. And it shall come to pass in that day, I will respond, saith HaShem, I will respond to the heavens, and they shall respond to the earth; and the earth shall respond to the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall respond to Jazreel. And I will sow her unto Me in the land; and I will have compassion upon her that had not obtained compassion; and I will say to them that were not My people: ‘Thou art My people’; and they shall say: ‘Thou art my G-d.’


(You can compare this with your Bible. Hosea is in the Old Testament, which is the Jewish Bible. HaShem is a Jewish word for God. G-d is the way that the Jewish people spell God because their belief is not to say God’s Name.)




Luke 6:43-49

43 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. 45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.


46 “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 As for everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears My words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”


Weekly Way


Hosea, a Story of God’s Love and Judgment and Redemption

The WORD of the LORD came to Hosea in the days of these four kings of Israel, Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah and in the days of Jeroboam, son of Joash, king of Israel. Hosea is a “Minor Prophet” in the Jewish Bible and the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. It is set in the 8th century BC in the northern kingdom of Israel. Israel is morally corrupt and the people are unfaithful to God and worshipped idols. God tells Hosea to tell the people how angry He is because they have forgotten Him. They live a life much like we are living today in the world. We have forgotten God and have allowed the idols of this world to corrupt our lives. God hates sin and teaches through Hosea and He still is teaching us today, that sin and judgment of sin is certain, but through it all, God’s clear message of redemption comes through. Christians know Jesus and through His cross the sins of our lives have been atoned for, and by living a life in the steps of Jesus, we know our Salvation. God is still speaking today to the people of Israel, telling them of His cross and that there Redeemer has come. God still calls out to Israel to accept His cross and their Salvation. God pleads with all of His creation, all humans, yes He is speaking to you, to come and accept His gift of the cross and the redemption of your souls. Hell and eternal fire await those who do not accept Jesus, even if they live lives that they deem to be good. Sadly most people do not realize that as Christians, we are required to walk in the way of the LORD and to surrender our life to God. People think that they have time to do whatever they want to do, living a life of sin and then make a last minute appeal to God to forgive them for the sins that they have committed throughout their lives. Most people do not even know the righteous requirements of God. They think that if they say they believe that Jesus is LORD and Savior that there is nothing else required of them. This is false teaching.

In the book of Romans chapter 8, verse 1, Paul says: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” I have heard many preachers talk about how if we are walking in the Spirit we are not under the law. They confuse many people because they give the false sense of security that if they believe they are walking in the Spirit, they do not have to follow the law. I heard one preacher say that we did not even have to follow the big 10.  This preacher said that God has written His law upon their hearts and so were living under the Spirit of God. Wow, I had to step back and take a breath. He assumed that all his flock was living according to God’s way and never said anything about them learning God’s way by reading His Word or that we are humans and fall short, even as Christians. If all Christians were walking according to the Spirit, this would be a great world, but sadly most Christians to not even spend 15 minutes a day in God’s Word, much less study it. Many Christians go to church on Sunday and walk in hell’s way throughout the week. They enjoy their evil TV shows, like American Idol (I still do not understand how Christians can watch anything that says “Idol”), The Walking Dead, Two and a Half Men, Modern Family, True Blood, the list goes on and on. Christians have let the evil one into their lives and seem not to realize it. There are about 2.2 million Christians in the world, about 33% or 1 in 3 are Christians. It’s sad but many Christians in the United States do not go to church, while in Africa, praise the LORD, many Muslims are becoming Christians. They are hungry for the truth of God and have found that Islam does not offer the love and redemption that God offers. These converts have found the cross of Jesus and God’s truth in His Word and are hungry to be taught. They are learning to change their lives to walk in the way of the LORD. I don’t understand why Christians in the U.S. are learning from the devil and walk with him in the flesh as he offers self-satisfaction and they gladly gratify their flesh nature and forego the Spirit nature. People live together without marriage; people are thinking that God would not forbid men marrying men and women marrying women. Adultery is rampant, divorce is easy; stealing is normal and wow, the way that people lie about things. People murder children through abortion, porn, especially child porn, is everywhere. Understand that soft porn is still a sin; all these things I have just said are sins. There is not one sin worse than another. Sin is falling away from God. Sin is telling God, “I don’t need You, I am self-sufficient and can do all things in my own power.” Sin is telling God that He is not important in life, telling God that He and His Word do not belong in school, that praying to Him is offensive to people and that the mere mention of Christianity invokes anger because Christians are intolerant of gays and Muslims and so they must be stopped.

Why am I going on so much about these things? I know that I have offended many people with what I am saying, but I must teach you that you are being misled by the devil and those who follow Him. This is what happened to the people of Israel during Hosea’s time. They had fallen away from God and were worshipping Baal and calf idols. God tells Hosea to marry a prostitute, Gomer. Why would God do such a thing? Hosea was a man of God and listened to Him. God was using Hosea to show the people the life they were living. The people were living as prostitutes because of their sins. Prostitution is selling oneself for sex, or to use a skill or ability in a way that is wrong and usually for financial gain. They forgot God and satisfied their flesh nature. So Hosea married Gomer and she had their first child named Jazreel because of the shedding of blood of Jazreel by the house of Jehu. God was to bring judgment and punishment for the blood of Naboth, a  Jazreelite, who owned a vineyard that Ahab, the king of Samaria wanted. His wife Jezebel plotted Naboth’s death and afterwards when Ahab went to take possession of the vineyard, God sent the prophet Elijah the Tishbite to Ahab. Elijah said: “I have found you because you have sold yourself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD. He says, ‘I am going to bring disaster on you. I will wipe out your descendants…because you have aroused My anger and have caused Israel to sin.’” (1 Kings 21:20-22)

Then Gomer conceived again and they had a daughter, Lo-Ruhamah (which means “not loved”) for God said that He would no longer show love to Israel because of her sins. Here God tells Judah, the other half of the kingdom that because they were not as wicked as Israel, He would show them love and would save them: “—not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but I, the LORD their God, will save them.” (Hosea 1:7) Here God is telling His chosen people that it will be through Him that He will save His people from their sins, not by war but with His life. This prophecy was fulfilled in Christ’s cross.

Again Gomer had another son and the had them name him Lo-Ammi (which means “not My people”) for God had rejected them and no longer wanted to be their God. But God is God and not human. His love overwhelms Him even though His chosen people no longer accepted Him. We here in the U.S. are being told the same thing by God because of our sins and turning away from God and His way. Christians are sitting back and allowing the evil one to control minds. Understand this, God hates sins but He loves all of His children and desires that they accept Him into their lives and uses prophets and teachers and preachers to tell all His people how much He loves us and wants us to return to Him. His Word teaches us His truth and way and life; that we are to walk in the way of the LORD and that we are to stop sinning. God is still calling out to Israel today to accept Jesus as their LORD and Savior. He says in Hosea 1:10b-11a: “In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people,’ they will be called ‘children of the living God.’ The people of Judah and the people of Israel will come together; they will appoint one leader.’ This is Jesus our One leader, our Savior and LORD.

In chapter 2, God uses marriage to show His covenant relationship that He desires from His children. He rebukes Israel for her sins and tells her to remove the adulterous look from her face otherwise He will strip her naked, take away her country and make her as bare as the day she was born. God is angry and does not want to continue to show love to her because they keep rejecting Him. God is letting the U.S. to suffer from denying God in our lives. The parallels between Israel and the U.S. are obvious but the devil has blinded so many people into thinking that socialism is better for this country and are trying to rewrite history that God had nothing to do with the U.S., that our founding fathers did not base this country on God’s principles. So the devil keeps on confusing people, putting the flesh sin nature in front of them to keep them from seeing God’s truth. Satan does not want you to go to heaven, when he is banished to hell; he wants you there with him. These are the acts of the flesh: sexual immorality (adultery, homosexuality, lust, porn), impurity(sex before marriage, living together), debauchery (shamelessness, decadence, self-indulgence), idolatry (fanaticism, hero worship, obsession of  things and people) and witchcraft (magic, enchantment, sorcery, black magic); hatred (loathing, dislike, animosity), discord (disagreement, conflict, argument), jealousy (suspicion, distrust, greed, yearning), fits of rage (fury, temper, rant and rave), selfish ambition (determination to do things for self, to dream of self-power, selfish desire), dissensions (oppositions, disagreements, conflicts), factions (groups, sides, political parties)  and envy (bitterness, resentment, covet, grudge); drunkenness (stoned, under the influence of alcohol or drugs), orgies (parties that involve sex, drugs and alcohol) and the like. (Galatians 5:19-21) The aforementioned are sin. If you are walking in the Spirit, you are not doing any of these things. Walking in the Spirit means walking according to God’s way and not sinning. Jesus equates anger with murder. Have you ever been in an argument and been angry at someone? That is sin. Have you ever looked at someone with lust in your eyes? That is adultery. Have you ever had a disagreement with someone? That is sin. Are you prideful and filled with selfish ambition? That is sin. Are you so politically motivated that you will not listen to anything else and blame the other side? That is sin.  

See how easily we do not walk in the Spirit but allow the devil to lead us into sin? There are a lot more sins that I have not mentioned. That is why reading and studying the Bible every day and surrendering your life to the LORD is so important.

Israel was unfaithful to the LORD and so are we. God said in Hosea 2:4-5: “I will not show My love to her children, because they are children of adultery. Their mother has been unfaithful and has conceived them in disgrace.” She said, ‘I will go after my lovers, who give me my food and my water, my wool and my linen, my olive oil and my drink.’ Even today, we give God no credit for the things in our lives. We do not look to God to be our provider. We are told things like: “The Bible says: ‘God helps those who help themselves.’ No, the Bible does NOT say that. God says (Hosea 2:8): “She has not acknowledged that I was the One Who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil, who lavished on her the silver and the gold—which they used for Baal (idol worship).” Do you acknowledge in your life that God is your provider, your source of all that you need? Walking in the Spirit means God is first in your life and you depend on Him for all things in your life. Do you surrender all to God?

God has a message (Hosea 2:14-23, please read the entire message in your Bible): “Therefore I AM now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her… “In that day,” declares the LORD, “you will call Me, ‘my husband’; you will no longer call Me ‘my Master’…Bow and sword and battle I will abolish…I will betroth you to Me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the LORD…I will show My love to the one I called, ‘Not my loved one. I will say to those called ‘Not My people, ‘You are My people; and they will say, ‘You are my God.’” Wow, what a beautiful love God has for us. Even though we do not worship and praise Him, even though we have taken Him out of our lives, He never stops loving us. He keeps on sending love messages to us; He puts things in front of us to show us His amazing love. He speaks tenderly to us, wooing us to accept His love. Again God uses marriage as an illustration for a relationship with Him. He is no longer “Master” someone who controls our lives, but “Husband” someone who lives in a covenant relationship, based on love and respect, not submission and control. This is what God also wants marriages to be, not two individuals but one, living together in love, doing things for the other out of love and respect, not using submission and control.

Next time we meet, we will continue with Hosea. Between then and now, try to start spending more time in building your relationship with God. Image how it would be to say “Yes” to whatever God tells you to do, as Hosea did. Even if it’s hard, believe me it’s worth it. Remember though, God will not tell you to kill or hurt someone or yourself. God will tell you to do unusual acts of compassion, to love the unlovable, and to show Who God is to those you know and meet. Have a great week in the LORD’s amazing love. Until next time…


The Lord’s Supper



(You will need bread (or unleavened bread) and wine (or grape juice) for the Lord’s Supper. Place bread in a bowl or platter and wine (grape juice) in a wine glass or nice cup. Use the same bowl and glass each week, reserving it only for the Lord’s Supper out of reverence for the Lord. Place the bread and wine on a table. You can stand or sit around the table. You can have candles if you would like.)



Whenever two or three are gathered there is God among them. Jesus tells us: ” I tell you the truth, whoever hears My Word and believes Him Who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent. I AM the bread of life. He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand there praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” As Your children, Father, teach us and let Your Word become for us, a living part of our lives. Teach us to love one another and to forgive one another.



Lord have mercy on us, forgive us our sins.

Christ have mercy on us, teach us to forgive others

.Lord show us Your Way, Your Truth, and Your Life.


If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the Name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children. Devote yourselves to the apostle’s teachings and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.


Father, before us sits bread and wine. Jesus said: “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him.”


He always loved those who were His own in the world. When the time came for Him to be glorified by You, His heavenly Father, He showed the depth of His love.As Jesus and His disciples were reclined at the table, He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.”


And while they were eating, Jesus took a piece of bread, and giving a prayer of thanks to the Father, He broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying, “Take and eat, this is My body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”


In the same way, He took the cup, again giving thanks to the Father and offered it to them, and they all drank from it. Jesus said to them, “Drink it, all of you, this is My blood, which seals Gods covenant, My blood poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will never again drink this wine until the day I drink the new wine with you in My Father’s Kingdom.”



Worthy is the Lamb, Who was slain,

To receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength

And honor and glory and praise!


To Him Who sits on the throne and to the Lamb

Be praise and honor and glory and power,

Forever and ever!


And by His stripes we are healed!



Teach us, Father, that in celebrating this Supper given to us by Your Son, Jesus Christ, how we are to live our lives. The greatest should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. And Jesus will confer on us a kingdom, just as You Father conferred one on Him, so that we might eat and drink at His table in heaven. Teach us to live out our Salvation in the way we live our lives.



Praise God from whom all blessings flow,

Praise Him all creatures here below

Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.



Communion (sharing {eat and drink} the body and blood)



Prayer after Communion


May the grace of Christ our Saviour,

And the Father’s boundless love,

With the Holy Spirit’s favor

,Rest upon us from above.


Thus may we abide in union

With each other and the Lord,

And possess, in sweet communion,

Joys which earth cannot afford.Amen.

By Rev. John Newton, 1779



Lord’s Prayer (please join hands)


Our Father, Who art in heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy Kingdom come

Thy will be done

On earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our trespasses

As we forgive those who trespass against us

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil. Amen.


Benediction


The LORD bless you and keep you.


The LORD make His face shine upon

you and be gracious.


The LORD turn His face towards you

and give you peace.




Concluding



The Martyrdom of Polycarp

By John R. W. Scott


It was 22 February, probably in the year A.D. 156. The venerable bishop, who had fled from the city at the entreaty of his congregation, was tracked down to his hiding-place. He made no attempt to flee. Instead, he offered food and drink to his captors and asked permission to retire for prayer, which he did for two hours. Then, as they drove into the city, the officer in charge urged him to recant. “What harm can it do,” he asked, “to sacrifice to the emperor?” Polycarp refused. On arrival, he was roughly pushed out of the carriage, and brought before the proconsul in the Amphitheatre, who addressed him: “Have respect to your old age…Swear by the genius of Caesar…” And again, “Swear, and I will release you; revile the Christ.” To which Polycarp replied: “Eighty and six years have I served Him, and He has done me no wrong; how then can I blaspheme my King Who saved me?” The proconsul persisted; “Swear by the genius of Caesar…I have wild beasts; if you will not change your mind, I will throw you to them…” “Bid them be brought…” “As you despise the beasts, unless you change your mind, I make you to be destroyed by fire.” Infuriated Jews and Gentiles gathered wood for the pile. Polycarp stood by the stake, asking not to be fastened to it, and prayed, “O Lord, Almighty God, the Father of Thy beloved Son Jesus Christ, through Whom we have received a knowledge of Thee…I thank Thee that Thou hast thought me worthy, this day and this hour, to share the cup of Thy Christ among the number of witnesses!” The fire was kindled, but as the wind drove the flames away from him and prolonged his agony, a soldier’s sword put an end to his misery.


Would you die for Christ? Would you suffer as Polycarp did?

Is your faith strong enough?

Are you changed from what you were before you came to know Jesus and His death?

Are you willing to forgive those who have harmed you in some way?

Are you willing to ask forgiveness of those you have harmed?

Have you looked at your life from God’s point of view or the world’s point of view?

Has your old self been washed clean in the blood of Jesus or are you still living in your old self?

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