GOD, WE AS YOUR PEOPLE, AS A PEOPLE WHO LOVE YOU, GATHER THIS EVENING AS THE COMMUNITY – THE FAMILY – AS YOUR CHURCH – THAT TOGETHER WE MAY BEGIN OUR WALK WITH THE CHRIST TOWARD JERUSALEM. AS WE TRAVEL THIS JOURNEY WE KNOW WE ARE WALKING WITH THE CHRIST TOWARD RESURRECTION.
AS WE WALK THIS JOURNEY AS YOUR CHURCH WE KNOW THAT WE WALK IT WITH OTHERS WHO BELIEVE, TRUST AND AFFIRM THAT YOUR PERFECT PRESENCE IS WITH US ALWAYS. WE WALK IT TOGETHER KNOWING THAT IN COMMUNITY THERE IS STRENGTH AND THAT WE ARE BLESSED WITH A FIRM FOUNDATION ROUTED IN THE PROMISES AND MIRACLES OF GOD. WE ALSO WALK THIS JOURNEY TOGETHER WITH EXPECTATION. KNOWING THAT YOU GOD ARE ALWAYS SO MUCH GREATER THAN OUR CURRENT UNDERSTANDING WE COME WITH OPENNESS AND HUMILITY THAT OUR RESPONSE TO YOU MAY ALWAYS BE “YES,” AS YOUR RESPONSE TO US IS ALWAYS GRACE.
THIS JOURNEY IS A SACRED ONE WE EXPERIENCE. WE KNOW THAT ALONG THE ROUTE THERE IS MUCH FOR US TO LEARN, TO BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND AND TO EXPERIENCE. IN SEEKING TO TAKE IT ALL IN WE KNOW YOU LIFT US ABOVE THE UNCERTAINTIES OF LIFE, AND PLACE US DOWN AGAIN ON HOLY GROUND. WE KNOW THAT THERE MAY BE TIMES OF DARKNESS THAT CHALLENGE US, BUT WE ALSO KNOW THAT AFTER THE DARKNESS THERE IS ALWAYS PERFECT LIGHT TO RENEW US WITH DIVINE HARMONY AND PEACE.
AS WE HONOR THE CHRIST PRESENCE WALKING WITH US LET US GO SEEKING MORE TO UNDERSTAND, THAN TO BE UNDERSTOOD. WE GO AS SEEKERS, SEEKING TO BE INSTRUMENTS OF PEACE IN A TROUBLED WORLD. LET US GO SEEKING TO BE AMBASSADORS OF CHRIST’S UNCONDITIONAL LOVE TO ALL THOSE WE ENCOUNTER. WE ARE ALL YOUR CHILDREN, AND YOU LOVE US ALL DEEPLY WITH A BENEVOLENCE WE DO NOT ALWAYS DESERVE.
MAY OUR JOURNEY OF LENT BE ONE NOT OF PASSIVE IDLENESS, BUT ONE OF TRANSCENDENT ACTION. AN ACTION THAT REACHES OUT TO FIND YOUR LOST SHEEP AND BRING THEM HOPE. BLESS US AS WE WOULD SEEK TO BE BEACON’S OF HOPE TO THOSE WHO ARE IN DISPAIR, INSTRUMENTS OF COMFORT TO THE GRIEVING – AND LOVING OPEN ARMS TO THE LONELY WHO CRY OUT FOR YOUR HEALING EMBRACE.
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life. Please join us each Sunday at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall at First Christian Church, North Hollywood, CA for our Contemporary Celebration and Praise service. Come as you are and enjoy an hour of great music from our wonderful band and singers, inspiring messages and good fellowship. Those things in life that you have been seeking have also been seeking you. Now is a good time to receive them. We will lift one another to live exciting, abundant new lives of possibility and purpose.
Also, join me on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 PM for an hour of guided and silent meditation, reflection, affirmation and prayer. As always, we will share communion together. Everyone is welcome.
First Christian Church, North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604. http://www.fccnh.org
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HELP US, OH GOD, TO FIND COMMON GROUND WITH ALL HUMANITY THAT TOGETHER WE MAY EMERGE AS ONE PEOPLE, CHERISHED, LOVED AND ANOINTED BY YOU FOR A DIVINE PURPOSE.
HOLD US BY THE HAND LORD THAT WE MAY NEITHER STUMBLE NOR FALL. HELP US TO REACH OUR DESTINATION, EASTER, WITH BEAUTIFUL SHOUTS OF HALLELUJAH – SO THAT OUR LIVES, OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR WORLD MAY BE FOREVER CHANGED TO EXPERIENCE AND CELEBRATE YOUR KINGDOM ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.