God is One

November 9, 2016

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As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:1-6(NIV)

 

Through faith we are united despite political affiliation, denomination or cultural preference.

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Jesus Prays for All Believers

 My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. John 17:20-23 (NIV)

God is the author of unity, especially in the demonstration of the Trinity

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 “They’ll Know We Are Christians,”

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord, We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord. And we pray that all unity may one day be restored And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love; They will know we are Christians by our love. We will work with each other, we will work side by side. We will work with each other, we will work side by side. And we’ll guard each one’s dignity and save each one’s pride. And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love; They will know we are Christians by our love. By our love, by our love, And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love. They will know we are Christians by our love. We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand. We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand And together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land. And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love They will know we are Christians by our love By our love, by our love. And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love. They will know we are Christians by our love.

 “We Are One in Christ,”

What a wonderful church life, All the saints truly are one, No matter where and who we are,     We are one! Nothing can set us apart, For we have the same life, Although Satan tried and tried,     We are one!

We are, we are, we are one in Christ! Abiding in the true vine, Receiving all the riches of the life divine,     We are one! We are, we are, we are one in Christ! Growing in the tree of life, In Him we fellowship unto eternal life,     We are one!

What a glorious church life, Christ in us has made us one, Eating the tree of life,     We are one! How can we ever depart Such a sweet and blessed life? Christ in us and we in Christ!     We are one!

  “Blest Be the Tie That Binds.”Blest be the tie that binds Our hearts in Christian love; The fellowship of kindred minds Is like to that above. Before our Father’s throne, We pour our ardent prayers; Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one, Our comforts, and our cares. We share our mutual woes, Our mutual burdens bear; And often for each other flows The sympathizing tear. When we asunder part, It gives us inward pain; But we shall still be joined in heart, And hope to meet again.

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As we enter into a Sacred time of Prayer

November 6, 2016

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

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In the words of Christian activist and author Shane Claiborne, we’re not called to follow an elephant or a donkey — we’re called to follow the slaughtered lamb,” he said. “We’re inviting churches to join with us as we gather to proclaim our allegiance to Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God,” The Rev. Michael Scarlett, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Pocatello, Idaho.

Let us pray

God of creation,

Give us eyes to see your handiwork all around us. Give us ears to hear the music that you have stirred to life in the swaying of the trees and the singing of the birds. Give us heightened senses to be aware of your creativity, even as we take this breath. Draw us into your life that spans far beyond our own days and years.

God of each season,

You hold all things together. Even when seasons are difficult or uncertain, you are always present and available. Even as our nation approaches a season of change in leadership, we pray for reminders that you are sovereign.

God of this nation,

We thank you for the many privileges that we enjoy as Americans. May we not take for granted the gift and responsibility that accompany those privileges. Let us not lose sight of the fact that all around the world, there are people who crave the opportunity to cast a vote once in their lifetime. Guide us in our voting.

We pray for Donald Trump and we pray for Hillary Clinton. We pray for those seeking the presidency who are neither Republican nor Democrat. Regardless of our preferences, we give you thanks for the desire of these people to lead and serve. We pray for wisdom for these individuals. May wisdom manifest in their actions, speech, and attitudes. Guide them in their leading.

We pray for your presence in the days to come. May your peace guide our hands and hearts. May your love be seen and known in communities near and far.

In the name of Christ — the one who could not be stopped by death — we pray, Amen.

The Rev. Brad Greene

Election Day Litany

Lord, listen to your children praying

Campaign season is noisy

press conferences

national conventions

protests

rallies

debates

Our ears are overwhelmed

Despite all the noise, the sound of uncertainty reverberates throughout our nation

We struggle to perceive the movement of the Spirit over the clamor

We claim to separate faith and politics

And yet the two cannot help but collide: melody and harmony

Woven into the composition of our social order

And so on this Election Day we gather and pray

Lord, send your spirit in this place

our homes and work spaces

our houses of worship

our polling stations

our voting booths

and campaign headquarters

That your healing presence would resound through broken places in our systems and government

Lord, listen to your children praying

Make your ways, our ways

Your tune, our tune

Ground us in your melody of goodness

Bless us as if we were each an instrument of peace

Creating harmonies of love that ring louder than the static of indifference

Send us love that frees us from hatred and bitterness toward one another

Send us power that resonates justice and protects human dignity

Send us grace that we would sing songs of hope and unity

Send us love, send us power, send us grace

Rev. Sarah Casey, 2016

Psalm 23 – A psalm of David.shepherd

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

He makes me lie down in green pastures,

he leads me beside quiet waters,

he refreshes my soul.

He guides me along the right paths

for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk

through the darkest valley,

I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

Surely your goodness and love will follow me

all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

forever.


Surf Shack – VBS Day 5

June 17, 2016

God Sends

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Breakfast on the Beach       John 21:1-17

 

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The Pre K and Kindergarten surfers

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1st and 2nd Grade surfers

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3rd and 4th Grade surfers

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5th and 6th Grade surfers

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2016 Vacation Bible School Director, Mrs. Katherine,

You are appreciated for all your hard work and a successful VBS

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We are grateful to the leaders of VBS Discovery time

Mrs. Carrie, Mr. Roger and Mrs. Barbara for the amazing science tricks

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A special thanks to our puppeteer, Mrs. Janette and “Snappy”

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WOW! how about all those fun crafts that these three ladies created for the Surfers

Mrs. Billie, Mrs. Margaret and Miss Jamie.

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Our Final Day with music


A commitment to excellence

February 21, 2016

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal — a commitment to excellence — that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”

Mario Andretti, Race Car Driver

Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes,

because an excellent spirit [was] in him;

and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. (Daniel 6:3 – KJV)


December 14, 2015

 

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. . . to love many things

November 18, 2015

                   “Do all the good you can,

circle.cross.flameBy all the means you can,

In all the places you can,

At all the times you can,

To all the people you can,

As long as ever you can . . . ”

John Wesley

 

 

 “It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”   Vincent van Gogh, Dutch Artist

But I will sing of your strength,

in the morning I will sing of your love;

for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.

Psalm 59:16

 


A Prayer for our Pastor

October 1, 2015

Lord, we lift up our pastor to You. Thank You for his servant’s heart. Keep him from losing heart when ministry gets tough. Help him prove faithful with the things You have entrusted to him. Teach him Your ways so that he knows You and finds favor with You as He leads us. Keep him open and honest before You and help him to represent the truth plainly.

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