January 3, 2021
Greeting from Pastor Nick:
With the words of this Psalm, God calls you to worship him. This translation would be great for a young child to read:
Psalm 103:13-17, 22 (NIrV)
A father is tender and kind to his children.
In the same way, the LORD is tender and kind to those who have respect for him.
He knows what we are made of.
He remembers that we are dust.
People’s lives are like grass.
People grow like the flowers in the field.
When the wind blows on them, they are gone.
No one can tell that they had ever been there.
But the LORD’s love for those who have respect for him lasts for ever and ever.
Their children’s children will know that he always does what is right.
Let everything the LORD has made praise him everywhere in his kingdom.
I will praise the LORD.
Pray this prayer:
Loving God, we worship you today.
We sing, pray, and listen.
You always hear us.
Help us to hear you. Amen.
Praise God with the words of this song:
Pray this prayer of confession:
Awesome and compassionate God,
you have loved us with unfailing, self-giving mercy,
but we have not loved you.
You constantly call us, but we do not listen.
You ask us to love, but we walk away from neighbors in need,
wrapped in our own concerns.
We ignore evil, prejudice, warfare, and greed.
God of grace, as you come to us in mercy,
we admit our sin and gratefully receive your forgiveness
through Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.
God gives you assurance with these words:
Romans 5:6-8 (NIV)
You see, at just the right time,
when we were still powerless,
Christ died for the ungodly.
Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person,
though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Give thanks to God with this song, and then listen as God teaches you in this sermon. (This sermon was originally recorded for us for Pentecost 2020, which is why Daniel mentions Pentecost. We were unable to use the sermon at that time.)
Write down the ways you most hope to experience the love of God in 2021.
Pray for these things, as well as other prayer requests shared by email.
You can contribute to the ministry of the church and this month's special offering
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- or by mailing a check to PO Box 9339, Fresno, CA, 93791.
Praise God with this song: