Season of Prayer IV Week Five


PRAY THAT THE FPCB COMMUNITY SHARE THE LOVE OF CHRIST IN WORD AND ACTION. 
 

As Christians, we find ourselves in different places on our journey with God.  Some are rejoicing in how far God has brought them, or in how God has come to them. Some are quite discouraged, feeling a sense of loss and loneliness.  Others are lost this very moment, trying to find their way. 
 
As a community of faith, we believe that Christ claims us, and that we are invited to claim him. 
As a community of faith, we believe that God enters into relationship with his people, and that we are invited to converse with him.
 
This is why we come again to a Season of Prayer, believing that conversation with God makes a difference in our own hearts.
 
Scriptures, songs, and prayers will be provided to you in this six-week Season of Prayer.  And as you read them, engage deeply with God, connect with Jesus, expecting and allowing the Holy Spirit to transform us to be more and more in line with God's thoughts and ways. 


"You have not chosen one another, but I have chosen you for one another." - C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

 

SCRIPTURE VERSES

1 PETER 4:10-11 (NIV)
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

MATTHEW 28:16-20 (NIV)
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
 
PHILIPPIANS 4:4-9 (NIV)
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
 
1 JOHN 3:1 (NIV)
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
 
ACTS 2:42-47 (NIV)
They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
 


PRAYER

Loving Father, your words tell us of the great and unfathomable love you have for us.  Jesus showed us what love in action looks like and taught us to follow his example.  Please help me to use my words and deeds to glorify you.  Let my life be an example of agape love, allowing those that might not know of you, and this great love, the ability to fall hopeless in love with you Father. With the selfless love of Jesus I pray to you oh Lord. Amen.


MUSIC: 
HYMNS

AS YOU LOVED ME
As You loved me, I will love another. 
Lord, You gave Yourself for me. 
Now I sacrifice my comfort
For another's need.

With joy today I will love another,
Living out my gratitude,  
Freely sharing, gladly giving,
Lord, as unto You.

© 2000 LNWhymns.com

I'M WITH YOU (RUTH & NAOMI)    
Love is a hurricane in a blue sky
I didn't see it coming, never knew why
All the laughter and the dreams
All the memories in between
Washed away in a steady stream

Love is a hunger; a famine in your soul
I thought I planted beauty, but it would never grow
Now I'm on my hands and knees
Trying to gather up my dreams
Trying to hold on to anything

And we could shake a fist in times like this
When we don't understand
Or we could just hold hands

You and me, me and you
Where you go, I'll go too
I'm with you. I'm with you.
Until your heart, finds a home
I won't let you feel alone
 
I'm with you. I'm with you.
You do your best to build a higher wall
To keep love safe from any wrecking ball
When the dust has cleared, we will
See the house that Love rebuilds
Guarding beauty that lives here still

You and me, me and you
Where you go, I'll go too
I'm with you. I'm with you.
Until your heart, finds a home
I won't let you feel alone
I'm with you. I'm with you.

Who can say I'm left with nothing
When I have all of you, all of you?
In the way you always love me
I remember He does too.

© 2011 Bernie Herms Music