First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church
221 North Main Street
Belvidere, IL 61008
815-544-6402

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Script #117


Beloved,

Updates!

1. "Arise!  Shine!  Our Light has come!" The season of salting has ended and the season of shining has begun on the corner of Lincoln and Main!  It's related to the number seven and so much... Attend one of our four growing adult education classes on Sunday mornings and discover what that/He...

2. Pray with me for the release and special gifting for a FM license for www.bnnsradio.com.  It's related to update #1.  And if you haven't checked out the updated www.bnnsinternetradio.com website, what are you...?  The time is now.

3. If you've heard about Doomsday 2012 and want more information, call the church office at 815-544-6402 or write Karen at kmac@belvpresbyterian.org and she'll send the important/vital/yet-non-life-changing-but-encouraging-for-others information to you!  The train is about to leave the station on that one and you don't want to miss the invitation/opportunity to...

4. 815-544-3535.

5. It's not too early to share our Christmas Season "Special Services" Calendar with others in a 815-544-3535 kinda way:

    December 16
    7:20 a.m. Sacrament Service in Chapel
    Cantata in Sanctuary at 10:00 a.m.

    December 23
    7:20 a.m. Sacrament Service in Chapel
    Children's Program in Sanctuary at 10:00 a.m.

    December 24
    Christmas Eve Services at 4:00 and 11:00 p.m.
    4:00 p.m. service live  on www.bnnsradio.com

    December 30
    Worship Services at 7:20 and 10:00 a.m.

6. I have been asked why we have two services on 12/16&23/12: Three reasons: (1) It's not my decision to make; (2) Life is full of choices and there are more and more and more opportunities on the corner of Lincoln and Main to experience greater intimacy with Him and ya just can't be everywhere all of the time; and (3) We are not inclined to pretend folks who attend one service will go to another service just 'cause we cancel one service to manipulate attendance at another service and, again, go back to #2 about "Life is full of choices and..." and let's just invite more folks to the services that you think...

7. While Sunday prayers are not scripted despite cribs, we're getting regular requests for the prayers at the beginning of worship.  So here's last week's as recalled; noting you can always go to the archives of our services via www.bnnsradio.com for the live/actual version:

    Lord,

    Thanking You for everyone who has preceded
    us in life and ministry on the corner of Lincoln
    and Main, we celebrate the undeniable movement
    of Your Holy Spirit to fill us with fresh, fragrant,
    and faithful love for each other and more to come
    into the family as the supernatural by-product of
    the increasing thirst/hunger for intimacy with You
    in the remnant being reinforced to bring glory
    to You alone as a beacon for Jesus and safe
    haven for everyone without regard to...

    As we're learning, explaining why it's/You're
    happening now is the same as knowing how
    to tap into Your graces now as well as forever.

    Solomon prayed, "I don't know much about
    anything, yet I am supposed to lead."

    He humbled himself before You...

    You were "delighted" and gave wisdom for
    being Yours to Him along with so much more;
    as Jesus made so clear later on: "Seek first
    His Kingdom and His righteousness...and
    everything else will be provided for you."

    There it is!  There You are!  When we seek,
    thirst, hunger, and otherwise pursue
    intimacy with You, we experience/express
    the by-product of our relationship as
    promised through Your psalmist: "God
    inhabits the praises of His people."

    What is happening now is the supernatural
    by-product of our increasing intimacy with
    You; and as we increasingly become more
    intimate with You..., Oh, Lord,...we cannot
    guess, estimate, calculate, prognosticate,
    or anything else.  We will, as we are, just
    grab onto the coattails of Your Holy Spirit
    and let You lead and ride...

    Our best leadership and labor for You is
    when we follow Solomon's example and
    love You enough to let You lead; and when
    You lead, everything else comes into focus
    and favor.

    I think of that song by Aaron Neville: "I don't
    know much, but I know I love You; and that
    may be all I need to know."

    We love You because You loved us first
    and foremost and...

    That's what's happening right now and
    right here on the corner of...

    We're more and more and more in love
    with You; and so more and more and
    more, we're experiencing and expressing
    You love in, for, and through...

    We don't know much, but we we know we
    love You; and that may be all we need to
    know.

    Lead on, O King eternal!

    For Yours is the Kingdom and power and
    glory alone forever; as sealed by Jesus
    in whose name we pray.

    Amen.

Don't hesitate to forward this on as an invitation to someone still searching for a different way to do church after growing weary of posers in pews, politics, and pulpits and the SOSO religion at the expense of an authentic relationship with Him/His.

There's room in our inn!

Blessings and Love!

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