Shine Your Light Devotion

Shine the Light Devotion

We are called to carry the light of righteousness.

“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness but instead expose them.” Eph. 5:11.

In my moments of grief, I pray for your consolation O Lord. In my moments of sorrow, I pray for your intervention. In my moments of loneliness, I pray for your company.

Let Your Light Shine
Let Your Light Shine

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matt. 5:16.

This Little Light of Mine
Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church

Prayer:
Dear Lord, with you by my side, I am not an orphan in this world. I pray that you will take me throughout the journey of life as my heavenly Father. I pray for favor in your eyes and divine guidance in everything I do. Help me conquer the fear to face the world and embrace every challenge with renewed strength and courage for as long as you are with me. Amen. – Daily Devotion.

 

Holy Innocents Reflection

Holy Innocents Reflection
Life of Jesus Christ in Our Lives
for the Community.
Modern Song Focus on Contemporary Church Artists
performing hymns of traditional foundation.
Everyone is Welcome!

Holy Innocents Introduction:
In the Gospel of Matthew Magi follow the Star from the East to Judea to visit the newborn child who will become King of the Jews. King Herod seeks advice then directs the Magi to Bethlehem. Herod asks the Magi to let him know where they find the child. After an angel visits the Magi informing them not to tell Herod of the Christ child, the Magi leave quietly without disclosing further information. Herod was distraught for he feared the prophecy of this new King. Not knowing the identity or location of the child, Herod orders his army to kill all boys in his kingdom two years of age and under.
Jeremiah’s prophecy was fulfilled as Rachel wept for her young children.

Holy Innocents
Holy Innocents

Scripture:
When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.

Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:

“A voice is heard in Ramah,
weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more.”

Matt. 2:13-18.

Prayer:
We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the holy innocents Of Bethlehem by King Herod. Receive, we pray, into the arms of your mercy all innocent victims; and by your great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and establish your rule of justice, love, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Hear My Words O Gracious Lord (Innocents). (1850).

Prayer:
Nurturing God,
remembering the exile of the holy family
and Herod’s slaughter of the children,
we remember all who need our sustaining love.
Hear our prayers for the church and the community in the world. Amen.

O Lord Holy Innocents
O Lord, the holy innocents
Laid down for Thee their infant life,
And martyrs brave and patient saints
Have stood for Thee in fire and strife.

We wear the cross they wore of old
Our lips have learned like vows to make;
We need not die; we cannot fight;
What may we do for Jesus’ sake?

O day by day each Christian child
Has much to do, without, within;
A death to die for Jesus’ sake,
A weary war to wage with sin.

When deep within our swelling hearts
The thoughts of pride and anger rise,
When bitter words are on our tongues,
And tears of passion in our eyes.

Then we may stay the angry blow,
Then we may check the hasty word,
Give gentle answers back again,
And fight a battle for our Lord.

With smiles of peace and looks of love,
Light in our dwellings we may make,
Bid kind good humor brighten there,
And still do all for Jesus’ sake.

There’s not a child so weak and small
But has his little cross to take,
His little work of love and praise,
That he may do for Jesus’ sake.

Jesus is Found Celebration

Jesus is Found Celebration
Life of Jesus Christ in Our Lives
for the Community.
Modern Song Focus on Contemporary Church Artists
performing hymns of traditional foundation.
Everyone is Welcome!

Jesus Found in Temple
Jesus Found in Temple

Introduction:
We continue in our celebration of the Twelve Days of Christmas on our journey to Epiphany.
The Prophet Isaiah is anointed with the Spirit. Isaiah means the Lord Saves. Isaiah continuously warns the unrepentant of impending judgement. Isaiah heralds a New Age and the Promise of Redemption. Isaiah tells us we will all be raised up to be Yahweh’s ministry people as priests, a concept traditionally meant for a special group. As many wait for this to happen believing it to be an event in time, we all should gather together to carry out the example of our Savior Jesus Christ and perform those good works daily that are pleasing to the Father. God is merciful and He forgives them who submit to Him.
Psalm 148 brings us an ancient poetic call to praise. There is so much reference to nature and its laws that are within God’s command. This may result in our reflection on Christmas carols and their references to nature. As we praise God’s might and presence in our lives we turn our thoughts away from ourselves and toward Him.
In Galatians, Paul argues that Jewish law should not be imposed on Gentiles. Rather Paul suggests that we can best “love our neighbors as ourself.”
Luke reminds us of the Pauline testimony that Jewish tradition states the firstborn son belongs to the Lord in a special way. Fortunately for us Jesus will bear the curse of the cross to bring us salvation as believers. Luke brings us to understand that boy Jesus is on the path to redemption as He is dedicating Himself to God in the Temple. It is affirmed to us that in this Christmas season we celebrate the Incarnation of God in His Son, our Savior, Jesus.

Scripture:
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness. Isaiah 61:10.
Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven. Ps. 148:13.
God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. Gal. 4:4-7.
After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Luke 2:46.

Mary Did You Know
Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene (1991).
performed by Pentatonix, a Capella.

Mary did you know that your baby boy
Will one day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy
Will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy
Has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered
Will soon deliver you?

Prayer:
God of glory,
your splendor shines from a manger in Bethlehem,
where the Light of the world is humbly born
into the darkness of human night.
Open our eyes to Christ’s presence in the shadows of our world,
so that we, like him, may become beacons of your justice,
and defenders of all for whom there is no room. Amen.

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Charles Wesley (1739).
performed by Joslin Grove Choral Society.

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!
Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

Prayer:
Light of life, you came in flesh,
born into human pain and joy,
and gave us power to be your children.
Grant us faith, O Christ, to see your presence among us,
so that all of creation may sing new songs of gladness
and walk in the way of peace. Amen.

Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Charles Wesley (1739).
performed by Boney M.

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new born King;
peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise;
join the triumph of the skies;
with the angelic hosts proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Prayer:
Grant that all people may hear together the song of joy,
and find their homes in the garden of justice and hope,
that we may experience the fullness of life,
which is your will for all,
in the coming of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
poem by Pr. Edmund Sears. (1849).
performed by Dana Point Music.

It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold:
“Peace on the earth, goodwill to men
From heavens all gracious King!”
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.

Prayer:
From our mother’s womb you have known us, O God.
You call us to follow you through all our days
and seek us even when we wander.
As we advance in years,
clothe us with your love,
that we may grow in grace and find favor in your sight;
through Jesus Christ. Amen.

We are all stewards spreading the Word of Jesus’ blessings for His people.
Picnic Fellowship Activities for the Entire Family!

Of course lively discussion and activities will be available!
Perhaps you may prefer to sit and visit!
Please Contact Us with Special Requests!

Holiday Blessings

Holiday Blessings
It is a Great Year! We Look Forward to the New Year.
We have Faith and Hope that this New Year will Bring You Love and Joy in All that Concerns You!
Our Wish for Your Happiness and Peace is in Our Prayers!

Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!
Peace & Joy! Michael, Cathy and the Spirit of Peace Missional Community.

Christmas Celebration

Christmas Celebration
Birth of Jesus Christ in Our Lives
for the Community.
Modern Song Focus on Contemporary Church Artists
performing hymns of traditional foundation.
Everyone is Welcome!

Christmas Celebration Introduction:
Our Christmas message:
Isaiah recognizes the challenges in life experiencing the destruction brought on by war, poverty and social unrest. These events are recorded in biblical times; modern versions are still with us today. Isaiah states the need for faith and hope as he foretells the promise of future celebration. Light will replace darkness. Oppression will be removed. The people will realize new birth and opportunities. A child will be born who will lead people to salvation, knowledge, freedom and celebration.
Psalm 96 summons all to acknowledge the reign of our Lord over all the heavens and the world as we know it. Not only do we acknowledge that our Creator God is Lord of all, but also that the Christ Child is our Savior. Our Lord reigns in justice for everyone everywhere for all time.
Paul’s letter to Titus tells us the grace of our Lord is there for and brings salvation to all. The knowledge, understanding and accomplishment of birth, death and resurrection are wrapped up in the grace that Christ brings us.
Luke offers believers assurance and a challenge. Luke assures us that God is working to make the world a place blessed by Jesus. We must enlarge our vision of God’s purposes, and join the movement where the Lord leads us to a renewed world.

Nativity
Nativity

Scripture:
For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts. Ps. 96:8.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all. Titus 2:11.
The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see, I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. Luke 2:10-11.

Go Tell It On the Mountain
African American Spiritual Song
John Wesley Work

Go, tell it on the mountain,
over the hills and everywhere;
go, tell it on the mountain
that Jesus Christ is born.

Prayer:
O Holy One,
heavenly angels spoke to earthly shepherds
and eternity entered time in the child of Bethlehem.
Through the telling of the Christmas story,
let our temporal lives be caught up in the eternal
in that same child,
that we might join shepherds and all the heavenly host
in praising the coming of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

What Child Is This (Greensleeves)
W. Chatterton Dix performed by Gardiner Sisters

What Child is this, who, laid to rest,
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?

Prayer:
With the angels of heaven we proclaim your glory, O God.
As the radiance of your presence lights up the heavens,
we pray for enlightenment
for your church on behalf of the whole world.

Grant that, through our prayers,
our lives may radiate the presence of Christ
to all who dwell on earth,
for he is our Lord for ever and ever. Amen.
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Charles Wesley (1739).
Performed by Chris Tomlin

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new born King;
peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise;
join the triumph of the skies;
with the angelic hosts proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Prayer:
God of all ages,
in the birth of Christ
your boundless love for your people
shattered the power of darkness.
Be born in us with that same love and light,
that our song may blend with all the choirs of heaven and earth
to the glory of your holy name. Amen.
We are all stewards spreading the Word of Jesus’ blessings for His people.
Picnic Fellowship Activities for the Entire Family!

Of course lively discussion and activities will be available!
Perhaps you may prefer to sit and visit!
Please Contact Us with Special Requests!

Journey to Nativity in Bethlehem

Journey to Nativity in Bethlehem
with us and Pastor Brad at Community of Grace

Bethlehem

Bethlehem

Enjoy an educational Scriptural adventure where we will participate, present and learn about the history, community and Biblical Times where our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was born.

Tribes of Israel
Tribes of Israel

Feel free to dress in costume as a person might in Bethlehem on the night our Lord was born.

Worship
Worship

 

Peace Awareness Celebration

Peace Awareness Celebration
Accepting the Birth of Jesus in Our Lives
for the Community
Modern Song Focus on Contemporary Church Artists
performing hymns of traditional foundation.
Everyone is Welcome!

Peace Awareness Celebration Introduction:
In this fourth Sunday of Advent we engage the final week of Advent preparation to worship our Lord as we celebrate his presence among us at Christmas. Like Mary we should consider ourselves blessed (joyful) as we engage reflection in the Faith Hope Love and Joy (Fruits of the Holy Spirit) that will bring us Peace that surpasses all human understanding and prepare ourselves for His presence in our lives this coming year.
The Magnificat is Mary’s song of praise to the Lord. Although her sacrifice will be great as mother to Jesus, she has genuinely experienced Faith and Hope in the engagement of a big commitment and is overwhelmed with Love and Joy.
In Hebrews we see that Jesus is the High Priest that is obedient to the Father. Jesus as man is a living example of how we should aspire to engage obedience to the Lord in our earthly lives.
As Elizabeth and Mary did, let us trust that God is coming to save and free us. May we be grateful that God has taken away our feelings of shame and inadequacy. May we respond to God’s love by welcoming the shameful and insecure. May we become a community that supports each other as we have Faith Hope and look forward to the experience that Love and Joy bring us in Peace with our lives.

Scripture:
They shall live secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth; and he shall be the one of peace. Micah 5:4-5.
Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved. Psalm 80:7.
It is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:10.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Luke 1:41-2.

Hark! the herald angels sing
Charles Wesley (1739).
performed acapella by Rachel Mendonca

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new born King;
peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise;
join the triumph of the skies;
with the angelic hosts proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Prayer:
O God of Elizabeth and Mary,
you visited your servants with news of the world’s redemption
in the coming of the Savior.
Make our hearts leap with joy,
and fill our mouths with songs of praise,
that we may announce glad tidings of peace,
and welcome the Christ in our midst. Amen.

It came upon the midnight clear
Edmund H. Sears (1849).
performed by Josh Groban

It came upon the midnight clear,
that glorious song of old,
from angels bending near the earth
to touch their harps of gold:
“Peace on the earth, good will to men,
from heaven’s all-gracious King.”
The world in solemn stillness lay,
to hear the angels sing.

Prayer:
Brothers and sisters,
as we joyfully await the glorious coming of the Christ,
let us pray for the needs of the church, our community, and the world.
God of promise,
you have given us a sign of your love
through the gift of Jesus Christ, our Savior,
who was promised from ages past.
We believe as Joseph did
the message of your presence
whispered by an angel,
and offer our prayers for your world,
confident of your care and mercy for all creation. Amen.

Good Christian friends, rejoice
John Mason Neale Translator

Good Christian friends, rejoice
with heart and soul and voice;
give ye heed to what we say:
Jesus Christ was born today.
Ox and ass before him bow,
and he is in the manger now.
Christ is born today!
Christ is born today!

Prayer:
Shepherd of Israel,
you gently support the one who is with child
and call forth the Lamb who dances in the womb,
Stir our hearts to recognize Christ’s coming,
as Elizabeth recognized his presence
in Mary’s radiant obedience to your desire,
an open our souls to receive the one
who came to love your flock. Amen.

We are all stewards spreading the Word of Jesus’ blessings for His people.
Picnic Fellowship Activities for the Entire Family!

Of course lively discussion and activities will be available!
Perhaps you may prefer to sit and visit!
Please Contact Us with Special Requests!

Blessings in Song

Blessings in Song Christmas Caroling for the Community as Spirit of Peace Brings Reflection Upon This Last Year and Christmas Caroling to the People in Care Centers and the Homebound.

Count Your Blessings in Song
Count Your Blessings in Song

May the Lord Bring Abundant Blessings to You!
Peace and Joy! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus. Spirit of Peace.

Community Food Drive

Teacher, Life brings so much more satisfaction in giving to others.

Yes, there is an abundance of blessing that rains down upon us when we share in Jesus with the community. The letting go of that Christian love that lives within us warms the hearts of those around us. Living by example is far more effective in Missional outreach. Those people we want to engage feel moved to join in and contribute their energy and find satisfaction in community support.

What a great time to share in and enjoy the gifts of the Holy Spirit!

Holiday Food Drive
Holiday Food Drive

But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?  Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:17-18.

Please join in by contributing your energy and resources to a Community Food Drive so that those in need may experience satisfaction.

We have a Food Drive opportunity coming up this Saturday December 19th starting at 9:00 am.

You may contact us at any time when you feel the Spirit move you.
Peace and Joy!  Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus
Spirit of Peace, Box 245 Valley, Nebraska 68064,
Spirit.Peace@outlook.com   402-541-7019

Christmas Caroling in the Community

Flash Gathering and Traditional Style Christmas Caroling in the Community!

Christmas Caroling!
Christmas Caroling!

Please Contact Michael or Cathy for … Christmas Caroling Request or Interest in Singing as You have time.

Spirit of Peace http://blog.peacelcmc.org

Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus

402-541-7019 567-307-0910 LORD070910

Spirit.Peace@outlook.com