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Pursue Your Treasure

Pursue Your Treasure Celebration
for the Community.
Modern Song Focus on Contemporary Church Artists
performing hymns of traditional foundation.
Everyone is Welcome!

Treasure
Treasure

Introduction:
In Genesis the covenant that God makes with Abram is a divine promise. God keeps His promises.
Our Psalm allows us to wander in the perception that waiting is tiring. This sounds rational if you are Abram and told you must wait 400 years for a promise fulfilled. Why would we count while waiting? There is much to do in helping ourselves. In pursuing this we may perceive the time passes much more quickly. Be sure to pursue the right path and the Lord’s desire to help us achieve will be there for us.
Hebrews teaches us about the unerring nature of faith. Where do you place your faith? It should follow that placing your faith in the Lord will bring the best results.
As in Luke, wouldn’t it be great if our hearts longed for the treasures that are on the most righteous paths for each of us? Pursuing that which brings the most peace and justice will keep us on the most right path.

 

Amazing Grace
John Newton (1779).

Amazing grace (how sweet the sound)
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
was blind, but now I see.

Scripture:
I am your shield; your reward shall be very great. Gen. 15:1.
Truly the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him. Ps. 33:18.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for. Heb. 11:1.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:34.

 

O beautiful for spacious skies,
Katherine Bates (1893).

O beautiful for spacious skies,
for amber waves of grain;
for purple mountain majesties
above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed his grace on thee,
and crown thy good with brotherhood
from sea to shining sea.

Prayer: Lord God of judgment and grace,
you ask not for sacrifices but lives of trusting faith
that acknowledge your power and mercy.
Give us faith as deep and strong as Abraham’s and Sarah’s,
that we may follow you through all our days
as did Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

 

Faith of our fathers! living still
Frederick Faber (1849).

Faith of our fathers! living still
in spite of dungeon, fire, and sword;
oh, how our hearts beat high with joy
whene’er we hear that glorious word!
Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death!

Prayer:
We praise your abiding guidance, O God,
for you sent us Jesus, our Teacher and Messiah,
to model for us the way of love for the whole universe.
We offer these prayers of love
on behalf of ourselves and our neighbors,
on behalf of your creation and our fellow creatures.

Loving God,
open our ears to hear your word and draw us closer to you,
that the whole world may be one with you
as you are one with us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

We Believe
Newsboys

In this time of desperation
When all we know is doubt and fear
There is only One Foundation
We believe, We believe
In this broken generation
When all is dark, You help us see
There is only One Salvation
We believe, We believe.

Prayer: Lord God of Abraham and Jesus,
you invite your people to contemplate heavenly things
and urge us toward faith in you.
May your coming among us find our doors open,
our tables set, and all your people ready to greet you. 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!

Crossroads Celebration

Crossroads Celebration
for the Community.
Modern Song Focus on Contemporary Church Artists
performing hymns of traditional foundation.
Everyone is Welcome!

Crossroads
Crossroads

Crossroads Celebration Introduction:
In Ecclesiastes we have a special opportunity to contemplate ancient wisdoms of the teacher-prophet which still apply to our modern lives. Vanity, hebel. Business, inyan; or Busyness? Pleasure. Will we find lasting satisfaction in material goods which will terminate in death? Or do we join in engaging everlasting life through salvation?
Money may not buy happiness, but it can buy satisfaction to a point. So goes our Psalm today. Poverty may allow us a better understanding of death as a gate to everlasting life.
Luke carries us through putting aside idolatry and earthly attractions and distractions. Do we call upon the strength to resist earthly temptations?

Jesus loves me, this I know
Anna Bartlett Warner (1859).
piano accompaniment

Jesus loves me, this I know,
for the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong;
they are weak, but he is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

Crossroads Celebration Scripture:
Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. Eccl. 1:2.
Truly, no ransom avails for one’s life, there is no price one can give to God for it. Ps. 49:7.
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Col. 3:2.
Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” Luke 12:13.

Prayer: Loving, Generous God,
in abundance you give us things both spiritual and physical.
Help us to hold lightly the fading things of this earth
and grasp tightly the lasting things of your kingdom,
so that what we are and do and say may be our gifts to you
through Christ, who beckons all to seek the things above,
where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Psalm 49
Acapella

Prayer:
God of salvation,
who sent your Son to seek out and save what is lost,
hear our prayers
on behalf of those who are lost in our day,
receiving these petitions and thanksgivings
with your unending compassion.

Redeeming Sustainer,
visit your people
and pour out your strength and courage upon us,
that we may hurry to make you welcome
not only in our concern for others,
but by serving them
generously and faithfully in your name. Amen.

Thou Hidden Source of Calm Repose
Charles Wesley (1749).
St Petersburg piano accompaniment

Thou hidden source of calm repose,
Thou all sufficient love divine,
My help and refuge from my foes,
Secure I am if Thou art mine;
And lo! from sin and grief and shame
I hide me, Jesus, in Thy name.

Prayer:
Dear God of justice,
your word is light and truth.
Let your face shine on us to restore us,
that we may walk in your way,
seeking justice and doing good. Amen.

All My Hope in God is Founded
Yoachim Neander (1680).
Westminster Abbey

All my hope on God is founded;
he doth still my trust renew.
Me through change and chance he guideth,
only good and only true.
God unknown,
he alone
calls my heart to be his own.

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!

Free Community Garden Enjoyment Event

INVITATION:

FREE COMMUNITY GARDEN ENJOYMENT EVENT

Everyone is Welcome! Come as You Are!

Sponsored by Spirit of Peace, Valley, NE

Schedule: 11:00 am Community Garden Planning and Tending

– Saturdays in August through September 2016 from 11 am to 12 pm Noon or so.

Where: Rogert Park Pavilion and Golden Living – Spirit Community Garden

Plentiful Harvest
Plentiful Harvest

604 South Lakewood St Valley, NE 68064

Price: Activities Free! (sweet!) Thank you!

Questions?: Please contact Pastors Michael or Cathy Hanus

Interested in VOLUNTEERING?

Spirit.Peace@outlook.com 402-541-7019

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

RSVP assists Planning Purposes!

Free EventBrite RSVP Tickets

Spirit of Peace is a missional community of believers.

We believe that the community has life that is greater than its parts. Spirit celebrates the Community Garden! Stop by and visit us!

All are Very Welcome!

Treasures Ahead Celebration

Treasures Ahead Celebration
for the Community.
Modern Song Focus on Contemporary Church Artists
performing hymns of traditional foundation.
Everyone is Welcome!

Treasure Ahead
Treasure Ahead

Introduction:
Do It! What if we found our treasure in Prayer?
Once when Jesus and his disciples were together, they asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. There was not a lot of formal ritual in the response. Jesus said to His disciples, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” In other words, Jesus told his disciples the most important rule of prayer is “Do It!”

 

God of the women who answered your call

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (1998).
Tune: Be Thou My Vision. – Celtic Spirit.

God of the women who answered your call,
Trusting your promises, giving their all,
Women like Sarah and Hannah and Ruth,
Give us their courage to live in your truth.

 

Scripture:

The LORD said, “How great is the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah and how very grave their sin. Gen. 18:20.
They shall sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD. Ps. 138:5.
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him. Col. 2:6.
So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 11:9-10.

 

Psalm 138: You Answered Me
Haas

Prayer: God of justice,
your word is light and truth.
Let your face shine on us to restore us,
that we may walk in your way,
seeking justice and doing good. Amen.

All hail the power of Jesus’ name!
Edward Perronet (1784).
arranged by Sterling Procter

All hail the power of Jesus’ name!
Let angels prostrate fall.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all!

Prayer: Lord God, friend of those in need,
your Son Jesus has untied our burdens
and healed our spirits.
We lift up the prayers of our hearts for those still burdened,
those seeking healing,
those in need within the church and the world.

Hear our prayers
that we may love you with our whole being
and willingly share the concerns.
I lay my sins on Jesus
Horatius Bonar (1848).

I lay my sins on Jesus,
The spotless Lamb of God;
He bears them all, and frees us
From the accursed load.
I bring my guilt to Jesus,
To wash my crimson stains
White in His blood most precious,
Till not a spot remains.

 

Prayer: Living God, you raise us to fullness of being
in sharing the Christ-life together.
Teach us to pray
and grant us hopeful persistence
in seeking your will and your way,
that by the power of the Spirit,
love and faithfulness may meet
to disarm the powers of the world. 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!

Best Choice Celebration

Best Choice Celebration
for the Community.
Modern Song Focus on Contemporary Church Artists
performing hymns of traditional foundation.
Everyone is Welcome!

Introduction:
As we experience our daily lives, we find that we have choices to make. Hindsight may well inform us if we made the best choice. Are there times when we are so blind to the possibility that choices exist that we miss the opportunity that presents itself?

Best Choice
Best Choice

Scripture:
My Lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant. Gen. 18:3.
O LORD, who may abide in your tent? Ps. 15:1.
For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell. Col. 1:19.
Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her. Luke 10:42.

Pass me not, O gentle Savior
Fanny Crosby (1868).
performed by Don Moen.

Pass me not, O gentle Savior,
Hear my humble cry;
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.
Refrain:
Savior, Savior,
Hear my humble cry,
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.

Prayer: Lord God of justice,
your word is light and truth.
Let your face shine on us to restore us,
that we may walk in your way,
seeking justice and doing good. Amen.
Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary
Randy Rothwell
Lenny LeBlanc

Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary
Pure and holy, tried and true
With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living
Sanctuary for You

It is you, Lord
Who came to save
The heart and soul
Of every man
It is you Lord
Who knows my weakness
Who gives me strength,
With thine own hand.

Prayer:
Friends in Christ,
God invites us to hold the needs of our sisters and brothers
as dear to us as our own needs.
Loving our neighbors as ourselves,
we offer our thanksgivings and our petitions
on behalf of the church and the world.

Hear our prayers, God of power,
and through the ministry of your Son
free us from the grip of the tomb,
that we may desire you as the fullness of life
and proclaim your saving deeds to all the world. Amen.

Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross
Fanny Crosby

Jesus, keep me near the cross;
there a precious fountain,
free to all, a healing stream,
flows from Calvary’s mountain.
Refrain:
In the cross, in the cross,
be my glory ever,
till my raptured soul shall find
rest beyond the river.

Prayer: Dear Lord, God of Abraham and Sarah,
in due season, you fulfilled a promise almost too wonderful to imagine.
Awaken us to the workings of your will in our midst,
and keep us attentive to the things that matter,
until the day when Your mystery,
hidden throughout the ages,
stands fully revealed in the kingdom of all Your saints. Amen.

Sitting at the Feet of Jesus
Wesley Pritchard
performed by Gaithersburg Band

Sitting at the feet of Jesus,
Oh, what words I hear Him say!
Happy place! so near, so precious!
May it find me there each day;
Sitting at the feet of Jesus,
I would look upon the past;
For His love has been so gracious,
It has won my heart at last.

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!

NESCIFEST Valley Appreciation

Nebraska Science Festival Valley

BIG THANK YOU to all who volunteered, supported and participated in NESCIFEST Valley held at the Valley Library location this last Saturday! AcademyScience.us presented its science projects in airplanes, chlorinator chemistry, disaster preparedness, four forces of flight, robots, rockets to name a few! We enjoyed sharing our combined GYSD Global Youth Service Day with you!

Spirit Picnic Lunch and Snack
Spirit Picnic Lunch and Snack

We enjoyed demonstrating science to and visiting with dozens of people and served dozens of lunches and snacks! You may find more of our interesting and FUN STEM Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics activities at AcademyScience.us Academy Science blog

Award Winning Rocket Design and Build
Award Winning Rocket Design and Build

Our prize winning best rocket flight was over 450 feet!

If you are interested in volunteering or participating in our community science and other projects throughout the year you may contact Pastor Michael or Cathy Hanus at: spirit.peace@outlook.com

 

Epiphany Celebration

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

Epiphany Celebration Introduction: Epiphany concludes our Twelve Days of Christmas Festival. It is now the magi arrive bearing gifts and Scripture proclaims the Child King, Son of Man, Future Leader, Bearer of Salvation for believers. We will be saved by His blood shed in obedience to the Father. The world as we knew it, know it and shall know it will be transformed. Amen.
In this passage, Isaiah introduces the prophetic future success of Zion, which will unfold in parade fashion appealing to the senses, upon rising from the ravages of war and despair, for it will come as the Lord wills it.
In this Psalm, David commands us to accept and worship the Lord as Savior as His will be done, not ours. We will follow Scripture into the future as we see the Christ child grow into adulthood and incorporate the aspirational qualities of leader into the examples He sets forth for us.
Paul has so much knowledge to share with us.

Scripture:
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. Isaiah 60:1.
Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son. Ps. 72:1.
In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. Eph. 3:5.
They saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Matt. 2:11.

We Three Kings of Orient Are
John Hopkins (1867).
performed by Jennifer Avalon

We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain
Following yonder star.

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy Perfect Light.

Prayer:
O God of light and peace,
whose glory, shining in the child of Bethlehem,
still draws the nations to yourself:
dispel the darkness that shrouds our path,
that we may come
to kneel before Christ in true worship,
offer him our hearts and souls,
and return from his presence to live as he has taught. Amen.

Joy to the World
Isaac Watts (1719).
performed by Pastor Loran and His Church

Joy to the world! The Lord is come!

Prayer:
Guide us on the path of salvation, O God,
that the radiance and power of your Holy Spirit
working in the world
will gather together all peoples and nations in one community
to offer you worship and proclaim your splendor. Amen.

Come Gracious Spirit Heavenly Dove
Simon Browne (1720).
performed by Jerang and Johann Kim

Come, gracious Spirit, heav’nly dove,
with light and comfort from above.
Come, be our guardian, be our guide;
o’er ev’ry thought and step preside.

Prayer:
Bright Morning Star,
your light has come,
and the birth of Jesus
has overwhelmed us with joy.
Like the magi of long ago,
may we be drawn to you
and offer you such gifts as we are able. Amen.

What Child is This (Greensleeves).
W. Chatterton Dix (1837).
performed by Josh Groban.

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?

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!