Tag Archives: Missional

Sovereign Intervention

Sovereign Intervention in Our Lives

God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them. Exodus 2:25. 

Barbara grew up under the care of the British government in the 1960s, but when she turned sixteen, she and her newborn son, Simon, became homeless. The state was no longer obligated to provide for her at that age. Barbara wrote to the Queen of England for help and received a response! The Queen compassionately arranged for Barbara to be given a house of her own.

The Queen of England had the right resources to help Barbara, and her compassionate assistance can be seen as a small picture of God’s help. The King of heaven knows all of our needs and sovereignly works out His plans in our lives. As He does, however, He longs for us to come to Him, sharing our needs and other concerns, as part of our loving relationship with Him.

The Israelites brought their need for deliverance to God. They were suffering under the burden of Egyptian slavery and cried out for help. He heard them and remembered His promise: “God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.” Exodus 2:25. He instructed Moses to bring liberty to His people and declared that He would once again release them “into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey.” Exodus 3:8. 

Our King loves it when we come to Him! He wisely provides what we need, not necessarily what we want. Let us rest in His sovereign, loving provision. – Ruth O’Reilly-Smith. Daily Bread. 

Discussion: 

Why is it important for us to bring our needs to God in prayer? 

Focus 

Connect with God 

How can you learn to rest in God’s provision, whatever that may be?

Acceptance 

Peace 

Serenity 

Serenity Prayer 

Serenity Prayer
Serenity Prayer

Reinhold Niebuhr (1934). 

God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, Taking, as Jesus did, This sinful world as it is, Not as I would have it, Trusting that You will make all things right, If I surrender to Your will, So that I may be reasonably happy in this life, And supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen. 

Sovereign  Burning Lights 

Chris Tomlin (2013). 

Sovereign

Closing Prayer: 

Loving God, thank You that I can bring my needs to You. Help me to be content in whatever paths and provisions You choose. Amen. 

May Your Spiritual Connectivity with Our Sovereign Lord Bring You Serenity and Acceptance.
Peace and Joy! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus

Bat House Fun

Free Bat House Build Fun

Bat House Fun

Bats are God’s creatures sent to us in order to assist in maintaining a safe environment with fewer disease carrying mosquitoes. One bat feeds on many mosquitoes in one night. During our waking daylight hours, bats need a restful, comfortable, safe home for rest and relaxation. We will Design, Build and Launch this Project!

Bat House
Bat House

Please Join Us! All Are Welcome!

Bat House Build

Light Meal, Engaging Fellowship!

Saturday, June 29th, 11 am – 1 pm or so

Spirit Mini-Park 105 N Spruce St. Valley, NE 68064

GPS Coordinates: (41.3127693,-96.3459044).

Peace and Joy! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus

SpiritofPeace.us 402-541-7019

RSVP Appreciated for Supplies Estimations

Spirit appreciates its volunteers

Spirit of Peace loves its volunteers! The caring spirit and abundant energy that it’s volunteers bring to an activity is priceless!

We Love Our Volunteers
We Love Our Volunteers

This activity brought us many people from the community to offer healthy prepared food and snacks to, engage in activities with, and distribute gifts to.

One Arts and Crafts activity we enjoyed was painting honeybee hive bodies.

Honeybee hive
Honeybee hive

The honeybee pollinators will surely enjoy their brightly colored homes in the hive this year! 

Peace and Joy to the Community! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus, Spirit of Peace

Farro and Gut Health

Farro and Gut Health 

Pastor Cathy Hanus, Holistic Health Coach 

Springtime Luncheon
Springtime Luncheon

Opening Prayer 

Springtime luncheon 

Blessed be the Earth for providing us this food

Blessed be the Sun for helping it to grow

Blessed be the Wind and Birds for carrying its seed

Blessed be the Rain for the water’s loving flow.

Blessed be the hands that helped prepare this meal,

May those hands and our hands, bodies too, be well and quick to heal.

Blessed be our friends, our families, and all of our loved ones.

Blessed be our mother earth, our father sky and sun. Amen. 

 – Christian Prayer, Wanderlust. 

Presentation 

Gut regulation of the body 

 Microbiome care 

  Unhealthy bacteria, cancer cells feed on sugar 

  Healthy bacteria feed on ketones 

   Energy 

Stress 

Inflammation 

Gut – Brain messaging 

Probiotic role 

Vitamin B 

 Absorb vitamins from dietary foods or take proper supplements 

Farro 

Ancient Grain, derivative of wheat from Mesopotamia 

nutritious, fiber, antioxidants, protein, weight loss friendly

sufficient carbs for standard diabetic diet 

Chia Seed and yogurt topping 

Hemp Hearts, Omega 3, fiber 

Meal 

Strawberries 

Mango, Papaya 

Farro, steamed 

Chicken, braised 

 Coconut oil 

Spaghetti squash 

Broccoli 

Beverage 

Ginger Tea 

Activity 

Planning Community Garden 

Heirloom vegetables 

Flowers for vases 

Closing Prayer 

As we come together at this special time, let us pause a moment to appreciate the opportunity for good company and to thank all those past and present whose efforts have made this event possible. 

We reap the fruits of our society, our country, and our civilization, and take joy in the bounties of nature on this happy occasion. 

Let us also wish that, some day, all people on Earth may enjoy the same good fortune that we share. 

 – Red Bank, Wanderlust. 

NESciFest Valley 2019 Community Event

Free NE Science Festival NESciFest Valley 2019 Community Event

NESciFest Community in Valley
NESciFest Community in Valley

Everyone is Welcome!

Sponsored by Spirit of Peace, Valley, NE

Spirit of Peace celebrates NESciFest

STEM Demonstrations

Saturday April 20 from 12:00 pm until 3:00 pm or so.

111 E. Front St. Valley, NE (Valley Veterans Club East Entrance)

Free Health and Wellness presentations

Pastor Cathy Hanus, Holistic Health Coach

Explore Earth’s Scarce Water Resources, invent and present your own solutions.

Portable Water Chlorinator onsite and an explanation of the science involved.

Rolling Simple Lunch service schedule that will continue until gone, free will offering accepted.

Volunteers and Donations are Welcome!

Please contact Pastors Michael or Cathy Hanus, 402-541-7019

Minister@SpiritofPeace.us

Valley Flood 2019 Health Wellness

Post Valley Flood 2019 Health Wellness
Pastor Cathy Hanus, Holistic Health Coach

Post Valley Flood 2019 Health Wellness, Spirit of Peace

Opening Prayer and Lesson
Flood Prayer, Martin Luther

Almighty and eternal God, according to Your strict judgment You condemned the unbelieving world through the flood, yet according to Your great mercy You preserved believing Noah and his family, eight souls in all. You drowned hard-hearted Pharaoh and all his host in the Red Sea, yet led Your people Israel through the water on dry ground, prefiguring this washing of Your Holy Baptism. Through the Baptism in the Jordan of Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, You sanctified and instituted all waters to be a blessed flood, and a lavish washing away of sin. We pray that You would behold (name) according to Your boundless mercy and bless him with true faith by the Holy Spirit that through this saving flood all sin in him which has been inherited from Adam and which he himself has committed since would be drowned and die. Grant that he be kept safe and secure in the holy ark of the Christian Church, being separated from the multitude of unbelievers and serving Your name at all times with a fervent spirit and a joyful hope, so that, with all believers in Your promise, he would be declared worthy of eternal life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Three things that Luther’s Flood Prayer teaches us about Holy Baptism:

First, Holy Baptism drowns sin. Just as the flood drowned the evil and violent people in Noah’s day, and Pharaoh and his army were drowned in the Red Sea, so all sin in you is drowned and put to death. This includes both the original sin you inherit from Adam along with all the sins that you have ever committed. This drowning is not something that happens only at your baptism, but every time you confess your sins you are drowning them again. Luther says in the Small Catechism, “What does such baptizing with water indicate? It indicates that that Old Adam in us should by daily contrition and repentance be drowned and die, with all sins and evil desires.”

Second, Holy Baptism saves you. Noah and his family had a new life after the flood. The Israelites were set free from death and slavery in Egypt through the Red Sea. You have a new life in Holy Baptism. This is a pure gift of God because of His grace and mercy. In Holy Baptism you receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, who creates faith for you to trust in God and His gifts. The Holy Spirit will also keep you safe in the church until our Lord returns, just as He kept Noah and His family safe in the ark.

Third, Baptism leads to a life of service and praise. Luther prays that the one being baptized would serve God “all times with a fervent spirit and a joyful hope.” In baptism you are made a member of God’s holy priesthood and called to a life of service to Him. The sacrifices you offer are not the blood of sacrificial animals but the sacrifice of praise to God and acts of love towards your neighbor. This is the life to which you are called through your baptism.

That is just the tip of the iceberg. There is much more about baptism here in this prayer to meditate on throughout our life. In fact, you do not have to pray this prayer solely at baptisms. You can continue to pray this prayer for yourself as you give thanks for your baptism and pray that God keep you in true faith through His Holy Spirit, and you can use this prayer to pray for all of God’s baptized people. – Rev. Dr. Mark Birkholz. Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Oak Lawn, IL.

Opening Hymn

Living Hope
Phil Wickham
https://youtu.be/9f2FXxDVO6w

Health and Wellness Presentation

Managing Physical and Emotional Stressors with Nutrition

  • Pastor Cathy Hanus, Holistic Health Coach

Meal

Fresh fruit

Ham

Assorted Prepared and Raw Fresh Vegetables

Fresh fruit Dessert

Bug Out Bag BOB Presentation
BOB
Go Bag

Exemplary Bug Out Bag. You may choose to keep specialized personal items you keep ready to go.

A Bug-Out Bag or BOB is a portable kit that normally contains the items one would require to survive for 72 hours when evacuating from a disaster.

Discussion.

Exercise

All Are Welcome to Exercise with Pastor Michael!

Just 10 Minutes of Exercise a Week May Be Enough to Extend Your Life, Study Says; But more is better.

Exercising for just 10 minutes a week is linked to a longer life, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Several recent studies have found that even low-intensity exercise, done for a short amount of time, can have a meaningful impact on health. Still, the idea that exercising for 10 minutes a week, less time than it takes to watch a TV show, do a load of laundry or make a pot of pasta, may be enough to increase your lifespan is novel. It is also somewhat controversial, since the federal physical activity guidelines recommend getting at least 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise or 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise each week.
http://time.com/5553504/exercise-to-live-longer/

Citation
Beneficial associations of low and large doses of leisure time physical activity with all-cause, cardiovascular disease and cancer mortality: a national cohort study of 88,140 US adults. – British Journal of Sports Medicine https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2019/02/26/bjsports-2018-099254

Chris Tomlin
Our God
https://youtu.be/O5d_gm9zrnY

Closing Prayer

Compassionate God, source of all comfort; We pray for the people whose lives have devastated by rain and flood.
Bring them comfort, we pray. Protect the vulnerable. Strengthen the weak. Keep at bay the spread of disease. Have mercy on all those working to rescue the stranded and to feed the hungry. May our response to their suffering be generous and bring you praise.
We ask this in Jesus name. Amen. – Christian Aid.

Go in Peace to Serve the Lord.
Amen.

Saint Patrick Health Wellness

Saint Patrick Health Wellness 

Pastor Cathy Hanus, Holistic Health Coach 

Opening Prayer 

I arise today Through the strength of heaven; Light of the sun, Splendor of fire, Speed of lightning, Swiftness of the wind, Depth of the sea, Stability of the earth, Firmness of the rock. 
I arise today Through God's strength to pilot me; God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide me, God's eye to look before me, God's ear to hear me, God's word to speak for me, God's hand to guard me, God's way to lie before me, God's shield to protect me, God's hosts to save me Afar and anear, Alone or in a multitude.
Christ shield me today Against wounding Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.
I arise today Through the mighty strength Of the Lord of creation.
- Anonymous. 

Message 

Saint Patrick 

Today we all remember Patrick, Missionary to Ireland

Patrick is one of the best-known of the missionary saints. Born to a Christian family in Britain around the year 389, he was captured as a teenager by raiders, taken to Ireland, and forced to serve as a herdsman. After six years he escaped and found his way to a monastery community in France. Ordained a bishop in 432, he made his way back to Ireland, where he spent the rest of his long life spreading the Gospel and organizing Christian communities. He strongly defended the doctrine of the Holy Trinity in a time when it was not popular to do so. His literary legacy includes his autobiography, Confession, and several prayers and hymns still used in the church today. Patrick died around the year 466. 

There are times when God calls upon each of us to be attentive to the needs of our brothers and sisters, all people, with special concerns, in the Missional Community. It is our responsibility to engage and follow the call. 

Nutrition Presentation 

March is Natural Health Month 

St. Patrick’s Day comes along mid March. Wherever and whenever we should aspire to make informed food best choices and continue to develop and share best eating and physical activity choices. Our theme is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.” We will savor some healthy flavors this St. Patrick’s Day. 

Healthy St. Patrick’s Day tips

Be festive with Green:

Add more dark greens to your salad, such as baby kale, spinach, romaine and green leaf lettuce, green peppers, cucumbers, etc.

Be inspired to Go Green with your side dishes. Try Brussels sprouts, broccoli, edamame or green beans.

Pistachios and pepitas. Sprinkle on entrees, side dishes and salads.

Green tea is a good way to warm up and get antioxidants at the same time.

Sweeten up that fruit salad with kiwi and green grapes

Spinach. Add to your fruit smoothie to add extra fiber and iron.

More colors of the rainbow food possibilities: 

Red – watermelon, apples, tomatoes, strawberries. 

Blue/purple – blueberries, eggplant, grapes, red onion, blackberries  

Yellow – banana, pear, pineapple  

Orange – clementine, mangos, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe  

White – cauliflower, mushrooms, garlic  

 – some of our nutritional lesson today is borrowed from HyVee Foods 

Saint Patrick’s Day Traditional Themed Meal 

Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage 

Natural grass raised lean beef 

Vegetables

Organic red and green cabbage 

Kale and Spinach 

Roasted Brussels sprouts 

Organic red spring potatoes 

Irish Soda Bread 

Fresh Butter 

Beverage 

Green Tea

Dessert 

Pineapple 

Red Black table grapes 

Exercise 

 with Pastor Michael 

Saint Patrick’s Day Workout 

Saint Patrick’s Day Themed Exercises

Seven choice exercises accomplished seven times each 

 – Bumble Bee Foods 

Saint Patrick’s Day song 

Closing Prayer 

Saint Patrick, Ireland 

May the Strength of God pilot us. 
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Host of God guard us
Against the snares of the evil ones,
Against temptations of the world.
May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!
May Thy Salvation, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and evermore. Amen. 

Three days of prayer

Three Days of Prayer

Three Days of Prayer 

Every congregation, member and pastor is being invited to set aside some time each day of January 1, 2, and 3, 2019 for prayer.  

Prayer is a gift that God has given to us as a means to approach the throne of grace with confidence, like that of a child coming to her parents sharing concerns, victories, defeats and every part of life.  It is an opportunity to express the deepest heartache and the greatest joy.  Prayer is a conversation between the Creator and the created … and the conversation began with God, for us, in Christ Jesus. – Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, LCMC Service Coordinator. 

Day 1. January 1st 2019. 

Confession. This is a day focused on confession. We have made our lives, our relationships, and even the church, in our own image. We confess that the church belongs to Jesus and not to us. We gather to lay down our pride, our sin and our agenda and ask the Lord of the church for forgiveness, which He gives freely and with mercy.

Day 2. January 2nd 2019. 

Petition. This is a day of petition. Pray for your congregation, for the pastor, for the leaders, for those who carry out ministries, for the Sunday School teachers, for the Confirmation leaders, for those leading adult Bible studies and for those leading small groups. Pray for those in hospital and nursing home ministries. Pray for all those connected to your church that they might know God’s redeeming love for all in Christ.

Day 3. January 3rd 2019. 

Vision. This is a day for vision. Pray that the Holy Spirit will again move through the hearts and minds of leaders and pastors that God’s vision for His church might be revealed and fulfilled. This is a time of prayer for renewal, revival and encouragement. Pray for God’s vision.