George Crawford led our devotional time with reflections on worship from John 4. There was a discussion about the implications of worship in the life of a caregiver. Here are just a few notes.
Worship is NOT:
Passively singing or listening to the sermon.
Intimacy with God. (In the intimate presence of the omnipresent God of the universe.)
We had a good discussion about the difficulties of caregivers sometimes going to church regularly. Some practical ideas were shared, and we were reminded that worship can occur anywhere, although we should do all we can to be part of our church life even if minimally for a season.
- Be consistent with true revelation of God.
- Be totally honest with God. (Psalm 51)
- Acknowledge that God is spirit, and interact with Him in that way.
- Interact with Him in our heart, mind, soul. The core of who we are, with no unconfessed sin.
R. shared from Valley of Vision, a prayer of worship. GREAT BOOK by the way!
M. mentioned how wonderful it is to have devotions with her husband at home since he can't get to church.
P. uses the one hour drive to her mother's to worship and compose her heart before she gets there.
And we always end with prayer requests, and meeting the new folks.
There are some in the group who have recently lost their loved ones. Tim and Patti P. and Ron M.
Saturday, April 1
9:00 am - 370s room
NOTE ROOM CHANGE!!!
3RD FLOOR OF TOWER BLDG.
Devotional time ~ Worship
Breakfast ~ Sharing ~ Prayer
Please give Pastor Rick a call if you are planning to bring a loved one for the first time and would like to have some assistance with them during our meeting. (Rick McLean 818-909-5519)
PLANS "A" TO "Z"
By Becky Schoof
I was on plan A, to just take a pleasant walk and get some exercise. Karl was on plan B, just get to the Club House to shoot some pool. Gary was on plan C, out to enjoy the finer things. Did we ever get to the Club House? I can't remember but do remember we paused many times in our walks for Gary to enjoy whatever his eyes took fancy at the time.
"THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO ENJOY AN ACTIVITY." RJS
"What is the chief end of man?"
"Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever."
It is the flame of my life to worship thee,
from Valley of Vision...
the crown and glory of my soul to adore thee,
heavenly pleasure to approach thee.
Give me power by thy Spirit to help me
that I may forget the world,
be brought into fullness of life,
be refreshed, comforted, blessed.
Give me knowledge of thy goodness
that I might not be over-awed by thy greatness;
Give me Jesus, Son of Man, Son of God,
that I might not be terrified,
but be drawn near with filial love,
with holy boldness;
He is my Mediator, Brother, Interpreter,
Branch, Daysman, Lamb;
him I glorify,
in him I am set on high.
Crowns to give I have none,
but what thou hast given I return,
content to feel that everything is mine
when it is thine,
and the more fully mine when I have yielded it
Let me live wholly to my Saviour,
free from distractions,
from carking care,
from hindrances to the pursuit
of the narrow way.
I am pardoned through the blood of Jesus —
give me a new sense of it,
continue to pardon me by it,
may I come every day to the fountain,
and every day be washed anew,
that I may worship thee always
in spirit and truth.