|St. Peter United Church of Christ||
Get Up! Rejoice, for this is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Do not allow others to control your day with their issues. God woke you up this morning, kept you and your family through the night – you already have so much to be grateful. Do not allow negative people to stop you from having a positive day!
Father, we come this morning to magnify You. Thank You for being the Creator and Giver of life, the Maker of Heaven and earth. We ask that You make our earthly assignment plain, what You desire of us. Deliver us from junk/distractions, our drama and the drama of others, that we are focused and obedient to the calling that You have placed on our lives.
Help us to live our lives to the fullest being about Your business as the time draws near. Tomorrow [and even the remainder of this day] is not promised to any of us. While You have called some to teach and some to preach, let us be reminded that we have all been called to serve You, praise You and worship You. We all have an earthly mission. May we stay the course of evangelizing, baptizing, interceding, teaching, praising You, and sharing the Good News.
We continue to pray for those that have lost their lives to terrorists’ acts, domestic violence and other victims of crime. Father, please restore and comfort those that mourn. Keep Your hand on us that we may also be about our Your business. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. John 9:4
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb. 12:1-2
Our regular Sunday morning service is at 10am in the Historic Chapel. All are welcome to join us. We are a church of unconditional welcome for all who seek a closer relationship with their Creator.
We welcome all people to join us on Sunday mornings as we gather together to share the unconditional love of Christ. As a body of believers, St. Peter UCC believes that we are called to welcome all people back to the fragmented table of Christ and that it does not matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome with us. As a part of our ongoing desire to truly be a part of the body of Christ we reach out to all persons, welcome each of you as you are on life's journey, seek to give each of you a place where you can seek a closer relationship with the Creator and give you a community in which you may be safe to be the person that God has Created You to Be...We do not judge but rather seek to take away the restrictions that have been placed on individuals as to how they should be in relationship with God. Jesus didn't judge and neither do we, come and know that you are truly welcome here.
March 11, 2018
"Being the Best You."
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south. Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities. They loathed all food and drew near the gates of death. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind. Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.