Thursday, January 21, 2021

ORPHAN'S NOTES OF GRATITUDE (2)

DAVID MICHIEKA 

Thanks giving letter

I thank God for everything has done to me.

I thank God for all who have helped us throughout this year. God bless you all.


ALEX ONDUSO (Child of worker)

Thanks giving letter

I give thanks to the Lord for what he has done to me. I give thanks again to my Pastor for the help that he has helped me to go to school. I am praying that in the year 2021 on 4th January God will remove this pandemic and the school  will be opened and God will open ways to get more school fees and God will provide everything we need in this orphanage and the church.


YVONNE NYABUTO

Thanks to God

 First I take this chance to thank God for everything I also thank Him for providing leaders who support me, I thank you for proving me with food, shelter and clothing may God bless you and provide more for us.


DAMACKLINE ONGWANO

Thanks giving letter

I want to thank God for the gift of life and the protection since in the wombs of our mothers till today. We thank God because he protects us from twenty twenty up to twenty one. We pray so that God opens her doors to receive the school fees of 1st January may God bless you I thank God because he protect me from many sickness such as covid-19  and many others I also thank God for providing donors and leaders around me who teaches us his ways and provides us with our needs may God bless our pastors and provide them more to continue supporting us.


HAPPINESS NYABUTO

Thanks giving

I take this opportunity to thank God for everything that he provides to us. I pray to my pastors and Pastor Don, Vivian and others so that God bless them to continue to support us. I thank God for the gift givens us from as from the year started up the end and also I will continue to pray to God to provide other basic needs for the year that we are going to start. Pray God to open more doors so that our pastors to get school fees and other needs.


KWAMBOKA RUTH

Thanks Giving

I want to thank might God for the care he cared for me from childhood up to now,  from the year starts u[ to this end of the year. And I want to take this fine moment to say hello to my pastor and other pastors who are supports us and to thank them for their guidance they had guide has from the year start up to this time.

In addition I pray to almighty father of provide for us to get other need like school fees, books and many. May God bless you.


BRAIN OMBATI

Thanks Giving

I am Brain Ombati we have thanks giving am said to pastor Joel is a good servant in this Orphans care my God bless pastor Joel and my God provide the way  you to me I thank  God for this service to other my God is a provider I am said thank you and my God answer your question to me. In this season am opening of schools we have many things in school am said to God 

Oh Lord answer the question on the school many of the question is we have school fees and books and uniform that is the question in the school and in the home we have the same like the food, clothes, shoes, bad, blankets and matrasses my God answer that question and my God open the way and provide that thing am said to God to answer to me and bless pastor Joel for this provision. God talk to me in this year 2021 we have many ways my God provide us and others.

Thanks giving letter Thanks giving letter

I want to take this short time to thank my Lord for this gift of life without any payment even a shilling. Also I want to thank Him for His care since I was born up to now,

Father –more I want to take this opportunity to thank my beloved pastors for the care and mercy which they had showed on us. Since we came to there our pastors have taken care of us. Thank you for your support. May the lord open his own ways so that you can continue supporting us. Thank you for your mercy. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

THE NEXT PHASE FOR THE ORPHANAGE - PLEASE PRAY


Here is an email that I recently sent to Pastor Joel and the leadership of the church and orphanage in Kisii. Please read it and pray along with us about what we are considering.

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Dear Pastor Joel and leadership,

Greetings to you in the name of Jesus. I have some significant things to write about and for your consideration and prayer. These are good things, and we praise God for what he is doing and will do.

As we look ahead for the future years of the orphanage, we know that it is always in God’s hands and that we can only do what is given for today. However, I know that we agree when we say that we need to do what we can to prepare for future years. We need to do what we can now, so that the work of the orphanage can continue into the future years.

With that in mind, perhaps the time has come when we begin to think and to pray about beginning the next phase of the work in Kisii.

You know from my last visit that I think that beginning a hydroponic garden would be beneficial, since it would help in providing vegetables for the orphanage, besides being a source of learning for the children. They could be the ones in charge of caring for it and could learn some important ways of securing food with little space to grow.

I know that there are problems with beginning this, the source of water being one of the major ones. As we were talking when I was there, having a tank that could be filled with a water truck, and then using the water at least three times. It could be used for washing, then for the garden, and lastly used for flushing the toilets. If we have to pay for the water, we need to get all of the use out of it that we can.

Of course it would be easier to have a borehole, and that would be good if the Lord supplied. However, the disadvantage of having easy water access is that we tend to become wasteful. I think that beginning with a tank may even be preferable, since it would teach us all about wise water usage.

Another difficulty with a garden of this type is that it would require someone who had good knowledge on how to set it up. It also requires many different types of piping and some pumps, as well as other things. It would be a huge undertaking to do it in a big scale, but I think it would be good to begin with a small garden, and in that way we all could learn how to make it work on a small scale before trying anything extensive.

But a garden is only one idea and one of the needs of the orphanage. We had also talked about beginning a school, which of course would require an additional building. I do not know if we have the space for that, but you can advise. I think when we built the dormitory, it was built strong enough to provide for a second level, if that need should ever arise. It is a big expense, but it is something that we should talk about.

The chief mentioned a medical clinic. This is something that could benefit the entire village but seems to me like it would be too large of an undertaking for the present. However, you know the situation, including who we could get to staff it.

There are so many things to consider, and that is why I would like the leadership to pray and discuss this at length. We do not know what God will do in the future, but perhaps now is the time to begin to move ahead in faith.

It is very important that whatever we end up beginning, it is done in a manner that is sustainable. In my experiences in several countries of the world, I have seen too many projects that have been begun by well-meaning people but which had, after a few years, been simply abandoned or brought to ruin. We cannot allow this to happen. We are handling the Lord’s money given to us by people of good faith. We are stewards, and it is required of a steward that they be found trustworthy (1 Corinthians 4:2).

It is a lot to consider in this email, but kindly read through it slowly as a group and pray about each possibility. Perhaps there are others that I have not mentioned.

No doubt you are wondering how much money do we have to work with? The answer is “I don’t know.” It is not a huge amount and would not be enough to do any of these projects completely, but as we did with the dormitory, we first bought the bricks. That is all that we had to begin. The bricks sat in a pile for some months until we had enough money to begin construction. Then at each step, as God supplied the funds, He allowed us to complete a very nice dormitory.

It will be the same with this.

God’s blessings to you as you begin to consider these things with prayer and the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Love and Prayers, Pastor Don


Sunday, January 17, 2021

A FAITH REGAINED - THE LOG CHURCH SERMON, JANUARY 17, 2021

In last week’s sermon concerning the growth of the faith of Abraham leading up to the birth
of his long-awaited son, I mentioned in his story that his greatest test for him was yet to come. It is that test that we are going to look at this week.

As we also saw last week, Abraham, the man in the Bible who is presented to us as the personification of great faith, failed with trusting God in several ways. His faith stumbled. It was God who remained steadfast.

As you remember, despite the laughter of both Abraham and Sarah at the idea that they could have a child at their respective ages of one hundred years old and ninety years old, God had promised them that they would indeed have a son, and in fact, they should name him “Laughter” (Isaac). Then, as we read on in the text, we see these words: 

Now the LORD attended to Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what He had promised. So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised. (Genesis 21:1-2 BSB) 

Please especially notice in these verses that they specifically say that the son was born to this couple “at the very time God had promised.” This is important not only because it demonstrates the faithfulness of God, but also because of its prophetic implications.

And now the laughter of disbelief at the promise one year earlier, turned into a laughter of joy for this old man and wife. Sarah expressed this when she said, “God has made me laugh, and everyone who hears of this will laugh with me. Who would have told Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

THE LOG CHURCH BULLETIN - JANUARY 17, 2021

The Log Church Bulletin

January 17, 2021

 

Opening Song

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place,

I can feel His mighty power and his grace.

I can hear the brush of angel’s wings, I see glory on each face.

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.

Call to Worship

All of us must have had times when we felt that our lives have lacked meaning. We felt that we were just stumbling along in life, trying to make the best of it as we could at the time. We used our own abilities to plan and to make things work out, but we felt that our efforts were actually leading us nowhere.

But there is no reason to think like that, because the truth about our lives is that God has something greater in mind. Something beyond our own abilities to make happen. 

We believe that God has purposes for each life that he grants. We believe that the reason God has given us these years on earth is because he is still working in us. He is teaching us his ways and he means to yet accomplish good things within us.

We come this morning to worship the One who made us with purpose. Our praise is to Him. 

Invocation Prayer

Sovereign Lord of our lives, we are grateful for every moment that you have given to us. We are grateful for the years of our lives, and we are grateful for this year in particular, because you have given us this year to discover your intentions for our lives in it. We pray with anticipation and thank you for what you will show to us. Amen.

Song of Worship        #14 – My Life is in You

Announcements

Selected Reading – Hebrews 11:1-3

Now faith is the assurance of what we hope for and the certainty of what we do not see. This is why the ancients were commended.

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

Prayer of Confession

Heavenly Father, we thank you for your assurances for this life. We pray that as we pass through these difficult days in our country and in the world that we would learn to seek your every purpose for these years, and to know that your purposes will not fail. Amen

Words of Assurance

Here are some words of assurance from the prophet Jeremiah (29:11-14):

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the LORD”

The Lord’s Prayer

Song of Faith – #28 – Highly Exalted

Scripture Reading  

OT – Deuteronomy 5:33; 31:8

You must walk in all the ways that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.

Be strong and courageous, for the LORD Himself goes before you; He will be with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.

NT – James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Responsorial Reading :  Psalm 61:1-2; 5-8

In God alone my soul finds rest; my salvation comes from Him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation.

He is my fortress; I will never be shaken.

Rest in God alone, O my soul, for my hope comes from Him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation;

He is my fortress; I will not be shaken.

My salvation and my honor rest on God, my strong rock; my refuge is in God.

Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts before Him.

God is our refuge.

Message           A Faith Regained

Song of Unity  #40 in the old hymnal – Great is The Faithfulness

Offering    Please notice that a basket has been provided at the entrance of the church to receive your offering. Thanks and God bless you!

Prayer of Intercession

Dear Lord, we begin another week in which our country will no doubt again be dominated by the double-headed monster of politics and the covid virus. Our prayers for our nation continue. We pray that you will lift us out of this morass of despair and put in the hearts of the people of our land to seek Your ways and Your plans.

We pray for our country as we witness the outgoing of the old administration and incoming of the new. We pray for our current president, Donald Trump, and we pray for our new president, Joe Biden, who will be taking office this week. Please keep violent men and women from causing the chaos that we had to witness a couple of weeks ago at the nation’s capital.

We pray for those people among us who are hurting. Please help them in their time of need. Heal their bodies, provide those things that they lack, give them inner peace despite outward turmoil.

We pray for our children in the orphanage of the Log Church of Kenya. Bless them with food, and please provide clothing and the means to attend school. We pray for your protection over them, and over all involved with this ministry.                                                  

We pray also for our own Log Church of Tripoli. We are a group of believers who are seeking you in our lives and who need and enjoy the fellowship of one another. In these days of the covid crisis, we especially pray for your guidance in how we can safely meet together. We also pray that you would protect each one.

Thank you for your gracious answer to all of our prayers.

Thank you Father, for listening to the voices of all of your servants. Amen

Closing Song    #16 – Sanctuary

Benediction and prayer

Thursday, January 14, 2021

ORPHANGE REPORT FROM PASTOR JOEL

Dear Beloved Dad, Mum, Church and friends,


Greetings in Jesus name, we thank God for the provision received sent through the friends and readers of the blog post of Pastor Don and Vivian, we are humbled once again for the care you have cared for the Log orphanage Kenya.

We request your prayers for the children God to keep caring and providing for them. We to thank God for your prayers also you are in prayers, may prosper you, allow us today to share more on the churches in Kenya, we are humbled for your prayers we are seeing the lives of people here being transformed and changed more are coming to Christ who have never accepted Christ now

They are spreading the fame of Jesus Christ; our prayers are with you all. Thanks for your support and prayers for the work in Kenya. We welcome your prayers.

Below is the food purchase


260 kilograms of maize

     One kgs =Ksh.250 x 260kgs =Ksh.62 900

290kgs of rice.

     1KGS =Ksh. 200 x300kgs =Ksh.60, 000

Sugar 50kg

     1kg=ksh.200 x50kgs=Ksh.10, 000.

Sanitizer Ksh. 4400

Transport cost Ksh. 5900.

Cooking Oil 37 litres

     One litre =Ksh. 260 x37litres =9,700

Vegetables 83 kgs.

     1kgs =Ksh. 180x83kgs=Ksh.15000

Beans 167 kgs.

     One Kg of beans =Ksh. 300 x 167kgs =Ksh. 50,000

Masks (for those of the church who could not afford them) Ksh.6000

The daily consumption Ksh.19845.Total food purchase Ksh.220,000.Now Ksh.220,000 divide by daily meals Ksh.19845=11day.Our food which was in store was to get finished 10/1/2021.Now we add ten days of new food to store. Our food in store will run out Tuesday 19/1/2021.We request your prayers.

We paid Ksh.35,000 to clear metal sheets debt.

 

Schools fees report. We paid as follows:

Rianyakwara Primary Paid Ksh.80, 000 fees balance =Ksh.55, 200

Kimai DEB Primary paid Ksh.60, 000 fees Balance Ksh.44, 000

Matagaro Secondary Paid Ksh.100, 000 fees balance Ksh.130, 000.

               Total for Primary and Secondary fees 

Balance =229,200

Thanks for your prayers which have made us to this far may God protect you all. We request your prayers for the food, school fees, clothing, borehole, house of worship metal sheets, God to open more
opportunity to reach more souls. Beloved pray for the orphanage to have orphanage Van we have challenge to walk the long distance with sick children from to the health facility kindly pray for us orphanage van to take children to hospital and to do some work within the orphanage.

Finally all leadership thank you and all who are behind the Log Orphanage Kenya also children are happy and humbled for the provision receive their thanks giving. God bless you all. Really appreciate all your work and love God blesses you once again.

Yours Son Joel and Log Church/Orphanage Kenya.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

NOTES FROM THE ORPHANS (1)

CLINTON KIJANA

I thank God for this opportunity and the gift of life I also thank Him for providing us with good health for those who sacrifices themselves to provide for us with food, clothes, shelter and everything we need. God bless you and give you more to continue helping us.



MOUREEN CALEB

Re: thanks giving letter

I take this chance to thank God for the gift of life. I thank God for the provision of food since the year started. I pray to God to open ways so that we can get school fees and other needs I thank him for the protection since covid 19 started. May the Lord bless who donates for us Amen.


MARYJANE NYANDWORO

I want to take this opportunity to thank God for the gift of life that he has given us.  He has protect my fellow kids and pastors even from the year started be was our shield.

I want to thank him also for protecting us from the pandemic disease. He will also protect us until the schools will be opened. Also I want to thank pastors for keeping on with the work that God has given them  Lord I want you to provide for us school  uniforms, school fees, shoes and many other things to continue with schooling, help our pastors and bless them abundantly. I pray Lord so that you may open ways for the provision of food guide us till the end. Amen.

Thanks giving letter

DEBBORAH NYANCHERA

I thank God for the gift of life. I am happy to be here with my friends, my Pastor, our neighbors. I think you are enjoying your life. I want to thank God because He has care for us from the year starts until the year ends. I am praying so that   we may get   anything we want to go to school in January 4/2021. I will continue to pray God bless you so much.


YVONNE AKUMA

I take this opportunity to thank God for the gift of life I take this opportunity to thank pastors for good support given to and appreciate your care me from 2020 up 2021 with dangerous sickness like covid 19. I am so happy and proud pastors thanks you for food clothes may God bless you.



DANIEL NYANGIEYA

Thanks giving letter

I thank God for helping me in this year. He has made my life a wonderful one He has done great things for me. He has made me a person. I thank God for providing food, clothing, and good health without any sickness I thank God for protecting me from harmful sickness. I pray for my pastors may God grant them good health God reward our pastor to have school fee because we are about to open schools prayers are that God to provide school fee in Jesus Name.

ESTHER ONTIRI (A Daughter of One of the Workers)

God thank you for the gift of life place am happy no matter what has this year you helped us against this deadly corona I thank you for providing us with around us who offer to help us with school fees food clothes and place to sleep I pray that the year 2021 you provide for us and help.




KEMISO DAVID

I will like to take this opportunity to thank God for his life he has given us without payment may you keep us in pray. Thanks God bless you.




Sunday, January 10, 2021

A FAITH THAT STUMBLED - THE LOG CHRUCH SERMON, JAN 10, 2021

“Abram believed the LORD, and it was credited to him as righteousness” (Genesis 15:6).

This is the great statement of faith about the patriarch concerning God’s promise to him. The Lord had just told Abraham that he would eventually have so many descendants that the number of them could be compared with the quantity of stars in the sky.

Part of the reason that this represented such great faith on the part of Abraham was that God made this promise when Abraham and his wife Sarah were childless and already very old—long past the normal age of child-bearing. Yet we read that despite these present realities, Abraham chose to believe God. So impactful is this statement, it is quoted by both Paul and James in the New Testament.

It is indeed a profound expression of faith, but as great as it is, it is also important to see that it is not an unshakable statement. It was not long after we read about Abraham’s great belief in God’s word that we see that a resolute statement of faith does not ensure that it cannot falter.

In the following chapter of the account, in Genesis 16, we read this: “After he had lived in Canaan for ten years, his wife Sarai took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to Abram to be his wife. And he slept with Hagar, and she conceived.” (1:1-4 BSB).

LOG CHURCH BULLETIN - JANUARY 10, 2021

The Log Church Bulletin

January 10, 2021

Opening Song

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place,

I can feel His mighty power and his grace.

I can hear the brush of angel’s wings; I see glory on each face.

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.

Call to Worship

We can be grateful that the presence of the Lord is in this place. As we look at the events unfolding in our country, we do not see the glory of God on the faces of our citizens. We instead see anger, we see hatred, and we see a rising sentiment of hubris.

But it is not the pride of man that will bring about true reform. True reform can only come about through an attitude of humility combined with the fear of God.

We are grateful for the enduring teachings of the Scripture. We are grateful for God’s mighty power and His grace. We are grateful to be able to meet together in this place that we call a “sanctuary.” In many ways it is a safe haven, because it is here that we speak not merely of matters that affect us today, but more importantly, we speak of eternal matters—those things that will affect us for all time and for eternity.

Invocation Prayer

Sovereign Lord of all creation, perhaps now as much as at any time in recent history, we realize the need in our nation for your truths. At this moment, we need healing and we need your intervention. Thank you for your continued leading in our land. Amen.

Song of Worship        #8 – I Could Sing of Your Love Forever

Announcements

Selected Reading – Psalm 89:1-2; 5

I will sing of the loving devotion of the LORD forever; with my mouth I will proclaim Your faithfulness to all generations.

For I have said, “Loving devotion is built up forever; in the heavens You establish Your faithfulness.”

The heavens praise Your wonders, O LORD—Your faithfulness as well—in the assembly of the holy ones.

For who in the skies can compare with the LORD?

Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD?

In the council of the holy ones, God is greatly feared, and awesome above all who surround Him.

O LORD God of Hosts, who is like You?

O mighty LORD, Your faithfulness surrounds You.

You rule the raging sea; when its waves mount up, You still them.

Prayer of Confession

Heavenly Father, we have been saying this for many weeks now, but it remains true that we are living in perilous times. America is not the safe haven, as we used to think of it when most of us were growing up. Not only is it now even dangerous in many places, but it is increasingly growing so.

Help us in these days to realize that there is no earthly government that can offer us true security. Help us to see that our only hope is in your promises. Amen

Words of Assurance

Here are some words from what is known as “the Last Song of David.” It may give us perspective in these days:

“Is not my house right with God? For He has established with me an everlasting covenant, ordered and secured in every part. Will He not bring about my full salvation and my every desire? But the worthless are all like thorns raked aside, for they can never be gathered by hand. The man who touches them must be armed with iron or with the shaft of a spear. The fire burns them to ashes in the place where they lie.” (2 Samuel 23:5-7)

The Lord’s Prayer

Song of Faith – #33 – All Hail the Power

Scripture Reading

OT –Psalm 91:1-6

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say to the LORD, “You are my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the deadly plague.

He will cover you with His feathers; under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and rampart.

You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the calamity that destroys at noon.

 

NT – 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your entire spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.

 

Responsorial Reading: from Psalm 63

O God, You are my God. Earnestly I seek You;

My soul thirsts for You. My body longs for You, in a dry and weary land without water.

So I have seen You in the sanctuary and beheld Your power and glory.

Because Your loving devotion is better than life, my lips will glorify You.

So I will bless You as long as I live; in Your name I will lift my hands.

My soul is satisfied as with the richest of foods; with joyful lips my mouth will Praise You.

When I remember You on my bed, I think of You through the watches of the night.

For You are my help; I will sing for joy in the shadow of Your wings.

My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.

Message           A Faith that Stumbled

Song of Unity  #264 in the old hymnal – In the Garden

Prayer of Intercession

Dear Lord, each of us has many questions about the future years in our country—even the future months. We may have also some questions about our own futures—what they hold for us. Thank you that you have promised to always be with us, loving us and caring for us.

 

Although we cannot know all that will come, we pray for those of us from our own church who face what we see as especially uncertain futures. Whether it be in health or finances, family or employment, we pray that you would give them assurance that you will carry you through.

 

We pray for the new administration of our country as they prepare to take office. It is a difficult time, and the challenges are great. We do not know how many of the people that will be involved are truly seeking your guidance, but we pray that you will give to them sound judgment.

 

We pray for our children in the orphanage of the Log Church of Kenya. Bless them with food, and please provide clothing and the means to attend school.

                                                    

We pray for every private request in each of our hearts. Many carry concerns and worries that they do not share freely. We pray that you would meet each need.

 

Thank you for your gracious answer to all of our prayers.

 

Thank you Father, for listening to the voices of all of your servants. Amen

 

Closing Song    #9 – I Love You Lord

 

Benediction and prayer

Sunday, January 3, 2021

LOG CHURCH SERMON - JANUARY 3, 2021

There are not many people in America who will tell you that the year 2020 was a fantastic year for them. This same thing could probably be said of most people in the entire world. We are all looking forward to hanging a new calendar on our walls—one that is headed by the numbers 2-0-2-1.

We know the new calendar does not actually alter the situation. A calendar is simply twelve pieces of paper stapled together that mark the days and the months. Right now, at the beginning of 2021, covid is still here and the government still is inefficient, self-serving and hyper-partisan. Added to those distressing truths is the fact that most jobs have not yet recovered, and many personal difficulties and crises still remain.

Nevertheless, it is true that there is something about casting the old year out that is oddly cathartic. We did this in our home on New Year’s Eve—we cast off the old year. Actually, it is more accurate to say, we “blew it up.” This year my family and I observed a New Year’s Eve custom that we have not done since the days we lived in Venezuela.

Blowing Up the Old Man

On the first New Year’s Eve that my family and I lived in that country of South America, we were introduced to a New Year’s custom called “blowing up the old man.”

THE LOG CHURCH BULLETIN - JAN 3, 2021

The Log Church Bulletin

January 3, 2021

Happy New Year!


Opening Song

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place,

I can feel His mighty power and his grace.

I can hear the brush of angel’s wings, I see glory on each face.

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.

 

Call to Worship

We certainly do hope that it is a Happy New Year. Looking back to 2020, probably there are not many people who would say that it was a “happy” year. We look to new things in 2021. Of course we all are looking to the pandemic to be over and restrictions on gatherings to end. But we know that this present crisis is only the crisis of the moment. Even when this one ends, it will not secure our continued happiness.

 

True happiness and lasting joy can only come from the One who is Lord of all things. A permanent fulfillment can only come from a relationship with God. It is for this purpose that we have gathered today—to renew, refresh, become nourished by God’s word and to grow in Him.

 

Invocation Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, here at the dawn of a new year, we ask you to grant to each one of us the grace to grow and thrive in 2021. We ask that our daily living can become more “normalized,” but even more importantly than this is that we grow in our relationship to You. Among all of ways in which we hope to improve this year, may this be the greatest. Amen.

 

Song of Worship        #10 – Lord I Lift Your Name on High

 

Announcements

 

Selected Reading – Matthew 6:25-27, 31-33

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air: They do not sow or reap or gather into barns—and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the people of the world strive after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.

 

Prayer of Confession

Our gracious Heavenly Father, there is more than one pandemic affecting the world today. Of course there is the pandemic of the coronavirus, but there is also a pandemic of worry. The entire world is worried. They are worried about the virus, they are worried about jobs, about food, and worried even about housing.

We do not deny that these are worrying topics, but we pray that you will help us to take our eyes off the sources of security in the world, and place our eyes on You. Help us to seek your kingdom and your righteousness. Amen

 

Words of Assurance

Before Jesus taught his disciples what we call “The Lord’s Prayer,” he assured them that our Father knows our needs even before we ask. This does not mean that we need not ask, but is just an assurance of God’s care for us. But it also means that in the prayer that he taught to us, it is mostly about seeing that God’s way and plan are accomplished on this earth.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Song of Faith – #19 – Some Trust in Chariots

Scripture Reading

OT – Isaiah 12:2-3

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.

For the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and He also has become my salvation.

With joy you will draw water from the springs of salvation, and on that day you will say: “Give praise to the LORD; proclaim His name! Make His works known among the peoples. declare that His name is exalted. ”

 

NT – Philippians 4:19-20

And my God will supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

Responsorial Reading  Selections from Psalm 77

In the day of trouble I sought the Lord;

Through the night my outstretched hands did not grow weary;

I will remember the works of the LORD;

Yes, I will remember Your wonders of old.

I will reflect on all You have done and ponder Your mighty deeds.

Your way, O God, is holy.

What god is so great as our God?

You are the God who works wonders;

You display Your strength among the peoples.

With power You redeemed Your people.

 

Message           2020– 2021

 

Song of Unity   #10 in the old hymnal – O God, Our Help in Ages Past

 

Communion – If you are visiting with us today as a believer in Jesus Christ as the Savior of your life and your soul, and you understand the importance of Jesus sacrificing his life so that you may live eternally, please feel free to join us in this most intimate of customs given to us by Jesus. You are of the family of God, and all in the family are welcome to share this meal with us.

Offering    Please notice that a basket has been provided at the entrance of the church to receive your offering. Thanks and God bless you!

Prayer of Intercession

Our Father, as we enter this new year of 2021, may we look for your presence with us in every and all circumstances. We also humbly ask for your continued guidance and protection. We ask for your provision and blessing.

 

Please help those who daily put their health and even their very lives in jeopardy by continuing their service to the community. We pray that the vaccine will be effective, but we also pray that we remember where our confidence truly belongs. We place our trust in you.

 

We pray for those who at this moment are suffering from the covid virus. We do not know your intentions in every case, but we always pray that you will heal and restore those suffering to health, should it be your will to do so.

 

We pray for our children in the orphanage of the Log Church of Kenya. We pray that you will protect them and protect all involved with this work. Satan has brought various attacks, and we pray that you will stand against him. Allow the children to live full and victorious lives.

                                                    

We are grateful for every way in which you have shown your love for us, and we look forward to continuing our walk with you in 2021.

 

Thank you for your gracious answer to all of our prayers.

 

Thank you Father, for listening to the voices of all of your servants. Amen

 

Closing Song    #35 – Doxology

 

Benediction and prayer