Sunday, August 30, 2020

NAVIGATING OUR WAY TO GOD - LOG CHURCH SERMON, AUGUST 30


You may or may not realize or remember that Vivian and I spent about three years working in the islands of the South Pacific, doing the same thing that we did in Latin America. That work was in Pastoral and Leadership Training.

During this past week, as part of a celebration of our wedding anniversary (44th), Vivian and I took a little trip up to Lake Superior. Not quite the Pacific Ocean, but as I sat on the shore looking out on the Great Lake and the huge expanse of water, the sense was much the same for me as sitting on an island of the Pacific. It brought back many memories.

LOG CHURCH BULLETIN - AUGUST 30


The Log Church
August 30, 2020

 
A Welcome, and just a bit of church business announcements

Opening Song

Call to Worship

The Bible tells us that God is actually not far from any one of us. Yet, despite the fact that God is near, very many people may spend their lives looking for God but never finding him. It is not because God is hiding himself, but it is because they are looking in an incorrect way.

Today we have come to worship the One who is near to each of us. We have come to know Him as our God, and we gather to worship Him as our Savior and Lord.

Invocation Prayer

Dear God in heaven, we praise you this morning for your presence with us, and we ask you to minister to each of us through your Holy Spirit among us. Enable us to focus our attention and give to you our ears, our minds and our hearts.

Selected Reading – Isaiah 44:6-8

Thus says the LORD, the King and Redeemer of Israel, the LORD of Hosts:

“I am the first and I am the last, and there is no God but Me.

Who then is like Me? Let him say so!

Let him declare his case before Me, since I established an ancient people.

Let him foretell the things to come, and what is to take place.

Do not tremble or fear. Have I not told you and declared it long ago?

You are My witnesses! Is there any God but Me?

There is no other Rock;

I know not one.”

 
Prayer of Confession

Sovereign God, we confess that we sometimes allow ourselves to be overly influenced by the events and the opinions of the world. The present state of our society and the world can only discourage us, and the opinions of the world are depressing to our souls. Help each one of us to remember that you are our Rock and there is no other. Amen

Words of Assurance

Our time of gathering together as the body of Christ is more important that we may even realize. We all know that the more time we spend with any group of people, the more we are influenced by the manners and beliefs of that group.

As we gather as a church, we gather in the Name of Jesus, and among us is the Holy Spirit. Today as we spend these minutes together, seek to by influenced by God. Seek His ways in your life.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Song of Faith

Scripture Reading:  OT – Psalm 117

Praise the LORD, all you nations! Extol Him, all you peoples!

For great is His loving devotion toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.

Hallelujah!

 

NT – Ephesians 3:14-21

I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I ask that out of the riches of His glory He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. Then you, being rooted and grounded in love, will have power, together with all the saints, to comprehend the length and width and height and depth of the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do so much more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Responsorial Reading (from Psalm 24)

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,

For he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place?

He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.

He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob.

Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.

Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle!

Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.

Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory!

 
Message           Navigating Our Way to God

Song of Unity 

Offering    A basket has been placed on the table to receive your offerings. Thank you for placing your gifts in the basket. God bless you!

Prayer of Intercession

Our Father, today as we have thought about finding you, it comes to our minds that the path that many have to walk has been a difficult one. Indeed, some are at a particularly difficult place on their path right at this moment.

Please intervene for these people. Help them to know that whatever difficulty that they are facing right now, you are with them at each step and will uphold them.

Give your life-giving touch to those who know no rest or peace in their lives. Sustain those who are paralyzed by fear in the present and who are dismayed in the future. Bless those who are putting great effort into following you, despite the extreme difficulties that they are facing.

We pray for our nation. As we enter into the heavy political campaigning season, we know that the consequences of our future may be more in the balance than ever before. We pray for your guidance.

We ask that you be with the people and orphans of the Log Church of Kenya. Please sustain them by your miraculous hand. Lead them into a closer walk with you, and help them to share the news of your love to all in the area.

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                                                                                                   

Benediction and prayer

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

PHONE CALL FROM THE ORPHANAGE

Vivian and I had a special treat a few days ago when Pastor Joel called. The children of the orphanage had prepared a program of several songs and some testimonies. It was all arranged beforehand, and the orphans who spoke had written out their scripts. Vivian and I stood on the balcony where the cell signal was stronger and enjoyed each song and each word spoken.

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Sorry that you cannot hear the singing, but below are their letters with the picture of each child who shared, plus the letter from Pastor Joel that he sent along with the photos.
 


Dear beloved Dad, Mum, Church and Friends,



 

Elizabeth Nyabuto (age 14)


Greetings to all in Jesus name, we are humbled once again for you love, the children were happy for your phone call sharing, surely you refreshed our spirit. Thanks for the sharing and encouragement, may God strengthen you all.
Thanks for the sermons you are posting on the blog it's helpful for spiritual development of the Kenya Churches. All children send their love greetings.


 
Those children who had the opportunity to share with you were happy to do the wording of they shared with you, now we have attached them you have opportunity.
Thanks for the donations, we are praying for you all each day. We trust that God will provide for food, clothes and other needs. Thanks to all who donated for the orphanage in Kenya. Thanks.


 
 
 
 
 
Our prayers are with you all. We request
Moreen Caleb (age 12)
your prayers too.
May God bless you all, Thanks be strong and we know that you are the head not the daily. We trust God will supply for your needs also. God bless you all.
Yours Son Joel and Church Leadership Kenya.


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If you would like to help the children of the Log Church Orphanage of Kisii, Kenya, you may make your check out to “The Log Church” and write “Orphans” on the memo line.

Send it to:
The Log Church
PO Box 68
Tripoli, Wisconsin 54564



We now need to pay a wire transfer fee with every payment, which amounts to
Maryjane Nyandwaro (age 13)
$50 each time, but other than that, your donated money will be used only for purchasing food, clothing, schooling, and other necessities of living. Nothing is held back or diverted for any other purpose. Thanks!







Ibrahim Onduso (age 16)


Sunday, August 23, 2020

BROKEN AND POURED OUT - LOG CHURCH SERMON, AUG 23

Not many days before he was to be crucified, Jesus was a guest in a home in the village of Bethany, a place not far from Jerusalem. The house was that of one Simon, a man who had  previously been a leper but must have been healed some time before, presumably by Jesus. The man was actually still called “Simon the Leper.”

It would be interesting to talk with Simon the leper to see what he thought of this moniker. Did he wish that people would dispel with the leper part and just call him by his name: Simon? After all, he no longer had leprosy.

I have also wondered this about the Old Testament woman Rahab, who had been delivered out of prostitution. Even into the New Testament some fifteen hundred years after she lived, this woman is still called “Rahab the harlot” (Hebrews 11:31 James 2:25). Would she have wished these writers would not have included the harlot part when referring to her? Especially since, not only had she stopped being a prostitute, but also, as the story turned out, she eventually would be part of the line of heritage from whom Jesus Christ would be born.

These are among the questions that I want to ask these historical figures when I meet them one day.

THE LOG CHURCH BULLETIN - AUGUST 23

THE LOG CHURCH
August 23, 2020

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.

Welcome and announcements

Song of Worship 

Call to Worship

From almost the time before we can even talk, we are taught the importance of money. We are taught that we must “save up” for some item that we want, or we are told that that particular thing costs too much money. We are told that we must not waste our money (which is a good thing), and that we must be careful how we use our money.

But with all this emphasis that is placed upon money, we are almost programmed by the society to think that money is the most important commodity that a person can possess.

As important as money is in the economy of the world, it actually is of no lasting value whatsoever to God, nor is of lasting value to the follower of Jesus Christ. The currencies of this world are not the currencies of the Kingdom of God. The economy of heaven operates in a different fashion.

Today we have come to worship the One who tells us of the eternal way, and who wants to teach us of what is important in the Kingdom of Heaven. We have come to worship Him in whom all things will be fulfilled.

Invocation Prayer

Our Father in heaven, as in so much concerning spiritual matters, before we can learn about what you intend to teach us, we must first “unlearn” what the world has taught us. Give us your leading as we look to your Scriptures, and help us to learn what you intend to teach us this morning. Amen

Selected Reading John 12:1-8

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, the hometown of Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. So they hosted a dinner for Jesus there. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with Him. Then Mary took about a pint of expensive perfume, made of pure nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was going to betray Him, asked, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” Judas did not say this because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief. As keeper of the money bag, he used to take from what was put into it.
“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “She has kept this perfume in preparation for the day of My burial. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have Me.”

Message           Broken and Poured Out

Song of Unity 

Prayer of Confession

Sovereign God, we confess that we sometimes form our opinions not so much on what you have taught us, but rather based on what the prevailing culture tells us. But we know the opinions of culture are capricious. They change with the current perspective. We wish rather to be led by your Holy Spirit. Please grant us insight to know how to follow your direction and teach us to live by faith in your word.  Amen

Words of Assurance

As we continue to seek God’s instructions, he will increasingly make his ways known to us. Of greatest value to us when it comes to our relationship with God, is our ability to listen so that we can hear with ears that cannot be seen. God says to us, “Be still and know that I am God.”

The Lord’s Prayer

Scripture Reading:  

OT – Deuteronomy 6:5-9 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These words I am commanding you today are to be upon your hearts. And you shall teach them diligently to your children and speak of them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as reminders on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates.

NT – Romans 12:1-2 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Responsorial Reading (Psalm 40: 4-8)

Blessed is the man who has made the LORD his trust, who has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.

Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders You have done, and the plans You have for us. None can compare to You.

If I proclaim and declare Your wonders, they are more than I can count.

Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but my ears You have opened.

Burnt offerings and sin offerings You did not require.

Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—it is written about me in the scroll:

I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart.”

Song of Faith

Offering     A basket has been placed on the table to receive your offerings. Thank you for placing your gifts in the basket. God bless you!

Prayer of Intercession

Dear God, we lay our hearts and our lives before you today. So much happens during the week, so many troubles come to us or to those that we love, that we often do not know how to handle them. The truth is, we cannot handle them, and it is for this reason we come to you this morning.

Please send your Comforter, your Holy Spirit to minister to those in need.

Thank you for hearing the prayers of our hearts. For the needs expressed here this morning, and for those needs that we have kept within ourselves but which have just as great an urgency, we place before you this morning.

We pray for those who have health issues, those who have employment or financial troubles, and for those who have family difficulties. Please help them to look to you in their time of need. Help them to realize that in the end, it is only you who can provide solutions that will endure.

We pray for the leaders of our state and of our nation. We pray also for our local leaders. Please give them joy in their service to their people, and the wisdom to make wise and equitable decisions.

We remember also our Log Church of Kenya and the orphans under the care of the church. Please supply them with the needed food and health, and help them in their schooling.

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   

Benediction

Thursday, August 20, 2020

REPORT FROM THE ORPHANAGE

Dear Beloved Dad, Mum, Church and friends,
Greetings from Kenya Churches and orphanage, we are praying for you each day, we are humbled for the regular help we receive from you all through pastor Donald, Vivian , church leaders and friends to the Kenya orphanage and church.
 
Thanks from the children and church leadership Kenya church. Thanks for your prayers which has made us reach this far. Surely without your help which God has moved in your heart and prayers, we could have not been able to care these children.
 
Some could have gone from us to streets because of our limited resources was not able to feed these

children. We appreciate every support we receive from you and also school fees and clothes, home for them and other necessities it could be the challenge.
 
We request   prayers for the work in Kenya as by your prayers God has allowed us to reach this far. Still we covet yours for the needs of these children under our care their needs be made. Yes we cannot say that we have met all the needs of the children as some days they sleep without taking food and they stay out of school for not having paid school fees, but all in this hardship and struggle God has used all with your resources to support once again receive the thanks from the leaders.
 
As we receive about the update of the reopening of schools we will update you all. We are still worshipping God with the children in the orphanage compound as we wait for the freedom of worship for all. We are meetings churches members in groups in houses. Thanks for the sermon teachings its helping us greatly keep posting them its maturing Kenya churches. You are all covered in our prayers.
 
One day in a week we take the kids to play in one of the school field keep praying for the football because the one they are using is worn out and has been teared (torn).
 
Thanks for keeping the kenya family in yours prayers and heart.
 
Below is the purchase breakdown of Ksh.404,000 received.
Grocery Receipt
 
Sugar 156.8kgs. 1kg=ksh.160 x156. 8=Ksh.25,000.
 
Rice 531 kgs. 1KGS =Ksh. 180 x531 kgs =Ksh.95,600.
 
Unga ngano/baking flour 143kgs One kilogram =Ksh.140 x143kgs=Ksh.20,000
 
Maize 525 kilograms. One kgs =Ksh.220 x525 kgs =115,500
 
Salt 38Kgs. 1kgs =Ksh.100x38kgs=Ksh.3,800
Sugar 156.8kgs. 1kg=ksh.160 x156. 8=Ksh.25,100.
 
Sanitizer Ksh. 5100
Bank Receipt
Soap KSh. 4,000.
 
Oil 75 litres. One litre =Ksh. 250 x75litres =18,600.
 
Vegetables 160 kgs. 1kgs =Ksh. 160x160kgs=Ksh.25700.
Beans 341.6 kgs. One Kg of beans =Ksh. 250 x 341. 6kgs =Ksh. 85,400.
Transport cost Ksh. 5,900.

We purchased food worthy Ksh. 385,900 daily consumption is =Ksh. 19600.
 
Total purchase of food Ksh. 385,900÷ daily consumption Ksh.19,600=20 days, food will last from Date 14 Friday August to Date 5 September Saturday.[1]
 
1 Corinthians 1:4-5 – I always thank my God for you because of his
Open-air Church Service for the kids
(There is still no full church service allowed in the church)
grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge.
 
2 Corinthians 9:11-12 – You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.
 
Our prayers are with you all, may God bless you all. Stay blessed once again as you are the head not the tail. Thanks.
 
Yours Son Joel and Church/Orphanage Leadership.

[1] Joel is calculating by using only the numbers of the 49 orphans, but there are actually more people eating the food 49 orphans. The staff and their children also eat, which I have said was acceptable, since the staff work is volunteer so that other than an occasional gift, they do not receive a wage. The actual total number of people eating the food is 59, bringing the daily food costs to $3.32/per person.
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If you would like to help the children of the Log Church Orphanage of Kisii, Kenya, you may make your check out to “The Log Church” and write “Orphans” on the memo line.

Send it to:
The Log Church
PO Box 68
Tripoli, Wisconsin 54564

We now need to pay a wire transfer fee with every payment, which amounts to $50 each time, but other than that, your donated money will be used only for purchasing food, clothing, schooling, and other necessities of living. Nothing is held back or diverted for any other purpose. Thanks!