ADVENT.wk.02 – PEACE

As we are over half way through week two of ADVENT, let us continue to dive into the theme of PEACE. Here is a song/prayer/poem/text to encourage you today. May you experience the PEACE/SHALOM that comes from Christ. The savior born in a manger.

“Open Up” by The Brilliance

You heard the cry of our hearts, and you came down

Freely you gave us your love, showing us how

Make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is darkness, let me shine light

May your love cause us to open up, cause us to open up our hearts
May your light cause us to shine so bright that we bring hope into the dark

All that we do without love, it means nothing
Grant us the courage to give as you’re calling

Make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is darkness let me shine light

Hope for the hopeless, your love is
Strength in our weakness, your love is

May we love as you love

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It’s been a while since we have posted on the blog so here’s a new one!  As we enter the fall of 2012 we are excited about the direction we are heading.  We are excited about the OneLife Movement and challenge of everyone praying for and inviting one friend to our Sunday church service and other ways of getting involved.  Today I read a great article that is on the same lines that we have been on with regards to reaching out to people in the community.  It’s a great, short and sweet read – CLICK HERE  to do so.

May you be encouraged and challenged by this article and may God continue to use you as a deliverer of his divine truths to those who don’t know him.

Invite Me…

As we quickly approach the 2012 Easter season I’m reminded of the power of “the invitation.”  We have been blessed with a lot of new faces around OneLife Community Church but many of those people have come from driving by our place and wondering what’s going on inside.  Others have seen our signs out on the streets or have come to other extra activities that are connected to us, like the PJ Party, Martial Art Classes, rentals, conferences hosted at our place, etc.  How many have come because you or I or better yet “we” have invited them?  There is great power in being invited to something.  I wanted to challenge us all to prayerfully consider those friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, etc. that you know that you could invite to OneLife.  Our 2012 Easter service will start on April 1st with our Palm Sunday service starting at 10:30am.  It will have some super cute kids involved in it that you won’t want to miss along with great music, teaching, and more.  And then on April 8th we will have our 2012 Easter Celebration Service again starting at 10:30am.  This will be a all out celebration of the risen Christ!  Great music, teaching, festive activities for kids of all ages, awesome coffee and refreshments, and more.  Thanks in advance for your active participation in praying for our service and inviting others to join us in celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ!

Prayer For Dennis 02.23.12 Update

As many of you know today Dennis had a follow up appointment with his doctor to see how things were progressing.  They were also planning on making a decision on the need for arthroscopic surgery.

Thankfully he is slowing getting better and the doctor decided to hold off on that decision till Monday.  So please continue to pray for healing.  Dennis feels as if he is getting his strength back but is still in pain.  He is also having a very hard time not being able to do things.  So pray for rest, healing, and peace.  Pray that come Monday there would be absolutely no need for surgery.

I’ll keep you posted as new information comes in.  Thanks for all your support and prayers!

Grace and peace,

Rich

Update On Dennis 02.20.12

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Here is the most recent update on Dennis.

So at this point it looks like he has some sort of staff infection (but honestly they aren’t for sure). His treatment allows him to be home but he needs to go in for his medication every 12 hours. As long as he sits and takes it easy he feels pretty good. :).

Here is the deal. If he doesn’t show improvement by Thursday they will then have to move forward with some orthoscopic tests. Please continue to pray for rest and for complete healing. At this point he is looking pretty out of commission for another week or more.

I will keep you posted if anything changes.

Hope you all are having a great Monday.

Grace and peace,

Rich