Love Over Words - The Problem of Fear - 1 John 4

MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
— Thomas Merton
Dear Jesus,
We take a step back from our lives and see that, all too often, our actions are motivated not by love, but by fear.
We waste time focused on our anxieties about the future,
we waste thoughts on insecurities, imagining that everything depends on us,
we spend our money out of fear of aging, or fear of not keeping up with our neighbors, fear of not getting what we think we “deserve”.
We listen to the accuser and fear the loss of love from those around us, forgetting that You are all-sufficient. We even fear losing Your love, forgetting Your promise that You will never leave or forsake us.
The enemy wants us to live in a fog of fear – but You cut through that fog with the brilliance of Your love.
Lord, lift us up out of our fears and forgetfulness, and remind us of Your perfect love. Out of that love, motivate us to act.
Replace our anxiety with confidence in the good You have planned for us,
Replace our insecurity with awareness that You are our refuge,
Take the confusion, the doubt, the desire for control that barricades us from You.
Let us take hold of Your abundant mercy with the openness, the trust, of little children before You. We know that children delight in gifts. In simple humility, let us delight in Your love.
May that love give us a spirit of courage as we go through our lives, knowing that we can rely wholly upon You. You are worthy of all trust, and Your love never fails.
— Sunday Prayer

Today    February 19, 2017

1st Worship                                                            8:00 am

Bible Study and Sunday School                          9:15 am

2nd Worship                                                           10:30 am

Fellowship                                                             Immediately following 2nd worship

Korean Church Worship                                       1:00 pm


This Week

MOPS                                                                    Tuesday, 9:00 am

Grace BOD Meeting                                             Tuesday, 5:15 pm

Mahjongg                                                              Wednesday, Noon

Bible Study @Perkin’s Restaurant                      Thursday, 7:30 am

Worship Team                                                      Thursday, 10:00 am

Confirmation Class                                               Thursday, 6:00 pm

Korean Church Prayer Meeting                           Saturday, 6:00 am




SUNDAY SCHOOL AND ADULT  BIBLE CLASS will begin at  9:15 am. Students from grades 4 through 7 will be together in one class taught by Barbara Ruzicka.  We will be using the children’s room.  Friends are welcome.  And of course, all adults are invited to participate in the Sunday Morning Adult Bible Class.


THE FLOWERS adorning the altar this morning are given to the glory of Jesus, our Savior by Ed & JoAnn Furniss and Barbara Morgan (In memory of Bob Morgan).

 BIRTHDAY GREETINGS   Claren Kerstner, 2/25.


ANNIVERSARIES   Ervin & Phyllis Schimkat 2/23 (71).

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YOUR COURTS: UP CLOSE:  An informative up close look at YOUR COURTS will be presented at the St. Lucie Court House, 218 S 2nd Street, Ft. Pierce FL 34950.




THE BACKPACK PROGRAM is up and running for this school year. Check the bulletin board for items needed, or speak with Carol Coffman or Leigh Liagre.