2019

Pray Like This: The insight we need

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Today’s Message

There are at least three things common to everyone alive: birth, death, and, in between those two, prayer… I have never met a person who has not prayed. It may be a spiritual prayer born of deep faith or the desperate cry in hopes that Someone might be listening after all. Everyone, everywhere, and of any age has prayed. It unites ancients, moderns, and post-moderns.

At times it is as natural as breathing while at other times it is difficult and painful. Prayer can be both easy and challenging; inspiring and disappointing; gratifying and exasperating; comforting and distressing. At times our longings are abundantly fulfilled and at other times we can feel ignored and our affections betrayed.

The One who prayed, “My God, My God, why have you forsakened me?” taught His followers how to pray and what to pray for. This series is a reflection on the prayer Jesus taught us.

Jesus teaches us to pray for something that is not going to happen! Every follower of Jesus will face tests and temptations. So what are we praying for here since Scripture clearly tells us: “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.” So what are we praying for and what are the areas that every follower is vulnerable to?

Today’s Scriptures | Matthew 6.7-13

Matt. 6:7   “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 “So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

Matt. 6:9   “Pray, then, in this way: 
‘Our Father who is in heaven, 
Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘Your kingdom come. 
Your will be done, 
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’

Click here for resources for this series.

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OPPORTUNITIES are ministries and studies offered and led by women and men from Faith Community. Stop by the table and learn what they are and how YOU can start one!

Stop by and learn more about Journey as well.

Plant With Purpose

Stop by the Plant With Purpose table to learn more how you can reverse global poverty and bring hope across the developing world.

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We set aside the first Saturday night of the month to worship and pray together as a community.  Join us on Saturday April 6th at 5pm in the Worship Center.

Pray Like This: The Grace We Need to Give

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Today’s Message

There are at least three things common to everyone alive: birth, death, and, in between those two, prayer… I have never met a person who has not prayed. It may be a spiritual prayer born of deep faith or the desperate cry in hopes that Someone might be listening after all. Everyone, everywhere, and of any age has prayed. It unites ancients, moderns, and post-moderns.

At times it is as natural as breathing while at other times it is difficult and painful. Prayer can be both easy and challenging; inspiring and disappointing; gratifying and exasperating; comforting and distressing. At times our longings are abundantly fulfilled and at other times we can feel ignored and our affections betrayed.

The One who prayed, “My God, My God, why have you forsakened me?” taught His followers how to pray and what to pray for. This series is a reflection on the prayer Jesus taught us.

Today we look at the second prayer request Jesus urged us to bring to God: “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”. Last week we looked at God’s part (forgive us our debts); this week we examine our part — forgiveness. Must a follower of Jesus always forgive? Does forgiveness require forgetfulness? Are there some things that God will not forgive us for? And what about others? These are some of the questions we will be answering today and next week.

Today’s Scriptures | Matthew 6.7-15

Matt. 6:7   “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 “So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

Matt. 6:9   “Pray, then, in this way: 
‘Our Father who is in heaven, 
Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘Your kingdom come. 
Your will be done, 
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’

14 “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 “But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

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Matt. 18:21   Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus *said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

Matt. 18:23   “For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. 24 “When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. 25 “But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made. 26 “So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’ 27 “And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt. 28 “But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay back what you owe.’ 29 “So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’ 30 “But he was unwilling and went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed. 31 “So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened. 32 “Then summoning him, his lord *said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 ‘Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’ 34 “And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. 35 “My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”

Click here for resources for this series.

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Stop by the Welcome Table to receive your free gift, pick a charity, and to find out more information about Faith Community and our LifeGroups

Also in the Courtyard after service

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OPPORTUNITIES are ministries and studies offered and led by women and men from Faith Community. Stop by the table and learn what they are and how YOU can start one!

Homes of Hope Table

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Faith Community will be taking a team made up of 25-30 men, women, and families with children to Ensenada, Mx, May 25-27, 2019 (Sat-Mon) to build a home for a family in need. We will also be performing other ministry outreach activities for the children in the area. Families are encouraged to join us. To date, teams from our congregation have built 57 homes for needy families in Tijuana & Ensenada.

Dick and Shirley Johnson will be at the table to provide you with all the information… if you can walk and wave an arm you are fit to join our team!

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Stop by the Hidden Treasures Table. Hidden Treasures is dedicated to the rescue and restoration of women and children victimized by sex slavery in the human trafficking industry.  

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Pray Like This: The Grace We Need

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Today’s Message

There are at least three things common to everyone alive: birth, death, and, in between those two, prayer… I have never met a person who has not prayed. It may be a spiritual prayer born of deep faith or the desperate cry in hopes that Someone might be listening after all. Everyone, everywhere, and of any age has prayed. It unites ancients, moderns, and post-moderns.

At times it is as natural as breathing while at other times it is difficult and painful. Prayer can be both easy and challenging; inspiring and disappointing; gratifying and exasperating; comforting and distressing. At times our longings are abundantly fulfilled and at other times we can feel ignored and our affections betrayed.

The One who prayed, “My God, My God, why have you forsakened me?” taught His followers how to pray and what to pray for. This series is a reflection on the prayer Jesus taught us.

Today we look at the second prayer request Jesus urged us to bring to God: “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”. What does it mean to ask God to “forgive us our debts”? Does forgiveness require forgetfulness? Are there some things that God will not forgive us for? And what about others? Must a follower of Jesus always forgive? These are some of the questions we will be answering today and next week.

Today’s Scriptures | Matthew 6.7-13

Matt. 6:7   “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 “So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

Matt. 6:9   “Pray, then, in this way: 
‘Our Father who is in heaven, 
Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘Your kingdom come. 
Your will be done, 
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’

Click here for resources for this series.

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Pray Like This: The Provision We Need

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Today’s Message

“Give us today our daily bread” is a petition to God for the provision of human needs. When we pray these words, we are asking God to provide us with the things we need to live. But these words are also a proclamation. They are a proclamation of complete dependence on and trust in God to provide for our simplest and most fundamental needs. As we pray these words God’s Spirit transforms our own hearts to live in dependence, trust, and simplicity as we await the coming of God’s kingdom.

Today’s Scriptures | Matthew 6.7-13

Matt. 6:7   “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 “So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

Matt. 6:9   “Pray, then, in this way: 
‘Our Father who is in heaven, 
Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘Your kingdom come. 
Your will be done, 
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’

Click here for resources for this series.

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Pray Like This: Prayer Stations [Family Sunday]

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Today’s Message:

February 17th was a Family Sunday and we continued our series in the Lord’s Prayer by engaging with various prayer stations after our time in worship together. 

If you missed our time together, here are some ideas for your engagement with praying through the Lord’s Prayer

Journaling: You will find journaling paper and pens at the journaling station, feel free to take a sheet of paper and return to your seat for meditation and reflection. 

Prayer: Using each line of the Lord’s prayer as a prompt, take time this morning for an extended time of prayer.

Worship and thanksgiving: take time praising God for who is and all He has done for you and for the world throughout history 

Intercession, submission and surrender: What in your life do you need to surrender to God’s will? Where in the world are you longing to see God’s kingdom and will being done?

Provision: Ask God to care for your needs and the needs of the community and world.

Confession, and giving forgiveness to others: How have you sinned against God and against others this week? How have you sinned in your actions, and words? How have you sinned by not speaking, or acting? How have you sinned in your thoughts and attitudes? 

Asking God for strength: Where in your life do you need God’s guidance, and deliverance? How do you need His strength to come along side you in this upcoming week?

Meditation: Here is a way to meditate on the Lord’s Prayer, by simply saying the prayer very slowly and very meditatively. 

“St. Ignatius suggested to those who were searching to grow in prayer to pray the Our Father very slowly and silently in harmony with the pattern of deep, relaxed breathing. Pray only one word with each slow breath, letting the mind, heart and imagination dwell on that single word.

St. Ignatius also suggested a second method: become relaxed and dwell on the first word of the Our Father, for as long as it is meaningful. Then, move on to the second word. (A young novice once asked Teresa of Avila, “Mother, what shall I do to become a contemplative?’ Without missing a beat, Teresa responded, ‘Say the Our Father – but take an hour to say it.’).” - Sister Janet Schaeffler, O.P.


Today’s Scriptures | Matthew 6.7-13

Matt. 6:7   “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 “So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

Matt. 6:9   “Pray, then, in this way: 
‘Our Father who is in heaven, 
Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘Your kingdom come. 
Your will be done, 
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’

NOTE: There was no recording of this message.

Pray Like This: Your Will Be Done

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Today’s Message:

When we pray the words ‘your will be done,’ we are acknowledging God’s good intentions for earth, the reality of the present evil that is against these good intentions, and our own longing to see His will fulfilled. Praying this prayer will cost us both our worldview and our will as we are invited to partner with God in His good intentions for creation.

Sermon Series:

There are at least three things common to everyone alive: birth, death, and, in between those two, prayer… I have never met a person who has not prayed. It may be a spiritual prayer born of deep faith or the desperate cry in hopes that Someone might be listening after all. Everyone, everywhere, and of any age has prayed. It unites ancients, moderns, and post-moderns.

At times it is as natural as breathing while at other times it is difficult and painful. Prayer can be both easy and challenging; inspiring and disappointing; gratifying and exasperating; comforting and distressing. At times our longings are abundantly fulfilled and at other times we can feel ignored and our affections betrayed.

The One who prayed, “My God, My God, why have you forsakened me?” taught His followers how to pray and what to pray for. This series is a reflection on the prayer Jesus gave us.

Click here for resources for this series.

Today’s Scriptures | Matthew 6.7-13

Matt. 6:7   “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 “So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

Matt. 6:9   “Pray, then, in this way: 
‘Our Father who is in heaven, 
Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘Your kingdom come. 
Your will be done, 
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’

ONLINE GIVING:

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Pray Like This: The Kingdom We Long For

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Today’s Message

There are at least three things common to everyone alive: birth, death, and, in between those two, prayer… I have never met a person who has not prayed. It may be a spiritual prayer born of deep faith or the desperate cry in hopes that Someone might be listening after all. Everyone, everywhere, and of any age has prayed. It unites ancients, moderns, and post-moderns.

At times it is as natural as breathing while at other times it is difficult and painful. Prayer can be both easy and challenging; inspiring and disappointing; gratifying and exasperating; comforting and distressing. At times our longings are abundantly fulfilled and at other times we can feel ignored and our affections betrayed.

The One who prayed, “My God, My God, why have you forsakened me?” taught His followers how to pray and what to pray for. This series is a reflection on the prayer Jesus gave us.

The first thing that Jesus teaches us to pray is “Your Kingdom come.” But many followers of Jesus do not understand what are we praying for. Some think the Kingdom is a political realm that we must persist in creating. Some say it is purely spiritual and something that we spiritually align our lives with. Still others say it is the rule of God which will be established at the end of time. So what IS the Kingdom Jesus taught us to long for?

Click here for resources for this series.

This week’s message notes

Today’s Scriptures | Matthew 6.7-13

Matt. 6:7   “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 “So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

Matt. 6:9   “Pray, then, in this way: 
‘Our Father who is in heaven, 
Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘Your kingdom come. 
Your will be done, 
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’

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Pray Like This: The Identity That Inspires Us

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Today’s Message

There are at least three things common to everyone alive: birth, death, and, in between those two, prayer… I have never met a person who has not prayed. It may be a spiritual prayer born of deep faith or the desperate cry in hopes that Someone might be listening after all. Everyone, everywhere, and of any age has prayed. It unites ancients, moderns, and post-moderns.

At times it is as natural as breathing while at other times it is difficult and painful. Prayer can be both easy and challenging; inspiring and disappointing; gratifying and exasperating; comforting and distressing. At times our longings are abundantly fulfilled and at other times we can feel ignored and our affections betrayed.

The One who prayed, “My God, My God, why have you forsakened me?” taught His followers how to pray and what to pray for. This series is a reflection on the prayer Jesus gave us.

Jesus teaches His followers to pray: “Hallowed be Your name.” What does it mean “to hallow”? Why would Jesus teach this? and How does this practice shape our identity?

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This week’s message notes

Today’s Scriptures | Matthew 6.7-13

Matt. 6:7   “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 “So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

Matt. 6:9   “Pray, then, in this way: 
‘Our Father who is in heaven, 
Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘Your kingdom come. 
Your will be done, 
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’

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Pray Like This: The Setting We Pray In

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Today’s Message

There are at least three things common to everyone alive: birth, death, and, in between those two, prayer… I have never met a person who has not prayed. It may be a spiritual prayer born of deep faith or the desperate cry in hopes that Someone might be listening after all. Everyone, everywhere, and of any age has prayed. It unites ancients, moderns, and post-moderns.

At times it is as natural as breathing while at other times it is difficult and painful. Prayer can be both easy and challenging; inspiring and disappointing; gratifying and exasperating; comforting and distressing. At times our longings are abundantly fulfilled and at other times we can feel ignored and our affections betrayed.

The One who prayed, “My God, My God, why have you forsakened me?” taught His followers how to pray and what to pray for. This series is a reflection on the prayer Jesus gave us.

Click here for resources for this series.

Today’s Scriptures | Matthew 6.7-13

Matt. 6:7   “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 “So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

Matt. 6:9   “Pray, then, in this way: 
‘Our Father who is in heaven, 
Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘Your kingdom come. 
Your will be done, 
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’

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Pray Like This: The Foundation For All Prayer

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Today’s Message

There are at least three things common to everyone alive: birth, death, and, in between those two, prayer… I have never met a person who has not prayed. It may be a spiritual prayer born of deep faith or the desperate cry in hopes that Someone might be listening after all. Everyone, everywhere, and of any age has prayed. It unites ancients, moderns, and post-moderns.

At times it is as natural as breathing while at other times it is difficult and painful. Prayer can be both easy and challenging; inspiring and disappointing; gratifying and exasperating; comforting and distressing. At times our longings are abundantly fulfilled and at other times we can feel ignored and our affections betrayed.

The One who prayed, “My God, My God, why have you forsakened me?” taught His followers how to pray and what to pray for. This series is a reflection on the prayer Jesus gave us.

Jesus teaches His followers to call God, “Father”. Why are we encouraged to do this? What does this teach us? And can people who have horrible fathers ever consider calling God Father? These are some of the questions today’s message seeks to consider.

Click here for resources for this series.

Today’s Scriptures | Matthew 6.5-13

5 “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 6 “But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

Matt. 6:7   “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 “So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

Matt. 6:9   “Pray, then, in this way: 
‘Our Father who is in heaven, 
Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘Your kingdom come. 
Your will be done, 
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’

Click here for the message outline.

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Pray Like This: A Preface to Prayer

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Today’s Message

There are at least three things common to everyone alive: birth, death, and, in between those two, prayer… I have never met a person who has not prayed. It may be a spiritual prayer born of deep faith or the desperate cry in hopes that Someone might be listening after all. Everyone, everywhere, and of any age has prayed. It unites ancients, moderns, and post-moderns.

At times it is as natural as breathing while at other times it is difficult and painful. Prayer can be both easy and challenging; inspiring and disappointing; gratifying and exasperating; comforting and distressing. At times our longings are abundantly fulfilled and at other times we can feel ignored and our affections betrayed.

The One who prayed, “My God, My God, why have you forsakened me?” taught His followers how to pray and what to pray for. This series is a reflection on the prayer Jesus gave us.

Click here for resources for this series.

Today’s Scriptures | Matthew 6.5-13

5 “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 6 “But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

Matt. 6:7   “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 “So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

Matt. 6:9   “Pray, then, in this way: 
‘Our Father who is in heaven, 
Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘Your kingdom come. 
Your will be done, 
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’

Click here for the message outline.

ONLINE GIVING:

If you would like to join us in worshiping the Lord through financial giving to the ministries of Faith Community please click here.