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Pastor D’s Letter January 16, 2022

The other day I was talking with a friend from Phoenix. He shared how he and a friend at his church were going to co-teach a Sunday school class on 1 and 2 Peter. I shared with him about the Sunday school class I will be teaching starting this Sunday, January 16th, “COLD CASE CHRISTIANITY”. I mentioned that we were inviting whole families to come and learn together. I told him about J Warner Wallace, the forensic detective who came to faith as he used his skills in forensics to examine the Christian faith. We talked about how learning that your faith could be proven, could help you share your faith with others.

Then I shared with him that in addition to Sunday school, on Wednesday nights I was teaching through the Gospel of Luke, and on Sunday’s we were spending “A Year With Jesus”. He paused and then said, “That all goes together.” I smiled and said, “I planned it that way.” Then we both laughed and he said, “Of course you did.”

“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11

It should not surprise you to hear that God has plans, for you! Hopefully like me, you find comfort in knowing God has a plan. Despite the uncertain Covid filled world we live in God is in control working out His plan for our lives. God’s plan center on one simple desire, God wants us to TRUST HIM! God wants us to KNOW HIM, and have peace because He is with us. TRUST HIM and receive His gift of salvation through faith. “For by grace we have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God not as a result of works, so that no-one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV)

God has plans. And God’s plans are for our good and not for evil. God’s plans give us HOPE and promise us a FUTURE! As you face this uncertain world, hold onto that promise from God’s word. May this simple truth grant you peace this coming week and beyond.


And now, may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him,
So that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
(Romans 15:13)

Dr. D

P.S. I hope you will take advantage of the Sunday School Class on Cold Case Christianity so you can learn how to defend and share you faith. It is a great way to talk about your faith with the whole family. I also hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to walk with Jesus this year, through studying the Gospel of Luke on Wednesday nights and by coming to worship on Sunday mornings. During January and February our “Year With Jesus” will focus on “Temptations Jesus Faced”.


NEWS UPDATES

• Join us for Fellowship after church in the Fellowship Hall.


WWN Bible Study this Wednesday (January 19th) Luke 2.

MASKS ARE OPTIONAL IN WORSHIP! Be considerate of those who choose to wear masks and maintain social distance.

• If you cannot come in person, we continue to broadcast our SERVICE LIVE every Sunday at 9 a.m. on https://www.facebook.com/SierraVistaPresbyterianChurch/. Our account is public. YOU DO NOT NEED A FACEBOOK ACCOUNT TO WATCH. If you come to worship in person or watch at home, invite a friend to join you.

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HEALING IN YOUR GLORY
CCLI # 1340880

There’s Healing in Your glory
There’s Healing in Your glory
There’s Healing in Your glory
There’s Healing in Your glory
Lord send Your glory

There’s Power in Your glory
There’s Power in Your glory
There’s Power in Your glory
There’s Power in Your glory
Lord send Your glory

There’s Freedom in Your glory
There’s Freedom in Your glory
There’s Freedom in Your glory
There’s Freedom in Your glory
Lord send Your glory

There’s Deliverance in Your glory
There’s Deliverance in Your glory
There’s Deliverance in Your glory
There’s Deliverance in Your glory
Lord send Your glory

There’s Joy in Your glory
There’s Joy in Your glory
There’s Joy in Your glory
There’s Joy in Your glory
Lord send Your glory

THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE
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This little light of mine,
I'm gonna to let it shine.
(3X)
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Hide it under a bushel, no!
I’m gonna let it shine.
(3x)
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Don’t let Satan blow it out.
I’m gonna let it shine.
(3x)
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Let it shine till Jesus comes.
I’m gonna let it shine.
(3x)
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

This little light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine.
(3x)
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

PLEASE JOIN ME IN THE CALL TO WORSHIP
PSALM 32:1,2,5-8, 10, 11

LEADER: Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

CONGREGATION: Blessed is the man to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

LEADER: I acknowledge my sin to thee,

CONGREGATION: And I did not hide my iniquity;

LEADER: I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord";

CONGREGATION: Then thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin.

LEADER: Therefore let every one who is godly offer prayer to thee;

CONGREGATION: At a time of distress, in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him.

LEADER: Thou art hiding a place for me, thou preservest me from trouble;

CONGREGATION: Thou dost encompass me with deliverance.

LEADER: I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go;

CONGREGATION: I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

LEADER: Many are the pangs of the wicked;

CONGREGATION: But steadfast love surrounds him who trusts in the Lord.

LEADER: Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,

CONGREGATION: And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

LET US CONTINUE TO WORSHIP GOD IN SONG.

DAYS OF ELIJAH
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These are the days of Elijah
Declaring the word of the Lord
And these are the days
Of Your Servant Moses,
Righteousness being restored
And though these are days
Of great trial,
Of famine and darkness and sword
Still we are a voice
In the desert crying
“Prepare ye the way of the Lord”

Behold he comes
Riding on the clouds
Shining like the sun
At the trumpet call,
Lift your voice
It’s the year of jubilee,
Out of Zion’s hill
Salvation comes.

These are the days of Ezekiel
The dry bones becoming as flesh;
And these are the days
Of Your servant David,
Rebuilding the temple of praise.
These are the days of the harvest,
The fields are as white in the world,
And we are the laborers
In the vineyard,
Declaring the word of the Lord.

Behold he comes
Riding on the clouds
Shining like the sun
At the trumpet call,
Lift your voice
It’s the year of jubilee,
Out of Zion’s hill
Salvation comes.

There is no God like Jehovah
There is no God like Jehovah
There is no God like Jehovah
There is no God like Jehovah

Behold he comes
Riding on the clouds
Shining like the sun
At the trumpet call,
Lift your voice
It’s the year of jubilee,
Out of Zion’s hill
Salvation comes.

THIS IS THE AIR I BREATHE
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This is the air I breathe
This is the air I breathe
Your Holy presence
livin' in me

This is my daily bread
This is my daily bread
Your very word
spoken to me

And I, I'm desperate for You
And I, I'm lost without You

This is the air I breathe
This is the air I breathe
Your Holy presence
Living in me

This is my daily bread
This is my daily bread
Your very word
spoken to me

And I, I'm desperate for You
And I, I'm lost without You
And I, I'm desperate for You
And I, I'm lost without You

And I, I'm desperate for You
And I, I'm lost without You
I'm lost without you
I'm lost without you (father)
I'm lost without you
This is the air I breathe
This is the air I breathe