Daily Archives: June 1, 2020

Faith in Fear

Faith in Fear | May 16-17, 2020
Series: Forget Not
Introduction:   0:00-1:04
Video Illustration: 17:26-20:40
Sermon: Kenton Beshore – 20:42-52:10
Benediction: 57:33-58:20 

Psalm 121, “I lift my eyes towards the mountains, where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

That’s why we are here today—to look towards God. The number one command in the Bible is to not be afraid. The second command is to cry out to Him, to pray. But the third, most repeated command is to praise, to worship. The command is not to be sung to, and it isn’t to watch singing, but it is actually for us to praise God. And we have lots of reasons to praise God, don’t we? He’s been good and faithful, we’ve seen His love in so many ways and as we begin, I’d like you to sit forward or maybe even start to stand up so that you’re ready to praise God. Not just watch it, but to be engaged in it with your whole heart, with your whole being. Let’s praise God, let’s look to the Lord because that’s where our help comes from.

He’s resurrected. I truly believe that today. I love our church and I love how our church loves on the next generation. And we want to take the time this weekend to show all the seniors some love. So take a look. 

Mariners Church, check this out. This is the weekend we always recognize our graduating seniors. We’re doing it differently this year. Doug and I are delivering yard signs to some of our graduating seniors now and this is one of our senior’s homes.

Not just yard signs, but we also have a Class of 2020 commemorative mask because this says it all for seniors. Think about it, Church, how much seniors have lost. They lost their graduation, they lost prom, they lost spring sports, they lost stepping across that stage and being acknowledged and we want to step into that loss and celebrate them and say, “This is a big occasion and our church loves you! 

This weekend, we had a couple hundred volunteers delivering both of these to our seniors’ houses. Also, on the screen below, it says “Connect”. Text in to connect and it’ll say “Grad 2020” and let us know if you have a senior. We have other things that we want to send your way.

Text “Connect to 949-267-3131 and select “Grad 2020”

Graduating seniors, I want you to know that our church is so proud of you. We know this is a huge accomplishment, not only for you, but for your entire family. And while we know this is a difficult season, it’s also a season that I believe the Lord is going to develop resilience in you and perseverance in you. And I’m really proud of you. Your pastor is really proud of you.

Church family, when you are driving by a home that has this yard sign in the front of it, I want you to honk, not lay on the horn, just honk a couple times and let that family know that you’re proud of that senior and then pray for that senior. Anytime you see one of these signs over the next several days, just honk a couple of times and pray for that graduating senior right there. Graduating seniors, we love you, we are so proud of you. And we want to spend a moment and pray for you.

But before we do, Church family, I want you to hear this as well, because of your generosity, we are hosting at the Irvine campus, nine different high school graduations. It’s a drive-in graduation and our team is putting it on for nine different schools. And because of your generosity we’re finding creative ways to serve people in our community. But graduating seniors, let me pray for you now.

Lord, I thank You for these seniors that are graduating, I know it’s an important moment for them and for their families. And I ask that You would bless them now. I pray that they would sense Your pleasure and Your favor and Your grace over their life. And for the next season in their life, whatever is coming next for them, I ask that You would guide their steps, that they would sense Your care and Your concern, Your compassion for them, that You would lead them each step of the way, in this next season of their life. I pray for their parents and their families that You’ll bless them as well and that You would help them find joy in the middle of this unforeseen graduating time. Lord, it’s in Your Name that I pray, Amen.

“Amen. That’s great. Good job, that was fun.”

“It’s fun to do this man.” 

“Hey! What are you doing? Get out of here! Get off my lawn!”

“We got the wrong address.” 

“Dude, it’s seniors in high school, not seniors! Come on bro! Let’s go!

I love Eric and Doug. And I love their passion for our high school students. And I really love what they’re doing for seniors. You got to hear how much we love them as a church and how much they love them. And we’re so aware of how much you’ve missed. And I am so sad for the things that you’re missing this year. I find myself praying for you as seniors on a regular basis because of the sadness and the confusion. But I know and my prayer is that God would be your provision. And so that’s my prayer for you because these are confusing times.

Seems like there is just this “cloud of confusion” that comes over my life every day as I listen to the news. You start to hear the debate about, “Should we open up? Or should things be closed?” And everybody wants to be safe, but at the same time you want the economy to start. Which is it? What do we do?

And then, there’s the debates about whether or not schools should open up and start. You love the idea that schools can be online, but yet everyone knows how important it is to be in a classroom.

And then the debate about whether or not beaches should be opened up. We all know the beaches shouldn’t be opened up. 

And then the other things are just the pressure for families. Families have got to, in their homes, both do school and their business and the home and all the pressures that that brings in the future. And it just feels like there is this “fog” of fear and anxiety and confusion that happens every day when I watch the news. What do you do? What do you do with the fear that comes your way during this season?

We’re in a series that’s titled, Forget Not. We’re looking at the book of Psalms and each week we see a psalm that God has given to us that’s like a lifeline. And Psalm 27 is one of my favorite psalms because in this psalm, this was the psalm that a king, when they were anointed, had to read over the people. One of the first things that they did.

And anytime a king would go to war, he would have to read it to the army before they go to war. Think about this, what God wanted is, in a time of transition, a time of confusion, a time when enemies would attack, God would say, “I want this psalm read over my people.” Listen to Psalm 27.

“The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom should I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— whom should I dread? When evildoers came against me to devour my flesh, my foes and my enemies stumbled and fell. Though an army deploys against me, my heart will not be afraid; though a war breaks out against me, I will still be confident. I have asked one thing from the LORD; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, gazing on the beauty of the LORD and seeking him in his temple. For he will conceal me in his shelter in the day of adversity; he will hide me under the cover of his tent…Then my head will be high above my enemies around me; I will offer sacrifices in his tent with shouts of joy. I will sing and make music to the LORD. LORD, hear my voice when I call; be gracious to me and answer me. My heart says this about you: “Seek his face.” LORD, I will seek your face…I am certain that I will see the LORD’s goodness in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart be courageous. Wait for the LORD.”

In this psalm, David cries out and he shows to us what does it mean, to cry out in fear to the Lord. The first thing that David says is that what we’re to do in fearful times, is don’t forget who God is. And he tells us three things about God. That God is our light and light is the only thing that drives out darkness. God is the only One who will drive the darkness of fear out of your life. 

Secondly, he says God is our salvation. He rescues us. He delivers. And He doesn’t just deliver us from the enemies outside of us, He delivers us from the enemy that’s within ourselves.

And then the third thing he says, is that, “The Lord is my stronghold. He is the place of safety. He hides me. He protects me. He provides for me.” He says, “Then why should I be afraid?” 

And what’s interesting is that David actually lists why he is afraid. And he has good reasons to be afraid. He says, “I have enemies that want to devour me. I have a whole people group, an army that set against me. I have these people that are set out to destroy me in my life and they want to kill me.” And not only does he have physical dangers, but he talks in this psalm about emotional dangers that he has. He says that there is heartbreaking sadness in his life. He’s fearful for the loss of the people that he loves. He talks in the psalm about his father and mother and them abandoning him. 

You see this crushing, emotional sadness and yet he says in this psalm, David says, “I am still confident in God.” And I think there’s this profound lesson in this psalm because what David does, “The Lord is my light, my salvation, my stronghold,” but at the same time, he lists his fears and so I did what David did. I began to go down and say, “What are the things that make me afraid? What are the physical dangers? What are the emotional dangers?” Because we have things to be afraid of.

And as I started to list them, what I’m afraid for, my family, I’m afraid for their health, I don’t want them to get the Coronavirus. I’m afraid for my mom who’s 93 years old, I don’t want her to get the Coronavirus. There are real physical fears. But there’s also emotional ones that are very sad—the sadness of the economy, the pressure that my kids have in their own homes to be both teachers and parents and all the pressure, the economy and where we are with that and the pressure that they face with that, the confusion that they have about their future and careers. And in those moments, I look at that and then what I do on the other side of that list, is I write down who God is and say that God is my light, He can drive away fear. God is my salvation, He’s the only one who can rescue me. God is my shelter, my fortress and He’s the only safe place in my life. And then when I do that I can say with David, “I will be confident.”

Let me ask you, what makes you afraid?

David would say, “Look at your fears and list them.” List the things that make you physically afraid. What are you afraid of? A virus, maybe there’s people, you don’t have an army that set out against you but maybe there are people in your life that are trying to take you down or hurt you. What are the physical dangers? And then also, what are the emotional dangers in your life? What are the things that just make you sad? The economy, the brokenness, maybe you’ve lost a job, maybe you’ve been alienated from someone that you love. 

So have the courage, David says to list all of these things that make you afraid. And then on the other side, look at what he says, “God is your light, He is this power that drives out the darkness of fear. God is your salvation, He alone can rescue you. And God is a mighty fortress. He is our defender. He is the one who protects us and he provides for us.” 

The first thing that we need to do is we need to remember who God is. But then that’s not enough. David goes on and he says, there’s one more thing that we’ve got to do that’s even more powerful. It’s not enough to know who God is, we need to experience the truth of God in our lives. We need to experience Him as light and as a provider and as our salvation. And he says in Psalm 27:4, he says, “I have asked one thing from the LORD; it is what I desire.” You see the singleness of purpose in David’s life. 

In Hebrew, literally it says, “There’s one thing and only one thing that I need. If I have this one thing, if I have this one need met in my life I can face, it doesn’t matter who my enemies are, it doesn’t matter what I face. I have everything that I need.”

The question is, what is the one thing that you need in your life? If you were asked what’s the one thing? There’s just one thing. What’s the one thing that you need in your life?

Remember, and I think it was in ’91, the movie “City Slickers” came out with Billy Crystal in it. And it was a movie about three guys that were middle aged that lost their meaning and purpose in life. And they decide to go on a cattle drive together because they figure that’ll help them get their bearings in life. And on the cattle drive, they meet this cowboy, Curly, I think he’s played by Jack Palance. And they can’t quite get it.

And there’s this moment in the movie where Jack Palance says to them, he says, “You know what the problem with you City Slickers is, is that you spend all year getting your life tied up in knots and you expect to come out here on one long weekend on a cattle drive and get all these knots untied.” He goes, “I’ll tell you the secret to life.” And they sit forward and they’re interested going, “Okay, here’s some cowboy wisdom, what’s the secret to life?” And he looks at them and he says, “One thing. One thing.” And then he walks away and of course, they look at him and they go, “What is that? What’s “one thing”?”

But what’s interesting is for the rest of the movie, each character finds the one thing in their life that brings meaning and brings purpose. And David in this psalm says, “I have found the one thing in my life.” And he says what it is, “The one thing that I want to experience, is that I want to experience God as my light. I want to experience God as my salvation. I want to experience God as my salvation.”

He says in Psalm 27:4, he says, “I have asked one thing from the LORD; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life…” Now in this psalm, he’s going to talk about the house of the Lord, the temple or the tent and it’s all referring to the same place. There was a tabernacle, a tent that God’s people took and it was the place of God’s presence. And so what David is saying is, “If I can just experience God’s presence every day in my life, that is the one thing that I need. It’s the only thing that I need. If I could experience the relationship, His love, it would bring everything that I need to my life. To experience His presence or to experience His voice.” 

John 10:27, Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, I know them and they follow me.” To just hear God’s voice, to experience His love and His kindness, His affirmation, His encouraging words in the difficult moments of life.

And then in Psalm 23:2-3, David captures what it means to be loved by God. “He lets me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters. He renews my life; he leads me along the right paths for his name’s sake.”

And that’s what it means. And David says, “It isn’t enough just to know who God is, I need to experience that God is my light, that He drives away the darkness of fear. And I do that by experiencing God’s presence in my life, by hearing His voice and experience His love.” And he goes, “When I have that, then I have everything that I need.”

And then he says this great line in verse 4. He says (Psalm 27:4), “…gazing on the beauty of the LORD and seeking him in his temple.” The word “gaze” there means to look and to look and to look in such a way that you are overwhelmed and compelled by the beauty of the Lord. What is the beauty of the Lord?

Paul Tripp, in the devotional we’re reading together as a church, New Morning Mercies, on the May 12, he said this…I love this word. He said, “You can’t get up in the morning without bumping into God. He purposely created the physical world in such a way that it points to the character of God, the beauty of God.” And then he quotes Psalm 19, where it says, “The heavens declare the Glory of God,” which is the beauty of God, “Day after day it pours out speech and it reveals God.”

And you can see it. In creation, we see God’s eternal power through a mighty storm. We see God’s majesty in the ocean and the mountains. We see His beauty in a sunrise and a sunset. We see God’s amazing creativity in the wings of a hummingbird or the petals of a rose. And a person literally has to work to miss God, because you bump into Him every day in creation. And I love that.

And the reason that God did this, is so that we would run to Him in difficult moments. And he says, “I want to gaze, I want to look and look at God’s greatness until I am just overwhelmed by it.” Well, what does that mean?

I think that what it means is, every day, because he says, “I want to do this every day,” is that we just have the discipline of saying, “God, You are loving and I see Your love.” And we identify the ways. “God, You are faithful, every morning the sun rises and You provide the things that I need. God, You sustain. You look at the four seasons and how that provides food for mankind. God, You are a good provider.”

We see a God who’s in control. He manages all of creation, a God who cares for us, who listens to us, a God who is everywhere present and He’s with us right now. A God who is righteous. A God who is good. And as we just go through and say, “God, You are… You are…”, we become compelled by His beauty. And what’s important about that is we realize that in God’s beauty, that He is wonderful, He’s not just useful for us and His beauty overwhelms us and when God’s beauty overwhelms us, David says it drives the fear out of our lives. What does that look like, for God to be our light? 

Some of my grandkids are learning how to ride a bike and they’re kind of dangerous because they get on a bike and they’re a little bit of edge dancers and so they’re going faster than they should. And they go down the street and they’re just weaving and every second they look like they’re going to fall over. And eventually, because they’re going too fast or they’re getting too close to each other, they crash or they fall down. And when they fall down, it hurts. They skin an elbow, they scrape a knee, they knock the wind out of themselves.

And I’ll run over and one of my grandsons, he fell down and he stands there sort of brave, but he doesn’t want me and he just waits until his mom comes in. As soon as his mom comes, he just crumples and falls into her lap and there he bursts into tears. And he listens as she affirms and says to him, “You’re so brave and I’m so proud of you. I’m amazed at how good of a bike rider you are. You’re doing such a good job and you’re just amazing.” And he just sits there and he begins to sniffle and her words and her love begins to infuse him with courage and strength until he’s able to get back up on the bike. And ultimately, that’s what it means for us to experience God as our light.

It seems every day just the news of the Coronavirus or the problems that it creates, it knocks the wind out of us. It knocks us down. But when we experience God’s presence and His beauty, His love and we hear His voice as we crumple into His presence and His love and we hear Him affirm us and love us. And He says to us how proud He is of us and how well that we’re doing. Ultimately, it infuses us with courage and strength, so that we’re able to stand up again and get at life.

David says, “If there’s just one thing, there’s one thing that I need, I need to experience God in my life like that on a daily basis—His presence, His love, His concern for me, I want to experience His light.” And then the second thing he says is that, “I want to experience God as a stronghold or a fortress or a safe place.” It says that (Psalm 27:5), “For he will conceal me in his shelter in the day of adversity; he will hide me under the cover of his tent…” 

That’s the tabernacle again. And the tent was the place of the holy of holies. It was God’s presence. And it’s the idea that God who is this stronghold, this fortress, is the One who can hide me, the One who can protect me, the only safe place that I have.

These days, because of the Coronavirus, all of us are looking for a safe place. My wife wants to make our home a safe place because we have the privilege of getting to babysit some of our kids but as a result of that, she wants to make sure that it is clean all the time. So anytime we bring in groceries, we’ve got to make sure and wipe them all down. If I go out and I exercise or I go on a bike ride, I feel like Laurie meets me with a full fumigation system just blowing everything up because she wants our home to be a safe place. And I want it to be a safe place. But what David is saying and what we really know, is that God ultimately, is the only safe place that we have.

Look at what it says in Isaiah 43:2-3, the promise that God has. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and the rivers will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, and the flame will not burn you…Because you are precious in my sight and honored, and I love you… “

God is the only One who can protect us. While we should take all of the right protections to protect us from the Coronavirus, ultimately, God is the One who protects our life.

And God is the One who provides. In Philippians 4:19 it says, And my God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” It’s not according to the riches of your income or your business or this world, it is the riches of God. He is the One who provides for us. And when we experience God as our stronghold or as a safe place for us, ultimately, it says that we experience rest and peace. And it seems that the one thing that we cannot find in this world today is peace.

The statistics show that we’re all working two or three more hours a day than we did before at our jobs. We’re trying to raise our kids and at the same time, we’re trying to pull off school. We are busier and less rested than we have ever been in our lives. And none of us even went into this where we are rested. And we look in the world and we said, “Where can I find the rest?” But when we experience God as our stronghold, what it says is that we experience rest.

 That’s why Jesus said (Matthew 11:28-29), Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

All of us go into the world and we try to find rest, find rest by trying harder, working harder. We think that we can make ourselves better and we exhaust ourselves until we’re so tired and finally we turn to Jesus.

I know it sounds like a cliché, but in that moment, we experience the rest that only God can give to us because He is the One who is our shelter. He is the One who protects us. He is a mighty fortress.

And then the third thing he says, David says, “There’s just one thing I want. One and only one thing, is to experience who God is. I want to know Him as the light. I want to know Him as a strong tower.” The third thing he says is, “I want to experience God as my salvation.” He says (Psalm 27:5-6), …he will set me high on a rock… Then my head will be high above my enemies around me…”

There’s this picture that God is the One who is the salvation, He lifts us up, He puts us in a safe place, which is a powerful picture because it is a picture that God saves us from our enemies, but the greatest enemies are not the ones that are outside of us, it is the enemies that are inside of us.

I am amazed at how skilled I am at blaming my brokenness on the Coronavirus. Every day I blame my impatience, my unkindness, I go, “It’s just the stress of this virus. It’s because we have to live at home. You don’t understand. This is just really hard on me. I got to get out.” And I blame my selfishness on what’s going on in the world. It is just not my fault. And that’s what we do.

We are great at just blaming and not taking responsibility. And the problem, over again, I go, “Well, it’s not me. It’s not me. And as soon as this is over, I’ll go back to really being the nice kind person, the patient person I was.” But the truth is, I wasn’t patient and I wasn’t kind and I wasn’t good before. And it wasn’t this virus that has brought the things out of my life. The truth is they were already there. I’m already a broken person. And it just reveals the brokenness in my life. And I want to be free from it. 

We all want to be free and the world offers a way to be free. The world says, “Yeah, you got to break free. Get out. You need to go do something. Jump into some form of an addiction, or just run and get out. Or just run from your family. And sure, it’ll break a few hearts, but you got to be free! You got to be free.” But we know where that all ends up, and it doesn’t work. And ultimately, the only way that we experience the freedom that we really want is that we run to God and God alone is the One who can save us. And so how does God save us? 

He transforms us, He changes who we are on the very inside. In Romans 12:2, it says, Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” And that’s not something that we do. That’s something that God does in us. He begins to renovate our mind. He gives us new ways of thinking about blame and our own impatience and our unkindness. And how we’re willing to blame everybody but ourselves. He gives us new ways to think about forgiveness. He transforms our mind. He delivers us. He saves us from the brokenness in our own lives.

Romans 5 says it this way, and I love that. It says, “We can rejoice in the problems, the trials, the difficulties that we face in life.” Because he says even in these difficulties, we know that it produces endurance and endurance produces character and ultimately, that character gives us the hope of salvation. And so what Paul says in that passage is that the difficulties, the pains that we’re facing right now in this challenging time, they don’t destroy us, but God uses them to renovate us, to make us into the very people that we want to be. It gives us endurance and it produces character. And ultimately, it saves us.

And I know what you’re thinking. You’re going, “If God’s doing this, why isn’t it happening faster? And why is it so hard during this season?” Well, because one, we all minimize our brokenness. We are more broken than we want to admit. But God’s grace is greater than any of us can imagine. And even though we have a longer distance to go, we can see God is, and in this season, I can see God is developing patience and kindness and goodness. And He’s making me more aware of my brokenness and I don’t want to be that way. I want to be the person that God wants me to be. 

And He’s saving me from my self. I’m experiencing God’s transforming power. David says, “There’s one thing, one thing and only one thing that I really want. I want to experience God’s presence and love, experience God as my light, experience God as my salvation, God as my stronghold.” And he just bursts in prayer and he says in his prayer, “I want to know you and I want to follow you.”

He says (Psalm 27:7-8), LORD, hear my voice when I call; be gracious to me and answer me. My heart says this about you: “Seek his face.” LORD, I will seek your face.”

The first thing that David says in his prayer is that, “God, You’ve said to me, that You can be known, that You’re not a mystery, that You haven’t stayed distant and far, that I can know you and that I can be known by you.” And he says, “My heart says this about you. You’ve said, “Seek me,” and he says, “I am going to seek you. I want to know you, I want to experience a relationship with you. If I have you, it fills my whole soul. I have everything I need, if I have you.” That’s David’s prayer. And then he says (Psalm 27:11), “Because of my adversaries, show me your way, LORD, and lead me on a level path.” He goes, “God, don’t let these problems make me want to go my way.” He says, “Show me Your way, I want Your way not my way.” 

David prays this prayer, “I want to know you and I want to follow you.” And then he concludes. So now remember about this psalm. This was a psalm that God had read over his people in times of transition, in times when people were anxious or fearful. When they were overwhelmed with anxiety. A king would stand in front of the people and literally read this psalm. “The Lord is my light, He is my salvation, He is my stronghold, why should I be afraid?” He would list literally the fears that he has. He goes, “But I am confident in God. There is one thing I ask, one thing that I need, one thing my soul desires, and that is to dwell in the house of the Lord, to experience God’s presence every day in my life. To experience God as my light, my salvation and my stronghold.” And then he says, “I cry out to you, I want to know you and I want to follow you.”

And he concludes this psalm this way (Psalm 27:13-14 NLT), “Yet I am confident I will see the LORD’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.”

Here at the end, David says, “God is good and I’m going to see God’s goodness.” And when writes this psalm, he has an army chasing him, he’s being pursued by Saul, he’s overwhelmed, he’s alone and he’s fearful. And yet he says, “I am confident that I am going to see God’s goodness.” How do we know? Because David believes the promise that God gave him. God said to him when he was about 14 years old, “I’m going to make you King.” And even when he writes this, David is not yet King. And he says, “But I know that God is good and I am going to wait for the Lord.” And he challenges us. 

He says, “So, wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous.” He says, “Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” Why would we wait? Who likes to wait? Waiting is just painful. And the reason that we want to wait is because all of us have experienced God’s goodness. Every one of us that believe in Jesus, we have a story of God’s goodness in our life. When we weren’t good, God did not stay distant. He didn’t wait for us.

God came in the person of Jesus so that we could know God, we could experience His love and His grace, we could know that God was knowable and that we could be known by God. But not only that, He came and He went to the cross and He took all of our sins and He there died the death that we were already dying. And while He was on the cross, he cried out and he said, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” And God waited. And then Jesus died on the cross for our sins and God waited. And why did God wait?

The reason that God waited, is so that when we come to God and we cry out for forgiveness, God never has to say to any of us, “Wait just a minute.” We have God’s grace and love and acceptance immediately because of what Jesus did. We have the promise. We’ve experienced His grace. And we, with David, say, “I will see the Lord’s goodness, even in my life. I know that God is good all the time, not just last time, not just this time, He will be good all the time.” 

He says, “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” He said, “I will see the goodness of the Lord, wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave, be courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” 

God, would You give us the courage to hold on to Your promises that we would experience Your love, Your presence, Your grace in our life so that we can wait with courage and know that You are good? You are our light, You are our salvation, You are our stronghold and we come to you, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

As we’re gathered in our homes around the communities, would you hold out your hands to receive God’s blessing. 

God, look at Your children, they love You. Would You bless them and keep them. Hold them fast in your love. Would You cause Your face to shine upon them and be gracious to them in ways so that every day, they experience Your presence. And God, would You lift up the light of Your countenance. Would You turn Your attention towards them, so when they cry out, would You save and deliver and rescue. And God, would You give them your peace. We ask in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. You have a great day.