Hey Vinelife Church!
In case you missed yesterday’s service, here’s a recap to keep you in the loop.
WORSHIP THEMES //
We engaged in a powerful time of worship. Feel free to listen to these songs again and worship the Lord today
Pastor Luke Humbrecht brought a great word called “The Power of Blessing.” You can listen the message here and read his notes below:
I want to build on this idea today on the posture through which we extend the goodness of God to the world.
We’re going to talk about the importance of creating a CULTURE OF BLESSING.
It was initiated in the Garden and restated to Abraham, and fulfilled in Christ.
One of the original declarations and mandates that the Father made known to us.
Genesis 12:2-3 (NIV) – “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.[a] I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Abraham was mentored by God in blessing our of his friendship with El Shaddai—the God who blesses me and makes me fruitful and multiplies my descendants after me.
Blessing happens in a number of ways, but there is something so important about recovering the lost art of a verbal pronunciation of the Father’s favor and intentions towards each other.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
As the rest of culture peaks into the church and conversations happening among Christians, the larger perception is not a culture of blessing. Maybe a culture of argument? A culture of needing to be right? At it’s worst – a culture of cursing.
Church should be known for a culture of blessing. It’s the language and dialect of the family of God. Our initiation into God’s family is through divine blessing.
Ephesians 1:3 (NIV) – Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
They will know we are Christians by our love.
To bless is to pronounce words or initiate actions that invoke divine favor upon someone or something.
“More simply put, ‘what we breathe in, we breathe out’: We are blessed by God so we bless him in reply, and in addition we bless others around us; and in the process of blessing others, we also bless God. It is at blessing that we are emulating the Perichoresis – the dance of the Trinity.” – Richard Rohr
This is the culture of heaven and the culture of the Trinity. Constant favor of one another. Father, Son, and Spirit always lifting up and preferring one another.
For many of us, it’s a lost art we need to recover. The language of BLESSING is fuels a peculiar and attractive witness for Jesus in the world.
The Jewish tradition was to offer blessings at various life stages, recognizing the work of God in all of them – Birth, childhood, puberty, marriage, older age
Because of the breakdown of families in our culture, many of our youth, is many don’t know what a blessing is or sounds like. We’re made to mature in a culture of blessing.
Without the blessing and affirmation, young men and women are wired to find that in other places.
Ingredients of a blessing:
- Call by name
- Touch (Gen. 27:22, Mark 10:13)
- Eye Contact (Acts 3:4-5)
- High value (Genesis 27:28)
- Glorious future (Genesis 27:29)
- Scriptural words of God’s favor
This is something we cultivate within the church, but also is how we can bless others who don’t know Christ.
Dallas Willard writes, “Blessing is the projection of good into the life of another. It isn’t just words. It’s the actual putting forth of your will for the good of another person. It always involves God, because when you will the good of another person, you realize only God is capable of bringing that. So we naturally say, “God bless you.””
Practice blessing one another. In Numbers 6:22-26 we see God instructing Moses and Aaron HOW to bless his people.
The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:
“‘“The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’
The word “May”: used to express possibility; used to express opportunity or permission
WORDS FOR HEALING PRAYER //
Every Sunday, our ministry team prays for physical conditions and we believe the God loves to heal our bodies. Here are some words for healing prayer from Sunday. If you would like prayer, feel free to post a prayer request as a comment on this topic.
- Teeth problem(s)
- Issue involving the forehead
- Macular degeneration
- Neck pain/ problems
- Car accident injury
SERVING OPPORTUNITIES //
Vinelife Kids | We have re-launched our children’s ministry previously called KidsQuest. It is now Vinelife Kids. We are looking for 8 volunteers to commit to serving one Sunday a month as they invest in the future of the children of Vinelife. Several positions are available. Teachers, teacher’s aids, a management team, etc. Please email Valerie@vinelife.com if you are interested and she can work with you to provide you with the support you need to get started!