May 5 is the National Day of Prayer. This year’s theme is Wake Up America and the key verse is Isaiah 58:1a: “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.”
Many people across the country will be lifting up our nation to the Lord in prayer on this day. Please join in the following prayer that will be said at noon on Thursday.
Dear heavenly Father, we come to You today as a humble people desperate for Your supernatural intervention on behalf of our beloved nation. First, we thank You for all the blessings You have bestowed on our land, blessings that have allowed us to bring so much good and benefit to not only our own citizens but also to the rest of the world. The very ideals upon which this country was founded were based on biblical truths, no matter how some try to rewrite history to deny that very fact today.
This is why our hearts are so broken over how You continue to be marginalized and dismissed by both our people and our institutions. We are also saddened by the fact that Your people have contributed greatly to the spiritual apathy that now engulfs us. Our satisfaction in remaining religious without being fully committed to living out the truths of Your Word has caused us to become co-conspirators with the forces of evil that are destroying us as a society.
It is for this reason that we personally and collectively repent of our carnality and recommit ourselves to becoming visible and verbal disciples of Jesus Christ. Enable us, by Your Spirit, to no longer be secret agent Christians but rather to publicly declare and live out Your truth in a spirit of love so that You feel welcome in our country once again.
Thank You for Your promise to hear our prayers when we call to You with hearts of repentance and obedience, which is how we are appealing to You today, Father. On behalf of Your church, we affirm afresh the priority You are to us that You would fill every dimension of our lives as we seek to bring You glory through the advancement of Your kingdom in our personal lives, our family lives, and in the lives of our churches and our government leaders. We confidently invite heaven’s intervention into all the affairs of our nation and we praise You in advance for Your answer.
In Jesus’ name we pray.
by Dr. Tony Evans
Welcome Sandy Vasquez
Sandy is our new administrative assistant, working part time. We are thankful for God’s provision in people and resources to take the next step in building up His church. Sandy and her family relocated from California and have been attending our church for many months. They are enjoying Alaska.
Memory Verse Challenge Is April 24
Proverbs 16:2-3: All a man’s ways seem right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the motives. Commit your activities to the LORD and your plans will be achieved.
Action Packs Due Aug 24
Bring back your filled bag this Sunday. We will mail it for you. Thanks!
Make a difference for one person. Fill an Action Pack with needed items and Voice of the Martyrs will deliver it to persecuted Christians in either Pakistan, Iraq or Syria. In many cases Christians who receive these bags share some of the items with their Muslim neighbors to express Christ’s love.
Bags and lists of needed items can be picked up at church on Sunday. You may want to invite a friend to help you fill a bag. Our goal is to return 50 bags. Bring filled bags back to church by the end of April. We will ship them to Voice of the Martyrs for distribution. Also, please pray for the person who will receive your bag.
Examples of the types of items that go in Action Packs:
- Jacket / windbreaker (adult or child)
- Light sweater (adult or child)
- Socks (Adult or Child)
- Solid-color T-Shirt (any child size)
- Bed sheet
- Bar of Soap
- Sponge or foam ball
- Family photo and note or drawing (optional, but definitely appreciated)
Note: All the items on the list will not fit in one Action Pack. Please keep quantities of any item limited to two at most. Try to fit as many items as you can into an Action Pack, but be careful not to over stuff it: it will become difficult to close.
Why Marriage? starts April 3
Our culture presents a radically different view on marriage, sex, and singleness than the Bible. Let’s look at what God has to say about his purpose in marriage and singleness and how to view and relate well to each other.
If you appreciate great coffee, join our Sunday morning brewing team. Email email@example.com for more details.
Do You Play an Instrument?
Jason would love to talk to you about joining the worship team. Contact him at 931-237-9686 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find Your Niche
Help support one of our Sunday morning teams. Fill out a Find Your Niche card on the info table and place in it the offering box or email email@example.com. You can serve as often or as little as you like. It’s a great way to get to know others and build camaraderie.
GOOD FRIDAY, March 25, 6PM
Come reflect on our Lord’s amazing act of love. Meet at First Congregational Church (next to Wendler on Northern Lights Blvd) prior to 6PM. We will gather in the lobby and then enter the sanctuary quietly at 6PM. It is a one-hour service and childcare is provided for babies through 5 year old children. The childcare room will be open at 5:45PM.
RESURRECTION SUNDAY, March 27, 10AM
What a glorious day! We look forward to celebrating with you. Invite friends and family and come early. The service starts at 10AM.
Congratulations to Wendler Middle School and Clear Water Church for their outstanding School Business Partnership. We won a 2016 Spirit of Tomorrow award which will be presented at the awards luncheon on April 20 at the Dena’ina Convention Center. Thank you to Wendler for the nomination. More details about the luncheon to come. Well done Clear Water Church! You are making a difference.
PS – Spring ahead 1 hour this Sunday, March 13.
Let’s join our hearts and minds together in prayer this Sunday night at First Congregational Church (next to Wendler Middle School on Northern Lights Boulevard). We’ll start with a potluck on the bottom floor at 5:30 PM, then move upstairs to the sanctuary for prayer at 6:15 PM. Bring your favorite potluck dish: A-H salad, I-R main dish, S-Z dessert. Drinks will be provided.
Posted by Clear Water Church on Thursday, February 25, 2016
Memory Verse Challenge
Be ready to recite Zephaniah 3:17 this Sunday at 10 AM and enter the drawing. A fun prize awaits.
The Gospel Challenge
We are reading through the Gospels this lenten season. If you’re following the reading plan on our church app, you have completed Matthew and now started Mark. It’s not too late to jump in. As you read think about what the Lord is showing you from His Word and share it to our community Facebook page.
The Gospel Challenge Begins Feb 10
Lent begins this Ash Wednesday, February 10. The forty days commemorate Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness as he was preparing for his public ministry. It’s a season of penitence, examination, and renewal prior to celebrating Resurrection Sunday (Easter) and the season of Pentecost. Fasting is observed Monday through Saturday. (The six Sundays throughout Lent don’t observe fasting so as to continue celebrating the Lord’s Day.)
Whether or not you choose to fast during these forty days, choose to make this an intentional time of drawing near to our Lord Jesus Christ by reading all four Gospels. Reflect on all that he has done for you by his life, wilderness experience, and time leading up to his Passion. If you read two chapters a day starting on Ash Wednesday (Feb 10), you will cover all of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John by Easter. You can find a daily Bible reading plan on the Clear Water Church app. After opening “daily Bible reading” select “browse reading plans” and then choose “the Gospels during Lent”.
One of the best app features of our app is the audio file of the ESV. It’s easy to cover a lot of Scripture as you’re getting ready for the day or driving in your car by turning on the audio feature within the reading plan.
Hockey Championship Feb 13
Come out to cheer on Clear Water Church as we skate against C3 this Saturday at 10 AM on Cheney Lake (2245 Baxter Road). Bring your skates even if you’re not playing hockey; there is plenty of ice! Also, feel free to just spectate. This is for our entire church. There will be snacks and drinks and tons of fun!
If you like listening to podcasts via iTunes, you can now find and subscribe to Clear Water Church podcasts there.
Sermons are also found on our website and app.
Check out upcoming events in February at Clear Water Church here.
Do we have your contact info?
If you consider Clear Water Church your home church, please give or update your contact info. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and give your name, number, email, and address. Thanks!
New journey group directories
Pick up the latest directory this Sunday and join a group.