Sunday Livestream:Living A Fearless Life

Welcome and thank you for joining us for our Worship service. God is here to bless you, so open your heart and connect with Him. Copyright content covered under FavorLife Church's streaming license from CCLI and courtesy of other Churches. See message notes, Kids Church content, and updates below. - Pastor Mike Prah

Living A Fearless Life – Part 1

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Mike Prah

PRAYER POINTS

TODAY’S PRAYER POINTS 

Come before the Lord worshiping Him and thanking God for all He’s done for you.

Today’s prayer is focused the Apostle Paul’s prayer from 2 Thessalonians 3.

“1 Friends, pray for us that the Lord's message may continue to spread rapidly and be received with honor ... 2 Pray also that God will rescue us from wicked and evil people; for not everyone believes the message. 3 But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and keep you safe from the Evil One. 5 May the Lord lead you into a greater understanding of God's love and the endurance that is given by Christ. 16 May the Lord Himself, who is our source of peace, give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all." (2 Thessalonians 3:1-3,5,16, GN)

Pray these prayer points over your life by faith from the above Scripture.

1. PRAY FOR GOD’S PROTECTION & DELIVERANCE

“Pray that God will rescue us from wicked and evil people … and keep you safe from the Evil One” (vs. 2a, 3b)

2. PRAY FOR GOD’S STRENGTH IN EVERY AREA OF YOUR LIFE

“But the Lord is faithful and He will strengthen you” (vs. 3)

Specifically, ask God for physical strength & healing, mental strength, emotional strength, financial strength, relationship strength, vocational strength

3. PRAY FOR WISDOM & KNOWLEDGE. ASK GOD TO SHOW YOU WHAT TO DO & GIVE YOU THE DESIRE & THE POWER TO ACTUALLY DO IT.

“May the Lord lead you into a greater understanding of God's love and the endurance that is given by Christ” (vs.5)

4. PRAY FOR GOD’S PEACE

“May the Lord Himself, who is our source of peace, give you peace at all times and in every way” (vs.16a)

Pray specifically for: Spiritual Peace – peace with God | Emotional Peace – peace of God | Relational Peace – peace with one another | National Peace – peace for our nation & those in authority

5. PRAY FOR GOD’S PRESENCE & HELP

“May the Lord be with you all” (vs. 16b)

SERMON NOTES

Living A Fearless Life – Part 1

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Mike Prah

Adam: "I was afraid … so I hid" Genesis 3:10 (NIV)

 “Jesus included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a FAR BETTER LIFE than people ever lived on their own.” 2 Corinthians 5:15 (MSG)

 “This resurrection life you receive from God’s Spirit is not a fearful life. You’re no longer a slave of fear anymore. Instead, God’s Spirit makes you His child and you now relate to God as your loving Father!” Romans 8:15 (MSG/NLT)

 WHY CAN WE NOW LIVE FEARLESSLY?

BECAUSE OF WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE RESURRECTION

 1. WE KNOW THAT JESUS TELLS US THE TRUTH

 “He was shown to be the Son of God when He was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 1:4 (NLT)

 2. WE KNOW THAT DEATH IS NOT THE END

 “Jesus became flesh and blood by being born in human form … and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death.  Only in this way could he deliver those who have lived all their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.”  Hebrews 2:14-15 (NLT)

 “We know that the same God who raised Jesus from death, will also raise us with Jesus! ...This is why we never give up! Even though our physical bodies are becoming older and weaker, our spirit inside us is made new every single day! And the present troubles we’re going through right now are quite small and won’t last very long. But they are producing in us an eternal glory that is going to last forever!”   2 Corinthians 4:14, 16-17 (NCV/NLT)

 Jesus: “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying." John 11:26 (NLT)

 3. WE KNOW THAT GOD LOVES US EXTRAVAGANTLY

 “God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8 (NLT)

 “May you be able to feel and really understand, … how LONG, how WIDE, how DEEP, and how HIGH God’s love really is; and to experience this love for yourself, though it’s so great you’ll never see the end of it or understand it.” Ephesians 3:18-19b (LB)

 “Nothing will ever separate us from God’s love! Death can't, and life can't. The angels can't, and demons can't. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can't keep God's love away! … Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us.”   Romans 8:38-39 (NLT/LB)

 “Where God's love is, there is no fear, because God's perfect love drives out fear.”  1 John 4:18a (NCV)

 “Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life is one that is not yet fully formed in God’s love.”  1 John 4:18b (MSG)                                  

COMMUNION - First Sunday

COMMUNION

 “For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”  In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” I Corinthians 11:23-25 NLT

FavorLife Kids - KONNECT - Primary Grades

FavorLifeKids- KONNECT - Primary Grades

 Parents: Please have your kids watch, sing along and participate in the Worship and Bible lessons throughout the week. Repetition is the key to learning. Thanks

FavorLife Kids LOOP - Middle School/ Jr. High

FavorLife Kids - LOOP - Middle-Jr. High School

Parents: Please have your kids re-watch, sing along and participate in the Worship and Bible lessons throughout the week. Repetition is the key to learning. Thanks

FavorLife Kids - CROSSTOWN - Pre-K/ Kindergarten

FavorLife Kids - CROSSTOWN - Pre-K/ Kindergarten

Parents: Please have your kids watch, sing along and participate in the Worship and Bible lessons throughout the week. Repetition is the key to learning. Thanks

IN-PERSON SERVICE GUIDELINES

The spread of COVID-19 is prevalent; therefore, we ask that everyone joining our in-person service follow these guidelines accordingly, and complete and submit the Health Screening Questionnaire below without exception. The health and safety of everyone continue to be our top priority.

  • Stay at home and worship with us online if you feel sick.
  • Bring a face covering or mask and wear it at all times for the duration of your stay.
  • Everyone entering our Church premises will undergo temperature check, hand sanitization, and answering several health-related questions (see below), before proceeding to our sanctuary. 
  • Anyone with a 100°F /32°C temperature or higher, or showing symptoms of sickness, or answering YES to any of the Health Screening Questions below will be asked to worship with us online, for the safety of our members, and guests.
  • Practice physical distancing and no-touch-greeting such as waving or elbow-bumping fellow members and guests. Avoid handshaking, hugging and sharing objects. (See alternatives to handshakes, hugs & high-five poster below).
  • No outside food or drinks will be allowed within our Church premise.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping all of us stay safe and healthy.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the seating arrangements?

You will NOT need to reserve your seat. Seating in our sanctuary will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. If we ran into capacity issues in our sanctuary, you would be asked to worship in our Kids room and other spaces in our Church facility equipped with TV and speakers, where you can watch and participate in our service. Physically distanced seating will be practiced, and you will be asked to sit in an appropriate seat to allow for social distancing. Family members from the same household may chose to sit together. All others, including family members living in separate households must sit in physically distant seats. 

Can I bring my kids or grand-kids to Church?

Yes, you can bring your kids or grand-kids if they are not sick into the main sanctuary to sit with you. We encourage you to bring a smartphone or tablet with headphones (earbuds) so your children can watch our Elementary, Middle, or Preschool worship and teaching experiences during the service. Your kids can sit next to you in our sanctuary. Should you forget to bring a mask or a earbuds for your kid(s), we will have a complimentary youth mask or new earphones (earbuds) for your son or daughter. Our kids will resume Children's Church in their rooms sometime later when the threat of COVID-19 is under control in our State.

What sanitization and disinfecting measures will be in place? 

We will disinfect and sanitize our entire interior Church building each week with special machinery and EPA / CDC prescribed Disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19) before and after each service. Automatic disinfectant hand-soap dispenser, and touch-free paper towels are available in our bathroom. Touch-free hand-sanitizing stations are available throughout our Church building and sanctuary. See below for our Weekly Sanctuary Cleaning & Disinfecting Plan.

What about mask or face coverings?

To ensure a safe worship environment, face covering or mask will be required before you enter our Church building and must be worn for the duration of your stay. Having a mask under one's chin, hanging from an ear, or just covering one's mouth is considered as not wearing a mask. For the safety of everyone, your mask must cover your nose and mouth at all times while you are in our Church building. If you forget to bring a mask, we will provide you with a free disposal face mask for the safety of everyone.

CDC recommends that Masks should NOT be worn by children under 2 years.

What other protocols are in place?

  • Water fountains, coffee stations, and refreshments will not be available at this time. Bottles of water will be available in the lobby free of charge. All under-seat Bibles, and materials have been removed from our sanctuary.
  • Sermon notes will only be available on our website and you can access them from your smartphone or tablet just as we have been operating in our online service mode.
  • No offering buckets will be passed during offering times. We recommend you give online using any of the four (4) methods below. Also, three (3) secure, hands-free offering boxes are located at our lobby, and Sanctuary for you to drop your offerings.
  • We will continuously update our protocols with additional controls as we learn more for your safety.
  • In the event that someone with COVID-19 has been inside our facility during one of our services, it is essential that they go through Contact Tracing with Maryland Department of Health.

Health Screening Questionnaire

Everyone will be required to respond to the Health Screening Questionnaire below before admittance to our Sanctuary. You are welcome to complete this form Online on Sunday morning before coming to Church to speed up our screening process (see Online Health Questionnaire below). If you do, please mention to our greeter that you have completed our Health Screening Questionnaire online. The Health Screening Questionnaire will be used for contact tracing purposes, when needed.

What is FavorLife's position regarding the COVID-19 vaccine?

FavorLife Church recommends that you consider taking the COVID-19 vaccine whenever you have the opportunity. Senior citizens who are the most vulnerable population have undergone COVID-19 vaccinations including healthcare workers, and reports indicate that generally, they are doing fine. Please consult your physician, if you have any concerns.

What about CDC's new relaxed guidelines for fully vaccinated people?

People are considered fully vaccinated if you are:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

Per the CDC guidelines (see below), as of 3/9/2021, If you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
Despite the above guidelines, FavorLife Church maintains that everyone who attends our in-person service (whether they have been vacinnated or not), musT wear a face covering or mask for the safety of everyone.

What if I work in a “high-risk” profession?

If you are in a "high-risk" profession with high COVID exposure (such as health care), and have received the COVID-19 vaccination, you are welcome to join our in-person service. If you have not received the COVID-19 vaccine, please worship with us online.

What if I am considered “high-risk”?

If you or someone in your family is considered “high-risk” for severe illness, we encourage you to continue worshiping with us online. However, if you have received the COVID-19 vaccination, you are welcome to join our in-person service

What if I don't feel comfortable coming in person yet?

We completely understand, and we want you to feel comfortable. We invite you to worship with us online at favorlife.org at 10:30am (Eastern Time). Also, our video recorded service will be available online shortly after our service ends for you to watch anytime, 24/7. Please note that several establishments such as malls, grocery stores, gyms, movie theaters, workplaces, and Churches have opened using CDC prescribed disinfecting, and sanitizing protocols, similar to our process.

If you are in good health, are not considered high-risk, and have received the COVID-19 vaccination, we encourage you to join us in-person to experience a deeper atmosphere to encounter God's presence and power. 

How can I support my Church?

  • By volunteering to help clean and disinfect our Church On Saturdays before and Sundays after our services.
  • By volunteering as an greeter to perform temperature checks, and asking health-related questions for worshipers.
  • By volunteering as a usher to direct people to designated seats to ensure physical distancing.

Give regularly to support our Church using the following methods:

  • CashApp to $favorlife
  • Zelle to Email:   (First Name: FAVORLIFE CHURCH | Last Name: Church)
  • Cell phone by Texting Give to (844)877-5844
  • Give Online at favorlife.org/giving

 “Everything we have has come from You, and we give You only what You first gave us!” (I Chronicles 29:14, NLT)

God is on our side and this season will pass in due time to allow us to return to normal.  Until then, we ask for your consistent attention and appreciate your compliance concerning these guidelines. 

Much love, more grace and peace to you,

Mike Prah, Pastor

Health Screening Questionnaire

The health and safety of our members and guests is our top priority. We ask everyone who attends our Services or visits our Church to provide information regarding any symptoms of, or exposure to COVID-19, with this simple screening questionnaire. Please complete all required sections for each household member attending our service. Thank you. Health Screening PDF Form

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Have you tested positive for COVID-19 or are you waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test?

Response Required*

If your answer is "Yes," please worship with us online.

Are you isolating or quarantining because you may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 or are worried that you may have contracted COVID-19?

Response Required*

If your answer is "Yes," please worship with us online.

Are you living with, or have come into close personal contact, or caring for someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days?

Response Required*

If your answer is "Yes," please worship with us online.

Have you experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours?

Response required. Check all that apply*

If your answer is anything other than "None of the Above," please worship with us online.

If you are experiencing symptoms or answer YES to any of the questions above, please DO NOT ATTEND our in-person Church Service. Contact your doctor for direction and watch our service online.

Have you received the COVID-19 vaccine?

Optional

FavorLife Church recommends that you consider taking the COVID-19 vaccine whenever you have the opportunity. Consult your physician if you have any concerns.

  • If you feel sick, please stay at home and worship with us online.
  • Face covering or mask must be worn at all times for the duration of your stay.
  • Everyone entering our Church premises will undergo temperature check, answering the above health-related questions and hand sanitization, before proceeding to our sanctuary. 
  • Anyone with a 100.4°F / 32°C temperature or higher in the past 24 hours, or showing symptoms of sickness, or answering YES to any of the Health Screening Questions, will be asked to worship with us online, for the safety of our members, and guests.
  • Practice physical distancing and no-touch-greeting such as waving or elbow-bumping fellow members and guests. Avoid handshaking, hugging and sharing objects. Avoid handshaking, hugging and sharing objects.
  • No outside food or drinks will be allowed within our Church premise.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping all of us stay safe and healthy. God bless you

Cleaning & Disinfecting Plan Alternatives to Handshakes, Hugs & High Fives CONNECTION FORM ONLINE CONNECTION FORM PDF HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE PDF CDC Guidelines fro Fully Vaccinated People

PRAYER REQUEST/ PRAISE REPORT/ COMMENTS

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GIVE ONLINE

I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ. - Philemon 1:6 NLT

I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ. - Philemon 1:6 NLT

You can give online to support FavorLife Church by click the green "Give Online" above, using your Debit card, Credit Card (all bank cards accepted),  Apple Pay, Google Pay, Microsoft Pay, Checking or Savings account.

You can also give using the following methods:

  • Cell phone by Texting Give to (844)877-5844
  • CashApp to $favorlife
  • Zelle to give@favorlife.org  (First Name: FAVORLIFE CHURCH / Last Name: Church)

“Everything we have has come from You, and we give You only what You first gave us!” (I Chronicles 29:14, NLT)

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