Order of Worship
30 Days Cancer Prayer 2020 Kickoff Prayer Service
- Welcome: In audience in The Crave and Facebook live audience.
- Please leave prayer requests in comments section of Facebook.
- Order of service is at cancer-companions.org/blog
Musical Performance: St Gabriel’s Children Choir
Whose fight is cancer? The Lord’s
All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s,” 1 Samuel 17:47a
This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged …. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. 2 Chronicles 20:15b
‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 4:6b
If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31b
If the Battle is the Lord’s, then what do we do?
#1 BE STILL:
The Lord will fight for you. Be still. Exodus 14:14
Be still, and know that I am God; Psalm 46:10
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; Psalm 37:7
Now therefore stand still and see this great thing that the Lord will do before your eyes. 1 Samuel 12:16
#2 PUT ON ARMOR:
Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:13 – 17
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:4
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand … Ephesians 6:10-11
Musical Performance: Clayton Jones
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Can you tell us what battling with the Lord looks like?
That day when evening came, (Jesus) said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Mark 4:35-41 ERV
Thoughts about these Scriptures Karen Tripp MS LMFT President Cancer Companions
God is Bigger Than Stress Management
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I have taught my share of stress management classes over the years. Let me give you the short version:
#1 Our bodies are made to react to danger.
#2 This reaction is called fight or flight so that when danger comes, your body automatically makes your heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate increase. Why? So you can fight or flee the danger.
#3 After the threat is gone, your body returns to normal.
Let’s say there’s a bear roaring at you in the woods. You are like “Oh no! It’s a bear!” Your body immediately gets all pumped up so it’s ready to either fight or flee the bear. This is pretty intense.
Part of stress management is recognizing that sometimes it’s not a bear. It’s a hamster, but you’re reacting like it’s a bear. Who knows what I’m talking about? There are days when I am so tense, I walk around reminding myself “Karen, there’s NO bear! RELAX!
But you know what? Sometimes, just sometimes… there really is a bear. And not some cuddly little cub but a ferocious, starving, man-eating bear.
There was a time when the disciples were dealing with just such a bear. Well, not a real bear but a real threat.
The disciples were in a boat on the Sea of Galilee when a deadly storm came up. Now if you are like me, you might be tempted to think that the disciples are a little ditsy at times so maybe they don’t know a deadly storm when they see one. But remember, some of the disciples were fishermen right there on the Sea of Galilee. So, I have to believe that if they say “We’re going to drown.” That this really was a very deadly storm. To fit our analogy, it wasn’t a hamster storm, it was a bear of a storm.
Now you may be wondering, “Where is Jesus during all of this?” He’s asleep in the front of the boat. Apparently, when you are the Son of God, it’s not that hard to sleep during deadly storms. So, the disciples do the smart thing, they wake up the guy that does miracles to help them out with the storm.
When I read this story in the Bible, I get the feeling Jesus wakes up and looks at them like they’re a little crazy. After calming the storm, Jesus says to the disciples “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”
Now as a counselor, I have to tell you that being frightened on a boat in the middle of the Sea of Galilee during a deadly storm is not crazy- as a matter of fact, it’s a pretty normal reaction. So why is Jesus saying they should not be afraid? Because He knows you are storm proof. Jesus knows that through His resurrection He placed a part of Himself, the Holy Spirit, inside all believers. This is what has made you a new creation. This part of Jesus that is in you cannot be touched by death, or sin and certainly not cancer. That’s why even in the face of life’s ugliest storms, even in the face of cancer, we can hear Jesus saying “Do not be afraid. I have made you storm proof.” Doesn’t it make sense that there is no darkness, no storm, no pain and no cancer that can damage or even mark or blemish Christ within you?
The question is “When you are in the midst of the storm, do you remember when you struggle at times with fear that Jesus made you storm proof? Do you remember that as a new creation you have already been given all the strength and peace you need, if you remember to turn toward it.
So, in the stormy parts of your cancer remember, you are storm proof. So when the bears or the storms of life come knocking, picture Jesus sleeping in the boat and know that we too can miraculously turn away from our fears and rest.
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
[We are] troubled on every side, yet not distressed; [we are] perplexed, but not in despair; 2 Corinthians 4:8
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10-13
Intercessory Prayer Time
Musical Performance: Gabriel Children’s Choir Closing Song