New Season Begins at Friendship Fellowship in Colorado!

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Den-COS. “Hello everybody! I brought you flowers,” the pastor tells the congregation. “I missed you this summer, and I can hardly wait to talk to you about what God did in your lives when we went our different ways, with friends and family.” The last time Pastor Rich got together with his friends was in the Spring. Last year the congregation of people with disabilities became an official church plant, with baptisms; testimonies, prayer and praise at the communion service. For many of the people with intellectual disabilities this was the first communion that they received. One man, a theology student with a physical disability was installed as an elder in the new church, housed at a day program at an agency. Pastor Rich explains to the group the summer missions that he was on in the inner city of Denver, training and equipping youth and leaders to reach out to the inner-city poor; as well as the homeless and people in Denver who have intellectual disabilities.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friendship-Fellowship/118082254908588.

MAP-Motive;approach and power

Last season the unit on Psalms discussed God’s creation; and the truth that God created each and one of us with strengths and gifts as well as weaknesses and disabilities and He uses (or can use) both, if we choose to be used. The Psalms morphed into a series on “expressing faith and people with disabilities experiencing full membership into the body of Christ.” On this day, Pastor Rich explains the beauty of creation. “Did anyone see the sun rise this morning?” He begins with the hymn, “Morning has Broken.” Then he hands out empty pages of paper folded in fours. On one side- nothing. On the other side  a circle in the center. Then he goes into the creation story from Genesis. When he gets to the part of how God made man and woman, and out of all the precious resources God made- ‘He made us as His most precious resource.” God’s mind-set is that He made men and women in charge of the earth. Each one of us is made as a unique human being and God’s plan for us is like the circle on the page- where He can show us, his purpose for our lives. So the Pastor continues reading….and then he goes around the room, and he talks and prays with each one of the men and women; the caregivers and interviews them, while filling the empty page with strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives.

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Through the circle He draws a cross- God’s motive for your life is written in the upper left quadrant; in the upper right is learning a Christ-like approach in your life; In the lower left, everyone talks about how to fill and refill in the power of the Holy Spirit. he brings out a map- and uses it as an acrostic. “God is using everyone at Friendship Fellowship to be a mission map to explain God’s [MOTIVE], living and approaching our lives and other people the way Jesus did [APPROACH]; and then our source to power our purpose [POWER]. “God uses and made us all with core strengths and core weaknesses and He uses both.” The apostle Paul said on many occasions that God uses and builds us through our gifts and talents and when we let Him use our weakness; our disabilities for his Glory He powers us, when we allow Him to take our weakness, our disabilities and raise them for His glory and testimony.”  He sent a friend, to live among us so we could have the power- to face this world and He gave us each other to encourage, to help and to go the distance through songs; through prayers and through Friends and Fellowship. “Calling and purpose are coming together and it is here at Friendship Fellowship where we come to understand all that God has for our community.”

Proactive words of wisdom

Pastor Rich is writing a new book and curriculum based on Proverbs. “31 Flavors of Wisdom” is a book that will be part of the curriculum to train; equip; and send out leaders in churches to start, support and sustain,  Friendship Fellowship, in their churches. “It is very musically based” explains Pastor Rich. In planning out what God’s purpose for everyday life, He used Solomon, who when God promised Him anything, Solomon asked for “Wisdom.”  “So we will close with the main theme of Proverbs 1.” The memory verse for today is “Don’t Lose Touch”

“Don’t Lose Touch” Richard Beattie

Listen my son-when you’re on your own

when you’re left alone,

and whether you’re in the city, on the road, or what you have in view-

carry these thoughts with you.

CHORUS:

Don’t lose touch now

remember what you’ve been taught

Don’t lose touch now

the wisdom you’re father and mother brought

It is easy to be turned around in all the wrong ways

but turn around and see- follow the Ancient of Days.

Don’t lose touch-now… Don’t lose touch.

Verse: Listen my daughters- watch out and discern

Remember all you’ve learned

and whether you’re with friends, or strangers

or in someone else s shoes- Carry His Word with you

 

CHORUS:

Don’t lose touch now

remember what you’ve been taught

Don’t lose touch now

the wisdom you’re father and mother brought

It is easy to be turned around in all the wrong ways

but turn around and see- follow the Ancient of Days.

Don’t lose touch-now… Don’t lose touch.

 

Bridge: and there is wisdom hidden in your heart

and there is heart within your mind

and there is fire in your soul

live on – with what you’ve been told. There is wisdom there.

You will find it.

Verse: Listen my friends- I’ve been on the road

Taking on a heavier load; and so when i am in New York or Boston

and even in DC, I carry your prayers with me.

CHORUS:

Don’t lose touch now

remember what you’ve been taught

Don’t lose touch now

the wisdom you’re father and mother brought

It is easy to be turned around in all the wrong ways

but turn around and see- follow the Ancient of Days.

Don’t lose touch-now… Don’t lose touch.

(C) Urban Praise Movement, BMI, Richard Beattie, Friendship Fellowship

 

Would you like to start and equip people in your congregation to start an outreach to people with disabilities, their caregivers and family members? E Mail Pastor Rich at Friendshipfellowship@juno.com or call 719.314.7709. For a digital guide http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/289017-friends-and-fellowship. All proceeds go to planting Friendship Fellowship in communities like yours.

 

 

 

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  1. September 18, 2013 at 8:03 pm

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