WIC Weekly June 27th 2021
Warsaw International Church
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Worship every Sunday at ul. Miodowa 21 (near Old Town) at 11:00 AM
Entrance from Schillera Street
At last Sunday's special Father's Day service (Father's Day in Poland is celebrated on 23 June), a host of worshippers joined us for the first time. We were pleased to welcome Mac from Ghana, Adeline from Rwanda, Motuma from Ethiopia, Steven from the UK, two young Belarusians called Alexei and another one called Ilia, Roz from South Africa, Preetha from India and our guest speaker, Emmanuel, also from India. Emmanuel delivered a powerful message on "A Father's Heart", which included a very moving testimony of how the Lord brought him closer to Him, paradoxically by the tragic death of his believing sister in a train accident. Many worshippers joined us online for the livestreaming. After the service we had wonderful fellowship in the nearby park.
Anyone can now worship with us, either in church or on Zoom, and recordings will always be available on YouTube. Sunday School will also be held simultaneously in church and on Zoom, now at 11:30 am CET.
For those who will be with us in church, please observe the usual sanitary regulations, and stay at home if you feel unwell. In church, you'll have your temperature taken, be able to sanitize your hands, and you must always wear a mask. You'll also be asked to sign a registry list if you're a newcomer, or sign an attendance sheet if you're a regular worshipper. Please get to church in plenty of time before the service starts. Practise social distancing and avoid shaking hands.
Here is the link for this Sunday's service: Warsaw International Church - Sunday Service Meeting ID: 818 1714 5932
Recordings of our Sunday services are available on our wic.org.pl website or by googling "Warsaw International Church YouTube".
A prayer group meets on Saturdays at 8 pm CET (NB This Saturday there will be no meeting). Anybody in need of prayer or requesting prayer for others is very welcome. You can also pray in any language, so feel free to take part in these online meetings - the Zoom link is: Saturday Prayer Meeting Meeting ID: 847 9391 7308
Thank you for your continuing support and prayers for our church and for one another. Please remember that WIC is entirely self-supporting: without your contributions we cannot operate as a church.
Should you wish to make a contribution to WIC, the church's bank details are as follows:
Warsaw International Church Santander Bank Polska S.A. IV/Oddział w Warszawie ul. Jana Pawła II 17 00-854 Warszawa Polish złoty (PLN) account: PL 63 1090 1056 0000 0000 0600 9128
Please pray for Alex, an American diagnosed with brain cancer and given about a year to live, and his fiancee Caroline. Pray for the Lord to heal Alex in accordance with His mighty power and wisdom, and for both persons to be comforted by their awareness of His closeness to them, as well as His saving and healing grace.
Your prayers are requested for Terry, an American living in Warsaw, who went into hospital for a minor complaint, was diagnosed with Covid, transferred to a special Covid hospital, tested again and found to be negative after all, but who to date is still sharing a hospital room with a Covid patient! Pray that Terry may get out of there unharmed, that he may receive the psychological help he so clearly needs, and that the Lord may bring him - by means of the care shown by several brothers - into a congregation whose love and faith will support him from now on and enable him to grow spiritually.
Thank you for your prayers for Brother Sam S., who is now feeling much better.
Please continue to remember our Pakistani Christian family in Azerbaijan in your prayers. Any financial help for them will be greatly appreciated (please contact me for details).
Pray for Brother Sharoon in Pakistan to continue his ministering to many Christian families, including providing them with Bibles out of his own pocket.
Pray for revival in India, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey!
Let us continue to pray that the pandemic and its consequences may cause increasing numbers of people to turn to Jesus in their need.
Last Sunday's sermon was preached by Brother Emmanuel Joseph, our guest from City Church, Warsaw. His subject was "A Father's Heart".
Readings for 27 June
Verse for the week: [Jesus said:]: "If you do not forgive people their sins, your Father will not forgive you your sins" (Matthew 6, 15).
Psalm: 103, 1-13 and 22. 1st New Testament reading: Matthew 6, 12-15. 2nd New Testament reading: Matthew 18, 21-35.
Food of the Spirit
Who’s your Daddy?
For decades, I believed that my Heavenly Father was disappointed with me. I wasn’t measuring up to the standard of perfection, so my inner dialogue was full of scoldings.
See? You did it again. You messed up. Will you ever be free from this?
You better try harder because you’re falling behind.
You should do more and be more in order to make Him happy.
These accusations tore me down. But in my stubbornness, I was determined to try harder and be better. After all, I prided myself on measuring up and even exceeding expectations.
The gold stars, the pats on the back, the thumbs up fueled my efforts. But soon I was weary from all the work of trying to meet heavy demands.
I was living like a slave, not a daughter.
A slave toils to earn her keep. A daughter rests in her position as an heir.
A slave worries that she won’t be enough. A daughter knows that she doesn’t have to be enough in order to be loved.
A slave aims to please the Master. A daughter delights in her Dad who is already pleased with her, because she is His.
Toil. Worry. Striving. These are the marks of a slave who fears her Master is never satisfied.
Rest. Peace. Delight. These are the characteristics of a daughter who knows the acceptance of her Father.
How do we shed the mindset of a slave and adopt the spirit of a daughter? By embracing three amazing truths about the Father heart of God:
God’s standard of perfection has been met through Christ’s perfect sacrifice for our sins. If we have received forgiveness for our sins, by believing in Jesus as our Saviour, then God sees His perfection when He looks at us. We can live freely, knowing Christ’s work on the cross was enough to satisfy what the Law demanded. And now nothing we do or don’t do separates us from the love of God (see Romans 8:31-39). God has clothed us with a robe of righteousness that covers us, even when we fall short or fall down. (see Isaiah 61:10). Jesus’ righteousness replaces our filth when we believe in Him. His robe remains on us because His sacrifice was enough to cover all our sins—past, present, and future. We don’t lose God’s favor when we sin because He is well-pleased with His Son who resides within us. We are free because Christ has redeemed us from what we deserved (death and destruction). God loves us enough to discipline us and redirect us. The good news is that we are in right standing with God because of Christ. Jesus sits at the right hand of God because His work was completed on the cross so we can rest from our striving and enjoy the Father’s company. Through Christ, we are released from slavery and embraced as a daughter. When we sin, He corrects us and redirects us…but it is from a place of love and patience not anger and disappointment (see Hebrews 4:4-12). May these truths sink down into our hearts. May we silence the scolding voice, by tuning in to the love that the Father has for us. In Christ, we are called daughters, not slaves. We are loved, delighted in, accepted.
Enjoy your position as a daughter [or son] as you delight in the love of the Father.
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