Church of the Holy Spirit

Church of the Holy Spirit is a fellowship of friends who love Jesus. Come experience God's love and power.

We welcome you, your family, and absolutely everyone! We enjoy worshiping the Lord together on Sundays at 9:00 AM and 11:00AM. Adult Sunday school is at 10:15; youth Sunday school is concurrent with the two services. We also have a Healing Service on the first Saturday of every month beginning at 5 PM. We believe strongly in the ministry of small groups for mutual care, fellowship, prayer and discipleship in God's Word. As we love one another, we grow into the character of the Lord Jesus. We'll help you to discover your spiritual gifts and passion, and serve using them. As we love God and our neighbors, and make disciples who make disciples, God's Kingdom is breaking in! We are a "Three Streams, One River" church: Evangelical, Charismatic, and Sacramental.

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Why Christians Don’t Go to Church (and Why They Must)

This Author says that church attendance is not optional for the Christian. I (Clancy) think he’s right.

What do you think? Agree or disagree? Why?

thegospelcoalition.org A new survey finds the reason people avoid going to church is more often for practical or personal reasons, rather than lack of belief.

Blessing and encouragement for Bart Murnion, Kaia Murnion, Brian Conover, Michael Cypher, Matthew Murnion.

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Testimonies by Michael Cypher, Brian Conover, and Matthew Murnion.

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Today's sermon: Jacob, Leah, and Rachel

Today's reading: Genesis 29:13-35, Mark 2:13-22

Participating in the Christmas parade in Leesburg!

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Getting ready for the Leesburg Christmas Parade on 12.07.

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Letter from Bishop Guernsey

Dear Friends,

Advent is a time of preparation, a time of anticipation, a time of waiting.

You probably know the old saying: “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” That may be true, but biblically we should say that it’s really abstinence that makes the heart grow fonder.

Our culture says you prepare for something by having it now. But God’s way is to prepare by waiting. When it comes to preparing for Christmas, the culture says the best way to prepare is to experience it now. Christmas in the season that the culture says lasts from midnight on Black Friday until Christmas Day. But Advent is the Church’s way of showing us how to prepare.

We prepare by waiting, by praying, by reading Scripture, by looking forward. That’s why we traditionally don’t sing Christmas carols in Advent, but we instead sing about preparing for the Lord, in hymns like “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”

Advent lasts until Christmas Eve. Then the Christmas season begins, a season of 12 days—hence the song. Our culture encourages us to overfill Advent with Christmas carols and Christmas parties, and more Christmas parties, so when Christmas finally arrives we’re ready for it to be over. But here is God’s pattern, which the Church expresses in Advent: Prepare by waiting. Save the experience until it is time.

I’m not advocating a legalistic approach, let along a bah-humbug attitude toward Christmas. Quite the opposite. I’m encouraging us to experience the fullness of Jesus’ coming by deferring the celebration.

Let Advent be a time of preparation, of prayer and Scripture, then enter into the great joy of Christmas when it arrives, not just for a day, but for the full season of those 12 days.

Follow God’s pattern and I guarantee that you won’t be sick of Christmas at 2:00 Christmas afternoon.

But please note that this is God’s pattern in much more than Advent and Christmas. “Prepare by waiting” is God’s pattern for our lives: Save sex until marriage. Save money and buy when you can afford it. Wait, and you will know a richness, a joy that you will never find if you try to have it all now.

Remember, abstinence makes the heart grow fonder.

Faithfully yours in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. John A. M. Guernsey

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Reflecting on the life of former President George H.W. Bush, several questions came to mind. What will people say about us after we've passed away?

What will be our legacy? What do we want to be our legacy? How similar or dissimilar are the two?

The most important question is what will God say about you and the life you lived?

Today's post closes with a quote from St. Francis of Assisi:

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved, as to love.

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Advent Sunday and wreath making! What a blessing and fun!!

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Christmas Eve Candlelight service . . . additional information coming soon . . .

Today's Sermon was about Isaac and Rebekah as an archetype of Jesus and the Church in Revelation.

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Today's reading

Genesis 24:1-27, 63-67
Revelation 1:1-8
John 18:33-37

Advent begins in 8 days (December 2) that will culminate with Christmas, which will be in 31 days! In 31 days what will you endeavor to accomplish?

Will there be enough time to get the Christmas cards out? Do all the shopping? All of the cooking?

Will you have time to visit the shut ins? The mourners, the widows and the orphans? Did you know in our affluent county, in Leesburg, there are at least 2 homeless shelters? The homeless may be less visible in Leesburg than in Washington, DC but the homelessness rate, on a per capita basis here, is probably very similar to urban areas. In our busyness, let us always remember the less fortunate, the lonely, the brokenhearted, those who can't see hope and hope in our Lord Jesus.

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Post Thanksgiving thoughts . . .

For many of us, Thanksgiving celebration will give way or has already given way to Black Friday and onward toward Christmas. Isn't that so much our nature?

Our tendency seems to be to rush head long into the next adventure or activity. In Scriptures, no one had a busier schedule than Jesus. Have you noticed that in almost every instance when he ministered, he had to stop what he was doing because someone was hanging from a tree, touching the hem of his garment, or his disciples woke him up from his sleep in the midst of a storm?

Let's find ways to care for those who 'interrupt' our schedule to share the gift of our time and love. May God richly bless the 'interrupter' and you as you share these most precious gifts: our time and love.

Dear Lord, we thank you for giving us a rich model that Jesus provided and the rich tapestry of His care for those around Him. Help us, Lord, to always to look for ways to be interrupted in our busy days to minister and to be ministered, in Jesus' name, Amen and Amen!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Traditionally, the Pilgrims are remembered for thanking God for the bountiful plenty that followed their first winter in Plymouth, which was filled with cold and starvation.

What are you thankful to God for today?

Dear Lord, we thank you for the abundance that we enjoy. We praise you for your goodness to us. Help us to remember those who are suffering, struggling in their faith, hungry, the shut in, those in prison, the widows, and the orphans, in Jesus' name, Amen and Amen!

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Thanksgiving Eve....what are you thankful for? Scripture reminds us to be thankful in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 states, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

In our rejoicing, we are also reminded to remember those who are heavy laden. Romans 12:15 states, "Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn."

During this season of giving thanks to God for His bountiful goodness and grace, let us also remember those who mourn and spend time with them.

Dear Lord we thank you for the goodness to us. We're grateful for this unmerited favor that you've bestowed on us. First in giving us the gift of salvation that was made possible by the suffering of Jesus. He died and suffered for us even while we were yet sinners. Second for being such a generous God in giving us riches and blessings beyond measure. Thank you Lord. We give you all of the praise and honor and glory, in Jesus' name, Amen and Amen!!

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In yesterday's post, we discussed the importance of cultivating an attitude of gratitude. Today, let's look at some of the tangible benefits of it.

Robert Emmons wrote: The social benefits are especially significant here because, after all, gratitude is a social emotion . . . it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people.

Emmons futher states that gratitude is an affirmation that the source of this goodness is outside of ourselves.

Tangible benefits of having an attitude of gratitude are:

Physical
• Stronger immune systems
• Less bothered by aches and pains
• Lower blood pressure
• Exercise more and take better care of their health
• Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking
Psychological
• Higher levels of positive emotions
• More alert, alive, and awake
• More joy and pleasure
• More optimism and happiness
Social
• More helpful, generous, and compassionate
• More forgiving
• More outgoing

How so much like God to encourage us to be grateful and thankful that provides us with tangible benefits also?

Dear Lord, thank you for who you are. And, you are such an awesome God who cares for us to encourage us in every aspect of our lives; you care for us. We praise you today and everyday, in Jesus' name, Amen and Amen!!

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Studies have shown that people who practice gratitude report experiencing more joy and pleasure, express more compassion and generosity towards others, and are even less likely to get sick. But it can be hard to sustain that spirit of thankfulness, especially when holiday busy-ness distracts you from the celebrations going on around you.
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Gratitude journals and other gratitude practices often seem so simple and basic; in our studies, we often have people keep gratitude journals for just three weeks. And yet the results have been overwhelming. We’ve studied more than one thousand people, from ages eight to 80, and found that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits.
--Robert Emmons

Tomorrow, we'll list some of the benefits that were sited in the study.

Dear Lord, we bless you today and everyday for who you are. As the 24 elders did 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we desire to worship you in our words and in our deeds. Help us Lord to cultivate an attitude of gratitude, in Jesus' name, Amen and Amen!

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When we face trials and are tested . . .

[11/15/18]   Instead of Worrying, Start Praying

“In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6 NIV) . . . don’t just eliminate it from your life . . . replace a negative with a positive. God always has something better for you.
In the case of worry, replace it with prayer.

Right after God reminds us not to worry in Philippians 4:6, he follows it up with this: “In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6 NIV).

If everyone who says they don’t have time to pray would spend their time praying instead of worrying, they’d have a whole lot less to worry about . . .the Bible says to pray “In everything.” Some people think God is only interested in you praying about “religious” matters. But that’s just not true.

God is interested in everything in your life . . . It is a specific, detailed request. Get specific with God. Tell him exactly what you want and what you need. Most people pray too vaguely.
--Rick Warren

We follow Jesus' prayer to pray that the Father's will be done in our lives and not our wills.

James 4:3 reminds us, "You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions."

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Do you have a message to share? Pray that God will give you a message to share with others and earnestly desire to meet (more) people to pass that message along. It could be a friendly hello or a simple testimony of your faith.

Dear Lord, thank you for the reminder of the wonderful gospel message of hope and grace. We pray for a fresh vision of the message You want us to share with those we come into contact with. Please give us boldness to share your Good News and make disciples, in Jesus' name Amen and Amen

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Matt Maher - Lord, I Need You (Official Lyric Video)

Billy Graham was asked a question by a veteran that could be asked by anyone of us: I joined the Army straight out of high school, and I've had three tours of duty overseas. But now that I'm out I feel useless, and no one seems to care much about my military service. It's very discouraging. Can God help me?

He responded on Veteran's Day: Today is Veterans Day in our country (or Remembrance Day in Canada)—a special day set aside to remember with gratitude the sacrifices and dedication of all those who have served in our armed forces. Originally it commemorated the end of the First World War in 1918, but it now honors all men and women who have served in our military—including you. Thank you for your service defending our nation’s freedom.

Yes, God can help you—and He wants to help you, because He cares about you and your future. NOT ONLY HAS HE PROTECTED YOU FROM HARM AND SPARED YOUR LIFE IN THE PAST, BUT HE HAS A PLAN FOR YOUR FUTURE (emphasis mine) . . . God’s promise is for you: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future'” (Jeremiah 29:11).

What is God’s plan for you? First, He wants you to get to know Him personally—and you will, as you pray and read the Bible, and especially as you become involved in a church where Christ is honored and you can meet people who will encourage you. [This is one of the most important reasons to become involved in the church. Find ways to be encouraged in church and to be an encouragement to others in church.]

In addition, I urge you to consider pursuing more education or vocational training. God wants to take every ability He has given you, and sharpen it for His service.

He further added: That’s why the most important thing you can do is turn to Jesus Christ and commit your life and your future into His hands.

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