Hope in Sorrow

Posted on 02/10/2008 by California Condor

AUDIO: dialup - broadband - podcast

TRANSCRIPT: (may not contain everything found in the audio above)

Good morning and welcome to Abundant Living Ministries CyberChurch. If you're a first-time visitor, we want to give you a special welcome. Be sure to click the welcome sign in the foyer before you leave and pick up some free gifts.

If any of you have attempted to respond to our fund-raising notice a couple of days ago and buy a last-minute Valentine's Day gift from our online store this weekend, my sincere apologies. We've had to make a major server change, and a good portion of our site simply isn't working.

I also want to apologize to those who have requested prayer in the last couple of days, since our e-mail is inaccessible right now, as is the system we use to manage requests.

While any secure pages on our site are completely inaccessible, you can still make a donation through PayPal; just visit almcyberchurch.org and click the offering plate. The partnership section is completely down, but one-time donations are working through PayPal.

Let's all stand to our feet and start this service with prayer.

Lord God, thank you for this brand new day. Thank you for giving us life and breath, and for meeting our needs.

Thank you for the people who are here today, and that you are here with us by your Holy Spirit. We welcome you here today and invite you to have your way with us. Fill us afresh today with you so that the aroma of your presence lingers on us.

We pray for the requests for prayer that have been made in the last few days. You know what they are, and as soon as we can access them we'll make them known.

Lord, heal hearts; mend broken relationships; bring deliverance to those who are bound; bring healing to those who are suffering through disease; bring peace to those in turmoil; bring provision to those in need; and bring a hunger and a thirst for you that overshadows everything else to each and every one of us.

Bless this service. Speak to us today, and receive our acts of worship as a sweet-smelling aroma, an offering to you of the best we have.

And we ask these things in the name of Jesus.


Click the pulpit for a notecard, and let's worship God with song.


I have a reason to rejoice
I have a reason to clap my hands
I have a reason to lift my voice
and sing praises to the great I Am

I have a reason to move my feet
and take the Gospel into the street
I have a reason to lose my will
and let Jesus take full control

For you have set me feet to dancing
You have filled my heart with joy
You have freed me from my passions
and filled me with the Holy Ghost

You have set my heart on fire
Fill my soul with your desire and
Melt me Lord 'til only you remain!


Sing unto the Lord a new song
Sing unto the Lord all the earth
Sing unto the Lord a new song
Sing unto the Lord all the earth

For God is great
and greatly to be praised
God is great
and greatly to be praised


For thou O Lord art high
above all the earth
Thou are exalted
far above all gods

And I exalt thee
I exalt thee
I exalt thee O Lord

Thank you Lord for your glory and that you allow us and desire for us to enter into your presence, get a glimpse of your glory, and to become just a little more like you.

Speak to us now by your Word, and may we leave here changed.

And we ask this in Jesus' name.


You can be seated.

Today it is my privilege and honor to turn the service over to California. Brother, come share the message God wants to speak to us today.

*** Message from California Condor. Consult the mp3 to listen. ***

Amen! Thank you so much for that timely word from the Lord. It's exactly what I needed to hear, and I'm sure that goes for a lot of us here today -- either we're going through trying times, or we're going to go through trying times, sorrows, and struggles, and we who are in Christ have hope.

If you aren't in Christ today, if you haven't accepted him as your Lord and Savior, but you want the hope that only he can bring, I'd like to invite you to accept Jesus right now. Just say this to him right now with me. Say, "Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and Savior. I accept the price you paid on the cross to wash away my sins. I want that hope that only you can bring, in the middle of whatever comes. Forgive me for my sins, and come into my heart. Thank you Jesus. Amen."

This altar is open. If you need to seek God concerning your suffering, or if you just need to release your worries and fears to him in exchange for his peace and hope, or if you just want to pray and worship, come to the front and let's seek God together.

If you need prayer or ministry, instant message someone on the ministry team. If you want to carry on a conversation, please take them outside or to the room on your left, where we'll meet in a few minutes for fellowship.

Lord God, thank you for speaking to us today. I ask that you continue to move in our midst now, bringing healing, deliverance, peace, hope, and insight to those seeking for answers.

And we ask this in Jesus' name.