Joy and Peace is Granted by Faith when you look up!
Once upon a time a captain saw that his son had gone up the mast of the boat, the father noticed that he was losing his balance and about to fall, because he was staring down at the waves. Immediately the father took a bull horn and yelled loudly: LOOK UP, LOOK UP! The young man looked up to the sky where everything was calm, and in a short time he began to feel much better. He came down the mast feeling completely well.
Our salvation and serenity are assured, every time we look up to our God!
The best way to achieve this is when our hearts and minds are in prayer. Praying on bended knees means that we can only look up to God.
As your Pastor, I am asking all of us to come to God in prayer and He will give direction to our life and the life of the church we so much love.
During the summer months ahead, the message series will be on Prayer.
As we celebrate and have celebrated another national anniversary of Independence we affirm that our nation was founded on the principle that it is a "Nation under God."
We ask all citizens in this nation to turn toward God and reclaim this nation for the Lord, but it must begin with us! It must begin with prayer.
Support our Sunrise Presbyterian Church with your prayers.
If you are wondering what prayer is, I have a few suggestions and quotable quotes for you.
What is prayer? Prayer is our direct line with heaven. Prayer is a communication process that allows us to talk to God! He wants us to communicate with Him, like a person-to-person phone call.
Cell phones and other devices which have become a necessity to some people in today's society have far removed people from God, because we are not praying as much as we used to. We have other prayer interrupters, such as cable television, Bluetooth devices, blackberries, and talking computers! These are means of communication that allow two or more persons to interact, discuss, and respond to one another, but we are not doing that with our Creator, Redeemer and Comforter (God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit).
Become an active person who prays and if you haven't prayed in a long time, don't believe that you will be rejected by God; on the contrary, God will receive you. Remember what Hosea Ballou said, "Between the humble and contrite heart and the majesty of heaven there are no barriers; the only password is prayer."
We have many opportunities to pray, take the time to do so. Remember that you pray in your distress and in your need; you may also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance. God's vision for us is greater than ours and we can discover it through prayer. Prayer sets us on our way. Robert Louis Stevenson said it well, "Give us the strength to encounter that which is to come, that we may be brave in peril, constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath, and in all changes of fortunes, and down to the gates of death, loyal and loving one to another."
God's strength is discovered through prayer.
In Christian Love,
Rev. Pedro A. Rivera
Vision - We carry a vital responsibility in the overall mission of the Church Universal. We carry out the will of God and the command of Christ. Our ministries of Worship, Proclamation, Sharing the Sacraments, Evangelism, Nurture, Counseling, Personal and Social Healing and Service; each follows the pattern of ministry Jesus set before us.
Adult Bible Study
Sundays 9:00 A.M.
Wednesdays 7:30 P.M.
Children's Sunday School
Sundays during the 10:00 A.M. (English) and 11:30 A.M. (Spanish) Services