|Somang Family Early Morning Prayer|
|DATE||Jan. 15, 2017|
Somang Family Early Morning Prayer
January 2-3, 2017
In the early morning of the very first Monday of the New Year,
church members headed to the main chapel to attend Somang Family Early Morning Prayer in the rain.
Many church members arrived really early.
When the parking lot was full, it was only 5 a.m.
In case there were the church members who forgot to bring it,
pastors handed them the New Year Prayer card again.
However, many of them submitted theirs, card filled with their prayers.
Among them, there were many children.
Some church members came earlier than the prayer meeting began
and wrote their prayers down.
On the first day, Pastor Lim Seongtaek led the praise and worship session
the praise and worship team sang with their family members.
After praising God with 'More love to Thee', children sang 'I'm a worshiper'
and it was the confession made by all generation who decided to love Jesus and stand as a worshiper.
The grace became bigger when the church members' confession
filled the chapel in the early morning.
"The only hope of my life is
to sing the love of the Lord watching His beauty."
"God, my Father, thank you for making Somang families come before you in this early morning to worship You.
Give us the strong faith that never be shaken by the world and worship You at home."
On behalf of the church members gathered, a boy named Yoo Eunho prayed.
His mom, deaconess Jun Sojeong prayed that Somang church may be the place
where God always be with us and give lives to many people.
His grandfather welcomed Jesus in old age
and he prayed for the country to be the one that God pleases.
The special anthem was sung by the joint children's choir.
They sang 'the leaders who belong to God' who would change the world beautifully.
"The ones, who change the world where we're living, do their best to fulfill God's will,
help the neighbors and pray for the country, deliver the name and the fragrance of the Lord,
the leaders who belong to God"
Senior pastor encouraged that to the children, it would be the precious memory
that the whole family came to church in such an early morning to worship and pray.
To grow healthy with wisdom, they prayed holding the hand of their children.
Parents prayed for their children who were away from them to live loving and worshiping Jesus.
"He will wipe every tear from their eyes.
There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain,
for the old order of things has passed away.
He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!"
Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."
The first message from God was from the book of Revelation 21:4-5.
To the eyes of men, Jesus and His Cross seemed a failure and a symbol of death and defeat.
However God didn't leave Jesus among the failure and He gave the resurrection and life
and the believers are those who believe it.
Not suffering from the failure but confessing God sins in you,
you could receive forgiveness and the new opportunity.
The church members decided to start again.
Because God who makes everything new have their future and wipe their tears,
they would stand up again.
Holding the Gospel of the resurrection,
they were looking forward to the opportunity called the year of 2017.
How to escape from the past and to use the faith was the theme for the next day.
They asked Jesus their way to go.
On the first day that they opened the dawn with their family, they blessed each other.
It was the first day and many people hadn't submitted their prayer card yet.
They said that they had planned to write their prayer titles after the sermon of the day.
It's always good to see the family went out from the chapel hand in hand,even when they didn't talk much to each other.
"Prayer titles? A healthy and peaceful life, of course!"
"Though I'm an elder, I don't feel that I’m faithful enough.
I asked God for more faith in order to stand firm before Him and fulfill His will.
That's my prayer."
Maybe it's too early for the kids to wake up. But it's just once a year.
and that's why on the 2nd day, many children attended with their parents.
On the 2nd day, Pastor Lee Seungjae led the praise and worship with the young adult church members.
Before the worship service, the church members proclaimed that the Lord is our King with gladness.
They praised the name of Jesus who is the hope and salvation of the world
and sought His grace and presence.
They asked that their lives be His place to be
and make them holy and new.
On the 2nd day, student leader of the University department prayed on behalf of all.
She prayed for the families to give the burden to the Lord, cover each other the love of God and forgive each other.Also she prayed that the church members may bind with the love of the Lord equally and follow the Lord.
The leader of the young adult department asked God to lead them to love the neighbors
not to be obsessed by success in the world and to be light and salt of the world.
Also he prayed for the country to be the one that have many people who fear God.
The members of the university dept. and the young adult dept. sang together "Every day with the Lord"
"Every day with the Lord, I will worship God in the morning and exalt God in the evening newer than yesterday"
These young fellows sang and danced along the very slogan of Somang church 2017;
Every day with the Lord, we will be born again.
The church members prayed for those young church members to be healthy,
enjoy the spiritual blessings and thank God for that.Also they blessed them to meet good teachers, faithful friends and wonderful spouse.
The senior pastor delivered God's message from the book of Revelation 21:5-7;
God blesses those who're waiting for Him and makes His children those who believe Him.
So we should remember the love of God who is watching over us living as heroes in our lives.
Maybe we cannot become new and holy at once.
But if we lay down ourselves piece by piece, then we can overcome the obstacle one by one.
And they prayed altogether to thank God for giving the opportunity of the new beginning,
discover themselves changing, expect the Holy Spirit to walk with them
and blessed the church and the country.
Putting their hand on their heart, they prayed that the precious blood of the Lord
wash their weaknesses of body and soul
. And they rebuked the evil spirit and asked God to make them thankful every day.
They finished the Early Morning Prayer with blessing each otherto live with the Lord in every part of their lives and to stand up Newly Again, Holy Again.
And with the Scripture from the Song of Songs, they blessed themselves and the church.
Leaving the chapel, they submitted the prayer card.
The pastors in charge of their district would pray for them.
Those who attended Somang Family Early Morning Prayer on the 2nd day received the 2017 calendar.
If you want to present it to the friend to invite to the church, you could have another one for him/her.
In the New Year, may Somang church members
pray continually and have the Word of God always!