Reflection Questions: The River of Life

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
    though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble with its tumult. Selah

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
    God will help it when the morning dawns.
The nations are in an uproar; the kingdoms totter;
    he utters his voice; the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord;
    see what desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
    he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
    I am exalted among the nations;
    I am exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Reflection Questions:

  • Why do you think this person wrote this Psalm? What do you think their lives were like at the time they wrote it?
  • How do you think this person came to the conclusion that they came to?
  • What kind of pictures or imagery come to mind as you read it?
  • What verses stand out to you?
  • What questions come to mind as you read it? What questions do you have for God as you read it? (Try to come up with at least 1 question)

Active Response: The River of Life

There is a river of life whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.

Imagine your life as a river. You will draw a river of your life as a prayer: as a way of listening and speaking to God. Draw a river from one edge to the other. This river won’t start at birth, but rather from about 3 years ago. In the middle somewhere, will be the present, and then final part of it will be the future. Draw your life over the last 3 years in the river.

  • What were significant events (and yes, covid will be one of them)?
  • What were tributaries – that is things that had influence that flowed into your life over the last 3 years: people, events, etc. that had impact in your life? (Some may be bigger, some may be smaller).
  • You can make landmarks – islands in the river, objects along the river banks, obstructions to the flow, twists, etc. to represent the different people, places, events, in these past three years
  • Ask God to reveal to you how God was with you during these times, how and what God spoke to you, where God blessed you, and even those moments where you might have felt far from God.
  • When you come to the future part of your river, draw what your river might need for you to live into the fullness of life that God has created us for. Is it presence? rest? space? adventure? resources? relationships? Is there anything growing on the banks of the river? Does the river flow into bigger of body of water which is the future?
  • Pray to God for these things as you look to the future.

Reset Sunday • May 29, 2022


For Sunday, May 29, 2022
Reset Sunday

Series - Image of rocks on beach with text overlaid, "Reset Sunday"


Opening Breath Prayer

As you begin your time of worship, take some a few quiet moments of breath prayer to re-center yourself in Christ. While you take nice, slow, deep breaths in an out, you can either say the words out loud or silently.

Breathe in: Creator God
Breathe out: You know and love me

Breathe in: Lord Jesus
Breathe out: You are with me

Breathe in: Holy Spirit
Breathe out: Come, fill me



Worship Song

Jesus I Remember You

Jesus, I remember you
Tell me again of your mercies
Tell me again of all the things you do

You seal my pardon
You heal my heart and
You lift me out of darkness
You give me life
You satisfy
You crown me in your goodness

I adore You
Adore You
Jesus, I remember You
Celebrating all You do



Kids’ Song

Feel free to lift your voices and make big motions to praise our big, big God! This is for kids of all ages, so parents/adults, feel free to join in the fun and praise!



Kids’ Bible Story

Click here to watch the Creation Bible story together

Cartoon drawing of biblical story of creation, including grassy field, trees, giraffe, antelope, bird, and clouds in sky.

After watching the video, please share a few of these “I wonder” questions together:

  • I wonder which of these days you liked best?
  • I wonder which day is the most important?
  • I wonder which day you are in or which one is especially about you?
  • I wonder what you are most thankful for from creation?


Scripture Reading

Hebrews 4:1, 9-11

Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it…

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.

Reader: This is the Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.



Devotional

Please take a couple of moments to read the following devotional. You can read it out loud one at a time, or silently to yourselves. There will also be a moment for active response. If you’re with others, please share out loud with one another at the end.

In the hustle and busyness of life, the never-ending “to do” lists, the endless email notifications from the office, the homework assignments, the appointments, practices, and, and meetings, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and fractured. Part of us is here, part of us is there; even when we make time to pray, we can be distracted and frustrated.

Friends, our prayer is that you hear the voice of Jesus inviting you into wholeness — and that the path toward wholeness, peace of mind, and a calmness of spirit comes, in part, through our commitment to Sabbath.

It sounds a little funny, but our Scripture today reminds us of our calling to actively seek rest. We are called to “make every effort to enter that rest” — as Dallas Willard reminds us, “Grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to earning. Earning is an attitude. Effort is an action.” But this effort so we can rest is different from the kind of working that grinds us down; we purposefully direct our love and trust to God in Sabbath (which brings peace) instead of striving to keep control of all the outcomes (which brings stress).

While the Memorial Day holiday is a different kind of remembrance, this is a great time for us to remember who God is and who we are in God. Re-membering means to “put back together,” and it is the faithfulness of God which puts us back together. In 1 Samuel 7, during a critical moment in the history of the Israelites, the people of God experience the power and protection of God. Verse 12 says, “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Jeshanah, and named it Ebenezer (‘stone of help’); for he said, ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us.'”

Active Response:

Take about 10-15 minutes (or longer or shorter — it’s up to you!) for each of you to find a “stone of help.” Depending on your location today, if it’s appropriate, pick up the stone and bring it back; otherwise, take a picture or simply create a mental image of the rock for yourself. Come back to the group and share your responses to the following:

  • Why did you like this rock in particular? The color, the location, the weight of it, the shape, etc.
  • How do you remember that God is faithful in your life? How do you need God’s help to put things back together?
  • What are some practical ways that you can actively seek Sabbath rest, the kind that helps you remember God’s love and makes you feel whole?

As you wrap up this portion of your Reset Sunday, close with the Prayer of Recollection at the end. Allow God to re-collect your scattered thoughts, attention, and time. Place your hope and trust in Jesus, who holds all things together.



Closing Prayer of Recollection

Adapted from Rodrigo de la Sotta

Directions:

  • Read each line of the prayer out loud. If there are multiple people worshiping together, take turns reading a sentence each until the end of the prayer.
  • Take a moment to meditate on the prayer, and see what line in the prayer is speaking to you. Again, if there are multiple people together, share the line and why it is speaking to you today.
  • End in silence and thanksgiving for this day of rest with an Amen.

I am not God, but a finite creation of God. 

Lord, I know that I have a body that has limits.

I am here right now and cannot be other places.

I cannot grant everybody’s wishes. 

I am grateful for the truth that I am not You, God. 

Only You can meet all the needs around me.

In my deepest place, I am not my names, roles and qualities, and these are not my righteousness (my salvation, my rest).

At my deepest place I am not a daughter or son, a husband or wife, a father or mother, a boyfriend or girlfriend. 

I am not what I do. I am not how much money I make. 

At my deepest place, I am not what others have named me. 

I am not my failures. I am not my successes. I am not my strengths. I am not my weaknesses.

I confess any image of myself I cling to as a means to find my own salvation, my own righteousness apart from You.

I affirm the truth of my soul’s identity in Christ.

In my deepest place, I am a spirit now clothed with the righteousness of Christ.

I am precious in God’s eyes.

From all eternity, God calls me beloved and holds me with an everlasting embrace. 



Worship Bulletin • May 22, 2022


For Sunday, May 22, 2022
In-Person • 1:00 pm
Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church • Worship Center
The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Series — Image of colorful doors in an apartment complex with text overlaid, "Who is my neighbor"

Presider: Peter Yoon
Guest Preacher: Yang Liu



Call to Worship

From the Presbyterian Church in Canada

In life, in death,
and in life beyond death,
The Risen Christ is Lord.
In success and discouragement,
in fear and in hope,
The Risen Christ is Lord.
Of the poor and broken,
of the sinner and the sinned against,
The Risen Christ is Lord.

In Church and community,
in our hearts and our homes,
The Risen Christ is Lord,
and so we gather to worship
in Jesus’ name.



Worship Song

Relentless

Salvation sounds a new beginning
As distant hearts begin believing
Redemption’s bid is unrelenting…
Your love goes on
Your love goes on

You carry us, carry us
when the world gives way
You cover us, cover us
with Your endless grace

Your love is relentless
Your love is relentless
Your love is relentless

Your love is relentless

The time is up for chasing shadows
You gave the world a light to follow
A hope that shines beyond tomorrow
Your love goes on
Your love goes on

Tearing through the veil of darkness
Breaking every chain You set us free
Fighting for the furthest heart
You gave Your life for all to see



Prayer of Confession

Adapted from re:worship

God of justice,
we confess that in the pursuit
of our own dreams and desires,
we have not always been civil,
not always humane,
not always right,
sometimes in thought,
sometimes in actions.

Guided by Your Spirit,
what we would like to do is change the world –
make it a little simpler for people
to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves
as You intended them to do.
Help us to be Your witnesses,
to join You in Your good work
so that we can, with Your help, change the world.

— Moment of silent prayer & confession —

God of love,
enlarge our hearts
to love each other,
to love our neighbor,
and to love our enemy as our friend.
Amen.



Assurance of Forgiveness

Led by Presider

For nothing is impossible with God.
There is no place we can go,
no end of the earth we can run,
where God cannot find us.
There is nothing on earth or beyond death
that can separate us from the love of God
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We are forgiven.
We are loved.
We are reconciled to God.
Let us go and live with the love of God.
Thanks be to God. Amen.



Prayers of the People

Adapted from Acts of Faith

Holy Lord, Maker of us all,
You call us to love our neighbors as ourselves
and teach us that faith without works is dead.
Open us to the opportunities
for ministry that exist before us,
where faith and words
and the need of our neighbor
come together in name of Jesus Christ, our Savior.

— Moment of silent prayer & intercession —

God with us,
help us to see You
in the faces of all we encounter;
to show them love through the empowering
of Your Holy Spirit.
Amen.



Passing of the Peace

Together

Greet one another and/or send a text message to someone either from our Anchor City Community or someone who needs God’s peace this day!



Family Praise

Led by Arya & Esme Kim



Blessing of the Children

Led by Presider

Children hold out their hands to receive the blessing

Go in peace and go in joy
Filled with wonder for this day
Go in faith and go in love
God will guide you on your way!



Scripture Reading

Led by Presider

Presider: This is the Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God!



Worship Song

You Don’t Have to Lose Heart

Hey now, you don’t have to lose heart
Hey now, we’re only at the start
of what God’s doing here

Hey now, you don’t have to lose heart
Hey now, we’re only at the start
of what God’s doing here… God is here…

Let us put our trust
in the One who carries us
So we can let go
of every disappointment

Let us cling to love,
to the hope ahead of us
So we can hold on
to every single promise

Brother, when your troubles weigh you down
Sister, fix your eyes on higher ground
On the peace that’s yet to come… to come…

Let us rest here in the hands
of the One who made all things
Let us rest here in the plans
of the One who knows all things



Sermon

Guest Speaker: Yang Liu

Series — Image of colorful doors in an apartment complex with text overlaid, "Who is my neighbor"


Announcements

Reset Sunday

Next Sunday will be a Reset Sunday. Instead of gathering together at the Mount Soledad Presbyterian campus, we will provide a worship guide for you and encourage you to experience connection with God and others outside of the walls of the church building!


Pastors’ Sabbatical

Thanks to everyone who is helping out each Sunday while the pastors are on sabbatical!



Worship Song

Oh You Bring

Oh You bring hope to the hopeless
And light to those in darkness
And death to life… now I’m alive

Oh You give peace to the restless
And joy to homes that are broken
I see You now… in You I’m found

And You opened the door for me
And You laid down Your life to set me free
All that I am will serve You, Lord

Oh You fill those who are empty
And rescue those in the valley
And through it all… You calm my soul

Oh You find me in my weakness
And heal the wounds of my heartache
I worship You… in spirit and truth

And You opened my eyes to see
All the wonder and awe of Christ in me
Jesus, You’re everything I need

All honor… all glory… all praise to You



Benediction

Led by Yang Liu

Being sent with God’s blessing into the world
to join Jesus’ mission of redemption



Fellowship and Conversation

Together

We will hang out if you’re available!


Worship Bulletin • May 15, 2022


For Sunday, May 15, 2022
In-Person • 1:00 pm
Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church • Worship Center
The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Series — Image of colorful doors in an apartment complex with text overlaid, "Who is my neighbor"

Presider: Chris Kwok
Guest Preacher: Pastor Jennifer Guerra Aldana



Call to Worship

From the Presbyterian Church in Canada

In life, in death,
and in life beyond death,
The Risen Christ is Lord.
In success and discouragement,
in fear and in hope,
The Risen Christ is Lord.
Of the poor and broken,
of the sinner and the sinned against,
The Risen Christ is Lord.

In Church and community,
in our hearts and our homes,
The Risen Christ is Lord,
and so we gather to worship
in Jesus’ name.



Worship Song

Everything New

I can feel Your power, Love
Even in the hours of
The beckoning day or the darkening night

Cause You are making all things new
You are making everything new
You are making all things new
You are making everything, everything

Like sounds of a baby crying
Light breaks over Your horizon
I’m caught in the fall and the rise of Your tide

Like mountains born in fire
Born again by Your desire
I’m caught in the heart of the world You conspire

I’m caught in Your heart…
Your country of love
I’m caught in Your heart…
let Your country come



Prayer of Confession

Adapted from re:worship

Holy God,
we struggle to manifest the fruits of the Spirit,
but often find ourselves bound by the things of this world.
We know the whole law is summed up
in the single commandment
to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Yet we create fences around ourselves
to keep neighbors outside
and tell ourselves we have no responsibility.
Even in our own backyard
we “bite and devour” one another.
We wish it were different.

— Moment of silent prayer & confession —

When Jesus calls us to follow Him,
we find every excuse instead
to go home or to the workplace
to finish something more important first.
Yet we yearn to be more centered on You.
Help us to come and give our whole selves to You,
To be led into a life of love by You,
Jesus, our most loving Neighbor.
In whose name we pray, Amen.



Assurance of Forgiveness

Led by Presider

Despite our resistance,
we can be assured
that God’s loving arm redeems the people.
God calls us back to God’s realm,
and encourages us with a love we can never lose
no matter how hard we push back,
no matter how often we forget,
no matter how far we stray.
We need but ask and we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God. Amen.



Prayers of the People

Adapted from re:worship

God of grace,
in these continued days
of knowing and not knowing,
we, like the buds on the trees, 
are eager to burst forth into the world.
Hold us gently in place
as we continue to find ways to love our neighbor
and to be sent by You to do so.

And we seek blessing upon those
who have answered a call to care for us
Thank You for sending them to love us as neighbor.
These, we hold in our care as neighbors.

Help us to hear that caring for one another
is Your command on our lives.
Let us think on how we will
make the world a better place.
Let us think on what kindness, however small,
we might offer someone.
Let us remember that our life is not our own,
but belongs to You.

— Moment of silent prayer & intercession —

Holy Spirit,
help us dream how we might enter our communities
to be a beacon of hope for those living in disorder
to come alongside them while they find order;
alongside them while they reorder their lives.
Help us always, Lord,
to remember our promise to You
that we will care for our neighbor as ourselves.
Amen.



Passing of the Peace

Together

Greet one another and/or send a text message to someone either from our Anchor City Community or someone who needs God’s peace this day!



Family Praise

Led by Arya & Esme Kim



Blessing of the Children

Led by Presider

Children hold out their hands to receive the blessing

Go in peace and go in joy
Filled with wonder for this day
Go in faith and go in love
God will guide you on your way!



Scripture Reading

Led by Presider

Presider: This is the Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God!



Worship Song

Expectation

You redeem our past…
You take what’s old and broken
You’re breathing in new life

Rhythms of Your grace…
moving us to freedom
From darkness in……to light

You will make all things new
You’ll bring Your Kingdom here
We wait in expectation

We lift our eyes to You
Salvation’s drawing near
We wait in expectation

You have overcome…
the troubles we are facing
You’re standing here… with us

Oppression cannot win…
and anxious thoughts are broken
By the pow’r of Je…sus’ name

Oh… Oh… (x3)
Oh… Salvation’s drawing near



Sermon

Guest Speaker: Pastor Jennifer Guerra Aldana

Series — Image of colorful doors in an apartment complex with text overlaid, "Who is my neighbor"


Announcements

Reset Sunday

The month of May has 5 Sundays — the final Sunday of the month (May 29th) will be a Reset Sunday. Instead of gathering together at the Mount Soledad Presbyterian campus, we will provide a worship guide for you and encourage you to experience connection with God and others outside of the walls of the church building!


Pastors’ Sabbatical

PJ & PD will be gone on sabbatical for the entire month of May. Please keep Pastors Jeya & Dan in your prayers. Thanks to everyone who is helping out each Sunday while the pastors are on sabbatical!



Worship Song

Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

It all comes down to this
What You require of me
Love my neighbor as myself
and You above all things

Act justly, love mercy
Walk humbly, with You God
In all things, in all ways
Walk humbly, with You God

It all comes down to this
To be Your hands and feet
Good News to all the world
The truth will set us free

It’s beauty for ashes
It’s mourning to dancing
It’s closer and closer
The Kingdom of heaven

Years from now we’ll see
the fruit our hands have sown
Faith just like a seed
The only way it grows



Benediction

Led by Pastor Jennifer Guerra Aldana

Being sent with God’s blessing into the world
to join Jesus’ mission of redemption



Fellowship and Conversation

Together

We will hang out if you’re available!


Worship Bulletin • May 8, 2022


For Sunday, May 8, 2022
In-Person • 1:00 pm
Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church • Worship Center
The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Series — Image of colorful doors in an apartment complex with text overlaid, "Who is my neighbor"

Presider: Cherry Park
Guest Preacher: Jason Evans



Call to Worship

Adapted from Carol Penner

And Jesus said, “Come!”
To all mothers and all children:
He said, “Come!”
To the motherless and the childless:
He said, “Come!”
To all who long to be mothered:
He said, “Come!”

“Come unto me all you who labor
and are heavy-laden,
and I will give you rest.”
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord.
Let us shout joyfully
to the rock of our salvation!
Amen.



Worship Song

Promises

God of Abraham
God of covenant and faithful promises
Time and time again
You have pro…ven
You’ll do just what You said

Though the storms may come
and the winds may blow
I’ll remain steadfast

And let my heart learn
when You speak a word
It will come to pass

Great is Your faithfulness to me
Great is Your faithfulness to me
From the rising sun to the setting same
I will praise Your name
Great is Your faithfulness to me

God from age to age
Though the earth may pass away
Your Word remains the same
Your history can prove
There’s nothing You can’t do
You’re faithful and true

I put my faith in Jesus
My anchor to the ground
My hope and firm foundation
He’ll never let me down



Prayer of Confession

Adapted from re:worship

O Holy God,
we come in confession for our lack of love.
We have neither loved ourselves nor our neighbors.
We have passed by suffering and misfortune
because of fear or busyness or preoccupation.
We have help prejudices against people
as deep as those against the Samaritans.

— Moment of silent prayer & confession —

Heal our pains, amend our faults,
and guide us in ways of danger and compassion.
We pray in the name of Jesus,
our most beloved neighbor,
who cared for us even to the cross. Amen.



Assurance of Forgiveness

Led by Presider

Friends in Christ, know this:
the mercy of God is from everlasting to everlasting!
In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God. Amen.



Prayers of the People

Adapted from Carol Penner

Loving God,
we give thanks today for mothers!
Thank You for mothers who gave birth to us,
and women who have treated us
as their own children.
You have shown us how You love us as a mother,
“As a hen gathers her chicks under her wings,”
cherishing and protecting the children among us.
Help us to love as You do:
lovingly, fairly, wisely, and with great joy.

We need Your comfort here today, God,
because some are missing mothers,
some are missing children,
some are parted by distance or death.
Comfort those who have
given up their child for adoption,
Comfort those who longed
to be biological mothers, and could not.

We pray for those here
whose mothers have disappointed them;
we ask for grace in relationships
where there is pain and bitterness,
for healing in relationships
where there is abuse and violence.
Help our congregation be a space
where people can feel mothered,
their gifts and talents appreciated and nurtured.

Finally, we pray today for mothers around the world;
mothers who cannot feed their children,
mothers who are homeless or without a homeland;
mothers who must teach their children
about the dangers of bombs and bullets.
Help us create a world where mothers
can raise their children in peace and plenty.

God of mothers, who created mothers,
who came as a child and had a mother,
God who loves us like a mother,
loving us with a sweeter and deeper love
than we have ever known,
hear our prayer this day.
Amen.



Passing of the Peace

Together

Greet one another and/or send a text message to someone either from our Anchor City Community or someone who needs God’s peace this day!



Family Praise

Led by Arya & Esme Kim



Blessing of the Children

Led by Presider

Children hold out their hands to receive the blessing

Go in peace and go in joy
Filled with wonder for this day
Go in faith and go in love
God will guide you on your way!



Scripture Reading

Led by Presider

Presider: This is the Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God!



Worship Song

You Are Good (Your Mercy Endures)

There’s so much beauty around us
More than the eyes can take in
We have awakened to see You…
in all things

In every hour and moment
Present with us, the I AM
You are the end and beginning…
of all things

Oh… You are good…
and Your mercy endures forever

In all the suffering around us
How can You be a good God?
What can I do with the questions…
in my soul?

I may not have all the answers,
but I can’t deny what I know
Jesus, You showed me the Father…
and He is good

Breaking down all of the walls
Healing us until we fall
more and more in love with You
and we finally see who You are

There has never been a day
You have ever turned away
Your love for us will never change
One day we will see who You are



Sermon

Guest Speaker: Canon Jason Evans

Series — Image of colorful doors in an apartment complex with text overlaid, "Who is my neighbor"


Announcements

Mother’s Day

Happy Mothers’ Day! Praying for the mothers and the mother figures in our church this day! Refreshments during fellowship today provided by the fathers and the father figures of Anchor City.


Youth Group

The Youth Group gathering for the month of May will be in-person! Please talk to Grace for details.


Reset Sunday

The month of May has 5 Sundays — the final Sunday of the month (May 29th) will be a Reset Sunday. Instead of gathering together at the Mount Soledad Presbyterian campus, we will provide a worship guide for you and encourage you to experience connection with God and others outside of the walls of the church building!


Pastors’ Sabbatical

PJ & PD will be gone on sabbatical for the entire month of May. Please keep Pastors Jeya & Dan in your prayers. Thanks to everyone who is helping out each Sunday while the pastors are on sabbatical!



Worship Song

Oh You Bring

Oh You bring hope to the hopeless
And light to those in darkness
And death to life… now I’m alive

Oh You give peace to the restless
And joy to homes that are broken
I see You now… in You I’m found

And You opened the door for me
And You laid down Your life to set me free
All that I am will serve You, Lord

Oh You fill those who are empty
And rescue those in the valley
And through it all… You calm my soul

Oh You find me in my weakness
And heal the wounds of my heartache
I worship You… in spirit and truth

And You opened my eyes to see
All the wonder and awe of Christ in me
Jesus, You’re everything I need

All honor… all glory… all praise to You



Benediction

Led by Jason Evans

Being sent with God’s blessing into the world
to join Jesus’ mission of redemption



Fellowship and Conversation

Together

We will hang out if you’re available!