Every Sunday at 12:30 p.m., we gather together to give thanks (Eucharist) to God. We worship God in songs of praise and songs of worship. We repent and turn from our sins and transgressions. We greet one another with the peace of Christ.
We break and share the word of God in reading and preaching.We break and share the bread and share the cup of wine and have communion in "the Body and the Blood of Christ" in remembrance of Him. We are dismissed at the end of the Eucharist to "Love and serve the Lord in others" throughout the whole week.
(Right of Christian Initiation of Adults)
Preparation of adults in the faith is offered to adults. This starts in the beginning of Advent and the journey continues to Easter. At that time the Catechumens and/or the Candidates will receive some or all of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Reconciliation and Euchairst.
We offer preparation to families for the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. We offer preparation to adults for the Sacrament of Marriage.
At Lift Jesus Higher we have in operation Cell groups (House groups) of 5-12 persons. These groups have various flavours or structures.
The basic elements that could be found in a cell group are as follows:
- Praise and worship of God in songs
- Sharing (What is God doing in our lives?)
- Teachings (By a person, audio or video tapes)
- Intercession to the Lord for various needs.
- Ministry of healing prayer to individuals
- Socialization with one another
- Soaking in the presence of the Lord with worship music in the background.
Members of Cell Groups are encouraged to bring friends or acquaintances to the meeting and when the group reaches 12-13 persons then the group will multiply by dividing into two new groups. This is the way that members of the Cell group participate in the ministry of Evangelization.
Genesis 14: 18. And King Melchizedek of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High. 19. He blessed him and said, "Blessed be Abram by God Most High, maker of heaven and earth; 20. and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!" And Abram gave him one_tenth of everything.
This is where the tithe started. Tithe means “A tenth part of one’s annual income or produce, either in kind or money, contributed voluntarily for charitable purposes or due as a tax for the support of the clergy or church.”
Scripture says in 2 Corinthians 9: 7. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. & Sirach 35:11. With every gift show a cheerful face, and dedicate your tithe with gladness.
Are you cheerful when you drop that envelope into the collection basket?
The world takes your money. There are financial pressures everywhere. God does not take, but He gives. When you really need something as opposed to wanting something, I believe that God provides. When Abraham is so thankful that God does not want Isaac as an offering God provides a ram as an offering. Fr. Rick Thomas said if God wants it He will pay for it. What we do at LJH is not raise finances but rather release them. This is something I found out over the last few years. I remember when our monthly budget was on average about $10,000/month. As our collections dwindled, we cut back on various expenses. Then we really had our collections fall and we started to consider looking at alternate sites. Fortunately our office assistant came forward and said she wanted to leave which gave us a significant saving in our budget. After reducing the budget to $8000/month I thought that things had turned the corner. We still struggled and the budget was reduced to $7000 then $6500/month. Fr. Bob and I had lunch one day and we were talking about the finances and he said that he would consider a pay cut in his salary. I knew this would help but, what I blurted out was how I noticed how when we cut the budget every time, our revenue stream decreased, the Lord would cut the incoming cash. So I said we would not cut anything more. I have noticed how the Lord has managed the finances since then. He keeps us in the area where we are not too fat and comfortable but always in that location where we need to trust Him.
Is it wrong to have money? Answer, no. Lots of people in the bible were blessed by God. Abraham (Genesis 13:2). 2. Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold. Solomon (1 Kings 3:13) 13. I (that is God) give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honour all your life; no other king shall compare with you. Even Jesus had money when it was needed. Money found Him. He did not take up collections after His talks.
The problem is not the money but, rather is it your idol. 1 Timothy 6:10. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.
Some people do not have money because they can’t handle it. I remember how I was talking with one of the young lads that use to come to our church years ago. He told me he wished he had $10,000 so that he could buy a car and ride around the neighbourhood with his friends. Is this a need or a want? St Paul says in Phillipians 4: 19. And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
One of the paradoxes of our faith is that it is more blessed to give than to receive. The world especially in North America does not understand this.
Matthew 6:19. Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; 20. but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Where is your treasure?
Tithing provides an open heaven, protection of you financially, a rebuke of the devourer and that blessings will start to enter your life.
At LJH, we tithe to "Catholic Christian Outreach", Waupoos Farm, and our Outreach Ministries as well as presenting offerings to Peru.
I believe that the church is sitting on an untapped gold mine in this concept of tithing.
I have a list of scripture references that you could take that deal with tithing. Isaiah 55:11. So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
- Matthew 6: 24.
- Leviticus 27:30
- Numbers 18:21
- Numbers 18:24
- Numbers 18:26
- Numbers 18:28
- Deuteronomy 12:5
- Amos 4:4
- Malachi 3:8
- Hebrews 7:5
- Tobit 1:6
- 1 Maccabees 10:31k.