Sunday, April 05, 2020

LEFC Guide to Worship at Home - April 5, 2020

LEFC Guide to Worship at Home

Palm Sunday :: April 5, 2020

$          Introduction
$          Home Worship Guide
$          More Links to Helpful Resources

Dear Church Family,

This Sunday begins what Christians often call “Holy Week,” and being separated from each other this particular week as a family of families will be especially difficult for us. We rightfully lament this loss of togetherness but also know that we have not ultimately lost anything because all things are ours in Christ and His mercies are new every single day (1 Cor 3:21-23, Lamentations 3:22-23).

We have prepared another 10 step Guide to Worship at Home for you to use in family worship, and I have recorded a corresponding video message and posted it on YouTube and Facebook. We’re also planning another Family Fellowship Meeting on Zoom, and you are invited! Please let us know if you need any help getting connected.

When we get together on Zoom, I’m going to ask everyone (especially the children!) to share 1 thing that you are missing right now and 1 thing for which you are thankful. We will “rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15).

For Worship in Unity this week, I have chosen the first question of the Heidelberg Catechism. Originally published in Germany in 1563 as a part of the Protestant Reformation, the answer to the Heidelberg’s first question is especially beautiful, profoundly biblical, and deeply comforting. The modern hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty have recently created a new worship song “Christ Our Hope in Life and Death” inspired by this historic creedal statement. I have worded the translation into the first person plural so that we declare it together as a community of faith with the communion of the saints.

We are working on special plans for celebrating Resurrection Sunday next week. If you have suggestions for simple ways to enhance our worship and celebrate our Risen Lord, please us know.
What time are you going to gather your household this weekend to worship the Lord Jesus Christ?

In His Grip,

- Pastor Matt

P.S.  Parents, you can download the Kids Worship Bulletin for this week and print it out for your children. And make sure you sing! Your kids are learning how to worship by watching you.

Home Worship Guide

1. Call to Worship

This is “Palm Sunday.” Have someone read the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry in John 12:12-16.

**Option: Families with younger children could make palm branches crafts to wave as part of family worship, especially during the songs.

Have someone pray and ask God to bless your time of worship at home.

2. Worship in Singing

As a household sing “Hosanna” by Carl Tuttle (1985).

**Option: Older families especially could instead/also sing “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna

3. Worship in Unity
Answer together the first question of the Heidelberg Catechism:

Q.        What is our only comfort in life and death?

A.         That we are not our own
                        but belong with body and soul
                        both in life and in death
                        to our faithful Savior Jesus Christ.

            He has fully paid for all our sins
                        with his precious blood,
                        and has set us free
                        from all the power of the devil.

            He also preserves us in such a way
                        that without the will of our heavenly Father
                        not a hair can fall from our heads;
                        indeed, all things must work together
                        for our salvation.

            Therefore, by his Holy Spirit
                        he also assures us
                        of eternal life
                        and makes us heartily willing and ready
                        from now to live for him.

**Option: Listen to the new song by Keith and Kristyn Getty based upon this catechism question: “Christ Our Hope in Life and Death.” 

4. Worship in Lament and Thanksgiving

The Bible tells us there is both “a time to weep and a time to laugh” (Ecclessiastes 3:4).
Have each family member share at least 1 good thing that they miss right now and 1 thing they are really thankful for this week.

Remind each other that the Lord’s mercies are new every morning.

**Option: Get ready to share your lament and thanksgiving with the church family fellowship meeting on Zoom at 11am. Pastor Matt will be asking the kids especially to share their one thing they are missing and one thing for which they are thankful.

5. Worship in Bible Memorization

As a family recite our “Hide the Word” verse for this Spring: Matthew 28:18-20.

“Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

**Option: Write this out on a whiteboard, chalkboard or big piece of paper. Erase or cover key words and try to say it without them. Try to do more missing words each week.

6. Worship in Prayer

Take prayer requests and pray for each other.

Read the prayer guide together and pray for the rest of the church family and the requests listed.

7. Worship in the Word

Watch or read Pastor Matt’s short message: “Surely He Was the Son of God!

Some families (especially with teens) will want to watch the message on their own and then have a Bible study and discussion together during this time.

8. Worship in Singing
Sing “Hallelujah, What aSavior!” (Philip Bliss, 1875)

9. Worship All Week

Have someone pray a prayer of commissioning for your family as you end this time of gathered worship and face a week of new opportunities and new challenges to serve the Lord, the church, and the world in His Name.

10. Participate in LEFC Family Fellowship Meeting on Zoom.

Many of us are meeting through video-conference online this Sunday at 11:00am:

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