online service - may 24, 2020

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.

Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.

Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

 

- 1 Chronicles 16:8-10, 23-24

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worship guide

Offering

If you would like to give offering this morning, you can do that here.



Family Discussion Questions

1. Have you ever played Hide and Seek or hidden to surprise someone? Where was the best hiding spot you’ve ever hidden?

 

2. Hiding for Hide and Seek is fun, but what are some other things we hide from?


3. Adam and Eve hid from God in the Garden, what are some ways that we hide from God today?


Read Psalm 139:1-12

 

God knew Adam and Eve completely. He knew their actions, their inmost thoughts, and even their words before they spoke them. They were known by God.

 

4. Who is a person in your life that knows you better than anyone else?

 

5. What would happen to your relationship with that person if you try to hide things and keep things from them?

 

Take for example a child, let’s call him Jake. While playing ball in the house, Jake breaks his mom’s favorite crystal vase. He tries to hide the evidence because Jake is ashamed and worried about being punished. This begins to cause distance between Jake and his parents as he stays in his room all the time, avoids his parents, and has to lie to try to keep his actions hidden. The result is that his relationship with his parents is hurt by his attempts to hide what he has done.

 

6. How can bringing things out into the open, shining a light on what is hidden, help restore relationships?


Back to the earlier example, Jake’s crime is finally revealed. Initially there are consequences…which may even be worse because he tried to hide it. However, now Jake doesn’t need to hide out in his room, he is able to resume time with his parents, and can now be honest with them. Ultimately their relationship grows because there is no longer anything hidden.

 

7. Take a moment to think about your relationship with God. Is there anything that you are “trying” to keep hidden from Him? (“Trying” …because He already knows.)


Take a moment of silent prayer to talk to God and open up to Him about anything that might be getting in the way of the amazing relationship that He desires to have with you. 



Communion

If you picked up Communion supplies from the church or have your own available, take a moment to share in a time of Communion.

 

Tomorrow we celebrate Memorial Day, a time to remember the sacrifices that so many have made for us. It is so important to remember sacrifices, especially the sacrifice of life. As the Apostle John says:

 

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. – John 15:13

 

Each week we celebrate a time of memorial as we remember the sacrifice of Jesus. We remember the hope that he brought and the price that he paid. As Isaiah foretold:

 

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.-        Isaiah 53:5-6

 

Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice as he gave up his life so that we could be free. Free from Sin, free from eternal death, free to live in God’s presence. As you take of the bread, we remember his body that was pierced for our transgressions. As we take of the cup, we remember his blood that brought us peace.

 

(Take a reflective moment to share the bread and the cup and remember Jesus’ sacrifice.)   



Prayer Time

Take a moment to pray together. In addition to the prayer needs of your family, we ask that our entire Church family join together and uplift a few things each week in a united voice.

 

This week we are asking everyone to be praying for:

 

  • Wisdom, guidance, and protection through the reopening of businesses and services.
  • Pray for both governmental and Church leaders in decisions of how to proceed in the coming months. (worship gatherings, restrictions, etc.)
  • Each of your family members to have a growing relationship with God.



Family Activity-Letters to God

Have everyone write a letter to God to talk about your relationship. Where is it now? Where do you want it to be? If there is anything that you have been trying to keep hidden, be open with Him about it in the letter that is only for Him.

 

Once you have all finished, fold up the letters and put them together. Have someone pray over the letters. Once you are done, find a way to dispose of the letters (safely burn them, shred them, or throw them away) so that you can feel free to be completely open with God in your letter.