We don't go to church...
That might sound odd, but the Bible doesn't use the word church about a building, place or event. In the Bible, the word church always refers to people - the family of God, saved by God, for God's purposes. We have a saying in our family, "We don't go to church. We are the church." It reminds us the gospel of Jesus gives us a new identity that we can't earn and don't need to strive for.
Gathering during COVID-19
Typically, our Missional Communities would all gather together as the whole church on Sundays to celebrate the gospel of Jesus. We'd sing, encourage one another, pray, share stories, laugh, sometimes cry, learn from Scripture, take communion, and be exhorted to be who we are as God's people - disciples of Jesus, a family of servants on his mission.
During the present global pandemic, all of that is still true except we are only meeting in very small groups in homes. Each micro Missional Community has worked out the details of how they can safely meet in-person considering guidelines from health authorities.
We use this page as guide and resource for these "house to house gatherings" - a reference to Acts 5:42 and Acts 2:46 where we see that the early church met regularly in their homes too. Individuals and households who need to be on their own are also using this same digital liturgy to participate virtually, either on their own or together online.
Call to Worship
Facilitator, read this aloud. Church, read the words in bold aloud together.
may He make His face shine upon us,
so that Your way may be known on earth,
Your salvation among all nations.
Let the peoples praise You, God;
let all the peoples praise You.
for You judge the peoples with fairness
and lead the nations on earth.
Let the peoples praise You, God,
let all the peoples praise You.
This can be led by one person or shared among your group.
Let's take time to pray together, continuing our worship.
Living His Story
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Because the good news of Easter can hardly be contained in a single day's celebration, Easter is only the first of fifty days of Eastertide, the "Great Fifty Days" that lead up to Pentecost. This is a time designed for extended celebration as we explore the ramifications of easter for the redemption of all creation, and for joyfully living as disciples of Jesus.
As we continue to celebrate this 5th week of Easter, let us read from the Scriptures about the continued work of Jesus through the Apostle Peter as he retells what God did through him to bring the Gospel to the Gentiles, which is our heritage.
We take the call to disciple our children seriously. We encourage you to walk through this lesson with everyone present before releasing the children.
SermonRead 1 Corinthians 8:1-6
- How can you relate to the story of Phil Vischer or of Justin?
- What masks have you used to cover your shame?
- What character attributes have you associated with God the Father that makes you unwilling to be known by him? What changes if you see God as seen fully in Jesus?
Now let us hear the story of how this sacrament began.
On the night on which Jesus was betrayed,
he sat at supper with his disciples.
While they were eating, he took a piece of bread,
said a blessing, broke it, and gave it to them with the words,
"This is my body, which is for you.
Do this to remember me."
Later he took the cup, saying,
"Thsi cup is God's covenant,
sealed with my blood.
Drink from it, all of you, to remember me."
So now, following Jesus' example and command,
we take this bread and this cup,
the ordinary things of this world,
which Christ will use for extraordinary purposes.
And as he said a prayer before sharing,
let us do so too.
Finish the time of communion in prayer.
Mother's Day Photos Needed!
We're creating a Mother's Day video slideshow and would love to feature photos of the moms in your life! Upload your photos to tiny.cc/SomaMoms2021 by Friday, May 7. We can't wait to celebrate all the women who have done the important work of mothering in each of your lives!
In Person Corporate Gathering
Make sure to mark your calendars for our next upcoming in person gathering!
- Sunday, May 23 - 4:00 PM
This gathering will take place at LifeWay Church Federal Way (5015 SW Dash Point Rd).
As we close our time together, let us remind one another of our call this week:
- We are baptized into the name of the Father, so we are his family as sons and daughters.
- We commit to using the question, “What would a good family do?” as a guide to our common life together.
- We believe we are brothers and sisters in Christ.
Father, help us always remember we are family throughout this week. We will treat others as we want to be treated. Please help this week treat our households, neighbors, employers, employees, enemies and friends with the love and grace that you offer us. For your glory, Amen.