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.
Reminder: We are meeting in person today! Join us at 4:00 PM on the lawn at Lifeway Church (5015 SW Dash Point Rd)
Call to Worship
Facilitator, read this aloud. Church, read the words in bold aloud together.
Praise the Lord.
The Lord's name be praised.
you have been generous
and marvelously kind.
Give us such wonder, love and gratitude
that we may sing praises to you
and joyfully honor your name
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Be Thou My Vision
Who You Say I Am
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
Ordinary Time Week 3
This week is the first of four snapshots of the early church. Acts 2 outlines what the first believers devoted themselves to: learning from the apostles’ about Jesus and his kingdom, sharing their lives and resources, remember Christ’s death at the table, and praying together. They expressed love for God in their concerted praying and show love for each other in their concrete sharing.
Say this prayer together:
Generous Father, too often we are preoccupied with the things we have of worried about the things we lack. But you know what we truly need, so today we put our trust in your goodness and focus our attention on your gracious rule. Hallowed be you name. Amen.
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 the following verses:
1 Corinthians 12:4-12
- In what ways are you tempted to forget your gifts are given by God?
- In what ways are you tempted to forget that your gifts are given for the common good?
- In what ways are you tempted to forget your gifts are necessary?
- In what ways are you tempted to neglect the diversity of gifts and be with those like you?
- In what ways are you tempted to forgo unity of the gifts?
With these words Christ has commanded me and all believers
to eat this broken bread and to drink this cup
in true faith and in the confident hope of his return in glory.
In this supper God declares to us
that all our sins are completely forgiven
through the one sacrifice of Jesus Christ,
which he himself accomplished on the cross once for all.
He also declares to us
that the Holy Spirit grafts us into Christ,
who with his true body
is now in heaven at the right hand of the Father
where he wants us to worship him.
Finish the time of communion in prayer.
Men's BBQ - Friday, June 18, 6:30 PM @ Steve Potter's home
4th of July Baptism Gathering - July 4, 9:00 AM @ Jeff & Karen Wall's home
In Person Outdoor Gathering - Sunday, July 11, 4:00 PM @ Lifeway Church
As we close our time together, let us remind one another of our call this week:
- We commit to looking to the Word of God as the foundation, source, and guide for all of our lives.
- We will submit our thoughts and actions to the Scriptures.
- We choose to regularly open, read, and reflect on the Bible.
Father we will choose to live under your Lordship and devote ourselves to you. Please grant us the ability to experience and respond to the victories and defeats in life this week guided by the Good news of Jesus. May we as a church this week be devoted to prayer, the reading of your Word, be obedient to your leading. For your glory, Amen.