Guide for Home Worship

April 5, 2020


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A few tips for parents:
  • Plan for your time – read through the guide and prepare the room where you are gathering
  • Make your time joyful – have fun!!!
  • Remember, it’s primarily about a relationship, not a task to scratch off
  • Have your kids participate in age and maturity appropriate ways – reading, singing, etc.

Time of Reflection

“Jesus had the guilty in mind when He hung high and stretched out wide…. He, bare-bodied and face set on joy, became as a slaughtered lamb underneath the wrath of God… Didn’t He know that wrath was mine? It even had my name on it. But He knew… Without asking my permission, a good God had come to my rescue.”
~Jackie Hill Perry, writer, poet and hip-hop artist

“To encounter Christ is to touch reality and experience transcendence. He gives us a sense of self-worth or personal significance, because He assures us of God’s love for us. He sets us free from guilt because He died for us and from paralyzing fear because He reigns.”
~ John Stott (1921-2011), Anglican priest, theologian and author

“Providence is like a curious piece of tapestry made of a thousand shreds, which, single, appear useless, but put together, they represent a beautiful history to the eye.”
~ John Flavel (1627-1691), English minister and author

“We are what we love. And love takes practice.”

“My loves are the product of ritual formation.”
~James K.A. Smith, Canadian-American philosopher

“Many people visualize a God who sits comfortably on a distant throne, remote, aloof, uninterested, and indifferent to the needs of mortals, until, it may be, they can badger him into taking action on their behalf. Such a view is wholly false. The Bible reveals a God who, long before it even occurs to man to turn to him, while man is still lost in darkness and sunk in sin, takes the initiative, rises from his throne, lays aside his glory, and stoops to seek until he finds him.”
~John R.W. Stott (1921-2011), Anglican priest, theologian and author

Opening Prayer

(select someone from your group to open your service in prayer)

Call to Worship

from Psalm 118

LEADER: Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!

CONGREGATION: Save us, we pray, O Lord!
O Lord, we pray, give us success!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
We bless you from the house of the Lord.

LEADER: The Lord is God,
and he has made his light to shine upon us.

CONGREGATION: Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,
up to the horns of the altar!

LEADER: You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
you are my God; I will extol you.

ALL: Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!

Songs & Liturgy

(sing as a group and/or sing along to recorded versions)
(Martin Luther, 1529)
A mighty fortress is our God
A bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great,
And, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side,
The Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus it is He,
Lord Sabaoth, His name,
From age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And though this world with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim–
We tremble not at Him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo His doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers,
No thanks to them abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
Through Him who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also;
The body they may kill:
God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.
Zechariah 9:9-17 (Read aloud together)

LEADER: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!

PEOPLE: Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

LEADER: I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
and the war horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow shall be cut off,
and he shall speak peace to the nations;
his rule shall be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.

PEOPLE: As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;
today I declare that I will restore to you double.

LEADER: For I have bent Judah as my bow;
I have made Ephraim its arrow.
I will stir up your sons, O Zion,
against your sons, O Greece,
and wield you like a warrior’s sword.

PEOPLE: Then the Lord will appear over them,
and his arrow will go forth like lightning;
the Lord God will sound the trumpet
and will march forth in the whirlwinds of the south.

LEADER: The Lord of hosts will protect them,
and they shall devour, and tread down the sling stones,
and they shall drink and roar as if drunk with wine,
and be full like a bowl,
drenched like the corners of the altar.

PEOPLE: On that day the Lord their God will save them,
as the flock of his people;
for like the jewels of a crown
they shall shine on his land.

LEADER: For how great is his goodness, and how great his beauty!
Grain shall make the young men flourish,
and new wine the young women.
(Brian Doerksen, Psalm 121)
I lift my eyes up, up to the mountains.
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from You
Maker of heaven, creator of the earth.

Oh how I need You, Lord
You are my only hope
You are my only prayer
So I will wait for You
To come and rescue me
To come and give me life.

I lift my eyes up, up to my keeper
For you watch over me.
My help comes from You,
For you are faithful, and you will keep my life.
©1990 Vineyard Songs Canada (Admin. by Music Services) CCLI#1791178


(as a lead into the Prayer Time, as a group share how you are feeling and what you are learning; below are suggested questions)
  • What are you learning about life/God lately?
  • What do you want to pray for this week?
  • What fears are you experiencing with this pandemic?


(have an open time of prayer or appoint one or two to pray)

  • Confession of sins
  • Praise and thanksgiving to God
  • Petitions

(As you close your time of prayer, pray together The Lord’s Prayer)

Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom and the power,
And the glory, forever. Amen.

Listen to Sermon

“The Arrival of the King”
Matthew 20:29-21:11 (ESV)
preached by Pastor Don Willeman

Sharing Time

(have everyone share one thing that struck them from the sermon)


(sing as a group and/or sing along to recorded versions)
(Christopher Miner, Samuel Stennett, 1787)
On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand
And cast a wishful eye
To Canaan’s fair and happy land
Where my possessions lie.

All o’er those wide extended plains
Shines one eternal day
There God the Son forever reigns
And scatters night away.

I am bound (I am bound)
I am bound (I am bound)
I am bound for the promised land,
I am bound (I am bound)
I am bound (I am bound)
I am bound for the promised land.

No chilling winds nor pois’nous breath
Can reach that healthful shore
Sickness, sorrow, pain and death
Are felt and feared no more.

When shall I reach that happy place
And be forever blest
When shall I see my Father’s face
And in His bosom rest.
©1997 Christopher Miner CCLI #1791178

Closing Prayer

(select someone to close your time in prayer)