Guide for Home Worship

May 17, 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

“God had one Son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.”
~St. Augustine (354-430), bishop in North Africa

“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

“…a Christian is not so much a person who has solved the problem of pain, suffering and the coronavirus, but one who has come to love and trust a God who has himself suffered.”
~John Lennox, profess at the University of Oxford

“Wherever we see the Word of God purely preached and heard, there a church of God exists, even if it swarms with many faults.”
~John Calvin (1509-1564), leader of the Protestant Reformation in Geneva

“Sacraments are holy signs and seals of the covenant of grace, immediately instituted by God, to represent Christ, and His benefits; and to confirm our interest in Him: as also, to put a visible difference between those that belong unto the Church, and the rest of the world; and solemnly to engage them to the service of God in Christ, according to His Word.
The grace which is exhibited in or by the sacraments rightly used, is not conferred by any power in them; neither doth the efficacy of a sacrament depend upon the piety or intention of him that doth administer it: but upon the work of the Spirit, and the word of institution, which contains, together with a precept authorizing the use thereof, a promise of benefit to worthy receivers.”
~Westminster Confession of Faith (1646), Chapter 27

“[Community] requires commitment to a certain social order—and, crucially, a place—that by definition must constrain individual choice. In return for security, support, and belonging, members surrender some of their freedom.”
~Seth Kaplan, professor at John Hopkins University

Opening Prayer

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

Call to Worship

Psalm 3 (ESV)

LEADER: O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.”

PEOPLE: But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.

LEADER: Arise, O Lord! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked.

ALL: Salvation belongs to the Lord; your blessing be on your people!

Songs & Liturgy

(sing as a group and/or sing along to recorded versions)
(Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, and Michael Bleecker)
Come behold the wondrous myst’ry
In the dawning of the King.
He the theme of heaven’s praises,
Robed in frail humanity.
In our longing in our darkness,
Now the light of life has come.
Look to Christ who condescended,
Took on flesh to ransom us.

Come behold the wondrous myst’ry,
He the perfect Son of Man.
In His living in His suff’ring,
Never trace nor stain of sin.
See the true and better Adam,
Come to save the hell-bound man.
Christ the great and sure fulfillment
Of the law in Him we stand.

Come behold the wondrous myst’ry,
Christ the Lord upon the tree.
In the stead of ruined sinners,
Hangs the Lamb in victory.
See the price of our redemption,
See the Father’s plan unfold.
Bringing many sons to glory,
Grace unmeasured love untold.

Come behold the wondrous myst’ry,
Slain by death the God of life.
But no grave could e’er restrain Him,
Praise the Lord; He is alive!
What a foretaste of deliv’rance,
How unwavering our hope.
Christ in power resurrected,
As we will be when He comes.
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Psalm 62 (ESV)

LEADER: For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.

PEOPLE: He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.

LEADER: How long will all of you attack a man
to batter him,
like a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
They only plan to thrust him down from his high position.
They take pleasure in falsehood.
They bless with their mouths,
but inwardly they curse.

PEOPLE: For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

LEADER: On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God.

ALL: Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.
(Alex Nifong, Elvina M. Hall, John Thomas Grape, Kristian Stanfill, 1865)
I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

Lord, now indeed I find
Thy pow’r, and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone. (CHORUS)

Oh praise the One Who paid my debt,
And raised this life up from the dead.

For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim;
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb. (CHORUS)

Oh praise the One Who paid my debt,
And raised this life up from the dead.

And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete,
Jesus died my soul to save,
My lips shall still repeat. (CHORUS)
©2006 songs, sixstepsmusic (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing) 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)

Prayer Time

(have an open time of prayer or appoint one or two to pray. Specific prayer requests for this week are listed below.)

  • Pray for the racial and cultural tensions in our nation, especially in light of the trauma surrounding the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery. Pray for Ahmaud’s family, as well as for all that are struggling to feel safe and valued. Pray that all of us would grow in empathy, understanding and compassion for one another—that we might be those that experience “just mercy” and so seek to live out (Titus 3:1-8; James 3:17-18).
  • Pray for wisdom for our government officials as they seek to lead us in a peaceful, just and liberty-driven manner, so that the gospel and the fruit of the gospel may flourish in our land (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
  • You may know that we are in the final days of Ramadan, a holy month for Muslims characterized by fasting and praying. Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and is one of the highest forms of Islamic worship.  The last ten days, which we are currently in, are believed to be especially blessed. The 27th night (May 19th) is “layout al-qadr,” meaning “night of power” or “night of destiny.”  It marks what Muslims believe to be the night when Muhammed received his first revelation of the Qur’an. Let us pray together that during this time of spiritual intensity within the Muslim community, combined with the intensity of the COVID pandemic, that our Muslim friends would come to know the saving grace of Jesus. Let us pray for our Christian workers all across the globe as they have spiritual conversations during this time of heightened awareness of spiritual matters.

Listen to Sermon

“An Explanation of the Lord’s Supper”
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)
(Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Stewart Townend)
Behold the Lamb who bears our sins away,
Slain for us, and we remember
The promise made
That all who come in faith
Find forgiveness at the cross.
So we share in this Bread of Life,
And we drink of His sacrifice
As a sign of our bonds of peace
Around the table of the King.

The body of our Savior Jesus Christ,
Torn for you, eat and remember;
The wounds that heal
The death that brings us life
Paid the price to make us one.
So we share in this Bread of Life,
And we drink of His sacrifice
As a sign of our bonds of love
Around the table of the King.

The blood that cleanses every stain of sin,
Shed for you, drink and remember.
He drained death’s cup
That all may enter in
To receive the life of God.
So we share in this Bread of Life,
And we drink of His sacrifice
As a sign of our bonds of grace
Around the table of the King.

And so with thankfulness and faith we rise
To respond, and to remember
Our call to follow
In the steps of Christ
As His body here on earth.
As we share in His suffering,
We proclaim Christ will come again!
And we’ll join in the feast of heaven
Around the table of the King.
©2007 Thankyou Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing) CCLI License #1791178

Closing Prayer

(select someone to close your time in prayer)