LEFC Guide to Worship at Home
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Lanse Evangelical Free Church
- Home Worship Guide
- Church Family News
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- More Links to Helpful Resources
Dear Church Family,
How did your worship at home go last week? I hope you had a good experience worshiping together as a household and that the Lord is using this time of disruption and deprivation to take us all deeper in our faith and bring us closer together as Christian families.
This week’s Guide to Worship at Home has two new steps for your family to take together:
- Worship in Unity. Christians throughout church history have declared their faith together in essential Christian doctrine through beautiful summaries of biblical teaching often called “creeds,” “confessions” and catechisms.” This week we will recite the Apostles’ Creed which we regularly sing together in songs on Sunday mornings. This short overview of the Christian faith is one of the earliest statements of unified Christian belief. Reciting an ancient creed or a portion of a confession in worship may feel a bit foreign to you, or it may remind you of experiences you’ve had in other churches. The point is not to just recite it lifelessly but to proclaim from the heart our unity in the faith with the whole church throughout the world and throughout the ages.
- Family Fellowship Meeting on Zoom. We all miss each other’s faces and voices, so we are experimenting with an online meet-up Sunday at 11am. I’m sure we will have some technical difficulties, and it’s no substitute for being together in person, but I think it’s worth trying. Let me know what you think of this experience.
Parents can now download the Kids Worship Bulletin for this week and print it out for your children to complete during worship. It comes with a little Bible study you can lead your kids through. I have also sprinkled in a number of additional options for families to use as you customize your worship plan for your household. Let me know what you found especially helpful and/or frustrating and any suggestions you have for improving these worship guides for future use.
Just like last week, I have recorded a short sermon and posted it on YouTube and Facebook. We’re back to following Jesus through the Gospel of Matthew. I’ll be checking the “comments” on the video for us to discuss the message afterwards together.
What time are you going to gather your household this weekend to worship the Lord Jesus Christ?
In His Grip,
- Pastor Matt
P.S. Don’t forget to sing! The Bible says, “Make a joyful noise.” It doesn’t say it has to be pretty, too. The Lord loves to hear His people praise His name.
Home Worship Guide
1. Call to Worship
Have someone read Psalm 150.
**Option: Read around the circle having each family member who can read take one verse.
Have someone pray and ask God to bless your time of worship at home.
2. Worship in Singing
**Option: Younger families especially could instead/also sing “Jesus Christ Is the Same.”
Jesus Christ is the same
Yesterday, and today, and forever
Hebrews 13:8 does say
Jesus Christ is the same.
3. Worship in Unity
Recite the Apostle’s Creed together in unison:
“I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.”
4. Worship in Thanksgiving
The Bible says, “Give thanks IN all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Remind each other that “Every day may not be good, but there is good in every day.”
Have each member of the household share at least one thing they are thankful for this week.
**Option: Put what your family is thankful for in the “comment” section of the video!
**Option: Agree together as a family on one thing for which you are all thankful and appoint a member to share that praise item with the LEFC Zoom Fellowship Meeting at 11am.
5. Worship in Bible Memorization
As a family recite our “Hide the Word” verse for this Spring: Matthew 28:18-20.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
**Option: Write this out on a whiteboard, chalkboard or big piece of paper. Erase or cover key words and try to say it from memory.
6. Worship in Prayer
Take prayer requests and pray for each other.
Read the prayer guide together and pray for the rest of the church family and the requests listed.
7. Worship in the Word
Watch or read Pastor Matt’s short message: "If You Are The Son of God" Matthew 27:38-50
Some families (especially with teens) will want to watch the message on their own and then have a Bible study and discussion together during this time.
- You_______________________ Yourself.
- You_______________________ Your God.
- You_______________________ Very End.
In the message, Pastor Matt asked the question, “How will you apply the truth of this passage to your life this week?” Discuss as a family what difference what you learned today might make for you in the next few days.
8. Worship in Singing
9. Worship All Week
Have someone pray a prayer of commissioning for your family as you end this time of gathered worship and face a week of new opportunities and new challenges to serve the Lord, the church, and the world in His Name.
10. Participate in LEFC Family Fellowship Meeting on Zoom - 11am on Sunday March 29.
We are experimenting with a video-conference online meeting Sunday at 11:00am. Through this platform, we hope to:
- See one another’s faces and hear each other’s voices.
- Hear a missionary update from Abe & Jordyn Skacel.
- Share your family’s top thanksgiving item for this week.
- Pray for one another live and online.
If you have any questions about how to do this, please don’t hesitate to ask!
Church Family News
Library Available Online
As a reminder, our library is available online. Find something good to read. Book requests can be given to Marilynn. You can either stop by and pick it up or schedule a drive- through pick up during office hours. Check out our online library here.
Church Directory Printed
Our new church directory is now printed and in your mailboxes at church. You can stop by and get them at your convenience. If you would prefer to do drive through pick up, arrange a time during normal office hours. Directories can be mailed at your request. Use this document to keep connecting with each other. Send texts, make phone calls, or email your church family. While we are not physically meeting, we are all in this situation together and can lean on each other for support.
The Church office will be open this week Monday 9:00-12:00 and Wednesday – Friday 9:00-3:00. The office will be closed on Tuesday.
PRC 2020 Update
The Pregnancy Resource Clinic’s annual banquet is being rescheduled as a virtual event and will be held sometime in May. More information will be provided soon as to how you can join them and hear stories of changed lives and ministry updates.
Helping One Another
One practical way we can help each other is by looking out for each other’s physical needs. Are you an ‘at risk’ person who needs assistance with some shopping? Let us know. Are you part of a low risk group and willing to help? Let us know and we will help connect you all.
Deaconess Relief Fund
Many in our community and church have been economically impacted by the state’s mandated shut down of non-essential businesses. Gifts can be made to the deaconess fund to help financially support those in our church family at this time of need. Prayerfully consider a donation.
Prayer Meeting at Home
If you would like to join us in prayer from your own home on Wednesday, contact Joel Michaels, and he will send you this week’s short Bible Study lesson and prayer guide.
Continuing to Give
Thank you for continuing to support our ministries and missionaries. Ways to give:
- Mail your offering check to us at PO BOX 114, Lanse, PA 16849
- Cash or Check in person. Drop off your offering at the church during normal office hours (9:00-12:00. Monday, 9:00-3:00 Wednesday – Friday)
- P2P – If you have a CNB account you can use their P2P program. Add us as a recipient – address is [email protected] You will be directed to set up a security question. Make sure it is something Marilynn knows (or call her during regular office hours). Questions? Reach out to Marilynn and she can walk you through it.
- PayPal – online payments can be made through PayPal. ([email protected]) Be aware that the church will pay a fee for each transaction ($0.30 + 2.2%) for this option.
Contact the Office to be sent these items.
More Links to Helpful Resources:
Lanse Free Church
255 Cotohisc Road
Lanse, PA 16849
Phone: 814.345.6500 Sunday School: 9:00am
Prayer Meeting: Wednesday, 7:00pm