LEFC Guide to Worship at Home

Sunday, March 29, 2020
Lanse Evangelical Free Church

  • Introduction
  • Home Worship Guide
  • Church Family News
  • Prayer Items
  • More Links to Helpful Resources

Introduction

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

As a household sing “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” by Robert Robinson (1758) YouTube

**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

Facebook Video

YouTube Video

Read on Pastor Matt’s Blog

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.

Message Notes

  1. You_______________________ Yourself.
  2. You_______________________ Your God.
  3. 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

Sing “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us” (Stuart Townend, 1995) YouTube Video

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.

 Office Hours

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.

Prayer Items

Contact the Office to be sent these items.

More Links to Helpful Resources:

5 Ways to Disciple Your Quaranteenager at EFCA Blog

Coronavirus Prayer Help by Chris Brauns

9 Things You Should Know About the Apostles’ Creed by Joe Carter

What Is the Apostle’s Creed (In 90 Seconds) Video

COVID-19: Living by Probabilities or Providence? By Mike Emlet

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Dear Church Family,

In 586BC, the city of Jerusalem was attacked and overrun by the Babylonians, who then also destroyed the beloved temple of the LORD. And when that happened, the weeping prophet Jeremiah composed the long poem that we call “Lamentations.”

Lamentations is a sad but beautiful poem filled with sorrow over the good things that the people of God had had ripped away from them.

I love it that there is a whole book of the Bible dedicated to sadness–because grief and sadness and loss and sorrow are a normal part of life in our broken world. Good things get taken away from us, and when that happens, it is right to be sad.

And the Bible provides a God-authorized way of expressing our sadness to the Lord in prayers of lament. They’re not just in Lamentations, but all through the Bible, especially the Psalms.

I’m thankful that in these days of the Coronavirus where so many things we love are being taken away from us, that God has given us good ways to talk to Him about our sadness. To take our sorrow to Him.

In light of the expanded social distancing guidelines and the current statewide stay at home order, our church will not be gathering for in-person corporate worship for at least the month of April.

We will continue to provide a weekly Guide to Worship at Home and a recorded video message from me.

I think the experiment we tried last week with a Family Fellowship Meeting on Zoom went really well, so we’re going try it again this Sunday at 11am. This week, Matt Cox is planning to visit with us during that time and give us a little update on things up at Miracle Mountain Ranch. Check your email from the church office for information about how to connect. Let us know if you need any technical help started.

We are also going to postpone and reschedule the April Church Family meeting as there is nothing that the congregation needs to decide together at this time. We are asking all of our ministries and ministry teams to only meet in-person if it is necessary. See your ministry team or Link Group leader for further plans.

It is going to be really hard for us to not be together for a whole other month. Not sharing the Lord's Supper will be hard this coming Sunday, but how sweet will it be when we can do it again?! And Resurrection Sunday next weekend will be especially painful.

It’s right for us to be sad about these losses. It’s right for us to cry and to express our grief to the Lord.

And you might wonder how we will we ever get through this extended time of trial?

Right in the middle of the saddest poem in the Bible are these words:

“Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23, NIV).

Yes, we get the lyrics to that precious hymn from one of the saddest parts of the Bible!

No matter how bad it gets we know that God is faithful and that every single morning, He serves up new mercies for that day.

Every single day.

His compassions are every morning without fail. With the dawn comes a new wave of God’s mercy.

Remember, Jesus doesn’t want us to worry about tomorrow. Each day has a enough trouble of its own. But each day also has all of the grace we need to trust and follow Him.

"Strength for today
and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside
Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord Unto Me."

In His Grip,

- Pastor Matt Mitchell
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