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© 2014 by Living Water Christian Church, Salem, Virginia

540-389-2920    /    www.facebook.com/LivingWaterChristianChurch    /    1520 Swimmer Lane, Salem, VA 24153

3/22 Home Worship

Tools and Tips

Because of the national emergency and statewide ban on assembling, we are unable to gather together to worship. We encourage you to set aside a time on Sunday morning in your home to pray, read Scripture, sing and hear God's Word. We're including a suggested worship service, as we are choosing not to livestream (Facebook Live) at this time, but to provide this for YOU to lead the worship of God in your home - either on your own or with family and friends.

If you prefer, all of the elements of the service are also available in a downloadable pdf.

Prayer

Begin this time of home worship with prayer, thanking God for this opportunity to worship Him and asking God to focus your thoughts and heart to praise Him.

Music

He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands

He’s got the whole world in His hands

He’s got the whole world in His hands

He’s got the whole world in His hands

He’s got the whole world in His hands

This Little Light of Mine

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

Seek Ye First 

Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness

And all these things shall be added unto you

Allelu, Alleluia

Responsive Reading

We are beginning our study of Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). 

For your Bible reading, if there are more than one of you worshipping in your home, choose a “leader” to begin this reading. The rest of the family can do the response.

Leader: Blessed are the poor in spirit

For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Leader: Blessed are those who mourn

For they shall be comforted.

Leader: Blessed are the meek

For they shall inherit the earth.

Leader: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness

For they shall be filled.

Leader: Blessed are the merciful

For they shall obtain mercy.

Leader: Blessed are the pure in heart

For they shall see God.

Leader: Blessed are the peacemakers

For they shall be called sons of God.

Leader: Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake

For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Leader: Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.

Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Leader: You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Leader: Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

(Matthew 5:3-16)

Communion Service

The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

- 1 Corinthians 11:23-25

At Living Water Christian Church, we follow Jesus’s words to remember him whenever we gather together. We eat the bread and drink the juice that helps us remember his broken body and blood that was poured out for the forgiveness of our sins. When you aren’t in the church building, you can still have communion. Know that believers all over the world are partaking of this service in homes, church buildings, and even in secret. This is one of the beautiful ways that Jesus established for us to stay connected with believers, even when we are not face to face.

  • Gather some elements to remind you of the body of Christ (bread/crackers) and his blood (juice). 

  • Get right with God - is there anything to confess? 

  • Reflect and remember Jesus and what he did for you.

  • Give thanks for the body and blood of Jesus Christ.

Today's Scripture

Matthew 5:1-12

Matthew 4:12-25

Message

 

 

 

 

Reflection Music

 

Discussion Questions

Home worship can also incorporate discussion, like in our small groups. Here are a few suggested questions. 

  • Are there specific times in Jesus' life on earth where you see him living out aspects of the Beatitudes (the list of "blessed characteristics in Matthew 5)?

  • Did Jesus live life differently from us when he was on earth? Did this help him have clarity of purpose, or was he aimless? 

  • How can your life better model Jesus' life as you seek to obey him?

  • Why do we see things more clearly when negative things come into our lives?

Encouragement

In this time of social distancing, we need more than ever to hear the voice of someone we love. Use your church directory to "claim" two or 3 people you will connect with. Reach out and let them talk. If there is a need you can fill, do it in the love of Jesus. If you need more help to meet the need, share that here