CALL TO WORSHIP
Together, we gather to be present to the God who is already present to us.
However you are joining us, we encourage you to participate in the work of God today as He speaks and leads us. Wherever you are, God is already present and at work all around us. Let’s join Him!
Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.
Colossians 3:23-24 CSB
Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
1 Thessalonians 4:10b-12 NIV
God whose Spirit created the world,
Your breath filled the void at the dawn of creation.
God whose Son is the center of our faith,
Your breath filled your children
At the dawn of the Church.
Breath of heaven, fill us again.
Fire of holiness, purify our hearts.
Spirit of God, reveal to us your power
That the world will see we belong to you,
Ever carried by the wind of your presence.
Spirit of beauty, Spirit of love, Spirit of hope,
Comforting Spirit, healing Spirit, patient Spirit,
Spirit of peace, Holy Spirit of God,
Descend upon our hearts and abide with us
Now and forevermore. Amen.
LIVE IT OUT TOGETHER
We seek to share a common way of life – a shared journey into the life of Jesus. We do so through 3 discipleship pathways: Communion, Community, and Co-Mission. Learn more at restorationlex.com/pathways!
In Hebrew, the word for “work” and “worship” are often translated as the same word. Instead of compartmentalizing our work life from their spiritual lives, the Scriptures encourage us to see our work as an expression of our worship. Read Colossians 3:23-24. Examine the “trajectory” of your work. Who is it aimed towards? Take time this week to reflect and pray through how your job and your spiritual life intersect.
Talk it over with your Home Church (or a group of friends) this week. 1. Sin distorts our vision of work, and often, we end up worshiping our job instead of worshiping God through it. How do we know when our work has become an idol? Have you ever struggled with a distorted view of work? 2. Both 1 Thessalonians 4:10b-12 and 1 Peter 3:15-16 speak to how we relate to people outside of the faith in our day to day life. How do you hope to see your faith be a positive, welcoming part of your work life? Do you have any stories of seeing this yourself?
The aim of our work – and the legacy we will leave – is how well we loved. This week, find an opportunity to show the love of Christ in or through your work. You don’t have to be preachy or weird – just be the hands and feet of Jesus with those who share your work life. If you’re able to, share about it in community!