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!
OUR SCRIPTURE READING
Our lectionary text for today is Luke 23:1-39.
However, the following verses will also be a focus.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God… Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18,22-24 NIV
Lord our sustainer, make a way for us as we journey together. When we are in the wilderness, be our portion. When we are in the valley, be our rejoicing. When we are on the mountaintop, strengthen us to pull others up toward the view of your abundance. Fill us that we may see your holiness. May the tears of sorrow your people have sown be returned with a harvest of joy. We love you, and we trust your promises. We rejoice, for you are faithful from generation to generation. 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!
This week, we’re using the truths of the cross we heard in the message as guides for meditation and prayer as we move towards Good Friday together.
Monday: On the cross, Jesus bore
the weight of our sin. (2 Cor. 5:21)
Tuesday: On the cross, Jesus
atoned for our sin. (1 John 2:2)
Wednesday: On the cross, Jesus
reconciled us to God. (Col. 1:19-20)
Thursday: On the cross, the power of darkness
and death was defeated. (Heb. 2:14-15)
Friday: On the cross, we see the revelation of the Father’s heart for us. (Luke 15:11-32)
Talk it over with your Home Church (or a group of friends) this week. 1. “Sin isn’t just the choices we make, but a power we are under.” How does our understanding of sin impact the way we see the cross and its accomplishments for us? 2. Many of us have struggled with the belief that God is unendingly angry at us, barely putting up with our sinfulness. How does the cross transform the way we see and come to God in our brokenness?
The cross is the open arms of the Father, welcoming us home. We all likely have family, neighbors, co-workers, and friends who hold a picture of God that is nothing like the God we see on the cross. This week ask God to open up an opportunity to show the heart of the Father by being a welcoming presence of love, whether in word or deed. When the opportunity comes to be the hands, feet, or voice of God’s love, step out in faith and share it!