HOME CHURCH GUIDE
In this season where our Church is unable to gather as a whole family for worship, we’re seeking to equip our Restoration family for God’s work among them – right where they are. That’s what Home Church is all about: giving you tools to gather with community groups or other believers (*safely* in person or online) for a shared experience of worship with the whole Restoration family. Below, you’ll find three movements of worship together: Worship (praise and prayer), Word (opening the Scriptures), and Witness (talking it out and living it out. So whether with a community group or a friend or two, let’s worship together!
FAMILY WORSHIP GUIDE
As we make our way through the story of God, we are prioritizing the discipleship of our children through our Family Worship Guide each week! Each week, you’ll find questions, activitives, and other fun stuff that follows along with the same passages as the adults. Join us!
Family Worship Guide:
WORSHIP: PRAISE AND PRAYER
Worship is the continual process of orienting our hearts around that which we value most. Each Sunday, we worship in song and prayer to offer our hearts and allegience to Jesus, who alone is worthy of our praise. In your Home Churches, we encourage worship through the use of the video below or by worship in person. If you cannot participate through song in your group, spend time answering this question:
What do I have to praise God for this week?
Prayer for the week:
This prayer comes from the Book Of Common Prayer, and is prayed on the 5th Sunday of Lent.
Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly
wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to
love what you command and desire what you promise; that,
among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts
may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with
you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
WITNESS: TALK AND LIVE IT OUT
This Week’s Scripture: Luke 19:1-10
Whether among your community group or a few friends over Zoom, we want to challenge you to move beyond just knowledge and information and into practicing the way of Jesus in your everyday life! But we do this together. Below you’ll find some questions to discuss, as well as next steps for living it out!
Studying The Scriptures Together
- John Starke writes, “The authentic self says, “this is me; you must accept me as I am.” The vulnerable self says, “this is me; take me and transform me.” How would you describe the difference between being authentic and being vulnerable – and truly open to being changed?
- When Zacchaeus encountered Jesus, his repentance not only changed his life, but the lives of those around him in tangible ways. What are some of the ways that our transformation in Christ might impact our families? Our schools? Our neighborhoods? Our city?
- Radical change took place in Zacchaeus by experiencing the welcoming grace of Jesus before he changed his behavior. What does this reveal about the Gospel – and how might this shape our mission in the world?
Next Steps and Resources