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!
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:
God of grace, in the story of Hannah, we are reminded that love listens without condition. You, God, are Love in its purest form. In today’s story, we see Hannah cry out to you and empathize with her pain. We see your loving, listening heart toward her and the promises you make and keep. In her sorrow, in her waiting, you do not dismiss her feelings but embrace them, unafraid and gentle. God, see our fragile hearts today. We lay them out to be examined and known by Love, that Love may embrace and uphold every part of who we are. Amen.
WITNESS: TALK AND LIVE IT OUT
This Week’s Scripture: 1 Samuel 1
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!
Hannah doesn’t pray around or in spite of her anguish and grief – she prays from it. In his book Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, Pete Scazzero says:
“When we deny our pain, losses, and feelings year after year, we become less and less human. We transform slowly into empty shells with smiley faces painted on them. Sad to say, that is the fruit of much of our discipleship in our churches. But when I began to allow myself to feel a wider range of emotions, including sadness, depression, fear, and anger, a revolution in my spirituality was unleashed.
What role do your emotions play in your relationship with God? What emotion drives you to prayer? What emotion makes you feel shame – like you have to hide from God? What would it look like to meet God in the things we feel instead of avoiding our emotions altogether?
Studying The Scriptures Together
- What does this passage tell us about God?
What do we learn about his character, his posture, and his purpose in our world?
- What does this passage tell us about ourselves?
What do we see in this passage that brings clarity to our identity and purpose in our world?
- How does this passage help us love our neighbors?
In light of what we’ve learned about God and ourselves, how might this story empower us to listen, learn, and love our neighbors well?
- How can we put this into practice?
What would it look like to embody what this story teaches us in ways that make us more like Jesus in both our words and actions in our world?