Through this season of dealing with the coronavirus crisis in our country, we’ll be posting resources every Sunday online for you, your family, and friends to stay connected in worship in our community.
In the name of Jesus, who never shies away from anyone’s pain or sorrow,
I reject isolation and apathy. I receive the love of Christ, my comforter.
In the power of the Holy Spirit, who gives wisdom and peace,
I reject panic and outrage. I receive the love of the Spirit, my advocate.
In the authority of our great God, who fills us with love and calls us to interdependence,
I reject the notion of scarcity. I receive the love of God, my creator and sustainer.
I am held in the arms of a loving God, who mourns with those who mourn. I am told,
“Do not be afraid, for I am with you.” I am assured that even in the face of sickness
and death, resurrection life has the final say.
Give me love for my neighbors and grace for my brokenness.
Bring healing for the world as you continue to be our Emmanuel — God with us. Amen.
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Even in the midst of chaos and fear, we reject scarcity and live from abundance. Your generosity makes our community possible, and also continues our efforts to serve the needs of our community around us. Click here to give online!
This Week’s Scripture: Psalm 112:1-9 NLT
Praise the Lord!
How joyful are those who fear the Lord
and delight in obeying his commands.
2 Their children will be successful everywhere;
an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.
3 They themselves will be wealthy,
and their good deeds will last forever.
4 Light shines in the darkness for the godly.
They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.
5 Good comes to those who lend money generously
and conduct their business fairly.
6 Such people will not be overcome by evil.
Those who are righteous will be long remembered.
7 They do not fear bad news;
they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.
8 They are confident and fearless
and can face their foes triumphantly.
9 They share freely and give generously to those in need.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.
They will have influence and honor.
Message: What Do We Do With Our Fear?
- We live in difficult times. As you think back on the last week of our lives together, what fears are you facing? What role has your faith played in dealing with this fear?
- In Psalm 112, we see the righteous are those who express their faith through generosity. Why is generosity so central to the expression of our faith in community?
- A mindset of scarcity tells us that, ultimately, there’s not enough to go around – that God is withholding good from us. How do you see the spirit of scarcity at work in our times – and what can we do to reject it?
- A mindset of abundance knows that God never withholds good from us – even in times of need. In times like these, how can we live with a mindset of abundance in the face of fear?
Practicing Abundance. When we look at the world around us, scarcity is driving most of the responses we see in this pandemic. People are hoarding supplies, taking sides, and pointing fingers. This is not the way of Jesus! In response to the spirit of scarcity in our world, make it a point this week to practice generosity and abundance. Share your resources with neighbors. Look for opportunities locally to serve those in need. Give online toward the mission of being restorers in our community. Ask God for direction on how he might be leading you to be generous in a time of scarcity.
Restoration Kids Resources
During our time without gatherings, we hope to still provide you with resources for discipling your kids. Click below to find resources together.
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