JOIN US FOR WORSHIP

Worship isn’t about performance; it’s about participation. This Worship Guide serves as a weekly resource as we join in singing, praying, and celebrating the work God is doing in our community. Whether you’re at the Lyric Theatre or tuning into our live stream, we’re so glad you are joining us!
Let’s jump in.

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free,the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

Psalm 146:7-9 NIV

PRAYING TOGETHER

Psalm 51:10-12

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
 Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

HOME CHURCH: GROWING TOGETHER IN COMMUNITY

Start your time together by having a few people share where they’ve seen God at work in their lives throughout the week.

God is not contained to a service or a building. We want to live with the expectation that God is present and at work in the everyday stuff of our lives. We listen, join him in his work, and share stories of how he’s moving!

Studying The Scriptures Together

Each week, we approach the Scriptures with 4 primary questions:

1. What does this tell us about God?
2. What does this tell us about ourselves?
3. How does this help us love
our neighbor?
4. How can we put this into practice?

These questions help guide our conversation around the Scripture each week, and encourage us to move beyond knowledge and into action together.

Discussion Questions:

1. Read Proverbs 31:8-9. The call of followers of Jesus is to be a voice for those without one. As you consider the climate of our city and nation, what are some tangible ways Christians could use their voice and influence to advocate on behalf of the poor and marginalized among us?

2.  Bryant Myers writes: “Poverty is the result of relationships that do not work, that are not just, that are not for life, that are not harmonious or enjoyable. Poverty is the absence of shalom in all of its meanings.” How does understanding poverty as broken relationships change the way you see the issues surrounding it?

How You Can Pray:

Praying for those on the front line.

Our city is blessed with several non-profits and organizations that fight on the front lines of poverty and need. Their leaders and staff work long hours, often unnoticed, so that men, women and children in our city can be cared for and loved. They take up tasks that the larger Church often ignores, and they bear a heavy burden week in and week out. Take some time this week and pray for their ministry and their lives. Pray for refreshment and renewal in the battle, and ask God to open doors for resources and finances to allow their ministries to continue to flourish.

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