A Note before you begin:

 
Welcome to Gold Avenue Church’s At home Worship Liturgy; we’re so grateful to join together in Spirit as we worship! We want to give special thanks to our worship leaders: Kayleen Jasperse, Derek Sterenberg, and Marissa Walters who have been prayerfully discerning our Orders of Worship and Marissa in particular who prepared this week’s order. While we would love to be together in person and  it may be somewhat difficult or even a little bit uncomfortable to worship from home, we’re reminded of the many believers around the world and throughout time that have worshipped from their homes in the wake of political opposition. Our prayer is that despite the circumstances you’re able to be fully present to the Lord and that he meets with each of you richly. 

 

Call to Worship: 

The Call to Worship serves to focus our attention on the living God who is present with us; it calls us to position ourselves as those who are ready to worship and ready to receive from Him.

 

Read the following out loud as you fix your eyes on Jesus:

 

From Psalm 145: 17-21

 

The Lord is righteous in all his ways

    and faithful in all he does.

The Lord is near to all who call on him,

    to all who call on him in truth.

He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;

    he hears their cry and saves them.

The Lord watches over all who love him,

    but all the wicked he will destroy.

 

My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.

    Let every creature praise his holy name

    for ever and ever.

 

Pray for the Lord to fill you, your household, and your home with his presence and his peace. Invite his presence afresh and take time to express your gratitude and thankfulness to the Lord as you feel led.

 

Worshiping in Song:

You can access the video of each song by clicking on the video. We invite you to turn up the volume and to participate freely and fully: sing along, dance, kneel, listen and soak, read the included lyrics–however you feel led. You may find it fruitful to listen to a song more than once, to respond between songs with prayer, thanksgiving, meditation, or even discussion about how the Lord is at work in and through the song. 

 

High and Lifted Up

Lord of all the earth

And all of heaven

I come and seek Your face

Worship You with all I have within me

Humbled by Your grace

Every heart every nation

Every tribe all creation

Will bow before Your presence and sing

You are high and lifted up

You are high and lifted up

And my soul sings hallelujah

To the Lamb

The Lamb of God

Lord of righteousness

You come in glory

Bright and morning star

All my days I?ll worship and adore You

Healer of my heart

Every prayer every cry

You alone satisfy

We will lift Your praise

Again and again

Majesty

Majesty

Jesus Lamb of God

Majesty

Majesty

Holy are You Lord

 

The Lord’s Greeting:

The Lord’s Greeting serves to remind us that we are in the presence of the living God. It makes space for him to greet us as our loving heavenly father who rules and reigns as the King over all and who is present with us as our loving heavenly father!

 

Fix your eyes on him as you read the following out loud:

 

From 2 John 1:3:

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.

 

Greeting One Another:

It might feel a little odd doing this at home, but take time to say these words to greet each other, as you shake hands, hug or elbow bump: 

 

“The Lord be with you!” and in response:  “and also with you!”

 

And if you’re alone: “The Lord is with me!”

 

Jesus

There is a truth older than the ages

There is a promise of things yet to come

There is one born for our salvation

Jesus

There is a light that overwhelms the darkness

There is a kingdom that forever reigns

There is freedom from the chains that bind us

Jesus, Jesus

Who walks on the waters

Who speaks to the sea

Who stands in the fire beside me

He roars like a lion

He bled as the Lamb

He carries my healing in His hands

Jesus

There is a name I call in times of trouble

There is a song that comforts in the night

There is a voice that calms the storm that rages

He is Jesus, Jesus

Who walks on the waters

Who speaks to the sea

Who stands in the fire beside me

He roars like a lion

He bled as the Lamb

He carries my healing in His hands

Messiah

My Savior

There is power in Your name

You’re my rock and my Redeemer

There is power in Your name

In Your name

You walks on the waters

You speaks to the sea

You stands in the fire beside me

You roars like a lion

You bled as the Lamb

You carries my healing in Your hands

Jesus, there is no one like You

Jesus, there is no one like You

Wonderful Merciful Savior

Wonderful merciful savior

Precious redeemer and friend

Who would have thought that a lamb could

Rescue the souls of man

Oh you rescue the souls of man.

Counselor comforter keeper

Spirit we long to embrace

You offer hope when our hearts have

Hopelessly lost our way

Oh we’ve hopelessly lost the way.

You are the one that we praise

You are the one we adore.

You give the healing and grace our

Hearts always hunger for

Oh our hearts always hunger for.

Oh mighty infinite father

Faithfully loving your own

Here in our weakness you find us

Falling before your throne

Oh were falling before your throne

You are the one that we praise

You are the one we adore

You give the healing and grace our

Hearts always hunger for

Oh our hearts always hunger for.

You are the one that we praise

You are the one we adore

You give the healing and grace our

Hearts always hunger for

Oh our hearts always hunger for.

 

If you feel led, take a moment to reflect on our Wonderful Merciful Savior and his tremendous goodness to you before moving on. The next song expresses God’s goodness and also serves as an opportunity to cry out to God for his healing and provision… what might you want to ask of the Lord at this time?

Good to Me

I cry out

For your hand of mercy to heal me

I am weak

I need your love to free me

Oh Lord, my Rock

My strength in weakness

Come rescue me, oh Lord

You are my hope

Your promise never fails me

And my desire

Is to follow You forever

For You are good

For You are good

For You are good to me

For You are good

For You are good

For You are good to me

Testimony/Family Prayer Time:

 

As you transition, take a moment to reflect on how the Lord was ministering to you through song: what lyrics stood out to you? What emotions were you experiencing? What did God reveal to you about who he is? What did God reveal to you about what he says about you? How else were you ministered to? 

 

Share a story with those around you or to the Lord about how he was at work in worship as well as in your week. Give him glory for his goodness. If alone, you could write down your testimony.  

 

For Family Prayer Time:  Please utilize and add your own requests to this prayer guide and also take time to pray–giving thanks, repenting, raising petition, and praying as the Lord leads. 

 

Song of Preparation: 

The Song of Preparation serves to prepare our hearts to receive the Word of the Lord. This song time also serves to give us an opportunity to worship through giving. We’re invited to give back as the Lord has so richly given to us. 

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As you feel led, surrender your attention, your will, and your heart to the Lord and ask him to anoint your ears to hear the message and to bless you to receive and apply it.

 

Power of Your Love

Lord I come to you

Let my heart be changed, renewed

Flowing from the grace

That I’ve found in You

Lord I’ve come to know

The weaknesses I see in me

Will be stripped away

By the power of Your love

Hold me close

Let Your love surround me

Bring me near

Draw me to Your side

And as I wait

I’ll rise up like the eagle

And I will soar with You

Your Spirit leads me on

In the power of Your love

Lord unveil my eyes

Let me see You face to face

The knowledge of Your love

As You live in me

Lord renew my mind

As Your will unfolds in my life

In living every day

By the power of Your love

Hold me close

Let Your love surround me

Bring me near

Draw me to Your side

And as I wait

I’ll rise up like the eagle

And I will soar with You

Your Spirit leads me on

In the power of Your love

Hold me close

Let Your love surround me

Bring me near

Draw me to Your side

And as I wait

I’ll rise up like the eagle

And I will soar with You

Your Spirit leads me on

In the power of Your love

And I will soar with You

Your Spirit leads me on

In the power of Your love

And I will soar with You

Your Spirit leads me on

In the power of Your love

 

The Preaching of the Word:

Click on the play button below the picture to listen, or click here to go to the stand-alone sermons page.

Click on the play button below

 

Song of Response:

The Song of Response serves to make space for us to respond to the message the Lord has given. Feel free to take a moment to ask the Lord how he might be inviting you to respond and follow accordingly. You’re welcome to sing along, to listen and reflect, to pray or journal, etc. 

 

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

What a friend we have in Jesus

All our sins and griefs to bear

And what a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer

Oh, what peace we often forfeit

Oh, what needless pain we bear

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer

Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged

Take it to the Lord in prayer

Can we find a friend so faithful

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness

Take it to the Lord in prayer

 

The Lord’s Blessing:

The Lord’s Blessing serves to make space for us to receive the Lord’s blessing to equip and empower us to receive his word, to be obedient to it, and to walk it out in his grace and favor.

Fix your eyes on him as you read the following out loud:

 

From Numbers 6:24-26

 

The Lord bless you

    and keep you;

the Lord make his face shine on you

    and be gracious to you;

the Lord turn his face toward you

    and give you peace

 

Closing Song

 

Go My Children with my Blessing

Go, my children, with my blessing, Never alone.

Waking, sleeping, I am with you; You are my own.

In my love’s baptismal river

I have made you mine forever.

Go, my children, with my blessing – You are my own.

Go, my children, sins forgiven, At peace and pure.

Here you learned how much I love you, What I can cure.

Here you heard my dear Son’s story;

Here you touched him, saw his glory.

Go, my children, sins forgiven, At peace and pure.

Go, my children, fed and nourished, Closer to me;

Grow in love and love by serving, Joyful and free.

Here my Spirit’s power filled you;

Here his tender comfort stilled you.

Go, my children, fed and nourished, Joyful and free.

I the Lord will bless and keep you And give you peace;

I the Lord will smile upon you And give you peace;

I the Lord will be your Father,

Savior, Comforter, and Brother.

Go, my children; I will keep you And give you peace.

Children’s Worship Lesson:

This week we’ll be learning about how Jesus chose 12 disciples as part of God’s big plan for the worldLINK HERE Enjoy going through the lesson with your family, and even if you don’t have kids you might find yourself blessed by the teachings in this lesson!!!  While you’re at it, please take some pictures of your family participating in Children’s Worship and share them with us!  You can post them to the Gold Avenue Church Facebook page or send by email to goldavechurch@gmail.com