A Note Before you Begin:
This service was prayerfully planned and coordinated with worship planner Marissa Walters in conjunction with the pastors.
Our prayer is that this liturgy helps us to create cultures of worship in our homes or wherever we utilize them. May the Lord bless you as you enter into his presence and give him praise. May we each be met, blessed, challenged, and encouraged to grow as disciples and disciple makers of Jesus Christ.
*If you happen to encounter any technical difficulties or notice any technical issues with this liturgy, please send a text message to Mark Essenburg whose phone number can be accessed through the Church Directory linked in your weekly email update.
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 our Lord.
Read the following out loud as you fix your eyes on Jesus:
From Nehemiah 9:5b-6
Stand up and praise the Lord your God, who is from everlasting to everlasting.
Blessed be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise.
You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them.
You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.
Pray for the Lord to fill you, your household, and your home with His presence and His peace. Fix your eyes and the focus of your heart on Him.
Worshiping in Song:
Sing to the King
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 Matthew 11:28-29:
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
And From John 15:6:
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
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.
Consider sending a greeting text message to a church family member.
“The Lord be with you!”
and in response:
“and also with you!”
And if you’re alone:
“The Lord is with me!”
Your Great Name
Testimony/Family Prayer Time:
This week we praise the Lord for the birth of Amara Mae Zuiderveen, born last weekend to Cody and Jessica Zuiderveen. Amara joins big brothers Hudson and Otto. We praise the Lord for the gift of Amara Mae and ask for His blessing over this family of 5 in the days and weeks ahead.
How has the Lord been at work in around you this week? Consider sharing your story with those around you or writing it down. Give glory to the Lord for the good work that He has done!
Take a few minutes to pray for our church family, for the Zuiderveen family, our neighborhood, and the world as the Lord leads.
Consider asking a church family member how you can be in prayer for them or inviting a church family member to pray for you.
Special Offering: Gold Avenue Church Van Fund
This month’s Special Offering: Gold Avenue Church Van Fund. We have been receiving offerings towards the Gold Avenue Church vans periodically throughout the year. The church vans are used for a variety of reasons such as Gold Rush and Sunday transportation. You can give to the special offering by:
1. Text: send amount space van (ex: 50 van) to (616) 319-2259 and follow prompts to give securely
2. Give online: select special from dropdown menu or type “van” in memo line
3. Check: write “van” in memo line
Support ministry at Gold Avenue Church by giving to the general fund (Click the picture for more giving options):
- Text: send amount (number only, no extra symbols) to (616) 319-2259 and follow prompts to give securely
- Give online at https://goldavenuechurch.breezechms.com/give/online or give through PayPal here.
- Mail a check payable to Gold Avenue Church at 49 Gold Avenue NW Grand Rapids, MI 4950
Song of Preparation:
The Song of Preparation serves to prepare our hearts to receive the Word of the Lord. Continue to fix your eyes on Jesus and surrender your attention and heart to him as we transition and prepare to enter into His Word.
Show Us Christ
The Preaching of the Word:
Our current sermon series is written in connection to and alongside a helpful tool that we have developed called the Gospel Tool. Disciple Groups at Gold Avenue Church are working through lessons that are based upon the Gospel Tool, and we want to make this resource available to every listener. Click here to check out the Gospel Tool, the Visual Gospel overview, statements, & scriptures.
Access the audio of the sermon here: Sermon Audio Recording
Song of Response:
The song of response gives opportunity to consider, apply, and respond what we’ve just heard from the Word. If you need to and are able, take a few minutes to process what you’ve just heard and experienced and how the Lord may be inviting you to respond.
Great Are You Lord
The Lord’s Blessing:
The Lord’s Blessing serves to make space for us the Lord to bless us to continue to walk in faithful obedience and to grow up into maturity.
Fix your eyes on him as you read the following out loud:
From Number 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