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.
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 2 Samuel 22:47-59:
The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!
Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior!
He is the God who avenges me,
who puts the nations under me,
who sets me free from my enemies.
You exalted me above my foes;
from a violent man you rescued me.
Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
I will sing the praises of your name.
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:
Christ the Lord is Risen Today
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 Jesus’ words from John 11:25 aloud:
I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die!
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.
“He is risen!”
and in response:
“He is risen indeed!”
And if you’re alone:
“Christ the Lord is risen!”
What a Beautiful Name
Testimony/Family Prayer Time:
How has the Lord been at work 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, 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.
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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.
Lead me to the Cross
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 that we’ve just received. 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. Sing in response as you feel led.
King of Kings
If you are a baptized member of a church that declares Jesus is Lord, and if you are walking in the light and in pursuit of righteousness, we welcome and encourage you to join with us as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper! If you are not yet baptized or are not walking in the light, we encourage you to take some time to pray and reflect with the Lord or to confess and repent of your sins. God’s Word promises that when we confess, he is faithful to forgive! We welcome baptized children of believers to the table as parents discern they are ready, and also invite you to pray blessing over your children who are not yet ready to partake.
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 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