2 items tagged "Worship"

  • Be Anxious for Nothing

    Read Together:

    “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”  - Philippians 4:4-7

     

    Main idea:

    Worry can steal the joy and peace right out of our lives!  Rather than ruminating on our troubles, begin the habit of praising God and calling on Him in prayer.

     

    Preschool & Early Elementary Takeaway:

    He doesn’t say rejoice and celebrate on your birthday, or just on holidays, or just when something happy or fun happens… He tells us to rejoice and celebrate always! 

    --What is something you want to thank God for?

     

    Student & Teen Takeaway:

    Many of our thoughts come from worry. We stress out about life, but we don’t have to. God is going to take care of us, and He is with us. He wants us to tell Him about our anxiety and fear. When you are worried, tell God about it. When we talk to God about our problems, we can experience His peace for us.

    --What things in life cause you stress?  How can you trust God with these?

     

    Couples:

    We love feeling we can have control; that we’ve reduced all risk of danger or threats.  However, we know better. Circumstances can change in a moment, revealing the places in our lives we need God to touch.  Our call here is to choose to rejoice…no matter the circumstances…no matter what! 

    --Why is it hard to give up control?  What do we need to surrender so our hope is in Christ alone?

     

    Pray Together:

    Lord, no matter what comes our way, our eyes will be fixed on you.  We choose to praise You for who You are.  You’re good, faithful, and in control!  We love You, and we choose to have our hope and joy in You!

    Amen

     

    Sing Together:

    “Joy of the Lord” - Rend Collective

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVIhb-c_4Tw

  • Teach Me to Pray

    Read Together:

    In this manner, therefore, pray:

    “Our Father in heaven,
    Hallowed be Your name.

    Your kingdom come.
    Your will be done
    On earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread.
    And forgive us our debts,
    As we forgive our debtors.
     And do not lead us into temptation,
    But deliver us from the evil one.
    For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

    Matt. 6:9-13

    Main idea:

    Jesus often retreated to a quiet place to spend time alone with His Father. Prayer refreshed Him after a long day of ministry. It was His source of strength. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught us how to pray and offered the Lord’s Prayer as an example.  We too, can find our strength and be refreshed in the Lord as we turn to prayer.

    Preschool & Early Elementary Takeaway:

    Jesus taught us to pray because it helps focus our thinking on God’s will, not our own. The Lord’s Prayer declares God as our provider. It acknowledges that only God can forgive our sins, ease our anger and to protect us. 

    Why is it important for us to forgive others?

    What does it feel like when someone forgives you? 

    Student & Teen Takeaway:

    It’s important that we move beyond prayer as a means of obtaining our personal wants and needs and to focus it as a time to increase our desire for God and to get on board with His mission (reaching the lost). Prayer not only draws us closer to God, but gives us compassion for our family, friends, and neighbors. 

    What does the Lord’s Prayer tell us about what’s important to God?

    What struggles have you experienced in prayer?

    What do you think it means to persevere in prayer? Why would this be important?

    Couples: Each day brings it’s own challenges, some easier than others.  We often forget to protect our hearts from the worry, stress, anxiety, frustrations, disappointments, etc. that we experience throughout the day.  Turning to prayer, particularly as a couple, can help us get our eyes off our circumstances and to fix them once again on Jesus Christ!

    How can I pray for you today?

    Who in our family should we be praying for?

    Pray Together:

     Lord, we need you.  We know you’re the provider, savior, and protector of our family.  We pray that you continue to soften each of our hearts, help us to be sensitive to the leading of your Holy Spirit.  Forgive us for trying to live out of our own strength.  There is nothing that You can’t do.  We will trust in you!

    Sing Together:

    Lord, I need You.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuvfMDhTyMA

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