Sunday Gathering Group Guide
Because our church is not able to gather corporately on Sundays, we need to pursue new ways to maintain and promote relational connection (Hebrews 10:23-25).
One of the ways we want to equip you to do this is by providing you with this simple guide to use on Sundays as you gather with a small group of church members in your home or virtually. These guides provide you with an Order of Service so that you can worship together. We made a video to help you with this guide, which you can watch here.
Liturgy Instructions (print and video), printable Order of Worship ,and Family Worship Guides are available in the column on the right, and the resources from previous weeks can be found at the bottom of the page.
For questions about this group guide please email Brad Welker.
June 7th, 2020 - Ordinary Time
Order of Service
CALL TO WORSHIP
- Greet one another, read Genesis 1:1-2:3, and respond by praying this aloud to God:
Leader: This is the day that you have made, Lord.
All: Help us to rejoice in it and be glad!
Leader: Remind us of the privileges we enjoy as your people:
All: to come to you in these moments, to confess our sins, to receive forgiveness and give it, to pray and sing and listen, to renew our fainting spirits, to rest in all your promises.
Leader: Open our eyes to see you, Lord.
All: Open our ears to hear your Word.
Leader: Visit us through your Holy Spirit
All: and help us to celebrate our faith. Amen.
TESTIMONIES OF PRAISE
- Share praises for the way God has been faithful this week.
RESPONSIVE PSALM READING
- Read Psalm 150 aloud together:
Leader: Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!
All: Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Leader: Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
All: Praise the Lord!
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
- Let God’s word instruct us now in the practice of confessing our sin. Here also His promise to forgive us. Give adequate time for your group to reflect at the end of the prayer.
Leader: I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity
All: I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found
Leader: Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and forgive our sins, for your name’s sake (Psalm 79:9).
PRAYER OF ASSURANCE
- After confessing our sin, we remind ourselves that God forgives His children because of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Leader: Hear the good news:
This saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, that we might be dead to sin, and alive to all that is good. God’s promise to us, today, is that in the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. (1 Timothy 1:15, 1 Peter 2:24)
All: Thanks be to God!
MEDITATION ON GENEROSITY & PRAYER FOR OUR NEIGHBORS AND WORLD
- During this time we respond to God’s generosity to us with gratitude as we consider how we can give toward His ministry around us. Read Hebrews 13:16 and pray together.
Lord, we give you praise forever and ever! Lord, you are great and powerful: Glory, majesty and beauty belong to you. Everything in heaven and on earth belongs to you. Lord, the kingdom belongs to you. You are honored as the one who rules over all. In your hands are strength and power, and You can give honor and strength to everyone. Thank you for giving to us, and please help us consider how we might give to others around us. We also want to ask you to empower Whitney Vallenari to be your witness as she serves refugees in France. Lord, would you bless the new community center project and allow it to help draw many to hear the good news. May she live with her trust and worship directed to you and not in her own strength, we ask in Jesus name. Amen.
SCRIPTURE READING & MEDITATIONS
- Read 1 Peter 1:1-9 aloud, consider the following questions, and respond with prayer.
- Of all the passages of Scripture read today, is there one God has used to minister to you? Explain.
- Of all the passages read today, is there one you need others to remind you of in the days ahead? Explain.
PERSONAL PRAYER REQUESTS
- Ask for any other requests and pray for any needs the group mentioned.
Thank you Gracious God, for hearing all our requests today. Amen.
May the God of peace himself sanctify us completely, and may our whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Yes and Amen!
Teaching Response Time
After having listened to this week’s teaching, gather with a small group from our church family, whether it’s members from your home group, roommates, or immediate family and ask each other the following questions as we “consider how to stir up one another to love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24). Afterward, spend time in prayer, asking God to work in us to practice these things (Philippians 2:12-13, 4:6-9) so that we might be “be doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22).
SERMON DISCUSSION (15 Minutes)
- Reflecting on the teaching from this week, what was most striking? Why? What was something new or true you were reminded of?
- What were you most challenged by? What are you most encouraged by?
- Did the teaching help you think of something you need to stop or start in order to faithfully follow Jesus?
Pray for one another and for our church family throughout Denton to faithfully respond to what God has revealed to us today. Confess any fears, weaknesses, or sins that God revealed to us today. Ask God to work in us with His love, power, and grace to accomplish all we discussed today. Thank God for all His promises to us in the gospel. Praise God for His attributes revealed today.