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Today's Worship Guide

August 22, 2014

Read:   1 Corinthians 11:23-26

We’re trying to plan a family dinner. It’s harder than it should be to get the children and grandchildren all together.  It used to be so easy.  I could prepare my favorites, or something brand new.  All I needed was a good supply of high chairs and bibs.  Now it seems that there are a lot of food sensitivities. One needs gluten free (also rice free).  Another needs dairy free.  A third needs lots of butter and sugar!  All things considered, each family brings a dish to contribute to the meal.  Dinner conversation will, no doubt, center around the beginning of a new school year.  Some of us will remember what it was like to enter a new school, or what that first day of high school felt like.

Jesus invites us to His table.  We don’t need to bring anything.  There are no allergies or sensitivities here.  The menu?  Bread and wine, or juice.  His body and His blood, given freely for us.  Not much conversation here, not out loud, anyway.  Ideally, there will be a lot of remembering.  Remembering the price He paid to provide this meal.  Remembering any sin I need to deal with before I share in this meal.

When the family gathers, we are proclaiming our love for each other.  When His family gathers, we are proclaiming His death and resurrection, and are anticipating His return.  “Come, Lord Jesus!”

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God for growth in your desire to know and please Him.  Ask Him to give you a greater love and commitment to Him.  Ask Him for the grace to glorify Him in your life.  Intercede on behalf of your local church, other churches, evangelism and discipleship ministries and other concerns you may have.  Offer prayers for your activities for this day and any special concerns you might have. 

Sing: Redeemed

Verse
Seems like all I could see was the struggle
Haunted by ghosts that lived in my past
Bound up in shackles of all my failures
Wondering how long is this gonna last
Then You look at this prisoner and say to me
"Son, stop fighting a fight that's already been won"

Chorus
I am redeemed
You set me free
So I'll shake off these heavy chains
And wipe away every stain
Now I'm not who I used to be
I am redeemed
I am redeemed

Verse
All my life I have been called unworthy
Named by the voice of my shame and regret
But when I hear You whisper, "Child lift up your head"
I remember oh God, You're not done with me yet

Chorus
I am redeemed
You set me free
So I'll shake off these heavy chains
And wipe away every stain
Now I'm not who I used to be
I am redeemed

Bridge
Because I don't have to be
The old man inside of me
'Cause his day is long dead and gone
Because I've got a new name
A new life I'm not the same
And a hope that will carry me home

Chorus
I am redeemed
You set me free
So I'll shake off these heavy chains
And wipe away every stain
Now I'm not who I used to be

Chorus
I am redeemed
You set me free
So I'll shake off these heavy chains
And wipe away every stain
Now I'm not who I used to be
Oh God, I'm not who I used to be
Jesus, I'm not who I used to be
'Cause I am redeemed
Thank God redeemed

  • About:

    A biblical understanding of worship grows from the reality that God is the One True God who sits on the throne of all creation. His mercies are new each morning. His excellences are inexhaustible. When confronted by His Holiness, like the prophet Isaiah, the only response could be to fall down and worship Him.

    Christian worship is an intentional response to the One True God as revealed in His Word, made known and accessible to us through Jesus Christ, and witnessed and affirmed in our hearts through His Holy Spirit. Worship is not only an integral part of every corporate gathering of the Body of Christ, it is also a vital part of spiritual stewardship for the individual believer and for the Christian home.Our goal is to produce multi-generational faithfulness. Therefore, helping individual believers grow in their understanding of personal worship and helping families discover the beauty of worship in the home assists parents in modeling faithfulness to Christ and building a legacy of faithfulness through their families.

    This Family Worship Guide is a tool to equip families to worship the One True and Living God together in order to create a foundation for multi-generational faithfulness.

  • How to Use:

    The idea of worshiping together as a family, whether that family has three elementary children, one highschooler, no children, an empty nest, or is a single adult, can be both exciting and a little intimidating. We hear of others who have wonderful experiences of worship at home, but the thought of starting something new oneself can seem overwhelming. This tool is designed to put the pieces into your hand to adapt and use in a worship time in your own home with your family, whomever makes up that family.

    This worship guide is built off of several components including a scripture passage to read, a brief devotional thought, a guide for prayer, and a suggested song to sing. Depending on the family and the context, one may be able to go through the content in the guide “as is” each day. For other families, it may require the spiritual leader in the home to read through the guide and adapt it to the needs of that particular family. This may look like a scheduled time each day for some families and for others it may work better to intentionally incorporate the content of the worship guide throughout the day (perhaps an adaptation of the devotional thought at the breakfast table, singing the song in the car, etc.).

    No two families will worship the same. This guide is only a tool to help families begin the pattern of worshiping together.

    What if the father is not a Christian?

    The commands regarding family discipleship in the Bible assume a believing father in the home. Of course, this is not always the case. In those instances where the father is not a believer, the mother will need to assume this role. Donald Whitney rightly reminds us that this initiative on the part of the mother must be done in a non-offensive and non-threatening way.

    What about a single parent family?

    Again, in this case the responsibility falls to the single parent. This is a heavy burden to bear in addition to many other duties, but know that God will supply great grace and will more than make up for any natural deficiency we may perceive.

    What if my kids are very young?

    Having very young children will change the dynamic of family worship considerably. Remember, however, that the goal for every child in the family is not the same. With very young children, the goal is probably not understanding of all matters of doctrine. A more “modest” goal of impressing upon them the importance of family worship (and God) is more reasonable and beneficial at their particular age.

    How do I keep things interesting if the age of my children varies widely?

    For young children, try to include them as much as possible and appropriate. Of course, all members of the family can pray and sing (at least some songs). Furthermore, allow younger children to read when possible. For the older children, try including them in the teaching and application of the Scripture reading for the rest of the family and in the leadership of prayer and singing on occasion.

    What time of day is best for family worship?

    The time of day is not the most critical element of family worship. Some families prefer to worship as the day begins. For others, the morning hours are simply too hectic for family worship. In these cases, evening may work best. Many families prefer to adjoin family worship to the evening meal since all the family may be present at that time. In short, timing is far less important than consistency.

  • Additional Resources:

    • Voddie T. Baucham, Family Driven Faith: Doing What It Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk with God, 2007.
    • Ware, Bruce, Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God, 2009.
    • David R. Helm, The Big Picture Story Bible, 2004.
    • Susan and Richie Hunt, Big Truths for Little Kids: Teaching Your Children to Live for God, 1999.
    • Sally Lloyd-Jones, The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name, 2007.
    • Sally Michael, Lord, Teach Us to Pray (a sample)
    • David Prince, Family Worship
    • Donald S. Whitney, Family Worship: In the Bible, in History, and in Your Home, 2006.
    • John Younts, Everyday Talk: Talking Freely and Naturally about God with Your Children, 2005