APRIL 12, 2020
All you will need is a Bible and access to the video below. You will be guided through a fun and interactive worship experience that gets everyone involved. Have fun with it and make it your own!
LIVE ZOOM WORSHIP
We are also hosting worship live on Zoom this Sunday at 10:00 AM. The content will be the same as the House Church resource page, but it will be hosted LIVE by Pastor Mark and Pastor Anthony. All you need to do is click on the link below and you will be directed to the Zoom meeting room.*
*If you do not have a Zoom account, click on the link above, and it will prompt you to download the application and create a free account. Note, you will have the best experience on a computer but a tablet or smartphone will work as well.
ORDER OF WORSHIP
Call to Worship
He is risen!
He is risen indeed!
Make the sign of the cross and as a group say:
We begin worship in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Then give each other a rock fist and say, “Jesus is alive!”
Opening Video and Singing
Watch this opening video, and then join Pastor Anthony as he leads you in a worship song.
Opening Discussion Questions:
- Have you ever been blamed for something you didn’t do?
- How did that make you feel?
Someone read the following passage:
He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Someone read the following:
Isaiah was an Old Testament prophet who wrote about Jesus hundreds of years before Jesus was born. In this passage Isaiah described how Jesus was going to die for the sins of every person ever born into this world. The crazy thing is that Jesus lived a perfect life. He never did anything that would earn him any sort of punishment. The truth is that we all deserve to be punished for our sins. Good Friday reminds us that Jesus took the punishment for our sins by dying on the cross for each of us.
A few moments ago, we shared about a time we were blamed for something we didn’t do. Most likely we felt angry and hurt. We would never choose to be in that situation again. But Jesus willingly took the blame we all deserve. He willingly put himself in that situation because he loves every human that much, so much that he was willing to take the punishment of every sin ever committed.
If you are by yourself, call a friend to talk about the questions with or try journaling your responses.
- This passage describes how we have all gone astray from God’s plans for our lives. Confess to each other where you have followed your own desires for your life rather than God’s?
- How does it make you feel knowing Jesus died FOR YOU?
Someone read the following:
Father, we affirm the words that the prophet Isaiah wrote.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Father, we confess that we turn away from you daily in our thoughts, words, and actions. We confess that our sin has separated us from you. On this Easter morning we ask for your forgiveness and we thank you for Jesus’ resurrection.
Someone read the following:
Lord we thank you that your Word reminds us in Romans 8:1–2
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
On this Easter morning we remember with joyful and thankful hearts that Jesus’ tomb is still empty. Jesus died for our sins, but he also rose again bringing all who believe in him new life. Thank you, Jesus, for forgiving us of all of our sins and for giving us the Holy Spirit which enables us to live in the new life you have won for us. Thank you, Jesus, for such a wonderful gift. Help us to live in step with you each day.
Then go around and tell each other: Jesus is risen and your forgiven!
If you are worshiping by yourself today write this good news on a sticky note and place it somewhere you will see it as a reminder to yourself this week.
After you have announced Jesus’ forgiveness to one another join Pastor Anthony in one more worship song.
God is so generous! God has given us everything that we have. Our health, our friends and family, our jobs and the resources to take care of those who are in need. Take a moment to thank God for all that you have. (Ask each person to share one thing they are thankful for).
God doesn’t want just 10% of what we have. He wants all of it! He says, “Watch me take care of you in amazing ways as you live lives of generosity!” As a group take a moment to pray for generosity and provision at Water’s Edge in this season.
If you have not already set up a recurring online offering, please take a moment to do so.
Watch this week’s teaching video, and then discuss the following questions as a group.
This Week’s Text:
- 1 Corinthians 15:12-58
- John 10:7-11
- Philippians 2:1-11
- Everyone share a favorite Easter memory.
- How does Easter and the power of the empty tomb help you deal with your fear and worry in regard to life’s struggles and even death?
- What things in your life are stealing the abundant life Jesus wants for you?
- List three practices you can add to your life to help you experience the abundant life Jesus has already given you.
After the teaching and discussion, conclude your time together in prayer. Take a moment to be still before God and listen to see if he puts anything on your heart. If he does, share it with your group. Then spend some time praying for the following:
- For the Holy Spirit to give you eyes like Jesus in this season
- For all leaders who are making decisions on how to best fight COVID-19
- Eradication of COVID-19 and healing for those who are sick
- For followers of Jesus to be a presence of peace and joy in our city
- For financial provision for our church and community
- For any needs in your household and community
When you are done praying say the following together:
May our worship continue as we live as witnesses of our risen Savior!
Easter Sunday Activity
We encourage everyone to take some sidewalk chalk and create a huge “He is Risen!” mural on your driveway or sidewalk. If you do not have sidewalk chalk, make some posters and stick them somewhere on the outside of your house where your neighbors can see read the beautiful news that Jesus is risen.
Take a picture and share them on the Water’s Edge Facebook page.