May 10, 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
As you make the sign of the cross 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 the rock!”
Someone read all of Psalm 148.
Join Pastor Anthony as he leads you in singing All Creatures of Our God and King as we worship God along with all of creation!
Someone read the following:
In the beginning of the story of God we learn that God created humans to reflect his image on this earth. We read in Genesis 1:26
“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’”
Pay attention. The order we see described here is very important. God made the first humans in his image. That means their identity was rooted in God’s image. Then he gave them the charge to care for all of creation. They cared for God’s creation because they were reflecting God’s image. Adam and Eve’s doing was an overflow of their being.
In America we often find our identity in the things we do. When you first meet someone one of the first questions we ask is “What do you do?” Most of us have a hard time not rooting our identity in what we do. I am a… Mom, dad, husband, wife, businessperson, straight A student, star athlete, popular, the friend everyone goes to for help… whatever it may be. These aren’t bad things in themselves. But when we start to root our identity in these things, we are setting ourselves up for disappointment and heartache. This is because God desires our identity to be rooted in him as his sons and daughters.
During this pandemic many people have had their identity rocked in one way or another. Maybe your position at work has shifted, or maybe you lost your job all together. Maybe you have had to step into new roles that you don’t feel very confident in, like homeschooling.
As the things we used to find our identity in have shifted we aren’t sure of who we are. Either our old identity has shifted, and we feel like who we were has been taken away from us or we are now doing something new we aren’t good at and we feel inadequate and worthless.
A few pages later in the story of God the serpent tricks Adam and Eve. He says in Genesis 3:5,
‘“For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”’
The irony is that Adam and Eve were already made in God’s image. The serpent deceived Adam and Eve causing them to believe that they had to do something, eat from the tree, to become like God… but they were already like God, they just didn’t believe it!
Group Discussion Questions:
- What things, besides God, have you put your identity in?
- How have those things shifted?
- How has that effected your identity?
- What are the lies you may be believing about your identity at the moment?
Prayer of Confession
Read out loud as a group or by yourself:
Father, we are just like Adam and Eve. We don’t always believe the truth about who you say we are. You say we are loved because you created us. Yet, we feel like we have to earn your love and the love of others. We confess that we don’t trust you and we show that distrust by placing our identity in our jobs, hobbies, and relationships. We look to those things to give us a sense of purpose and identity. Help us believe that those things and/or relationships can never fully satisfy us. Help us believe that our identity and purpose can only be fully satisfied in you, the God who created us and loves us. The God who sent his only son, Jesus, to die for us. We ask for your forgiveness for all of our sins in his perfect name. Amen.
Assurance of Forgiveness
Someone read the following:
Throughout the Old Testament God’s people continued to find their identity in false gods like power, security and wealth. They wanted to look like the other nations rather than be the people who reflected God’s glory to those nations. The Bible goes on to tell us that God was determined to restore his perfect image back to his people. After many generations Jesus stepped into the world to restore all of creation back to its rightful place before God. The Bible says Jesus is the image of the invisible God (Col. 1:15). Jesus perfectly carries the image of God into our world. Jesus came to secure our identities as God’s sons and daughters.
He also showed us what it means to live from a place of being rather than doing. When Jesus was baptized our heavenly Father said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17). Again, the order here is so important. Jesus’ dad was pleased with Jesus before he ever did anything awesome! Jesus’ dad was pleased with him simply because Jesus was his boy!
The Bible goes on to tell us that when we trust that Jesus is the perfect son of God we are fully restored as God’s sons and daughters. That means we no longer have to try to earn God’s love by being awesome at something. We are already awesome because God said so… because he made us! So, we can confidently know that whenever we don’t believe God’s word and put our trust and hope in false identities, he forgives us because we are his sons and daughters through Jesus’ perfect work done on our behalf. He forgives us of all of our sins and restores us back to true life in him.
Go around and tell each other: You are forgiven by Jesus. He is your identity.
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.
Watch this video for the song You Say by Lauren Daigle as you are reminded of who God says you are.
The Apostle’s Creed
As God’s forgiven people recite the Apostle’s Creed together with thankful hearts knowing that Christians around the world are saying these words today.
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
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 way God has provided for them this week).
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.
You can also mail checks to:
Water’s Edge Church
P.O. Box 894
Frisco, Texas 75034
This Week’s Text:
- Ephesians 6:5-9
- What are some of the favorite jobs you have had? What made you feel that way about them? (Children and students can think if classes and chores)
- What are some of the least favorite jobs you have had? What made you feel that way about them?
- In what ways do you struggle with the idea of working and doing everything you do for the Lord?
- How could working and living like this make your life and your days better anymore fulfilling?
Mother’s Day Bonus Activity
- Take a moment to thank God for the women who have been a mother figure in your life. Then make it a priority to reach out to those women today to encourage and thank them for being a blessing to 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 guide and strengthen you in all you do this week
- For the doctors and scientists who are working for a vaccine for COVID-19
- For the eradication of COVID-19 and healing for those who are sick
- For the officials who are discerning the role out procedures for our country
- 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!