May 24, 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!
For those who are unable to join us on-site for worship, we will be livestreaming both services (9:30 and 11:00 AM) on Facebook.
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 aloud the following passage:
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun,”
1 Chronicles 29:11
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.”
Join Pastor Anthony as he leads you in singing Cannons.
Someone read the following passage from Matthew 20:1-16:
 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.  After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.  And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace,  and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’  So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same.  And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’  They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’  And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’  And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius.  Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius.  And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house,  saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’  But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius?  Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you.  Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’  So the last will be first, and the first last.”
Someone else read the following:
The big idea here is that we can judge other people based on what they have done compared to us. God is clearly teaching in this parable that when it comes to being included in the Kingdom of God, in God’s family, it’s not about anything that we have done. It’s not about us, when it comes to our salvation, it’s all about Jesus.
- Where we have thought of yourself as better than others?
- Do you ever feel like you deserve more than others? Why?
- Why is having this attitude harmful?
Prayer of Confession
Read the following out loud together:
Father, hear our prayers. Thank you for the gift of talking to you. Thank you for always listening and being attentive to my thoughts and words. Forgive me for not using this gift as often as you would like and help me to spend more time with you. I ask you to forgive me of all my sins. I specifically ask that you forgive me for the times I have judged others. Forgive me for thinking bad of them and thinking I am better. Help me to love others and see them as you do. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen
Assurance of Forgiveness
Someone read the following passage from Romans 5:6–11:
 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.  More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
God knows we will always wrestle with comparison and judging others. But we take confidence knowing that we are now saints who wrestle with sin. Because of Jesus’ blood God no longer sees us as sinners but as his forgiven children. May his forgiveness and the promise of the Holy Spirit empower us to live as forgiven and free people. Amen
Go around and tell each other: God forgives you and remembers your sin no more. You are forgiven and loved by Jesus and by me.
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.
The Lord’s Prayer
As God’s forgiven people recite the Lord’s Prayer together with thankful hearts knowing that Christians around the world are praying these words today.
Our Father in heaven, holy be your name. Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom, the power and glory. Forever and ever. 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 6:18-24
- How has God met you in prayer in the past?
- What are some struggles when it comes to prayer?
- What is your plan to practice praying this week?
- Who is going to hold you accountable to your plan?
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 stir a desire to engage in prayer more often this week
- For our church family as we open our building 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!