House Church

May 3, 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!

WEEKLY RESOURCES

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.*

Join Our Online Worship

*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

Download/View this week’s worship guide

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 Colossians 3:1–4

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Confession

Someone read the following:

This week we are starting with a time of confession. This is our 6th week of House Church which means we have been living with Shelter In Place for 6 weeks! Reports are starting to show that the mental health of a lot of Americans is in decline. This may be due to the fact that social distancing has caused us to spend more time alone with our own thoughts, feeling and emotions. Even now you may be staying busy and distracting yourself to ward off having to deal with what is in your mind and heart.

Group Discussion Question:
What have you been doing to stay busy or distract yourself from those unpleasant
thoughts, feelings or emotions?

Someone read the following:

When we are left alone with our thoughts it is easy to start beating ourselves up. We often hold ourselves up to unrealistic standards as spouses, parents, children, employees and even Christians. One of the words the bibles uses to describe the Devil is accuser. That is because the devil often accuses us of being guilty and shameful even though God has forgiven us in Jesus!

That is why many of us try to avoid processing our feelings and emotions, because we simply don’t like what we find. Now there is a healthy way to process these experiences.

The opening bible verse reads,

“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

Someone else continue reading:

This passage reminds us to think about and meditate on who we are in Christ, not our sin and brokenness. When we linger on our brokenness, we start to believe lies about who we really are as God’s forgiven children. We start to believe what the world and the devil says about us rather than what God says about us.

Take a moment to be silent and think about a lie you have been believing about yourself. If you feel led to you can share them as a group.

Someone read the following:

Father, we confess that we often don’t believe what you say about who we are. We often see ourselves as permanently broken and unlovable. And when we believe this, we are actually believing that Jesus’ death and resurrection wasn’t enough to pay for my sin. So, we keep beating ourselves up. We start to get angry with our selves which often causes us to be short and ungracious with others. God, we confess this sin of believing a false identity about who we are rather than believing the Gospel which says we are forgiven and loved by you because of what Jesus did on our behalf. Father, we pray that you forgive us of this and of all of our sins. We ask this in Jesus’ perfect and precious name.

Forgiveness

Someone read the following:

Father we thank you that you tell us in Hebrews 10:19–23

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

May we freely receive your forgiveness that has been granted to us by Jesus. May we be assured that our sins are totally forgiven and that whenever we feel guilt or shame that those things are not from you. May we cast them out in Jesus name as we set our minds on things that are above, on God things, not human things. We thank you that we are forgiven and loved by you!

Then go around and tell each other: Be assured that you are loved and forgiven by Jesus!

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.

Singing

Join Pastor Anthony as he leads you in the singing Once For All as you are reminded that you are God’s forgiven children!

The Lord’s Prayer

As God’s forgiven people pray the prayer that our Lord, Jesus, taught us to pray.

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. 

Giving

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.

Give Securely Online

You can also mail checks to:

Water’s Edge Church
P.O. Box 894
Frisco, Texas 75034

Teaching Time

This Week’s Text:

  • Ephesians 5:21-6:4

Discussion Questions:

Today we talked about how the marriage relationship and parent child relationship are designed to reflect God’s relationship with us.

  • Share some examples of how you have seen this play out in a marriage and how did it strengthen that marriage?
  • Share some examples of how you have seen this play out in parent-child relationships and how did it strengthen that relationship?

Pastor Mark’s Marriage Questions:

  1. Love unconditionally and seek and give forgiveness and grace freely and often.
  2. Keep growing those spiritual habits. Challenge: Whatever your prayer and reading God’s word hits look like right now, intentionally up that, add to that a little bit this week.
  3. Daily compliment – and weekly ask what is something I could do better or more of. Give each other permission to say these things and open up your communication and listen and don’t get defensive and grow together. Then pray about it.

Prayer

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 strengthen your earthly relationships so that they may reflect God’s love for us in the world.
  • 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

Sending

When you are done praying say the following together:

May our worship continue as we live as witnesses of our risen Savior!