May 31, 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:
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
and I will glorify your name forever.
Join Pastor Anthony as he leads you in singing The Heart of Worship.
For our confession time over the next few weeks we are focusing on Jesus’ parables that address how we often wrongly judge one another. Someone read the following passage from Luke 10:25–37:
 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”  He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?”  And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”  And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”
 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”  Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead.  Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side.  So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion.  He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.  And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’  Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”  He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”
Someone else read the following:
This parable would have made Jesus’ audience EXTREMLY uncomfortable. Jesus’ audience would have been cheering for the priest and Levite. They represented their team. The priest and Levite were on the right side of Jewish history. There was nothing worse to a Jew in Jesus’ time than a Samaritan. A Jewish teacher would have never associated anything good with a Samaritan let alone find anything a Sarmatian did praiseworthy.
Jesus loves taking our social norms and turning them upside down. In this parable Jesus makes the Samaritan the hero. Not the Jewish religious leaders. In this parable Jesus takes the actions of the one who has been labeled unclean, a social reject, the lowest of the low and says to the social elite, “You, go and do likewise.”
This would have made Jesus’ audience face their personal prejudices, political affiliations and cultural norms. Jesus was forcing people to confront, in themselves, where they were judging others who were not like them and moving them to a place where they could actually see the good in the people they despised.
- What sort of people make you uncomfortable?
- Do you find it difficult to see good in people who are drastically different than you?
- How can you learn from people who are different than you?
Prayer of Confession
Read the following out loud together:
Father, we confess that we often only love those who love us. We confess that we are drawn to people who look like us and ignore people who we don’t easily relate to. We confess that people who look different than us, hold different world views than us or hold different religious beliefs than us often make us feel threatened and cause us to live from a place of reactionary fear rather than proactive love. Father, forgive us for these sins. Holy Spirit, as we confess these sins. We ask that you lead us to repentance and change our hearts. Open our eyes to see your image that is instilled into every human being. We ask this in the name of Jesus.
Assurance of Forgiveness
Someone read the following passage from 1 John 1:8–10:
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Father, we thank you that you do not hold our sin against us. We thank you that you have forgiven us all of our sins because of Jesus’ shed blood. We thank you that you have given us new life by the power of his resurrection. As we are reminded that we are your forgiven children, may we live lives that are free of judgment and full of sacrificial love. 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 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
Fearless Week 1: Fearless We Go
- Write down and/or discuss with a trusted friend or family member some fears you are experiencing.
- Then use Biblegateway.com or another search engine to look up bible verses that talk about fear and faith. Write down those verses next to your fears and meditate on them this week.
- Place those verses somewhere in your home you will see daily as a reminder of God’s faithfulness in the midst of our fears.
- Notice how your perspective may change as you mediate on God’s promises this week.
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 fill us with faith in the midst of fear.
- 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!