We're glad you're here! You will find an outline for a house church or home worship gathering with Scriptures, songs, a devotional message from Colossians 4:5-6, a Communion reflection, and a closing blessing. We don't want our words to get in the way of your worship, so we invite you to enter in to worship. Your family, house church, missional community, or other people can also join you in this worship. Be blessed and invite the Spirit to inspire, encourage, comfort, and challenge you in your walk with Jesus.
God bless you, those you love, and those you want to reach with the grace of Jesus!
The ToGather.church Team
Read aloud these words of praise as we open our hearts to worship and praise God for his goodness and creative grace:
You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.
Let's sing "Worthy" (I Will Build My Life), with Pat Barrett, as we remind each other of the goodness of God and commit to building our lives on his love so we can bless those around us!
Because of God's goodness, we want to season our lives and our words with grace. We want to influence those around us to open their hearts to Jesus:
Verse of the Day — Opening Hearts to Receive Jesus
God's grace is for all, so we want to be Jesus' presence to bless and serve others today and each day. Let's sing "To the Least of These" (acapella) with the Zoe Group:
In a world of negative and sometimes hostile communication, especially through social media, we are called to season our speech. We want our words to bless others, including those who are outside the family of faith. We want our lives to influence others to open their hearts to receive Jesus as their Lord. Join Phil Ware as he shares our Verse of the Day, along with insights on how to apply these truths to our lives — beginning today:
More than just avoiding hatefulness and hurtful speech, we want our lives to bless others as God's chosen tools of grace. So, let's sing a prayer based a meditation by Saint Francis of Assissi, called "Instruments of Peace," with the Harding University chorus:
Welcome to the Table of the Lord
Jesus came to earth as God in human flesh. He came to us to be one of us and bring us genuine hope beyond our human failings and frailties. As God among us, Jesus demonstrated God's willingness to be available to us. He was willing to and did associate with all people. There was not a place he would not go to express God's searching love for all people. As Grady King reminds us in our Communion reflection, Jesus died in the despised place known as "outside the camp."
Because Jesus loves us, we must also love one another. We are the family of Jesus joined together by the holy meal we call Communion. Like a close-knit family that eats together, we should demonstrate our love for each other. The song, "The Greatest Commands," is based on several different passages written by the beloved apostle John. Let's use this acapella song to challenge each other to love one another!
Closing Blessing and Song:
Originally we had scheduled Steve Westcott to lead us in this closing blessing. Steve ministers to many in our Verse of the Day family in the comments section. Unfortunately, his wife has been quite ill this past week, and so we share this blessing for him and each other.
We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. (Colossians 1:11-12 NLT).
Faithful to the End
Living My MUSD — Faith Working Through Love:
Come join us for "Living My MUSD" (said, "Living My MUST") — Living My Mission Under Social Distancing.
This week, we focus on praying for those we love and want to bless, then letting them know what we have prayed for them.