We're glad you joined us! (Find out more about ToGather.church.) The following worship guide will lead you through a worship service shared by people worldwide as we sing, pray, share Communion, bless each other, and hear a message from the Scriptures.
Opening with Praise in Word and Song:
Let's begin ToGather with the apostle Paul's inspirational words of praise and thanksgiving:
[T]hanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. [Amen.] (1 Corinthians 15:57-58)
We build on this assurance as we sing "Battle Belongs" led by Phil Wickham:
Focusing on the Scriptures:
We sing "Make Me a Servant" as a prayer song, led by children. Their sweet voices remind us that we are to live as Jesus' little ones — the least and the last, who are servants to others — the people Jesus recognizes as the greatest in his kingdom (Matthew 18:1-4; Luke 22:24-26):
Our message today comes from 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, the Verse of the Day. It urges us to awaken to the spiritual warfare necessary in choosing and recognizing true spiritual leaders. We must refuse worldly values and standards. Instead, our model, hero, and example of great leadership is Jesus, who though he is Lord and Messiah, chose to live and die as the servant of all:
We sing "All to Us" with Chris Tomlin to thank Jesus and declare our love for him and our commitment to him as our Savior and Lord:
Sharing The Supper:
To prepare us for the Lord's Supper, we sing the classic words of "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross." We also pledge to live a life of service out of thanks for Jesus and for this indescribable gift of his death on the cross for us. Chelsea Moon and Uncle Daddy lead as we sing this classic hymn, sung to a tune that probably is familiar but may be different for some of us for this song:
Fred Spain gives our Communion reflection. He reminds us of the underlying drama behind Jesus' Last Supper. Jesus made clear by his moving words, loving actions, and the washing of his disciples' feet that he is the Lord of love who lived as a servant. He chose the towel and cross, not the glitter and glamor of power and position:
Closing with Praise:
No matter what challenges we face as we live for Jesus, we trust that God will go with us and empower us. Travis Greene leads us as we remember that God has always "Made a Way" for his people as we live for him:
The beloved apostle John gave us the following promise to remind us that as we choose to live as servants to others, God chooses to see us as his beloved children with a glorious future:
We pray that grace and peace be upon all the family of God as we close with the apostle Paul's final words of blessing from his letter to the Ephesians:
Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love (Ephesians 6:24).