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April 19th, 2020

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Musical Worship

The Scriptures call us to sing and make music as an expression of our worship to God (Col. 3:16, Eph. 5:18-20, Psalm 105:2). This week we have provided some different ways for you to do this in your home.

Please see the video below, provided by a few of our worship leaders. Or for those with musical talent, feel free to use the chord charts provided in the link below to worship through song on your own. We have also provided a Spotify playlist with the songs from the video.

 

Video: Musical Worship

Chord Charts

Spotify Playlist

 

Read along with the opening prayer:

We were not made for mortality but for immortality;
our souls are ever in their prime,
and so the faltering of our physical bodies repeatedly takes us by surprise.
The aches, the frailties, the injuries, the impositions of vexing disease and worsening condition are unwelcome evidences of our long exile from the Garden.
Even so, may the inescapable decline
of our bodies here not be wasted.
May it do its tutoring work, inclining
our hearts and souls ever more vigorously toward your coming kingdom, O God.
While we rightly pray for healing and relief, and sometimes receive the respite
of such blessings, give us also patience
for the enduring of whatever hardships
our journeys entail.

– From A Liturgy for the Feeling of Infirmities by Douglas McKelvey. See the full prayer here.

 

Scripture Reading 

Before watching the sermon video for this week, read aloud this scripture from 1 Corinthians 15:12-20

But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

 

Video: Teaching by Rick McKinley

 

Communion 

Communion is a symbol of Christ’s sacrifice and our acceptance of his free gift of salvation. What is important is not how we partake or what our elements are, but the posture of our hearts.

Begin this time by having yourself or someone in your group read these words from Jesus: 

Abide in me, as I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love.  

(John 15:4-5a, 8-9)

Take a brief moment of prayer, confessing your dependence on the grace of Jesus and offering your life to Christ as an act of worship.

When you are ready, receive the communion elements.

As you conclude your time of communion, read aloud (together if in a group) this anthem from the Book of Common Prayer:

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:
Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:
Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:
Grant us peace.

 

Closing Prayer

Pray your own closing prayer as you are led, or recite the Lord’s Prayer to close.