April 26, 2020 – Scattered But Worshipping together

April 26, 2020 – Scattered But Worshipping together

Scattered But Worshipping Together
Third Sunday in Easter

Come Thou Fount

Come Thou fount of ev’ry blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise:
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above;
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.

Here I raise to Thee an altar;
Hither by Thy help I’m come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home:
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wand’ring from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.

O, to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wand’ring heart to Thee:
Prone to wander Lord I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it;
Seal it for Thy courts above.

John Wyeth | Robert Robinson —  © Words: Public Domain | Music: Public Domain
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Build My Life

Worthy of ev’ry song we could ever sing
Worthy of all the praise we could ever bring
Worthy of ev’ry breath we could ever breathe
We live for You

Jesus the name above ev’ry other name
Jesus the only one who could ever save
Worthy of ev’ry breath we could ever breathe
We live for You
We live for You

Holy there is no one like You
There is none beside You
Open up my eyes in wonder and show me who You are
And fill me with Your heart
And lead me in Your love to those around me

Jesus the name above ev’ry other name
Jesus the only one who could ever save
Worthy of ev’ry breath we could ever breathe
We live for You
We live for You

Holy there is no one like You
There is none beside You
Open up my eyes in wonder and show me who You are
And fill me with Your heart
And lead me in Your love to those around me

I will build my life upon Your love
It is a firm foundation
I will put my trust in You alone
And I will not be shaken

Holy there is no one like You
There is none beside You
Open up my eyes in wonder and show me who You are
And fill me with Your heart
And lead me in Your love to those around me

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Welcome to Worship

Instructions

There is no right way to do this. If you are a small group or couple, share the readings around. If you are an individual, saying the words out loud may help with presence. But make it your own; use it as you want to. As you read through the devotional, if there are thoughts to engage with, we encourage you to do that.

At 11 am gather in a common area in your home.

In the center, place a lit candle (real or electric)
Someone say out loud;

Blessed be the God of our Savior, Jesus Christ! God has given us a new birth in the living hope of the resurrection. God has given us an inheritance that is imperishable and unfading. In this we rejoice, even when we suffer trials. For although we have not seen Jesus, we love him; and although we have not seen him, we believe in him. For the outcome of our faith is the salvation of our souls.

Prayer (Or you can pray in your own words)

Lord Jesus, your rising from the tomb heralds the dawning of life eternal, as the dawning of this day holds the possibilities of life anew. Open our eyes to the signs of your resurrection and confirm in our hearts the power of your amazing love, that we may with confidence sing “Alleluia.” Amen.

Scripture Reading for the Day – Luke 10:38-42
Invite 1 or 2 to read it from a Bible.

Devotional

We live in a world not only full of words but, above all, full of noise. Traffic noise, aeroplane noise, headphones, even screaming kids!

As someone once said: “Amidst all the noise I cannot listen to the silence”.  “Listening to the silence”, now there’s an interesting thought. 

Silence can be a vacuum that humans are not at ease with. It is not always considered to be either normal or good in itself. People feel the need to keep talking or to keep making noise, because silence makes us feel awkward.

Right now the world is forced into a sort of silence. A place of more stillness and quiet. A place where travel ceases, jobs cease, there are fewer things to do.

It’s interesting how we are all reacting differently to the forced “silence.” Some of us feel crazy inside and some of us love it and want more of it.

In the scripture we just read, we find Martha not enjoying the quiet at all: ‘“Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me…’  Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.” 

It can be easy to identify with Martha, whether we are kids or adults. We are a culture that values hard work, accomplishment, and success. It’s annoying when we have so much to do, to see someone who appears to be doing nothing. It would have been especially difficult to see Mary sitting at Jesus feet — because learning from a rabbi was not something that a woman was supposed to be doing. 

We have our neat categories of appropriate behaviour, then Jesus comes along and turns everything upside down. Jesus breaks those narrow definitions of who we think we can be. 

Remember that Jesus isn’t saying that the service Martha offers is bad, or even ‘less good’ then Mary’s actions.  In fact the word used here for what Martha does is “diakonian.” Martha is ‘deaconing’ — serving her Lord — ministering just as a deacon does in a church. It is her calling and her gift. A gift necessary to the community. 

Listen again to what Jesus says to Martha in another translation: “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things;… “ 

You see Martha’s trouble is not the service she offers, but her distraction and worry. Her attention is distracted by worrying about what others are doing instead of focussing her attention on her guest. 

So Jesus says “Mary has chosen the better part.” He’s not saying that Mary’s quiet nature or her individual abilities are better than those of Martha, but Mary has centred her attention on Jesus. Mary’s nature could also have been distracted from Jesus with her own worries — but instead Mary has done the one thing that is necessary. 

Just what is this “one thing” that Jesus says is needed? 

It has to do with how we welcome Christ into our lives. Being a disciple — following and obeying Jesus — is important, but we cannot follow until we have heard him. 

We need first to listen — to welcome Christ into our lives, to hear what he is saying to us. Mary’s actions were centred on Jesus. He had her full attention. She sat at his feet and listened. 

Martha’s focus was distracted. It was on Mary and on herself, and worries about the meal.  

What is “the better part” for us? — Perhaps we need to focus our attention on Christ, to welcome Him into our lives. We need to listen, to be still, to sit at His feet a while. 

Listening isn’t easy. Silence is hard for us. It seems like wasted time when compared to getting things done. 

When we think of prayer, we usually think of words — like Martha asking Jesus for the help she really did need. 

God loves those prayers of petition and intercession, just as God loves prayers of praise and thanksgiving. But prayer is a two-way street, a dialogue, and unless we sometimes stop filling the silence with words, we will not be able to hear what God is saying to us. 

Remember, scripture says: “Be still and know that I am God.” Just these few words. “Be still,” says God, and with a quietened heart seek your Maker. 

From this small verse we also learn that it is possible to know God. We can know God through Jesus Christ, His Son. We can know God through the scriptures we read and meditate on, and the songs we sing. 

Yes, in the midst of the noise all around us, you can stop and listen to the silence – the silence of God’s Presence. 

What if this enforced quiet time for the earth was an invitation from God to choose the better part? To become quiet and pay attention to God? When we go back to normal, how will we live lives choosing the better part, centring our attention on God?

May we learn some deep, life changing lessons during this “Quiet” time on the earth.

Take time to pray together.
-Ask or think of some things to pray for

Closing Prayer – Have someone close with this, or pray together:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

 

 

Benediction

May the Lord bless you
and may He keep you
And make His face to
shine upon

And when we part ways
may you know His grace
May hope everlasting
keep you strong

To God be the glory
forever and ever
To God be the praise of all men
To God be the glory
forever and ever
To God be the glory amen

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Scattered But Worshiping Together April 26, 2020