May 3, 2020 – SCATTERED BUT WORSHIPPING TOGETHER With Communion

May 3, 2020 – SCATTERED BUT WORSHIPPING TOGETHER With Communion

Scattered But Worshipping Together
Fourth Sunday in Easter

 

Welcome to Worship

Holy Lord

Holy holy holy Lord
God of power and might
Heaven and earth of Your glory are full
Hosanna hosanna hosanna in the highest

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord

CCLI Song # 2850298
Steve Bell  | © 1991 Signpost Music  | For use solely with  the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved.  | www.ccli.com
CCLI License # 204197

 

 

Saviour, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

Saviour like a shepherd lead us
Much we need thy tender care
In thy pleasant pastures feed us
For our use thy folds prepare
Blessed Jesus blessed Jesus
Thou hast bought us thine we are
Blessed Jesus blessed Jesus
Thou hast bought us thine we are

We are thine do thou befriend us
Be the guardian of our way
Keep thy flock from sin defend us
Seek us when we go astray
Blessed Jesus blessed Jesus
Hear O hear us when we pray
Blessed Jesus blessed Jesus
Hear O hear us when we pray

Early let us seek thy favour
Early let us do thy will
Blessed Lord and only Saviour
With thy love our beings fill
Blessed Jesus blessed Jesus
Thou hast loved us love us still
Blessed Jesus blessed Jesus
Thou hast loved us love us still

CCLI Song # 24078
Dorothy Ann Thrupp | William Batchelder Bradbury | © Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain | For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. | www.ccli.com

CCLI License # 204197

 


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 centre, place a lit candle.
Someone say out loud;

Lord, you opened the meaning of the Scriptures to the disciples on the road to Emmaus and set their hearts ablaze. By the power of your Spirit kindle our hearts as we hear your word proclaimed, that we may receive you with joy. Amen.

 

Prayer (Or you can pray in your own words)

Almighty God, Jesus, our risen Lord was made known to the disciples in the breaking of the bread. Open the eyes of our hearts that we may recognize his presence, and with his disciples cry, “The Lord has risen, indeed!” Through Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Scripture Reading for the Day – Luke 24:13-34
Invite 1 or 2 to read it from a Bible.

 

Devotional

Did you ever notice, as you’re looking down a train track, the way the two rails look as though they merge together into one? As you walk towards the place where the two rails join together, you never reach it because the perspective keeps changing.

Our perspective in life is like that. It comes from our childhood, our personality and our life experiences. When we are far away, we see things differently than when we are close up.

In the passage we read, these followers of Christ had a perspective as well. V. 21 says “We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel.”

Because of their upbringing and because they were caught up in an emotional time, they didn’t have God’s perspective in mind. 

Christ had told them and shown them HIS perspective and HIS plan, yet they were blind and deaf. Possibly from the effects of the trauma, grief and emotions of it all.

And so they were limited in vision and perspective, which made them blind. They couldn’t see Christ and his work and his vision.

We don’t always have Christ’s perspective on things either, do we?

For instance, what might be Gods perspective in this time of Pandemic? We see with our eyes, not always with His eyes.

Look at verses 25-27 again.

Although Jesus tried to remind them again of his perspective – of his view from eternity and His Father’s seat, it didn’t change their vision or their understanding.

Communication itself doesn’t produce change in a person.

Today there is more Christian teaching available to us than ever before in history. Churches, Books, TV, Radio, Internet. Yet we’re still as broken and sinful and hurt as in the year 33 AD, when Jesus walked the earth.

Some of us have been followers of Christ for many years, but even  listening to preaching for 30 years doesn’t guarantee change or that we will have God’s perspective on things.

We may “Know” more, but we can still be blind and deaf to God’s perspective on things.

We might think those disciples were pretty unaware not to understand it all, but that’s where they were at. We might ask, “When do they GET it?”

Read verses 25-31 again.

Jesus acts like he is going on, giving them the option of what to do with him. There is no pressure or pushiness. Yet the followers of Jesus invite this stranger into their homes and lives.

They sit down to share food and wine at the table, and that’s when they understand. That’s when they get it, the stranger turns out to be Jesus himself!

It’s one thing to talk with a stranger on a road, but it’s another when you invite him into your life and table for fellowship.

Jesus is seen only as the disciples invite him in. To share an intimate moment of eating together. To break bread together.

A whole new level of relationship is formed in this single moment.

“Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.” 

They finally see Christ and His perspective, not only their own.

You see, they needed a personal encounter with The Truth, Jesus himself. That made all the difference for them. And it does for us as well.

When do we begin to see with Christ’s perspective?  When we have an encounter with The Truth. Jesus. When we invite him in. Into our lives to fellowship, to be with us.

You see there is a difference between hearing information about God and his son Jesus Christ, and actually inviting him into your life to be a part of your life.

The information we hear about God can lead us to an encounter or a relationship with God, but sometimes we are blind and deaf and we don’t “Get It.”  We don’t understand things about God until we welcome him into our lives, and our hearts.

Many people today need an encounter with God so that their eyes are opened and they finally SEE. 

These were people who should have known him, who had seen him before. Yet they were blind to him and his perspective. 

It can happen to us as well.

If we are his followers then He needs to be in our lives – our most cherished friend. We need His perspective in our life.

Remember in Revelation 3:20 Christ says;

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”

Let us learn the lesson these disciples learned that day and open our hearts and welcome Christ into our lives.

 

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

 

Prayer – Have someone pray 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.

 

Holy Communion

 

 

 

Worship for the young at heart with Pastor Marc and Dixie!

 


Fellowship Time

At 11:45 am we are going to try to open up a ZOOM fellowship room.
If you would like to see some people and maybe say hi, get a coffee and find the link in the email we sent out yesterday. Come join us for a few minutes.

When you need to leave no problem. Go with God.

 


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Scattered But Worshiping Together May 3, 2020