Worship Resources

During this break from corporate worship, we encourage you to still take time for worship on Sunday.  We believe that the weekly rhythm of worship is vital in forming us as God's followers, and so we offer the following suggested format to use on your own or with your family.  

Worship is a one way that we can discipline ourselves to pause and remember who and whose we are-God’s children, held by Him and called to live for Him. 

Sunday, March 29


Call to Worship and Opening Prayer


This past week our reading through the Old Testament has continued with stories from 1 Samuel of David fleeing from a jealous King Saul who was determined to kill him.  During this time of crisis, David continued to cry out to the Lord for guidance and deliverance while also declaring his continued trust.  Psalm 34 is one example of David's cry to God during this time-listen to these words as we begin our time of worship.  Let us glorify the Lord together. 


From Psalm 34~

I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.

I will glory in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.

Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.


I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my foes.

Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.

This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.  

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. 


The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry;

but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to blot our their name from the earth.


The righteous cry our, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 


Song~ Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Video


Prayer~

Lord,

You are our God and King. We come this morning to bring our praises and to seek your face. 

Many of us come weary from another week full of change and shifting plans, and feeling fearful of what the future holds. 

We turn to you and humbly ask that you turn your face toward us and hear us. 

Help us to rest in the assurance that you are close to the brokenhearted and your ears are attentive to our cries. 

Amen. 


Song~Is He Worthy

Video


Scripture Reading from Lamentations 3

"I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall.  

I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. 

Yet this I call to mind and therefore have hope:

Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.

They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

I say to myself, 'The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.'


The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;

it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD"


Optional Discussion Starters~


Hope does not always come without effort.  The author, Jeremiah, says he calls something to mind-what is it?

What are some ways that you can ''call to mind' God's goodness to remind yourself of the hope we have? 

Take time to do this together right now-  

What are some specific examples of God's mercy, faithfulness, or compassion have you seen in the past week?

What do you think Jeremiah means when he says that the LORD is his 'portion'?

Is it easy to wait?  How do we wait well?


Also, remember that hope doesn't mean that all pain and sadness are gone.  Jeremiah says his soul is downcast and he never says that feeling goes away.  What he does say is that calling to mind  God's love and faithfulness brings hope that the sadness will not have the last word.  Having hope intermingled with the sadness makes the waiting bearable.  


Song~10,000 Reasons

Video


Time of Confession

Prayer~

Our heavenly Father,

What a week it has been. We have continued to watch your world be ravaged by disease.  

Our false illusions of control continue to be shattered and many people's lives have been drastically changed.  

We have been forced to lay down so many of our idols and we confess this has not been easy. 

The idols of productivity and economic stability. 

The idols of health and self-sufficiency.  

The idols of pleasure and control.

Forgive us Lord. 


Some of us suddenly find ourselves in closer quarters with family than we are used to,  and we ask for forgiveness for the times we have lost our patience, used our words to tear each other down, argued and complained, and were unwilling to forgive one another. 


We also confess that we haven't always waited on you well. 

We have grumbled and complained. We have questioned where you are and what you are doing. 

We have neglected to spend time with you.

Lord, we believe, forgive our unbelief. 


Forgive us, mold us ever more into your image.  

We are so grateful for your love that covers our sins and never leaves or forsakes us, 

no matter how many times we leave and forsake you. 

To your mercy we cling and in your Son's name we pray,

Amen


Song of Assurance~ Rock of Ages

Video


Meditation from Pastor Dan-click here


We Bring our Needs and Concerns to God


Our loving and gracious God,

We know that you tell us in your Word to cast all of our anxieties on you because you care for us. 

You, the creator of the whole world, care for each one of us and know us each by name. 

We are humbled and grateful to be able to rest in your arms and pour out our hearts to you.  

Hear us as we pray~

We continue to cry out for mercy and an end to the COVID outbreak...


We pray for all of our leaders as they have hard decisions to make...


We pray for the healthcare workers putting themselves at risk to care for the sick... 


We pray for our communities in this time of crisis-for those who lack the resources they need to adjust their schedules to kids not in school, those who have lost work and do not have the money to pay bills, for children whose homes are not a safe place to be...


We pray for the needs in our Bethany family (refer to prayer guide that was emailed for specific requests)...


We pray for the ability to be still and know that you are God...


We pray for your name to be made known in new ways through this time of difficulty...


Lord, help us to rest in you. Amen.


Song ~ Still

Video


We Go Forward with God's Blessing, Resting in His Peace

God go before you to guide you.

God go behind you to protect you.

God go beneath you to support you.

God go beside you to befriend you.

Be not afraid.

Let the blessing of the Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

Descend upon you, settle in around you, and make its home in you.

Be not afraid.

Go in peace.


Sunday, March 22

Call to Worship and Opening Prayer

 

            “I lift my eyes up to the mountains-

                        where does my help come from?

            My help comes from the LORD,

                        The Maker of heaven and earth.”          ~Psalm 121

 

Lord, we come with our eyes lifted up to you.  

This week has been full of change, loss, and uncertainty-

all of which can make us anxious and overwhelmed.

So, today, we pause and remember that You are the one to whom we run for help, 

the One who remains the same, 

the One who is our refuge and our strength in both times of ease and in times of unease.


Lord, we lift up our eyes and open our hearts to You.

 

Optional Songs

            I Lift My Eyes Up, Be Still My Soul, Abide With Me

 

Scripture Reading-Psalm 46

            “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

            Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way

                        and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

                        though its waters roar and foam and the mountains

                        quake with their surging.

            There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

                        The holy place where the Most High dwells.

            God is within her, she will not fall; 

            God will help her at the break of day.

            Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

 

            The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

           

            Come, and see what the Lord has done,

            the desolations he has brought on the earth.

            He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth.

            He breaks the bow and shatters the spear, 

            he burns the shields with fire.

            He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God;

                        I will be exalted among the nations,

                        I will be exalted in the earth.

 

            The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

 

Time of Confession

           

During this season of Lent,  we recognize the brokenness sin has caused both around us and within,  we confess that we need saving.  It is a time when we admit that we can’t fix what is broken on our own or save ourselves, we need a Savior.

 

This past week, sin’s brokenness has been on full display as we have watched a pandemic upend all of our lives. We are living in a broken world and we have much less control over that than we like to admit.  

In Psalm 46 we are told that in the middle of the uproar, God says to, 

          ‘Be still, and know that He is God.’ 

How fitting for this time, and yet, how hard to be still.

 

Prayer of Confession~

Lord, we confess that we are a broken world and a broken people.

Though we often prefer to live in denial, this week we were forced to confront how little control we have over our lives and how quickly everything can change.  

Forgive us for our past arrogance, for thinking that we can save ourselves and manage life on our own.

 

With all of the changes over the past week, we confess that we have not always been the image-bearers you call us to be.

 

                (after the following prompts, leave time for silent confession to God

                    with examples of times this occurred)

 

   For the times we have lost our tempers, Father forgive.

 

   For the times we have used our words to hurt and not help, Father forgive.

 

   For the times we have hoarded resources instead of sharing, Father forgive.

 

   For the times we have judged others and lost patience, Father forgive.

 

   For the times when we have made an idol out of the news, Father forgive.

 

   For the times we have sought comfort in things other than you, Father forgive.

 

    For the times we have turned away and not trusted you, Father forgive.

 

    Lord, we humbly bring these confessions to you, trusting in your grace and mercy. 

 

We Hear God’s Assurance of Forgiveness from Hebrews 10:19-23~

 

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”

           

Optional Song-

            When Peace Like a River

 

Time of Prayer~

  God is faithful, and so we take our concerns to Him in prayer.  

  We rest knowing that He sees us, He knows us, He upholds and sustains this whole world.      Though we cannot see how the COVID-19 crisis or any other crisis we may be facing will        end, He does see. And He is faithful.

           

  Here are some prompts for your time of prayer-

 

          We pray for our world and our leaders during this time of crisis…

 

          We pray for effective containment measures of COVID-19 and for the safety of all the

          healthcare workers providing care...

 

          We pray for our Bethany family (refer to the weekly prayer guide that was emailed to

                                                                       you for specific requests)

           

          We pray for our own personal concerns and those of our families

 

          Lord, hear our prayers. Amen.

 

We listen to God’s comfort and assurance from Psalm 23~      

                        The Lord is my shepherd, I shall lack nothing.

                        He makes me lie down in green pastures,

                              he leads me beside quiet waters,

                        He restores my soul.

                        He guides me in paths of righteousness, for his name’s sake.

                        Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

                        I will fear no evil, for you are with me.

                        Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

                        You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

                        You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

                        Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life,

                        and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

           

We go forward with God’s blessing, resting in His peace

          “The Lord bless you and keep you; 

           the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; 

           the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”


            ~Numbers 6:24-26



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