As we worship together "from house to house," we enter worship with the knowledge that our world is not the way it should be. We miss gathering together to worship our King. We feel displaced and isolated. We look beyond the day when we shall once again gather in our sanctuary built of brick and wood. We look toward a day when we will be gathered together to worship the Lamb face to face. We look forward to a day of worship in the future where we will all be assembled in the celebration of our Savior. But until that day, we lift up praise wherever and however we can.
As we gather together this Sunday in our own homes, we invite you to sing along with the worship videos. We encourage you to take the Lord’s Supper in your home at 10:00am. In this way, we can take communion together even though we are apart. Pray for the lost. Watch my message about Radical Faith. Accept the challenge to demonstrate your faith in the God who holds our future in His hands. Respond to the invitation. Watch the bonus video of one of my favorite songs.
Read John 6:35, "Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." Here is a possible communion prayer to say before you take the bread and the juice, "Father, we long to never hunger or thirst. We take this bread and cup as a reminder to us that Jesus has already satisfied every hunger and thirst. We rely upon you for all that we need. In Jesus' name, amen."
Take the Lord's Supper.
Pray for wisdom as restrictions are relaxed. Pray for self-control for those who would behave as if their freedom is the only issue. Pray for civility and maturity. Pray for our witness to a world that is always watching. Pray for one another.
“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.”
Hebrews 11:13-16 NIV
Do you look forward to being with God in heaven? Talk to one other person this week about your hope of going to heaven. Set aside 5 minutes per day for the next week to think about living in heaven with God. To develop longing in your faith, write down 4 things that you look forward to in heaven (not things you will be glad to be rid of from here). Meditate upon these items during your 5 minutes of thinking about living with God in heaven.
It is our custom to offer an "invitation" following the preaching of the Word at Kenwood Church. You may want to follow Jesus. You may want to proclaim your faith. You may want to repent (stop doing ungodly things and start doing Godly things). Perhaps you want to be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. If you have been moved by the Holy Spirit to make a decision in your life, I encourage you to speak with me via phone (248-476-8222) or an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I would be honored to speak with you about what God is doing in your life and try to connect you with a community of faith in your area.