Worship Guide for April 5

Opening Prayer

Read Psalm 31:9-16 together.
This is a psalm of David, but it is prophetic of Jesus’ death.
Read this psalm, imagining Jesus praying this psalm
as he went to the cross to die for us.

Offer a prayer of thankfulness for Jesus’ sacrifice in response to this psalm.

Worship

(Non-Musical Verison)

How have you experienced God this week?
Go around and have each person share one thing
that makes you grateful to God.

At the end of your time of sharing, have someone offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God.

(Musical Version)

Link to Worship Song Lyrics

Lift High The Name of Jesus
Build My Life
Worthy of it All/We Exalt Thee

Video of this week’s worship music:

Word

Prayer

Have someone pray that God will:
open your minds that we might hear what God has to say to us,
open our hearts to respond to what He is saying to us,
and that he would give us the courage to share what we are learning with others.

Children’s Message
for families with children (and children at heart)
Adults, if they like, can skip down to the Scripture Reading.

Children’s Message: Letting Go

Family Challenge Discussion Guide – (for children)

activity and discussion guide (pdf)
activity and discussion guide (blog version – you can post comments)

Scripture Reading

Read Philippians 2:5-11 together.

Sermon: Letting Go (Philippians 2:5-11)

Going Deeper Discussion Guide

going deeper discussion guide (pdf)
going deeper discussion guide (blog version – you can post comments)

Prayer

Prayer for those who are gathered with you

Go around and pray for each other (here are some ideas):
what do you need to get through today?
how do you need God’s protection?

Instead of being consumed by worry,
have someone pray these concerns to God.

Prayer for the church

Pray that our church will not be overcome by fear, but instead be able to be secure in God’s love so that we can love and pray for our neighbors.

Pray for each of the small groups that are gathered today to worship, pray and hear God’s Word.

As the virus peaks in our area,
please pray for all our medical personnel and first-responders
who will be caring for a wave of patients.
Pray for wisdom for those in authority,
as they will be making decisions that will impact the lives of many.
Pray for the millions of people
who are now unemployed in our country.
Pray for those working
in grocery stores, pharmacies, and retail,
that God will protect them from infection.

See PUCC church email for prayer chain requests.

Prayer for your neighbors
(see the Outreach section below for more on this)

pray for your neighbors:
that God would give them what they need each day,
that God would protect them from fear and the coronavirus,
that God would work through the circumstances of their lives
so that they are open to following Jesus,
that God would give you opportunities to invite them
to follow Jesus with you.

Lord’s Prayer
say the Lord’s Prayer together to close out your time of prayer

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your 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 forever. Amen.

Outreach — During the Week

Tic-tac-toe Grid
(being the church out in the neighborhood)

The Tic-Tac-Toe Grid

Draw a tic-tac-toe grid.
Place your home in the center square.
Place the names of your neighbors in the surrounding squares.
(if you don’t yet know their names, write down something that identifies them.)

Pray for your neighbors

pray daily for each neighbor in your tic-tac-toe grid:
that God would give them what they need each day,
that God would protect them from fear and the coronavirus,
that God would work through the circumstances of their lives
so that they are open to following Jesus,
that God would give you opportunities to invite them
to follow Jesus with you.

Serve your neighbors

Look for opportunities to serve your neighbors.
If they have a need that you cannot meet,
  reply to this email and the deacons will be notified
and if appropriate they will be added to the prayer chain.

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