Although we can’t be together this Sunday as one big family, we’re still connected by God’s love for us and our love for him and each other! Below is a suggested structure for you to spend time worshipping God and receiving from him today. Please don’t feel like you have to stick to 11am on a Sunday – find a time that will work for you and your family without other distractions.
If you have kids, feel free to swap around or miss out certain parts from other sections. E.g. You might want to do whole family worship with your kids from the ‘Kids’ section and watch the Teaching talk at another time when the kids have gone to bed etc.
As we gather for worship, find a comfortable position, either sitting or standing.
Let’s read this Psalm out loud and remind us of God’s goodness.
Psalm 13 (NIVUK)
1 How long, Lord? Will you forget me for ever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
3 Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
4 and my enemy will say, ‘I have overcome him,’
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
5 But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6 I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.
Now, if you find it helpful, close your eyes and place your hands out as if you are receiving a ‘gift’. Stay there in the stillness for a moment. Breath in deeply. Ask God to fill you with his love, and as you breathe out, handing God all the other distractions that might get in the way of you encountering his presence.
Let’s worship him together through singing (go on be brave!) or listening to these songs below!
This is a playlist of songs, they will automatically play after each other.
Raise A Hallelujah, All Hail King Jesus & Way Maker
You can also listen on Spotify here.
Watch this week’s talk below.
Watch this week’s talk and then have a go of the process Craig was speaking about in the video.
Suggestion: For the discussion parts of this, you could do this by setting up a WhatsApp video call/ Skype/ phone call, or by chatting it through with any members of your family who are with you in your home.
- At the start / end of each day bring my ‘if only’ moments to God.
- Be quiet (find a place that’s distraction-less)
- Be still (phone or device away for now!)
- Be prepared to receive ‘life’ from God as you sit there.
- Consider reading a Psalm like 22 or 88. Just sit with the raw emotion. Jesus knows and he cares.
- Write down what you think he’s saying.
- Try this between 2-10 minutes every day (increase the time-limit over the days).
- Following that, spend time praying with God into those ‘What if’ moments.
- What if God transformed that one ‘if only’ moment into ‘what if’?
- What would that look like?
- Write down anything that comes to mind.
- Grab a friend over video call or phone and ask them to pray it with you and for you, or share it with your Connect Group.
- Again, try between 2-10 mins.
To go deeper this week, check out the Eat This Book Journal to pray and reflect further on this Bible reading and on any you might have missed so far in the series.
To conclude this time, spend some time in prayer for our wider community. If you are doing this with members of family then do this together if possible.
Begin with a few minutes in silence, listening for what God might have to say to you or to your Community in this moment, then share what came to mind. After a few minutes of listening and sharing, spend time praying for:
- Eradication of COVID-19 and healing for those who are sick.
- Followers of Jesus to be a presence of peace and love in our town.
- Financial provision for our church and for God’s mission in Widnes.
- Any needs in your family/Connect Group/neighbourhood.
- Prayer for those who are particularly isolated and vulnerable at this time.
- For those who are battling mental health issues, such as anxiety and finding this heightened at the moment.