Home Guide for Worship- March 22, 2020
Home Guide for Worship
March 22, 2020
Seven Hills Fellowship
We continue today in the worship of God from the privacy of our homes. Despite our break from public worship it is our prayer that this home guide for worship will afford you the opportunity to hear the truth of God, desire the love of God, and to call on the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in faith.
Lamentations was written during a time when God’s people had been carried off by their enemies, the Babylonians, and cut off from meeting publicly to worship God for 70 years. It was in the midst of this colossal trial that the author of Lamentations was still able, right in the middle of their complaint, to recall the steadfast love of God and to hope in his salvation.
(Feel free to read all readings and prayers out loud as well as sing along with the recordings.)
Call to Worship:
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
Lamentations 3:21-26 (ESV)
Song: "Great is Thy Faithfulness"
Song: "Psalm 126"
(the silent portions are a symbolic way for us to “wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD” as our call to worship instructed.)
God of compassion, we remember before you the poor and the afflicted, the sick and the dying, prisoners and all who are lonely, the victims of war, injustice, and inhumanity, and all others who suffer from whatever their sufferings may be called.
O Lord of providence, holding the destiny of the nations in your hand, we pray for our country. Inspire the hearts and minds of our leaders that they, together with all our nation, may first seek your kingdom and righteousness so that order, liberty, and peace may dwell with your people.
O God the Creator, we pray for all nations and peoples. Take away the mistrust and lack of understanding that divide your creatures; increase in us the recognition that we are all your children.
O Savior God, look upon your church in its struggle upon the earth. Have mercy on its weakness, forgive its sins, bring to an end its unhappy divisions, and scatter its fears. Look also upon the ministry of your church. Increase its courage, strengthen its faith, and inspire its witness to all people, even to the ends of the earth.
Author of grace and God of love, send your Holy Spirit’s blessing to your people at Seven Hills Fellowship. Keep our hearts and thoughts in Jesus Christ, your Son, our only Savior, who has taught us to pray:
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 debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
Song: "God is Good"
Song: "Yet Not I But Through Christ in Me"
The Giving of His Tithes and Our Offerings:
If you wish to continue your giving remotely, please see Seven Hills Fellowship’s page for online giving.
Song: "All Glory Be to Christ"
(You may raise your hands if you wish.)
“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”