HOME WORSHIP 11/29/2020

This is a guide to worship by yourself or with your household. If you’re in a group, choose a leader to speak the unbolded parts. If you’re by yourself, try reading all parts out loud.

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A NOTE ON HOME WORSHIP


Consider this an opportunity to proclaim Jesus Christ in solidarity with many Christians around the world. Christians have a long history of meeting in homes to worship. Today, many live in crisis or persecution and have no other option but to meet in their homes for worship. Praise God for his church!




CALL TO WORSHIP


How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!

My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.

Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God. 

Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise!


Psalm 84:1-4




PRAYERS OF PRAISE


Take a few moments with the people you are gathered with, or on your own, to praise Jesus Christ for coming to save us. He is coming again to judge the living and the dead.




SONGS OF PRAISE






PRAYER OF CONFESSION


Leader: Gracious God, we confess that we have longed too much for the comforts of this world. We have

loved the gifts more than the giver.


Congregation: In your mercy, help us to see that all the things we crave for are shadows, but you are substance; they are quicksand, but you are the mountain; they are shifting, but you are the anchor. 


L: We plead your forgiveness on the merits of Jesus Christ. Accept his worthiness for our unworthiness, his sinlessness for our transgressions.


C: Accept his fullness for our emptiness, his glory for our shame, his righteousness for our dead works, his death for our life. 


Together: Set us free from our sin, and restore us to the joy of your salvation now and forever.




WORDS OF COMFORT AND ASSURANCE


So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 


Because of this selfless act by God for you, know this: Your sins are forgiven. 

Thanks be to God




PASSING OF THE PEACE


Because of the peace with God we now know through Jesus Christ, we are told as "far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all" (Romans 12:8). 


Take this time to contact through whatever means possible and reach out to share the peace of God. 




SCRIPTURE READINGS


Isaiah 64:1-9

        

Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,

      that the mountains might quake at your presence—

            2  as when fire kindles brushwood

      and the fire causes water to boil—

                  to make your name known to your adversaries,

      and that the nations might tremble at your presence!

            3  When you did awesome things that we did not look for,

      you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.

            4  From of old no one has heard

      or perceived by the ear,

                  no eye has seen a God besides you,

      who acts for those who wait for him.

            5  You meet him who joyfully works righteousness,

      those who remember you in your ways.

                  Behold, you were angry, and we sinned;

      in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?

            6  We have all become like one who is unclean,

      and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.

                  We all fade like a leaf,

      and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

            7  There is no one who calls upon your name,

      who rouses himself to take hold of you;

                  for you have hidden your face from us,

      and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities.

            8  But now, O LORD, you are our Father;

      we are the clay, and you are our potter;

      we are all the work of your hand.

            9  Be not so terribly angry, O LORD,

      and remember not iniquity forever.

      Behold, please look, we are all your people.




THE MESSAGE IS BASED ON Mark 13:24-37 (ESV)


The Coming of the Son of Man

“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.


The Lesson of the Fig Tree

“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.


No One Knows That Day or Hour

“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”


LORD, GIVE US EARS TO HEAR

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PRAY TOGETHER

Spend some time praying aloud along these lines and for other concerns in your life:


  • Pray for the mission and work God has given us to do.
  • Pray for the poor, homeless, unemployed, and underemployed.
  • Pray that the church to love its neighbors.
  • Pray that God would give leaders wisdom.
  • Pray for God’s kingdom to come in Minneapolis as it is in heaven. 


PRAYERS AND PRAISES

We want to be with and for each other in prayer, even as we’re physically distant. How can we join you in prayer?


SHARE PRAYER REQUEST OR PRAISE REPORT




GIVING


Christian giving is an expression of our worship and stewardship of the gifts we’ve been given. You can mail gifts to:

Ebenezer Lutheran

Treasurer

1830 E 41st St

Minneapolis MN 55407

or

GIVE ONLINE




BENEDICTION


The God of peace,

who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus,

the great shepherd of the sheep,

by the blood of the eternal covenant,

make you complete in everything good

so that you may do God’s will,

working among us that which is pleasing in God’s sight,

through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever!





DOXOLOGY


Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Him all creatures here below!

Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts!

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

Amen.