HOME WORSHIP 01/24/2021

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


   

    Let all that I am wait quietly before God,

      for my hope is in him.

    He alone is my rock and my salvation,

      my fortress where I will not be shaken.

    My victory and honor come from God alone.

      He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.

    O my people, trust in him at all times.

      Pour out your heart to him,

      for God is our refuge.


Psalm 62:5-8




PRAYERS OF PRAISE


Take a few moments with the people you are gathered with, or on your own, to praise Jesus for showing us what holiness is.




SONGS OF PRAISE






PRAYER OF CONFESSION


Leader: Lord, you said, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”


Congregation: Forgive us our lukewarm love and our disobedience.


L: Lord, you said, “You may ask for anything in my name.”


C: Forgive us when we think we need to solve our own problems.


L: Lord, you said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”


C: We confess that our lives are often consumed by worry and anxiety.


L: Lord, you said, “If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.”


C: Forgive us our unfruitful lives, Lord.


L: Lord, you said, “Love each other as I have loved you.”


C: In this and in so many other ways, we confess our failures and shortcomings.




WORDS OF COMFORT AND ASSURANCE


You were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. (Colossians 1:21-22)


Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 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 READING


1 Samuel 3:1-21 (NLT)

  

“Look! I am sending my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. Then the Lord you are seeking will suddenly come to his Temple. The messenger of the covenant, whom you look for so eagerly, is surely coming,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.


“But who will be able to endure it when he comes? Who will be able to stand and face him when he appears? For he will be like a blazing fire that refines metal, or like a strong soap that bleaches clothes. He will sit like a refiner of silver, burning away the dross. He will purify the Levites, refining them like gold and silver, so that they may once again offer acceptable sacrifices to the LORD. Then once more the LORD will accept the offerings brought to him by the people of Judah and Jerusalem, as he did in the past.


“At that time I will put you on trial. I am eager to witness against all sorcerers and adulterers and liars. I will speak against those who cheat employees of their wages, who oppress widows and orphans, or who deprive the foreigners living among you of justice, for these people do not fear me,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.



THE MESSAGE IS BASED ON John 2:13-22

The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

 

So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking about the temple of his body. When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.



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:


  • Lord, we pray your name would be made holy among us.

  • Lord, just as you have forgiven us, make us free to forgive those who have sinned against us. As far as it is up to us, may we live at peace with all. 

  • We 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

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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.