Home Worship Guide for Sunday October 25, 2020
Scripture repeatedly reveals that God is not merely satisfied with our worship rituals, He desires that we worship Him by learning to do good and seeking justice.
Our goal is to use this season to intentionally answer this call together as a church. We want to be a people who make the real Jesus known by loving and serving the people of downtown Augusta and beyond.
Towards that end we have created a compliment to this Home Worship Guide called Sundays on the Porch. If you are able, and it is safe for you to do so, join us on Sundays at 11am as we take communion, fellowship, and serve together in downtown Augusta with the intention of getting to know and serve our neighbors well as we seek to worship God more fully.
Call to Worship:
Read Psalm 34:11-18 aloud and together:
Come, O children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
What man is there who desires life
and loves many days, that he may see good?
Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking deceit.
Turn away from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.
The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous
and his ears toward their cry.
The face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.
Pray a prayer of surrender, humbly offering yourself to God. Ask Him to use the next few minutes of worship for His glory and your own joy.
Let’s worship our God in song together!
Throughout the month of October we are encouraging you to make an offering toward global missions at Redemption Church. Prayerfully consider what you can and will give and when you will give it. Be sure to designate your offering as “missions,” and we will make a collective gift to our ministry partners.
Time of Prayer:
Please continue to pray over these things with us throughout the week:
- Doors would be opened for people to hear the gospel in downtown Augusta
- We would be a unified body of believers representative of the diversities of our community
- Church planters and missionaries with The Alliance around the globe would see doors open for the gospel
- Specifically keep Paul & Lyndsay Murphy in prayer as they serve in North Africa, and keep Sojourn Church in Uganda in prayer also.
- God would continue to provide for Redemption Church with people and finances to see the gospel advance from our community
- Justice for the oppressed, and for the reconciling work of Jesus to work mightily
- Wisdom for leaders all over the world
Safety and endurance for medical professionals, teachers, and many others who bear a heavy burden in this season
- Healing and mercy for the sick
- Peace for the fearful
- Salvation for many
For Families with Kids
Family Discussion Questions
For the discussion this week, grab a Bible, help the kids find John 11, and read John 11:25-26 outloud together. (This is a good opportunity to talk about what the New Testament is and that John is one of the gospels, which are the accounts of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection) Once you finish reading, walk through the following questions together. As always, modify them as needed.
- How long had Lazarus been in the tomb when Jesus arrived in Bethany? (four days, John 11:17)
- Who did Martha say Jesus is? (the Messiah, the Son of God; John 11:27)
- What happened when Jesus told Lazarus to come out? (Lazarus obeyed, John 11:44)
- How can we know Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God? Guide kids to think about what Jesus said about Himself, what others said about Jesus, and what Jesus’ actions communicated. Remind the kids that only God has power over death. Jesus is God the Son, and we can trust what the Bible says about Him.
- What does it mean to live even if you die? Direct kids to think about the new life we receive through Jesus. Help the kids think through both the abundant life we receive as soon as we become Christians and the resurrection and eternal life we are promised in the future. Eternal life starts right away. This is a great time to introduce the “already, but not yet” concept to older kids. To read more on this yourself, check out the link to this Desiring God article, https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/already-not-yet
- How do you feel when you think about death? Help kids process the complexity of grief. Remind kids that sadness about death is normal and healthy. Explain that death was not part of God’s original design for creation. Point out that Christians have hope even in sadness because we know that death is not the end for those in Christ. All believers who die are reunited with God and live in His perfect kingdom forever.
Don't miss this in the discussion, be sure to be clear about the hope we have in Christ! Jesus has power over death. Our bodies still get sick and die because we live in a world broken by sin. Someday, Jesus will fix all that sin has broken. We have hope even in sadness because of Jesus.or inviting him or her to church. Remember that only the Holy Spirit can make other people understand the truth, but we should try to give them the opportunity to hear it. This is a great opportunity to talk with your family about what living on mission means!
Story Point: Jesus has power over death.
Key Passage: Colossians 1:13-14
Big Picture Question: How does God care for His creation? God loves and rules over His creation according to His perfect plan.
What good news encouraged you this morning?
- Let us know how God has impacted you the most through today’s worship via social media.
- Remember to tag Redemption Church in your post.
- Sundays on the Porch – As a compliment to the Home Worship Guide, we are hosting Sundays on the Porch at 11AM in front of our building at 930 Broad St. This will be a time of communion, fellowship, and service. Please plan to continue to use the Home Worship Guides on Sundays for sermons, singing, corporate prayer, and Redemption Kids resources.
- Listen, Recognize, Pray, Act – Here is a list of suggested resources to help you explore the racial injustices in our country and consider how God is leading you to act. We will be updating the list with a few more resources soon.
- Salvation and Baptism – If you’d like to talk further about your decision to follow Jesus or baptism, we’d love to hear from you. Fill out this form on our baptism page, and let us know in the message portion how we can assist you.
- Connect – If you’d like more information on how to connect with Redemption Church, please contact Ben Riche or Brent Skelley. You can also connect with Redemption Church via social media on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
- Giving – We encourage your faithful and cheerful giving to continue as an act of worship and in support of the ministry of Redemption Church. The invitation is not to an obligation but to “taste and see that the Lord is good,” that He is exceedingly rich in riches beyond matters of money, and that He can be trusted even in our present circumstances. You can find ways to continue to give on our website.
- Playlist – We created a playlist of songs suggested by our worship team. We hope that listening to them will be a source of encouragement throughout your week. Listen on Spotify – Listen on Apple Music