Weekly Meet-Up RESOURCES
DATE: Sunday, November 19, 2017
FERVENT CHURCH–Voorhees, NJ(Preached by Pastor Mike Rosado)
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MEETUP WEEK #3 Format:
WORSHIP & PRAYER
START THE CONVERSATION – QUESTIONS:
Tonight’s DC is focused on WORSHIP & PRAYER, and because this week is Thanksgiving, we will take special time to focus on gratitude, through the lenses of Peace. Included this week is a special interactive Thanksgiving Prayer Service, as well as some suggested Worship songs to help lead you!!
- How would you define PEACE?
- Pastor Mike shared that True Maturity is having confidence in what you don’t know and being humble in what you do know. As a group, help explain what this means, and how does it relate to peace?
This week’s FOCUS: PEACE
THIS WEEK’s SERMON CONTEXT
FOR WORSHIP & PRAYER
What is Peace?
Peace of God: Quietness of spirit that transcends circumstances, and the eternal awareness of the character of God
3 Forms of peace:
- Peace with God
- Peace with others
- Peace of God
How to have peace:
- Remember Stillness
- Rehearse for Eternity
John 14:25-27 ESV
“These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
2 Thessalonians 3:16 GNT
“May the Lord himself, who is our source of peace, give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all.”
SOME WORSHIP SELECTIONS
Here are some possible worship songs that your group can use for your time of worship. I would encourage you to get a portable speaker, use Apple TV, or something to make the music loud enough for your group to hear, and if you desire to sing along with. If you have musician in your group, feel free to have them play selections for your group gathering time.
Worship is a central part of FERVENT CHURCH and your DC experience. Our Week #3 focus on worship is important for the following reasons:
- Worship provides a time for everyone to put aside the busyness and hassles of the world and get in touch with the true Higher Power and creator of the Universe.
SOME WORSHIP GUIDELINE that can be used by your DC:
- We initially invite you to stand with us to engage in worship.
- We encourage you to be mindful of the lyrics and the importance of their message.
- Feel free to SIT, STAND, SING, PRAY, or just let the words wash over you, as you take this moment to slow down and connect with God!!
Hillsong Worship – What A Beautiful Name (3:58)
Hillsong Worship – Thank You (5:27)
Jesus Culture – Love Has a Name (4:57)
Hillsong Worship – Jesus I Need You (5:08)
Matt Redman’s Gracefully Broken (Lyric Video) (5:48)
SPECIAL THANKSGIVING “LEAF TREE”
- Colored paper leaf for each child
- Large mural-style tree (trunk and bare limbs only) displayed in the prayer service gathering space
- Adhesive (for students as they affx leaves to tree)
In the front of the gathering space, display an image of a tree with a trunk and bare branches. You might want to paint the tree on mural paper. Ensure that the tree will have ample branches to accommodate a paper leaf for every participating child, or design multiple trees. Pre-cut a leaf shape from autumn-colored paper for each participating child. Consider designating a single color for each class or grade. Or, as a variation, have classes prepare their leaves in advance and bring for use in the prayer service.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Lord, we know that all good things come from you. Thank you for the wonderful lives you have blessed us with. Help us to pray with grateful hearts as we gather here today. We ask this through Christ, our Lord, Amen.
READ Luke 17:11–19
11On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice;16 and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”’
At this time, distribute the colored paper leaves.
“On the leaf that you’re being given write or draw:
- One person in your life that you are your grateful for;
- One possession in your life that you are grateful for; and
- One opportunity in your life that you are grateful for.
Thanking God for these blessing in your life.”
When group members have finished, invite them to hang their leaves on the bare tree (or directly on the wall). Be sure to have tape or other adhesive ready to use to adhere their leaves to the tree. Instruct them by saying:
“Now, as a community we will refect on all the many blessings we have to be grateful for. Let’s silently pray in gratitude with our brothers and sisters. Please come forward and hang your leaf on the tree.”
Consider playing an appropriate refection song while this takes place.
Lord, look at the many gifts you have given to us. Help us to be people who willingly share those things with others out of thankfulness to you. Lets close in prayer together.
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 trespasses
as we forgive those who
trespass against us;
and lead us not into
but deliver us from evil.