Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020
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Living Room Liturgy
“From Ordinary Tasks to Extraordinary Worship”
Sermon Series: The Life of Peter, the Greatness of Christ
Before the Worship Service:
Lectio (Read the Text with a Listening Ear)
Old Testament Reading: Read Psalm 118
Explanation: Psalm 118 is part of the Hallel Psalms (from the Hebrew הָלַל /halal meaning "praise”) which consisted of a long prayer utilizing several psalms (Psalms 113-118). Psalm 118:26 which declares “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” was sung by the pilgrims coming to Jerusalem for the Passover and applied to Jesus during the “Triumphal Entry”.
New Testament Reading: Read Luke 19:28-40
Question: Imagine yourself there during the Triumphal Entry. What emotions are you feeling in the midst of the crowd?
Oratio (Pray by Yourself or with your Family)
“O Lord, we ask that King Jesus fill our hearts and our minds with true worship. Amen.” If there are prayer requests you need to lift before the Lord as an individual or as a family, do so now.
Connecting in Worship
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After the Worship Service
Meditatio (Meditate & discuss from the Sermon)
- Jonathan Edwards once stated that what makes Christ glorious is “an admirable conjunction of diverse excellencies”. David’s choice of a donkey for the Triumphal Entry communicates both his character and his identity: his character as a humble servant and his identity as a worthy king. How does your worship enriched by knowing both of these attributes of Jesus (humble servant and worthy king)?
- What do you think Jesus meant when he said, “I tell you, if these [people] were silent, the very stones would cry out”? (Luke 19:40)
- The modern man, woman, and child breathes in our cultural air which often separates the “spiritual” from the “secular”. Have you ever experienced your life as “fragmented”? What can you do to practice “Boat Worship” which seeks to offer God extraordinary worship in the ordinary places where you work, live, and play as you go about your ordinary tasks?
- Worship recognizes that drawing close to Jesus is confrontational to our sin. Read Isaiah 6:1-6 and Job 42:5-6. Sometimes, we pursue God in worship seeking an epiphany (i.e. a spiritual experience with God). Yet biblical worship drives us to a place of repentance. Do you associate confronting sin in your life (in order to be more like Christ) an act of worship? Why or why not?
- In John 21:1-14, Peter runs to encounter Jesus, even after his shameful experience of sin (in denying Christ three times). He no longer says, “Depart from me” in the midst of his sin (Luke 5:8). Peter knows that in his sinfulness, the safest place in the world to be – in his sin – is close to Jesus. How can you live this out in your own life? And, what does this tell you about your sin and about Jesus?
Contemplatio (Contemplate the Love of God in Christ for you.)
Close your eyes for a few moments (2-3 minutes) in silence. Recall to mind a sin (either recent or in the distant past). Remember the guilt. Remember the shame. Now picture Jesus on the Sea of Galilee. Picture yourself as Peter getting out of the boat quickly and enthusiastically. Feel the embrace of Jesus as he welcomes you, forgives you, and cleanses you from your sin. Sit with this feeling and this picture in your mind for a moment or two.
Now open your eyes. If you are an individual, tell God how that experience felt. If you are a couple or family, share with each other, if you are comfortable, your sin and how the forgiveness and embrace and cleansing of your sin by God felt to you.
Oratio (Respond in Prayer to God)
For an individual: continue to give voice to your heart in prayer before God.
For couples/families: share prayer requests of ways you may worship God in the ordinary tasks of your life. Then ask God to help you practice extraordinary worship in all your ordinary tasks.
Donatio (Give to the Work of the Lord)Generosity springs from God’s generous love and mercy to us. As Christians, we recognize that no organization on the planet has changed the world in deep, eternal, transformative ways like God has used the local church.
Operatio (Put it into Practice)
What is one thing that I can meditate on or put into practice this week to live more fully for Christ?
For Families with Children:
Thanks for participating in this “Living Room Liturgy” with your Church family! God Bless!