Preparing for Worship - November 29, 2020
The Christmas season has officially arrived! This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent, when we begin looking forward with anticipation to Christmas Day. With this in mind, we’ll begin our worship this week by singing Come Thou Long Expected Jesus. This is the traditional hymn, with a beautiful chorus added:
Come thou great Redeemer
Bless the nations with Your presence here
Born our souls to rescue
Born to save Your very own
Long expected Jesus
Make our hearts Your home
Next, the Jarrett family will share some devotional thoughts about our Advent theme of HOPE, and we will light the first candle on the Advent wreath and respond in song with Living Hope.
This week, Pastor Andrew begins our new Advent sermon series, First Christmas, First Followers. This series will look at some of the characters in the biblical Christmas story and examine how these people serve as examples of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. This week’s message is entitled “Mary: Favored Servant of God” and the Scripture passage can be found in Luke 1:26-35,46-55. Our response in song will be Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery. Wrapping up our time together, we will pray for our Giving and be sent out with a Benediction. As always, tell us how we can be praying for you. Send your prayer requests to: email@example.com.
You can prepare for worship this week by prayerfully reflecting on the Scripture and songs above. This week, we will be worshiping by live-stream only as we continue to take precautions and move slowly toward resuming in-person worship services. I hope you can join us.
- Tomorrow we will be gathering virtually via Facebook and YouTube. One point of application will be participating in a reading plan between tomorrow and Thanksgiving. I have shared the reading plan here via the Faithlife Logos App or you can download and print this out. You can also find it on our website. I'll encourage you to read, write out, and pray through the passage as a way to prepare your hearts to Be Thankful.
Preparing for Worship - November 22, 2020
[This week, we will be worshiping by live-stream only as we continue to take precautions and move slowly toward resuming in-person worship services.]
Last week, Pastor Andrew reminded us of the life-giving Word of God found in the Scriptures. This week, we’ll begin with words of life found in Romans 8:1-5,9-11. These rich verses remind us of the abundant life we have because of the indwelling presence of Christ. We will read these verses, and respond in song with Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me and I Surrender All.
Next, Pastor Andrew will wrap up our Become Like Jesus sermon series with a message entitled, “Like Jesus, Disciples Wisely Steward Their Time, Talent, and Treasure.” In response we will pray together in song, Take My Life And Let It Be. We’ll wrap up our time together by praying for our Giving, and be sent out with a Benediction. As always, tell us how we can be praying for you. Send your prayer requests to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please find time to prepare your heart and mind for worship this week, and continue to pray for our fellowship during this time.
- Dear Meadows Family, We will be online this Sunday, November 15, 2020. I know that it is hard to be apart yet another Sunday, but we are short-handed this Sunday with so many people ill. Mark Hoffman and I are both sick and awaiting test results. There are now 12 confirmed cases of COVID, with others still awaiting test results. Thank you for your patience as we recover. I hope you’ll join the livestream via Facebook or YouTube. You can find those links on our website at meadowsfamily.org. Please be praying for the quick recovery of those who are sick. We will look forward to being together soon. -Pastor Andrewhttps://www.meadowsfamily.org/meadowsfamily.org
Preparing for Worship - November 8, 2020
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,
that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
As we gather in our homes for worship this week, we are reminded of Christ’s promise that “where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18:20) As followers of Christ, we make it a priority to gather in His name each Sunday, for in so doing, we are truly beginning every week with Him! Even when we must worship by live stream, as we are this week, we cling to this promise of Jesus, knowing that He will be present with us and among us in our worship. With this in mind, we’ll start our service with Paul’s prayer from Ephesians 3:14-21, which reminds us of God’s desire that Christ dwell in our hearts and that we would truly know His love. These words of Scripture invite us into the Lord’s presence, and we will respond together in prayer and in song with O The Deep Deep Love of Jesus. With Christ surely present among us, we will hear his words to us in John 15:1-16. This call from our loving Savior to abide in Him will prompt us to respond in praise of Our Great Savior.
Pastor Andrew continues our Become Like Jesus sermon series this week with a message entitled, “Like Jesus, Disciples Build Deep, Authentic, and Affirming Relationships.” His message will draw from the story of David and Jonathan found in 1 Samuel 18-20, and will explore how this godly relationship exemplifies Christ's call to "love one another as I have loved you." Our response together in song is to proclaim You Never Let Go. We’ll wrap up our time together by praying for our Giving, and be sent out into our week with a Benediction. As always, please share any prayer requests you may have by sending them to: email@example.com.
Will you make yourself ready to worship together in the presence of Christ? Prepare for worship this Sunday by finding a few quiet moments to prayerfully reflect on the Scripture texts and songs above. Also, please be praying for the health of our fellowship, both physically and spiritually.
I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday!
- Just a friendly reminder that our clocks FALL BACK one hour tonight!
Preparing for Worship - November 1, 2020
This week at MCF, we’ll be gathering together (by live-stream and in person) on this first Sunday of the month to worship the Lord through Scripture, songs, prayers, and Communion.
To begin, Psalm 95 will serve as God’s invitation to us, gathering us into worship. We will respond together in song with All Creatures Of Our God And King. Then, in the presence of our holy God, the words of Psalm 32:1-6 will bring us to a place of confession before Him. After a time of confessional prayer, both silent and spoken together aloud, we will declare to God in song, “Lord I Need You.” As we continue to hear from God through His Word, Scripture will proclaim the assurance of forgiveness and salvation that we have through faith in Jesus Christ. All this leads to Communion, where we'll remember the sacrificial death of Christ on our behalf. Songs of hope in Him, Christ Our Hope in Life and Death and Living Hope will be the bookends for this remembrance of the broken body and shed blood of Christ, which purchased our forgiveness and opened the way for us to have eternal life in Him.
Marcia Jarrett will lead a special Kids’ Time for our children to talk about prayer, and this will move us into a time of Congregational Prayer together, followed by the song What A Friend. Lastly, we’ll finish our time together by praying for our Giving, and be sent out with a Benediction. As always, tell us how we can be praying for you. Send your prayer requests to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please find just a few moments to prayerfully prepare for worship this week. Through prayerful reflection, let the Scripture and songs above prepare your heart and mind to meet with the Lord in worship. Remember that attendance is still limited at our in-person services right now, so you must register if you’d like to attend. Click here to register: Meadows Christian Fellowship Registration Form.
May the Lord build up His church through our worship of Him this week!