Our streaming services are really about home worship. Sign in alone, gather with your family and join in. These services are interactive, involving sharing together, praying together, discussing the God’s Word together, and – if you desire – singing together. The live stream is here to guide and support your worship in your home.
The live stream worship will involve a live text chat. This is an important part of connecting with each other and sharing our input, feedback and prayer needs.
Sunday, September 27, at 9:30 AM
“David and Absalom: Sin’s Consequences”
Today we focus on the sad story of David’s son Absalom trying to take the throne from his father. This didn’t happen overnight. Years of poor decisions, bad behavior, neglect, and plotting were some of the causes of this.
Sin has consequences. We live in a moral universe ruled by a holy God. Galatians 6:7 says, “God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” Today you’re harvesting what you planted yesterday, and today you’re planting what you’ll harvest tomorrow. Galatians 6:8 reminds us of the importance of sowing the right seed, “whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”
Worship Notes for September 27
Family and Children Resources
We are pleased to offer several resources for families, parents and children
- “Children’s Church Lesson.” This is a weekly Sunday School/Children’s church type lesson for parents to lead with small children. Please use this at home during this time when we are unable to offer our regular children’s church. Here is this week’s:
- “Parenting Christian Kids” This is a monthly newsletter with helpful input for parents as they seek to nurture the spiritual growth of their children. Click here for the September issue: https://stjohnslutheran.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Parenting-Christian-Kids-August-2020.pdf
The October 4 service will include Holy Communion
For those who are streaming, we will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper on October 4 in the same way that we have been during these days of quarantine. Please to go this page on our website for information regarding Holy Communion at St. John’s during COVID-19, as well as how to prepare. https://stjohnslutheran.net/the-lords-supper-at-st-johns-during-the-covid-19-crisis/ Also, take a look at this video with an explanation by Pastor Mike: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNK0XJhQzRQ
Wednesday Night Worship
September 30, 2020
“Pray This Way”
Jesus offers His disciples a model for prayer. We are very familiar with the words of the Lord’s prayer, but does it shape our approach to prayer and the petitions we bring to the Father We continue our study of the Gospel of Matthew as we continue through the Sermon on the Mount. This weeks we look at Matthew 6:9-15. To join in click here at 7:00 PM on September 30. thttps://www.youtube.com/user/stjohnsnapaca/live
Preparing for Live Stream Worship
Normally when we prepare for worship, we need to shower, get dressed, get in our cars and drive to the sanctuary. You don’t need to do any of that for the home-based streaming worship at St. John’s. But there is still some preparation (which won’t take as long as the items mentioned above!)
- Download the worship notes for the service. The worship notes contain the reading and other items for worship. The notes also include the reflection and discussion questions, as well as suggestions for singing. If you will be participating on your phone or pad, you should print the handout because you will not be able to switch windows and keep the youtube live going.
- Sign up for a google or gmail account if you do not already have one. In order to take part in the Live Chat with You Tube, you need to have a google or gmail account. It doesn’t take long to set it up. For a guide to signing up, please go here: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/56256?hl=en If you don’t want to see the chat feed, or you want to turn it off for part of the service, just click the “hide chat” button at the bottom of the feed. When you want to see the feed again, click the “show chat” button at the top.
- Prepare a comfortable place to worship. Plan to be totally engaged. Remove other things that may distract you. You may want to light a candle or use some other means of recognizing that this is a time for worship.
- Pray that the Lord prepare your heart. Perhaps the most important step. This is an very different way to worship, so we should pray for the Holy Spirit’s present and guidance.
If you need help with any of these steps, please contact Pastor Mike. He or someone else will assist you.