Worship

November 29 Worship Resources – “Hope”

David Kling

November 27, 2020

We are providing in-person worship for ALL ages with nursery for little ones and children’s church for preschool and elementary age children. This is a wonderful opportunity for young families to return to worship. To read the reopening plans for kids check out this guide. 

Many neighborhood prayer groups are continuing to meet in a front lawn near you. Even when you’re not able to meet in person, it is nice to know there is someone near you who cares.

If you need help finding a group please contact our Associate Pastor, Dave Hunsicker at david.hunsicker@covhsv.org.

Neighborhood Group Discussion Guide

Neighborhood Shepherd Guide

Christmas LIGHT – Week 1: “Hope”

Set-Up:

Invite everyone to stand (or sit) in a circle in your front lawn with 6-ft distance between each family grouping. Families do not need to social distance but should remain socially distant from other family units. These meetings are intentionally designed to be brief—so you do not need to provide chairs or refreshments for the group.

Instructions (by now you should have a routine. Feel free to get away from our script as you are comfortable):

  1. “Welcome to the __________ neighborhood group. We are so excited to have you here with us. If you are joining us for the first time, let me describe the format to you:
    • “We will ask some questions each we to get to know each other better and to talk about the sermon series at church.”
    • “Then we will close by praying for each other and for our neighborhood”.
  2. “Let’s start with an ice breaker question. Let’s go around the circle and each say:
    • our name,
    • Your favorite Thanksgiving dish
  3. 15 seconds of silence
    • Pastor Kling tells us in this week’s sermon about how Isaiah shows us a “picture” and a “pathway” to a better future – God turns the wilderness into an evergreen wonderland, and promises to send Jesus as the “flickering candle” to achieve this transformation. Hope shows us a picture and a pathway to a better future. What’s part of your “big picture” of how the future will be better?
    • After 15 seconds, go around the circle and listen reflections from each participant.
  4. Deeper Reflection
    • Pastor Kling suggests that there are several things we can do to cultivate hope at this time of year even when it’s hard. You can ask the question “what’s still clear in my big picture, even when things are confusing?” — “how are my present struggles a part of my “pathway” to a better future?” — “Who can I help on their pathway?” — and “What can I do that’s creative?”
    • How would you respond to any of these questions?
    • Allow free conversation at this point.
  5. Closing Prayer:
    • “Let’s take another 15 seconds to listen to God. Ask God what you need to request prayer from the group for this week”
    • “Then, we’ll go around the circle and share our prayer requests.”
    • “Each of us will pray for the person/group on our left, so pay attention to their requests as they are shared.”
  6. Close
    • “Thanks for being here. Please feel free to bring your friends and neighbors next time.”
    • Offer for folks to stick around a few minutes and chit-chat in accordance with what you are able/comfortable accommodating.

Worship Relaunch Information

We offer a small worship service at 10AM. Based on a congregational survey, we anticipate most folks to continue worshipping online – so we will continue to provide excellent worship resources and videos each Sunday for those at home. Together we are united in our commitment to one another and our commitment to Christ, whether worshipping in-person or online!

No reservation or permission is required to attend worship in the sanctuary. However, all participants must wear a mask (we will have some available for you!) and we request that you take your temperature and use the restroom before leaving your home.

The elders request that you make a careful and informed decision about the best way for you to worship in June. For those who intend to attend worship in person, please read the following guidelines carefully when making your decision.

Key Links

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