Happy Memorial Day weekend. Remember to thank the Lord for those who gave their all so we might have freedom. Memorial Day is not about thanking all those who served. Rather, it’s about remembering all those who died that we might live.
After today, we will have only one more of these family worship outlines. Once we begin meeting in person on June 7th, the format of the online portion may change a bit. Watch the church website for details which will be available soon.
This week’s family worship outline is as follows:
- Gather your group together and read John 1:1-5, 10-14, 16-18 together.
- Talk it over. Some questions to discuss amongst yourselves:
- What does it mean that “the Word became flesh” (vs. 14)?
- What is the significance of the fact that Jesus was not only God, but man, as well? What does it mean to you, personally?
- Watch this week’s video, which is here. Make sure and sing along when prompted in the video. (The video will be available on Sunday morning.)
- Read the passage from John again, this time from The Message. It’s provided below. After reading it, have somebody close in prayer.
“The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word. The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one.
Everything was created through him; nothing—not one thing!— came into being without him. What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.
The Life-Light was the real thing: Every person entering Life he brings into Light. He was in the world, the world was there through him, and yet the world didn’t even notice. He came to his own people, but they didn’t want him. But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed and would do what he said, He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves. These are the God-begotten, not blood-begotten, not flesh-begotten, not sex-begotten.
We all live off his generous bounty, gift after gift after gift. We got the basics from Moses, and then this exuberant giving and receiving, This endless knowing and understanding— all this came through Jesus, the Messiah. No one has ever seen God, not so much as a glimpse. This one-of-a-kind God-Expression, who exists at the very heart of the Father, has made him plain as day. The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.” (John 1:1-5, 9-14, 16-18 MSG)