Order of Service, Sunday 17, 2020

Order of Service

In this time of uncertainty, with so much financial stress, if you can give extra please do:

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You may also email our treasurer Phil Weber at phil.w@grassroots.church to give to our love fund. Last year we were able to support families at grassroots with micro-gifts totalling over $6,000.

Stay tuned for more info about our service and care response to COVID-19.  

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus shows himself to be unfailingly thoughtful. He heals the ill and nurtures those uncared for by others. He feeds people who are hungry for food or for a kind word. He makes sure that everybody is included in his kingdom; everyone is invited to the party. Even as he was dying, his generous heart put others first. As the soldiers were crucifying him, Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). As you watch the video covering the second half of Luke, look for ways that Jesus cares for others.

Let’s looks at some of the examples of Jesus teaching people how to show grace and generosity to others:
 
1. Read Luke 10:25-37:

On one occasion, an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’”

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?”

In reply, Jesus said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

– Who is your neighbour?

– How can we all express more compassion and care for one another?

– Why is it even more important to watch out for vulnerable people during times of crisis (such as now) than in “normal” times?

2. Read Luke 18:10-14:

 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

– What does it mean to be humble?
 
 
3. Read Luke 23:39-43:

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

– Has anyone ever stood up for you when you were down? How does it feel to know you have someone on your side?

– The criminal showed real, authentic faith in Jesus in these moments. How is such faith possible when everything seems to be going wrong? Why is it important to cling to faith when it seems like everything is falling apart?

You are invited to now move into some creative response time. Is there anything on your heart that you want to express? Maybe God is speaking to you through our video and discussion time today. Maybe something is bothering you or stressing you out. Maybe you want to share some of the joys or blessings in your life. Whatever it is, use some or the different materials you have at your disposal to show these feelings. You can use technology, music, art stuff… whatever helps you to connect with God! Please get your parents to help you share your work on our Grassroots Facebook page so we can see how you are doing.

  1. YOUTH GROUP: If you want to jump in for ZOOM youth group on Monday nights, email our Youth Group Leader Isaac Veurink at isaac.v@grassroots.church.
  2. WED WORSHIP: This week on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 8:30pm we will gather live via Zoom for a worship service of song, scripture reading, prayer, and communion. Click on this link at 8:30pm to join in.
  3. HOME GROUPS: Stay tune to hear from your home group leader for more information about your group. If you would like to join in a home group, please email our home groups leader Carolyn Whatley at carolyn.w@grassroots.church
  4. BIBLE CAMP: If you’d like to join in our weekday Bible camps, click here at 1:00pm M-F for some dancing and a Bible story. This is geared for kids, but everybody is welcome.
  5. Grade 5-6 Buds: Calling all Gr. 5-6 kids! You are invited to join us every Wednesday at 2:00 for a Zoom meeting just for you and your roots and shoots class. There will be games, music, challenges, special guests, learning about God, and my more.
    Zoom link: https://lakeheadu.zoom.us/j/92645944238.
  6. CARE AND SERVICE: If you are in need of any kind of support, please email admin@grassroots.church

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