We concluded the Stained Glass Living series today with a focus on the final chapter of John’s letter, chapter 5. There’s a lot of stuff in this particular chapter, and in it John again points us toward what it means and looks like to live and walk as children of God. He helps us to understand the powerful testimonies that support who Christ is and why each person should listen and respond.
We also had a bunch of special elements as our kids spent the previous week at Kid’s Camp and it was, of course, Father’s Day. We covered a lot of ground as we gathered to worship.
Here’s what we did together…
Our Service Flow:
Holy Is the Lord (Tomlin/Giglio)
Call to Worship
The call to worship scriptures was Psalm 68:3-6. I also asked people to say out loud who the Scriptures have revealed God to be as they have been reading them lately.
Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King (Robinson/Miller)
Praise the Father, Praise the Son (Tomlin/Cash)
Also read selected verses from Psalm 107
Reprise of Praise the Father, Praise the Son
Information and Offering
During the offering we showed a highlight video of the kids’ time at camp.
How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (Townend)
Father’s Day Video from Floodgate Productions: Father’s Day – A Broader Perspective
This was a good video for us as many of our men are in the later years of life.
Prayer of Blessing for the fathers.
Some of the ladies also made a pie for each dad and the children helped hand them out. The things you can do in a smaller congregation…
Close & Commission: 1 Peter 5:10-11
- The sharing during the call to worship about how Scripture is revealing who God is to people was neat. We had both adults and kids contribute. I’ve been trying to do things like this from time to time to build a greater feeling of participation and ownership in the corporate worship service.
- It doesn’t seem like much as I typed it out, but the service was quite full. We had two special things to include with a report from Kid’s Camp and a Father’s Day element. The flow was a bit rough, and the end was actually kind of anti-climatic. Didn’t plan well for what to do while the pies were being passed out.
- Our attendance was a bit down on Sunday, too. While Mother’s Day may be a one of the more highly attended services of the year, that doesn’t seem to hold true for Father’s Day.
- In reality, I felt it was a tough morning. But I also trust that God is working through those leading and in those attending even when I can’t necessarily physically see it.
I hope that as you gathered, whether your were leading or participating, that you knew the presence and leading of the Lord our God and were able to worship simply because He is worthy.