Morning Worship – “Desperate”
This week we continue to see belief in Jesus growing. This time it’s not a Samaritan woman, of an important official. The signs and wonders that Jesus performs are not only good in and of themselves—the sick have been healed!—they point us to a greater and more perfect reality.
Passages for Meditation
- Isaiah 35:1-10. Describe the transformation that takes place in this passage. How do the miracles of Christ fulfill these promises? How do they direct us to the greater realities to come?
- Sermon text: John 4:43-54. How does the “official’s” interaction differ from that of Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman? How does Jesus respond and why? Why does Jesus say that the people will not believe without signs?
Questions for Consideration
- Examining Ourselves. We are celebrating the Lord’s Supper this week, which is a good time for soul searching. Our passage discusses the nature of genuine belief. Where do you see that in your life? In what circumstances do you struggle with unbelief?
- When was the last time you were desperate? When was the last time you felt truly helpless apart from God’s help? How did God minister to you in that time?
Hymns for Proclamation
- 76 – Praise my Soul the King of Heaven
- 468 – My Faith Has Found a Resting Place
- 427 – Amidst is our Beloved Stands
Evening Worship – “The Prayer of the King”
We begin a new series this week in the evening: a look at the Lord’s prayer. Jesus presents the Lord’s prayer as a model for his disciples. That’s important, because we actually do not instinctively know how to pray. We think we do but we don’t. Prayer is a skill that we must be taught and that we are called to practice. In our passage this evening Jesus contrasts good and bad prayers.
- Psalm 142
- Hymn of the Month: My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness
- Sermon Text: Matthew 6:1-15. What are some characteristics of the prayer that Jesus prays? How does it differ from those of the Pharisees?
- Final Hymn: 725 – The Lord’s Prayer