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A Worship Guide for May 31

We hope that you will find this guide helpful as you worship alone or together with others.

Call to Worship

Psalm 34:1–10

[1] I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
[2] My soul makes its boast in the LORD;
let the humble hear and be glad.
[3] Oh, magnify the LORD with me,
and let us exalt his name together!

[4] I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
[5] Those who look to him are radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
[6] This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him
and saved him out of all his troubles.
[7] The angel of the LORD encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.

[8] Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
[9] Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints,
for those who fear him have no lack!
[10] The young lions suffer want and hunger;
but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.

Pray

Father, we look at the world around us and see injustice and chaos, evil requited by evil, sin upon sin. Our hearts are broken by the brokenness of the world. And we see corruption in ourselves also. But these things remind us all the more, that our hope is in you, the Maker of heaven and earth. You promise that no injustice will go unpunished and that all you seek you by faith will find you to be a refuge. Father, be our hope and our refuge this morning. As we sing to you, fill our hearts with the hope of the gospel. As we pray, remind us that we are dependent on you for all things. And as we receive your word, transform us into the likeness of your Son. We ask these things in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Sing

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Pray

Lord, we approach you with gratitude for who you are and for all that you have done for us. May the Word of Christ dwell among us richly today, with thankfulness in our hearts to you.

In our body this morning many among us our weary or discouraged. There are brothers and sisters who feel right now overwhelmed with burdens, with physical and emotional suffering, or struggling beneath the weight of their sin and guilt. Lord may we be refreshed today by what we know and believe to be true about your gospel. That the blood of Jesus has cleansed us from sin, he has born our guilt and shame, and he has reconciled us to God.

You are not distant, you are personal and loving and in addition to conquering our sin, you defeated the effects of sin. Lord, we have hope. We struggle through the difficulties of living in this fallen world knowing that we look forward to a better world, where our pain will end, and you will make all things new. May your Spirit remind us of these truths. 

Thank you for Journey Church, and for how you have used it for your glory. We pray for Pastor Jimmy Carroll has he preaches your Word today. May it lead to repentance from sin, and growth in godliness in the body.

Father, we also pray concerning our country. We lament the racial divides in our country, we see the racial tensions and it grieves us, and we want you to bring justice where there is injustice, to bring peace where there is prejudice, for you to bring love where there is animosity. May your people witness to the truth of the gospel through an uncommon unity and love that stretches across ethnic lines.

We pray as well for the Pashtun of Afghanistan. Lord, we know that you are mighty to save, and your work of salvation is global. Lord we desire to see souls among the Pashtun peoples rescued by your grace, as we have been, that we may worship with those people around your throne.

Lord, we pray for Steve and Kristi. Thank you for some of the recent discipleship and evangelistic opportunities, we ask that you work through these interactions to produce fruit in others’ lives. As Steve and Kristi face uncertainty and challenging circumstances we pray that they will have wisdom as they plan and prepare for their continued ministry in the future.

Father strengthen Tom today. May the Spirit use him to edify the body, may we be attentive to your Word, and urgent to respond in obedience. Give us as a church a growing love for your Scriptures, that we would enter the time of preaching with joy prepared to be nourished by truth.

In your name we pray, amen.

Read the Bible

Ephesians 5:25–33
[25] Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, [26] that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, [27] so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. [28] In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. [29] For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, [30] because we are members of his body. [31] “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” [32] This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. [33] However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (ESV)

Watch the Sermon

A link to listen to the sermon is available HERE.

Summary: God’s design for marriage is for the husband and wife to become one in life and purpose. From this passage we will look at God’s plan for achieving this goal of marital unity. Martin Luther called this section of Ephesians the ‘household code’ or the conduct for the Christian life. The context is showing what the Christian family, specifically marriage, looks like in God’s new creation. In this passage, Paul instructs men in their responsibility to lead in this oneness. The call in marriage is to a sacrificial and sanctifying love.   

Review and Apply

What are some words that describe a sacrificial love? Give a few personal examples of Christ-like sacrificial love in the context of your marriage.

How can a husband sanctify a wife? How can a wife encourage this type of leadership?

What does it mean to love your wives as your own bodies? In what ways do you nourish and cherish her? Because this speaks to the church as a whole, if single, how do you love others as your own body and nourish and cherish them?  

What role/practice does repentance and forgiveness have in your marriage?

What are two changes that can move your marriage or friendship to a more unified place?