Home Church Resource:
Connection in a Time
of Isolation 

Week 2 (5 April)  Luke 8:42-48

  • Eat Together: (30 min) We will resume this devotion in person when we are permitted to gather again.
    For more connection you may want to schedule a virtual game night or meal with your Home Church for a different day or time in the week.
     
  • Worship & Prayer: (20 min)
    Follow this LINK for this weeks Worship Resource that also has practical instructions on how to worship together on Zoom
    -YouTube Playlist
    -24-7 Coronavirus Prayer-Pete Greig
    We are emphasizing this prayer for the next 6 weeks to disciple people in prayer around God’s character amidst the coronavirus crisis. It also unifies us in prayer with our global 24-7 Prayer family!
     
  • Give
    We are going to pause for 2 minutes to consider how we will give this week. For those that call Navah home, this is a time for you to give right now or review your giving to all God does in and through Navah. During this time, also listen and ask the Spirit if there is a need/a person He wants you to bless. Let’s wait in silence for 2 minutes now
    Link to give online to Navah - Give
     
  • Kids: (Each home church will do this differently depending on the number and age of the children participating, feel free to place this during anytime of the gathering and schedule the time you need )
    • Follow this LINK for a full Kids Resources

Consider how you integrate these kids resources from Navah Kids. Remember to include your kids as much as possible and have fun. There is a brilliant resource from 24-7 about creative ways you can pray as a family and would be perfect to integrate here. See the resource HERE

  • Care: (20 min)

-Hi/Lo or Good News Stories
Invite each person share brief Hi/Lo  (thankfulness and prayer need)
Consider having the next person who shares pray a short blessing over the previous person who shared. 

  • DBS: (30 min) Luke 8:42-48 
  1. What do we learn about God (Father? Jesus? Holy Spirit?)
  2. What do we learn about people?
  3. Additional question- How do we foster life giving connection in a time of isolation?
  4. What is something you can do to put this passage into practice this week?
       -Is there a sin to avoid? (repent?)
       -Is there a promise to believe? (take hold of?)
       -Is there an example to follow? 
       -Is there a command to obey?
  • Communion: (10 min)

Ask each person/household to prepare elements ahead of time- give them a few days heads up if possible 
Read short passage-1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Lead them in receiving the elements
Consider singing or reciting the doxology together (acapella)

  • Suggested Closing Prayers: (3 min)

The Lord’s Prayer ( Matthew 6:9-13, Luke 11:2-4)

Lord, we thank You for the promise of Your Presence. We rest knowing that you will never leave us nor forsake us. We ask for ears to hear Your voice above all others at this time. We ask for eyes to see You moving, as work to heal and bring hope to every heart. We ask for hearts to obey, joyfully and immediately, whatever you ask of us. May You be glorified in the healing and restoration of all things. May Your church be strengthened and multiplied on the Earth. Amen.

  • Commentary from the passage:
    DBS 1 Luke 8:42-48 Short Commentary (Pete Greig)

In this time of isolation people need connection more than ever. Thinking through the day ahead, I ask the Lord to put particular people on my heart to call. To give me opportunities to smile and wave to those I might pass in the street. To help me love and listen to those I meet - even if it’s only online.

In Jesus’ day there were strict rules forbidding the touching of anyone or anything considered ritually unclean including lepers, corpses and even menstruating women. (Perhaps this kind of regulation of touch may seem a little less strange to us now, finding ourselves forbidden from hand-shaking and hugging, required to sanitise our hands after every encounter.) This poor woman was not just sick, she was untouchable. Years of chronic hemorrhaging had brought the added stigma of isolation and shame. No wonder she ‘came trembling and fell at Jesus' feet’. Her touch was supposed to infect Jesus, but instead His touch healed her, and His words restored her dignity.

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