Home Church Resource:
Depth in a Time of Distraction
Week 4 (26 April) Mark 6:30-32
- 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
-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!
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) Mark 6:30-32
- What do we learn about God (Father? Jesus? Holy Spirit?)
- What do we learn about people?
- Additional question- What behaviors do you use to avoid God’s presence and to protect yourself from change? What is one thing you can do to practice ‘rest’ in Jesus?
- 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 Mark 6:30-32 Short Commentary (Pete Greig)
Christ’s invitation to solitude comes at a time when he is experiencing every kind of stress. Prior to this encounter he’s been rejected in his hometown, then he’s heard the devastating news that his cousin John has been beheaded, and now he is so busy that he hasn’t even had time to eat.
It’s easy to think that I’ll finally get my prayer life sorted when all my problems go away. When things get a bit easier and I feel a bit more spiritual. But Jesus reminds me here that I have to be forceful with myself in seeking the solitude of his presence. That he awaits me in the midst of my distractions and problems.
With flights cancelled, offices closed, restaurants and gyms shut, I have an unprecedented, unexpected opportunity for intimacy with Jesus. He beckons my soul to a place of solitude, away from the crowd, saying: ‘Come with me by yourself to a quiet place and get some rest.’