Home Church Resource:
Hope in a Time of Heartbreak
Week 5 (3 May) John 20:11-18
- 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) John 20:11-18
- What do we learn about God (Father? Jesus? Holy Spirit?)
- What do we learn about people?
- Additional question- What is breaking your heart in this crisis? And how does Jesus want to meet you with hope?
- 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 John 20:11-18 Short Commentary (Adam Chiarelli)
“Woman, why are you weeping?” It’s difficult to fully grasp the impact of Covid-19, but without a doubt, countless tears have been shed. All around there are layoffs, climbing death tolls, and no end in sight. Many now live without hope.
In the text, we find Mary-heartbroken, confused, and alone. Not only had the Lord been crucified, but now He is missing. Perhaps it was a comfort to at least be near His body, and even that had been taken. Many of us are now facing the same question that may have crippled Mary, “what else can I lose?”
But then comes another Voice and a new question “Who are you seeking?” Of course Mary couldn’t have imagined seeing the risen Jesus. Heartbreak has a tendency to dull our perception and grief can, at times, distort our view of what is real and what is not. Yet when Jesus speaks her name, He cuts through the pain of what was and brings resurrection light to her soul. Her eyes are opened and she sees Him. Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25).
Coronavirus is real. We must acknowledge, like Mary, why we are weeping. We have all lost much. But we believe Jesus is already working, bringing hope and healing to every broken heart even now.
Holy Spirit, will You open our eyes to see and ears to hear the Risen Jesus, as we continue to face the unknowns in our world. Amen