The Kingdom of God
April 24, 2022 - Prayers of the Church
Eat Together - Please practice current safety measures if gathering in-person, seeking to enjoy the devotion of sharing a meal. Consider how to safely eat together.
Worship & Prayer - “Worship is the acknowledgment of, agreement with, and yielding to lordship, wholeheartedly offering attention and affection to ascribe worth.”
- Refer to the Navah Songs of the Season (Songs of the Season). These lyrics reflect the season we’re in as a body. Any one of them can springboard you into worship and response. YouTube videos and chord charts included.
- Ask someone from your Home Church to facilitate worship in a creative way. It could look like facilitating a time of gratitude, inviting people to testify of ways God met them last week, reading a scripture and/or playing a song.
Give - Pause 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/person He wants you to bless. Let’s wait in silence for 2 minutes now.
Or text the word GIVE to 8337261069
- All Navah Gathering Next Weekend: May 1st, 4pm @ the El Torreon
- Parent Equipping: April 23rd, 9am-4pm, sign-up here.
- Hi/Lo or Good News Stories
- Invite each person to share a brief Hi/Lo (gratitude and prayer need)
- Consider having the next person who shares, pray a short blessing over the previous person who has shared.
Kids (time varies)
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Commentary and Questions - 2 Thessalonians 3:1,5,16
The second letter to the Thessalonians is filled with encouragement and correction and capped off with deep prayers for the church as they grew to maturity in Christ. It is a short letter to a church that seems to be continuing in faithfulness in the midst of persecution from without and confusion from within. Paul’s final chapter seems focused on prayer as the response of the body to issues addressed in the letter. The Apostle Paul was a profound teacher, but as we see in this letter, his life is rooted in prayer. Likewise, he directs the church to stay anchored in prayer; both for him and his fellow workers and for themselves.
The Kingdom of God often looks like a people committed to the revelation of God proclaimed, the love of God producing patience, and the peace of God ruling and reigning over all.
Reading and Reflection
- Before reading, invite the Holy Spirit to guide the community into all truth, as Jesus promised the Spirit would do (John 16:13).
- Read the passage one time, then pause for 30 seconds, letting the Spirit sow the word into our being.
- Read the passage again.
- After reading, enter a time of prayer and waiting, asking the Lord to begin to highlight to each person a phrase, idea, or anything else the Lord might be saying to them in this time from the text! Make plenty of room for creative sharing back: if someone has a picture, a song, or a prayer, let that come out during this time!
Prayers and Questions
2 Thessalonians 3:1 (read aloud again)
Pray for each other and opportunities to share the word of God, the story of His love, in creative ways this week. Is there one person the Lord is prompting you to share with?
2 Thessalonians 3:5 (read aloud)
Is there a situation you are facing right now (work, home relationships) where the Lord is producing a deeper expression of patience? How can we pray that the love of God shown to us would create patience in us in these situations?
2 Thessalonians 3:16 (read aloud)
How are you experiencing (or not) peace that comes from time in God’s presence? How can we pray for one another in this area of peace in the Holy Spirit?
Communion - Read a short passage (1 Corinthians 11:23-26) - lead them in receiving the elements.