This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
w/c 21st February 2010 Welcome
What was your bedroom like as a child – can you describe it?
We’re continuing to think on 1 Peter 2:9 which is our verse for the year – and this week we’re going to look some more at what it means to be a royal priesthood. (This was the
sermon for last week- and if you haven’t heard it, and want to, it is on the blog at stgeorgesdeal.posterous.com – as is a slide of the “worship cycle” which I find helpful.)
Our passage is 2 Chronicles 5:1-14 ask a volunteer to pray that we would learn something more about our privilege and role as a royal priesthood, and then ask someone to read it out. (Heb 9:1-13; Heb 13:15) 1. Who was gathered for the consecration of the Temple? 2. Who played a part in what happened? What were their roles? (especially the Priests) 3. What do you think is the significance of the two stone tablets which Moses had placed in it? 4. What was the point at which the cloud descended? Have you ever experienced anything like this? 5. As a royal priesthood – what sort of sacrifices are we to offer? (You might like to look up Hebrews 9:1-14 to see what sacrifice Jesus offered, and which we cannot. Heb 13:15 will also help) 6. What does this mean for the way that we worship – in our cell group, on our own, as a whole church on Sunday mornings? 7. How can we become more deeply worshipping people?
I’ve put worship here, so that it follows what we have discussed – and can be put into practice straight away. The people at the temple declared God’s praise – so either use two or three songs (eg Praise him you heavens; My Jesus my saviour; The Splendour of a King; Love unending) to draw near to him; and then/or use Psalm 103. I suggest that you read round a verse at a time, and read it through 2 or 3 times. (if there happen to be 11 of you, ask the first person to read 2 verses so that everyone gets a different verse each time). Repetition in reading it out, as with repeating a song allows us to go deeper into the truth we sing or read – and God begins to reveal himself some more. Give the opportunity to share what God has revealed, in thoughts, prophetic words or pictures, feelings etc – and give these back to God in prayer.
(NB next week – lets have a ‘bring your own worship time’ – so everyone come with a song, prayer, reading, word or picture to contribute.)
In threes talk about situations you will face this week where being faithful to Jesus will have a sacrificial cost to it. Pray for one another that you will know God’s presence as you do so, and that other people will see something of him through you. Chris