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Dinner Liturgy 9/13/2020

Galatians 1:10-24


-Lords Prayer-

Instructions: Have a volunteer lead the prayer. The volunteer will read the proposition from the Lord’s prayer and the parenthetical instruction. Individuals around the table take turns praying out loud under the heading, after two or three have prayed, move on to the next proposition.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name

(Pause and thank God for who He is and what he has done. Pray that he would be glorified in our lives and our world)

Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

(Pause and surrender anything you are holding on to that belongs to the Lord. Pray for His will in our lives and our world)

Give us this day our daily bread

(Pause and ask for any provision and need in your life and the lives of others)

And forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors

(Pause to confess your sins as well as extending forgiveness to others)

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

(Pause and pray for protection and strength against temptation)

For thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen

(Pause and thank God for his goodness and power and pray for His Kingdom to come)


-Invitation to the Table-

LEADER:

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;
and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David. (Isaiah 55:1-3)

ALL: The word of the Lord.

LEADER:
Sovereign Creator,
you have made a world of abundance
by your grace and for your glory.
You bring rain to the just and the unjust.
As you feed the sparrows,
so you have provided for us this day.

ALL: We eat in celebration of the giver of all good gifts.

LEADER:
Heavenly Father,
you have invited us to the table through your Son.
Your desire is that we would be with you.
You have laid the table at great cost to yourself,
and so invite us all freely.
We take our seat, not on our own merit,
but as a response to your gracious invitation.

ALL: We eat in communion with the God who is love.

LEADER:
Lord Jesus,
our table tonight is only a shadow
of the feast in your kingdom.
At that table, we will be satisfied.
At that table, our joy will be complete.
At that table, our fellowship with you and with one another
will be unhindered and eternal.

ALL: We eat in anticipation of the return of Christ. Amen!


-Meal and Week in Review-

Instructions: While enjoying the meal, take turns answering the following questions:

  1. Where did you become aware of God’s presence and working this week?
  2. Where was it hard to see God’s presence or working this week?


-Close of Meal-

Instructions: Everyone stand and raise your glass, take turns celebrating who God is and what he has done in the following format:

SPEAKER:
For…(his gracious love, providing my new job, giving me peace, saving me, his word which says…)

ALL: We praise you God.

After many of these statements have been made, the host closes in the following way:

LEADER:
For the people at this table, for your presence here with us, and our final presence at your table forevermore.

ALL: We praise you God.

*At this point any children may be dismissed.


-Scripture Reading-

Galatians 1:10-24

10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
11 For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel.
12 For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
13 For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it.
14 And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers.
15 But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace,
16 was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone;
17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.
18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and remained with him fifteen days.
19 But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord’s brother.
20 (In what I am writing to you, before God, I do not lie!)
21 Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.
22 And I was still unknown in person to the churches of Judea that are in Christ.
23 They only were hearing it said, “He who used to persecute us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.”
24 And they glorified God because of me.

Paul here explains that the gospel is not according to human standards and then shows how this played out in his own life. Here we see that the gospel was an interruption in Paul’s life, apart from where he was headed or what he deserved. It was also an intervention in Paul’s life, radically changing his standards and his trajectory.


-Community Discussion-

1) Where in your own story can you see God’s interrupting grace?

2) In what ways has the radical gift of Christ changed your trajectory and values?
Is there an area where your values need to change more?


-This Week’s Individual Practice-

Have the leader read over the instructions aloud, and then answer the questions that follow as a group.

Read through each of the following passages. Each one describes what God has done for us in the gospel. Take 5-10 minutes to meditate on one of the passages more deeply. Begin your time by asking the Spirit to teach you and to show you your life in light of God’s word. Look for the parts of the description that you can see in your own life. Look also for places where God has more for you than you realized. Finish your time in prayer, thanking God for what he has done for you and inviting him to do the things he promised that you have neglected. If you have time this week, select another passage and do the same.

  • Ephesians 2:4-10
  • Titus 2:11-14
  • Colossians 1:13-14, 21-23

Questions:

1) Does anyone have any questions about how to meditate on a passage of scripture? Does anyone have any tips?

-Closing Prayer-

Ask a member of the group to close your time together in prayer. Thank God for what he has taught you this evening, commit the group to his care and leading for the week to come.

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