Deacon Nominations

"Whereas pastors take care of the spiritual needs of the church, deacons take care of the physical needs. Our deacons exist to come alongside those in need with practical help and spiritual support."

Who should be nominated?

- We are looking for people who already behave like deacons in their personal relationships; coming alongside those in need.

- They need to be Christians of good character and maturity (see 1 Timothy 3:8-13).

- They also need to have been with us at Calvary for at least 6 months.

Nominations close at the end of 9/27

Dinner Liturgy 9/20/2020

Galatians 2:1-10


-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:

"Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”—for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” (Revelation 19:6-9)

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?
  3. How did the individual practices go this week? Anyone have something to share?


-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 2:1-10

1 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me.
2 I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure I was not running or had not run in vain.
3 But even Titus, who was with me, was not forced to be circumcised, though he was a Greek.
4 Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery—
5 to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.
6 And from those who seemed to be influential (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)—those, I say, who seemed influential added nothing to me.
7 On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel to the circumcised
8 (for he who worked through Peter for his apostolic ministry to the circumcised worked also through me for mine to the Gentiles),
9 and when James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.
10 Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.

In Paul’s visit to speak with the apostles in Jerusalem we discover the shape and breadth of gospel unity. For people to be “in Christ” both provides and requires a unity that transcends differences and division. It also cultivates a community that displays the very love of God in Christ.


-Community Discussion-

1) Where have you seen good examples of gospel unity transcending differences?

2) We saw that gospel unity expresses itself in fellowship, partnership and ownership (caring about the needs of others). Where in your life could you take a step forward in one of those categories?


-This Week’s Individual Practice-

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

Read aloud Jesus’ prayer in John 17:1-26. The last section, beginning in verse 20, Jesus prays for us desiring that God would make us one. Take 5-10 minutes and join Jesus in that prayer; pray it for our church, express it by praying for people in our church who you aren’t as close to, express it by praying for the churches in our city who are part of the body of Christ. Ask good to show you where he would like you to take steps of deeper unity. Ask him to show you where particular relationships are frayed and need reconciliation. Don’t forget, part of the unity Jesus prays for here is that you would be one with him: sit in that, pray that oneness with Christ would be more manifest in your life.

Questions:

1) When and where are good places for times of prayer like this?

-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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