Dinner Liturgy 10/11/2020

Galatians 2:15-21

-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: LEADER: By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:16-18)

ALL: The word of the Lord.

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.

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.

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:

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:

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 3:1-6
1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified.
2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?
3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?
4 Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?
5 Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith—
6 just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?

Today we live between the cross and heaven. We operate in the reality of a resurrected Christ that changed our lives, strengthens us through the trials we face, and provokes us to good works.

-Community Discussion-

1) What has God done in your life to make your faith reasonable and not blind?
2. What good works can you do to express your faith in your work? In your family? For your neighbors?

-This Week’s Individual Practice-

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

Sometimes we can become hindered from the life God is calling us to, a life where our faith is made visible in the way that we live. Because Christ is at work in us, by faith we have what we need to overcome those things if we bring them before Jesus.

Read Hebrews 11:1-12:2. If you were to put your life in this chapter, how would you finish this sentence, “By faith [your name]...”? In 12:1, the author calls us to lay aside any distracting sin and run the race of faith.

Ask God to show you things that are hindering you from running, confess them, and ask God to help you lay them aside. If you have time, read over James 2:14-26. Here James reminds us that faith is made visible in the way that we live. Ask God to show you where your faith is visible in your life. Ask him to show you what new things he is calling you to do in faith.

-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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