Each week, during this time when we aren't meeting together in person, we will be emailing you some ideas about how you can worship this weekend and live out our call to Love God and Love our Neighbors. These are things you can do with all ages, in solitude or with others.
For April 5 - Palm Sunday:
Let us worship the Lord together as we celebrate this unique Palm Sunday!
The Word: This week, we will be reading together Mark 11:1-10. I am putting together a worship video this week as we begin Holy Week. The video will be online by 8am Sunday morning, and you can access it through the SOTH Connections Facebook Page, or by going here: www.heather-james.com
Action: Take the opportunity this Holy Week to be a constant learner. To read the accounts of Jesus’ journey into Jerusalem and journey to the cross with the backdrop of our 2020 world. To pick up a book or initiate a conversation with someone about following Jesus. Extra points if you choose someone with a different perspective than your own. Let your learning enrich your faith.
Something for our Younger Ones: This would be a good week to create your own set of Resurrection Eggs - telling the story of Holy Week one item at a time. Here is one set of instructions, but there are many online.
Service: Let's lay down our coats for Jesus this week - do you have a winter coat you no longer use that you could donate for those in need? At the time of this writing, the Salvation Army in Puyallup (17407 Meridian E.) is still accepting donations. Or set aside your donation for when you are able to gift it to one of the shelters or organizations in your area.
Song: Enjoy this Celtic Worship version of Be Thou My Vision.
Prayer: You are invited to join the SOTH community for a time of prayer - pausing at 6:00pm on Sunday nights, and know that others are praying with you as well. This week, spend five minutes praying for members of SOTH as they come to mind. Then close with offering God your gratitude and praise.
Almighty God, Giver of all mercies, we thank you for your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all. We bless you for creation, for the gift of life, and for the joy of the connection we share with others. We bow in gratitude for the incomparable love you have shown us by redeeming this world through the grace and gift of Jesus Christ. Fill us with wonder at the grace of your mercies, with thankfulness that we may make known your praise. All glory and honor to you, oh Lord our God. Amen.
For March 29, 2020
Before we begin, for a personal word from Pastor Heather, click here.
Let us worship the Lord together!
The Word: This week, we will be reading together Ezekiel 37:1-14. You can join us at 10am on Sunday in a conference call (see instructions below) or spend some time this weekend in a quiet space reading and reflecting on the passage. Listen for the word of life in this passage.
Action: This week, I invite you to keep a gratitude list. You can keep this list in your personal journal, calendar, or on a piece of scrap paper on your nightstand. Every morning and evening, write down three things you are grateful for in our world. (Six things a day, right?) Throughout the week, notice how a practice of gratitude shapes your view of life and how you experience God's Spirit at work breathing life in you.
Something for our Younger Ones: Here's a 31 day gratitude journal you can print for your kids: grateful. Who am I kidding? We should ALL print one out! Thanks to www.heartandgratitude.com for the resource!
Service: Write a thank you card (or heart felt email) to someone who has helped to show you God's love during your life. Bonus points if you can honor and thank someone who showed up at a time when you felt dry or lifeless, and brought hope when it was most needed.
Song: Craig and Eric put together a fun gift for you. Click here for I Could Sing of Your Love Forever. Feel free to sing along!
Prayer: You are invited to join the SOTH community for a time of prayer - pausing at 6:00pm on Sunday nights, and know that others are praying with you as well. This week, I encourage you to begin with gratitude to God, remember those in need, join in this written prayer, and close with the Lord's Prayer.
Gracious God, God of all compassion and consolation,
your breath alone brings life to dry bones and weary souls.
Pour out your Spirit upon us,
that we may face despair and death with the hope of resurrection
and faith through Christ, our Lord.
Help us to dance with the spirit,
the breath of life, which calls us out of the valley of dry bones
and into the Kingdom of God,
both a present reality and the grounding of our future hope.
Father of Christ who revealed the way of life,
inscribe your law on our hearts that in this life,
we may be the body of Christ.
Help our hands to hold the sick and suffering.
Help our feet to walk with the poor.
Help our ears to listen to those who live in despair.
May our eyes be affixed upon the suffering of the cross
and the hope of the empty tomb
so that we may live as resurrection people.
(excerpt from this pastoral prayer)
Go in peace and serve the Lord with joy.