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Instructions

We understand that physically making it to church on Sunday morning isn't always easy. While we strongly believe that a regular routine of worship is important to growing as a follower of Jesus, we also believe that sometimes worship can look different than a typical church service on Sunday morning. We hope this guided worship opportunity will allow space for you to feel connected to worship in a new way, even when you're on vacation, physically unable to make it to church, or just have a lot on your plate. In this guided worship you will be able to listen to the same music that we're singing on Sunday mornings, discuss the same text, and participate in children's activities with the entire family.

Introduction

We are excited to begin Celebration 2020 this Sunday. As we join together for our celebration series, we look forward to celebrating the work God has done and will do in our communities. At Evergreen, our mission is to grow passionate followers of Jesus. We will be diving into Matthew 13, we will explore the ways that Jesus relates ministry to the steady, slow, and intentional practice of growing and caring for a seed, until it is ready for harvest. In verses 31-33, Jesus describes how a mustard seed grows from a tiny seed and eventually becomes a thriving home for other creatures and organisms. What are some small steps we can take to gracefully and hospitably use our gifts and resources to lead and care for people around us?

Listen

Invitation - Matthew 13:31-33

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”

Discuss

  1. What did you like about the text?
  2. What did you find difficult in the text?
  3. What did this text teach us about God?
  4. What did this text teach us about ourselves?

Reread

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”

Discuss

  • Have you ever wished that Jesus would just break into the world and fix everything and establish his kingdom fully? If you’re comfortable, share a time when you felt that way.
  • Have you had an experience where someone said or did something to you that they had forgotten about, but it impacted you in a positive way? What was that experience like for you? Have you told that person how impactful his/her words or actions meant to you?
  • What are some small, intentional things you can do this week to share the kingdom of God with others? What can our church do to share the kingdom in Hudsonville?

Listen

Pray

  • For God to use us in big ways even when we feel small and insignificant
  • To be authentically who God has called us to be in the place He has placed us
  • For God to open doors to new relationships with people who don't know Him

Give

Evergreen is working hard to continue to care well for our church and our community. Like many businesses, families, and organizations, the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus put churches in a difficult financial situation. If you would like to give financially in the weeks in which we are unable to gather, you can do so by clicking this button:

Be Blessed – 1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Family Activity Guide

Click below for kids ministry resources that you can engage at home with your children!