1. Begin Sunday Morning Worship on Saturday evening.
Go to bed on time. Remind your kids how important Sunday worship
is with your church family, and that even though we can’t meet together this
week, tomorrow is still a special day to worship God and hear from His Word.
Plan ahead. GBC will begin a Facebook livestream at 10:30am
sharp, with two songs to open, then the sermon (1 Samuel 14:24-52). So before
that, start with a short time of prayer, and determine when you’ll begin that
before the sermon.
For families with little kids: Bring quiet toys into the
room for your littlest children, like blocks and crayons with paper. Download
printables for your school-aged children (either to print or to edit in a photo
editing app). There will be printables to accompany the gbcKIDS lesson as well
as the sermon. Also take a peek at the gbcKIDS lesson on the GRACE Sunday Kids!
Facebook page to see how long the video is, helping you plan when you want your
kids to have their lesson – before the sermon like they normally would during
the Sunday school hour at church, or at some other time you deem appropriate. Taking
5 minutes to look at these things on Saturday night will help your time go more
smoothly on Sunday morning.
2. Wake Up with a Purpose.
Even though we’re not meeting together for corporate
worship, it is still the Lord’s Day. This is a special day to worship God together,
hear from His Word together, and encourage one another together. The only
difference is that it will be just your family, not your “church” family.”
Use your time getting ready for the day to glorify God (1
Cor.10:31), and especially to prepare your hearts for worship.
Remove distractions. This might (or probably) means leaving
your phone in another room. Be there to worship God, not pass the time on
3. Worship God through Prayer.
Corporate Worship should also be a time of encouraging your
church family (Col.3:16; 1 Cor.12:7). We’re in a great time of need. You may
not be able to meet the needs of your church family in person or encourage them
in person, but you can pray for your local church family and the universal Church.
4. Worship God through the Reading and Teaching of the Word.
Read the passage of Scripture together before you listen to
the sermon livestream. There is usually a kid-friendly video of the sermon text
that your family could also view before or after the livestream at gbctahlequah.org
on the LINKS page, under RESOURCES. Then listen attentively with your family.
Take notes if that helps. Have your children work on the printables you
downloaded earlier. Follow along in your Bibles. Model how to actively listen
to your children.
When the livestream is over, take a few minutes to talk
about the sermon with your family. Ask your kids what stood out to them. Ask if
they have any questions about what they heard.
Talk about a few simple ways you can practically apply the
truths of the passage to your personal lives this week. Then pray for God to help
you live out those truths, and encourage one another in them throughout the