As we prepare our hearts for worship, spend a few quiet minutes in prayer. Give yourself space to thank God for the ways you’ve seen Him work this week and the ways you’ve experienced His goodness and kindness. Ask God to give you a heightened awareness of His presence as you worship. Remind yourself of the truth of the gospel – Jesus has done everything necessary for us to be adopted into the family of God. We don’t come to the Lord as distant strangers. If we come as followers of Jesus, we come as beloved children.
Ask the Spirit to open your heart and mind to what God wants to say to you through our text for this week:
To you I lift up my eyes,
O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
Behold, as the eyes of servants
look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maidservant
to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
till he has mercy upon us.
Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
for we have had more than enough of contempt.
Our soul has had more than enough
of the scorn of those who are at ease,
of the contempt of the proud.
Also, feel free to tag us on Instagram @restorationcity.church while watching the gathering or using the RCC Kids resources below and we’ll post it to our stories! Even though we can’t gather together in person, we would still love to bring our community together and see how each of you are doing church inside your homes.
We hope the following prayer prompts and discussion questions will help you continue processing what you’ve experienced.
- When do you feel the most marginalized? At work, in your extended family, at church? What are some of the things that contribute to this feeling?
- Are there situations or people you avoid because of a fear of being marginalized?
- Do people ever feel marginalized by you? Are there any specific people or groups of people that you tend to look down on?
- Are you aware of any area in your life where you are intentionally living outside of God’s will for your life?
- Married couples: How would your spouse answer that question on your behalf?
- In verse 2 of Psalm 123, we are told to look to God as a servant looks to his master. How does that image help clarify your relationship with God? Does it raise any questions for you?
- “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” – 1 John 1:9-10
- Ask the Spirit to lead you in a time of repentance as you think about both your posture before God and the way you tend to treat others.
- Ask Him to bring specific sin and general patterns to your mind so you can confess them to the Father.
- “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6:8
- Ask the Lord what it would look like for you to live more fully from this verse during this season.
- Also, pray for our pastors and elders that they would walk humbly with God as they seek His will for our church in this season.
- “To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!” – Psalm 123:1
- Spend time worshiping God and celebrating His sovereign control over your life.
- Lift any personal concerns you have to Him, trusting that He is indeed the God of mercy.
RCC Kids Resources
While you are at home with your children, we encourage you to continue leading them in their growing relationship with God. We believe this is a great opportunity to exemplify that church is not a place but a body of people.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” John 1:1-2
Read the family line of Jesus in Matthew 1 or Luke 3. Ask kids to decide which name is the funniest and which name is their favorite. Talk about how we can be part of God’s family because of Jesus.