Weekly Worship Guide

Van Church of Christ Family,

Please feel free to use the Order of Worship below to help guide you through your worship this week.  Each link will open a new browser window.

Also, please let the elders or office know if you need assistance.

Thank you,
Van Church of Christ Elders

Order of Worship
March 29, 2020


"For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
Matthew 18:20


Prayer

Song #1: It Is Well

Prayer


UNCHARTED TIMES

Todd Kempton


We certainly are living in uncharted times, aren’t we? Fear, worry, apprehension, shelter-in-place, product shortages, no church activities, no organized worship assemblies, etc… seem to be all around us. I don’t know
about you, but I’m ready for us all to be back together in worship. We’re a family and I need and miss my spiritual family. But until we can safely come together again, we’ll all do our best. I want to give us something
to think about and remember from God’s Word today. May we never forget that God is a tender Father full of
compassion and loving kindness.

Me:     Okay, God, here’s the thing. I’m scared. I’m not trying to be, but I am.

God:     I know. Want to talk about it?

Me:     Do we need to? I mean, you already know.

God:     Let’s talk about it anyway… We’ve done this before.

Me:     I know, I just feel like I should be bigger or stronger or something by now.

God:     * waiting patiently, unhurried, undistracted, never annoyed.

Me:     Okay. So, I’m afraid I’ll do everything I can to protect my family and it won’t be enough. I’m afraid of someone I love dying. I’m afraid the world won’t go back to what it was before. I’m afraid my life is
            always going to feel a bit unsettled.

God:     Anything else?

Me:     Everything else.

God:     Remember how your son woke up the other night and came running down the hallway to your bedroom?

Me:     Yes.

God:     You were still awake, so when you heard him running, you started calling out to him before he ever got to you… remember? Do you remember what you called out to him?

Me:     I said, “You’re ok. You’re ok. You’re ok. I’m here.”

God:     Why did you call to him? Why didn’t you just wait for him to get to your room?

Me:     Because I wanted him to know that I was awake, and I heard him, and he didn’t have to be afraid until he reached the end of the dark hallway.

God:     Exactly! I hear you, my child. I hear your thoughts racing like feet down the dark hallway. There’s another side to this too. I’m there already. I’ve seen the end of it. And I want you to know right here
              and now as you walk through it all, you’re going to be okay. I haven’t gone to sleep, and I won’t.

 Me:     * crying. Can we sit together awhile? Can we just sit here a minute before I go back to facing it all?

God:     There’s nothing I’d love more!
Joshua 1:9
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid;
do not be discouraged, for the Lord, your God will be with you wherever you go.”