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Two adults and two children reading the Word

“You shall teach these words of Mine to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy 11:19)

Whether we are single, married or married with children, our lives are enriched spiritually when we make worshiping the Lord a regular part of our lives. We hope that as often as possible you will feel inspired to join us on Sunday mornings so that we can worship the Lord and learn from His Word together. However, we also recognize that this isn’t always possible. Work, sports, vacations, distance and other things can sometimes make getting to church on Sunday morning difficult. We at the New Church of Concord still care about supporting you on your spiritual journey! With this in mind, we provide opportunities for individuals and families to worship at home when circumstances don’t allow them to join us in person. Having a private worship service at home does not have to be complicated. Here is a simple outline you could follow:

  1. Place a copy of the Lord’s Word on a table and light some candles.
  2. Open the Word to any random page and leave it open on the table.
  3. If you enjoy singing, sing a song everybody is familiar with (if you have kids, let them pick one).
  4. Kneel and say the Lord’s prayer.
  5. Go to This Week’s Inspiration and pick one of the following options: Listen to an audio recording or Podcast of this week’s sermon; print and read this week’s sermon; read the summary of this week’s inspiration. If you have children you can find some suggestions below.
  6. Spend a few minutes reflecting on this week’s inspiration. What did you find interesting or helpful? What questions do you have?
  7. Close the Word.
  8. Put out the candles (if you have children, they will enjoy helping with this).

These are just suggestions. Don’t hesitate to contact our Pastor, Matthew, if you’d like some more help or ideas about how to have a simple worship service at home. If you can’t always join us in person, we’re excited about providing you with this opportunity to still reflect on the same Divine teachings that are being offered to your friends in church on Sunday morning! This will help us all feel more connected with each other, engaged with our church, and inspired by the beautiful teachings and life that the Lord’s New Church invites us to embrace.

 

Something For the Children

This section provides information and suggestions on how you can take a little bit of time to provide your children with their spiritual nourishment and exercise. It is updated every week with ideas based on this week’s children’s talk and Sunday School lessons.

Recognizing and admitting our mistakes (July 9, 2017)

Here are some suggestions for a family worship service or discussion based on this week’s children’s talk:

  • Explain that King David had done something very evil: He saw another man’s wife (Bathsheba) and wanted her for himself. So King David had this woman’s husband (Uriah) killed!
  • Read 2 Samuel 12:1-13.
  • Help the children understand the story about the poor and rich man that Nathan told David.
  • When King David heard this story, he was angry at the rich man and thought he should be punished.
  • But King David did not realize that the story was really about him! Can you see how the story was really about King David?
  • When David realized that, “He was the man,” he was sorry for what he had done.
  • Talk to the children about why the Lord wants us to see and admit our mistakes.
  • Does the Lord still love us when we make a mistake?  Did the Lord still love King David?
  • The Lord wants us to see and admit our mistakes because He wants us to be happy.  He knows that as long as we are doing what is wrong, we cannot be truly happy.

 

By The Pool Of Bethesda (July 2, 2017)

For starters, here is a video you can show the kids where our Pastor summarizes what this week’s children’s talk was about:

Here are some suggestions for a family worship service or discussion based on this week’s children’s talk:

  • Read John 5:1-9.
  • The children will enjoy talking about this pool that had the special ability to heal people.
  • Where was the pool?
  • Who would come to “disturb” the water?
  • What happened when the water was disturbed?
  • What did the Lord ask the man who was sick for 38 years?  How did the man answer?
  • What did the Lord tell the man to do?
  • Talk to your children about our need to cooperate with the Lord if we want Him to be able to help us. We must “stand up” and “walk” in the ways that He commands.
  • Try to think of examples where the Lord wants to help us, but we must respond in order to receive His help.

Stars In the Lord’s Right Hand (June 11, 2017)

For starters, here is a video you can show the kids where our Pastor summarizes what this week’s children’s talk was about:

Here are some suggestions for a family worship service or discussion based on this week’s children’s talk:

  • Seven small glowing stars floating above the palm of an open handRead Revelation chapter 1.
  • Ask your children if they can remember any details about how the Lord is described in this vision.
  • What was the Lord holding in His right hand (7 stars).
  • Can they remember any other stories in the Word where stars are mentioned? (wise men)
  • Stars are meant to remind us of all the good and true things the Lord teaches us in His Word. Each star is like one thing we learn.
  • In heaven, angels who know many good and true things are often seen with stars around their heads.
  • In the vision John had, notice that these stars were in the Lord’s hand. This reminds us that everything good and true comes from the Lord alone. We must approach Him if we want to learn about these things.

 

Loving Your Neighbor MORE Than Yourself (May 28, 2017)

For starters, here is a video you can show the kids where our Pastor summarizes what this week’s children’s talk was about:

Here are some suggestions for a family worship service or discussion based on this week’s children’s talk:

  • Read Matthew 23:35-40.
  • Talk about our need to, “love our neighbor as ourselves.” What does this look like? Can they think of any examples of doing this?
  • On Sunday we talked about the fact that in heaven our love for other people grows. So while in this world the Lord tells us to love our neighbor “as ourselves,” in heaven we come to love our neighbor MORE than ourselves.
  • Imagine a community where EVERYBODY loved other people MORE than themselves! What would that be like?
  • We see glimpses of this kind of love in this world: A mother’s love for her children; a soldier’s love for his country; the Lord’s love for us all.

Three scenes, a smiling mother holding a baby, a man in military dress saluting the American flag, and Jesus in the center of a small crowd with children close to Him

 

 

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