One or more Scripture readings are followed by silence. These may be from the Old Testament books of the Law, the Psalms, and Proverbs or the Prophecies in the Old Testament. There may be included a reading from the New Testament Epistles including the Acts of the Apostles or the Apocalyptic writings like Revelation. But the central reading should be from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke or John particularly the words and story of Jesus. The readings should be of moderate length following the chapter headings and none of the verses should be omitted. The Apocrypha should not be used in worship. While books like Ecclesiastes, Tobit or Baruch may be of interest but they are not generally regarded as having the same inspiration as the other Biblical Books. The Early Church determined quite clearly at the Council of Nicaea in 246 AD which books of the Bible were to be regarded as inspired by God.✞
People: Sharing Time✞
People: The Lord's Prayer✞
Leader: Let us bless the Lord.✞
People: Thanks be to God.✞
Christian worship music is the center of any act of adoration of God. This with Bible reading and prayer makes up the Household of Faith worship service. Background Christian worship music is conducive to fellowship as people are gathering.
The worship music may be upbeat praise or well-known hymns with the piano or guitar lasting 10 to 15 minutes.
Use short opening prayers together for 2 minutes
A psalm may be said responsively in 3 minutes.
A Song from a Christian worship music Book or Praise Booklet or Overheads for about 5 to 10 minutes.
The first Bible reading from the epistles for 2 minutes.
The second Bible reading from the Gospels would be also about 2 minutes.✞
Then follows the teaching from a resource book (See the list of resources in Step Five)
A modern form of Catechism or creed may be used beginning "I believe..."
This would lead to a discussion as a Household for about 10 minutes.
You may also use a meditation DVD or CD of Christian worship music as background music.
This could be followed by sharing time in 3 small groups of 3 - 4 people, in separate parts of the room for about 10 minutes.
Try going around the group, each person contributing if they wish.
See also the Worship Alternative A - Sharing Time questions
Prayer Together as a House - for individuals, the church, leaders, world, society (10 min.)
The Lord's Prayer,
General Thanksgiving and shared Grace (1 min.)✞
How do you share your Christian faith that comes from Jesus Christ with other people in school at work or home? Witness - How did I share my Christian faith with others this last week? I am reminded of that wonderful verse from Philemon 6, "As you share your faith with others, I pray that they may come to know all the blessings Christ has given us." (CEV version)✞
Giving myself to others. How have I helped others see the amazing grace of Jesus this last week? Very often we feel ill-prepared for the task but note how Saint Paul expresses it in 1 Corinthians 2.1-5, "And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power."✞
How to share my faith - What do I do? What opportunities do I have for ministry there? God equips the called and sharing our faith is not just a suggestion. Matthew 28:19 explains in Jesus' own words to us, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."✞
How have I grown this week? Remember that we are now children of the Highest God as the Scriptures remind us in John 1.12, "Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God."✞
The people of God in the Household of Faith may join together in a short Morning Prayer at the beginning of each day. The following is a shortened form of Morning Prayer using elements of the traditional Anglican office by The Rev Canon John Hill, in "All Our Days 2002" used by permission.✞
"Lord, open our lips,
and our mouths shall proclaim your praise.
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen."✞
"Come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the caverns of the earth,
and the heights of the hills are his also."✞
"The sea is his and he made it,
and his hands have molded the dry land.
Come, let us bow down, bend the knee,
and kneel before the Lord our maker.
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.
Oh, that today you would listen to his voice!"✞