Prime Worship for 8/2/2020 (How Shall We Live?)

Prime Worship is the online worship experience produced weekly by the City Road Chapel United Methodist Church, located in Madison, TN. This week’s service focuses on 1 Peter 4:1-11. 

Reflection Questions:

  • How are the ways that you “waste time” in God’s kingdom? How might Jesus want you to occupy your time?
  • What does it mean for you to be self-controlled and clearheaded?
  • How are you demonstrating your love of Christ through radical hospitality?

Prime Worship for 7/19/2020 (Who are you?)

Psalm of the Day:
Psalm 129:1-12, 23-24

Scripture Focus:
1 Peter 3:8-16

Questions for Reflection:

  • How well has the church reflected the call to be of one mind, sympathetic, lovers of our fellow believers compassionate, and modest in our opinions of ourselves? Why is this the case?
  • What does it mean to “…seek peace”? Where might it be found today?
  • How zealous are you for good?

 

Prime Worship for 6/21/2020 (How shall we live?)

Prime Worship is the online service of prayer and praise produced by the City Road Chapel United Methodist Church, located in Madison, TN. Today we continue our study in 1 Peter, looking at 1 Peter 2:11-17. In this passage, Peter moves from talking about our identity to thinking about how we should live in the world.

The Story of Faith:
1 Peter 2:11-17
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Questions for Reflection:

  • What does it mean for us to be immigrants and strangers in this world?
  • Why would Peter think we should live honorably among unbelievers?
  • What does it mean to submit to human institutions?

Prime Worship for 6/14/2020 (The Living Temple and People of God)

Prime Worship is the online service of prayer and praise produced by the City Road Chapel United Methodist Church, located in Madison, TN. Today we continue our study in 1 Peter by considering Christ the cornerstone and where God resides now, as well as what it means to be God’s people. Today’s episode also includes a pastoral letter from the Bishops of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church.

Act of Praise:

Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
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The Story of Faith:
1Peter 2:4-10
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Questions for Reflection:

  • Peter suggests that the church is a “living stone” and the “spiritual temple” of God. How do you relate to being the place where God’s presence lives and is made real in the world?
  • Why is it that some reject Jesus?
  • What does it mean to be God’s people?

Prime Worship for 6/7/2020

 

Pastor’s Note:

This week we are back in 1 Peter, considering his description of the new birth. A lot of people like to talk about being “born again,” but what does that mean and as importantly what does that look like. Today we will be looking at the signs of new birth.

Act of Praise:

Psalm 51:1-17
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The Story of Faith:
1 Peter 1: 22 – 2:3
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Questions for Reflection:

  • Does being set apart for God’s purpose generate love for others in you?

  • How have you experienced new birth in your life?

  • Are you desiring the “milk of God’s word?”

 

Prime Worship for 5/31/2020 — Pentecost Sunday

Pastor’s Note:

After recording the sermon I had some additional thoughts about 1 Corinthians 12:38 and I encourage you to check them out at https://cityroadchapel.org/2020/05/31/thinking-more-about-1-corinthians-1213-and-galatians-328/

This week we celebrate Pentecost, remembering the giving of the Holy Spirit to the church. Given the focus on the Holy Spirit, we will be taking a break from our study on 1 Peter to consider Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians 12 on the gifts of the Spirit.

Act of Praise:

Psalm 104:24-34
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The Story of Faith:
1 Corinthians 12:3-13
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Questions for Reflection:

  • How often do you think about the presence of the Holy Spirit in your day-to-day life?
  • Paul suggests that all are given gifts from the Spirit for the common good. What are the gifts that you have been given and how do they make our church and the world a better place?
  • How do our gifts connect us to one another?