WELCOME TO
THE LIVING ROOM

– March 29, 2020 –

We’re a community of people
partnering with God to transform lives
and bless our city.

 

We are the church, wherever we gather. We’ll continue to connect online in the Ezra Living Room experience. Church isn’t canceled, and the presence of Jesus is not socially distant. Here’s a weekly way to connect with your church family.

This is our way of seeking God together – He is Living, and we make Room for Him.

Use this resource each week with your family & those close to you while maintaining appropriate social distance.

HOW THIS WORKS

READ

the scriptures and prayers aloud together.

SING OR LISTEN

to the songs we’ve linked.

WATCH

the video teaching below from Pastor Jeff.

DISCUSS

a few simple questions with others in person & online. 

RESPOND

through sharing prayer requests, needs and generosity. 

PRACTICE

this week’s way of following Jesus together.

BETWEEN SUNDAYS

continue to be the church.

Below, you’ll find Pastor Jeff’s video teaching and resources to create a meaningful experience in your Living Room.

WEEK OF MARCH 29, 2020

OPENING PRAYER

Psalm 23 continues to be our prayer this week. Lead your Living Room gathering in an opening prayer. If you’d like, you may read this prayer based on Psalm 23.

Dear Lord,
You are my Shepherd, I have all that I need.
You let me rest in green meadows; You lead me beside peaceful streams.
You renew my strength. You guide me along right paths, bringing honor to your name.
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.

Surely Your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord  forever.
With thanksgiving, I pray,
Amen

SONGS

We sing songs because of who we are and who God is. We sing because sometimes we feel like it.  Sometimes we sing because we don’t feel like it, and by singing (or even just listening) we might start to feel like it. We lead our hearts to worship, because God is always worthy of worship. 

Sing or listen to 1 or 2 or 5 of these songs, and use the playlist throughout your week.

Lyrics

Leading Us Through the Night – People and Songs

Verse 1:
We are not alone, Oh brother oh sister,
We are not alone, Our Savior is with us
The Lord is here leading us through the night

Chorus 1:
We stand on the rock, We hide in Your shadow
We take up our cross, Pressing on, Live it all for Your glory

Verse 2:
Jesus stop the waves of chaos before us
Calm the fear within,Let courage rise in us
The Lord is here leading us through the night

Bridge:
Our Refuge our Shelter our joy in the morning,
Defender Redeemer Oh we give You praise
Our Healer Forgiver Oh the Mighty Warrior,
Our Fortress Strong Tower Oh we give You praise
Oh we give You praise, Oh we give You praise
Oh we give You praise

Ending:
Pressing on pressing on pressing on for Your glory
Pressing on pressing on pressing on for Your glory

Jesus We Love You – Bethel Worship

Verse 1:
Old things have passed away, Your love has stayed the same
Your constant grace remains the cornerstone
Things that we thought were dead, Are breathing in life again
You cause Your Son to shine on darkest nights

Pre-chorus:
For all that You’ve done, We will pour out our love
This will be our anthem song

Chorus:
Jesus we love You, Oh how we love You
You are the One our, Our hearts adore

Verse 2 :
The hopeless have found their hope, The orphans now have a home
All that was lost has found its place in You
You lift our weary head, You make us strong instead
You took these rags and made us beautiful

Pre-chorus :
For all that You’ve done, We will pour out our love
This will be our anthem song

Bridge:
Our affection, our devotion, Poured out on the feet of Jesus
Our affection, our devotion, Poured out on the feet of Jesus
Our affection, our devotion, Poured out on the feet of Jesus
Our affection, our devotion, Poured out on the feet of

Tremble – Mosaic MSC

Verse 1
Peace bring it all to peace, The storms surrounding me, Let it break at Your name
Still call the sea to still, The rage in me to still, Every wave at Your name

Chorus:
Jesus Jesus You make the darkness tremble, Jesus Jesus You silence fear
Jesus Jesus You make the darkness tremble, Jesus Jesus

Verse 2:
Breathe call these bones to live, Call these lungs to sing, Once again I will praise

Bridge:
Your name is a light that the shadows can’t deny
Your name cannot be overcome
Your name is alive forever lifted high
Your name cannot be overcome

Way Maker – Osinachi Kalu Okoro Egbu

Verse 1:
You are here moving in our midst, I worship You I worship You
You are here working in this place, I worship You I worship You
You are here moving in our midst, I worship You I worship You
You are here working in this place, I worship You I worship You

Chorus:
Way Maker Miracle Worker Promise Keeper, Light in the darkness,
my God that is who You are
Way Maker Miracle Worker Promise Keeper, Light in the darkness,
my God that is who You are

Verse 2:
You are here touching every heart, I worship You I worship You
You are here healing every heart, I worship You I worship You

Verse 3:
You are here turning lives around, I worship You I worship You
You are here mending every heart, I worship You yeah I worship You Lord

Bridge:
Even when I don’t see it You’re working, Even when I don’t feel it You’re working
You never stop You never stop working, You never stop You never stop working

Do It Again – Elevation Worship

Verse 1:
Walking around these walls, I thought by now they’d fall
But you have never failed me yet
Waiting for change to come, Knowing the battle’s won
For you have never failed me yet

Chorus:
Your promise still stands, Great is your faithfulness Faithfulness
I’m still in your hands, This is my confidence You’ve never failed me yet

Verse 2
I know the night won’t last, Your word will come to pass
My heart will sing your praise again
Jesus you’re still enough, Keep me within your love
My heart will sing your praise again

Bridge
I’ve seen you move You move the mountains
And I believe I’ll see you do it again
You made a way Where there was no way
And I believe I’ll see you do it again

Ending:
You’ve never failed me yet I never will forget
You’ve never failed me yet I never will forget

Spotify Playlist

Kids’ Activity

We know you’ve got a lot on your plate. Here’s a simple activity for your kids that goes along with today’s teaching. Help your kids know they can depend on God.

Ezra Kids Songs

Here’s a YouTube playlist of songs from Ezra Kids. Parents – join in and sing along! At least it’s not Baby Shark!

SCRIPTURE READING

Read Psalm 46 out loud, or have each person read to themselves.

1 God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
2 So we will not fear when earthquakes come
and the mountains crumble into the sea.
3 Let the oceans roar and foam.
Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!
Interlude
4 A river brings joy to the city of our God,
the sacred home of the Most High.
5 God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed.
From the very break of day, God will protect it.
6 The nations are in chaos,
and their kingdoms crumble!
God’s voice thunders,
and the earth melts!
7 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel is our fortress.
Interlude
8 Come, see the glorious works of the Lord:
See how he brings destruction upon the world.
9 He causes wars to end throughout the earth.
He breaks the bow and snaps the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.”
11 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel is our fortress.

TEACHING

Watch this week’s video teaching with Pastor Jeff, Christen, and Sam as we continue our series called Finding The Words. Open your Bible or use the Bible App to Psalm 46 and if possible, stream the video to your Living Room’s television. 

Once the video has ended, take a few moments to pray together.

Keep it simple. No special words necessary. Maybe each person could say a sentence or two, or one person could pray in response to what you heard God say in this teaching.

DISCUSS

  1. Take a moment to reflect on this question personally: What would be different in your life this week if you trusted fully that God was your refuge and strength? Would anyone in your gathering like to share their thoughts on this question?
  2. What did you hear God saying during this Living Room experience today?
  3. How might God be inviting you to respond?

RESPOND

Let us know you were here and say hi to your church family. Leave a comment or ask a question below.

18 Comments

  1. Pastor Jeff here! Thanks for coming by to share in the Living Room experience. Take a moment to say hi, share a comment, or ask a question.

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  2. Still sending all smiles and prayers. Thanks so much for the dedication and great spirit to send to us. Bless you!

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    • Great to have you join us, Bob!

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  3. I really enjoyed listening to the conversation among the Ezra leaders! I miss Sunday mornings at church but this was a beautiful message!

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    • Thanks, Jamie. We miss gathering as a group, too; and we’re grateful to be able to connect in new ways for the time being. God is near.

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  4. Love the reminder of the breathe prayer… Be still and know that I am God….

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    • That’s been very helpful to me this week, too.

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  5. I think that one of the things that I’m going to do this week is to pray not just for my family that I live with and for the groups that I’m normally with everyday, but to pray for those that are still posting their worries. When I go on my walks, to pray for the holes I pass by or come upon.

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    • Bri-I appreciate your heart to care for others around you.

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  6. It is important to be intentional in coming to God during this time. We need to come to Him….Be still and know that I am God!

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  7. Thank you for the hard work the team put into today’s living room experience. I really appreciate the gentle reminders and challenges to be intentional and seek God this week in our rhythm of life.

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  8. Good morning Ezra Family!! I just wanted to thank you for this Living Room Experience. Typically, on a Sunday morning at Ezra I would be upstairs and enjoying some quietness and peace, away from my 3 energetic and boisterous boys 💙💙💙 But this morning I got to enjoy worship with them through the kids worship songs. It was moving and brought tears to my eyes seeing them connect with Jesus and being filled with happiness, peace and comfort. They knew all the songs and our living room was filed with dancing and singing and praising. We hope everyone was touched by this experience this morning ❤️

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    • Lauren – we love hearing about families worshipping together!

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  9. Good morning! Matt and I chose to attend the 10:30 service today. 🙂 I’m grateful for all the work you’re doing to support our practice of being the church even when we can’t be “at church.”

    To me, “Be still and know that I am God“ = stop everything you’re doing and praise and acknowledge God. My rhythm this week will be framed in stopping, praising, and acknowledging.

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    • No one’s late to church right now!
      Stop. Praise. Acknowledging…good rhythm.

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  10. I very much appreciate seeing the three of you and hearing your discussion of Psalm 46. Thank you for making it personal and having us Be Still and Know that He is God!

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  11. Thank you for your insights and encouragement for: how to face the mental challenges of living as God’s people in the new social context.

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  12. Thank you three for diving in and dissecting Psalm 46. I love learning more about God through the scriptures and how I can apply His message in my life. Such a great reminder, during these troubled times, that “from the very break of day, God will protect it”.

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BETWEEN SUNDAYS

FOR OUR CITY

How can we help our Community during these uncertain times?

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The Stoughton Food Pantry is in need of volunteers, if you can volunteer, click the link below for more information.
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