WELCOME TO

THE LIVING ROOM

– May 31, 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.

CURRENT TEACHING SERIES

In The Meantime

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 our teaching team.

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 our video teaching and resources to create a meaningful experience in your Living Room.

WEEK OF MAY 31, 2020

OPENING PRAYER 

Thanks for joining us! Let us know you’re here and any way we can be helpful to you.

Welcome back! Let us know you’re here and any way we can be helpful to you.

It’s our privilege to seek God with you. How can our leaders join you in prayer?

Your generosity matters

We live with open hands so God’s blessing can overflow through us. When you give financially, you’re helping your church continue to helping people connect with God and bless our city.

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.

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 see how God cares for them.

Ezra Kids Songs

Here’s a YouTube playlist of songs from Ezra Kids. Parents – join in and sing along!

BIBLE READING

Take a minute to read today’s Bible passage out loud.

1 Peter 1:1-12, NLT

1 This letter is from Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ.
I am writing to God’s chosen people who are living as foreigners in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. 2 God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ.
May God give you more and more grace and peace.
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.
6 So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
8 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9 The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.
10 This salvation was something even the prophets wanted to know more about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for you. 11 They wondered what time or situation the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about when he told them in advance about Christ’s suffering and his great glory afterward.

TEACHING

Watch this week’s teaching with Pastor Jeff, Christen, and Sam. If possible, stream the video to your Living Room’s television. 

Summer Bible Reading Plan

Join with your Ezra Church family in reading 1 Peter this summer. We’ll read 1 passage each week before the teaching on Sundays. Consider reading the same passage each day of the week, taking in what it has to say.

DISCUSS

  1. We’re talking about living life “in the meantime”…having hope for the future but dealing with the real struggles of today. Could you name one “in the meantime” struggle that’s been real for you this week?
  2. What are some of God’s promises that we long for and hope for in the future that are named in today’s passage (1 Peter 1:1-12)? Which one is most relatable to you?
  3. Peter says that trials and hardships refine our faith and identity, helping us see where we’ve built our faith or identity on the wrong things. In what ways have difficulties helped you grow your faith and seek God for your identity?
  4. Regardless of where you are in your spiritual journey, what next step does this invite? What would it look like if you lived like this was true?

    PRACTICE

    Continue to use the “Finding Rhythm in Disruption” practices this week (see the link below).

    How could you grow your practice of reading and reflecting on the Bible? Could our Ezra Summer Bible Reading Plan help you grow in this? 

    Summer Bible Reading Plan

    Join with your Ezra Church family in reading 1 Peter this summer. We’ll read 1 passage each week before the teaching on Sundays. Consider reading the same passage each day of the week, taking in what it has to say.

    BETWEEN SUNDAYS

    Do you want to make a difference?
    There are ways you can volunteer, pray, or give during this time.

    Do you need help?
    Food, supplies, and prayer support is available.

    Last month, the For Stoughton fund provided assistance for families out of work and encouraged Stoughton frontline workers. We’re trusting God’s generous provision through our church.

    Would you consider a gift to Ezra Church or the For Stoughton Fund?

    Contact Us

    info@ezra.church

    608.834.9050

    515 East Main Street
    Stoughton, WI 53589

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