¹⁸ but you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you from there; therefore I command you to do this.
¹⁹ “When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. ²⁰ When you beat your olive trees, you shall not go over them again. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. ²¹ When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not strip it afterward. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. ²² You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore I command you to do this.
Applying the text
- Take a moment to remember your own past. What was your life like before Jesus saved you? What were you like?
- How is your life different now because of what Jesus has done?
- What needs do you see in our community? How might God use you to provide for the needy and powerless?
Call to Worship
¹ Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous!
Praise befits the upright.
² Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre;
make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
³ Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
⁴ For the word of the LORD is upright,
and all his work is done in faithfulness.
⁵ He loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.
Prayer of Confession
Almighty God who is rich in mercy to all those who call upon You; hear us as we come to You humbly confessing our sins and transgressions, and imploring Your mercy and forgiveness. We have broken Your holy laws by our deeds and by our words, and by the sinful affections of our hearts. Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; grant that we may hereafter serve and please You in newness of life; through the merit of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
January Memory Verse
⁹ Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations...
Resources for Parents
Every Sunday, the children's ministry team creates lessons that cover the scripture and concepts from a recent sermon. The teachers ask simple questions to help the kids learn to understand and apply what God says in the Bible.
We want to equip parents to talk to their kids about what they're learning. The following is the content that the children's classes taught this week. We encourage parents to use this resource at home to help you and your kids grow as you learn from God's word together.
Children's Lesson from Sunday, January 19
1 Peter 2:1-12
The Main Point:
God uses the Church to bring the good news of Jesus to the world.
Vocabulary Word for PreK and Elementary 1 Classes:
The Church - God's people who God uses to bring the good news of Jesus to the world
Q: What was the special job Jesus gave Peter?
A: Feed Jesus' sheep or teach people about God.
Q: How should you and I be like little babies?
A: We should want to read God's words in the Bible like a baby wants its milk.
Q: What does God use the Church to do?
A: Tell the world about Jesus!
New City Catechism Question #48
What is the Church?
A community elected for eternal life and united by faith, who love, follow, learn from, and worship God together.