Come Let Us Adore Him | The Heart of Worship | George Hinman

Luke 2:17-19; Philippians 4:4-7

Review: What effect did adding praise to your prayer time have on your prayer life this week?  Laurie asked us if the object of our praise was too limited.  Did you find the objects of praise in your thoughts included those that are temporary, human or earth-bound?

Introduction:  The gospel writer Luke according to tradition spent time with Mary and heard her account of the birth first-hand.  Our gospel passage this week records the effect the shepherd’s visit to the stable had on them and on Mary.  We too are invited to respond to God’s choice to enter our world in flesh and blood, Emmanuel – God with us.

Pray:  Lord, thank you for your presence with us.  Help us today to be responsive to your choice to dwell among us and through your Holy Spirit dwell within us.  Amen.

Read:  Luke 2:17-19; Philippians 4:4-7.

Discussion
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  1. Those that heard the report of the shepherds were amazed but Mary pondered these things in her heart.    What is the difference between amazement and pondering?  How do you think you would have responded to the shepherd’s news?

  2. What do you find hard to understand about how God is working in your life or in the world?  What do you know about God that you can ponder until God gives you more understanding?

  3. Read Philippians 4:4-7.  What emotions are listed?  What acts of worship are encouraged?  Which character traits for the believer are promised as a result?

  4. What are you anxious about?  How will you make your requests known to God?

  5. What are you thankful for today? 

Application:  As a group commit each day this week to pray for those praises, anxieties and requests that members of the group have made known in today’s discussion.  Be prepared to share next week how God has responded to these prayers.

Pray:  Prince of Peace and Lord of Lords, Jesus we ask that the peace that only you can give, peace beyond the reach of our understanding will guard our hearts and minds as we go from this place and in the days to come.  Amen.

 

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