Scattered Worship | Sunday, March 29, 2020

We’re no less the church when we’re scattered than we are when we’re gathered. While there’s nothing good in and of disease itself, we want Cedar City Church to embrace the interruptions and inconveniences that come along with the coronavirus as a sacred disruption in our personal discipleship. The Father longs for his people to worship him, not merely in a certain city, on a certain mountaintop, or in a certain building, but everywhere in spirit and in truth (John 4:21-24). May we demonstrate that in our homes and wherever we can (or can’t!) go over the coming weeks.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
– Hebrews 10:23-25

What you’ll find below is by no means a replacement for the body being together in the flesh. However, we do hope to stir you up to love and good works for one another and your neighbors, that in this season you might be spurred to confess Christ as your hope all the more in the midst of sickness and uncertainty.

The family and the mission go on – through your family and your mission as disciples each day.

Order of Gathering

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us 

Welcome & Prayer

O Come to the Altar

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing 

Focal Passage: Exodus 9:13-35

Sermon

Prayer & Invitation to respond with reflective questions

Announcements & Benediction

CCC Kids

Hello families!
This week we are looking at The First Judges. I’ve utilized our leader guides to make a hybrid guide that is appropriate for parents/caregivers of big and little kids. There are just a couple notes to simplify the main point and Bible story for little kids, under 5 years old. I hope you enjoy learning and worshiping God together this Sunday. We miss getting to see your families and kids in-person, but in the meantime, we hope that virtual guides will serve your families.
 – Lindsay Heinly

The First Judges

Judges 3: 7-31

If the video is not playing for some reason, try clicking here to watch it.

Main Point

God’s people turned from Him to worship idols
(little kids may understand it this way: The Israelites forgot about the one true God.)

Key Passage

Isaiah 33:22
(The Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our King. He will save us.)

Big Picture Question

How does God accomplish His plan? God uses people for His glory and our good.

Music

He Will Save Us

Guide for Families

Watch the Bible story video or read the Bible story (pages 3 – 4 in the leader guide)

**Note: if your kids are younger, you can opt to read the bolded lines only.

Here are a handful of questions to discuss together:

  • Who did God send to rescue them from their enemies? (The judges)
  • What do we need to be rescued from? (Sin and death)
  • Whom did God send to rescue us from sin and death? (His Son, Jesus; John 3:16)
  • What happened when a judge died? (The Israelites forgot about God)
  • Why did the Israelites disobey God? (See Judges 2:10)
  • How can your family remember what God has done?
  • What from the Bible passage do you want to remember about God?
  • How does God accomplish His plan? (God uses people for His glory and our good)

Talk about the Christ connection

Judges saved the people from the consequences of their sin, but not the cause of it. God’s plan was to one day send a true Deliverer—Jesus, His own Son—to be the King of His people. Jesus saves people from sin forever.

Read the key passage Isaiah 33:22 together

Ask the question, “What four things does this verse tell us about God?” (He is our judge, lawgiver, and king. He will save us.). What does it mean that God is our judge? Our lawgiver? Our king? That he will save us?

Listen, sing and dance along to the song, “He Will Save Us”

Pray together. Here are some prayer prompts for ideas.

  • Declare that God is our judge, our lawgiver, our king, and He alone will save us.
  • Thank God for being a God who rescues and delivers.
  • Ask God to use your family in this season for His glory and our good.
  • Ask God for his help in any prayer requests for you, your family, neighbors, and the world.

A Temporary Normal

Like many others in the last few weeks Cedar City Church has had to discover a new, temporary, normal. In many ways, the shifts that have happened since the coronavirus pandemic have helped us to focus on what it really means to be the church. God’s church is not now, nor has it ever been, confined to a building. It is made up of people, whether those people are in the same room, across the city or across the nation. Thanks to modern technology we can still gather virtually to pray, worship, discuss God’s word and do life together.

For the foreseeable future, here are some regular times throughout the week that we will be “gathering” online as a church body. Whether you are a regular part of Cedar City Church or have yet to visit, you are invited to join us!

Sundays

Scattered Worship

11am – We will post pre-recorded worship songs and sermons on the website for you to watch with your family, friends or neighbors. We’ll also include resources that parents can use for an age appropriate kids lesson.

You’ll be able to access each week’s post by visiting our home page or listen.cedarcitychurch.com.

Mondays

Prayer Call

12pm – A twice weekly call to check-in and pray for whatever may be on your heart. Click the link below to join the Zoom call at 12pm.

Wednesdays

Prayer Call

12pm – A twice weekly call to check-in and pray for whatever may be on your heart. Click the link below to join the Zoom call at 12pm.

Missional Community Call

7pm – We’ll gather virtually as a missional community to do a quick check-in, discussion about a set verse(s), and pray together. Click the link below to join the Zoom call at 7pm.

What is Zoom?

Zoom is a video conferencing application that allows groups of people to meet virtually using a desktop or laptop computer, tablet or smartphone.

Click here for help on how to join a Zoom call. If you are using a tablet or smartphone, you can download the Zoom app from the app store.

Scattered Worship | Sunday, March 22, 2020

This Sunday Pastor David Hackney will be joining the pastors of The Village Church in Hamilton for a livestreamed gathering at 10:30am. We would love for you to join us! CCC has been preaching through Exodus on the same schedule as The Village Church, so the message will follow right in line with where we are.

Click the link below to watch the livestream at 10:30am on Sunday.

https://www.myvillagechurch.com/coronavirus/scattered-worship-sunday-march-22


Worship Guide | Sunday, March 15th, 2020

Good morning! While we are not gathering as a group today, we encourage you to take this time to worship, read the Bible, discuss and pray as a family or with neighbors or friends. To help you do that, here is a worship/prayer guide we’ve put together.

It include links to worship songs you can view/listen to online, a selected verse to read along with some discussion questions and some points of specific items to pray for.

Cedar City Church & the coronavirus

Hey CCC family!

By now, we’ve all read about and heard many church’s stances on the coronavirus (COVID-19)… some churches are either having online services only or not gathering at all. And there are a few (even in Lebanon) that are keeping business as usual with some precautionary measures in place.

There is somewhat of a balance to strike when it comes to how people may view this pandemic. There is one side that might be prone to panic and live in fear. By God’s grace, this will not be CCC. We serve a Sovereign God who commands us to “fear not.” Why? Because “He is with us.” We serve a Risen Savior who is holding all things together. We can surely trust God, walk in faith, and find our peace in Him today and everyday.

On the other side are people who think they are Iron Man and who may be prone to be insensitive, brush this off as nothing, or even cast stones for the decisions some will make in the next few weeks. That will not be CCC either. We are compassionate people who are sent to engage our neighbors with humility and with the gospel. 

CCC will continue to follow Jesus, love others and make disciples during this time of uncertainty. Some things may change for a short period of time, but the mission stays the same. We are a church that has two rhythms: gathering and scattering. We might be doing a little bit more scattering over the next few weeks, but we are still God’s Church and we are still Cedar City Church.

What does all of this mean for CCC?

This Sunday @ Urbancrest

This Sunday we had planned to gather with Urbancrest church to participate in GIC week, however, we have made the decision to NOT gather at Urbancrest. There has been advice given by our governor to not gather with more than 100 people and we believe it is wise to heed this advice. We will, however, provide a prayer guide and/or a worship guide for you this Sunday to use in your home. Check this site on Sunday for the guide.

If you were planning to attend any of the GIC events at Urbancrest, they are still happening, but on a smaller scale. Watch this video from Pastor Tom Pendergrass or visit their website for updates on how this has affected GIC events.

Prayer and Bible Reading

We want to encourage you to take a little down time (if you have it) to catch up on a little sleep, watch a movie, bake, exercise, play board games, and stare out the window! But, more importantly, we want you to take this time to reset your rhythms of Bible Intake and Prayer. This certainly covers the grid of doing this personally, but also includes your children, spouse, and neighbors. Find a place. Find a time. Make a plan. 

Be Lights!

This IS the time to be different. This is the time to watch a child whose parents work. This is the time to purchase groceries for your aging neighbor or your neighbor who is running low on money. This is the time to be on the lookout for ways to serve others in unique ways. Joshua’s Place will be having several food drop-off locations and distribution centers in Lebanon and the surrounding areas. There might even be opportunities for Hand Up to play a major part in food distribution.

One Another!

Make sure to check in on one another during this time. The beauty of the church is that we deeply love one another and are already connected into each other’s lives. This is a great time to call someone you don’t know very well just to check in on them. Spend a few moments on the phone catching up and in prayer. 

Exodus Series

The plan is to continue through Exodus as scheduled. If we gather on Sundays, this will be the plan. If we don’t gather on Sundays, we will be providing resources here on our website and through social media.

Giving

For those of you who do not already give online and desire to give, please visit cedarcitychurch.com/give to find our online giving platform. On that page, you’ll also find the address to mail your donation. If you need any assistance with the online giving process, please reach out to us a info@cedarcitychurch.com.

Updates

We will post updates at cedarcitychurch.com/coronavirus and on our Facebook or Instagram pages as things develop and plans change.

COVID-19 Resources

We’re Here For You

We will be around to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to reach out to us via email, phone or social media.

Don’t forget… 

We’re a COMMUNITY.  Reach out if you are in need and reach out to simply check in on others.  

We’re formed by the GOSPEL.  Make Jesus central in all you do.

We’re sent on God’s MISSION.  Look out for one another and your neighbors. 

We’ll continue to keep you posted as things develop.