January 1st sunday Service plans

On January 1, 2023, we are not holding our normal Sunday morning services. This year, we are inviting you to worship with us in one of our neighborhood groups, at the church building, 

or with your family in your own home. 


If you would like to see if one of our neighborhood groups is meeting near you this Sunday, 

please contact Kathleen: kathleen@thejourneynova.org - for information. 


If you would like to join us at the church, we will start at 10:30 am in the auditorium.


Here is a recommended schedule for you, for your group, or for your family.


Worship (15min)

Open your morning service with a prayer inviting God to be present with you during this time.

Have someone read Psalm 100 aloud to open worship before starting your time of worship at the link below.

Here is a link to 3 worship songs to use.


Scripture Reading (10-15 min)

Ask a few people to read aloud or read a verse or two at a time going around the circle.

Kids who can read can participate and can help answer questions.

For the sharing portion at the end, kids can be kept engaged by asking them to draw a picture of what

they are thankful for or what God did in their lives this past year (provide paper and crayons).


1. Read aloud Psalm 77:1-9. What does the author seem to be feeling at the beginning of the

Psalm?


2. Read aloud Psalm 77:10-12. The author seems to make a decision to do something about these

feelings? What does he do?


3. Read aloud Psalm 77:13-20. How do you think he ends up feeling by the end of the Psalm?

a. For the kids: what Bible story do you think he is remembering in verses 19 & 20?


4. Read Psalm 78:1-6. What is the Bible telling us to do here?


5. Take some time to remember and share some things God has done for you in 2022. What are

you thankful to the Lord for at the end of the year? 

(Leader will need to facilitate how much sharing happens around the circle before moving on.)


Communion (5 min):

Find something to eat or drink together (cracker and juice).

Say: We take communion every week as an act of remembrance. Just like we spent time remembering

what God did this past year, now we will take some time to remember what He did for us by his death

on the cross.


Read aloud 1 Corinthians 11:23-26: “The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, 'This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”


Say: Let’s take the bread and the cup together and remember Him and what He did for us.


Take communion and invite someone to pray a closing prayer thanking God for our salvation and his

provision over the past year.

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