Sunday, March 15

“By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.” Psalm 137:1

Psalm 137 (above) is linked to the exile when God’s people were captive in a foreign land and unable to gather for worship in the temple on Mt. Zion. They lamented their situation. By God’s grace our situation is not nearly as desperate as theirs. Although the people of Christ the King are not gathering for worship today, we are not exiled in a foreign land. We have access to God’s word, we can encourage each other by phone call, email, text message, etc. We anticipate that this “exile” from corporate worship is only temporary. 

How might you worship God in your home or apartment today? Perhaps you might begin with thanksgiving, expressing gratitude to God for whatever he brings to mind. Then you might confess your sins and ask for God’s forgiveness. Next you might engage with the Word. Our website homepage ( www.christ4u.net ) has a video of the Word for the week, it is based on Mark 8:31-38. Next, you might intercede for others as the Lord leads you. Finally, you may want to extend God’s love to others by sending a message or making a phone call.

Mark 8:31-38
He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.    He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.    For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.    What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?    Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?    If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

Note: If you have children with you these days, this link may be helpful in communicating hope - https://theparentcue.org/ .