Lesson 3: What Is Worship?
Gather with your household each day for a time to be formed by God’s Word. God’s Word connects your faith to your life. Here are some simple steps for how to properly receive God’s gifts together in the Word. Pick a time to do this each day.
1. Run through the memory work for this week once or twice (if you have some).
2. Make the sign of the cross and remember how God has called you to be His own through your Baptism. Say a prayer for the Holy Spirit to form your faith.
3. Consider saying the Lord’s Prayer or using an order of daily devotion from the hymnal.
4. Find the Bible verse for the day in your Bible. Highlight the verse and read it out loud at least twice.
5. Consider the question, and talk through together how God’s Word helps you answer the question.
6. Say a prayer, including telling God what you’ve learned from His Word, but also thanking Him for what you’ve been given, confessing your sins, and praying for specific needs. Then, go your way in peace.
Day 1— Hebrews 10:25 How do we encourage one another through worship?
"25 Let us not neglect meeting together, as some have the habit of doing. Rather, let us encourage each other, and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
Day 2— Matthew 12:1–8 What does Jesus say is most important about the Sabbath?
12 At that time, Jesus went through the grain fields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick heads of grain and eat them. 2But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, what your disciples are doing is unlawful on the Sabbath.”
3But he said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4He entered God’s house and ate the Bread of the Presence, which was lawful only for the priests to eat, not for him or his companions. 5Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath days, the priests in the temple violate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? 6But I tell you that one greater than the temple is here. 7Yet if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. 8For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
Day 3— Romans 14:5–6 Is the Sabbath day more important than any other?
5One person values one day above another. Another person values every day the same. Let each person be fully convinced in his own mind. 6The person who honors a certain day does this for the Lord, and the person who eats does this for the Lord, because he gives thanks to God. And the person who does not eat does this for the Lord and gives thanks to God.
Day 4— Hebrews 12:22–24 Who gathers together when we worship?
22Instead, you have come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God; to the heavenly Jerusalem; to tens of thousands of angels in joyful assembly; 23to the church of the firstborn whose names are written in heaven; to God, who is the judge of all; to the spirits of righteous people who have been made perfect; 24to Jesus, the mediator of a new testament; and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better message than the blood of Abel.
Day 5— 1 Timothy 2:1–5 What is one of the highlights of worship?
2 First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2for kings and all those who are in authority, in order that we might live a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and dignity. 3This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4who wants all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus