Power of the Resurrection

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Songs:

  • Christ the Lord is Risen Today by Charles Wesley 

  • Resurrecting by Christopher Brown, Mack Brock, Matt Ntele, Steven Furtick, & Wade Joye [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Seas of Crimson by Bobby Stand, Brian Johnson, Daniel Bashta, and Joel Taylor [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • O Praise the Name (Anástasis) by Benjamin Hastings, Dean Ussher, & Marty Sampson [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Come to the Feast by Jeff Lawson [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • What A Beautiful Name by Ben Fielding & Brooke Ligertwood [iTunes] [Spotify]

Palm Sunday

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Songs:

Hospitality and Generosity

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Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: 1 John 

1 John Series Reading Schedule (PDF)

This Week's Reading: 3 John

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What stood out to you in this letter?

  2. John gives us a positive example with Gaius’ support and provision for teachers as well as a negative example with Diotrephes pride in wanting to be first. Which can you find yourself identifying more with recently? Why?

  3. Where might God be asking you to use your resources and time this week?

Songs:

  • All Creatures of Our God and King by St. Francis of Assisi & William Henry Draper [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Almighty God by David Leonard, Leslie Jordan, & Sandra McCracken [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Give Me Faith by Mack Brock, Chris Brown, London Gatch, & Wade Joye [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Praise Be to God by Clayton Luckie

  • True Religion by Ryan Delmore [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • You Have Been For Us by Clayton Luckie

Prayer
Collect For the Fifth Sunday in Lent, The Book of Common Prayer, pg. 219

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Encouragement for a Struggling Church

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: 1 John 

1 John Series Reading Schedule (PDF)

This Week's Reading: 2 John

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What did you notice in this book that was similar and different than 1 John?

  2. Why do you think that the truth of Christ is vital to Christianity? In your current social circles, where do you see this truth being disregarded or compromised?

  3. Read verses 8-11. Think about the part that you play in the body of Christ. How does God want you to point others back to His truth when they seem to wander? How can you hold fast to the teachings of Christ even here at WRF?

Songs:

  • They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love by Peter Scholtes [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Praise the Lord by Charlie Hall, Daniel Bashta, & Kristian Stanfill [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Do It Again by Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Matt Redman, & Steven Furtick [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Spirit Speaks by David Leonard, Drew Cline, & Leslie Jordan [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Remembrance by Benjamin Hastings & Chris Davenport [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Cornerstone by William Batchelder Bradbury, Eric Liljero, Reuben Morgan, Edward Mote, & Jonas Myrin [iTunes] [Spotify]

Prayer
Collect For the Fourth Sunday in Lent, The Book of Common Prayer, pg. 219

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Confidence in Relationship

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: 1 John 

1 John Series Reading Schedule (PDF)

This Week's Reading: 1 John 5:13-21

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What did you notice in this section that concludes 1 John?

  2. Read verse 16. Think about how you typically respond when you hear or see a fellow believer sinning. Do you talk to God or others about them first? Do you minimize or exaggerate the situation due to preference of the person?

  3. Verses 14-15 mention that we can be confident that God hears and answers our requests when they are aligned with His will. How have you reconciled this truth with times where you don't feel like God is listening to you? How can these verses encourage you going forward in times of doubt?

Songs:

  • Holy Holy Holy by John Bacchus Dykes & Reginald Heber

  • Great Are You Lord by Leslie Jordan & David Leonard [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • O Come to the Altar by Christopher Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick, & Wade Joye [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • It is Well With My Soul by Philip Paul Bliss and Horatio G. Spafford

  • God’s Highway by Sandra McCracken & Thad Cockrell [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me by Jonny Robinson, Michael Farren, and Rich Thompson [iTunes] [Spotify] 

Prayer
Collect For the Third Sunday in Lent, The Book of Common Prayer, pg. 218

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Belief in Jesus

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: 1 John 

1 John Series Reading Schedule (PDF)

This Week's Reading: 1 John 5:1-12

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What did you notice in this passage?

  2. Read verse 3. Do you find it easy or difficult to believe that God’s commandments are not burdensome. How can this verse inform how you view and obey His commands?

  3. Verse 4 mentions that our faith in Jesus is the victory that overcomes the world. How does this encourage you right now? How can you use your faith to encourage others this week?

Songs:

  • I Wait by David Leonard, Leslie Jordan, & Thomas Jordan [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • By His Grace by Brian Eichelberger, Dustin Kensrue, & Nick Lathe [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • This I Believe (The Creed) by Ben Fielding & Matt Crocker [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Rock of Ages by Augustus M. Toplady, Thomas Hastings, arr. Brooks Ritter [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Jesus Calls Us by Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander & William Herbert Jude, arr. Seth Woods [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Singing in the Victory by Aaron Ivey, Brett Land, Dietrich Schmidt, Jaleesa McCreary, Logan Walter, & Marcus Dawes [iTunes] [Spotify]

Prayer
Collect For the Second Sunday in Lent, The Book of Common Prayer, pg. 218

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Confidence in Love

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: 1 John 

1 John Series Reading Schedule (PDF)

This Week's Reading: 1 John 4:13-21

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What did you observe when reading this section?

  2. Read verse 18. What does fear reveal about our relationship with God?

  3. Verse 16 reminds us that we are to believe the love that God has for us. How can you believe and live out of that this week?

Songs:

Prayer
Collect For the First Sunday in Lent, The Book of Common Prayer, pg. 218

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Ash Wednesday

Opening Prayer

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Collect for Ash Wednesday, The Book of Common Prayer, pg. 217

Reading of the Word

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge.
Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise.
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.
May it please you to prosper Zion, to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous, in burnt offerings offered whole;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.

Psalm 51

Songs:

Sermon - Jeff Fritsche

Corporate Confession - Congregational response in bold

Most holy and merciful Father: We confess to you and to one another, and to the whole communion of saints in heaven and on earth, that we have sinned by our own fault in thought, word, and deed; by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. 

We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

We have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us. We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved your Holy Spirit.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

We confess to you, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness: the pride, hypocrisy, and impatience of our lives,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation of other people,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our anger at our own frustration, and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and our dishonesty in daily life and work,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our negligence in prayer and worship, and our failure to commend the faith that is in us,
We confess to you, Lord.

Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done: for our blindness to human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

For our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

Personal Confession of Sins

Restore us, good Lord, and let your anger depart from us;
Favorably hear us, for your mercy is great.

Accomplish in us the work of your salvation,
That we may show forth your glory in the world.

By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord,
Bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection.

Litany of Penitence, The Book of Common Prayer, pg. 267

Prayer

Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth: Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence, that we may remember that it is only by your gracious gift that we are given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. 

The Book of Common Prayer, pg. 265

The Imposition of Ashes

Absolution

May God the Father, who does not despise the broken spirit, give us contrite hearts.
May Christ, who bore our sins in his body on the tree, heal us by his wounds.
May the Holy Spirit, who leads us into all truth, speak words of pardon and peace.
Thanks be to God that we can trust that all of our sins, past, present and future are absolved.
There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ. Amen.

* Reprinted by permission from The Worship Sourcebook, Second Edition, © 2013, Faith Alive Christian Resources.

Clayton Luckie
Love Is From God

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: 1 John 

1 John Series Reading Schedule (PDF)

This Week's Reading: 1 John 4:7-12

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What stands out to you about love in this section?

  2. Do you believe that God is love and that what He does flows from that? Why or why not?

  3. Verse 12 reminds us that no one is able to actually see God. While that is true, people see you. How can you represent God in the way that you love this week?

Songs:

  • Your Love Never Fails by Chris McClarney & Anthony Skinner [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • My Savior’s Love by Charles Hutchison Gabriel

  • Great Are You Lord by Leslie Jordan & David Leonard [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Here is Love by William Edwards, Robert S. Lowry, & William Rees

  • There Is a Fountain by William Cowper & Lowell Mason

  • Build My Life by Brett Younker, Karl Martin, Kirby Kable, Matt Redman, & Pat Barrett [iTunes] [Spotify]