Under LBAC’s current plan to limit gatherings, we want to provide a comprehensive worship experience for you to experience on your own, with your family, or your Growth Group. Below you will find links to all of the elements of our typical mornings for you to use as you wish.
If you have any issues with any of the links, please contact our office.
SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE - 04/05/2020
For your convenience, we have digitized the Worship Guide that you receive each Sunday morning as you enter into the sanctuary. Click on each of the links below to view or download the document.
WORSHIP SERVICE FOR THE KIDDOS
Parents – Here are a few fun, simple ways you can help your kids celebrate Palm Sunday and the upcoming Holy Week at home. There’s a palm leaf craft link, as well as an Easter story flip book and word search. These could be things the kids do while you are listening to the sermon or at a different point in your day or even later this week. There’s also a new sermon notes for kids worksheet for you to try out. If you prefer the one we posted the last couple of weeks, you can still access that by clicking the blue box with the previous worship services.
CALL TO WORSHIP
Good morning church family,
Welcome to our time of gathering together today. This morning we are celebrating Palm Sunday, that moment when Jesus rode into the city of Jerusalem as their King, coming to them, righteous and having salvation, humble and riding on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9).
Each year, as a church we have celebrated this day by having our children processing into the sanctuary as we all sang and waved our palm branches together singing Hosanna (God save us) Psalm 118:25-26. We would also be celebrating baptisms today, the very fruit of the work Jesus accomplished through his death and resurrection.
As we come to worship the Lord in our own homes today and throughout the coming Holy Week, we are once again declaring Jesus’ victory over sin and death! Today we also will remember Jesus as we participate in communion a little later in our service.
Father, we thank You for meeting with us here on this Palm Sunday. We are so grateful to be able to come to this time of worship, as different as it is, so that we can join our voices with all the saints of all the ages in lifting up praise to You Lord Jesus. Thank You for your steadfast love that carried you from this high moment to the darkness of that Friday night where You suffered on our behalf. We love You and worship You our Lord and Savior! Amen.
Read these words together and pause to talk to the Lord and perhaps with each other as you confess the things that have caused you to wander from trusting God this week.
Father, You have called us to love You with all of our heart, mind and soul, and our neighbors as ourselves, but we are often unable to do these things.
We confess that our affections continually turn away from You, and take us from purity to lust…from freedom to slavery, from compassion to indifference, from fullness to emptiness.
Have mercy on us and heal our hearts through Your holy Word. Make Your commandments the joy of our hearts.
Conform us to the image of Jesus, so that we may shine Your glory to the world.
WORSHIP IN RESPONSE
PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH
(Take your time here)
By yourself, or in your small group gathering, pray for the church and the movement of the gospel. Begin your time of prayer with thanksgiving remembering the mighty works of our God and his love for us. Then lift up our leaders, those in authority over us that we might live in peace for the purpose that the gospel might be shared freely. Finally, close with petition for your daily needs and those around you.
WORSHIP IN GIVING
Take a few minutes, thinking about what it means to give sacrificially in times like these. The church has always faced a troubled world and has been placed here for such times as this to be reconcilers and provide hope for the hopeless and love to the unloved. Pray together and ask God to open your heart to how he might use you and your gifts in this unique time.
WAYS TO GIVE
Because of the cancellation of our church services, we would like to offer you 3 convenient ways to continue supporting LBAC through your financial gifts and offerings as you and your family worship from home:
1. Go to the GIVE section of our website at www.lbac.org and select the GIVE ONLINE NOW button. There you can sign up with easyTithe, our online giving provider, for one-time donations each week. For your convenience, you can even set up recurring donations so no matter where you are, you won’t have to worry about your weekly giving.
2. Give to LBAC through our PayPal account, www.paypal.me/longbeachalliance. Just follow the link here or type it in your browser and log in to your account. In the note section, you can write where you’d like the funds to be designated.
3. For those who don’t like to use technology, there is always the option of mailing a check to the office or dropping it off at the church. There is a heavy duty mail slot on the door to the left of the main office door. We’ll get it and deposit it.
Easy peasy. Three ways to continue giving while you worship from home. Let’s make the most of the situation we’re in and continue worshipping and glorifying our Father in Heaven.
Holy Week Devotionals
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Women’s Tea, May 9 – CANCELLED
Sadly, there is just not enough time to plan it with everything up in the air with the quarantine in effect.
Family Camp, May 29-31
Join other LBAC & AWANA families for this annual campout. Spaces are limited to 11 RV/Camping sites at $15/person. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your spot.
Red Cross Blood Drive, June 7
Save the Date and Save a Life!
Alliance Youth Charity Golf Tournament, September 11
Growth Groups, Creatively Ongoing
With the evermore restrictive guidelines on gathering together, there are a lot of growth groups that have taken to social media, and other technologies, to still meet as a growth group. Programs such as Facebook Groups, Zoom, and Google Hangouts have proven to be an effective way to gather together, share what the Lord has been up to in your life, and to still enjoy the sight of each other’s beautiful faces.
We are still figuring out how all of this works, but if you are not sure where to begin, please contact your growth group leader or our office and we’ll try and get you pointed in the right direction.
Youth Group, High School & Junior High, Online
We have moved all of our weekly youth gatherings online with the help of YouTube Live and Zoom.
Pastor Jesse streams a live Youth Group every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7PM for anyone to join (high school, junior high, friends, family, parents, neighbors, CDC officials). Jesse gives away coffee, plays games and includes some worship and a lesson. Then the group moves to a zoom meeting afterwards to check-in with one another and discuss the lesson.
Awana will not be meeting in person for now, but we don’t want that to keep you from moving forward in your books and continuing to learn those verses! Please check your email or contact your awana club director for instructions on how you can recite your verses.
Cubbies – Nichole Herman (email@example.com)
Sparks – Caleb Gerl (firstname.lastname@example.org)
TnT – Tom Gerl (email@example.com)
Trek – Sarah Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Journey – Scott and Deya Slade (email@example.com)
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