Quest Church: A Community of Grace
Reset: How to Forgive
WORSHIP: May 2, 2021 - 10am
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    Sunday 8:00 AM

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SONG: Raise a Hallelujah

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS

PRAYER OF GENEROSITY

SONGS: God That Saves

SCRIPTURE READING: Genesis 45:1-8, 12-15

MESSAGE: How to Forgive

PRAYER

SONG: Hallelujah for the Cross

COMMUNION + THE LORD'S PRAYER
Offered in-person. If you're unable to attend in person but would like to receive Communion, please contact the church office.
PRAYER OF GENEROSITY
We pause for a time of generosity since giving is a part of worship.We renounce selfishness and pray God's generosity will shape our lives.

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Holy Father, you never fail to be generous. Every good thing comes from your hand. Everything I have, and all that I am, belongs to you. You call me to grow in the Way of Jesus who models self-sacrifice.

Therefore...

I renounce spending everything on myself.
I renounce the false glamor of wealth that chokes your word.
I renounce giving that costs me nothing.

I commit to growing in generosity.
I commit to helping the poor.
I commit to supporting the work of your Church.
I commit to being rich in good deeds.

Open my heart. Open my hands. AMEN.
SCRIPTURE READING
GENESIS 45:1-8, 12-15

Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, “Have everyone leave my presence!” So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh’s household heard about it.

3 Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence.

4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. 6 For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. 7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 8 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.

12 “You can see for yourselves, and so can my brother Benjamin, that it is really I who am speaking to you. 13 Tell my father about all the honor accorded me in Egypt and about everything you have seen. And bring my father down here quickly.”

14 Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping. 15 And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward his brothers talked with him.

(The New International Version, 2011)
MESSAGE REFLECTION
Reflect on these questions shortly after today's message. To use today's Scripture and message to connect daily with God, use the Field Guide below.

1) What has today's scripture reading and/or message shown you about God?

2) What has today's scripture reading and/or message shown you about yourself?

3) What practical next step do you need to take after today's message?
FIELD GUIDE
Use these questions for personal or group discussion this week to go deeper into the message and Scripture reading.

1) Reread today's Scripture passage. What stands out to you? What questions do you have about this passage?

2) Joseph and his brothers had a history of hurting one another - and eventually one side took things too far! What relationships in your own life have a history of mutually hurting each other? Beyond your personal life, have you been part of any group that has had this kind of "hurt one another" relationship?

3) We see Joseph wrestle with his emotions in Genesis 42:7 and Genesis 45:3. What's the connection between our emotions and forgiveness?

4) Joseph could have emphasized his new name and position, lording it over his brothers. Instead he humbles himself as simply says, "I'm Joseph, your brother." What role does humility play in forgiveness? When have you had to humble yourself when offering forgiveness?

5) Joseph does not cover up or ignore the real harm his brothers caused him (see Genesis 45:4). Why is it important to name how we've been wronged when offering forgiveness?

6) Reread Genesis 45:4-15. Count how many times Joseph mentions God. Joseph clearly sees God at work in his life, bringing something good from the ugliness of his pain. How does finding God's goodness in our pain help us to forgive?