Family Worship Services

During COVID, our family-friendly service acts as a substitute for children’s programming at Hillside. All families are welcome to come and enjoy a brief time of Bible teaching and Worship that is specifically tailored to a younger age group

Zechariah the Prophet

March 7, 2021

Zechariah was a prophet whose message of encouragement came at just the right time for God’s people! Zechariah reminded them of their sin that led to their exile. He encouraged them not to be like their ancestors who turned away from God. Zechariah also told them that the Messiah was coming! “Look, your Kingis coming to you; He is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey,” Zechariah said. God was going to help His people and give them a different kind of king. Zechariah’s prophecy came true in Jesus. Jesus is the King who came and rode humbly on a donkey, just as Zechariah said. Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords!

Bible Reference: Zechariah

The Temple Was Rebuilt

February 28, 2021

After God’s people returned to their land, they began rebuilding the temple. The Jews had a lot of enemies who didn’t want them to rebuild it. These enemies were afraid the Jews would become too strong and rebel against the King of Persia. The governor wrote letters to King Darius to warn him about what the Jews were doing. It may seem as though the king and the governors had all the power to stop God’s people, but God was the One in charge! He is the One who brought His people back to the land He had given them. God encouraged His people through the prophet Haggai. God’s people built the temple so they would have a place to worship God. Years later, God sent Jesus to be with His people. Now God dwells not in the temple, but directly with His people!

Bible reference: Ezra 4-6; Haggai

The Captives Come Home

February 21, 2021

God’s people had been living in Babylon for 70 years. Before the people of Judah were exiled, God had spoked through the prophet Jeremiah that he would bring them back to their homeland after 70 years and God kept His promise. Cyrus, the King of Persia, took over Babylon andhe issued a decree that all the Jewish exiles were free to return to their ancestral homes. The exile was over! When they returned, Zerubbabel led God’s people back tothe temple to rebuild it. The temple was the place where God met with His people on earth. Jesus came to earth torescue God’s people. One day Jesus will return to restore a greater home for all of God’s people, and we will spend eternity with Him!

Bible reference: Ezra 1-3

Daniel's Dream

February 14, 2021

Daniel had a dream where he saw four beasts. Each beast represented an earthly kingdom. Each beast also seemed incredibly powerful and dangerous. The Bible tells us that Daniel was deeply troubled by his vision, but God helped him to understand what he had seen. Daniel’s dream helped him to understand God’s power and control over the universe. Despite how powerful those kingdoms seemed, God is more powerful! God is the eternal King who judges the nations. No human government is perfect. Only God’s kingdom has perfect laws and is ruled by a perfect King. Our hope is in Jesus! Jesus is King over all things. God allows people to rule for a short time, but one day Jesus will return and set up His perfect kingdom. Everyone who trusts in Jesus will be welcomed into His kingdom, and His kingdom will last forever!

Bible reference: Daniel 7

Daniel and the Lions Den

February 7, 2021

King Darius was the new leader in Babylon. He placed men to be leaders over parts of his kingdom and then three men over those leaders. Daniel, who was one of those taken from Judah to Babylon, was chosen to be one of the top leaders! Daniel was very good at his job and soon other leaders became jealous of him. They sought to get him in trouble by having the king make alaw that the people should pray to him. Daniel knew that the law meant he was not allowed to pray to God. Still, Daniel went into his house and prayed to God three times a day, just like he had always done. Daniel ended up being thrown into a den of lions because he had broken the law. God showed His power to rescueDaniel from the lions. This story is a small part of a much bigger story! God ultimately rescued us from a much bigger problem – sin and death – through Jesus!

Bible Reference: Daniel 6

Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

January 31, 2021

Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar had witnessed God’s power when he saw that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were saved from the fiery furnace and he praised God for all the wonderful things God had done for him.  Nebuchadnezzar, however, would soon forget that God was in charge.  In Daniel Chapter 4 we read that Nebuchadnezzar had a dream.  Daniel explained to him that the dream was about the king.  Like the tree, Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom would be taken away.  A year later, his dream came true.  He had been making prideful statements about his earthly kingdom when God suddenly spoke to him.  The king’s pride resulted in humiliation as he was driven away from the people and ended up living like an animal.  Pride steals God’s glory.  God humbled King Nebuchadnezzar so that he could see that only God is deserving of glory and that He is in control!  Jesus is the King of kings who humbled Himself by coming to earth and taking on our sin by dying on the cross.  We can trust Jesus as King and live for God’s glory!

Bible reference:  Daniel 4

The Fiery Furnace

January 24, 2021

God’s people were now living in exile in Babylon.  At this time, King Nebuchadnezzar was the king of Babylon and he built a tall gold statue and ordered that all the people worship it.  Three friends from Judah – Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego – refused to bow down and worship the statue.  King Nebuchadnezzar was angry and threw them into a fiery furnace!  God was with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fire. Only He could rescue them and He did!  God rescues us too, through Jesus, God the Son.  Only Jesus can save us from our sin.  Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross provided the way for us to be rescued from sin and have eternal life.

Bible reference:  Daniel 3

Judah Taken Captive

January 17, 2021

The last four kings of Judah did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.  God was angry with the people of Judah.  They sinned and did not obey Him.  But God loved His people.  He wanted them to turn back to Him.  God allowed the king of Babylon and his army to attack Judah and His people were taken to Babylon.  God was right to punish His people for their sin, but He kept His promised to provide a king through David’s family.  Ultimately, God punished our sin through Jesus, God the Son, and made Him our King forever.  God always keeps His promises!

Bible Reference:  2 Chronicles 36

Habakkuk the Prophet

January 10, 2021

The book of Habakkuk records the prophet’s dialogue with the Lord.  He lived in the southern kingdom of Judah and saw evil all around him.  “How long, Lord must I call for help?” Habakkuk asked.  God told Habakkuk that Judah would be taken over by the Babylonians.  By faith, Habakkuk trusted in the goodness of God and the promise that God would deliver His people.  We see wickedness around us too, but we can live by faith and trust that Jesus will return to make all things right!

Bible Reference:  The Book of Habakkuk

Jeremiah, Prophet to Judah

January 3, 2021

The prophet Jeremiah lived in the southern kingdom of Judah.  Jeremiah was worried that he was too young to speak to the people, but God said that He would be with Jeremiah.  Jeremiah reminded the people of Judah about their covenant with God, but the people did not listen or obey.  Jeremiah also told of a day when God would forgive sin and change people’s hearts.  Jesus made these words come true!  He changes us and gives us power through His Spirit to obey His commands.

Bible Reference:  The Book of Jeremiah