Your Service Meetings
WEEK STARTING JANUARY 11
Theme: Showing Appreciation for God’s Revelations. Song 26. 5 min:
Introduction, text and comments.
Reasons for Vacation Pioneering. Questions and answers on insert "Enjoy the Privilege of Vacation Pioneering." (Where appropriate one question may cover more than one paragraph. For instance, the question "Why do many vacation pioneer?" may be used to cover several paragraphs, giving opportunity for many comments.) Cover insert from beginning down to the heading "A Fine Time to Vacation Pioneer." Last paragraph before this heading can be read in conclusion. Congregation servant: Encourage the brothers to read this material before coming to meeting.
"Show Appreciation for God’s Revelations." Before beginning discussion of "Kingdom Ministry" article, ask audience where they feel they can obtain new subscriptions. Call on several publishers, to get as many suggestions as possible. Also, ask the publishers what "The Watchtower" has done for them and their family. Entertain several comments. Then suggest that they may want to mention some of these benefits when offering subscriptions to others.
After getting number of comments on the above questions, cover by questions and answers the points in the article "Show Appreciation for God’s Revelations."
"A Warning from Ancient Rome." Audience discussion.
(25 min.) Remind congregation what went on in Rome. For example: From October 22, 1969, "Awake!," page 9, read first two sentences under heading "Lovers of Money." Then, ask congregation what parallels we see in the old system of things today.
Read first sentence under heading "Without Self-Control" on page 10. Then ask congregation what parallels we see in this old system of things today. Make reference to fact that the Romans were "A Brutal People." Ask for parallels today.
(40 min.) Review upbuilding Scriptural counsel. Read Gal. 6:7, 8 and encourage congregation to keep separate from unchristian practices of this system. Ask congregation to refer to scriptures that counsel against love of money and dishonesty. Ask also for comments on the advantages that come to Christians from following this counsel of God’s Word.
Similarly, ask for scriptures that counsel against immorality and brutality. Then, ask the congregation for benefits that come to them from following such counsel. Draw out the congregation. Encourage the brothers to express themselves.
Concluding comments. Consider "New Peaks in November!", local congregation report and "Question Box." Song 82.