After singing praises, they went out to the Mount of Olives.—Matt. 26:30.
With the establishment of the Christian congregation, music continued to be a prominent feature of true worship. On the most important night in human history, Jesus included the singing of songs after the institution of the Lord’s Evening Meal. First-century Christians set a pattern of praising God together in song. Even though they often met in private homes, the modest surroundings for worship did not diminish their zeal for singing to Jehovah. Under inspiration, the apostle Paul directed his Christian brothers: “Keep on teaching and encouraging one another with psalms, praises to God, spiritual songs sung with gratitude, singing in your hearts to Jehovah.” (Col. 3:16) The songs in our songbook are truly “spiritual songs [to be] sung with gratitude.” They are a part of the spiritual food provided by “the faithful and discreet slave.”—Matt. 24:45. w17.11 4 ¶7-8
Song 90 and Prayer
Opening Comments (3 min. or less)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.)
What has this week’s Bible reading taught you about Jehovah?
What other spiritual gems have you discovered in this week’s Bible reading?
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
Initial Call Video: (4 min.) Play and discuss the video.
LIVING AS CHRISTIANS
Pioneers Who Encourage: (9 min.) Play the video Pioneers’ Power to Help. Then answer the following questions: How can pioneers encourage others in the congregation? How have you been encouraged by the pioneers in your congregation?
Good Examples That Encourage Us: (6 min.) Play the video We Must “Run With Endurance”—Imitate Good Examples. Then answer the following questions: What challenge did the sister have? What did she do to receive encouragement?
Congregation Bible Study: (30 min.) jy chap. 74
Review Followed by Preview of Next Week (3 min.)
Song 100 and Prayer