Prepare (October 22, 2017)

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This blog gives you a glimpse into the upcoming Sunday Gathering. It's an opportunity to read through the passage we'll be studying together, pray through some of the liturgy we'll be using, and listen to a selection of the songs we’ll be singing


THE CHURCH - Fed by the Word

SERMON

Gary Aston will be preaching to us this week on the idea that the church is fed by God's word. He'll be looking at 2 Timothy 3:16-4:2 to help us with this. 

LITURGY

CALL TO WORSHIP

Oh, how we love your law! We meditate on it all day long. How sweet are your words to our taste, sweeter than honey to our mouths! 

Accept, LORD, the willing praise of our mouths, and teach us your laws. Your statutes are our heritage for ever; they are the joy of our hearts.

Your word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.

(Based on Psalm 119:97-111)

MUSIC

  • Come ye Sinners Poor and Needy (Sojourn Music): An invite to come to God even though we are weary in our sin and find salvation for our souls! 
  • Behold our God (Sovereign Grace Music): A call to behold and look upon the glory of God, giving him the praise and worship he deserves.  

Reflect (October 15, 2017)

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Welcome to the Sunday Gathering recap (songs, hymns, liturgy and sermon). This blog gives you an opportunity to reflect on what you heard in the gathering or catch up if you weren’t able to be with us.

*The indented sections are responses read aloud by the congregation during the Gathering


THE CHURCH - Sent by God

CALL TO WORSHIP

I will praise the LORD at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. I will boast only in the LORD; let all who are helpless take heart.

Come, let us tell of the LORD’s greatness; let us exalt his name together.

I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.

Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!

(Psalm 34:1-8)

Song: How Great is Our God

Song: Come Praise and Glorify 

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

This time for confession reminds us of our right place before God, our sinfulness, our need for God’s grace and forgiveness The way that God has provided that grace through Jesus. Right at the centre of the gospel is confession, repentance. And as we repent, we turn from moving away from God & instead run to him. As we do this, we experience God moving towards us in grace. When talking about his people, God tells us in his word:

"These people say they are mine. They honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is merely based on human rules they have been taught."

(Isaiah 29:13)

So often our words and our hearts don't match up. We say one thing with our lips and yet our lives speak a different story. God doesn’t want us to just jump through the hoops. He doesn’t want lip-service. He wants our hearts. Let’s take a moment and ask The Lord to turn our hearts toward him, showing us where we might be resisting him... The proof of God’s amazing love is this: While we were sinners, Christ died for us. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, knowing that, in Jesus, we are forgiven.

SongBefore the Throne of God Above

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

Gary Aston preached to us from Matthew 28:16-20 and Acts 1:1-11 on our identity as witnesses to the Gospel. Click here to listen to that sermon. 

COMMUNION

Every week we want to respond to what God has done for us in Jesus. One of the great ways he has provided for us to remember the truth of the gospel is giving us communion. As we take the bread and wine we remember what Jesus has done for us.

POST COMMUNION READING

Jesus’ death brings us life and this meal reminds us that we are fed by Jesus and forgiven because of Jesus.

We rejoice that You have died, rose again, and are now with the Father advocating for us. Amen.

With our money, time, and talent we give generously, knowing that through Your Son, Jesus, You have generously given to us.

We rejoice that You have given everything and we joyfully give everything back to Your care. Amen.

Song: How Deep the Father's Love for Us

Song: See the Lamb of God 

COMMITMENT READING

Father God we ask that as foreigners and exiles, you would help us to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against our souls. Help us to let our light shine before others, so that they might see our good works and give you all the glory. Amen.

(Based on 1 Peter 2:11-12: Matthew 5:16)

Song: Mighty To Save

BENEDICTION

Go and celebrate the Father’s Love, Christ’s victory, and the Holy Spirit’s work in our hearts as we share our hope with the rest of the world.

Peace be with you.

And also with you. 
Amen.

Prepare (October 15, 2017)

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This blog gives you a glimpse into the upcoming Sunday Gathering. It's an opportunity to read through the passage we'll be studying together, pray through some of the liturgy we'll be using, and listen to a selection of the songs we’ll be singing


THE CHURCH - Sent by God

SERMON

Gary Aston will be preaching to us this week on the Church's identity as witnesses from Matthew 28:16-20 and Acts 1:1-11. 

LITURGY

COMMITMENT READING

Father God we ask that as foreigners and exiles, you would help us to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against our souls. Help us to let our light shine before others, so that they might see our good works and give you all the glory. Amen.

(Based on 1 Peter 2:11-12: Matthew 5:16)

MUSIC

  • See the Lamb of God (Lou Fellingham): A newer song to us at Redeemer celebrating the glory and majesty of our risen Saviour! 

  • Mighty To Save (Hillsong): A reminder that our God is a saving God, and a call for us to live out our lives as witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus. 

Reflect (October 8, 2017)

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Welcome to the Sunday Gathering recap (songs, hymns, liturgy and sermon). This blog gives you an opportunity to reflect on what you heard in the gathering or catch up if you weren’t able to be with us.

*The indented sections are responses read aloud by the congregation during the Gathering


THE CHURCH - God's New People

CALL TO WORSHIP

We are no longer strangers and aliens, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.

We are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone. In Him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord.

In him we also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

Based on Ephesians 2:19-22

Song: Rock of Ages

Song: O For A Thousand Tongues

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

In his word God tells us that the church is the body of Christ, with Jesus as the head. When the Bible uses this language, it tells us that all parts of the body are different and yet necessary in order for it to flourish and grow. I wonder how often we believe this to be true. How often we not only recognise the role we have to play, but also acknowledge the need we have for one another. Take a moment to reflect on that now, to reflect on ways we fail to see our need for each other and also our place in the body of Christ.

Father God, we ask that you would help us in this. Thank you that in trusting in Jesus we are brought into your family. Thank you that we have a new identity as your people and as your church. Help us live out this calling as a response to the generosity you have shown to us in Christ. Amen.

SongIn Tenderness He Sought Me

PASSING OF THE PEACE

Hear these words from Colossians to us now:

And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. (Colossians 3:15)

Because we have peace, we should be thankful not only to God, but for one another as well. Let’s take some time and greet one another with the peace of Christ.

PREACHING OF THE WORD

Gary Aston preached to us from Ephesians 2, on our identity as God's new people. Click here to listen to that sermon. 

COMMUNION

Every week we want to respond to what God has done for us in Jesus. One of the great ways he has provided for us to remember the truth of the gospel is giving us communion. As we take the bread and wine we remember what Jesus has done for us.

POST COMMUNION READING

Jesus’ death brings us life and this meal reminds us that we are fed by Jesus and forgiven because of Jesus.

We rejoice that You have died, rose again, and are now with the Father advocating for us. Amen.

With our money, time, and talent we give generously, knowing that through Your Son, Jesus, You have generously given to us.

We rejoice that You have given everything and we joyfully give everything back to Your care. Amen.

Song: Hallelujah What A Saviour

Song: See the Lamb of God 

COMMITMENT READING

Father God, Thank you that we are united in the gospel. Thank you in believing in Jesus' death and resurrection we are drawn into his family. Help us to love this family. Help us to care and serve those who aren't like us in your family. And would we see it as a joy to be part of your church in Leeds, and across the globe. Amen. The gospel unites us with christians past, present and future. One way we thought it would be great to demonstrate this is by reading the Apostle's creed together as a church.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Song: This I Believe

BENEDICTION

Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

Peace be with you.

And also with you. 
Amen.