Prepare (July 21, 2019)

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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


MICAH - Chapter 1

SERMON

This week we are starting our new summer series in the book of Micah. Tom Ingleby will be opening up the series for us and preaching from Micah 1.

LITURGY

COMMITMENT READING

Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases, who redeems us from the pit and crowns us with love and compassion.

He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

(Based on Psalm 103:1-12)

MUSIC

  • Behold our God (Sovereign Grace): A song that calls us to draw our attention and fix our eyes on the majesty of God. A reminder that he is glorious and worthy of all of our praise.

  • Lamb of God (Vertical Worship): A reflection on Jesus as the lamb of God, whose blood was shed on our behalf and who stands in our place to take the judgement of God.

Reflect (July 14, 2019)

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


ROMANS - Unbreakable

CALL TO WORSHIP

Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures for ever! Who can utter the mighty deeds of the LORD, or declare all his praise?

I will remember the deeds of the LORD; I will remember your wonderful deeds of long ago. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.

Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders;you have made known your might among the peoples.

(Based on Psalm 77 and 106)

Song: O God of our Salvation

Song: How Great is Our God

Before a Holy God, we’re small, we’re weak, and we’re in need of mercy.We’re far from holy, far from perfect, and we’re burdened with uncountable flaws and weaknesses. We've all fallen short of God's standard and yet there is hope for us in our sin. Hear this reminder that through Jesus we have been made right with God, despite our sin and failures. Join with me in the underlined portions.

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous.

He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin.

We are made right with God through faith in Jesus Christ and we are justified by his gift of grace.

(Based on Romans 3:22-26)

Song: Forgiven

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

This week Gary Aston preached to us the last in our Romans series for a while from Romans 8:28-39. 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

Song: O God

COMMITMENT READING

In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

(Romans 8:37-39)

Song: Man of Sorrows

BENEDICTION

(May) Christ dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Peace be with you.

And also with you.

Prepare (July 7, 2019)

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ROMANS - Groaning & Glory

SERMON

Gary Aston will be preaching to us from Romans 8:18-30 this Sunday as we think about the groaning we can experience as we feel the effects of sin and the glory that is ours in Christ.

LITURGY

COMMITMENT READING

Brothers and sisters, let us not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

So let us fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

(2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

MUSIC

  • O God of Mercy Hear Our Plea (Sovereign Grace): A song that pleads with God to hear our prayers as we join in creations groaning for Jesus to return.

  • How Great Thou Art: A hymn that sings of the glory of God seen in his creation.

Reflect (June 9, 2019)

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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


BAPTISM

CALL TO WORSHIP

Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture.

(Psalm 95:1-7)

Song: Indescribable

Song: How Great Thou Art

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

At this point in our gathering - each week - we have a time of confession. That might seem strange, You might ask why? Well when we see God’s greatness and recognise his glory, we are faced with our own humanity and how short we fall of God’s requirements. So time for confession reminds us of our right place before God, Reminds us of our sinfulness, our need for God’s grace and forgiveness And also God’s provision of this grace through Jesus. Right at the centre of the gospel is confession, repentance. It's a life giving practice Because 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. Throughout history, God's people have turned from him, time and time again. We are no different. Even though we've been called to God through the loving mercy of Jesus, we so often turn from him to follow different paths. In his word God tells us that we exchange truths about him for lies and follow paths that twist the truth about Jesus.

Take a moment to reflect on that now, to confess where you see this in your own heart. What are some of the lies you're believing about God today? The truth of the gospel is that there is forgiveness for us to be received through faith in Jesus. In putting our trust in him, we can know freedom from all our sin.

Let's continue to reflect and sing of those truths together now.

Song: You Alone Can Rescue

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

This week Gary Aston preached to us from Luke 19:1-10 as we celebrated 3 baptisms together as a church. Listen to that sermon here:

Song: Nothing but the Blood

Song: In Christ Alone

BAPTISMS

Song: This I Believe

BENEDICTION

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Peace be with you.

And also with you.