Reflect (February 18, 2018)

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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


FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS & SELF CONTROL

CALL TO WORSHIP

One of the beautiful truths about God is that he is changeless. That he remains faithful, even when we're faithless. That we can always come to him as the one who can be trusted & depended upon. So, wherever your heart is today, fragile, shaking, unstable, allow God to draw you with the truth of who he is.

I will sing of the Lord’s great love for ever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm for ever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.

The heavens praise your wonders, Lord, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones. For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord? Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings? Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?

You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.

(Psalm 89:1-8)

Song: How Great Thou Art 

Song: Come Praise and Glorify

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

We've already heard that God is faithful to us and his love stands firm forever. Even though God is faithful to us, so often we fail to be faithful to him and to others. Instead of being loyal, we are unreliable and can't be depended upon by others. Time and time again, we seek the approval of others over pleasing God. When we turn from God, the Bible calls this sin. He tells us in his word that:

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But, if we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

(based on 1 John 1:8-9)

In humility and faith then let us confess our sin to God now, knowing that, because of Jesus our sins are forgiven. Take a moment to do that now, in the quiet of your own heart. The truth of the Gospel is that God has pursued us, even though we've turned from Him. His faithfulness stands firm, when ours feels weak. Let's sing out, with assurance and thanksgiving that God has rescued us from the sin that once separated us from him.

SongGrace Alone

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

Gary Aston preached to us this week from Galatians 5:16-26 looking at the last three characteristics the Spirit produces: faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. 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: Shine into our Night

Song: Oceans (Where feet may fail)

COMMITMENT READING

In Jesus, we see the perfect example of what a life lived in step with Spirit looks like. Hear these words about our wonderful Saviour now:

Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

(Philippians 2:6-11)

God has promised us, that if we choose to follow him, he will grow us to become more and more like Jesus, by his Spirit. We can't do any of this apart from him. Let's sing out in celebration of that truth together now!

Song: Jesus

BENEDICTION

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. (1 Thess 5:23)

Peace be with you.

And also with you. 
Amen.

Prepare (February 18, 2018)

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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


FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS & SELF CONTROL

SERMON

This Sunday Gary Aston will be preaching to us from Galatians 5:22-23, looking at the last three characteristics the Spirit grows in the life of a Christian: faithfulness, gentleness and self control. 

CALL TO WORSHIP 

I will sing of the Lord’s great love for ever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm for ever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.

The heavens praise your wonders, Lord, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones. For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord? Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings? Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?

You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.

(Psalm 89:1-8)

MUSIC

  • Grace Alone (Dustin Kensrue): A reminder that even though we were once far from God, he has made us is children by his grace.  
  • Oceans (Hillsong): A new song to us at Redeemer that reminds us of God's leading and the Spirit's guiding, even when we are fearful and life feels uncertain. 

Reflect (February 11, 2018)

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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


PATIENCE, KINDNESS & GOODNESS

CALL TO WORSHIP

When the goodness and loving kindness of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy.

He washed us by the regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

And so we have been justified by his grace so that we might become his heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

(Based on Titus 3:4-7)

Song: Look What God Has Done 

Song: 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

We've just sung of God's faithfulness to us, that he is the God who saves, and who has saved us. Yet, we are quick to forget this. We often get so overwhelmed with our current circumstances that we begin to doubt God and his goodness to us. Every week at this point in our gathering we take time to confess our sin before God.  Let's pray these words together now as we confess to God together:

Heavenly Father, we confess that we are quick to lose hope in the midst of difficult situations and quick to get frustrated with difficult people. Remind us that you are not slow to fulfill your promises to us but are patient towards us. Help us, therefore, by your Spirit, to be patient with one another and bear with one another in love. Amen.

(based on 2 Peter 3:8-9, Ephesians 4:2)

The truth of the Gospel is that whilst we were still sinners, Christ died for us! He is faithful when we are not, he is patient when we despair. Let's sing out in praise to our great God now.

SongBefore the Throne of God Above 

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

Gary Aston preached to us this week from Galatians 5:16-26 looking at the three characteristics: patience, kindness and goodness. 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: Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

Song: Mighty to Save

COMMITMENT READING

Hear this encouragement about our Saviour as we go now:

Since then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

(Hebrews 4:14-16)

Song: I Stand Amazed 

BENEDICTION

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving each other. (Colossians 3:12-13)

Peace be with you.

And also with you. 
Amen.

Prepare (February 11, 2018)

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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


PATIENCE, KINDNESS & GOODNESS

SERMON

This Sunday Gary Aston will be preaching to us from Galatians 5:22-23, looking at the next three characteristics the Spirit grows in the life of a Christian: patience, kindness and goodness.

LITURGY

CALL TO WORSHIP 

When the goodness and loving kindness of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy.

He washed us by the regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour. 

And so we have been justified by his grace so that we might become his heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

(Based on Titus 3:4-7)

MUSIC

  • Before the Throne of God Above: A celebration of Jesus, our great high priest, who makes it possible for us to know God and boldly approach his throne. 
  • I Stand Amazed: A song of amazement at the glory and wonder of our Saviour and his love shown to us.