Reflect (April 22, 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.


EZEKIEL - The Call of Ezekiel

CALL TO WORSHIP

Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures.

Oh, how we love your law! We meditate on it all day long, your commands are always with us.

How sweet are your words to our taste, sweeter than honey to our mouths!

Your word is a lamp for our feet, a light on our paths. (Based on Psalm 119:89-105)

Song: How Great is Our God

Song: Come Praise and Glorify Our God 

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

We've already heard that God's word is sweeter than honey, a lamp to our feet. In Psalm 19, David describes God's word as precious, more precious than gold. Yet if we take a moment to reflect, how often do we treat it that way? Do we really see it as precious? As Christians we really believe God's word is living and active and that when we read it, God meets with us in it.

Take a moment to reflect now, to confess to God the ways you may neglect his word, or diminish it's power in your life.

Father God, we confess that we don't treat your word as we should. Instead of spending time in it, we pour our time and energy into so many other things. Help us to listen to you in your word and live out lives of obedience to you. Amen.

Even though we may not be faithful, God continues to show his faithfulness to us. In Christ, God showed the lengths he was willing to go to save us from our sin.

Song: Shine into our Night

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

Tom Thrower preached to us this week on the call of Ezekiel from Ezekiel 2 &3. 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: See His Love

COMMITMENT READING

Heavenly Father, help us to delight in your word, meditating on it day and night. Would we be like trees planted by streams of water, yielding our fruit in season and whose leaf doesn't wither.

By your Spirit, meet us in your word, that we may be competent and equipped for every good work. Help us to listen to your word, obey your word and share it with those around us. Amen.

(Based on Psalm 1:3 & 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Song: Saviour of the World 

BENEDICTION

Go and bear witness to Christ in faithfulness to God's word, in harmony with God’s mission, and in unity with all his people.

Peace be with you.

And also with you. 
Amen.

Prepare (April 22, 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


EZEKIEL - The Call of Ezekiel

SERMON

This week Tom Thrower will be preaching to us from Ezekiel 2&3, looking at the call of Ezekiel. 

LITURGY

COMMITMENT READING

Heavenly Father, help us to delight in your word, meditating on it day and night. Would we be like trees planted by streams of water, yielding our fruit in season and whose leaf doesn't wither.

By your Spirit, meet us in your word, that we may be competent and equipped for every good work. Help us to listen to your word, obey your word and share it with those around us. Amen.

(Based on Psalm 1:3 & 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

MUSIC

  • Come Praise and Glorify (Sovereign Grace Music): A call to praise and glorify our majestic and holy God together.

  • Saviour of the World (Ben Cantelon): A song of praise centering on Jesus, our saviour. A call to spread God's word with those around us. 

Reflect (April 15, 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


EZEKIEL - The Glory of God

CALL TO WORSHIP

Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to his name; worship the Lord in the splendour of his holiness.

The voice of the Lord is over the waters; it is powerful and majestic. In his temple all cry, ‘Glory!’ The Lord is enthroned as King for ever.

(Based on Psalm 29)

Song: O God of Our Salvation

Song: All Praise to Him 

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

We've just sung of God's glory, that he is worthy of all of our praise. Yet when we're reminded of God's glory, we are humbled to see our place before him. Each week when we gather, we take a moment to confess our sin before God, to come before him in humility. Let’s do that now as we pray these words of confession.

Lord, may we have the eyes to see your holiness and see our failing. May we know the depths of our sin and the heights of your holiness.

Forgive us for sinning against one another, and forgive us for sinning against you. Through the blood of Jesus, we plead for mercy and grace, knowing that because of Jesus, you welcome and forgive sinners like us. It’s through his name we ask all these things, Amen.

Song: This is Amazing Grace

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

We started our new sermon series in the book of Ezekiel this week. Gary Aston kicked things off preaching to us from Ezekiel 1 on the glory of God. 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: Nothing but the Blood 

Song: Revelation Song 

COMMITMENT READING

In these last days God has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness”, has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

(Hebrews 1:2; 2 Corinthians 4:6)

Song: This I Believe

BENEDICTION

Brothers and Sisters, go, knowing that one day the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

Peace be with you.

And also with you. 
Amen.