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
REDEEMER VISION - Impact
CALL TO WORSHIP
God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.
You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples. With your mighty arm you redeemed your people.
No one is like you, Lord; you are great, and your name is mighty in power.
You are the true God; the living God, the eternal King.
(based on Jeremiah 10:6-12; Psalm 77:13-15)
Song: Behold our God
CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE
We've already heard about the power of God, that there is no one like him. We've heard that he has the power to save and redeem his people. So often, we know this is true and yet we diminish God's power. We fail to believe that he really is at work, or that the gospel really can impact and change our lives and those around us. Let's take a moment to confess this tendency in our own hearts to God now. Where we fail to believe God really has the power to save.
Heavenly Father forgive us for doubting you and your power. Forgive us for failing to believe you have the power to work in our lives and the lives of those around us. Enlarge our vision to see your plans and purposes in this world. Amen.
Song: Before the Throne of God Above
PASSING OF THE PEACE
PREACHING OF THE WORD
This week was the last in our Redeemer Vision series. Gary preached to us from selected parts of Acts 2, 16 & 19 as he looked at the last aspect of our vision: to impact. To listen to that sermon click here.
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: The Power of the Cross
Song: Christ is Risen
Heavenly Father we ask that you would help us to bring your light into our homes, work places, families and friendships. Help us to boldly share the gospel with our words and with our actions. We pray that as your gospel goes out, we would see lives, communities and structures transformed by Jesus. Amen.
Song: The Lion and the Lamb
Therefore, brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labour is not in vain.
Peace be with you.
And also with you.