Welcome to the recap (songs, hymns, liturgy and sermon) from Sunday’s gathering. This blog is designed to give 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.
A Traveller's Tale (Romans 8:1-4)
CALL TO WORSHIP
In a week full of change & uncertainty it's good to call our hearts to worship with the truth of who God is. Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.
Song: Come Praise & Glorify
Song: Behold Our God
CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE
We've just sung of God's glory and majesty, yet we can be so quick to pour our praise out to other things. In Romans 7 Paul tells us that there is war waging in our souls, we want to do good and to delight in God but there is evil in our hearts, sin is at work within us. Take a moment to reflect on that reality, to confess your sin before God now.
The good news of the gospel is that Christ has won the battle for us, in Him we have the victory over sin!
Song: Made Alive
PASSING OF THE PEACE
PRAYER FOR OUR NATION
We spent some time as a church praying for our nation in the aftermath of the EU referendum. Please continue to pray for our country, our leaders and for unity in these uncertain times.
PREACHING OF THE WORD
This week KJ Pugh joined us from Grace Church Boroughbridge and preached to us on Romans 8:1-4. He preached through a visual representation of these 4 verses, please find the images below to reflect on and help you as you listen to the sermon.
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 the 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: Jesus Paid It All
Song: In Christ Alone
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2)
The Spirit of God who raised Jesus from the dead now lives in us, we are free from the power of sin and we will be raised to new life in Christ.
Song: Christ Is Risen
To Jesus Christ, who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Peace be with you.
And also with you.