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.
The Lion Roars - 6
CALL TO WORSHIP
Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, don't forget all his benefits – he forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, he redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, he satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. (Based on Psalm 103:1-8)
Song: Look and See
CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE
God tells us in His word that "everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard." Yet so often we diminish our sin, excuse it and forget that it cost Jesus his life to save us from it. Take a moment to reflect on that truth now.
The same passage goes on to say: Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.
Let's read these words together:
For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. (Romans 3:23-25)
Jesus blood was shed so that we would be made right with God! Let's sing out in light of that glorious truth together now.
Song: You alone Can Rescue
PASSING OF THE PEACE
PREACHING OF THE WORD
Tom Thrower preached our final sermon in Amos. He helped us to think through the reason for, and nature of, God's justice, as well as pointing us back to our hope in God's injustice seen on the cross. Click here to listen to that 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: Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
Song: See His Love
Heavenly father, we thank you that you are a just and faithful God. Thank you that in Jesus, we see your justice revealed to us. He faced your judgement so that we would be freed and experienced your wrath so that we wouldn't have to.
Help us, by your Spirit, to seek out and fight for justice in this world. To show love to those who are marginalised and in need, just as you have shown your love to us on the cross, always witnessing to the gospel at work in our lives. Amen.
Song: In Christ Alone
Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves always seeking to share with the Lord’s people who are in need.
Peace be with you.
And also with you.