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
JAMES - True Faith & Prayer
CALL TO WORSHIP
Our God is unchanging, he is the same yesterday, today and forever. In him there is no variation! Hear this call to worship about the God we gather to worship today.
Do you not know? Have you not understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He will not grow tired or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
He gives power to the weary and strength to the weak. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31)
Song: Everlasting God
Song: Behold Our God
CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE
Scripture always encourages us to open and reveal our hearts before God. We are told that he knows our needs, he is aware of where are hearts are. God tells us in his word to confess our sins to him and to one another. That's why every week at Redeemer we take time to confess to God together. Let's pray these words together now:
Father God, forgive us for doubting you and your character. We confess that we are quick to forget your goodness and grace shown to us in Jesus Christ. Help us to put our faith in you and remind us of your unchanging, unwavering character. Amen.
Song: A Mighty Fortress is Our God
PASSING OF THE PEACE
PREACHING OF THE WORD
This week was the last gathering in our sermon series in the book of James. Oli Simmons preached to us this week from James 5:13-20, looking at true faith and prayer. 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 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: Here is Love
Song: See His Love
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
Song: Come Thou Fount
May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
(2 Thessalonians 3:5)
Peace be with you.
And also with you.