Reflect (March 17, 2019)

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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


JOHN 10

CALL TO WORSHIP

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts and of your faithfulness.

We speak of the glorious splendour of your majesty and we will meditate on your wonderful works. We tell of the power of your awesome works and we will proclaim your great deeds.

We will join with all generations as we celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

Based on Psalm 145:3-7

Song:  Come Thou Fount

Song: All Creatures of our God and King

Song This is Amazing Grace

CHILD DEDICATION

We celebrated with four families in Redeemer in this Child Dedication at the gift of new life. The parents dedicated themselves to their God-given responsibility as parents. It was a great opportunity to pray for these parents and commit their children to God. We acknowledged that children are a gift from God and that they are precious in his sight.

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

This week we had Christopher De La Hoyde joining us to speak about the advancement of the gospel in French-speaking Europe. He also preached to us from John 10: 7-18. Listen to that sermon here:

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: Here is Love

Song: Hallelujah What a Saviour

COMMITMENT READING

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, you are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself.

(Ephesians 2:19-20)

Song: O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing

BENEDICTION

Go as the family of God, adopted through the Son, empowered by the Holy Spirit living as a child of God.

Peace be with you.

And also with you.

Reflect (January 6, 2019)

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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


2 Peter 1:1-11

CALL TO WORSHIP

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.

Great is your faithfulness.

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

Great is your faithfulness.

The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.

Great is your faithfulness.

(Based on Lamentations 3:22-25)

Song: All Creatures of our God and King

Song: Come Thou Fount

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

As we approach a new year, we're often quick to doubt God's goodness and his sovereignty. We so desperately want to know what lies ahead that we fail to trust him, the unfailing one. Take a moment to reflect on that now, to confess to God the tendency to rely on your plans and purposes rather than on his...

Father God, you tell us in your word to fear not, for you are with us; to not be dismayed, for you are our God. Remind us of this at the start of a new year we pray. Help us to have faith that rests in who you are and what you have done for us in Christ. Would we cling to your promise that you will never leave us nor forsake us. Amen.

As we begin this new year we have full assurance of forgiveness in Christ. Let's sing out in light of that truth together now.

SongForgiven

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

Tom Thrower preached to us at the beginning of this new year from 2 Peter 1:1-11. Listen to that sermon here:

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: Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

COMMITMENT READING

Heavenly Father, as we approach this new year help us to lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, defeating death, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

(Hebrews 12:1-2)

Song: Be Thou my Vision

BENEDICTION

May we enter this New Year knowing the security that comes from being in Christ. The deep joy that comes from being a child of God. And the certainty of knowing God's presence with us through the Holy Spirit.

Peace be with you.

And also with you.

Prepare (January 6, 2019)

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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


ONE OFF

SERMON

This Sunday is our first gathering of 2019 and Tom Thrower will be preaching to us as we approach this new year.

We are meeting at St Chad’s Church this Sunday rather than our usual location of the Parish Centre.

LITURGY

CALL TO WORSHIP

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.

Great is your faithfulness.

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

Great is your faithfulness.

The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.

Great is your faithfulness.

Based on Lamentations 3:22-25

MUSIC

  • Be Thou My Vision: A song that realigns our gaze and focus onto Christ. A call for God to be our vision at the beginning of this new year.

  • Come Thou Fount: A song of praise of the God who brings our wandering hearts back to himself.

Reflect (January 14, 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


SABBATICAL REFLECTIONS

CALL TO WORSHIP

The World can seem like a frightening place. So much changes & so quickly. There's much that is uncertain & seems so fragile. So our call to worship reminds us of God's stability. His beautiful strength.


God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and the mountains quake.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, and the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
 

(Based on Psalm 46:1-7)

Song: Jesus is the Lord of All

Song: Behold our God 

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

When we look around at the world in which we live, the presence of evil and suffering is sometimes too much for us to bear. When sin entered the world, all of creation was broken, sin shattered the good and perfect creation God had made and we still live in that reality now. God wants us to bring our suffering to Him though, we can make a case before Him,
laying our emotion and frustration before Him. Let's do that together now as we pray these words, join with me in the underlined portions.

Father God, in light of a world that is filled with sin and hate, we confess our own weakness, the sin in our heart, and our need for a Saviour.

We lament and mourn the effects of sin in our lives and in our world. In our confession and lament, lead us to repentance, remind us of the grace that You have given us through the work of Jesus Christ.

Cause us to trust, rest in, and join with Your Spirit’s reconciling and restoring work through the Gospel of Jesus in our world and in our hearts. Amen.

Even though we see the effects of sin in this world, God is still good, Christ has taken our sin upon him and dealt with it so that we have a future hope where there will be no more pain or suffering. The hope of the gospel is that not only has our sin been dealt with but God meets us in our struggles now. Let's sing out in light of that truth now.

SongO God

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

In Summer 2017, Gary and the Aston family had an extended period of Sabbatical. Gary shared some of what God had been teaching him during this time in our gathering from 2 Corinthians 4:7-18. Listen to that sermon here: 

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: Hallelujah What a Saviour

Song: See the Lamb of God 

COMMITMENT READING

Father God, we thank you that you care for us in the midst of our pain and suffering. Thank you that Jesus came down into our broken world, suffering for our sake, that we might be healed.

Help us to know, in the midst of our troubles, that because Jesus suffered, he is able to empathize with our sufferings. By you Spirit, help us to comfort one another with the comfort that only comes through Christ. Amen.

BENEDICTION

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

Peace be with you.

And also with you. 
Amen.