Reflect (November 19, 2017)

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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


THE CHURCH - A Colony of Heaven

CALL TO WORSHIP

Your kingdom, O God, is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.

You, Lord are trustworthy in all you promise and faithful in all you do.

You uphold all who fall and lift up all who are bowed down.

You are near to all who call on you and fulfil the desires of those who fear you.

Our mouths will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name, for ever and ever.

(Based on Psalm 145:13-21)

Song: All Creatures of our God and King

Song: Rejoice

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

When we're faced with God's glory and majesty, we're reminded of our sin and brokenness. God tells us in his word that all have turned away from him. Without him, all of us are spiritually poor. We reject God and rebel against him, and then wonder why he feels distant from us. Take a moment to reflect on that now, to confess your need for God now.

Thankfully the gospel doesn't stop there. God doesn't leave us in our sin, we don't remain spiritually poor. In Romans 3, Paul writes of a righteousness we can receive through faith in Jesus Christ and this is available for anyone who believes. Jesus death on the cross was a sacrifice for our sin, and through faith in him, we can be spiritually healed.

SongGrace Alone

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

Gary Aston preached the last sermon in our series on the church from Matthew 5:1-12. Click here to listen to that sermon. 

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: Man of Sorrows

Song: A Mighty Fortress

BENEDICTION

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (Revelation 1:5-6)

Peace be with you.

And also with you. 
Amen.

Prepare (November 19, 2017)

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


THE CHURCH - A Colony of Heaven

SERMON

This week is the last in our series on the church, Gary Aston will be preaching to us from Matthew 5:1-11. 

LITURGY

CALL TO WORSHIP

Your kingdom, O God, is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.

You, Lord are trustworthy in all you promise and faithful in all you do.

You uphold all who fall and lift up all who are bowed down.

You are near to all who call on you and fulfill the desires of those who fear you. 

Our mouths will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name, for ever and ever.

(Based on Psalm 145:13-21)

MUSIC

  • Grace Alone (Dustin Kensrue): A glorious reminder that we aren't saved by our works or efforts but by the grace shown to us in Jesus' death and resurrection. 
  • A Mighty Fortress (Heartsong): A reminder that God is our fortress and shield even in the midst of trial and difficulty. 

Reflect (November 12, 2017)

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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


THE CHURCH - A Place to Belong

CALL TO WORSHIP

How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; My heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.

Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.

Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.

(Psalm 84:1-4;10)

Song: O For A Thousand Tongues

Song: This is Amazing Grace

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

As we've gone through this series on the church, we've seen that God calls us to be his people. When we believe and trust in Jesus, our identity changes. We're invited into his family. God tells us in his word that the church is his dwelling place. God dwells in us, his church, by his Spirit. And yet so often we forget this, we reject the invite God gives us to belong to his family and neglect one another as a result. Let's pray these words together:

Heavenly Father, forgive us for mistreating the church and seeing it as a place to take from rather than belong to. Forgive us for being impatient with one another and seeking to divide rather than unite.

Help us to forgive one another, bear with one another and encourage one another as response to the forgiveness and grace you have shown to us in Christ. Amen.

We really need God's help in this, we can't do this on our own. But we can have hope that God's spirit is with us and dwells in us, producing good fruit in us.

SongLead us Back

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

Tom Thrower preached to us this week from Psalm 133, helping us to see what it means to belong to the church.  Click here to listen to that sermon. 

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: There is A Fountain

Song: Jesus Paid it All

COMMITMENT READING

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as we see the Day drawing near.

(Hebrews 10:23-25)

As Christians we have the hope of a secure future, a future of belonging that exists for all of eternity!

Song: Christ is Risen

BENEDICTION

Brothers and sisters, continue to have unity of mind, loving one another just as Christ loves the church. Go in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Peace be with you.

And also with you. 
Amen.

Prepare (November 12, 2017)

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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


THE CHURCH - A Place to Belong

SERMON

Tom Thrower will be preaching to us from Psalm 133 looking at what it means to belong to the church.  

LITURGY

CALL TO WORSHIP

How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; My heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.

Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.

Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.

(Psalm 84:1-4;10)

MUSIC

  • O For A Thousand Tongues: A song of longing for the day when we will have eternity with God and his people. 
  • Lead Us Back (Sojourn Music): A song of confession, confessing to God the ways we have turned away from him and a plea that he would lead us back to life in him.