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 - 5
CALL TO WORSHIP
The immeasurable greatness of God's power towards us has been shown to us in Christ, when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places.
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.
After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
He is far above all rule and authority, power and dominion. He is above every name that is named, not only in this age but in the one to come. (Based on Ephesians 1:19-21 & Hebrews 1:3-4)
Song: How Great Is Our God
Song: Saviour of the World
CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE
When we're reminded of God's glory, we see how far we fall short of Him. We've just sang that in Jesus, God made a way for us to be saved. Yet we are so quick to forget that. Take a moment to confess to God now our tendency to turn away from Him, to reject the one who has given us new life.
In his Word, God gives us this assurance:
If anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:1-2)
Song: Before the Throne of God Above
PASSING OF THE PEACE
PREACHING OF THE WORD
Alex Passmore preached on Amos 7, helping us to think through the privilege we have, as Christians, to intercede for others, to witness the gospel of Christ, and the freedom we can now enjoy because of Jesus' death and resurrection. 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: When I Survey
Song: Revelation Song
Heavenly father, we thank you that because of Jesus' death and resurrection, we no longer need to fear not living up to your standards. Help us to continue to look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, rather than looking to ourselves for help.
For I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
Song: Be Thou My Vision
Brothers and sisters, go, 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, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Peace be with you.
And also with you.