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
CALL TO WORSHIP
Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture.
Song: How Great Thou Art
CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE
At this point in our gathering - each week - we have a time of confession. That might seem strange, You might ask why? Well when we see God’s greatness and recognise his glory, we are faced with our own humanity and how short we fall of God’s requirements. So time for confession reminds us of our right place before God, Reminds us of our sinfulness, our need for God’s grace and forgiveness And also God’s provision of this grace through Jesus. Right at the centre of the gospel is confession, repentance. It's a life giving practice Because as we repent, we turn from moving away from God & instead run to him, as we do this we experience God moving towards us in grace. Throughout history, God's people have turned from him, time and time again. We are no different. Even though we've been called to God through the loving mercy of Jesus, we so often turn from him to follow different paths. In his word God tells us that we exchange truths about him for lies and follow paths that twist the truth about Jesus.
Take a moment to reflect on that now, to confess where you see this in your own heart. What are some of the lies you're believing about God today? The truth of the gospel is that there is forgiveness for us to be received through faith in Jesus. In putting our trust in him, we can know freedom from all our sin.
Let's continue to reflect and sing of those truths together now.
Song: You Alone Can Rescue
PASSING OF THE PEACE
PREACHING OF THE WORD
This week Gary Aston preached to us from Luke 19:1-10 as we celebrated 3 baptisms together as a church. Listen to that sermon here:
Song: Nothing but the Blood
Song: In Christ Alone
Song: This I Believe
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Peace be with you.
And also with you.