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
IMPACT - The Call to Impact
CALL TO WORSHIP
The LORD is merciful and compassionate, slow to anger and filled with unfailing love. The LORD is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation.
The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does. The LORD upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.
My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever. (Psalm 145:8-14)
Song: Look What God Has Done
Song: This is Amazing Grace
CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE
We've already heard that our God is a God of compassion and mercy. In light of his mercy and compassion, we are reminded how we can be so ignorant to the needs of those around us. We can be so comfortable in our own lives that we're unwilling to serve others sacrificially or extend compassion and mercy to those in need. Let's take a moment to confess this to God together now:
Father forgive us for being so focused on ourselves that we fail to see the needs of those around us. We confess that we are creatures of comfort, seeking our own pleasures above meeting the needs of others. Help us to love people as you have loved us, to serve people as Jesus has sacrificially served us and to live out the gospel both in our faith and in our works. Amen
Song: In Tenderness He Sought Me
PASSING OF THE PEACE
PREACHING OF THE WORD
This Sunday Tom Thrower preached to on the call to impact from Isaiah 58. Listen to that sermon here.
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: Before the Throne of God Above
Heavenly Father we ask that you would help us to bring your light into our homes, work places, families and friendships. Help us, by your Spirit, to impact the brokenness we see in the world around us. We pray that as your gospel goes out, we would see lives, communities and structures transformed by Jesus. Amen.
Song: Mighty to Save
Therefore, brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labour is not in vain.
Peace be with you.
And also with you.