Prepare (April 28, 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


IMPACT - Understanding Brokenness

SERMON

This Sunday we will be starting a three-week sermon series looking at the IMPACT part of our vision. Tom Thrower will be preaching to us as we think through understanding the brokenness of this world.

LITURGY

COMMITMENT READING

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

(John 8:12)

MUSIC

  • O God of Mercy Hear our Plea (Sovereign Grace): A song that pleads with God to hear our prayers as we lament the brokenness of this world.

  • O God (Dustin Kensrue): A song that celebrates God’s presence with us in the midst of all of life. A reminder that neither height nor depth can separate us from the love of God.

Reflect (October 21, 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


REDEEMER VISION - A Call to Prayer

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: O God of Our Salvation

Song: Rock of Ages

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

We've already heard and sung of God's unfailing and unchanging character, and yet we are quick to forget this. Quick to forget the faithfulness he's shown us and quick to doubt God and his character.

As Christians we have the privilege of speaking to God in prayer, bringing our concerns and requests before him. Yet so often we neglect this. We fail to believe he really has the power to act in this world and so we don't bring our requests to him. Take a moment to reflect on that now, to confess to God this tendency in your own heart.

Because of Jesus' death and resurrection, we can have a relationship with God, despite our sin and our failings. Jesus intercedes on our behalf and we can have a confidence that he hears our prayers. Not only that, but we can know Jesus walking with us in our doubt and uncertainty.

SongOceans

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

Gary preached a final sermon in our vision series looking at faith, unbelief and prayer from Mark 9:14-29. To listen to that sermon click here.

To find out more about our vision click 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: When I Survey

SongThere is a Fountain

COMMITMENT READING

Father God, empower us with your Holy Spirit that we may say: We believe; help our unbelief!

Help us to approach your throne of grace with boldness and confidence, trusting that you have the power to meet our deepest needs in Jesus. Amen.

(Mark 9:24; Hebrews 4:16)

Song: This I Believe

BENEDICTION

Rejoice in the Lord always. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Peace be with you.

And also with you.

Prepare (October 21, 2018)

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.


REDEEMER VISION - A Call to Prayer

SERMON

Gary will be finishing our Redeemer Vision sermon series by calling us to pray for this vision. He’ll be preaching to us from Mark 9:24-29 to help us in this.

LITURGY

COMMITMENT READING

Father God, empower us with your Holy Spirit that we may say: We believe; help our unbelief!

Help us to approach your throne of grace with boldness and confidence, trusting that you have the power to meet our deepest needs in Jesus. Amen.

(Mark 9:24; Hebrews 4:16)

MUSIC

  • Rock of Ages (Dustin Kensrue): A song of praise and adoration of God whose character is unchanging and who is faithful in all he promises.

  • This I Believe (Hillsong): A song that affirms the truths of Christianity on which our faith is based.

Reflect (October 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


REDEEMER VISION - Impact

CALL TO WORSHIP

God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.

You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples. With your mighty arm you redeemed your people.

No one is like you, Lord; you are great, and your name is mighty in power.

You are the true God; the living God, the eternal King.

(based on Jeremiah 10:6-12; Psalm 77:13-15)

Song: Behold our God

Song: Indescribable

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

We've already heard about the power of God, that there is no one like him. We've heard that he has the power to save and redeem his people. So often, we know this is true and yet we diminish God's power. We fail to believe that he really is at work, or that the gospel really can impact and change our lives and those around us. Let's take a moment to confess this tendency in our own hearts to God now. Where we fail to believe God really has the power to save.

Heavenly Father forgive us for doubting you and your power. Forgive us for failing to believe you have the power to work in our lives and the lives of those around us. Enlarge our vision to see your plans and purposes in this world. Amen.

SongBefore the Throne of God Above

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

This week was the last in our Redeemer Vision series. Gary preached to us from selected parts of Acts 2, 16 & 19 as he looked at the last aspect of our vision: to impact. To listen to that sermon click 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: The Power of the Cross

SongChrist is Risen

COMMITMENT READING

Heavenly Father we ask that you would help us to bring your light into our homes, work places, families and friendships. Help us to boldly share the gospel with our words and with our actions. We pray that as your gospel goes out, we would see lives, communities and structures transformed by Jesus. Amen.

Song: The Lion and the Lamb

BENEDICTION

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.