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
DNA - Nurture
CALL TO WORSHIP
Praise the Lord! Let us give thanks to the Lord with our whole heart, together as one body and voice, let us worship God!
Great are the works of the Lord. We remember and delight in the amazing things He has done!
He is full of splendour and majesty and His righteousness endures forever. The works of His hands are faithful and just; He sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever.
Holy and awesome is His name! Praise be to the Lord!
(Based on Psalm 111)
Song: I Stand Amazed
CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE
Every week at Redeemer we take time at this point in our gathering to confess our sin before God. When we're reminded of God's greatness and glory we're humbled to see our own sin and our need for God's grace. At the heart of the Gospel is repentance, so that's why we take a moment every week to repent together. Take a moment to silently confess to him now the ways you've sinned and turned away from him this week... Because of Jesus death and resurrection we can have full assurance that our prayers have been heard. Hear these words of assurance to us now.
We know that our old self was crucified with Jesus so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. So, consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
(Based on Romans 6:6-8)
Song: You Alone Can Rescue
PASSING OF THE PEACE
PREACHING OF THE WORD
Tom Thrower preached the final sermon in our DNA mini-series. He looked at the third aspect of DNA groups: Act, preaching from Mark 8:34-38. 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: Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)
Song: Mighty to Save
Let's pray these words together as we prepare to close now:
Father God, thank you for the truth of the gospel; that our old self died with Jesus on the cross and that we now experience new life, a life free from sin. Help us to deny ourselves, to take up our cross and follow Jesus, knowing that in Him we find true life.
(based on Mark 8:34-35)
Song: New Again
Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)
Peace be with you.
And also with you.