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
EXODUS - Honour your Father and Mother
CALL TO WORSHIP
Praise the Lord, my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them he remains faithful for ever. He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow.
Based on Psalm 146
Song: All Creatures of our God and King
CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE
God tells us in his word that we were once far from Him, our sin separated us from Him and left a gulf too big for us to close. Take a moment to confess the sin that so easily separates you from him to God now.
The good news of the Gospel is that although we once were far from God, we have now been brought near to him by the blood of Christ. We are no longer strangers but have been welcomed into his family, we are citizens in the family of God. Christ's work on the cross means we can come to God just as we are and find acceptance.
Song: Made Alive
PASSING OF THE PEACE
PREACHING OF THE WORD
Gary Aston preached to us from Exodus 20:12, looking at what it means to honour your Father and Mother. 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 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: How Deep the Father's Love for Us
Song: Saviour of the World
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
Song: This I Believe
Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy when our Lord Jesus comes again.
Peace be with you.
And also with you.