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 - You Shall Not Covet
CALL TO WORSHIP
The immeasurable greatness of God's power towards us has been shown to us in Christ, when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places.
He is far above all rule and authority, power and dominion. He is above every name that is named, not only in this age but in the one to come.
God put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things. He is the head of the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
(Based on Ephesians 1:15-23)
Song: Look What God Has Done
CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE
We've just sung that Jesus set aside his crown and left his throne to become a servant. He has given us the greatest gift of grace and yet we so often become dissatisfied with him. We crave so many other things, hoping that they will satisfy our needs, yet they fail us time and time again. Take a moment to reflect on that now, in the quiet of your own hearts.
God tells us in his word that though he was rich, Jesus became poor so that by his poverty we might become rich. There is life-giving treasure to be found in Jesus and that's what we get to enjoy by following him.
Song: Made Alive
PASSING OF THE PEACE
PREACHING OF THE WORD
Tom Thrower preached to us from Exodus 20:17 and Luke 12:13-21, helping us to see what the Bible teaches on coveting. 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: When I Survey
Song: Man of Sorrows
Heavenly Father, You have told us in your word that you will never leave us nor forsake us, and so we can confidently say:
“The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
Help us to keep our lives free from the love of money, being content with what we have, and thankful in all circumstances. Amen.
Based on Hebrews 13:5-6
Song: It is Well
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Peace be with you.
And also with you.