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 - Crushing Plagues
CALL TO WORSHIP
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who can fathom the Spirit of the Lord, or instruct the Lord as his counsellor?
All the nations of the world are but a drop in the bucket to God. They are nothing more than dust on the scales. He picks up the whole earth as though it were a grain of sand.
He brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.
No one is like you, Lord; you are great, and your name is mighty in power.
(based on Isaiah 40 and Jeremiah 10:6)
Song: 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)
Song: How Great is Our God
CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE
We've already heard that there is no one like our God, we've sung of his glory and majesty, yet we are so quick to forget that. We daily choose so many other things above him and fail to give him the praise he deserves. Let's pray these words together, confessing our sin before God now:
Heavenly Father, forgive us for our pride, for rejecting your rule and refusing to recognise who you are and all that you have done for us. Help us to approach you with humility, knowing we have done nothing to deserve your grace. Amen.
God has generously given his grace to us in Jesus and that means we can come to God and know him just as we are.
Song: Come Ye Sinners
PASSING OF THE PEACE
PREACHING OF THE WORD
Tom Thrower preached to us from Exodus 7-10 showing us the God who brings his people out of slavery. 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: Hallelujah What a Saviour
Song: Christ is Risen
Father God, thank you that you have brought us out of the slavery of sin, thank you that we are your people and we have the privilege of knowing you. Let's remind our hearts of this truth as we prepare to go now:
God has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of his Son. It is in Him, Jesus Christ, that we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Based on Colossians 1:13-14
Song: In Christ Alone
God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal
and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be
honour and might for ever. Amen.
Peace be with you.
And also with you.