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
THE FINAL DAYS OF JESUS - The Garden
CALL TO WORSHIP
Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Song: O For A Thousand Tongues
Song: Jesus is The Lord of All
CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE
Before a Holy God, we’re small, we’re weak, and we know we’re in need of mercy.We’re far from holy, far from perfect, and we’re burdened with uncountable flaws and weaknesses. Let’s ask the Lord to open our eyes and see the sin in our lives, let's read these words from Psalm 139 together now:
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Take a moment and ask the Lord to search your heart. Let your sins, fears, and anxiety come before him, and let his presence remind you that grace abounds in Jesus Christ – that he is all we really need. God invites us to come to him, in the midst of our weakness and frailty and find rest for our souls.
Song: Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy
PASSING OF THE PEACE
PREACHING OF THE WORD
Gary Aston preached to us this week from Matthew 26:36-46. To listen to that sermon click 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: The Power of the Cross
Song: Jesus Paid it All
Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds we have been healed.”
(1 Peter 2:21-24)
Song: Lamb of God
To Christ, our Lord, who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever.
Peace be with you.
And also with you.