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
HABITS OF GRACE - The Church
CALL TO WORSHIP
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
Once we were not a people, but now we are God's people; once we had not received mercy, but now we have received mercy.
1 Peter 2:9-10
Song: Come Thou Fount
Song: Look What God Has Done
CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE
God tells us in his word time and time again that he has created a people for himself. As Christians we have the joy of being part of his people, the church, and yet so often don't experience this joy. We neglect one another, criticise one another and fail to see our need for the church. Let's take a moment to confess that to God together now:
Heavenly Father, forgive us for neglecting the church and for rejecting our identity as your people. Forgive us for seeing the church as a place to take from rather than a family to belong to. Help us to be patient with one another and love one another like you have loved us.
Help us to forgive one another, bear with one another and encourage one another as response to the forgiveness and grace you have shown to us in Christ. Amen.
Song: Made Alive
PASSING OF THE PEACE
PREACHING OF THE WORD
Gary Aston preached to us from Hebrews 10:19-25 & 3:13 on what it means to belong to the church. Click here to listen to that sermon.
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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: Here is Love
Song: Christ is Risen
Let us hold tightly, without wavering, to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.
Let us think of ways to stir up one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of Christ's return is drawing near.
Song: O For A Thousand Tongues
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
Peace be with you.
And also with you.