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
CALL TO WORSHIP
Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth! Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvellous works among all the peoples!
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. Blessed be his glorious name for ever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory!
(Psalm 72:17-19, 96:1-3)
Song: All Creatures of our God and King
Song: Fountain of Goodness
CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE
Heavenly father, every time we are reminded of your greatness, we see how far we are from you. We remember how quick we are to turn away from you and forget the grace shown to us in Christ. Remind us that we were once far from you, but now, by the blood of Jesus, have been brought back into the people of God. Amen. Hear these words of assurance to us from Ephesians 2:
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.
Ephesians 2: 19-22
Song: Made Alive
PASSING OF THE PEACE
PREACHING OF THE WORD
Jonathan Gilmore joined us for our gathering and preached to us from Matthew 9:36-38, sharing about the work he is involved in within Acts 29 Italy. Listen to that sermon here:
Continue to pray for the work of the Jonathan and Annette and for the following areas:
- Church planters and existing young church plants
- Training and Coaching
- The Albania Project
- Setting of Gospel DNA/Culture
For more information about the work of the Gospel in Italy 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: Nothing but the Blood
Song: Mighty to Save
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice,
“Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, saying
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever
and ever! Amen.”
Song: O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
Go in the peace of knowing that one day the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honour and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.
Peace be with you.
And also with you.