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
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise. Splendour and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to his name; worship the Lord in the splendour of his holiness.
The voice of the Lord is over the waters; it is powerful and majestic. In his temple all cry, ‘Glory!’ The Lord is enthroned as King for ever.
(Based on Psalm 96:1-6 & 29: 1-2;9)
Song: How Great Thou Art
Song: Look What God Has Done
CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE
We've already heard and sung of God's unfailing and unchanging character, that he is faithful in all he promises. We've sung that he is the one who brings salvation, yet so often we are quick to forget this. So quickly we begin to believe that it is our work and merit that have earned our salvation. When we do this we take the cross for granted and fail to give God the glory and thanksgiving he deserves. Take a moment in the quiet of your heart to confess that tendency to God now.
One of the joys of gathering together as God's people is that when we forget God's truth, we can remind one another and encourage one another with it together. So let's do that now as we read these words of assurance together:
For it is by grace we have been saved, through faith and this is not from ourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that none of us can boast.
Song: You Alone Can Rescue
PASSING OF THE PEACE
PREACHING OF THE WORD
Alex Passmore preached from God’s word to us this Sunday from Micah 4:1-8. 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: Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)
Song: Revelation Song
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, saying:
“Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honour and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”
Song: It is Well
Brothers and Sisters, go, knowing that one day the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
Peace be with you.
And also with you.