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
Sing joyfully to the LORD, it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the LORD and make music to him. Sing to him a new song!
For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him.
Song: All Creatures of our God and King
CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE
God tells us in his word that we were once alienated from him, cut off and separated by our sin. Without him we are weak and broken. God invites us to bring our weakness to him. Take a moment to reflect on that now, to confess the sin that separates you from him. The truth of the gospel is that God didn't leave us as we were, hear this truth about our identity in Christ now:
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
We can now know forgiveness for our sin and relationship with God. Let's sing out with joy in light of that truth together now!
Song: Made Alive
PASSING OF THE PEACE
PREACHING OF THE WORD
John McPhilimey preached to us from God’s word this Sunday from Micah 4:9-5:6. 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: How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
Song: In Christ Alone
Brothers and sisters, let us not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
So let us fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
(2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
Song: New Again
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Peace be with you.
And also with you.