Reflect (January 7, 2018)


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



As we approach a New Year we are often faced with a mix of emotions: Excitement at new possibilities; fear over what we don’t know; anticipation over what’s to come; anxiety over questions we can’t answer. But we remind our hearts, as we start this new year, that God is faithful that he is constant & he is good. Join me in this call to worship. 

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.

Great is your faithfulness.

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

Great is your faithfulness.

The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.

Great is your faithfulness.

(Based on Lamentations 3:22-25)

Song: Doxology

Song: Rock of Ages

Song: You Alone Can Rescue


We've just sung that it is God alone who saves us, yet we are quick to forget this. As we approach a new year, we're often quick to doubt God's goodness and his sovereignty. We so desperately want to know what lies ahead that we fail to trust him, the unfailing one. Take a moment to reflect on that now, to confess to God the tendency to rely on your plans and purposes rather than on his.

Father God, you tell us in your word to fear not, for you are with us; to not be dismayed, for you are our God. Remind us of this at the start of a new year we pray. Help us to have faith that rests in who you are and what you have done for us in Christ. Would we cling to your promise that you will never leave us nor forsake us. Amen.

Even though we doubt God and his character, he never turns us away. Because of Jesus we are still welcomed into God's family. Let's sing of that welcome together now.

SongCome Ye Sinners



John McPhilimey preached to us from Colossians 2:6-7 at the beginning of this new year. Listen to that sermon 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.


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

Song: Jesus Paid it All


We need God's help in this, let's pray these words together now, asking that God, by the Spirit would help us as we go now.

Father God, we know that we can't do any of this without you. Just as we received Christ Jesus the Lord, help us to walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith. Help us to abound in thanksgiving, giving glory to you in all that we do. Amen.

Colossians 2:6-7


May we enter this New Year knowing the security that comes from being in Christ. The deep joy that comes from being a child of God. And the certainty of knowing God's presence with us through the Holy Spirit.

Peace be with you.

And also with you.