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
REDEEMER VISION - The Gospel
CALL TO WORSHIP
Blessed be the Lord! For he has heard the voice of our pleas for mercy.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped.
Our hearts exult the Lord and with our song we give thanks to Him.
The Lord is the strength of His people; he is our saving refuge! Praise be to God!
Based on Psalm 28:8
Song: Rock of Ages
CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE
God has lavishly poured his grace onto us in Christ. He is the giver of all good gifts. Yet so often we worship the gifts he has given us, rather than Him. We boast in them and neglect to give glory to the one who has given us everything. Take a moment to confess to God now, your tendency to forget him, to worship his gifts rather than him.
Hear this glorious reminder to us now:
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Song: Saviour of the World
PASSING OF THE PEACE
PREACHING OF THE WORD
We started our Redeemer Vision sermon series this week and Gary Aston preached to us from 1 Corinthians 1:18-31. He reminded us from the passage that our boast should only ever be in Jesus Christ and him crucified. 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: Hallelujah What a Saviour
Father God, we pray that by your Spirit you would help us to be a church always
centered around the Gospel. Help us to only preach Christ and Him crucified.
Protect us from disunity and grumbling that we would always strive to build one
another up and challenge one another in the Gospel. May our only boast be in
Jesus Christ and his finished work for us on the cross. Amen.
Song: Be Thou My Vision
May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Peace be with you.
And also with you.