Reflect (November 6, 2016)

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



All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons.

It is by him that we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.

Romans 8:14-16

Song: O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing

Song: Everlasting God


God tells us in his word that we were once far from Him, our sin separated us from Him and left a gulf too big for us to close. Take a moment to confess the sin that so easily separates you from him to God now.

The good news of the Gospel is that although we once were far from God, we have now been brought near to him by the blood of Christ. We are no longer strangers but have been welcomed into his family, we are citizens in the family of God. Christ's work on the cross means we can come to God just as we are and find acceptance. 

Song: Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy



Gary Aston preached to us from Mark 3:31-35 helping us think through how Jesus refuses, redefines and reforms family. 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.


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

Song: Look What God Has Done 


Father God, we pray that you would help us, by your Spirit, to love one another like you have loved us. Help us to invest in those unlike ourselves, to sacrifice our time, energy and money to care for those in the Redeemer family. Always seeking the Spirit's help, giving glory to God the Father through Jesus Christ the son. Amen.

Song: Cornerstone


So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

Peace be with you.

And also with you.