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
ROMANS - The power of the gospel
CALL TO WORSHIP
Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.
Praise the LORD. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
Great is our LORD and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.
(Psalm 145:3, 147:1-5)
Song: All Praise to Him
Song: Come Praise and Glorify
CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE
We've already heard and sung of God's power, that he is the creator of all things, that he brings salvation and redemption from sin. When we're faced with God's power and majesty, we're humbled to see our weakness before him. Without God, we are weak, we have no way of saving ourselves. Every week at Redeemer we take a moment to confess our sin to God together, it's a way for us to be humble before God and admit our need for him. Take a moment to do that now, to confess in the quiet of your heart now. The truth of the gospel is that Jesus died to save us from our sin and now equips us with the Holy Spirit. We can know God's power at work in our lives as his Spirit dwells within us. Hear these words of assurance now, they are true for us today:
God's grace is sufficient for you, for his power is made perfect in weakness.
(based on 2 Corinthians 12:9).
Song: O God of Mercy Hear our Plea
PASSING OF THE PEACE
PREACHING OF THE WORD
Gary Aston preached to us from Romans 1:16-17 on the power of the gospel. 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: Jesus Paid it All
Song: Man of Sorrows (Oh the Rugged Cross)
Every week at Redeemer we have a time of commitment, it's a way for us to respond to God's word preached to us with a commitment to live out the invitation of the gospel. It's a sending into the world, a declaration, a commitment to deeper faith, a call to mission with Jesus. A time to be reminded of and re-state our faith in Jesus.
So let's read these words as a commitment as we prepare to go now:
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.
Song: O For A Thousand Tongues
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever. Amen
Peace be with you.
And also with you.