Welcome to the recap (songs, hymns, liturgy and sermon) from Sunday’s gathering. This blog is designed to give 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.
SERVE THE CITY
CALL TO WORSHIP
The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.
The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.
The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.
The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. (Based on Psalm 145:9-18)
Song: Come Thou Fount
Song: Look and See
CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE
We've already heard that our God is a compassionate and trustworthy, he is the giver of good gifts, yet so often we are ungrateful for his gifts and use them for selfish gain. We are selfish creatures, selfish with our time, money, resources and yet God has been generous towards us. Take a moment to confess to God ways in which you can be selfish with the gifts God has given you. To reflect on his generosity shown to us in Christ. Jesus himself tells us:
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
God has been generous to us in giving his son to free us, to save us from our sin and what better way to respond than to be generous ourselves to those God has placed around us
Song: Saviour of the World
PASSING OF THE PEACE
PREACHING OF THE WORD
This week Gary Aston preached from Mark 10:35-45 on what Jesus tells us about service.
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 the 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.
We had a time of congregational prayer for the work of Abigail Housing, an organisation working to provide support and housing to refugees and asylum seekers within Leeds and Bradford.
Song: How Deep the Father's Love For Us
Song: Nothing But the Blood
Song: Revelation Song
May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
And also with you.