Reflect

Reflect (August 11, 2019)

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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


MICAH 4:1-8

CALL TO WORSHIP

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise. Splendour and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary.

Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to his name; worship the Lord in the splendour of his holiness.

The voice of the Lord is over the waters; it is powerful and majestic. In his temple all cry, ‘Glory!’ The Lord is enthroned as King for ever.

(Based on Psalm 96:1-6 & 29: 1-2;9)

Song: How Great Thou Art

Song: Look What God Has Done

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

We've already heard and sung of God's unfailing and unchanging character, that he is faithful in all he promises. We've sung that he is the one who brings salvation, yet so often we are quick to forget this. So quickly we begin to believe that it is our work and merit that have earned our salvation. When we do this we take the cross for granted and fail to give God the glory and thanksgiving he deserves. Take a moment in the quiet of your heart to confess that tendency to God now.

One of the joys of gathering together as God's people is that when we forget God's truth, we can remind one another and encourage one another with it together. So let's do that now as we read these words of assurance together:

For it is by grace we have been saved, through faith and this is not from ourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that none of us can boast.

(Ephesians 2:8-9)

Song: You Alone Can Rescue

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

Alex Passmore preached from God’s word to us this Sunday from Micah 4:1-8. Click here to listen to that sermon.

COMMUNION

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: Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

Song: Revelation Song

COMMITMENT READING

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, saying:

“Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honour and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”

(Revelation 7:9-12)

Song: It is Well

BENEDICTION

Brothers and Sisters, go, knowing that one day the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

Peace be with you.

And also with you.

Reflect (August 4, 2019)

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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


MICAH 3

CALL TO WORSHIP

I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name.

The LORD reigns forever, executing judgment from his throne. He will judge the world with justice and rule the nations with fairness.

The LORD is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

Sing praises to the LORD who reigns. Tell the world about his unforgettable deeds.

(Based on Psalm 9:1-11)

Song: O For A Thousand Tongues

Song: This is Amazing Grace

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

We've already heard that God is a compassionate God, we've just sung that he rules with truth and justice. When we're reminded of God's character, we realise how far short we fall from his standards. Instead of looking to serve those in need, we use our time, money and resources for selfish gain. Often our selfishness causes hurt and harm to others rather good. Take a moment to reflect on that now, to confess these ways before God...

Father God, forgive us for using the good gifts you have given us to serve ourselves rather than others. Help us to see the needs of those around us and use all that we have to meet them. Forgive us when our selfishness causes harm to others. Remind us of your generosity, shown to us in Christ, when he gave himself up for us. Help us to show that generosity towards others in how we love and care for them. Amen.

Song: Shine into our Night

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

Alex Passmore preached from God’s word to us this Sunday from Micah 3. Click here to listen to that sermon.

COMMUNION

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: When I Survey

Song: Before the Throne of God Above

COMMITMENT READING

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.

He was in the form of God, but did not count equality with God something to be grasped. He emptied himself, taking on the form of a servant and humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

(Based on Philippians 2:3-8)

Song: The Lion and the Lamb

BENEDICTION

May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, 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.

Peace be with you.

And also with you.

Reflect (July 28, 2019)

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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


MICAH 2

CALL TO WORSHIP

O LORD, we give our lives to you. We trust in you, our God!

Show us the right path, O LORD; point out the road for us to follow.

Lead us by your truth and teach us, for you are the God who saves.

All day long, help us to put our hope in you. Amen.

(Psalm 25:1,4-5)

Song: 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)

Song: Come Thou Fount

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

We've already heard that God's word can be trusted. In the Psalms God tells us that his word is life-giving and those who walk according to it are blessed. The truth is though, that so often we don't see it this way. So often, we don't really believe that it's life giving and we are quick to deny and suppress the truth it presents us with. His word tells us that if we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. But If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins. This is why each week we take a moment to confess our sin to God. So take a moment to reflect on that now, to confess to God the way you might neglect his word, or fail to let it speak into your life. Without God we have no hope of change so let's pray these words together now, asking that God would help us in this:

Teach us, LORD, the way of your decrees that we may follow it to the end. Direct us in the path of your commands that we would delight in them.

Turn our hearts towards your statutes and not towards selfish gain. Turn our eyes away from worthless things, to you, the one who brings life according to your word.

(Psalm 119:33-37)

Song: Lead us Back

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

Brad Balmer preached God’s word to us this week from Micah 2. Click here to listen to that sermon.

COMMUNION

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: Hallelujah What a Saviour

Song: In Tenderness He Sought Me

COMMITMENT READING

Father God, thank you that though we were once far from you, through the blood of Jesus you have brought us near. Give us strength to continually look to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.

By your Spirit’s work in our hearts, give us the faith and courage to hold onto the gospel above all else.

Help us when this is hard and we are tempted to deny you and your gospel.

May we go from this gathering and boldly live out our mission to proclaim Jesus as saviour, redeemer and king. Amen.

Song: Cornerstone

BENEDICTION

Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Peace be with you.

And also with you.

Reflect (July 21, 2019)

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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


MICAH 1

CALL TO WORSHIP

Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.

For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.

Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.

(Psalm 95:1-7)

Song: Behold our God

Song: All Praise to Him

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

As we hear and sing of the glory and majesty of God, we are humbled before him. When we see his holiness we are reminded of our brokenness. Our sin separates us from God and means that on our own we have no hope of living up to his standard. Each week when we gather, we take a moment to confess our sin before God, to come before him in humility. Let’s do that now as we pray these words of confession.

Lord, may we have the eyes to see your holiness and see our failing. May we know the depths of our sin and the heights of your holiness.

Forgive us for sinning against you, and forgive us for sinning against one another. Through the blood of Jesus, we plead for mercy and grace, knowing that because of Jesus, you welcome and forgive sinners like us. It’s through his name we ask all these things, Amen.

Song: Come Ye Sinners

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

This week we started a new summer series in the book of Micah. On Sunday Tom Ingleby preached to us from Micah 1. Click here to listen to that sermon.

COMMUNION

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: Nothing but the Blood

Song: Lamb of God

COMMITMENT READING

Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases, who redeems us from the pit and crowns us with love and compassion.

He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

(Based on Psalm 103:1-12)

Song: Saviour of the World

BENEDICTION

Go in the knowledge that you have been saved from death by the sacrifice of Christ. Trust in the Spirit’s guidance and the promise of eternity, made possible by the one who has brought you from death to life. Go in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Peace be with you.

And also with you.