Reflect

Reflect (June 9, 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


BAPTISM

CALL TO WORSHIP

Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture.

(Psalm 95:1-7)

Song: Indescribable

Song: How Great Thou Art

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

At this point in our gathering - each week - we have a time of confession. That might seem strange, You might ask why? Well when we see God’s greatness and recognise his glory, we are faced with our own humanity and how short we fall of God’s requirements. So time for confession reminds us of our right place before God, Reminds us of our sinfulness, our need for God’s grace and forgiveness And also God’s provision of this grace through Jesus. Right at the centre of the gospel is confession, repentance. It's a life giving practice Because as we repent, we turn from moving away from God & instead run to him, as we do this we experience God moving towards us in grace. Throughout history, God's people have turned from him, time and time again. We are no different. Even though we've been called to God through the loving mercy of Jesus, we so often turn from him to follow different paths. In his word God tells us that we exchange truths about him for lies and follow paths that twist the truth about Jesus.

Take a moment to reflect on that now, to confess where you see this in your own heart. What are some of the lies you're believing about God today? The truth of the gospel is that there is forgiveness for us to be received through faith in Jesus. In putting our trust in him, we can know freedom from all our sin.

Let's continue to reflect and sing of those truths together now.

Song: You Alone Can Rescue

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

This week Gary Aston preached to us from Luke 19:1-10 as we celebrated 3 baptisms together as a church. Listen to that sermon here:

Song: Nothing but the Blood

Song: In Christ Alone

BAPTISMS

Song: This I Believe

BENEDICTION

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Peace be with you.

And also with you.

Reflect (June 2, 2019)

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 Law & the Spirit

CALL TO WORSHIP

Praise the LORD! Let us give thanks to the LORD with our whole heart, together as one body and voice, let us worship God!

Great are the works of the LORD. We remember and delight in the amazing things he has done!

He is full of splendour and majesty and his righteousness endures forever. The works of his hands are faithful and just; he sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever.

Holy and awesome is his name! Praise be to the LORD! Based on Psalm 111

Song: Come Praise and Glorify

Song: Fountain of Goodness

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

God tells us in his word that when we trust and follow Jesus, we gain new life. Our old selves are crucified with him on the cross so that sin no longer needs to have power in our lives. Yet so often we don't live in light of this truth. We live as though sin is still our master. Take a moment to confess that tendency in your own heart to God now...

Heavenly Father, please help us to live in light of this truth. Help us to count ourselves dead to sin and alive in Christ Jesus. Would sin no longer reign in our bodies, but instead would we know the freedom that you bring through grace. Amen. God has put our sin and shame to death and made us alive in Christ. Let's sing out in the truth of that together now!

Song: Made Alive

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

This week Gary Aston preached to us from Romans 7:1-6 looking at the law and the Spirit. 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: Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

COMMITMENT READING

Thank you heavenly Father that through Jesus, we have been freed from our sin. Thank you that we are united with Christ in his death and raised to new life through his resurrection.

Thank you that sin is no longer our master and that we now have your Spirit is at work within us. Remind us that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

(Based on Romans 6:14 & 2 Corinthians 3:17)

Song: Christ Is Risen

BENEDICTION

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Go in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

(Based on Galatians 5:1)

Peace be with you.

And also with you.

Reflect (May 26, 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


ROMANS - Recap

CALL TO WORSHIP

Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have shown his saving power.

The LORD has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations.

He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to his people; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. (Psalm 98:1-3)

Song: Come Thou Fount

Song: All Praise to Him

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

Before a Holy God, we’re small, we’re weak, and we’re in need of mercy.We’re far from holy, far from perfect, and we’re burdened with uncountable flaws and weaknesses. We've all fallen short of God's standard and yet there is hope for us in our sin if we repent and confess our sin to God. Hear this reminder that through Jesus we have been made right with God, despite our sin and failures. Join with me in the underlined portions.

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous.

He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin.

We are made right with God through faith in Jesus Christ and we are justified by his gift of grace.

(Based on Romans 3:22-26)

Song: Come Ye Sinners

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

This week Gary Aston did a recap for us on our Romans series so far from selected texts. 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: Jesus is the Lord of All

COMMITMENT READING

Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions.

God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

It is by his grace we have been saved. This is not our own doing; it is the gift of God!

(Based on Ephesians 2:4-9)

Song: A God Who Saves

BENEDICTION

God has made you alive through the death of His son. He has declared you to be righteous. Go with confidence and faith today knowing that He is able to keep and sustain you.

Peace be with you.

And also with you.

Reflect (May 19, 2019)

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


IMPACT - The Call to Impact

CALL TO WORSHIP

The LORD is merciful and compassionate, slow to anger and filled with unfailing love. The LORD is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation.

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.

My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever. (Psalm 145:8-14)

Song: Look What God Has Done

Song: This is Amazing Grace

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

We've already heard that our God is a God of compassion and mercy. In light of his mercy and compassion, we are reminded how we can be so ignorant to the needs of those around us. We can be so comfortable in our own lives that we're unwilling to serve others sacrificially or extend compassion and mercy to those in need. Let's take a moment to confess this to God together now:

Father forgive us for being so focused on ourselves that we fail to see the needs of those around us. We confess that we are creatures of comfort, seeking our own pleasures above meeting the needs of others. Help us to love people as you have loved us, to serve people as Jesus has sacrificially served us and to live out the gospel both in our faith and in our works. Amen

Song: In Tenderness He Sought Me

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

This Sunday Tom Thrower preached to on the call to impact from Isaiah 58. Listen to that sermon here.

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: There is A Fountain

Song: Before the Throne of God Above

COMMITMENT READING

Heavenly Father we ask that you would help us to bring your light into our homes, work places, families and friendships. Help us, by your Spirit, to impact the brokenness we see in the world around us. We pray that as your gospel goes out, we would see lives, communities and structures transformed by Jesus. Amen.

Song: Mighty to Save

BENEDICTION

Therefore, brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labour is not in vain.

Peace be with you.

And also with you.