Reflect

Reflect (October 6, 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


ONE OFF - Conflict

CALL TO WORSHIP

Ascribe to the LORD, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendour of his holiness.

The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic. The LORD rules and reigns as King forever.

The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

(based on Psalm 29:1-2,4,10-11)

Song: All Praise to Him

Song: Look and See

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

When we're reminded of God's purity and majesty, we are humbled to see our place before him. We see how far we fall from his standards. When we see his love and mercy demonstrated to us, we are reminded that we fail to love one another and are slow to forgive each other. Let's pray these words together now, as a confession to God of this tendency in our hearts.

Heavenly Father, forgive us for mistreating one another, for being impatient with one another and seeking to divide your church rather than unite.

Help us to be kind to one another, forgiving each another just as you have forgiven us in Christ. Amen.

(based on Ephesians 4:32)

While we were still weak and in sin, Jesus died for us. Offering us an invite into relationship with God. Let's sing out in light of that truth together now.

Song: In Tenderness He Sought Me

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

Adam Flynt from the Church of the Eleven22 was with us this Sunday and preached to us on conflict within the church from various Bible passages. 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: How Deep the Father’s Love

Song: In Christ Alone

COMMITMENT READING

Without Jesus, we would still know separation from God. We are only restored to God the father, through Christ the son. Let's encourage our hearts with this truth as we prepare to go now:

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, it is by grace we have been saved.

(Ephesians 2:4-5)

The gift of grace, we've received in Christ and the love God has shown us is everlasting. Let's sing out together the truth of that now.

Song: Nothing in All the Earth

BENEDICTION

Brothers and sisters, continue to have unity of mind, loving one another just as Christ loves the church. Go in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Peace be with you.

And also with you.

Reflect (September 29, 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


BELONGING - Belonging Together

CALL TO WORSHIP

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. 

Once we were not a people, but now we are God's people; once we had not received mercy, but now we have received mercy. 

1 Peter 2:9-10

Song: Come thou Fount

Song: All Creatures of our God and King

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

In his word God tells us that the church is the body of Christ, with Jesus as the head. When the Bible uses this language, it tells us that all parts of the body are different and yet necessary in order for it to flourish and grow. God also tells us in his word that our sin, our rejection of him affects our relationships with one another so we fail to love and serve one another as we should. Take a moment to reflect on that now, to reflect on ways we fail to see our need for each other and how our sin affects our relationships with one another. 

Father God, we ask that you would help us in this. Thank you that in trusting in Jesus we are brought into your family. Thank you that we have a new identity as your people and as your church. Help us live out this calling as a response to the generosity you have shown to us in Christ. Amen. 

Song: Forgiven

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

Gary Aston preached from God’s word to us this week from 1 Corinthians 12:12-31. 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

Father God, help us to grow in every way to be more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Remind us that he makes the whole body fit together perfectly. 

From him the whole body, joined and held together, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. 

Thank you that we are not alone and you have promised to send your Spirit to help us in this. amen. 

(based on Ephesians 4:15-16)

Song: O For A Thousand Tongues

BENEDICTION

Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

Peace be with you.

And also with you.

Reflect (September 22, 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


BELONGING - Belonging to God

CALL TO WORSHIP

Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness. The LORD is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. The LORD is good to everyone. He shows compassion to all he has made.

Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise!

(Based on Psalm 145:3,8-9)

Song: 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)

Song: This is Amazing Grace

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

Father God, forgive us for turning from you and not loving you as we should. We confess that we put so many other things at the centre of our lives, other than you. Thank you that we can bring our sin to you and find forgiveness in Jesus. Amen.

God showed his great love for us by sending Jesus to die for us while we were still sinners.

(Romans 5:8)

Song: You Alone Can Rescue

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

This Sunday was our International Student Service and the beginning of our Belonging series. This week Gary Aston preached to us on what it means to belong to God from John 14:1-11. 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

Song: Saviour of the World

Reflect (September 15, 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


DEALING WITH ANXIETY

CALL TO WORSHIP

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever! 

Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? 

It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. The LORD is our strength and song; he has become our salvation. 

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever! 

(Based on Psalm 118)


Song: Nothing in all the Earth

Song: Jesus

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

We've already heard that God is on our side and so we have no need to fear. We've sung that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Yet so often we fail to believe these truths. Sometimes we don't believe God cares for us, when trials come we think he's abandoned us. We can so easily put our trust in other things, instead of the one who has promised to be with us. 

Take some moments in the silence of your heart to speak with God about where you are struggling to trust & believe him. 

Let's pray these words together, asking for God's help in this. 

Father God, help us to cast our worries and anxieties upon you, knowing that you care for us and are sovereign over all. Help us to trust you, even in the most difficult situations, knowing that your ways are greater than ours. Amen.

Song: O God

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

This Sunday Gary preached to us on dealing with anxiety from Matthew 6:25-34. 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: Hallelujah What A Saviour

Song: Oceans (where feet may fail)

COMMITMENT READING

The Lord has said to us, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So let's read these words as a commitment with confidence as we prepare to go now:

The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me? The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

(Hebrews 13:6; Psalm 27:1-2)

Song: Nothing in All the Earth

BENEDICTION

"Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand"

Peace be with you.

And also with you.