Sermons

Reflect (April 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


Easter Sunday

READING

Now after the Sabbath, towards the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

(Matthew 28:1-10)

Song: It is Finished

CALL TO WORSHIP

Hallelujah! Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!

This is the good news— the grave is empty! Hallelujah! Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!

This is the good news— by His death, Christ has conquered sin; by His resurrection, Christ has given us His righteousness! Hallelujah! Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!

This is the good news— Christ has risen from the grave and given us the promise and hope of resurrection, so that we might also rise with Him in new life everlasting! Hallelujah! Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!

Song: Man of Sorrows

Song: In Christ Alone

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

This Sunday we celebrated Easter Sunday together and Alex Passmore preached to us from 1 Corinthians 15 on the hope of the resurrection. Listen to that sermon here:

Song: Christ is Risen

Song: New Again

BENEDICTION

Jesus came and stood among [his disciples] and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit"

(John 20:19-22)

Go knowing the peace of the Risen Jesus, the power of His Spirit at work in us. And the joy of experiencing the resurrection.

Peace be with you.

And also with you.

Reflect (January 6, 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


2 Peter 1:1-11

CALL TO WORSHIP

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.

Great is your faithfulness.

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

Great is your faithfulness.

The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.

Great is your faithfulness.

(Based on Lamentations 3:22-25)

Song: All Creatures of our God and King

Song: Come Thou Fount

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

As we approach a new year, we're often quick to doubt God's goodness and his sovereignty. We so desperately want to know what lies ahead that we fail to trust him, the unfailing one. Take a moment to reflect on that now, to confess to God the tendency to rely on your plans and purposes rather than on his...

Father God, you tell us in your word to fear not, for you are with us; to not be dismayed, for you are our God. Remind us of this at the start of a new year we pray. Help us to have faith that rests in who you are and what you have done for us in Christ. Would we cling to your promise that you will never leave us nor forsake us. Amen.

As we begin this new year we have full assurance of forgiveness in Christ. Let's sing out in light of that truth together now.

SongForgiven

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

Tom Thrower preached to us at the beginning of this new year from 2 Peter 1:1-11. 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: Nothing but the Blood

Song: Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

COMMITMENT READING

Heavenly Father, as we approach this new year help us to lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, defeating death, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

(Hebrews 12:1-2)

Song: Be Thou my Vision

BENEDICTION

May we enter this New Year knowing the security that comes from being in Christ. The deep joy that comes from being a child of God. And the certainty of knowing God's presence with us through the Holy Spirit.

Peace be with you.

And also with you.