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
TREASURING THE GOSPEL:
The gospel and endurance
CALL TO WORSHIP
Keep us safe, O God, for in you we take refuge. Lord, you alone are our portion and cup; you make our lots secure.
We keep our eyes always on the Lord. With him at our right hand, we will not be shaken.
Therefore our hearts are glad and our tongues rejoice; our bodies also will rest secure, because you will not abandon us.
We have trusted in your steadfast love; our hearts will rejoice in your salvation. We will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with us.
(Based on Psalm 13 and 16)
Song: Rock of Ages
Song: Behold our God
CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE
Each time we gather, we confess together. It’s not because we believe that God is only present with us here and will only hear us when we gather. But we confess together to remind our hearts that we’re all guilty of rebellion. All of us have rejected God and turned away from Him to lesser things. Let's pray these words together as a confession to God now.
Awesome and compassionate God, you have loved us with unfailing, self-giving mercy, but we have not loved you. You are a faithful God, yet we are unfaithful, time and time again.
Forgive us for running after other things to find joy and satisfaction, remind us that in doing this we take the cross for granted. Show us that it cost Jesus his life to save us from our sin.
As you come to us in mercy, we repent in spirit and in truth, admit our sin, and gratefully receive your forgiveness through Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.
(Adapted from the Worship Sourcebook)
Song: Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy
PASSING OF THE PEACE
PREACHING OF THE WORD
Alex Passmore preached to us this week from 2 Timothy 2:1-13 on the gospel and endurance. Click here to listen to that sermon.
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: The Power of the Cross
Song: O God
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also 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, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Song: It is Well
Go, trusting in the unfailing nature of God, knowing his love and comfort, even in the midst of trial and suffering.
Peace be with you.
And also with you.