Welcome to the recap of songs, hymns, liturgy and sermon from this past Sunday’s gathering. This blog exists to give you the chance 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.
What Went Wrong With Work
CALL TO WORSHIP
There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.
Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name for ever.
Song: How Great Is Our God
Song: 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)
Confession and Assurance
Heavenly Father we thank you that you are a generous God, one who loves to pour good gifts onto his children. Yet we know, that sin has corrupted us and the good gifts you give to us.
We confess that so often we use these gifts for selfish gain. We take what you have given us and use it to build ourselves up, putting ourselves in your place rather than serving you and serving others. Help us, by your spirit to not let these things become idols but to use them to glorify you. Amen.
Song: Shine Into Our Night
Song: Made Alive
Passing of the Peace
Preaching of the Word
Gary Aston preached the third in our series "Vocation: Working in God's World". He explored what went wrong with work looking at Genesis 3. 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 the 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: This I Believe
"Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)" (Ephesians 5:1-2, 8-9)
When Jesus gave himself up for us, he took our darkness upon him on the cross, defeating sin and declaring us righteous. Not only do we get to enjoy work in light of that truth but we also get to look to a day where all things will be made new. Where work will be restored and sin will be no more.
Song: New Again
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
Peace be with you.
And also with you.