Welcome to the recap (songs, hymns, liturgy and sermon) from Sunday’s gathering. This blog is designed to give 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.
How We Work
CALL TO WORSHIP
You have searched us, Lord, and you know us. You know when we sit and when we rise; you perceive our thoughts from afar. You discern our going out and our lying down; you are familiar with all our ways.
Before a word is on our tongues you know it completely. You hem us in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon us.
There is nowhere we can go from your Spirit nor can we flee from your presence. If we go up to the heavens, you are there; if we make our bed in the depths you are there.
For you created our inmost beings; you knit us together in our mother’s wombs. We praise you because we are fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful. (Based on Psalm 139:1-14)
Song: Everlasting God
Song: This is Amazing Grace
Confession and Assurance
We've already heard that God is a God who knows us intimately. He knows our hearts and knows when we choose to trust in other things instead of in Him and His perfect plans for us. Let's pray these words together, asking that God would reveal our sin to us.
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24)
The truth of the gospel is that only through Christ can we be saved from our sin. He has made a way for us to know God and have a relationship with Him. Jesus gave his life so that we might be free from the slavery of sin and we can rejoice in that freedom today.
Song: Saviour of the World
Passing of the Peace
Preaching of the Word
Gary Aston preached the final sermon in our series on "Working in God's World" to us from various Bible passages including 1 Peter 2:9-25. 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: Amazing Grace
Heavenly Father, we pray that you would teach us your paths and lead us in your truth. May we trust in you with all our heart, trusting that your ways are higher than ours.
Help us by your Spirit to discern how to spend our time, energy and resources, not seeking to please others or increase our fame but so that Christ would be glorified in all that we do. Amen.
Song: Be Thou My Vision
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, walking in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work Peace be with you.
And also with you.