Prepare (June 2, 2019)

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This blog gives you a glimpse into the upcoming Sunday Gathering. It's an opportunity to read through the passage we'll be studying together, pray through some of the liturgy we'll be using, and listen to a selection of the songs we’ll be singing


ROMANS - The Law & the Spirit

SERMON

Gary Aston will be preaching to us from Romans 7:1-6 this Sunday as we look at the law and the Spirit together.

LITURGY

BENEDICTION

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Go in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

(Based on Galatians 5:1)

MUSIC

  • Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone): A hymn that celebrates the grace shown to us in Jesus that frees us from the slavery of sin.

  • Made Alive (Citizens): A song that reminds us that our old self has been crucified with Christ and that through faith in him we can know new life.

Reflect (May 26, 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


ROMANS - Recap

CALL TO WORSHIP

Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have shown his saving power.

The LORD has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations.

He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to his people; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. (Psalm 98:1-3)

Song: Come Thou Fount

Song: All Praise to Him

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

Before a Holy God, we’re small, we’re weak, and we’re in need of mercy.We’re far from holy, far from perfect, and we’re burdened with uncountable flaws and weaknesses. We've all fallen short of God's standard and yet there is hope for us in our sin if we repent and confess our sin to God. Hear this reminder that through Jesus we have been made right with God, despite our sin and failures. Join with me in the underlined portions.

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous.

He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin.

We are made right with God through faith in Jesus Christ and we are justified by his gift of grace.

(Based on Romans 3:22-26)

Song: Come Ye Sinners

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

This week Gary Aston did a recap for us on our Romans series so far from selected texts. 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: Hallelujah What a Saviour

Song: Jesus is the Lord of All

COMMITMENT READING

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.

God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

It is by his grace we have been saved. This is not our own doing; it is the gift of God!

(Based on Ephesians 2:4-9)

Song: A God Who Saves

BENEDICTION

God has made you alive through the death of His son. He has declared you to be righteous. Go with confidence and faith today knowing that He is able to keep and sustain you.

Peace be with you.

And also with you.

Prepare (May 26, 2019)

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This blog gives you a glimpse into the upcoming Sunday Gathering. It's an opportunity to read through the passage we'll be studying together, pray through some of the liturgy we'll be using, and listen to a selection of the songs we’ll be singing


ROMANS - Recap

SERMON

This Sunday we are back in our sermon series in the book of Romans. Gary Aston will be preaching to us from selected texts as we recap the series so far.

LITURGY

CONFESSION & ASSURANCE

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous.

He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin.

We are made right with God through faith in Jesus Christ and we are justified by his gift of grace.

(Based on Romans 3:22-26)

MUSIC

  • Come Ye Sinners (Sojourn Music): A song that sings of the invite Jesus gives us to come to him in our sin where we find salvation and rest.

  • A God Who Saves (Sovereign Grace): A song that reminds us that whilst we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Reflect (May 19, 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


IMPACT - The Call to Impact

CALL TO WORSHIP

The LORD is merciful and compassionate, slow to anger and filled with unfailing love. The LORD is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation.

The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does. The LORD upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.

My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever. (Psalm 145:8-14)

Song: Look What God Has Done

Song: This is Amazing Grace

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

We've already heard that our God is a God of compassion and mercy. In light of his mercy and compassion, we are reminded how we can be so ignorant to the needs of those around us. We can be so comfortable in our own lives that we're unwilling to serve others sacrificially or extend compassion and mercy to those in need. Let's take a moment to confess this to God together now:

Father forgive us for being so focused on ourselves that we fail to see the needs of those around us. We confess that we are creatures of comfort, seeking our own pleasures above meeting the needs of others. Help us to love people as you have loved us, to serve people as Jesus has sacrificially served us and to live out the gospel both in our faith and in our works. Amen

Song: In Tenderness He Sought Me

PASSING OF THE PEACE

PREACHING OF THE WORD

This Sunday Tom Thrower preached to on the call to impact from Isaiah 58. 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: There is A Fountain

Song: Before the Throne of God Above

COMMITMENT READING

Heavenly Father we ask that you would help us to bring your light into our homes, work places, families and friendships. Help us, by your Spirit, to impact the brokenness we see in the world around us. We pray that as your gospel goes out, we would see lives, communities and structures transformed by Jesus. Amen.

Song: Mighty to Save

BENEDICTION

Therefore, brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labour is not in vain.

Peace be with you.

And also with you.