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Jan 2016

Sunday Gathering | Snowpocalypse Edition

Due to the severe weather, the City of Richmond has closed all public schools, and the road conditions have made it unsafe for us to gather together at The Fourhundred. Therefore, we encourage you to gather with your family, neighbors, friends, and/or community to join in a time of prayer and worship. We’ve created a service outline for you to follow below. We pray that you are all safe and warm, and that this service will be an encouragement to you.

Announcements
Before we begin, here are a few announcements:

  • GRACE Gathering – Join us Sunday, January 31st, at 4:00 p.m., at The 400, as we gather for a time of prayer, worship, and the installation of new elders. Childcare will be available for nursery through toddler age children. RSVP and more info here.
  • A29 North Atlantic Conference – Join us Friday night, February 19th, and Saturday, February 20th, for the Acts 29 North Atlantic Conference, at Remnant Church down in Shockoe Bottom. The theme is Jesus: Yesterday, Today, and Forever. For tickets and more info, click here.
  • Facilities Team @ The Fourhundred – If you are interested in helping with the upkeep and maintenance of The Fourhundred (cleaning, painting, special projects, etc.) please email Ryan and let him know you are interested.
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    Call to Worship
    We gather together as believers each week to remind ourselves of who God is, and what He’s done for us. God calls us out of the world each week to rehearse the gospel in His presence, together. And this should encourage us today: to fully engage with God. We come by His invitation, not by our presumption, but through the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ. And one of the things we are commanded to do when we gather together is sing. Sing to reflect God’s nature, his character, and his glory.

    Please have someone read the following passage of scripture aloud:

    The Lord our God is in our midst, a mighty one who saves; he rejoices over us with gladness; he quiets us by his love; he exults over us with loud singing. – Zephaniah 3:17

    Spontaneous Prayer
    Take a moment and pray, consecrating your gathered time to the Lord.

    Worship through Singing
    God is in our midst this morning. So let’s reflect God’s glory this morning by exalting him with our own loud singing.

    Praise to the Lord, the Almighty by Jo­ach­im Ne­an­der

    Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
    O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
    All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;
    Praise Him in glad adoration.

    Praise to the Lord, who over all things so wondrously reigneth,
    Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
    Hast thou not seen how all thy longings have been
    Granted in what He ordaineth?

    Praise to the Lord, who hath fearfully, wondrously, made thee;
    Health hath vouchsafed and, when heedlessly falling, hath stayed thee.
    What need or grief ever hath failed of relief?
    Wings of His mercy did shade thee.

    Praise to the Lord, who, when darkness of sin is abounding,
    Who, when the godless do triumph, all virtue confounding,
    Sheddeth His light, chaseth the horrors of night,
    Saints with His mercy surrounding.

    Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him!
    All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him.
    Let the Amen sound from His people again,
    Gladly for aye we adore Him.

    Prayer of Confession
    Father, the psalmists asks, “Who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill?” Who among us this morning can draw near to your presence? If we are honest with ourselves, none of us can do this on our own. In light of your holiness, we find ourselves soiled with sin, with hearts that lust after lesser things. We need your mercy, and your forgiveness this morning. And as we consider, “Who can come into your presence?”, remind us that Jesus can! He has clean hands and a pure heart. He may sojourn in your tent and stand in your holy place. And your word goes on to say that because Jesus can come into your holy presence, all those who are in him by faith may enter in as well. Thank you for graciously making provision for sinners like us. For those you have called your own today.

    Assurance of Pardon
    Please have someone read the following passage of scripture aloud:

    We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever. – Hebrews 6:19-20

    The Father sings over us. And now Jesus leads us into God’s tent to exalt the Father. Let’s sing more about Jesus as we now hear the invitation to simply “Come Behold” Christ.

    Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, and Michael Bleecker

    Come behold the wondrous mystery in the dawning of the King,
    He the theme of heaven’s praises, robed in frail humanity.
    In our longing, in our darkness, now the light of life has come;
    Look to Christ, who condescended, took on flesh to ransom us.

    Come behold the wondrous mystery: He the perfect Son of Man,
    In His living, in His suffering, never trace nor stain of sin.
    See the true and better Adam come to save the hell-bound man,
    Christ, the great and sure fulfillment of the law, in Him we stand.

    Come behold the wondrous mystery: Christ the Lord upon the tree;
    In the stead of ruined sinners hangs the Lamb in victory.
    See the price of our redemption; see the Father’s plan unfold,
    Bringing many sons to glory, grace unmeasured, love untold!

    Come behold the wondrous mystery: slain by death, the God of life;
    But no grave could e’er restrain Him, praise the Lord, He is alive!
    What a foretaste of deliverance; how unwavering our hope:
    Christ in power resurrected, as we will be when he comes

    Spontaneous Prayer
    Take a moment and pray, asking the Lord to open hearts and minds to hear and receive the Good News this morning.

    Sermon | Mark 14:27-31
    Fireside with Rayshawn
    The following sermon audio file was recorded at The Fourhundred on Friday, January 22nd, 2016. While originally intended to be a video, we encountered some rendering issues and had to resort to only using the audio.

    According to Mark | Mark 14:27-31
    Speaker: Rayshawn Graves
    Click to Download a PDF of the Reflection Guide.

    Prayer and Reflection
    Take a moment to reflect and pray about what you heard in the sermon as you listen to the song below, What Have We Done. Since you are likely listening to this with your family or a small group, a time of corporate prayer, confession, and prayer for one another may also be appropriate afterwards.

    What Have We Done by Joe Day

    Communion
    Should you have bread and juice (or wine) available, take time to serve communion to one another, reminding each other of the gospel truth that Jesus body was broken and his blood was shed for us.

    See What the Lord Has Done (Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning) by Zachary Banister

    Oh, don’t worry
    No, don’t you worry
    Oh, don’t worry
    See what the Lord has done

    He has defeated sin and Satan
    Defeated sin and Satan
    He has defeated sin and Satan
    See what the Lord has done

    Now keep your lamps trimmed and burning
    Keep your lamps trimmed and burning
    Keep your lamps trimmed and burning
    Now see what the Lord has done

    All things rest under His hand
    All will follow under His plan
    Jesus came as the atonement Lamb
    See what the Lord has done

    Benediction
    Have someone prayerfully read the following:

    Be filled with the Spirit, address one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. – Ephesians 5:18-20

    When the Spirit of God fills his people, this verse tells us that songs always come out. So as we go out today, and into a new week, meditate on the great truths of the gospel we heard today. And as we rehearse this life-changing, humbling, joy-producing, assurance-bringing truth, we listen for a singing God, who delights in his people. Now, let’s go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

    Giving
    Our giving is a response to grace, not duty. It is a part of worship, a response to who God is and what He has done. Giving is a way that God invites us to participate in His work. If you would like to give a tithe or offering today, you can do so online by clicking here.

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    8 Comments

    Eric

    January 23 2016 Reply

    This is great!! Thank you for putting it all together.

    Isaac Sahhar

    January 23 2016 Reply

    Thank you for this. Hope you have a blessed week.

    Tripp

    January 23 2016 Reply

    This is great. Thanks so much!

    Stephanie Daniel

    January 23 2016 Reply

    Thank you for the amazing thoughtfulness of this outline! Sunday Gathering: Pajama Edition

    Dan Caballero

    January 24 2016 Reply

    We as family had just finished going thru this wonderfully arranged online service. Not even a 22″of snow prevented us from church service. God is awesome. I can testify that He is really working with and thru RH.

    Sally Caballero

    January 24 2016 Reply

    What a blessing!! Thank you for all your effort that allowed our family to worship joyously this morning.

    Will

    January 24 2016 Reply

    Thanks for putting this together, guys! We just went through the service with a couple of us RH’ers in Forest Hill. God bless you all!

    Will, Marla, Landrie, Renee, Kara, & Isaac 🙂

    Kris Howington

    January 24 2016 Reply

    Thanks so much for offering this. My roommate and I were just able to follow this worship plan and gather together in worship even though the roads are impassable. I am thankful for a church that calls us to worship wherever we are!

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