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Sunday Rhythm | February 13, 2011

Every week we prayerfully and purposefully compile a Sunday pre-service iTunes playlist to enhance our Sunday gathering. These are artists that you should definitely consider listening too, and if you feel so inclined, purchasing their music through the link provided. We hope that this becomes an avenue for discovering new gospel-centered art and music. This week’s pre-service music featured selections from the Sojourn Music album Over the Grave. Photos from yesterdays gathering are courtesy of Rebecca O’Dell.

Sunday Rhythm

Beginning shortly after the New Year, Redemption Hill Church started a project entitled Partnering to Remember (P2R). The goal is to memorize the entire book of Philippians by Easter Sunday (April 24, 2011) through partnering with other believers.  Paul praised the church in Philippi for their partnership in advance of the Gospel, and in the spirit of that partnership, this project intends to bring Christians together for the deepening work of God’s Word in their lives. Simply put, we are partnering to remember. Yesterday we took time throughout the service to encourage one another to remember the weighty truths that center us in God’s work in our lives.

P2R Call to Worship

    Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,
    To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    Philippians 1:1-2 ESV

Song Service

1. All Creatures of Our God and King by Francis of Assissi. Our call to worship hymn yesterday is a musical setting of Psalm 145 and 148, and is a summons to all creation to praise the Lord.

    Let all things their Creator bless
    And worship him in humbleness
    O praise him, O praise him
    Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia

P2R Philippians Reading

    I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
    Philippians 1:3-11 ESV

2. In Christ Alone written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend. This modern hymn of Christ’s mission and victory fits into nearly any part of the worship service. This week, we sang it as our hymn of Adoration.

    No guilt in life no fear in death
    This is the power of Christ in me
    From life’s first cry to final breathe
    Jesus commands my destiny
    No power of hell no scheme of man
    Can ever pluck me from His hand
    Till he returns or calls me home
    Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand

P2R Philippians Responsive Reading

    I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel,
    so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.
    And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
    Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will.
    The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.
    The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.
    What then?
    Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.
    Philippians 1:12-18 ESV


Community Commissioning

For the past few weeks, and continuing on through Easter, we’ve been introducing the people that make up the Communities of Redemption Hill Church. One of the questions I get asked all the time is:

    “Where is your church?”
    “Well, we are all over Richmond. We are in the Fan, the South side, North side, Church Hill, the Museum district, and Mechanicsville, just to name a few places.”
    “No, I mean where is the church?”
    “Oh you mean, where we meet? Well, we meet in the Fan, South side, North side, Church Hill, the Museum district, and Mechanicsville, just to name a few places. Oh, you mean where do we meet on Sunday?”

Redemption Hill Church is a gathering of Communities that expresses the community that is created by faith in the power of the gospel, and that communicate the purpose of the gospel, which is to see that faith cultivated in others that don’t yet believe. As we search the scriptures we see this looking like Family, Ambassadors, Servants and Disciples. In short, we are a family of ambassadors, sent to make disciples, through serving one another and those whom with we live, work, study, etc.

We get to see the grace that God has given each Community and the fruit of it and, now really for the first time, you all get to see and hear beyond your own Community the great things that are happening. We have two Communities in Church Hill right now, and what strikes me most is how they sacrificially serve Church Hill as a tangible, walking, breathing, demonstration of the gospel. We know this is at the heart of Jesus’ mission and ours. During the last night before his resurrection, Jesus said, “I am among you as one who serves…” And after the resurrection, Jesus says, “Peace be with you, just as the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.”

Each Community lives out this mission in different parts of the city and in different ways. So yesterday we took time in our service to recognize and commission Jeremiah and Taylor Winters, and the rest of the Church Hill 2 Community that gathers in their home. Jeremiah and Taylor shared how they have been living everyday life with gospel intentionality. Leaning into their natural relationships with neighbors, friends, co-workers, and looking to cultivate new ones. If you would like to get involved in a community close to you, or would simply like some more information on the communities out of Redemption Hill, please go here, or email Pastor Chris DeRoco.

Sermon

Pastor Robert continued with our journey through The Book of Acts: Enjoying God and Engaging His Mission. Yesterday’s text was Acts 9:15-30 and Philippians 1:12-18,29. The message was entitled The Uncomfortable Grace of Suffering. You can hear the sermon audio by clicking here. Some of the reflection questions included:

    Will Christians watch your suffering and grow in their faith? Become bolder?
    Will non-Christians see the difference that Jesus makes in the life of one who suffers?
    Will your suffering produce humility or bitterness?
    Can you rejoice in the midst of difficulty because God has a purpose and will do something great in you and through you?

To download the entire Reflection guide, click here.

Song Service Continued

3. How Deep the Father’s Love for Us by Stuart Townend. This Redemption Hill favorite was our communion hymn yesterday. While it’s poignant at any time, it’s especially piercing as we take the Lord’s Supper:

    I will not boast in anything: no gifts, no power, no wisdom
    But I will boast in Jesus Christ; his death and resurrection
    Why should I gain from his reward? I cannot give an answer
    But this I know with all my heart: his wounds have paid my ransom

P2R Philippians Reading

    Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
    Philippians 1:18-26 ESV

4. How Great Is Our God by Chris Tomlin. Our sending song yesterday is one that communicates the greatness of the God we worship, stirs the hearts of His people towards Christ, and proclaims the Gospel to those who don’t know him.

    How great is our God
    Sing with me how great is our God
    And all will see how great
    How great is our God

P2R Philippians Reading

    Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
    Philippians 1:27-30 ESV

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