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Sunday Rhythm | January 30, 2011

Welcome to Redemption Hill’s weekly Sunday Rhythm review. This review is from yesterday’s worship service held at Linwood Holton Elementary School in Richmond, Virginia. Below is not only a list of the songs we led, but also the readings and text from our liturgy, as well as a list of the pre-service music played in the auditorium before the service.

Pre-service Music

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.

Sunday Rhythm

Call to Worship

    Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.
    Psalm 95:1-8 ESV

Song Service

1. Come Boldly to the Throne of Grace by Daniel Herbert. Based on Hebrews 4:14-16, our call to worship hymn yesterday is a passionate and comforting call to all who feel the weight of their sin to come and find mercy at the feet of Christ. The arrangement we sung yesterday is based on Red Mountain Music’s version included on The Gadsby Project album.

    Come boldly to the throne of grace
    Ye wretched sinners come
    And lay your load at Jesus’ feet
    And plead what He has done

2. All Creatures of Our God and King by Francis of Assissi. This musical setting of Psalm 145 and 148 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

Responsive Reading

    He had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
    Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
    For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
    Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
    He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
    Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
    Adapted from Hebrews 2, 4, 7, and 10 ESV

Community Commissioning

Enjoying God and Engaging His Mission. As we do enjoy God, we are compelled to engage in his rescue mission to the world. We enjoy God because he is always on mission to rescue us and we are then sent on his mission. For sake of this mission, most folks here today gather together, based on where they live, in a Redemption Hill Community. Every Sunday for the next few months we are going to commission these Communities, recognizing them publicly and praying for them, asking God to empower them to live out the mission of making disciples where they live.

So why do we do this? Last week, Robert talked about when we learn about God’s philosophy of ministry, not random acts, we see a pattern unfold. One of those patterns that emerges is that our mission as Christians was intended to be engaged in, not as individuals, but in community with one another.

    But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. – 1 Peter 2:9

We’ve been chosen to proclaim his excellencies, and based on this community language, we see this is best done, not as individuals, but through a committed and shared life together. Jesus himself says: ”By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” It is the depth of our relationships and a shared life around the gospel that displays him.

To help us live this out, we’ve searched the scriptures and summarized the identity and purpose of Community in four words. Family, Ambassadors, Servants, and Disciples. People that comprise each RH Community have specifically committed to live like Family. They have begun the slow, sometimes messy, but rewarding, process of cultivating deep relationships with one another. And through living like Family, we best learn the gospel, the message that we are sent to proclaim as Ambassadors. And so to be faithful to this, each community identifies the people they are sent to.

So yesterday we took time in our service to recognize and commission Andrew and Elizabeth Walker, and the rest of the Glen Allen Community that gathers in their home. Andrew 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 9:1-19, and was entitled God’s Sovereign Grace. You can hear the sermon audio by clicking here. Some of the reflection questions included:

    Have you recognized God’s Sovereign Grace at work in your soul? How could you begin to recognize it more often?
    Is there someone in your life that you believed was beyond God’s Sovereign Grace? How does Saul’s story encourage you to pray?
    Why don’t you think of three people to begin praying for this year?

Song Service Continued

3. Come Boldly to the Throne of Grace by Daniel Herbert. We reprised this song during a time of confession as we reflected on the lyrics:

    Poor bankrupt souls, who feel and know
    The hell of sin within
    Come boldly to the throne of grace
    The Lord will take you in

    He makes the dead to hear His voice
    He makes the blind to see
    The sinner lost He came to save
    And set the prisoner free

4. Just Give Me You. This original song by our own Zachary Banister echoes David’s plea for deliverance in Psalm 69. As both the psalm and the song remind us, whenever we find ourselves in the midst of sin, shame, and despair, we should always look to the Lord for our salvation, never becoming soured by the situations we find ourselves in, and our own sinfulness. By the satisfaction Christ made to God for our sin, he paid our debt and suffered not only for the mire of sin we find ourselves in constantly, but for the offenses and troubles that we encounter daily. So next time you find yourself troubled by a situation you are in, or wallowing in your own sin and despair, remember the abundant, steadfast love and faithfulness of God, and what he provided you through the person and work of Jesus. Let this provoke you to praise as you sing:

    You know my heart
    You know my sin
    I’m desperate for You to fill me within
    Your Spirit’s what I need

    My hope is in You and nothing less
    Your steadfast love and faithfulness
    Carry me through

    Just give me Jesus
    Just give me Jesus
    He’s all I need
    He’s everything
    Only Jesus

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