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Jan 2017

Sunday Gathering | Frosty Edition

Due to the severe weather and unsafe road conditions, we will not be gathering together Sunday at Holton and 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:

  • Catching Up With the Whitt’s – Join us Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at The Fourhundred (weather permitting) as we catch up with Brandon, Arielle, and Amory Whitt! We’ll hear details of their church planting efforts in Germany, including their work with refugees from Central Asia. Come be encouraged with all that God is doing through your support and prayer, and learn how you can continue to partner with this dear family. RSVP and more info here.
  • Women 2 Women – The next Women 2 Women gathering is Tuesday night at The 400 at 7:00 p.m. Join us as we look to the new year and encourage one another in the race God has set before each of us. RSVP and more info here.
  • Winter Beta Community – Our Winter Beta Community starts next Sunday, January 15th! For five weeks, those of you new to Redemption Hill will be able to “field-test” the way the gospel shapes our community. RSVP and more info here.
  • GRACE Gathering – Join us Sunday, January 22nd, at 4:00 p.m., at The Fourhundred, as we gather for a time of prayer, worship, and encouraging stories of the Gospel at work among us. Childcare will be available for nursery through toddler age children. RSVP and more info here.
  • Combined Service Save-the-Date – On Sunday, January 29th, Redemption Hill Church will tentatively hold one combined family service (both Holton and The 400) at Veritas School at 10:00 a.m. More info coming soon!
  • Redemption Hill Music – If you have been looking for a way to serve musically at Redemption Hill, and you sing, play piano, drums, bass; or play any wind, brass, or string instrument, email Shelby and ask him how you can serve.
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    Call to Worship
    God has woken us up, and called us together this morning to remember Him. To remember that we have been re-connected, and reconciled to him through faith in the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ; a death that paid for every one of our sins. And one of the ways we express this faith is through singing. God has appointed singing to be one way that we deepen our relationship with him and each other. But our confidence and comfort doesn’t just come from the fact that we are able to sing together, it comes from this: Jesus, our great high priest, makes all our offerings acceptable to God through his perfect life of obedience, and his perfect sacrifice of atonement. God loves our singing not only because it’s sincere, but because when offered through faith, it sounds just like his beloved Son.

    Please have someone read the following passage of scripture aloud:

    The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” – Lamentations 3:22-24

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

    Worship through Singing

    Thy Mercy, My God by Sandra McCracken, John Stocker, and Isaac Watts.

    Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song
    The joy of my heart, and the boast of my tongue
    Thy free grace alone, from the first to the last
    Hath won my affections, and bound my soul fast

    Without Thy sweet mercy I could not live here
    Sin would reduce me to utter despair
    But, through Thy free goodness, my spirits revive
    And He that first made me still keeps me alive

    Thy mercy is more than a match for my heart
    Which wonders to feel its own hardness depart
    Dissolved by Thy goodness, I fall to the ground
    And weep for the praise of the mercy I found

    Great Father of mercy, Thy goodness I own
    And the covenant love of Thy crucified Son
    All praise to the Spirit, whose whisper divine
    Seals mercy and pardon and righteousness mine

    Prayer of Confession
    Father we come before you in humility. We are quick to praise you with our mouths, but often fail to worship you with our hearts. May these words that we’ve just sang be a prayer of hope for us when we fail to live as your people. When we fail to live faithfully as your people: may your
    mercy be the theme of our worship. When our hearts seek fulfillment apart from you: may your mercy be the joy of our hearts. When our hearts wander from your truth: may your grace turn our affections away from our sinful desires and towards your goodness. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

    Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring us safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit. – 1 Peter 3:18

    Christ has paid the penalty for our sins. And just as Christ has died, we too have died to sin. And for all who believe in Christ, just as Christ has been raised, we too have been raised to life in Christ. Let’s sing now of this incredible gift of God.

    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

    Community Bible Reading
    This morning, as a church family, we are going to worship God together as we read and respond to His Word. We will be using the flow and structure from our Community Bible Reading (CBR) Journals. As you open God’s Word, take a moment surrender to Him through prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to give you insight and understanding; asking Him to illuminate His Word, your heart, and your path forward.

    Next, listen to His Word. Take a moment to read carefully through Psalm 72:1-20. Then, let’s respond!

    Adoration
    As you read listen for what the Psalmist tells us about God – who He is and what He has done. Listen for reasons why He is worthy of our Adoration. If you are with family or friends, take time to share what God has revealed to you, and pray a prayer of adoration together. If you are alone, you may want to write down what you understand, as well as a prayer of adoration.

    Confession
    God’s Word is Holy, Perfect, and Pure, and it is healthy to be led into confession or repentance as we surrender to it. As you read, note what the Psalmist has said that is impactful to you, and confess your sins to God.

    Thanksgiving
    How does Psalm 72 help you to see Jesus and the Gospel? Where does the Psalm refer to, or point to, or create a need for the saving work of God in Jesus and the Gospel? Take a moment to write down or share, and pray a prayer of thanksgiving from your heart.

    Supplication
    After confessing sin, it’s right to want righteousness to replace that sin. Supplication is an old fashioned word for a “passionate request for something we deeply desire from someone who has the ability to grant our request.” How has Psalm 72 led you to desire personal transformation? Express a prayer of supplication from your heart to the Lord.

    Prayer for One Another
    After reflecting and praying through Psalm 72 together, take a moment to pray for each other.

    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.

    He Will Hold Me Fast by Ada Habershon and Matthew Merker.

    When I fear my faith will fail, Christ will hold me fast
    When the tempter would prevail, He will hold me fast
    I could never keep my hold through life’s fearful path
    For my love is often cold; He must hold me fast

    He will hold me fast, He will hold me fast
    For my Savior loves me so, He will hold me fast

    Those He saves are His delight, Christ will hold me fast
    Precious in His holy sight, He will hold me fast
    He’ll not let my soul be lost; His promises shall last
    Bought by Him at such a cost, He will hold me fast

    For my life He bled and died, Christ will hold me fast
    Justice has been satisfied; He will hold me fast
    Raised with Him to endless life, He will hold me fast
    ‘Till our faith is turned to sight when He comes at last

    Benediction
    Have someone prayerfully read the following:

    All of us should be of one mind. Sympathizing with each other. Loving each other as brothers and sisters. Being tenderhearted, and keeping a humble attitude. Not repaying evil for evil. Not retaliating with insults when people insult us. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing. – 1 Peter 3:8-9

    Because Christ displayed humility through his sacrifice for sin, we too can go out from here in humility, 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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    3 Comments

    Will

    January 8 2017 Reply

    Thanks for the outline! Praying for the congregation from Forest Hill neighborhood this morning. Everyone stay safe!

    Leah Martinson

    January 8 2017 Reply

    Thank you for taking the time to put this together for the congregation. We really appreciate your care and active shepherding of this church. It really blessed our family this morning.

    Dani Mendonsa

    January 8 2017 Reply

    Thank you We loved starting our morning with this! We appreciated this wonderful outline!

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