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Sunday Rhythm | March 13, 2011

Welcome to our new weekly preview of our upcoming Sunday gathering. One of the primary reasons we want to provide this resource for you is to remind us that everyone in attendance has a part to play in our Sunday gatherings. We have both the privilege and duty as Christians to pray for the service, to pray for those who serve and those who will come for the first time, as well as those who will come with hard hearts, burdened minds, fatigued bodies, hurting marriages, empty wallets, and other things that weigh us down. We should come prepared to sing together, read and meditate on the Bible together, repent together, and celebrate together the good news of the Gospel: Jesus has done for us what we could never do for ourselves and God has promised to make us new and dwell in us through His Holy Spirit.

Sunday Rhythm

God Calls His People to Worship

We always begin our time together by focusing on God and remembering that he has made us his. We remember that it is God who calls his people to worship. We do not call ourselves; it is the King who opens his gates and calls us into his presence and on his mission. We read passages of Scripture that call us to God or declare aspects of His character. We then respond by singing songs that focus on God’s glory — songs that present more of the “big picture” of His majesty.

    To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens! Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, till he has mercy upon us. Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us
    Psalm 123:1-3a ESV

1. All Creatures of Our God and King by Francis of Assissi. Our sung response to the Call to Worship will be a musical setting of Psalm 145:1-21 and 148:1-14, 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! Alleluia!

    Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son
    And praise the Spirit, Three in One!
    O praise Him! O praise Him!
    Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Partnering 2 Remember Reading

    So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.
    Philippians 2:1-18 ESV

2. Majesty (Here I Am) by Stu Garrard and Martin Smith. This modern hymn will serve as a reminder and corporate expression of hearts humbled by the love shown in the sacrifice of Christ, and grace and majesty of our God.

    Majesty, majesty
    Your grace has found me just as I am
    Empty handed, but alive in your hands
    Majesty, majesty
    Forever I am changed by your love
    In the presence of your majesty

Responsive Reading

    I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
    We are not to be conformed to this world, but are to be transformed by the renewal of our minds, that by testing we may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
    Romans 12:1-2 ESV

God Speaks to His People Through His Word

The Bible is the means by which God graciously reveals Himself to His people. Pastor Robert will continue with our journey through The Book of Acts: Enjoying God and Engaging His Mission. Sunday’s text will be Acts 12:1-25. We would encourage you to read the text in advance of Sunday, and prepare your hearts to be open to the truth God wants to reveal to you about himself.

God Strengthens His People At His Table

We take communion, or the Lord’s Supper, every week at Redemption Hill. The Lord’s Supper is a time in the service where we are tangibly reminded of the broken body of Christ and the sacrifice of sin he became for us on the cross. We are also reminded that Jesus now reigns on the throne in heaven at the right hand of the Father and intercedes for us in our prayers and needs (physically, emotionally, and spiritually).

God’s People Respond in Grateful Praise

Scripture teaches us that our lives and hearts continually give response to the Word of God (Neh 8:6). We respond with either hardened hearts or with praise and brokenness. Here we have a chance to stand and respond to the Living God with songs of praise.

3. Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy by 18th century London minister Joseph Hart. We will use this as our communion hymn this week, singing and meditating on the words as we come forward to receive the bread and cup.

    Come, ye sinners, poor and needy
    Weak and wounded, sick and sore
    
Jesus ready stands to save you
    Full of pity, love and power

Lenten Prayer for Commitment

    Our Father in Heaven,
    We pray that we would gain a new appreciation of what it means to be your children. That we would worship you as a father who cares for, and pursues the good of, his children. That we would worship you for your holiness, and increasingly thank Jesus for being perfectly holy on this earth and for eternity. Keep us close to Jesus, and so familiar with his words, as revealed in the Bible, that we will always be loyal to him and dedicated to his kingdom goals for our community. We pray that our wills will be continually renewed by the Holy Spirit, so that God will use us to accomplish his will and purpose in our community and city. Keep us from surrendering to fear and anxiety. May we stay committed to trusting you for all our provision, so as to not rely on our own efforts. During this season, may we meditate on what Jesus accomplished at the cross, and that we would be committed to learning and surrendering to the truth found in the Bible and that we would be increasingly deaf to false teaching.
    Amen.

God Sends His People Into The World
After calling His people into His presence, instructing them in His Word, forgiving their sins, and giving them a foretaste of the feast of heaven, God grants us His blessing and sends His people into the world to carry forward the Gospel story of reconciliation to our homes, jobs, neighborhoods and the city we love.

4. In Feast or Fallow by Sandra McCracken. Our sending hymn this Sunday will remind us that we worship a God who always makes good on His word. In Jesus Christ, God has promised us renewal, freedom from the hold of sin and eternal salvation. You can read more about the song on Sandra McCracken’s website here.

    On a cross of wood, His blood was outpoured
    He rose from the ground, like a bird to the sky
    Bringing peace to our violence, and crushing death’s door
    Our Maker incarnate, our God who provides

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1 Comments

Tracy Wright

March 13 2011 Reply

thanks for posting this summary. i love the pictures and it’s great to have the song references here because i always forget what they were! thanks for all your hard work. and if robert reads this the sermon today was a huge blessing to me, thank you!

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