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Sunday Rhythm | March 27, 2011

Plan on joining us this third Sunday of Lent as we continue our voyage through The Book of Acts: Enjoying God and Engaging His Mission. Take some time before Sunday to pray for our gathering. Pray for those who will 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.

Pray that we would 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. Lastly, using the 2011 Redemption Hill Lent Guide as a reference, pray for the leaders of Redemption Hill Church this weekend. Specifically our pastors, elders, community group leaders, worship leaders, and children’s leaders. If you would like to participate with others from Redemption Hill on our Lenten journey of prayer and fasting, you can click here to download the 2011 Redemption Hill Lent Guide. Photos are courtesy of Greta Banister and Rebekah O’Dell.

God Calls His People to Worship

Our Call to Worship this week will be Psalm 19:1-14. The Psalm opens with the author, David, proclaiming the glory of God throughout all of creation. He then goes on to affirm the glory of God in the written Word, and asserts that God’s written Word is the best source of deepest and lasting joy. He compares rejoicing in the Word of God to eating the most enjoyable thing he could think of, namely fresh honey from the honeycomb. David then concludes this song by responding to the glory of God in his own life, specifically by confessing his own sinful soul and conscience, and asking God to root out any secret sin that may be in his life. All so that he can be without sin in the presence of a Holy God. May we too find find our joy and happiness in God and His Word, and may we be quick to confess our sins to God, our rock and redeemer.

Our responsive reading on Sunday will be Romans 8:12-17, which professes that it is God alone that brings about a response in our hearts to His love. The witness of the Holy Spirit in our lives that we are children of God is the creation of affections in us for God. The testimony of this witness in our lives is the cry, “Abba! Father!”

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 13:5-52 and Acts 14:1-28. 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.

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.

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