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Sunday Rhythm | May 8, 2011

My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. – Psalm 121:2

This Sunday, Pastor Raymond will be continuing with our sermon series on The Book of Acts: Enjoying God and Engaging His Mission. The text will be taken from Acts 17:1-15. We want to offer this preview of our Sunday Rhythm because we believe everyone in attendance at our Sunday gatherings has a part to play. Rather than always leaving it to the pastors, staff, and musicians, our job as Christians is to pray for the service. To pray for those who serve, and those who will be coming to Redemption Hill for the first time, as well as those who will come with hard hearts, burdened minds, fatigued bodies, hurting marriages, empty wallets, and all the other things that seemingly weigh us down. Our job is also to come prepared to sing together, rather than to consume the musical part of the gathering as if we’re fans at a show. Take some time to become familiar with the songs you don’t recognize below, or to sing them in advance of Sunday while driving in your car, or with your family around the dinner table.

Lastly, be sure and check out the latest post in our series on the rhythm, or order, of our Sunday gatherings. Last week, we discussed how our services begin with God calling his people to worship. This week, we continue to discuss our desire to “re-present” the gospel in everything we do, including the order of our service; and just as idolatry begins with improper recognition of God, we want to begin our services with right recognition of his nature and attributes. We do this primarily by using scriptures that help inform the goodness, grace, greatness, and glory of God, and by singing songs that ascribe to God his “worth.” Recognition of God’s true nature begins the flow of the gospel story not just in the progress of our service, but also in our hearts. You can read more by clicking here.

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