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Easter Sunday Rhythm | April 12, 2020

Below is a guide to help you as we gather as a dispersed church again this Sunday. We encourage you to begin the liturgy below at 9:30 a.m. Then, at 9:55 a.m., return to the RedemptionHill.com homepage for a live stream of the sermon (which will begin at 10:00 a.m.). You can also view the sermon on our Facebook Page and on our YouTube Channel.

The following liturgy can also be downloaded as a PDF for those who desire a print copy.

Announcements

All announcements and updates can now be found on redemptionhillupdates.org. This includes the latest schedules, ways to serve our community, congregational updates, and resources.

Our Kids Lesson for this Sunday can be found here. If you did not receive the password via email, contact ryan@redemptionhill.org.

Parents with young children, please watch Pastor Robert’s update for help with our new Sunday “gatherings” and your kids.

Updates from Pastor Shelby can be found at shelbyupdates.com.

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Call to Worship

Happy resurrection Sunday! Jesus Christ is RISEN! He is risen indeed! Today, and every day, we have reasons to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord! Christ’s death and resurrection paid the full penalty for the sin of all who believe. God sent His Son to be a propitiation for our sins out of God’s love for us! We have been born again into a living hope, not a dead hope, but a living hope. Jesus calls us His own even though we were once Jesus’s enemies. Not only that, but Jesus now lives in us and that gives us countless reasons to hope.

Have someone read the following passage of scripture out loud:

Matthew 28:1-8
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Please take a moment to think about what we just heard. Then take some time to pray together. You can then close by having someone pray this prayer out loud:

Heavenly Father, thank you that after you raised Jesus from the dead, you exalted Jesus to the highest place, and gave Him that name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, all for your glory! Father, you have put everything under Jesus’ feet, including everything in heaven, and everything on earth, whether thrones or authorities, things that are visible and things that are unseen, there are all subject to you. Yes, everything, including cancer, finances, viruses, irreconcilable marriages, and death are under the Lordship of Christ! Everyone and everything bows their knee to your Lordship. That is reason enough for us today to have hope! We not only have hope for today, but also have hope for our future. Father, you command us to set our hope on the grace to be brought to us when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. Help us to fix our hope on you today. Fashion our hearts to walk in hope, faith, and love in accordance with your holy purposes.

Worship Through Singing

Let’s sing and make much of the Jesus this morning.

Our God Reigns by B.J. Putnam and Israel Houghton.

Our God is great and glorious
We put our trust in Your name, Jesus
Able to save and deliver us
We put our hope in Your name, Jesus

Blessing and honor, glory and power, unto our God, forever and ever
All of the honor, all of the praise is Yours, Yours forever

Hallelujah, hallelujah, our God reigns
Hallelujah, hallelujah, our God reigns

Our God is mighty and marvelous
We put our trust in Your name, Jesus
Nothing to fear, You are here with us
We put our hope in Your Name, Jesus

Our God is in control, steadfast, immovable
Nothing’s impossible, cause our God He reigns forever

Come, O Sinner (Capo’d Version in Em) by Jordan Kauflin.

Come, O sinner, come and see Christ, the Lord, upon a tree
See the crown of thorns adorn the King, who labors to breathe in agony
Come, O sinner, come and see what our God became to set us free

Come, O sinner, come and mourn, for He calls your sin His own
Do you feel the weight of justice served? He suffers the wrath that you deserve
Come, O sinner, come and mourn, for He bears the curse for all you’ve done

Oh, the wonder of this awesome scene, where our Savior bleeds
Oh, the power of the love of God, come and stand in awe

Come, O sinner, come rejoice, mercy fills this place of scorn
For He dies to save His enemies, that all who draw near may know His peace
Come, O sinner, come rejoice through the death of Christ, death is destroyed

Prayer of Confession

Let’s take some time to pray together. Have someone prayerfully read the prayer below out loud.

Lord, we confess that we have sinned against you and you alone. We have abandoned the love that we are called to have for you. We have loved one another in word and talk, but not in deed and in truth. We have tolerated immorality. We have stumbled in the darkness. We have fixed our hope on the dying things of this world, and we have not anchored our hope in you. For all these things, we humbly repent and we cry out for you God, have mercy on us! Be merciful to us! Help us to hate our sin as much as you hate our sin. Help us to put to death what is earthly in us, and help us to reorient ourselves towards Christ.

Please take some time to confess your sins to God and one another.

Assurance of Pardon

We were spiritually dead in our sin, but because Jesus is alive, we too were made alive together with Him! God forgave us all our trespasses, not some, but all of our trespasses, and He canceled the vast debt or our sin that stood against us with all of its consequences. Christ’s death and sacrifice on the cross appeased God’s righteous anger towards us sinners. God triumphed over Satan, sin, death and hell. Christ has won the victory!

Please have someone read the following passage of scripture out loud:

Colossians 2:13-15
And having been buried with Him in baptism, you were raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead. When you were dead in your trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our trespasses, having canceled the debt ascribed to us in the decrees that stood against us. He took it away, nailing it to the cross! And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

Yet Not I But Through Christ in Me (Capo’d Version in G) by Jonny Robinson, Rich Thompson, and Michael Farren.

What gift of grace is Jesus my redeemer, there is no more for heaven now to give
He is my joy, my righteousness, and freedom; my steadfast love, my deep and boundless peace
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus; for my life is wholly bound to his
Oh, how strange and divine, I can sing all is mine, yet not I but through Christ in me

The night is dark, but I am not forsaken, for by my side the Savior he will stay
I labor on in weakness and rejoicing, for in my need his power is displayed
To this I hold, my Shepherd will defend me, through the deepest valley he will lead
Oh, the night has been won, and I shall overcome, yet not I but through Christ in me

No fate I dread, I know I am forgiven, the future sure, the price it has been paid
For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon, and he was raised to overthrow the grave
To this I hold, my sin has been defeated, Jesus now and ever is my plea
Oh, the chains are released, I can sing, I am free, yet not I but through Christ in me

With every breath I long to follow Jesus, for he has said that he will bring me home
And day by day I know he will renew me until I stand with joy before the throne
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus, all the glory evermore to him
When the race is complete still my lips shall repeat yet not I but through Christ in me

[seen]


This morning, as a church family, we are going to worship God together as we read and respond to His Word as Robert Greene continues in our sermon series entitled [seen]. His text will be Luke 18:9-14.

Dear Church Family, as you may have noticed, we had a number of technical difficulties this morning. We’re so sorry this happened. If you missed the live-stream, we will repost the service video in its entirety as soon as the live-stream ends. You can check back here any time, but we anticipate having it on the site no later than 12:00.

Prayer for One Another

Take some time to reflect on the sermon with each other. Afterwards, take a moment to pray before continuing to sing.

Communion

Redemption Hill Church believes the Lord’s Supper was given to the gathered church to promote corporate reflection on the person and work of Jesus, and to promote rich corporate unity around the hope of the gospel. At this time, we can lament the fact that we cannot partake of the Lord’s Supper together, but we look forward to the day when we can gather again to do so.

King of Kings (Capo’d Version in C) by Brooke Ligertwood, Jason Ingram, and Scott Ligertwood.

In the darkness we were waiting without hope, without light
Till from Heaven You came running, there was mercy in Your eyes
To fulfill the law and prophets, to a virgin came the Word
From a throne of endless glory, to a cradle in the dirt

Praise the Father, praise the Son, praise the Spirit, three in one
God of Glory, majesty, praise forever to the King of Kings

To reveal the kingdom coming, and to reconcile the lost
To redeem the whole creation You did not despise the cross
For even in Your suffering, You saw to the other side
Knowing this was our salvation, Jesus, for our sake You died

And the morning that You rose, all of heaven held its breath
Till that stone was moved for good, for the Lamb had conquered death
And the dead rose from their tombs, and the angels stood in awe
For the souls of all who’d come to the Father are restored

And the Church of Christ was born, then the Spirit lit the flame
Now this Gospel truth of old shall not kneel shall not faint
By His blood and in His Name, in His freedom I am free
For the love of Jesus Christ, who has resurrected me

Sending on Mission

Have someone read the following out loud:

Praise the Lord that the work of Christ is done! Like the song we just sang says, “By His blood and in His Name, in His freedom I am free.” All of our sins have been completely blotted out by the shedding of Jesus’s blood on the cross on our behalf. All of our hope and our assurance is found in the name that is above every name: Jesus Christ. In light of this, our response to this living hope is to prepare our minds for action and set our hope fully on the grace to be given when Jesus Christ is revealed. Let’s respond by sharing this abundant hope with one another while it is still called today.

1 Peter 1:13
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Giving

While we continue to not be able to gather together as the larger Redemption Hill Church, we are still operating per usual (rent, staffing, benevolence, supporting missionaries). We humbly encourage you to continue to give through our online system.

Read these words that the Apostle Paul writes to Timothy:

1 Timothy 6:17-19
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

The Apostle Paul points out that God richly provides us with everything we enjoy, not just some things, but everything that we have. Paul also exhorts the church to do good, to be rich in good works, and to be generous and ready to share. Why? Because in doing so, the church is storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that the church may take hold of that which is truly life. Our generosity is a response to the hope that has been richly given to us through God. When we give of our finances, it is an act of worship unto God, even when we can’t all gather together in the same place. Giving is still 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.

Passing of the Peace

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Ephesians 2:19 tells us that we are “no longer strangers and aliens, but we are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.” We are not called to be lone rangers in the household of God. We are fellow saints and members of the household of God. We are called to be one in Christ. While today is still today, we have the opportunity to remind one another with the good news that Christ is risen! Take some time today to encourage one another that Christ is risen through phone, text or email. Ask them how you can be praying for them and then pray with them on the phone. Setup a time to meet via Zoom! Google Hangouts, FaceTime or Skype. Even though we are not physically gathered together like we normally do on a Sunday morning, we want to continue to encourage one another with the Gospel, while it is still called today.

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