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Sunday Rhythm | February 6, 2011

Welcome to Redemption Hill’s weekly Sunday Rhythm review. This review is from yesterday’s worship service held at Linwood Holton Elementary School in Richmond, Virginia. Below is not only a list of the songs we led, but also the readings and text from our liturgy, as well as a list of the pre-service music played in the auditorium before the service.

Pre-service Music

Every week we prayerfully and purposefully compile a Sunday pre-service iTunes playlist to enhance our Sunday gathering. These are artists that you should definitely consider listening too, and if you feel so inclined, purchasing their music through the link provided. We hope that this becomes an avenue for discovering new gospel-centered art and music. This week’s pre-service music featured selections from the Sojourn Music album Over the Grave.

Sunday Rhythm

Call to Worship

    I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack!
    Adapted from Psalms 34:1-9 ESV

Song Service

1. Agnus Dei by Michael W. Smith. Based upon John the Baptist’s reference to Jesus in John 1:29, Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis is the Latin term translated Lamb of God, you who take away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. As our call to worship hymn yesterday, it serves as not only a corporate cry for God’s mercy, but as a reminder that God has already shown us His mercy by giving us His son to take our place on the cross and receive the punishment that we rightly deserve, to secure our eternal peace with God.

2. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing by Robert Robinson. Our hymn of adoration yesterday was originally written in 1758 as a poem for the conclusion of 23 year old Robert Robinson’s sermon. It reminds us that God gives us every perfect and good gift, so we in turn give back our lives to Him as an act of worship.

    Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
    James 1:17-18

This means that when we had no song to sing, God tuned our hearts to sing His praise. When we were lost in sorrow and wandering away from Him, He gave us shelter and gathered us back to His side. When the price of our sin was more than we can pay, he released us from our debt and payed it himself. And when we were covered in filth and rags, he clothed us with the righteousness of Christ. Let us always be reminded of God’s gracious gift.

Responsive Reading

    What then shall we say to these things?
    If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
    Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect?
    It is God who justifies.
    Who is to condemn?
    Christ Jesus is the one who died-more than that, who was raised-who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
    Romans 8:31-34 ESV

Community Commissioning

If you are new this week, we are introducing and commissioning the Communities that comprise Redemption Hill Church. As we have seen in the book of Acts, the church can never be reduced to a service or an activity. At its core, the church is simply a people that have been given a new identity through the person and work of Jesus Christ, and the ongoing presence of the Holy Spirit.

The question we are pursuing together is, “How do we live out this new identity?” As we study the scriptures, one of the patterns that emerges is that we best know God and become part of His continued mission to the world, not as individuals, but together.

We see Jesus expressing this in his prayer during his last night with his disciples. He prays for himself, then for the 12, then for you and I, those who he said would believe through their word.

    [I ask] that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. John 17:21-23

The cross not only removes the pride and barrier between us and God, but our common need for redemption makes us call upon the same God together and removes the barriers between us as well. The joy and fulfillment that comes from this unity in heart, word, deed, is never meant to terminate on us as individuals, or us as a community. Our shared life together, now as saints, is so the world may also know about God sending His Son as a ransom for many.

We describe this life together and our new identity as saints with these four four words: Family, Ambassadors, Servants, and Disciples. Simply put, in our Communities, we strive to be a Family of Ambassadors that serves those we are sent to, for the sake of God’s mission: To see the world believe in Jesus and become followers of his.

Each Community lives out this mission in different parts of the city and in different ways. So yesterday we took time in our service to recognize and commission David and Laura Sloan, and the rest of the Museum Disctrict Community that gathers in their home. David shared how they have been living everyday life with gospel intentionality. Leaning into their natural relationships with neighbors, friends, co-workers, and looking to cultivate new ones. If you would like to get involved in a community close to you, or would simply like some more information on the communities out of Redemption Hill, please go here, or email Pastor Chris DeRoco.


Pastor Robert continued with our journey through The Book of Acts: Enjoying God and Engaging His Mission. Yesterday’s text was Acts 9:1-22, and Luke 18:9-14. You can hear the sermon audio by clicking here. Some of the reflection questions included:

    What are you basing your righteousness on? How would you do with the 2-Question Test?
    Where is there self-righteousness or self-exaltation in you?
    What does Gospel-Centered and Grace-Driven mean for you on a daily basis?

Song Service Continued

3. Come Boldly to the Throne of Grace by Daniel Herbert. Based on Hebrews 4:14-16, our confessional hymn yesterday is a passionate and comforting call to all who feel the weight of their sin to come and find mercy at the feet of Christ. The arrangement we sung yesterday is based on Red Mountain Music’s version included on The Gadsby Project album.

    Come boldly to the throne of grace
    For Jesus fills the throne
    And those He kills He makes alive
    He hears the sigh or groan

    Poor bankrupt souls, who feel and know
    The hell of sin within
    Come boldly to the throne of grace
    The Lord will take you in

4. The Power of the Gospel by Ben Harper, with new lyrics by Zachary Banister. Our sending song yesterday reminds us that it is the “Power of the Gospel” that both transforms and empowers our lives.

    In the hour of richness
    In the hour of need
    The victory that’s been won for us comes from the Gospel seed
    And you may leave tomorrow and you may leave today
    But you’ve got to have the Gospel when you start out on your way


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