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Sunday Rhythm | January 16, 2011

Welcome to Redemption Hill’s new 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 Joe Day’s latest release Grace.

Sunday Rhythm

Song Service

1. How Great Thou Art by Carl Boberg, with English translation by Stuart K. Hine. This hymn of adoration served as an invitation song as people entered the auditorium and prepared for worship.

Call to Worship

    I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your saints shall bless you! They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power
    Psalm 145:1-11 ESV

2. All Creatures of Our God and King by Francis of Assissi. This was our sung response to the Call to Worship:

    All creatures of our God and King
    Lift up your voice and with us sing
    Oh, praise Him, Alleluia
    Thou burning sun with golden beam
    Thou silver moon with softer gleam

    Oh, praise Him, Oh, praise Him
    Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

3. Wonderful God by Ned Davies. This song is an excellent response to the truth’s presented in All Creatures of Our God and King. In addition to joining with all creation in praise to God, this song reminds us that we can “Trust in all You [God] say.”

Responsive Reading

    My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!
    When I told of my ways, you answered me; teach me your statutes!
    Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works.
    My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word!
    Put false ways far from me and graciously teach me your law!
    I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me.
    I cling to your testimonies, O Lord; let me not be put to shame!
    I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart!
    Psalm 119:25-32 ESV


Pastor Robert took a break from our journey through The Book of Acts: Enjoying God and Engaging His Mission, to encourage the congregation to cultivate deep roots as they read and meditate upon scripture during this season where we are Partnering to Remember the book of Philippians. Yesterday’s text was Psalm 1 and Psalm 19, and was entitled Cultivating Deep Gospel Roots. You can hear the sermon audio by clicking here. Some of the reflection questions included:

    What stood out to you this morning? How could you respond?
    If your spiritual maturity was measured by your delight in the Scriptures, what would the result be?
    What is one thing you can do to improve this?
    Will you cultivate the discipline of reading and meditating on God’s Word?

To download the entire Reflection guide, click here.

Song Service Continued

4. How Deep the Father’s Love for Us by Stuart Townend.  We used this song as our communion hymn of the week. It’s poignant at any time, but especially as we prepared to take the Lord’s Supper:

    I will not boast in anything: no gifts, no power, no wisdom

    But I will boast in Jesus Christ; his death and resurrection

    Why should I gain from his reward? I cannot give an answer

    But this I know with all my heart: his wounds have paid my ransom

5. Jesus Paid it All by Elvina M. Hall and John T. Grape, with additional bridge by Chris Tomlin. This simple song of assurance sent us out onto mission yesterday with it’s simple, yet profound chorus that mirrors the gospel:

    Jesus paid it all.  All to Him I owe
    Sin had left its crimson stain. He washed it white as snow.


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