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Jan 2019

Sunday Gathering | Hoth Edition

Due to a weird wintery weather mix, and a gloomy forecast for the rest of the day, all services, RH Sync classes, and evening activities at Redemption Hill Church are cancelled for Sunday, January 13th. Therefore, we encourage you to gather with your family, neighbors, friends, and/or community to join in a time of prayer and worship. We’ve created a service outline for you to follow below. We pray that you are all safe and warm, and that this service will be an encouragement to you.

Announcements

Before we begin, here are a few announcements:

 

Call to Worship

We gather this morning to remind ourselves of the infinite greatness, and wonderful gentleness of our God. Our God sits enthroned forever and judges the world with righteousness. Our God is supreme in glory and might, and yet he is near, and cares for us, his people. So today we have the opportunity to praise him with our whole heart. Our whole being.

Please have someone read the following passage of scripture aloud:

I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High. – Psalm 9:1-2

Prayer

Take a moment and pray, consecrating your gathered time to the Lord.

Worship Through Singing

God is in our midst this winter morning. So let’s reflect God’s glory this morning by exalting him with our whole heart, and our whole being.

Great Are You Lord by Leslie Jordan and David Leonard.

You give life, You are love
You bring light to the darkness
You give hope, You restore every heart that is broken
And great are You Lord

It’s Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise, we pour out our praise
It’s Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise to You only

And all the earth will shout Your praise
Our hearts will cry, these bones will sing “Great are You Lord!”

Prayer of Confession

Heavenly Father, we come confessing to you that we rarely find time to just sit and delight in you. Our lives are so filled with busy-ness that we become anxious, fretful, and even angry when life is hard and you seem unwilling to rescue us from uncomfortable or painful circumstances. Even now we are thinking about he conditions outside, or what needs to be done this week. Help us to be still before you right now. To wait patiently for you. To delight ourselves in you. To make sure our desires are your desires. Father, forgive us today. Not only for the unrighteous things we have done, but for the self-righteous things we have done. Neither will earn us a place in your kingdom.

Assurance of Pardon

Please have someone read the following passage of scripture aloud:

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. – Hebrews 10:19–23

Jesus delighted in his Father above all else, and perfectly committed all his ways to his sovereign will. Now his flawless obedience is ours through faith. He chose suffering over avoiding discomfort. In the tomb he waited patiently on the Father, he trusted him for his salvation. He took refuge in him, and exalted his name above every other name. God has united us to Christ, so loves us the same way he loved Jesus. This is worth singing about. Let’s sing more about Jesus as we remind ourselves of God’s mercy to us through Christ.

Not In Me by Eric Schumacher and David L. Ward

No list of sins I have not done, no list of virtues I pursue
No list of those I am not like, can earn myself a place with You
O God! Be merciful to me — I am a sinner through and through
My only hope of righteousness is not in me, but only You

No humble dress, no fervent prayer, no lifted hands, no tearful song
No recitation of the truth can justify a single wrong
My righteousness is Jesus’ life, my debt was paid by Jesus’ death
My weary load was borne by Him, and he alone can give me rest

No separation from the world, no work I do, no gift I give
Can cleanse my conscience, cleanse my hands; I cannot cause my soul to live
But Jesus died and rose again—the pow’r of death is overthrown
My God is merciful to me and merciful in Christ alone
My righteousness is Jesus’ life, my debt was paid by Jesus’ death
My weary load was borne by Him, and he alone can give me rest,
And he alone can give me rest

Community Bible Reading

This morning, as a church family, we are going to worship God together as we read and respond to His Word. We will be using the flow and structure from our Community Bible Reading (CBR) Journals. As you open God’s Word, take a moment surrender to Him through prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to give you insight and understanding; asking Him to illuminate His Word, your heart, and your path forward.

Next, listen to His Word. Since we are currently preaching through 2 John, let’s take a moment to read carefully through 2 John 1-13, and the let’s respond!

Adoration
As you read listen for what the John tells us about God – who He is and what He has done. Listen for reasons why He is worthy of our Adoration. If you are with family or friends, take time to share what God has revealed to you, and pray a prayer of adoration together. If you are alone, you may want to write down what you understand, as well as a prayer of adoration.

Confession
God’s Word is Holy, Perfect, and Pure, and it is healthy to be led into confession or repentance as we surrender to it. As you read, note what John has said that is impactful to you, and confess your sins to God.

Thanksgiving
How does 2 John help you to see Jesus and the Gospel? Where does the passage refer to, or point to, or create a need for the saving work of God in Jesus and the Gospel? Take a moment to write down or share, and pray a prayer of thanksgiving from your heart.

Supplication
After confessing sin, it’s right to want righteousness to replace that sin. Supplication is an old fashioned word for a “passionate request for something we deeply desire from someone who has the ability to grant our request.” How has 2 John led you to desire personal transformation? Express a prayer of supplication from your heart to the Lord.

Prayer for One Another

After reflecting and praying through 2 John together, take a moment to pray for each other.

Communion

Should you have bread and juice (or wine) available, take time to serve communion to one another, reminding each other of the gospel truth that Jesus’ body was given, and his blood was shed, for us.

All Glory Be to Christ by Dustin Kensrue.

Should nothing of our efforts stand, no legacy survive
Unless the Lord does raise the house, in vain its builders strive
To you who boast tomorrow’s gain, tell me what is your life
A mist that vanishes at dawn, all glory be to Christ!

All glory be to Christ our king! All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign we’ll ever sing, all glory be to Christ!

His will be done, His kingdom come, on earth as is above
Who is Himself our daily bread, praise Him the Lord of love
Let living water satisfy the thirsty without price
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet, all glory be to Christ!

When on the day the great I Am, the faithful and the true
The Lamb who was for sinners slain, is making all things new
Behold our God shall live with us and be our steadfast light
And we shall ere his people be, all glory be to Christ!

Benediction

Have someone prayerfully read the following:

Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen. – Jude 24-25

Were it not for our great, and glorious, and wonderful God, we would be falling from grace every waking second. It is he who keeps us from stumbling; it is he who qualifies us as blameless. All of this he does through Christ working in us, spreading the good news of his glory to all we come into contact with as we love and serve the Lord.

Giving

Our giving is a response to grace, not duty. It is a part of worship, a response to who God is and what He has done. Giving is 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.

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