Sunday Liturgy & Sermon – March 15, 2020

Below is a guide to help you as we gather as a dispersed church this Sunday. We encourage you to begin the liturgy below at 9:30 AM. Then, at 9:55 AM, return to the RedemptionHill.com homepage for a live stream of the sermon (which will begin at 10:00 AM). You can also view the sermon at facebook.com/richmondchurch.

Announcements

We will be suspending our youth groups and Equip classes for this Sunday evening. Currently, we intend to hold our Tuesday evening Equip class for those who are registered and would like to attend. We are also working on the necessary technology to make the class available to those who registered but would prefer to stay home.

Ongoing updates to service schedules, news for Redemption Hill, and opportunities to serve our neighbors will be regularly updated at https://redemptionhill.com/updates/. This will be our central location for all updates and important announcements.

Call to Worship

God loves his people with unfailing love. It is because of this love that we are here together today. It is because of this love that we are even able to worship God. His love calls out to us, and we respond. In these verses, the Psalmist specifically mentions two ways that we worship God: “with deepest awe” and “[singing] joyful praises forever.” So today, let’s take some time here at the beginning to read and ask God to deepen our awe of him. Let’s pray and ask God to show us more of what he’s done for us. And after we’ve taken some time, let’s sing these songs joyfully, with rejoicing in our hearts.

Please have someone read the following passage of scripture aloud, and take some time to pray and meditate on it afterward:

Because of your unfailing love, we can enter your house; we will worship at your Temple with deepest awe. Lead us in the right path, O Lord, or our enemies will conquer us. Make your way plain for us to follow. Let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let us sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over us, that we who love your name may be filled with joy. – Psalm 5:7-8, 11-12

Prayer

Take a moment and pray, consecrating your gathered time to the Lord. Feel free to adapt this prayer:

Holy God, it is because of your love that we are here. Increase our awe of you that we might know you more and see what an amazing thing you have done for us by sending your son Jesus into the world. And give us joy – it’s so easy to go days without truly praising you – we’re tired of that. Help us to REJOICE and praise your name for what you have done for us.

Worship Through Singing

God is with us today. Let’s respond with awe and joy as we sing of our Savior with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength:

O Praise the Name (Anástasis) by Benjamin Hastings, Dean Ussher, and Marty Sampson.

I cast my mind to Calvary where Jesus bled and died for me
I see His wounds, His hands, His feet, my Savior on that cursed tree

His body bound and drenched in tears, they laid Him down in Joseph’s tomb
The entrance sealed by heavy stone, Messiah still and all alone

O praise the name of the Lord our God! O praise His name forevermore!
For endless days we will sing Your praise, oh Lord, oh Lord our God!

Then on the third at break of dawn, the Son of Heaven rose again
O trampled death, where is your sting? The angels roar for Christ the King

He shall return in robes of white, the blazing sun shall pierce the night
And I will rise among the saints, my gaze transfixed on Jesus’ face

Prayer of Confession

Let’s read from 1 John as we remind ourselves that we must continually confess our sin to God:

If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts. – 1 John 1:8-10

Let’s take a moment now to confess any sins that may be weighing us down. Asking God to even show us sin that we weren’t even aware of. Our God is “faithful and just.” He is able to forgive our sins.

Take some time to pray around the room. As people are comfortable, encourage them to confess out loud. Don’t rush through this time, as it’s another opportunity to remind ourselves that God is “faithful and just,” and able to forgive even the most hardened sinner.

Assurance of Pardon

Please have someone read the following passage of scripture aloud:

We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. – Romans 6:6-11

It is only by Christ’s death and resurrection that sin and death are defeated, and our debt before a holy God is paid. Let’s continue to remind ourselves of what Jesus has done through singing.

Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted by Thomas Kelly

Stricken, smitten, and afflicted, see Him dying on the tree!
‘Tis the Christ by man rejected; Yes, my soul, ’tis He, ’tis He!
‘Tis the long expected prophet, David’s Son, yet David’s Lord;
Proofs I see sufficient of it: ‘Tis a true and faithful Word.

Tell me, ye who hear Him groaning, was there ever grief like His?
Friends through fear His cause disowning, foes insulting his distress:
Many hands were raised to wound Him, none would interpose to save;
But the deepest stroke that pierced Him Was the stroke that Justice gave.

Ye who think of sin but lightly, nor suppose the evil great,
Here may view its nature rightly, here its guilt may estimate.
Mark the Sacrifice appointed! See Who bears the awful load!
‘Tis the Word, the Lord’s Anointed, Son of Man, and Son of God.

Here we have a firm foundation; here the refuge of the lost;
Christ, the Rock of our salvation, His the name of which we boast.
Lamb of God, for sinners wounded, sacrifice to cancel guilt!
None shall ever be confounded who on Him their hope have built.

The Dearest Place on Earth


This morning, as a church family, we are going to worship God together as we read and respond to His Word by continuing in our Lenten sermon series on The Dearest Place on Earth. Raymond Goodlett will be speaking on What are the Ordinances of the Church?.

Return to the RedemptionHill.com homepage for a live stream of the sermon at 9:55 AM (it will begin at 10:00 AM). You can also view the sermon at facebook.com/richmondchurch.

Prayer for One Another

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

There is a Fountain Filled With Blood by William Cowper and Lowell Mason.

There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins
And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains
Lose all their guilty stains, lose all their guilty stains
And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains

The dying thief rejoiced to see that fountain in his day
And there have I, though vile as he, washed all my sins away
Washed all my sins away, washed all my sins away
And there have I, though vile as he, washed all my sins away

Oh come, come to the fountain, come and be satisfied
Oh come, all who are thirsty, these waters will never run dry
These waters will never run dry

E’er since, by faith, I saw the stream Thy flowing wounds supply
Redeeming love has been my theme and shall be till I die
And shall be till I die, and shall be till I die
Redeeming love has been my theme and shall be till I die

Benediction

Have someone prayerfully read the following:

Let’s be encouraged by these words today to go out and be the church with our friends, families, and neighbors:

Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. – Matthew 28:19-20

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.