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Sunday Rhythm | April 19, 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.

If this is your first time “joining” us, please let us know by filling out this form.

Call to Worship

Today, we not only want to worship with loud voices raised, but we are invited to worship the Lord with our hands clapping. We are invited to worship the Lord with our hands raised, outstretched towards God as a physical act of worship. We serve a Sovereign Lord who has made all, everything for His own glory. In the beginning the Lord laid the foundations of the earth and the heavens are the work of His hands. Let’s read of the sovereignty of our Lord in Acts 4.

Have someone read the following passage of scripture out loud:

Acts 4:24-26
And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit, ‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed.’”

Have someone pray this prayer out loud:

Sovereign Lord, Master and Creator of all things, through the mouth of David long ago you told us of your eternal plan. We would rebel against you, and as sinful people, we would sin against you and you alone. We would devise schemes, and plot in vain against you and your Anointed. Yet in your mercy, you fulfilled the prophecies of old and sent your Son, your Anointed, to be crucified for our sake. There is a day that is coming when all of mankind, including the kings of the earth and rulers, will bow their knees before you, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. Right now, we ask that you help us to humbly bow our knees now to your Lordship. Help us now to worship you with all that we are, our whole being, body, mind, and soul, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Worship Through Singing

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

Psalm 24 (The King of Glory) by Ed Cash, Keith Getty, and Kristyn Getty (Capo’d version in Em).

The King of Glory Reigns over all the world
His mighty hand sustains he heavens and the earth.
Who may come to Him and seek His holy face?

He calls the pure in heart, all whose hands are clean
And those who love His name above all other things
Humbly I will bow, and Jesus’ Name confess

He reigns, He reigns, Jesus the Lord!
He reigns, He reigns, forevermore

Swing wide you ancient gates, let the King come in
His glory never fades, our hearts delight in Him
Every knee will bow, every tongue confess

Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty
He bore the cross of shame, sing, “Hosanna!”
Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty
He rose up from the grave, sing, “Hosanna!”

Prayer of Confession

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

Based on Ephesians 4 and 5
Lord, we confess that we have given ourselves to impurities. We have not spoken the truth to each other. We have been angry, and in our anger, we have sinned. We have let the sun go down on our anger, and have given opportunity to the devil. We have let corrupting talk come out of our mouths, and have not used our lips for the good of building one another up. We have not put away all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and slander, along with malice. Lord, for the things that we have done, and left undone, be merciful towards us! Have mercy on us! Help us to walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

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

Assurance of Pardon

While we were separated from God, and ignorant of His truth, our God, who is rich in mercy, loved us while we were lovers of darkness. Jesus offered himself up for us and it pleased and glorified the Father to do so. Jesus made us alive when we were dead in our sin so that God would be glorified.

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

Ephesians 2:4-7
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace we have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

Let’s continue singing:

Wonderful, Merciful Savior by Dawn Rodgers and Eric Wyse (Capo’d version in G)

Wonderful, merciful Savior, precious Redeemer, and Friend

Who would have thought that a Lamb could rescue the souls of men?
Oh, You rescue the souls of men

You are the One that we praise, You are the One we adore

You give the healing and grace our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for

Counselor, Comforter, Keeper, Spirit we long to embrace

You offer hope when our hearts have hopelessly lost the way
Oh, we hopelessly lost the way

Almighty, Infinite Father, faithfully loving Your own

Here in our weakness You find us falling before Your throne
Oh, we’re falling before Your throne

[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 19:1-10.

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.

It Is Finished by Matt Papa and Jennie Lee Riddle (Capo’d version in G).

Once and for all, once and for all, You offered up Your life
For one and all, for one and all, the perfect sacrifice
Atoning blood was shed, love conquered when You said

“It is finished. It is done.” To the world Salvation comes
Hallelujah! We’re alive! Hell was silenced when You cried
“It is finished! It is finished!”

Who is this King, who is this King, so mighty and so strong?
He is the One, he is the One, the earth has waited for

God’s remedy for sin, with mercy for all men

The earth shook and trembled, the sun bowed it’s head
The veil of the temple was opened for man
As Jesus went down in the cold of the grave
Defeated the darkness when He overcame

The keys of the kingdom were placed into hands
Of children and priests and of fishers of men
Through all generations His voice will be heard
Creation resounds the victorious words

“It is finished. It is done.” To the world Salvation comes
Hallelujah! We’re alive! Hell was silenced when You cried
“It is finished. It is done.” Now completed, the work of Love
Hallelujah! He’s alive! Join the song of the ransomed Bride
It is finished! It is finished! It is finished! It is finished!

Sending on Mission

Have someone read the following out loud:

Jesus is alive! Jesus has once and for all offered up his life as a perfect sacrifice on our behalf. Now we are called to make the most of every opportunity as we speak of our risen Savior, and as we continue in hope, faith and love and show and tell others of our Holy God. Let’s read what Paul wrote as a reminder to the church at Collosae. Let’s respond by making the most of every opportunity and letting our speech be gracious, seasoned with salt.

Colossians 4:5-6
Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

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 this encouragement from Proverbs:

Proverbs 19:17
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.

The Bible says that whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord Himself, and the Lord Himself will repay him for his giving. During this time of crisis, there are many members and those in the Metro Richmond area who are in financial need. Redemption Hill Church sets aside a portion of their finances to a benevolence fund. This fund is used to demonstrate mercy and minister to the needs of the local church body and community by providing for practical needs as vetted through the benevolence team. The need to give regularly of your tithes and offerings remains, but all the more so as more financial needs arise in the church and the community during this time. As you are led to give, you can do so online by clicking here.

Passing of the Peace

John 17:23
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.

This passage is part of Jesus’ prayer that He prayed to God the Father in the garden of Gethsemane the night before His crucifixion. Jesus prayed that as He and the Father are perfectly one, that we as the church may become perfectly one. Even though we are far apart in physical proximity, we are together because we are united in one hope, that saves, one faith, and one Lord.

We are one body, and we have many members that are in desperate need of encouragement and checking in on during this time. Take some time today to reach out to one another through phone, text, or email. Ask each other how you can be praying for them and then pray with them in that moment. Setup 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 spur one another on to good works, while it is still called today.

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