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Sunday Rhythm | April 26, 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.

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Our Kids Lesson for this Sunday can be found here. If you did not receive the password via email, email Ryan.

Parents with young children, please watch Pastor Robert’s update for help with our new Sunday “gatherings” and your kids.

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Call to Worship

This morning, we want to encourage you to feel the freedom to worship the Lord not only with loud voices raised, but with your hands clapping. We are invited to worship the Lord with our hands raised, outstretched towards God as a physical act of worship. We are invited to worship the Almighty God, the Maker of heaven and earth. Let’s read of our Creator of the universe in this passages from Amos.

Have someone read the following passage of scripture out loud:

Amos 4:13, 5:8
For behold, he who forms the mountains and creates the wind, and declares to man what is his thought, who makes the morning darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth—the Lord, the God of hosts, is his name! He who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns deep darkness into the morning and darkens the day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out on the surface of the earth, the Lord is his name;

Have someone pray this prayer out loud:

Father, you are the Lord, the God of hosts. We are in total awe of your handiwork throughout the universe! It is you who created all things, everything out of nothing. You spoke light itself into existence. You determined the number of stars and call them each by name. You have set the moon and the stars in place according to your will and purpose. The heavens themselves are the work of your fingers. You formed the mountains, the wind, the seas, the dry land. Great are you Lord and mighty in power! Your understanding has no limit! You have made the earth, and created man upon it. Your hands stretched out the heavens, and all their host have you commanded. Lord, what are we that you are mindful of us and that you care for us? We thank you that it was your divine plan to set your affections on us before the foundations of the world. Teach us to look at the work of your hands and render praise that you alone deserve because of who you are!

Worship Through Singing

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

Raised With Christ by Jamie Thomson, Joy Horton, and Tom Read (Capo’d version in D).

The firstborn of all creation, the world was made for Your delight
Taking on our human nature, becoming sin to give us life

You hold everything together, from beginning to the end

With a love no one can measure, stronger than the grip of death

I’ve been raised with Christ, the old has gone the new has come to life
I will lift my voice and sing Your praise, forever I will sing Your praise

I fix my eyes upon the heavens, I set my mind on things above

You are the prize, You are my treasure, how sweet the name that rescues us

We have found our freedom, we are free indeed, the empty grave is our victory
Our sin is cancelled, He has nailed it to the cross, the King of heaven is alive in us

Prayer of Confession

Let’s take some time to pray together. Proverbs 28:13 tells us “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”

Have someone prayerfully read the prayer below out loud.

Lord, we come to you and we confess and renounce our sin so that we may find mercy. We confess that we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled against your law. We have turned away from your commands. We have sinned against you. You, oh Lord our God, are merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against you. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, our God, do not delay, because of the people who bear your Name. We repent and turn to you God, so that our sins may be wiped out.

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

Assurance of Pardon

Jesus Christ, through His act of obedience, died in our place for our sins. Jesus paid the atonement and penalty for our sins and not only our sins but also for the sin of mankind. Jesus was treated as though He was guilty even though He was guiltless. Jesus Christ, the Righteous One, did no wrong and yet He bore the sins of all of us once and for all. 2 Corinthians 5:21, “says that God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” Now we who believe in Him are treated as though we were righteous.

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

1 John 2:1-2
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Let’s continue singing:

Death in His Grave by John Mark McMillan (Capo’d version in C)

Though the Earth Cried out for blood, satisfied her hunger was
Her billows calmed on raging seas for the souls on men she craved
Sun and moon from balcony turned their head in disbelief

Their precious Love would taste the sting disfigured and disdained

On Friday a thief, on Sunday a King
Laid down in grief, but awoke with the keys
Of hell on that day the first born of the slain
The Man Jesus Christ laid death in his grave

So three days in darkness slept the Morning Sun of righteousness
But rose to shame the throes of death and over turn his rule

Now daughters and the sons of men would pay not their dues again
The debt of blood they owed was rent when the day rolled a new

He defeated Hell and seated us above the fall

In desperate places He paid our wages, one time once and for all

[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 10:25-37.

After the sermon live-stream end, if you have questions about Christianity, need prayer, or have questions about the sermon or Redemption Hill, visit the page.

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.

He Will Hold Me Fast by Ada Ruth Habershon and Matthew Merker (Capo’d version in G).

When I fear my faith will fail, Christ will hold me fast
When the tempter would prevail, He will hold me fast
I could never keep my hold through life’s fearful path
For my love is often cold; He must hold me fast

He will hold me fast, He will hold me fast

For my Savior loves me so, He will hold me fast

Those He saves are His delight, Christ will hold me fast
Precious in his holy sight, He will hold me fast

He’ll not let my soul be lost; His promises shall last
Bought by Him at such a cost, He will hold me fast

For my life He bled and died, Christ will hold me fast
Justice has been satisfied; He will hold me fast

Raised with Him to endless life, He will hold me fast
‘Till our faith is turned to sight, When He comes at last!

Sending on Mission

Have someone read the following out loud:

Christ will hold us fast! In times when we are tempted to despair, we have a sure and solid foundation in Christ and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame. Jesus, who calls us, is faithful to keep us and hold us fast until the end. We can rehearse songs like these throughout the week by singing them to ourselves and singing them to one another. The Bible tells us that we can sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs as a way to teach and admonish one another with all wisdom. As we go out today, let’s remind each other and ourselves of these truths not only found in the Scriptures that we have heard, but in the songs that we have sung. Let’s respond by sharing this abundant hope with one another while it is still called today.

Colossians 3:16-17
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

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 the encouragement that the Apostle Paul writes to the church at Corinth:

2 Corinthians 8:7-9
But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness, and in the love we inspired in you —see that you also excel in this grace of giving. I am not making a demand, but I am testing the sincerity of your love in comparison to the earnestness of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.

Not only are we to excel in godly virtues, but we are to excel in the grace of giving. We are not to give out of compulsion or the feeling of “being forced to” give. Instead, we are to give of our own freewill. Everything that the Lord has entrusted to us is His. All that we have already belongs to God. When we give, we are simply giving back to God what He already owns. Giving is still 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.

Passing of the Peace

1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

We as believers are called to encourage one another and build one another up. In times like these when we are not gathered together on a Sunday morning, encouraging one another may look different for a time, but the command still remains. There are many congregants who are in desperate need of encouragement. Please take some time today to check in on one another. Ask them how they are doing and how you can be praying for them and then pray with them right there. Even though we are not gathered together like we normally do on a Sunday morning, we want to continue to reflect on God’s holiness, His mercy, and His kindness with one another.

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