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Sunday Rhythm | April 5, 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.

Updates from Pastor Shelby can be found at shelbyupdates.com.

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

In addition, we have released a special Palm Sunday program just for your kids. The password was emailed to all parents this morning. If you didn’t receive it, email ryan@redemptionhill.org for access.

Call to Worship

Today we remember the compassion of our God and Savior. Compassion is often spoken of in the Bible in terms of lavishness, abundance, and plenty. Our limited human speech cannot fully express all the kindnesses and the compassions that the Lord extends towards us as believers. God’s compassion towards us is much too marvelous for us to comprehend. In Isaiah 63, Isaiah notes that the Lord has done many things according to his compassion and many kindnesses. His compassion is cause of great rejoicing and celebration! Let’s remind ourselves of the compassion of the LORD and praise Him for what He has done for us.

Have someone read the following passage of scripture out loud:

Isaiah 63:7
I will tell of the kindnesses of the LORD, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the LORD has done for us— yes, the many good things he has done for us, according to his compassion and many kindnesses.

Please take a moment to meditate on what we just read. Then take some to pray together, consecrating your time to the Lord. Here is a prayer you can adapt:

Father, may we like Isaiah tell of your kindnesses today, and be reminded of the deeds for which you are to be praised according to all yo have done for us. The many good things you have done according to your compassion and many kindnesses for us, your children. Ultimately, you showed us the greatest demonstration of compassion by taking on the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering for us. While we were your enemies, you died for us, saving us from your wrath towards sinful people. And not only did you save us, but you brought us together as a family of believers, as one body, whether we are gathered together or scattered far apart. Thank you that your compassion knows no limits! Thank you that your kindness towards us knows no social distancing guidelines. Help us to extend the same compassion and kindness towards others today that you have shown us. Help us now to respond to your Word today, as God’s chosen people, by clothing ourselves with compassion and kindness.

Worship Through Singing

Let’s sing today because our God’s compassion and kindness knows no ends, and that is demonstrated on the cross.

The Passion (Capo’d Version in C) by Brooke Ligertwood, Chris Davenport, and Scott Ligertwood.

The passion of our Savior, the mercy of our God

The cross that leaves no question of the measure of His love


Our chains are gone, our debt is paid

The cross has overthrown the grave

For Jesus’ blood that sets us free

Means death to death, and life for me


The Innocent judged guilty, while the guilty one walks free

Death would be His portion, and our portion liberty


I give my whole life to honor this love

By the Lamb who was slain I’m forgiven
The sinner’s Savior, crown Him forever

For the Lamb who was slain, He is risen

Prayer of Confession

Let’s take some time to pray together (taken from Romans 1:16-32).

Father, we confess that there is no one righteous, not even one. There is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All of us have turned away, we have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. Our throats are open graves; our tongues practice deceit. The venom of vipers is on our lips. Our mouths are full of cursing and of bitterness. Our feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery lie in our wake, and the way of peace we have not known. There is no fear of God before our eyes. We know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world would be held accountable to God. Therefore, no one will be justified in His sight by works of the law. For the law merely brings awareness of sin. Lord, we repent of our sin now, and we cry out for you God, have mercy on us. Bring us awareness of our sin, and help us to confess it you and each other.

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

Assurance of Pardon

We have been saved with an everlasting salvation, a salvation that is found only in the Lord. God has saved us from complete and total ruin. He saved us when we were beyond all repair, alienated from Him, and dead in our trespasses; but instead of abandoning us to our own sins, He reached for us, and drew us to Himself. We had no hope at all, but God came to our rescue. He rescued us, the unworthy, and called us His own. Today, we celebrate God’s salvation by grace.

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

Acts 4:10-12
Let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

The Lord is My Salvation (Capo’d Version in G) by Nathan Nockels, Kristyn Getty, Keith Getty, and Jonas Myrin.

The grace of God has reached for me
And pulled me from the raging sea

And I am safe on this solid ground

The Lord is my salvation

I will not fear when darkness falls

His strength will help me scale these walls

I’ll see the dawn of the rising sun

The Lord is my salvation

Who is like the Lord our God?

Strong to save, faithful in love

My debt is paid and the victory won

The Lord is my salvation

My hope is hidden in the Lord

He flowers each promise of His Word

When winter fades I know spring will come

The Lord is my salvation

Glory be to God the Father

Glory be to God the Son

Glory be to God the Spirit

The Lord is our salvation

[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 Mark 10:46-52.

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.

Living Hope (Capo’d Version in G) by Brian Johnson and Phil Wickham.

How great the chasm that lay between us, how high the mountain I could not climb

In desperation, I turned to heaven, and spoke Your name into the night
Then through the darkness, Your loving-kindness tore through the shadows of my soul

The work is finished, the end is written, Jesus Christ, my living hope

Who could imagine so great a mercy? What heart could fathom such boundless grace?

The God of ages stepped down from glory to wear my sin and bear my shame

The cross has spoken, I am forgiven, the King of kings calls me His own

Beautiful Savior, I’m Yours forever, Jesus Christ, my living hope

Hallelujah, praise the One who set me free! Hallelujah, death has lost its grip on me!

You have broken every chain there’s salvation in Your name!
Jesus Christ, my living hope!

Then came the morning that sealed the promise, Your buried body began to breathe

Out of the silence, the Roaring Lion declared the grave has no claim on me

Jesus, Yours is the victory!

Sending on Mission

Have someone read the following out loud:

The song we just sang says, “Your loving-kindness tore through the shadows of my soul. The work is finished, the end is written, Jesus Christ, my living hope.” As we are sent out today, we remember that the Lord is full of loving-kindness and compassion towards us, His chosen ones. Out of the abundance of His compassion and loving-kindness towards us, Christ died for us. Christ is risen from the dead and is seated at the right hand of God. In light of what God has done for us through Christ Jesus, our response should be to follow His example and clothe ourselves with compassion.

Let’s read the following out loud together and respond by compassionately serving one another:

Colossians 3:12
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

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, supporting missionaries). We humbly encourage you to continue to give through our online system.

Listen to these words that Paul writes in his letter to the church at Corinth:

2 Corinthians 8:1-5
We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.

Like the church at Corinth, we too often face times of financial poverty, and trials of various kinds. The encouragement that Paul provides to the church at Corinth is in spite of the fact that they faced various trials and encountered financial poverty, the church at Corinth gave as they were able and some, as they were led, gave even “beyond their means.” Likewise, when we give, we are to give not out of compulsion, but as an act of faith. When we give, God gets the glory.

If you would like to give a tithe or offering today, you can do so online by clicking here.

Passing of the Peace

Even though Redemption Hill Church is not physically able to gather together as a church family, we as the family of God are called to, “[…] exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” (Hebrews 3:13). Exhorting one another on a daily basis can happen in many ways! Take some time today to reach out to one another via phone, Marco Polo, text, or email. Ask your family in Christ how you can be praying for them and then pray with them. Take time to read Scripture to one another and encourage one another by sharing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Setup online times to meet via Zoom! Google Hangouts, FaceTime or Skype. Even though we are not physically together for a time, we want to continue to reflect on His glory, His holiness, and His goodness with one another.

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