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Sunday Rhythm | March 22, 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.

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 a NEW one we just created called resources, full of some goodies to help encourage your soul during this time (Music playlist and FREE Dwell Bible Listening App!).

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, Redemption Hill Kids has released a program to help parents create an easy to use Sunday worship time for preschool and early elementary-age kids.

Our Children’s liturgy for today can be found here. (Note: We recommend planning to watch the videos with your kids either before or after the main online worship gathering. Whichever works best for your family rhythm. Really, you could do it any time on Sunday!)

Call to Worship

Today we remember the joy that we find in the gospel. In the midst of coronavirus’ and cancer, we can STILL rejoice. And the reason why? The Lord is near, even right now. His presence is in this room. His presence conquers all our anxieties, all our fears. All those worries that bring tension into God’s people. And his presence here today means that we can cultivate thankful, praying, and peaceful hearts, marked by thanksgiving and joy. Let’s read and remember today what is honorable, pure, and lovely in the gospel.

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

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let our reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let our requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:4–7

Prayer

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

Heavenly Father, though brokenness is in us and all around us, we have so many reasons to rejoice in you today. You are our perfect righteousness and constant Advocate. You are our sovereign King and loving Spouse. And because of your nearness towards us today, and your kindness towards us today in Christ, we can risk being vulnerable before you, and gentle towards those around us. Free us today to love well. We give you all our anxieties today. All the problems we’d like to fix; all the people we’d like to fix; all the heartaches we’d love to heal, and all the circumstances we’d love to alter. Let your peace guard our hearts and minds today. Help us to know that you’re with us today, and you being for us is enough. Set our gaze on Jesus today. Set our affections on him. Take our thoughts captive to think with your mind; overflow our hearts with your beauty and grace; and focus our eyes to see what you see. We ask this in Jesus’ mighty name, amen.

Worship Through Singing

God is with us today. Let’s respond with thankfulness and joy as we look to Christ, the theme of heaven’s praises, our unwavering hope in helpless times:

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery (Capo’d Version in C) by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, and Michael Bleecker.

Come behold the wondrous mystery in the dawning of the King,
He the theme of heaven’s praises, robed in frail humanity.
In our longing, in our darkness, now the light of life has come;
Look to Christ, who condescended, took on flesh to ransom us.

Come behold the wondrous mystery: He the perfect Son of Man,
In His living, in His suffering, never trace nor stain of sin.
See the true and better Adam come to save the hell-bound man,
Christ, the great and sure fulfillment, of the law, in Him we stand.

Come behold the wondrous mystery: Christ the Lord upon the tree;
In the stead of ruined sinners hangs the Lamb in victory.
See the price of our redemption; see the Father’s plan unfold,
Bringing many sons to glory, grace unmeasured, love untold!

Come behold the wondrous mystery: slain by death, the God of life;
But no grave could e’er restrain Him, praise the Lord, He is alive!
What a foretaste of deliverance; how unwavering our hope:
Christ in power resurrected, as we will be when he comes

Prayer of Confession

Let’s take some time to pray. Feel free to adapt this prayer:

Heavenly Father, we come to you this morning confessing our short–sightedness to You. We spend so much time focused on the things that happen under this sun, here on earth, and fail to remember what lies beyond our limited horizon. We forget that You are eternally good, all–knowing, and all powerful. We fool ourselves that our limited, inward–looking perspective is all important. We love to complain about our circumstances, and refuse to see that You are working all things for your ultimate good, and our ultimate joy. Help us instead today, to rejoice in all our circumstances. Father, forgive us. Have mercy on us. Forgive us for the many times we have lacked the courage to do what is right, whether it be standing for truth, or standing against what is evil. Forgive us for living for ourselves, and not for Christ. Enable us today by your Spirit to live to serve Christ, His purposes, and His church. Help us to be less wedded to this life, and its passing pleasures, and more concerned for your glory in the here and now. And we need your help to do this. Give us strength and grace to run the race set before us today. Help us to cast off the sin that hinders and burdens us and disputes Your rightful place on the throne of our lives. Help us see that all those anxieties about tomorrow are symptomatic of the pride that lurks in all of us that refuses to entrust tomorrow to You. Help us realize how little we can control our circumstances, and how utterly dependent we are on you for grace, amen.

Take some time to pray around the room, confessing any sins, anxieties, fears, or worries that may be weighing people down. Don’t rush through this, as it’s another opportunity to remind ourselves that in Christ, we can find contentment and satisfaction. In every circumstance, we can do all things through him who strengthens us (Philippians 4:10–13).

Assurance of Pardon

Please have someone read the following passage of scripture aloud:

I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith, that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. – Philippians 3:8–11

In light of the gospel today, we not only have another opportunity to repent of our sins, but to remember that nothing we could ever do justifies us before a Holy God. Having now being “found in him,” we are now identified with the risen Christ, who gave up heaven’s honor to suffer for our sin. Our righteousness from God comes by faith alone, in Christ alone. And today, God is again inviting us to share in his grace, to share in the fellowship of other believers, and to share in the sufferings of Christ so we would grasp the greatness of his love, and the power of his resurrection hope. In Christ, the wonders of the resurrection are ours no matter what circumstances we face in this life. Let’s continue to remind ourselves of Jesus’ generosity towards us through singing.

His Mercy Is More (Capo’d Version in D) by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa.

What love could remember no wrongs we have done
Omniscient, all knowing, he counts not their sum
Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

What patience would wait as we constantly roam
What father, so tender, is calling us home
He welcomes the weakest, the vilest, the poor
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

Praise the Lord, His mercy is more
Stronger than darkness, new every morn
Our sins they are many, his mercy is more

What riches of kindness he lavished on us
His blood was the payment, his life was the cost
We stood ‘neath a debt we could never afford
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

Look to the Hills


This morning, as a church family, we are going to worship God together as we read and respond to His Word as Robert Greene walks us through Psalm 121:1-8.

Prayer for One Another

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

King of Kings (Capo’d Version in C) by Brooke Ligertwood, Jason Ingram, and Scott Ligertwood.

In the darkness we were waiting without hope, without light
Till from Heaven You came running, there was mercy in Your eyes
To fulfill the law and prophets, to a virgin came the Word
From a throne of endless glory, to a cradle in the dirt

Praise the Father, praise the Son, praise the Spirit, three in one
God of Glory, majesty, praise forever to the King of Kings

To reveal the kingdom coming, and to reconcile the lost
To redeem the whole creation You did not despise the cross
For even in Your suffering, You saw to the other side
Knowing this was our salvation, Jesus, for our sake You died

And the morning that You rose, all of heaven held its breath
Till that stone was moved for good, for the Lamb had conquered death
And the dead rose from their tombs, and the angels stood in awe
For the souls of all who’d come to the Father are restored

And the Church of Christ was born, then the Spirit lit the flame
Now this Gospel truth of old shall not kneel shall not faint
By His blood and in His Name, in His freedom I am free
For the love of Jesus Christ, who has resurrected me

Benediction

Have someone prayerfully read the following:

As we are sent out today, we remember that we are called to have Christ’s mind-set toward each other: having the same love, being of one mind, pursuing no rivalry, doing nothing from empty conceit, always prioritizing the interests of others. Since we are one with Christ by the Spirit, we are to act as one, and imitate Christ. This COMPLETES our joy. Let’s read and respond by going out to love and serve our neighbors, family, and friends.

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:1–11

Giving

While we aren’t gathering on Sunday, Redemption Hill Church is still operating per usual (rent, staffing, supporting missionaries). We humbly encourage you to still give through our online system.

Listen to these words from the Apostle Paul as he writes to the church in Corinth:

So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance for the gift you have promised, so that it may be ready as a willing gift, not as an exaction. The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” – 2 Corinthians 9:5-9

Our giving is a response to grace, not duty. It is a part of our worship, even when we can’t all gather together in the same place. 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

You only thought the Coronavirus was getting you out of this. Take some time today, or even right now, to drop a few people a text or email. Maybe that’s people that you might only see on a Sunday morning. Encourage them with the good news of Jesus you heard today. Let them know you are praying for them. Setup a FaceTime lunch date. If anything, the “live” Passing of the Peace was only preparing you for what it really means to live life full of the peace of God.

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