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Sunday Rhythm | March 6, 2011

Every week we prayerfully and purposefully compile a Sunday pre-service iTunes playlist to enhance our Sunday gathering. These are artists that you should definitely consider listening too, and if you feel so inclined, purchasing their music through the link provided. We hope that this becomes an avenue for discovering new gospel-centered art and music. This week’s pre-service music featured selections from Sojourn Music’s new double EP, The Mercy Seat and The War. Photos are courtesy of Greta Banister.

Sunday Rhythm

Continuation of Worship

    You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him. From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will perform before those who fear him. The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD! May your hearts live forever! All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you. For kingship belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations. All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, even the one who could not keep himself alive. Posterity shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation; they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it.
    Psalm 22:23-31 ESV

Song Service

1. Agnus Dei by Michael W. Smith. Based upon John the Baptist’s reference to Jesus in John 1:29, Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis is the Latin term translated Lamb of God, you who take away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. As our call to worship yesterday, it serves as not only a corporate cry for God’s mercy, but as a reminder that God has already shown us His mercy by giving us His son to take our place on the cross and receive the punishment that we rightly deserve, to secure our eternal peace with God.

    Holy, Holy, are you Lord God Almighty
    Worthy is the Lamb, worthy is the Lamb, Amen

2. In the Shadow of the Glorious Cross by Brooks Ritter and Rebecca Elliott. This song of assurance reminds us of the victory Christ won over sin and death on the cross.

    These crowns I’ve clenched with fisted hands
    I cast them down before the throne
    Of Christ my God the worthy Lamb
    Christ crucified, the Great I Am

Responsive Reading

    For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.
    But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us,
    not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,
    whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
    Titus 3:3-7


Pastor Robert continued with our journey through The Book of Acts: Enjoying God and Engaging His Mission. Yesterday’s text was Acts 11:19-30. The message was entitled There’s Grace in the Mess. You can hear the sermon audio by clicking here. Some of the reflection questions included:

    Do you see barriers (geographical, ethnic, economic, etc.) as opportunities for God to use you as an ambassador for the Gospel? Are you more aware of the barriers of God’s plan and power? What opportunities has God given you to “gossip” the gospel, but you’ve seen the barriers as too great?Are you characterized as a person who focuses God’s grace at work in people and places?

    Are you characterized as person who focuses God’s grace at work in people or places? Or, are you a person who focuses the mess? Ask your spouse, your kids, roommate, or co-worker how they would characterize you. Keep a journal this week of all the places where you see God’s race at work in people.

    Pray that God would change your perspective to see barriers as opportunities for the Gospel and the mess in people and places as opportunity for mission where God’s grace is already at work.

To download the entire Reflection guide, click here.

Song Service Continued

3. Come Boldly to the Throne of Grace by Daniel Herbert. Based on Hebrews 4:14-16, our confessional hymn yesterday is a passionate and comforting call to all who feel the weight of their sin to come and find mercy at the feet of Christ. The arrangement we sung yesterday is based on Red Mountain Music’s version included on The Gadsby Project album.

    He makes the dead to hear his voice
    He makes the blind to see
    The sinner lost he came to save
And set the prisoner free


    Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by. I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. He will send from heaven and save me; he will put to shame him who tramples on me. God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness! My soul is in the midst of lions; I lie down amid fiery beasts—the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth! They set a net for my steps; my soul was bowed down. They dug a pit in my way, but they have fallen into it themselves. My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody! Awake, my glory! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn! I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!
    Psalm 57 ESV

4. In Feast or Fallow by Sandra McCracken. Our sending hymn yesterday reminds us that trust in God that goes beyond our own individual circumstances. As the situations that surround us constantly change, God does not, and this song is a call to lean on God wholeheartedly, regardless of where He has us. You can read more about the song on Sandra McCracken’s website here.

    When the earth beneath me crumbles and quakes
    Not a sparrow falls, nor a hair from my head
    Without His hand to guide me, my shield and my strength
    In joy or in sorrow, in life or in death


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