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Sunday Rhythm | May 3, 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, ways to contact us, and resources.

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.

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

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Call to Worship

We want to celebrate and make much of the Lord today, for who He is and what He has done for us! The Lord is God and King over all of eternity. He is faithful, righteous, and full of grace in all of His ways. Our God is over all things, and in Him all things hold together. This morning, we invite you to worship the Lord freely and without reservation. Let us worship the Lord with our voices loud and uplifted, with our hands extended towards our Lord. For our Lord is near to all who call on His name.

Have someone read the following passage of scripture out loud:

Psalm 145:13-18
The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does. The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

Have someone worshipfully read the prayer below out loud:

Lord, you are trustworthy in all you promise. Even in the midst of hardship and uncertainty of what the future may bring, we can trust you now for You are worthy of our trust. You are faithful in all that you do. If we are faithless, you remain faithful, for You cannot deny Yourself. Lord, you alone give us life and the very breath that we now breathe. Lord, we look to you to give us everything that we need at the proper time. We look to you to give us this day, our daily bread. You open your hand and you satisfy the desires of every living thing. Who is like you? Lord, we call on you this morning in spirit and in truth. Help us to celebrate your abundant goodness and sing of your righteousness.

Worship Through Singing

Let’s sing and make much of our God this morning.

He Is Our God by Jon Althoff and Bob Kauflin.

Who can light the fires of a thousand burning suns
Blazing in the heavens? There is only One; He is our God

Who commands the nations, building up and tearing down
Silencing His rivals? There is only One; He is our God, He is our God

Holy, You alone are holy, matchless in Your glory, holy God

Who would come to save us when we turned away His love
Conquer us with kindness? There is only One, He is our God, He is our God

Holy, You alone are holy, matchless in Your glory; no one is like You
Worthy, You alone are worthy; we adore You only, holy God

Now to the King on the throne, Who was and is to come
And to the Lamb Who was slain be glory

Prayer of Confession

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

Lord, we like David in Psalm 51 come to you now, crying out loud:

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.

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

Assurance of Pardon

Paul reminds us in Romans 3 that there is no one righteous, no not one. There is no one who seeks after God, and yet God has graciously given us the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. We are justified by his grace as a gift through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood to be received by faith that comes through from him by faith alone.

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

Romans 5:1-2
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.

Let’s continue singing:

Before the Throne of God Above by Charitie Lees Bancroft and Vikki Cook.

Before the throne of God above I have a strong and perfect plea
A great High Priest whose name is “Love” Who ever lives and pleads for me
My name is graven on His hands, my name is written on His heart
I know that while in heav’n He stands no tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart

When Satan tempts me to despair and tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look and see Him there, Who made an end to all my sin
Because the sinless Savior died my sinful soul is counted free
For God, the Just, is satisfied to look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me

Behold Him there! The risen Lamb, my perfect, spotless Righteousness
The great unchangeable I AM, the King of Glory and of grace
One with Himself I cannot die, my soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high, with Christ, my Savior and my God
With Christ, my Savior and my God

Passing of the Peace

Listen to what the Apostle Paul commands the church at Galatia to do:

Galatians 6:2
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

We as believers are called to bear one another’s burdens. Burdens here mean enormous loads, and those enormous loads connote the hardships that we are facing. Bearing one another’s burdens is not a one-time ordeal. As believers, bearing one another’s burdens means that we are in it for the long haul. Bearing one another’s burdens is an ongoing effort. Right now, there are many congregants who are battling anxiety, job loss, uncertain futures, health issues, and who feel disconnected. Even though we are not gathered together on Sunday mornings, we need to continue the faithful work of bearing one another’s burdens. 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. Even though we are not collectively gathered together like we normally do on a Sunday morning, we want to continue to obey the command to bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ

[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 John 9:1-41.

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.

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. Listen to the exhortation that the Apostle Paul writes to Timothy, his son in the faith:

1 Timothy 6:17-19
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

We are to be faithful financial stewards of what God has given us. The amount or portion will look different from person to person, but the fact remains that everything that the Lord has entrusted to us is His already and rightfully His. When we give, we are 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. Let’s continue singing:

Grace Alone by Dustin Kensrue.

I was an orphan lost at the fall, running away when I’d hear you call
But Father you worked your will
I had no righteousness of my own, I had no right to draw near your throne
But Father you loved me still

And in love before you laid the world’s foundation
You predestined to adopt me as your own
You have raised me up so high above my station
I’m a child of God by grace and grace alone

You left your home to seek out the lost, you knew the great and terrible cost
But Jesus your face was set
I worked my fingers down to the bone, but nothing I did could ever atone
But Jesus you paid my debt

By Your blood I have redemption and salvation
Lord, you died that I might reap what you have sown
And you rose that I might be a new creation
I am born again by grace and grace alone

I was in darkness all of my life, I never knew the day from the night
But Spirit you made me see
I swore I knew the way on my own, head full of rocks a heart made of stone
But Spirit you moved in me

And at your touch my sleeping spirit was awakened
On my darkened heart the light of Christ has shone
Called into a kingdom that cannot be shaken
Heaven’s citizen by grace and grace alone

So I’ll stand in faith by grace and grace alone
I will run the race by grace and grace alone
I will slay my sin by grace and grace alone
I will reach the end by grace and grace alone

Sending on Mission

Have someone read the following out loud:

As the song that we sang says we have been “called into a kingdom that cannot be shaken, heaven’s citizen by grace and grace alone.” Though we are called heavenward, we still run the race by grace and grace alone. Part of running the race is living our lives so that we glorify God, which includes prayers on behalf of all men. We are commanded to pray for all men including those in authority over us. As our pastors, bosses, local, state and national government officials make decisions on our behalf, let’s commit to being faithful to do what the Bible instructs us to do and intercede for them. Let’s respond now to God’s Word:

1 Timothy 2:1-4
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,  for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

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