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Sunday Rhythm | May 31, 2020

Below is a guide to help you as we gather as a dispersed church 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.

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Call to Worship

Today we want to listen to God calling us and inviting us to praise Him. 1 Chronicles 16:8-11 encourages the readers to respond to God in some very specific ways. There are many calls to action in these verses: give, praise, proclaim, make, sing, tell, glory, rejoice, look, and seek. God’s Word exhorts and commands us to do these things when we praise Him. As we read this passage today, let’s remind ourselves of all the reasons for admiring Him and praising Him this morning.

1 Chronicles 16:8-11
Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.

Prayer
Lord, we give you praise this morning! We proclaim your blessed and glorious name. All of creation tells of your wonderful acts. You established the world. You created us. You redeemed us. You are the reason for our joy. We offer you loud songs of praise this morning because you are worthy of all glory, honor and blessing. We look to you Lord and your strength. Help us to seek your face always. Help us to remember and to call to mind all the wonders that you have done.

Song

All Creatures of Our God and King by William Henry Draper, Brent Milligan, and St. Francis of Assisi.
 

 
All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and with us sing
O praise Him! Alleluia!

Thou burning sun with golden beam
Thou silver moon with softer gleam
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Let all things their Creator bless

And worship Him in humbleness

O praise Him! Alleluia!

Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son
And praise the Spirit, Three in One
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

All the redeemed washed by His blood
Come and rejoice in His great love

O praise Him! Alleluia!

Christ has defeated every sin
Cast all your burdens now on Him
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

He shall return in power to reign
Heaven and earth will join to say

O praise Him! Alleluia!

Then who shall fall on bended knee?
All creatures of our God and King
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Prayer of Confession

Psalm 57:1-2
Lord, we can echo the Psalmist in Psalms 57:1-2, “Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. I cry out to God Most High, to God, who vindicates me.” Lord, in times like these, times that are full of shared hardship and turmoil, when everything around us is uncertain, we cry out to you. We take refuge under the shadow of your wings. Your care for your children is so much more than a mother bird’s care of her young under the protection of its wings. Lord, you are our only refuge. God Most High, you are our only hope. Our only confidence is in you. We cry out to you this morning to forgive us for placing our confidence in our circumstances. We repent. Have mercy on us.

Assurance of Pardon

We can be confident that our sins have been forgiven through Christ’s accomplishment by his sacrificial death on the cross. Christ sacrificed Himself by offering Himself as the sacrifice in our place for our sins once and for all. We are freed from sin to serve God and that is cause for great rejoicing this morning!

Hebrews 9:11-14
But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation.  He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.  The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

Song

Great Is Thy Faithfulness by Thomas Obediah Chisholm and William Marion Runyan.
 

 
Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;

There is no shadow of turning with thee;

Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
As thou hast been thou forever will be.

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;

All I have needed thy hand hath provided;

Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

I could not love Thee, so blind and unfeeling
Covenant promises fell not to me

Then without warning, desire, or deserving

I found my Treasure, my pleasure, in Thee

I have no merit to woo or delight Thee

I have no wisdom or pow’rs to employ

Yet in thy mercy, how pleasing thou find’st me
This is Thy pleasure: that Thou art my joy

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth

Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Passing of the Peace

1 John 4:7-12
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

We are commanded to love one another. Love comes from God and God demonstrated His own love for us by sending his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. We are to be in the habit of displaying God’s love to follow God’s sacrificial love by sending His son for us. There are many ways that we can love one another while we are not together on a Sunday morning. Take a meal or send a gift card to one of the many families who have had babies recently. Volunteer to deliver groceries, run errands or do yard work to church members who are sick or are caretakers for others and are unable to complete these tasks for themselves. Call, send cards, texts, or emails to those who might be lonely during this time. Pray with one another over the phone. Even though we are not together, we can still help the God’s people during a time of crisis.

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This morning, as a church family, we are going to worship God together as we read and respond to His Word as Robert Greene concludes our sermon series entitled [seen].
 

Giving

1 Timothy 6:18-19
Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

As a body of believers we commanded to do good, to be rich in good deeds and to be generous and willing to share what we have with others. When we do this, we are amassing a treasure in heaven. During this time of crisis, there are many members and those in the Metro Richmond area who are in financial need. Redemption Hill sets aside a portion of their finances called the benevolent fund. Those funds are used to demonstrate mercy and minister to the needs of the local church body and the community by providing for practical needs as vetted through the benevolence team. The need to give regularly of your tithes and offerings remains, but all the more so as more financial needs arise in the church and the community during this time. If you would like to give a tithe or offering today, you can do so online by clicking here.

Song

Thy Mercy, My God by Sandra McCracken, John Stocker, and Isaac Watts.
 

 
Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song
The joy of my heart, and the boast of my tongue
Thy free grace alone, from the first to the last
Hath won my affections, and bound my soul fast

Without Thy sweet mercy I could not live here
Sin would reduce me to utter despair

But, through Thy free goodness, my spirits revive
And He that first made me still keeps me alive

Thy mercy is more than a match for my heart
Which wonders to feel its own hardness depart
Dissolved by Thy goodness, I fall to the ground
And weep to the praise of the mercy I found

Great Father of mercy, Thy goodness I own
And the covenant love of Thy crucified Son

All praise to the Spirit, whose whisper divine
Seals mercy and pardon and righteousness mine

Sending on Mission

The prophets of old greatly anticipated the promised salvation. Those who came after Christ saw the fulfillment of the promises of God. We as believers are commanded to run the race with perseverance, casting off every weight that hinders us and the sin which clings so closely to us. We are to look to Christ who set the perfect example and follow His example. We are to look at the saints that have gone before us and be encouraged to live lives full of faith.

Hebrews 12:1-3
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

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