Good morning! Welcome to Redeemer Gathered.
As we gather today to worship, let’s take a moment to consider the sovereignty of our God. Let us consider His providential rule over His children and that he works for our good and His glory.
What do you understand by the providence of God?
Providence is the almighty and ever present power of God. By His hand, he upholds heaven and earth and all creatures, and so rules them that leaf and blade, rain and drought, fruitful and lean years, food and drink, health and sickness, prosperity and poverty—all things, in fact, come to us not by chance but from His fatherly hand.
How does the knowledge of God’s creation and providence help us?
We can be patient when things go against us, thankful when things go well, and for the future we can have good confidence in our faithful God and Father that nothing will separate us from His love. All creatures are so completely in His hand that without His will they can neither move nor be moved.
–based on The Heidelberg Catechism Q. 27-28
Song: All Creatures of Our God and King (David Crowder Band)
Each week we gather as a community of needy people. And the purpose of this gathering is to remember and celebrate that our Father, perfect, holy and loving; came after us even in our sin, that we could be reconciled to him. It is His pursuit of us that frees us to confess our sinfulness with full confidence that we are accepted because of Jesus. Though we may not be like David in this Psalm, guilty of bloodshed, it is a reminder to us that God forgives even the most wicked sins, and only requires that we come to Him humbly, understanding our need of him.
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Song: Gracious is the Lord (from Psalm 116 – Redeemer Band)
Hear the Good News! Jesus’ finished work on the cross is our assurance.
People of God, we have been justified by faith.
We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. And through him we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand.
We rejoice in our sins forgiven!
We rejoice in hope of the glory of God!
Praise God, his love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
–based on Romans 5:1-2, 5
Song: Rejoice! (Dustin Kensrue)
Because Jesus has reconciled and forgiven us we now have peace with God and with one another. Let us take a moment to greet each other in the spirit of that peace.
“Peace be with you!”
Sermon on the Mount | Life in an Upside-Down Kingdom
Pastor Chris Jones
The Lord’s Supper
Song: Oh Love That Will Not Let Me Go (Ascend the Hill)
Song: All the Poor and Powerless (All Sons & Daughters)
Let us commit to knowing, believing, and living out the hope of the Gospel in our lives.
In life and in death we belong to God.
Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.
Jesus proclaimed the reign of God: preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives, teaching by word and deed and blessing the children, healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted, eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners, and calling all to repent and believe the gospel.
We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God, our Savior and our Redeemer!
—adapted from Worship Sourcebook 3.6.38, A Brief Statement of Faith
Song: Beautiful Things (Gungor)
As God’s own, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, and patience, forgiving each other as the Lord has forgiven you, and crown all these things with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
—based on Colossians 3:12-14