Songs and Liturgy 1.19.14

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Good morning! Welcome to Redeemer Gathered.

We are glad that you’re here with us today. We have so much to be thankful for. We just left a season full of giving, time with family and friends, and most of all a season remembering how much we’ve been given. It is God’s pursuit of us that brings us here today. It is His many blessings we celebrate and remember. But, none more than his ultimate gift to us in Jesus, in whom He has given us a way to be restored in communion with God our father. Let us turn our hearts to our father and worship today as we read, sing and hear from God’s word.

Will you read with me:

The Call

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

–Psalm 103:1-5

Song: Ten Thousand Reasons (Matt Redman)

As we come before a Holy God, we see that we are sinful people. We gather empty handed. We have nothing to bring that could appease a Holy God for we are far more broken than we had first thought. But we have the promise of redemption through the blood of Jesus. In the power and hope of Christ, let us bring our confessions before the Lord.

The Confession

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 

–Hebrews 10:19-22

Lord, forgive us our selfishness, our greed and our cluttered lives. Give us a better, clearer understanding of the Kingdom you are building and make us ambassadors for your Gospel. Do all of this to the praise of your glorious grace.  Amen

Song: Only Your Blood (Sojourn)

The Assurance

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” –Jeremiah 31:33-34

“Here is a deep sea of bliss, a scoreless ocean of delight; come, bathe your spirit it it; swim an age, and you shall find no shore; dive throughout eternity, and you shall find no bottom. ‘I will be their God.’ If this does not make your eyes sparkle, and your heart beat fast with bliss, then assuredly your soul is not in a healthy state.. ..This is the masterpiece of all the promises; it’s enjoyment makes a heaven below and will make a heaven above. Dwell in the light of the Lord, and let your soul be always ravished with His love.”

–Spurgeon “Morning and Evening” January 9th

This promise meets it’s fulfillment in the person and work of Jesus. In Christ we are reconciled and forgiven.

Thanks be to God!

Song: It Is Finished (Dustin Kensrue)

The Peace

May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Let’s take a moment to greet those around us, welcoming each other with the peace we’ve been given in Christ.

“Peace be with you!”

The Offering

Song: Kingdom Come (Elevation Worship)

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The Word

Esther | The True and Better Kingdom
Esther 1:1–9
Pastor Chris Jones 

The Supper

Song: Death in His Grave (John Mark McMillan)

Song: Approach My Soul The Mercy Seat (Sojourn)

As we commit to live lives in light of the kingdom that is to come. Let us remember the covenant promises our loving father has kept with us in Jesus.

The Commitment

God was pleased, in his eternal purpose, to choose and ordain the Lord Jesus, his only begotten Son, to be the mediator between God and human beings. As the mediator, he is the prophet, priest, and king, the head and Savior of the church, the heir of all things, and the judge of the world.

God gave to him, from all eternity, a people to be his seed and to be by him, in time, redeemed, called, justified, sanctified, and glorified. The Lord Jesus, by his perfect obedience and sacrifice of himself—which he through the eternal Spirit once offered up to God—has fully satisfied the justice of his Father.

He purchased not only reconciliation but also an everlasting inheritance in the kingdom of heaven for all those whom the Father has given to him.

—from Westminster Confession (MESV), Chap. VIII, Sec. 1, 5

Song: The Revelation of Jesus Christ (Ghost Ship)

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Go in grace and peace on mission for
Jesus, remembering who you are and
to whom you belong.