Good morning! Welcome to Redeemer Gathered.
Each week we gather to remember that the rhythm of worship is God calls and we respond. Worship always begins with God. I hope that you all had the chance to visit Gallery Ten for our opening last Friday. It was such a great moment to be in the gallery and see a dream realized. The Lord put on our hearts early in this church plant a desire to have gallery space. There was a moment Friday night as I sat at home and began to reflect that I was just completely overwhelmed with God’s goodness and faithfulness. That dream to have a gallery space in town had just happened right before my eyes! What a blessing of grace and mercy from the Lord! I just sat there smiling ear to ear as I considered all God had worked in and through Redeemer to make this happen. This song came to mind as I remembered the Lord’s goodness. So I invite you to sing this new song with us as we rejoice in all that God has done!
In the midst of the congregation I will praise you.
Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous,
and give thanks to God’s holy name!
I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
God’s greatness is unsearchable.
—from Psalm 22:22; 97:12; 145:1, 3
Song: Rejoice (Dustin Kensrue)
As we come before a Holy God, we see our need of a savior. Our situation is hopeless apart from Christ.
Apart from grace we prove each day that we are guilty sinners. Fallen in that first sin, we fail to thank God, we break his laws, we ignore our tasks. Looking for life without God, we find only death; grasping for freedom outside his law,we trap ourselves in Satan’s snares; pursuing pleasure, we lose the gift of joy. In all our strivings to excuse or save ourselves, we stand condemned before the God of truth.
But our world, broken and scarred, still belongs to God. He holds it together and gives us hope.
—Our World Belongs to God, st. 15, 18
Song: The Broken and the Tired (Elevation Worship)
This is the good news. This “mashup” of scripture we are going to read is a beautiful picture of God’s sovereign plan revealed to us in the prophets and fulfilled in Jesus.
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace.
[Jesus] himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
–from Isaiah 53:4-5 and 1 Peter 2:24-25
Song: The Solid Rock (The Dispatch)
Because of the finished work of Christ we now have peace with God and peace with one another. In the spirit of that peace take some time to greet those around you.
“Peace be with you!”
Song: Abide With Me (Soverign Grace Music)
“Proud Humanity, Humble God”
Pastor Chris Jones
The Lord’s Supper
Song: How Great Thou Art (Ascend the Hill)
Song: In Tenderness (Citizens)
Let’s read this confession based on Philippians 2:6-11. This is our ultimate example of humility and service. This is our loving and gracious King.
I believe the Word was in the form of God and did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped. He emptied himself, took the form of a servant, and was born in our own likeness. I believe he humbled himself and became obedient unto death. I believe God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name. So that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
–based on Philippians 2:6-11
Go in grace and peace on mission for Jesus