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Sunday Service Recap: February 16, 2014

February 17, 2014

Redeemer Church

Champaign-Urbana, IL

Call to Worship: Blessed Redeemer written by Fanny Crosby


Reading: Corporate Worship: A Lifting of the Gaze by Matt Boswell

We gather together in worship to have our eyes set upon Christ. The hand of the gospel lifts our drooping head to remember that in Christ the acceptance of God has been fixed upon us. The weekly practice of hearing the gospel in song and in sermon clears the hazy effects of sin from our eyes and focuses our hearts on the glory of God. Lifting our gaze brings clarity to us of who God is and who we are as his people.

Allow corporate worship to help renew your hope in God. In the call to worship, call your heart to worship. In the confession of sin, lift your gaze to Christ whose blood has satisfied the wrath of God. In the preaching of God’s word, hear the gospel and allow it to echo through the chambers of your soul. In the benediction, be sent into the world to remember the glorious and steadfast hope that is ours in Christ.

Congregational Confession of Sin

Song: I Lift My Eyes written by David Crowder

A song to help us turn our hearts toward God as we prepare to hear from his word and receive strength in our time of need.

Scripture Reading: Psalm 121


Scripture Reading: Psalm 145

Missional Prayer: Ara and Anet Torosian, church planters in Burbank, CA

Song: Psalm 145 written by Dustin Kensrue

Exemplifies the proper attitude of a follower of Christ, an attitude of constant praise and adoration to God for his goodness to us.  This song was meant to remind us of these things.  Bitterness, jealousy, and slander all stem from a heart that does not properly look at every situation in life from the perspective that everything God allows into our lives is for our good and His glory.  Psalm 145 reminds us of the many ways God has blessed us and continues to bless us and what a proper attitude in light of those things should look like.

Song: All to Us written by Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Matt Maher, Matt Redman

Points us to the reason why we put off bitterness and jealousy and anger because Christ is all to us.  Like Ephesians 4:15 tell us “..we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,” (Ephesians 4:15, ESV) Christ is the head of the church and therefore should be the passion of our church. We don’t put off bitterness and jealousy and anger to earn our way into God’s favor but because Jesus is our passion and glory and we desire to reflect that glory in our daily lives so that Christ may be seen in us.

Sermon by Chet Daniels: Eph. 4:31-32  Purity of Heart Toward Others

  1. Put off the desire to punish
  2. Put on a heart of forgiveness
  3. Because you have been forgiven so much

Song: Redeemed, Restored, Forgiven written by Henry Williams Baker and Matthew Smith

After hearing about how much we have been forgiven and being reminded of God’s mercy to us in Christ we have the opportunity to sing about and celebrate our redemption, restoration, and forgiveness.


Benediction: Colossians 3:12-17


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