Sunday 6 th  June 2010 <ul><li>10:00 Morning Praise </li></ul><ul><li>“ Gathering in God’s Presence”  </li></ul><ul><li>Le...
Liturgy <ul><li>-  Opening : Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing </li></ul><ul><li>-  Confession  &  Absolution </li></ul><u...
Bible Readings <ul><li>2 Chronicles 6:12- 21; 7:1-3 </li></ul><ul><li>Hebrews 10:19-25 </li></ul><ul><li>This is the word ...
Why do you come to church? <ul><li>3% in Amsterdam </li></ul>
<ul><li>We gather in God’s presence </li></ul>
Psalm 139:7-10 <ul><li>Where can I go from your Spirit?  </li></ul><ul><li>Where can I flee from your presence? </li></ul>...
2 Chronicles 6 & 7 <ul><li>“ The heavens, even the highest heaven </li></ul><ul><li>cannot contain you. How much less this...
Hebrews 10:19-27 <ul><li>With confidence enter  </li></ul><ul><li>the Most Holy Place ….  </li></ul><ul><li>Draw near to G...
Enter into the presence of God <ul><li>draw near to God. </li></ul><ul><li>come confidently to God. </li></ul><ul><li>seek...
We gather in God’s presence <ul><li>The Lord is here. </li></ul><ul><li>His Spirit is with us. </li></ul>
We gather together: <ul><li>to encourage and help each other. </li></ul><ul><li>to enter into the very presence of God. </...
We gather in God’s presence <ul><li>“ Come near to God and  </li></ul><ul><li>he will come near to you.” </li></ul><ul><li...
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This is the first of 4 talks looking at why we gather together as church and what we are seeking to do when we gather. In this sermon Alastair focuses on the simply but profound importance of realising that we gather in God's presence and considers how we do this.

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God's Presence 1/4 - Why do we gather as church?

  1. 1. Sunday 6 th June 2010 <ul><li>10:00 Morning Praise </li></ul><ul><li>“ Gathering in God’s Presence” </li></ul><ul><li>Led by Alastair MacDonald </li></ul><ul><li>(liturgy and sermon slides only) </li></ul>
  2. 2. Liturgy <ul><li>- Opening : Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing </li></ul><ul><li>- Confession & Absolution </li></ul><ul><li>- Worship : SSalvation belongs to our God (992) </li></ul><ul><li>Agnus Dei </li></ul><ul><li>- Bible Readings & Sermon </li></ul><ul><li>- Songs : Be Still, Lord you have my heart, Your Love O’Lord </li></ul><ul><li>- Creed </li></ul><ul><li>- Prayers </li></ul><ul><li>- Closing Song : To God be the Glory </li></ul>
  3. 3. Bible Readings <ul><li>2 Chronicles 6:12- 21; 7:1-3 </li></ul><ul><li>Hebrews 10:19-25 </li></ul><ul><li>This is the word of the Lord. </li></ul><ul><li>(All:) Thanks be to God. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why do you come to church? <ul><li>3% in Amsterdam </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>We gather in God’s presence </li></ul>
  6. 6. Psalm 139:7-10 <ul><li>Where can I go from your Spirit?  </li></ul><ul><li>Where can I flee from your presence? </li></ul><ul><li>If I go up to the heavens, you are there; </li></ul><ul><li>if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. </li></ul><ul><li>If I rise on the wings of the dawn, </li></ul><ul><li>if I settle on the far side of the sea, </li></ul><ul><li>even there your hand will guide me,  </li></ul><ul><li>your right hand will hold me fast. </li></ul>
  7. 7. 2 Chronicles 6 & 7 <ul><li>“ The heavens, even the highest heaven </li></ul><ul><li>cannot contain you. How much less this </li></ul><ul><li>temple that I have built”. </li></ul><ul><li>“ When Solomon finished praying, </li></ul><ul><li>fire came down from heaven and </li></ul><ul><li>consumed the burnt offering and the </li></ul><ul><li>sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD </li></ul><ul><li>filled the temple.” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Hebrews 10:19-27 <ul><li>With confidence enter </li></ul><ul><li>the Most Holy Place …. </li></ul><ul><li>Draw near to God. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Enter into the presence of God <ul><li>draw near to God. </li></ul><ul><li>come confidently to God. </li></ul><ul><li>seek God’s forgiveness. </li></ul><ul><li>keep believing! </li></ul><ul><li>for he who promised is faithful! </li></ul><ul><li>God is good and his love endures forever. </li></ul>
  10. 10. We gather in God’s presence <ul><li>The Lord is here. </li></ul><ul><li>His Spirit is with us. </li></ul>
  11. 11. We gather together: <ul><li>to encourage and help each other. </li></ul><ul><li>to enter into the very presence of God. </li></ul><ul><li>to allow God’s presence to … </li></ul><ul><li>help us live as God’s people the rest of the week. </li></ul><ul><li>help others experience God’s presence and love and come to believe in Jesus. </li></ul>
  12. 12. We gather in God’s presence <ul><li>“ Come near to God and </li></ul><ul><li>he will come near to you.” </li></ul><ul><li>James 4:8 </li></ul>

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