Download: Readings and Song Lyrics for August 15
The wicked flee when no one is pursuing them,
but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
Proverbs 28:1 (CSB)
Call To Worship
We confess the supremacy of God in Christ through both responsive reading and song.
Our Spoken Call to Worship
Based on Romans 5:1-5 (CSB)
Brothers and sisters, since we have been justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord
We have also obtained access through him
by faith into this grace in which we stand,
and we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
Hallelujah! Praise God the Father!
And not only that, but we also boast in our afflictions,
because we know that affliction produces endurance,
endurance produces proven character,
and proven character produces hope.
Hallelujah! Praise God the Son!
This hope will not disappoint us,
because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts
through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Hallelujah! Praise God the Holy Spirit!
In the hope of God the Father,
in the name of Jesus, our Lord
and in the power of the Holy Spirit,
let us stand and worship our Triune God.
Our Sung Call to Worship
We Stand and Worship
Father, You dwell in heaven.
All in your presence is pure and holy.
Father, who can approach You
Unless he goes through the King of Glory? (Chorus)
We stand and worship not by our feeble merit,
Our flesh could never bear the weight of glory,
We stand and worship only because we’re hiding
Inside the righteous life of Christ our King.
Jesus, condemned and risen,
In You we have been completely pardoned.
Jesus, you represent us
Now in the presence of Your Father. (Chorus)
Spirit, You dwell within us;
Speak and convince us of what Christ has done.
Spirit, give us the faith to draw near to Him
Who calls us his daughters and sons. (Chorus)
Words and Music by Jeff Bourque and Eric Schumacher
©2013 Manicotti Music/Thousand Tongues
We confess our need for mercy through both responsive reading and song.
Our Spoken Confession
we praise you as the God of love and life.
Though Jesus prayed that we would be one,
we confess that we fail to live in unity
with each other and with you.
We break our communion through hostile words and unkind actions.
Father God, have mercy; Christ, have mercy;
Spirit, have mercy!
We long for your Spirit to heal us and to correct us.
We long for you to help us experience communion
with you and with each other
as we gather around your Word.
Father God, have mercy; Christ, have mercy;
Spirit, have mercy!
Even now, dependent on your grace, we commit ourselves
to live more fully in the unity you desire.
We ask your forgiveness and help
in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Time of silent confession.
Our Sung Confession
Man of Sorrows
Man of sorrows, Lamb of God,
By His own betrayed.
The sin of man and wrath of God
Has been on Jesus laid.
Silent as He stood accused,
Beaten mocked and scorned,
Bowing to the Father’s will,
He took a crown of thorns. (Chorus)
Oh, that rugged cross, my salvation,
Where Your love poured out over me.
Now my soul cries out, hallelujah,
Praise and honor unto Thee.
Sent of heaven, God’s own Son
To purchase and redeem
And reconcile the very ones
Who nailed Him to that tree. (Chorus)
Now my debt is paid, it is paid in full
By the precious blood that my Jesus spilled.
Now the curse of sin has no hold on me
Whom the Son sets free, Oh is free indeed. (Chorus)
See the stone is rolled away,
Behold the empty tomb.
Hallelujah, God be praised,
He’s risen from the grave. (Chorus)
Praise and honor unto Thee.
Words and Music by Matt Crocker and Brooke Ligertwood
©2012 Hillsong Music Publishing Australia
Assurance and Peace
We profess our assurance of salvation and peace in Christ through both responsive reading and song.
Remember the Gospel
Based on Romans 8:15-17
You did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear,
but you have received a spirit of adoption.
When you cry, “Abba! Father!”
it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit
that we are children of God,
and if children, then heirs,
heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.
In Christ, by the power of the Spirit,
we are forgiven and adopted,
children of God the Father.
Thanks be to the triune God!
Our Sung Profession of Assurance
Jesus Paid It All
I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small,
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.” (Chorus)
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.
Lord, now indeed I find
Thy pow’r, and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone. (Chorus)
For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim;
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb. (Chorus)
And when, before the throne,
I stand in Him complete,
“Jesus died my soul to save,”
My lips shall still repeat. (Chorus)
Words by Elvina M. Hall, Music by John T. Grape
Come People of the Risen King
Come, people of the Risen King,
who delight to bring Him praise.
Come all, and tune your hearts to sing
to the Morning Star of grace.
From the shifting shadows of the earth
we will lift our eyes to Him,
Where steady arms of mercy reach
to gather children in. (Chorus)
let ev’ry tongue rejoice!
One heart, one voice;
O, Church of Christ, rejoice!
Come, those whose joy is morning sun,
and those weeping through the night.
Come those who tell of battles won,
and those struggling in the fight.
For His perfect love will never change,
and His mercies never cease;
But follow us through all our days,
with the certain hope of peace. (Chorus)
Come young and old from ev’ry land,
men and women of the faith.
Come those with full or empty hands,
find the riches of His grace.
Over all the world His people sing;
shore to shore we hear them call
The truth that cries through ev’ry age,
“Our God is all in all.” (Chorus 2X’s)
Words and Music by Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend
©2007 Thankyou Music
Thanksgiving and Petition
We Give Thanks in Prayer and Offer Petitions to God
We express our gratitude to God our Father for Christ’s work on the cross for us and bring our requests before him. In bringing our requests, we confess that we believe God truly is a good father, who cares about our needs and gives us what he knows is best.
We Give Thanks by Giving
We give financial offerings to support the work of the church because of our gratitude to God. By giving we confess we are trusting in God’s provision for us as well.
On the first Sunday of each month we have two offerings—one for the general fund and a second one for the benevolence ministry of our church.
You may give electronically at gabcames.org/giving/ or place your offering in the boxes at the back of the sanctuary or send a check in the mail.
Acts 5:12-22 (CSB)
12 Many signs and wonders were being done among the people through the hands of the apostles. They were all together in Solomon’s Colonnade. 13 No one else dared to join them, but the people spoke well of them. 14 Believers were added to the Lord in increasing numbers—multitudes of both men and women. 15 As a result, they would carry the sick out into the streets and lay them on cots and mats so that when Peter came by, at least his shadow might fall on some of them. 16 In addition, a multitude came together from the towns surrounding Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.
17 Then the high priest rose up. He and all who were with him, who belonged to the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. 18 So they arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. 19 But an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail during the night, brought them out, and said, 20 “Go and stand in the temple, and tell the people all about this life.” 21 Hearing this, they entered the temple at daybreak and began to teach.
When the high priest and those who were with him arrived, they convened the Sanhedrin—the full council of the Israelites—and sent orders to the jail to have them brought. 22 But when the servants got there, they did not find them in the jail; so they returned and reported, 23 “We found the jail securely locked, with the guards standing in front of the doors, but when we opened them, we found no one inside.” 24 As the captain of the temple police and the chief priests heard these things, they were baffled about them, wondering what would come of this.
25 Someone came and reported to them, “Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple and teaching the people.” 26 Then the commander went with the servants and brought them in without force, because they were afraid the people might stone them. 27 After they brought them in, they had them stand before the Sanhedrin, and the high priest asked, 28 “Didn’t we strictly order you not to teach in this name? Look, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.”
29 Peter and the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than people. 30 The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had murdered by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted this man to his right hand as ruler and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”
33 When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them. 34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law who was respected by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered the men to be taken outside for a little while. 35 He said to them, “Men of Israel, be careful about what you’re about to do to these men. 36 Some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a group of about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, and all his followers were dispersed and came to nothing. 37 After this man, Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and attracted a following. He also perished, and all his followers were scattered. 38 So in the present case, I tell you, stay away from these men and leave them alone. For if this plan or this work is of human origin, it will fail; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You may even be found fighting against God.” They were persuaded by him. 40 After they called in the apostles and had them flogged, they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus and released them. 41 Then they went out from the presence of the Sanhedrin, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to be treated shamefully on behalf of the Name. 42 Every day in the temple, and in various homes, they continued teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.
This the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God!
Acts 5:12-22 – They Were Counted Worthy – Pastor Eric Schumacher
Having heard and confessed the Gospel, we are sent into the world on mission in Christ, which we express in song.
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Words by Thomas Ken, Music by Louis Bourgeois
Next week’s scripture passage: Acts 6:1-7