Service Preview for May 15, 2022

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A person’s heart plans his way,
but the Lord determines his steps.

Proverbs 16:9

Call To Worship
We confess the supremacy of God in Christ through both responsive reading and song.

Our Spoken Call to Worship
Psalm 62: 1, 2, 8

Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.

And also to you!

Whom have you come to worship today?

Our soul waits silently for God alone,
Our expectation is from Him.
He only is our Rock and our Salvation;
He is our Defense;
We shall not be greatly moved.

Trust in Him at all times, saints of Grand;
Pour out your hearts before Him for God is a refuge for us!

Our Sung Call to Worship
Romans Doxology

Verse 1
Oh, the depth of the riches, the wisdom of God,
How unsearchable are His ways.
How profound are His judgments,
So high above our thoughts,
And His pathways no man can trace. (Chorus)

For from Him and through Him,
And to Him are all things.
To Him be glory for-ever-more.
To Him be glory for-ev-er
A-men! A-men! A—men!

Verse 2
Oh, the depth of the riches, the wisdom of God,
How magnificent are His ways.
Who has been His advisor
And who has counseled Him,
All He gives us who can repay? (Chorus)

Verse 3
Oh, the depth of the riches, the wisdom of God,
How immeasurable is His grace.
How unfailing His kindness,
So far removed His wrath,
And His mercies are new each day. (Chorus)

Words and Music by John Elliott
©1987 Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing, Charlie Monk Music

We confess our need for mercy through both responsive reading and song.

Our Spoken Confession
Adapted from Acts 28:26-27

Gracious Father, we bring our confessions to you.
Hear the words of our hearts.

Forgive us for hearing yet not understanding,
for seeing yet not perceiving.
Our hearts have grown dull
and our ears hard of hearing.
We have closed our eyes
to the workings of Your hand in this world.
Enable us to understand with our hearts
and to turn back to You.
Heal us, merciful Father.

Time of silent confession.

Our Sung Confession
Poor Sinner Dejected with Fear (Distribution of the Elements)

Verse 1
Poor sinner, dejected with fear,
Unbosom thy mind to the Lamb;
No wrath on His brow He does wear,
Nor will He poor mourners condemn;
His arm of omnipotent grace
Is able and willing to save;
A sweet and a permanent peace
He’ll freely and faithfully give.

Verse 2
Come just as thou art, with thy woe,
Fall down at the feet of the Lamb;
He will not, He cannot say, “Go,”
But surely will take out thy stain;
A fountain is opened for sin,
And thousands its virtues have proved
He’ll take thee, and plunge thee therein,
And wash thee from filth in His blood.

Verse 3
The soul that on Jesus relies,
He’ll never, no never deceive;
He freely and faithfully gives
More blessings than we can conceive;
Yea, down to old age He will keep,
Nor will He forsake us at last;
He knows and is known by His sheep;
They’re His, and He will hold them fast.

Words by William Gadsby Music by Katy Bowser & Matthew Perryman Jones
©2001 MPJ Music/Velveteen Songs

Assurance and Peace
We profess our assurance of salvation and peace in Christ through both responsive reading and song.

Remember the Gospel & The Lord’s Supper

Doxology of Praise
Verse 1
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise Him, all creatures here below.
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host.
Praise Father, and the Son
Praise Father, and the Son,
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

Praise Him, from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him, from whom all blessings flow

(Repeat verse 1)

Words and Music by Steve & Annie Chapman

Our Sung Profession of Assurance
I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous)

Verse 1
I stand amazed in the presence
Of Jesus the Nazarene,
And wonder how He could love me,
A sinner, condemned, unclean. (Chorus)

How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song shall ever be;
How marvelous! How wonderful!
Is my Savior’s love for me!

Verse 2
For me it was in the garden
He prayed: “Not my will, but thine.”
He had no tears for his own griefs,
But sweat drops of blood for mine. (Chorus)

Verse 3
He took my sins and my sorrows,
He made them His very own;
He bore the burden to Calv’ry,
And suffered and died alone. (Chorus)

Verse 4
When with the ransomed in glory
His face I at last shall see,
‘Twill be my joy thro’ the ages
To sing of His love for me. (Chorus)

Words and music by Charles H. Gabriel
©Public Domain

Let the Nations Be Glad

Verse 1
Let the glory of the Lord forever be our joy,
May redemption be the theme of our song.
For by grace we have been saved,
And by grace we shall proclaim
To the corners of the earth that Christ has come. (Chorus)

Let the nations be glad! Let the people rejoice,
For salvation belongs to our God.
Let the whole earth be filled with the praises of the Lord,
For salvation belongs to our God, let the nations be glad.

Verse 2
Through the ages gone before, through the trial and the sword,
Many saints and martyrs conquered, though they died.
Still we holding out the cross,
Crossing oceans suffering loss,
Shall endure all things to win the crown of life. (Chorus)

Verse 3
As Your holy church goes forth in the Holy Spirit’s power,
With the glories of the gospel to explain,
Now we pray Your kingdom come,
And we pray Your will be done,
For the honor and the glory of Your name. (Chorus)

Words and Music by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, and Aaron Boswell
©2010 Getty Music Hymns and Songs, Love Your Enemies Publishing, Curb Dayspring 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 or place your offering in the boxes at the back of the sanctuary or send a check in the mail.

Scripture Reading
Acts 28:11-31 (CSB)

11 After three months we set sail in an Alexandrian ship that had wintered at the island, with the Twin Gods as its figurehead. 12 Putting in at Syracuse, we stayed three days. 13 From there, after making a circuit along the coast, we reached Rhegium. After one day a south wind sprang up, and the second day we came to Puteoli. 14 There we found brothers and sisters and were invited to stay a week with them. And so we came to Rome. 15 Now the brothers and sisters from there had heard the news about us and had come to meet us as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage. 16 When we entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself with the soldier who guarded him.
17 After three days he called together the leaders of the Jews. When they had gathered he said to them, “Brothers, although I have done nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors, I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. 18 After they examined me, they wanted to release me, since there was no reason for the death penalty in my case. 19 Because the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar; even though I had no charge to bring against my people. 20 For this reason I’ve asked to see you and speak to you. In fact, it is for the hope of Israel that I’m wearing this chain.”
21 Then they said to him, “We haven’t received any letters about you from Judea. None of the brothers has come and reported or spoken anything evil about you. 22 But we want to hear what your views are, since we know that people everywhere are speaking against this sect.”
23 After arranging a day with him, many came to him at his lodging. From dawn to dusk he expounded and testified about the kingdom of God. He tried to persuade them about Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets. 24 Some were persuaded by what he said, but others did not believe.
25 Disagreeing among themselves, they began to leave after Paul made one statement: “The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your ancestors through the prophet Isaiah 26 when he said,
Go to these people and say:
You will always be listening,
but never understanding;
and you will always be looking,
but never perceiving.
27 For the hearts of these people
have grown callous,
their ears are hard of hearing,
and they have shut their eyes;
otherwise they might see with their eyes
and hear with their ears,
understand with their heart
and turn,
and I would heal them.
28 Therefore, let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen.”
30 Paul stayed two whole years in his own rented house. And he welcomed all who visited him, 31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.

This is the word of the Lord.
The grass withers, and the flower falls,
but the word of the Lord endures forever.

Acts 28:11-31 – And So We Came To Rome – Pastor Eric Schumacher

Sermon Discipleship Questions
1. What encouraged you?
2. What convicted you?
3. Is there anything in your life that needs to change?

Having heard and confessed the Gospel, we are sent into the world on mission in Christ, which we express in spoken word.

Based on Acts 28:27

May you always see with your eyes,
hear with your ears,
understand with you hearts,
and turn to the Lord who heals you.

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