Service Preview for April 30, 2023

Service Preview for April 30, 2023

Download: Readings and Song Lyrics for Aprl 30, 2023

Pre-service Song
All People That On Earth Do Dwell

All people that on earth do dwell,
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice;
Him serve with fear, His praise forth-tell;
Come ye before Him and rejoice.

The Lord, ye know, is God indeed,
Without our aid He did us make;
We are His folk, He doth us feed,
And for His sheep He doth us take.

O enter then His gates with praise,
Approach with joy His courts unto;
Praise, laud, and bless his name always,
For it is seemly so to do.

For why? the Lord our God is good,
His mercy is forever sure:
His truth at all times firmly stood,
and shall from age to age endure.

Praise God, from who all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Words paraphrased by William Kethe and Thomas Ken, Music by Louis Bourgeois
© Public Domain

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

Our Spoken Call to Worship
Psalm 95:1-7 (CSB)

Come, let’s shout joyfully to the Lord,
shout triumphantly to the rock of our salvation!
Let’s enter his presence with thanksgiving;
let’s shout triumphantly to him in song.

For the Lord is a great God,
a great King above all gods.
The depths of the earth are in his hand,
and the mountain peaks are his.
The sea is his; he made it.
His hands formed the dry land.

Come, let’s worship and bow down;
let’s kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
the sheep under his care.

Our Sung Call to Worship
This Is My Father’s World

This is my Father’s world,
And to my list’ning ears,
All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world,
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world,
The birds their carols raise;
The morning light, the lily white
Declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world,
He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass,
He speaks to me ev’rywhere.

This is my Father’s world,
O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong
God is the Ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world,
The battle is not done;
Jesus who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and heaven be one.

Words by Maltbie D. Babcock, Music by Franklin L. Sheppard
©2010 Broadman Press

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

Our Spoken Confession
Psalms 80:1-3; 79:8-9 (CSB)

Listen, Shepherd of Israel,
who leads Joseph like a flock;
you who sit enthroned between the cherubim,
shine on your people.

Rally your power and come to save us.

Restore us, God;
make your face shine on us,
so that we may be saved.

Do not hold past iniquities against us;
let your compassion come to us quickly,
for we have become very weak.

God of our salvation, help us,
for the glory of your name.

Rescue us and atone for our sins,
for your name’s sake.

Time of silent confession.

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

Remember the Gospel
Titus 3:3-7 (CSB)

Remember the Gospel!

For we too were once foolish, disobedient, deceived,
enslaved by various passions and pleasures,
living in malice and envy,
hateful, detesting one another.

But when the kindness of God our Savior
and his love for mankind appeared, he saved us—
not by works of righteousness that we had done,
but according to his mercy—
through the washing of regeneration
and renewal by the Holy Spirit.

He poured out his Spirit on us abundantly
through Jesus Christ our Savior so that,
having been justified by his grace,
we may become heirs with the hope of eternal life.

Our Sung Profession of Assurance
Just As I Am (Distribution Song)

Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidd’st me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee Whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come! (Chorus)

I come broken to be mended, I come wounded to be healed.
I come desp’rate to be rescued, I come empty to be filled.
I come guilty to be pardoned by the blood of Christ the Lamb.
And I’m welcomed with open arms praise God, just as I am.

Just as I am , I would be lost,
But mercy and grace my freedom brought.
And now to glory in Your cross,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come! (Chorus)

Praise God just as I am, just as I am.

Words and Music by Charlotte Elliott, Travis Cottrell, Sue C. Smith and David Moffitt, William Bradbury
©2009 CCTB Music, First Hand Revelation Music, Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing

Behold the Lamb of God (Distribution Song)

Behold the lamb of God
Who takes away our sin.
Behold the lamb of God
The life and light of men.
Behold the Lamb of God
Who died and rose again.
Behold the lamb of God
Who comes to take away our sin.

Son of God (Emmanuel)
Son of man (we praise You)
Behold (behold) the Lamb
The hope (the hope) of man
Behold the lamb.

Words and Music by Andrew Peterson and Ben Shive
©2019 Laura Stories, New Spring, Junkbox Music

Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

Christ Our Hope in Life and Death

What is our hope in life and death?
Christ alone, Christ alone.
What is our only confidence?
That our souls to him belong.
Who holds our days within his hand?
What comes, apart from his command?
And what will keep us to the end?
The love of Christ, in which we stand. (Chorus)

O sing hallelujah!
Our hope springs eternal;
O sing hallelujah!
Now and ever we confess
Christ our hope in life and death.

What truth can calm the troubled soul?
God is good, God is good.
Where is his grace and goodness known?
In our great Redeemer’s blood.
Who holds our faith when fears arise?
Who stands above the stormy trial?
Who sends the waves that bring us nigh
Unto the shore, the rock of Christ? (Chorus)

Unto the grave, what will we sing?
“Christ, he lives! Christ, he lives!”
And what reward will heaven bring?
Everlasting life with him.
There we will rise to meet the Lord,
Then sin and death will be destroyed,
And we will feast in endless joy,
When Christ is ours forevermore. (Chorus)

Words and music by Keith Getty, Jordan Kauflin, Matt Papa, Matt Boswell, and Matthew Merker
©2020 Getty Music Hymns and Songs, Getty Music Publishing, Jordan Kauflin Music, Love Your Enemies Publishing, Matthew Merker Music, Messenger Hymns

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 a Mission Moment to highlight the different missions giving
opportunities we have at Grand. Members are encouraged to give to GABC Missions to support these missions.

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
Matthew 5:3-12 (CSB)

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the humble,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger
and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted
because of righteousness,
for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
11 “You are blessed when they insult you
and persecute you and falsely say every kind
of evil against you because of me.
12 Be glad and rejoice, because your reward
is great in heaven. For that is how they
persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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

Matthew 5:3-12 – The Golden Chain of Grace – Pastor Michael Felkins

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 both song and spoken word.

Sending Song
Blessed Be Your Name

Blessed be Your name
In the land that is plentiful,
Where Your streams of abundance flow,
Blessed be Your name.

Blessed be Your name
When I’m found in the desert place,
Though I walk through the wilderness,
Blessed be Your name. (Pre-Chorus, Chorus)

Every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise.
When the darkness closes in,
Lord still I will say,

Blessed be the name of the Lord,
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord,
Blessed be Your glorious name.

Blessed be Your name
When the sun’s shining down on me,
When the world’s all as it should be.
Blessed be Your name.

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering,
Though there’s pain in the offering,
Blessed be Your name. (Pre-Chorus, Chorus)

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord blessed be Your name. (Repeat then Chorus)

Words and music by Beth Redman and Matt Redman
©2002 Thankyou Music

Psalm 67:1-3 (CSB)

May God be gracious to us and bless us;
may he make his face shine upon us —
so that your way may be known on earth,
your salvation among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, God;
let all the peoples praise you.

Scripture text for next Sunday: Matthew 5:3, Mark 10:17-31