Service Preview for May 7, 2023

Service Preview for May 7, 2023

Download: Readings and Song Lyrics for May 7, 2023

Pre-service Song
The Night Song

In the darkness God will keep me.
He will stay and never sleep.
In the darkness, God is brighter.
Though the night is long and deep.

All this day Your hand has held me.
God of Heaven, by my side.
Thank you, Father, for Your goodness.
You will hold me through the night.

In the shadows, You are with me.
And you know my every fear.
In the shadows, none can harm me.
For the mighty King is here.

All this day Your hand has held me.
God of Heaven, by my side.
Thank you, Father, for Your goodness.
You will hold me through the night.

So I find my rest in Jesus.
He who came to rescue me.
Jesus saved me from the darkness,
I will rise to life with him.

All this day Your hand has held me.
God of Heaven, by my side.
Thank you, Father, for Your goodness.
You will hold me through the night.

Words and Music By Jonny Robinson, Rich Thompson, & Colin Buchanan
© 2021 CityAlight Music, Wanaaring Road Music

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
Fairest Lord Jesus

Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature,
O Thou of God and man the Son;
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor
Thou my soul’s glory, joy, and crown.

Fair are the meadows, Fairer still the woodlands
Robed in the blooming garb of spring;
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
Who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine, Fairer still the moonlight
And all the twinkling, starry host;
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels heav’n can boast.

Beautiful Savior, Lord of all the nations
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, Praise, adoration,
Now and forevermore be Thine!

Words and Music by Joseph August Seiss and H.S. Hoffman von Fallesleben
©Public Domain

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

Our Spoken Confession
Psalm 25:6-8, 11, 16-18 (CSB)

Remember, Lord, your compassion
and your faithful love,
for they have existed from antiquity.

Do not remember the sins of my youth
or my acts of rebellion;
in keeping with your faithful love, remember me
because of your goodness, Lord.

The Lord is good and upright;
therefore he shows sinners the way.

Lord, for the sake of your name,
forgive my iniquity, for it is immense.

Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am alone and afflicted.
The distresses of my heart increase;
bring me out of my sufferings.

Consider my affliction and trouble,
and forgive all my sins.

Time of silent confession.

Our Sung Confession
By Grace Alone

Out of the depths I cry to You,
Lord, hear my voice of pleading;
Bend down Your gracious ear, I pray,
Your humble servant heeding.
If you remember each misdeed,
And of each thought and word take heed,
Who can remain before You;
Only by grace, by grace alone.

Your pardon is a gift of love,
Your grace alone must save us,
Our works will not remove our guilt,
The strictest life would fail us.
Let none in deeds or merits boast,
But let us own the Holy Ghost
For He alone can change us:
Only by grace, by grace alone.

Though great our sins and sore our woes
His grace much more aboundeth;
His helping love no limit knows,
Our utmost need it soundeth.
Our kind and faithful Shepherd He,
Who will set all His people free
From all their sin and sorrow:
Only by grace, by grace alone.

Words by Martin Luther and David Ward, Music by David Ward
©2002 Hymnicity

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

Remember the Gospel
Romans 5:1, 8-11 (CSB)

Remember the Gospel!

Since we have been justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

God proves his own love for us
in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us.

How much more then,
since we have now been justified by his blood,
will we be saved through him from wrath.

For if, while we were enemies,
we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son,
then how much more, having been reconciled,
will we be saved by his life.

And not only that, but we also boast in God
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have now received this reconciliation.

Our Sung Profession of Assurance
Abide With Me

Abide with me: fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide:
When other helpers fail, and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me!

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see:
O Thou who changest not, abide with me!

I fear no foe with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still if Thou, abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine thro’ the gloom, and point me to the skies:
Heav’n’s morning breaks and earth’s vain shadows flee:
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me!

Words by Henry F. Lyte, Music by William Henry Monk
©Public Domain

The Gospel Song

Holy God in love became,
Perfect Man to bear my blame,
On the cross He took my sin,
By His death I live again. (Repeat)

Music and Words by Bob Kauflin and Drew Jones
©2002 Sovereign Grace Praise, Sovereign Grace Worship

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 & Mark 10:17-31 (CSB)

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

17 As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, “Good teacher, what must
I do to inherit eternal life?”
18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments:
Do not murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not bear false witness; do not defraud; honor your father and mother.”
20 He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these from my youth.”
21 Looking at him, Jesus loved him and said to him, “You lack one thing: Go, sell all you have and give to the poor,
and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 But he was dismayed by this demand, and he went away grieving, because he had many possessions.
23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!”
24 The disciples were astonished at his words. Again Jesus said to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”
26 They were even more astonished, saying to one another, “Then who can be saved?”
27 Looking at them, Jesus said, “With man it is impossible,
but not with God, because all things are possible with God.”
28 Peter began to tell him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.”
29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus said, “there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for my sake and for the sake of the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundred times more, now at this time —houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions —and eternal life in the age to come. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

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 & March 10:17-31 (CSB) – Empty (Part 1): Poor in Spirit – 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
Christ Is All

I’ve found a treasure that can’t be taken;
Found a well that won’t run dry.
O worldly pleasure, be now forsaken;
Behold what love, what life is mine.

Could endless striving now make me righteous?
Could all my works now grant me hope?
Oh, hallelujah! The blood of Jesus—
my only plea, my only boast. (Chorus)

Christ is all, Christ is all;
And my song will ever be.
Christ is all, all in all;
And my song will ever be: Christ is all.

And in the trial, when storms are raging;
Though tears may fall, my soul will rise.
For there’s a peace that is mine unchanging;
There is a joy that never dies. (Chorus)

When life is passing and strength is fading,
I’ll see the One that I adore.
Let this world vanish, oh give me Jesus;
My great desire, my true reward. (Chorus)

Words and Music by Matt Papa and Matt Boswell
© 2017 Getty Music Hymns and Songs, Getty Music Publishing, Love Your Enemies Publishing, Messenger Hymns

Romans 15:13 (CSB)

Now may the God of hope fill you
with all joy and peace as you believe
so that you may overflow with hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Scripture text for next Sunday: Matthew 5:4, Psalm 51:1-17