Service Preview for August 13, 2023

Service Preview for August 13, 2023

Download: Readings and Song Lyrics for August 13, 2023

Pre-service Song
How Great Thou Art

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy pow’r throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee;
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin. (Chorus)

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration,
And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art! (Chorus)

Words and Music by Stuart K. Hine
©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 24:7-10 (CSB)

Lift up your heads, you gates!
Rise up, ancient doors!
Then the King of glory will come in.

Who is this King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty,
the Lord, mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, you gates!
Rise up, ancient doors!
Then the King of glory will come in.

Who is he, this King of glory?
The Lord of Armies,
he is the King of glory.

Our Sung Call to Worship
Come and Hear the Story (He Is Risen from the Dead)
Come and hear the story! See our Savior’s glory!
Know that our Champion has won!
O, come, and join the chorus. Sing! Our God is for us!
Praise to the risen, reigning Son!

We were dead in sin when Christ came down from heaven,
Died in our place upon that tree.
But death could not contain him. He was not forsaken—
God raised him up for all to see! (Chorus)

Where, O Death, now is your sting?
Christ is raised in victory!
He is risen! He is risen!

Hear the words the angel said:
“He is risen from the dead!”
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Praise Jesus!

Now, in heaven reigning — soon, he is returning.
Then, resurrection he will bring.
So we, though outward dying, live by faith that’s finding
Hope in our song of victory: (Chorus)

Life has come!
Sin and death are done!
Christ the Lord has won!
He is risen from the dead! (Repeat)

Go proclaim the story! Share our Savior’s glory!
Shout that our Champion has won!
We go and take this chorus: “Sing! Our God is for us!
Praise to the risen, reigning Son!” (Chorus)

Words by Eric Schumacher and Ashley Hoobler, Music by Ashley Hoobler

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

Our Spoken Confession
Psalm 80:1-3; Psalm 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.

Our Sung Confession
Where Is Room?

Sinner, where is room for doubt?
Has not Jesus’ love been proved?
Did He not lay down His life
And the Father’s wrath remove?
Hear Him on the cross exclaiming,
“It is finished,” then he died;
Lose your doubts and fears forever
At His bleeding, loving side.

Sinner, where is room for guilt?
Has not Jesus borne your shame?
Was He not cut off that you
Might the Father’s honor gain?
See Him on the cross degraded,
Ridiculed and thrown away,
To receive the once rejected
And His pard’ning grace display.

Sinner, where is room for toil?
Has not Jesus won your rest?
Did He not obey the law,
Giving us His righteousness?
See Him on the cross fulfilling
both your punishment and crown;
Lost your powerless religion,
Find yourself in His renown.

Sinner, where is room for pride?
Has not Jesus paid it all?
Did He not show charity
To one ruined from the fall?
On the cross He paid your ransom,
Ev’ry debt has been erased;
You had nothing, yet He gave you
Riches by His lavish grace.
Riches by His lavish grace.

Words by David Ward, Music adapted from the composition “Waves of Kilkee” by Joanie Madden and Brian Keane
© 2012 Hymnicity

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

Remember the Gospel
Colossians 2:13-25, 2 Corinthians 2:14

Remember the Gospel!

When you were dead in trespasses
and in the uncircumcision of your flesh,
he made you alive with him
and forgave us all our trespasses.

He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations,
that was against us and opposed to us,
and has taken it away by nailing it to the cross.

He disarmed the rulers and authorities
and disgraced them publicly;
he triumphed over them in him.

Thanks be to God, who always leads us
in Christ’s triumphal procession!

Our Sung Profession of Assurance
By Faith

By faith we see the hand of God
In the light of creation’s grand design,
In the lives of those who prove His faithfulness,
Who walk by faith and not by sight.

By faith our fathers roamed the earth
With the pow’r of His promise in their hearts,
Of a holy city built by God’s own hand,
A place where peace and justice reign. (Chorus)

We will stand as children of the promise;
We will fix our eyes on Him, our soul’s reward.
Till the race is finished and the work is done,
We’ll walk by faith and not by sight.

By faith the prophets saw a day
When the longed for Messiah would appear
With the pow’r to break the chains of sin and death
And rise triumphant from the grave.

By faith the church was called to go
In the pow’r of the Spirit to the lost,
To deliver captives and to preach good news
In ev’ry corner of the earth. (Chorus)

By faith this mountain shall be moved,
And the pow’r of the gospel shall prevail,
For we know in Christ all things are possible,
For all who call upon His name. (Chorus )

Words and Music by Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend
© 2009 Thankyou Music; Getty Music Publishing

All Sufficient Merit

All sufficient merit shining like the sun.
A fortune I inherit by no work I have done.
My righteousness I forfeit at my Savior’s cross
where all sufficient merit did what I could not.

In love He condescended, eternal now in time.
A life without a blemish the Maker made to die.
The law could never save us, our lawlessness had won
until the pure and spotless Lamb had fin’ly come. (Chorus)

It is done, it is finished, no more debt I owe.
Paid in full, all sufficient merit now my own.

I lay down my garments, any empty boasts.
Good works all corrupted by the sinful host.
I’m dressed in my Lord Jesus, a crimson robe made white.
No more fear of judgment, His righteousness is mine. (Chorus)

All sufficient merit, firm in life and death.
The joy of my salvation shall be my final breath.
And when I stand accepted before the throne of God
I’ll gaze upon my Jesus and thank Him for the cross.
Yes, I’ll thank You for the cross. (Chorus )

Words and music by Shane Barnard, Bryan Fowler, and Beth Barnard
© 2023 Be Essential Songs; bryanfowlersongs; More Songs From Wellhouse; Songs From Wellhouse

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 5:31-32, Matthew 19:1-12 (CSB)
Matthew 5:31-32
31 “It was also said, Whoever divorces his wife must give her a written notice of divorce. 32 But I tell you, everyone who divorces his wife, except in a case of sexual immorality, causes her to commit adultery. And whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Matthew 19:1-12
1 When Jesus had finished saying these things, he departed from Galilee and went to the region of Judea across the Jordan. 2 Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there. 3 Some Pharisees approached him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife on any grounds?”
4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that he who created
them in the beginning made them male and female,
5 and he also said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his
father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
7 “Why then,” they asked him, “did Moses command us to give divorce papers and to send her away?”
8 He told them, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because of the hardness of your hearts, but it was not like that from the beginning. 9 I tell you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another commits adultery.”
10 His disciples said to him, “If the relationship of a man with his wife is like this, it’s better not to marry.”
11 He responded, “Not everyone can accept this saying, but only those to whom it has been given. 12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb, there are eunuchs who were made by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves that way because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who is able to accept it should accept it.”

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

Matthew 5:31-32 – The Gospel and Marriage – 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
We Will Feast in the House of Zion

We will feast in the house of Zion.
We will sing with our hearts restored.
“He has done great things,”
We will say together.
We will feast and weep no more.

We will not be burned by the fire,
He is the Lord our God.
We are not consumed by the flood—
Upheld, protected, gathered up. (Chorus)

In the dark of night before the dawn,
My soul be not afraid.
For the promised morning, o how long!
O God of Jacob be my strength. (Chorus)

Every vow we’ve broken and betrayed—
You are the faithful one.
And from the garden to the grave
Bind us together, bring shalom. (Chorus)

Words and Music by Sandra McCracken and Joshua Moore
© 2015 Integrity Worship Music; Paper News Publishing; joshmooreownsthismusic

Numbers 6:24-26 (NASB)

The Lord bless you, and keep you;
the Lord make His face shine on you,
and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up His countenance on you,
and give you peace.


Scripture text for next Sunday: Matthew 5:33-48