Service Preview for October 1, 2023

Service Preview for October 1, 2023

Download: Readings and Song Lyrics for October 1, 2023

Pre-service Song
I Am the Lord (Do Not Fear)

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you
And the waves will not overcome you.
Do not fear. For I have redeemed you.
I have called you by name, you are mine.

Men: For I am the Lord your God (Women: I am the Lord your God)
Men: I am the Lord Your God (Women: I am)
the Holy One of Israel Your Savior.
Men: For I am the Lord your God (Women: I am the Lord your God)
Men: I am the Lord Your God (Women: I am)
the Holy One of Israel Your Savior.

Men: I am the Lord (Women: Do not fear)
Men: I am the Lord (Women: Do not fear)
Men: I am the Lord (Women: Do not fear)
Men: I am the Lord (Women: Do not fear)
I am the Lord.

When you walk through the fire, You’ll not be burned.
And the flames will not consume you.
Do not fear. For I have redeemed you.
I have called you by name, you are mine.

Men: For I am the Lord your God (Women: I am the Lord your God)
Men: I am the Lord Your God (Women: I am)
the Holy One of Israel Your Savior.
Men: For I am the Lord your God (Women: I am the Lord your God)
Men: I am the Lord Your God (Women: I am)
the Holy One of Israel Your Savior.

Men: I am the Lord (Women: Do not fear)
Men: I am the Lord (Women: Do not fear)
Men: I am the Lord (Women: Do not fear)
Men: I am the Lord (Women: Do not fear)
I am the Lord.

Author Unknown

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

Our Spoken Call to Worship
Isaiah 55:1-3, 6-7 (CSB)

Come, everyone who is thirsty, come to the waters;
and you without money, come, buy, and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost!

Why do you spend money on what is not food,
and your wages on what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
and you will enjoy the choicest of foods.

Pay attention and come to Me;
listen, so that you will live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
the promises assured to David.

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call to Him while He is near.
Let the wicked one abandon his way,
and the sinful one his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord, so He may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for He will freely forgive.

Our Sung Call to Worship
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 2 X’s)

By Matt Papa and Matt Boswell
© 2017 Getty Music Hymns and Songs; Getty Music Publishing; Love Your Enemies Publishing; Messenger Hymns

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.

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
He Will Hold Me Fast (Distribution Song)

When I fear my faith will fail,
Christ will hold me fast;
When the tempter would prevail,
He will hold me fast.
I could never keep my hold
Through life’s fearful path;
For my love is often cold;
He must hold me fast. (Chorus)

He will hold me fast,
He will hold me fast;
For my Savior loves me so,
He will hold me fast.

Those He saves are His delight,
Christ will hold me fast;
Precious in His holy sight,
He will hold me fast.
He’ll not let my soul be lost;
His promises shall last;
Bought by Him at such a cost,
He will hold me fast. (Chorus)

For my life He bled and died,
Christ will hold me fast;
Justice has been satisfied;
He will hold me fast.
Raised with Him to endless life,
He will hold me fast
‘Till our faith is turned to sight,
When He comes at last! (Chorus)

By Ada Ruth Habershon and Matthew Merker
© 2013 Getty Music Publishing; Matthew Merker Music

Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

The Compassion Hymn

There is an everlasting kindness
You lavished on us,
When the radiance of heaven
Came to rescue the lost.
You called the sheep without a shepherd
To leave their distress
For Your streams of forgiveness
And the shade of Your rest.

And with compassion for the hurting
You reached out your hand
As the lame ran to meet You
And the dead breathed again.
You saw behind the eyes of sorrow
And shared in our tears;
Heard the sigh of the weary,
Let the children draw near. (Chorus)

What boundless love, what fathomless grace
You have shown us, O God of compassion.
Each day we live an offering of praise,
As we show to the world Your compassion.

We stood beneath the cross of Calv’ry
And gazed on Your face
At the thorns of oppression
And the wounds of disgrace;
For surely You have borne our suff’ring
And carried our grief,
As You pardoned the scoffer
And showed grace to the thief. (Chorus)

How beautiful the feet that carry
This gospel of peace
To the fields of injustice
And the valleys of need.
To be a voice of hope and healing,
To answer the cries
Of the hungry and helpless
With the mercy of Christ. (Chorus 2 X’s)

By Keith & Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend
© 2008 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 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 7:13-23 (CSB)

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,
and there are many who go through it. 14 How
narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads
to life, and few find it.
15 “Be on your guard against false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are
ravaging wolves. 16 You’ll recognize them by their fruit. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? 17 In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So you’ll recognize them by their fruit.
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, drive out demons in your name, and do many miracles in your name?’ 23 Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you lawbreakers!’

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

Matthew 7:13-23 – The Way of the Cross – 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
Trust and Obey

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word
What a glory He sheds on our way!
Let us do His good will; He abides with us still
And with all who will trust and obey. (Chorus)

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, But to trust and obey.

Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blest if we trust and obey. (Chorus)

Be we never can prove, the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows and the joy He bestows
Are for them who will trust and obey. (Chorus)

Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey. (Chorus)

Words by John H. Sammis, Music by Daniel B. Towner
©Public Domain

Luke 2:29 (NIV)

Sovereign Lord,
as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servants in peace.

For our eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.

Scripture text for next Sunday: Matthew 7:24-29