Words of Approach
~ Hebrews 12.2-3
[Have one person read these verses aloud.]
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Prayer of Approach
[Have one person pray this prayer aloud.]
Holy God, our Father, you pour out the Spirit of grace and love. Deliver us from cold hearts and wandering thoughts, that with steady minds and burning zeal we may worship you in spirit and truth. Amen.
Song of Approach
Jesus Lover of My Soul
Jesus, lover of my soul, Let me to Thy bosom fly, / While the nearer waters roll, While the tempest still is high. / Hide me, O my Savior, hide, ‘Til life’s storm is past; / Safe into the haven guide; Receive my soul at last.
Other refuge have I none, I helpless, hang on Thee; / Leave, oh leave me not alone, Support and comfort me. / All my trust on Thee is stayed, All help from Thee I bring; / Cover my defenseless head In the shadow of Thy wing.
Thou, O Christ, are all I want, Here more than all I find; / Raise the fallen, cheer the faint, Heal the sick, and lead the blind. / Just and holy is Thy Name, I am all unrighteousness; / False and full of sin I am; Thou art full of truth and grace.
Plenteous grace with Thee is found, Grace to cover all my sin; / Let the healing streams abound; Make and keep me pure within. / Thou of life the fountain art, Let me take of Thee; / Spring Thou up within my heart; For all eternity.
Lyrics: Charles Wesley; Music: Greg Thompson
© 2000 Greg Thompson Music
Call to Confession
~ based on Hebrews 4:15-16
[Have one person read these verses aloud.]
Remember that our Lord Jesus Christ is able to sympathize with us in our weaknesses. In every respect he was tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Let us confess our sins to God.
Prayer of Common Confession
[ALL Pray this prayer aloud.]
Merciful God, whose Son, Jesus Christ, was tempted in every way, yet without sin, we confess before you our own sinfulness: we have hungered after that which does not satisfy; we have compromised with sin; we have doubted your power to protect us. Forgive our lack of faith; have mercy on our weakness. Restore in us such trust and love that we may walk in your ways and delight in doing your will. Amen.
Silent Confession of Personal Sin & Brokenness
[Spend a moment in silent confessing prayer. If you are not sure what to pray here is a sample prayer to use as is or as a template:]
Father of Mercies, I make so many mistakes; I turn away from you so often. I need you so much. Thank you that you so loved the world that you sent Jesus to die on the cross to save us from our sins. Amen.
Words of Grace
~ from Romans 8
[Have one person read this passage aloud.]
If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all… Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Song of Celebration
Nothing But the Blood
What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus; / What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Chorus: Oh! Precious is the flow That makes me white as snow; / No other fount I know, Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
For my pardon, this I see, Nothing but the blood of Jesus; / For my cleansing, this my plea, Nothing but the blood of Jesus. / (Repeat chorus)
Nothing can for sin atone, Nothing but the blood of Jesus / Naught of good that I have done, Nothing but the blood of Jesus. / (Repeat chorus)
This is all my hope and peace, Nothing but the blood of Jesus; / This is all my righteousness, Nothing but the blood of Jesus. / (Repeat chorus)
Words & Music: Robert Lowry
Prayers for God’s Protection, Provision, and Guidance
[Spend a season in prayer as a group. Pray as the Spirit leads and/or use the provided prayer guide:]
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” ~ 1 John 5:14
Coming humbly and boldly, with confidence, pray:
- Healing for the sick
- Peace for those waiting as loved ones suffer
- Comfort for those who have lost loved ones
- Endurance and guidance for those laboring to save lives
- Wisdom, discernment, and unity for leaders (government, medical, church)
- Provision for those facing unemployment and financial loss
- Protection for those at home where home isn’t a safe place
- Relief for those struggling with anxiety, depression, and isolation
- Encouragement for those trying to balance adjusted work and family needs
Tithes & Offerings
Our giving is an act of worship. It is a response to who God is and to God’s grace. Giving is a way that God invites us to participate in His work. If you would like to give a tithe or offering today, you can do so by clicking: www.gracecovpca.org/resources/giving
Meditation on God’s Word
- Scripture: Matthew 6.25-33
[Have one person read this passage aloud. Then have either one person, or several, pray for the Holy Spirit to speak through this Word and message.]
- Message: Antidote for Anxiety (See video)
Rev. W. Dennis Griffith, Lead Pastor
Song of Dismissal
Father Long Before Creation
Father, long before creation Thou hadst chosen us in love, / And that love so deep, so moving, Draws us close to Christ above. / Still it keeps us, still it keeps us. Firmly fixed in Christ alone.
Though the world may change its fashion, Yet our God is e’er the same. / His compassion and His covenant Through all ages will remain. / God’s own children, God’s own children Must forever praise His name.
God’s compassion is my story; Is my boasting all the day; / Mercy free and never failing Moves my will, directs my way. / God so loved us, God so loved us That His only Son He gave.
Loving Father now before Thee We will ever praise Thy love, / And our songs will sound unceasing ’til we reach our home above, / Giving glory, giving glory to our God and to the Lamb; / Giving glory, giving glory to our God and to the Lamb.
Lyrics: Francis Johnson; Music: Andrew Osenga
©2005 The Velvet Eagle Sings (ASCAP) admin. by the Loving Company
Passage Next Week: Mark 6.30-44
Worship Leaders Today
- Piano/Guitar: Isaiah Day
- Vocalist: Rachel Bartelmay
- Message: Rev. W. Dennis Griffith, Lead Pastor
- Benediction: Rev. Camper Mundy, Associate Pastor
- Sound/Tech: Tim Nargi
- Video: Charley Bartelmay
Special Note on Supporting the Mission & Work of Grace Covenant:
During these extraordinary times, the life and ministry of our church will continue – even when we are not able to meet corporately for worship. We humbly but boldly ask the people of Grace Covenant to continue to give generously for the benefit of God’s kingdom here in Williamsburg and beyond.
You can make your gifts in two ways:
1) Online at www.gracecovpca.org/resources/giving
2) Sending your check to the church offices at 1677 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg VA 23185
If you would like to make a special gift to help those from our church and community who are in need during this crisis, please write “Mercy Ministries” on the memo line of your check or select that fund when making a gift online.