Words of Approach
~ Psalm 50.1-6
[Have one person read these verses aloud.]
The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets. From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth. Our God comes and will not be silent; a fire devours before him, and around him a tempest rages. He summons the heavens above, and the earth, that he may judge his people: “Gather to me this consecrated people, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.” And the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for he is a God of justice.
Song of Approach
Hail the Day
Hail the day that Christ arose Through the skies to worlds unknown | Glorious there He ever reigns Object of all heaven’s praise.
See Him lift His hands above See the scars of His great love | He has conquered death and sin Saving all who hope in Him.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! The King of Love is on His throne | Hallelujah! Hallelujah! His grace will lead us safely home.
Though He dwells beyond the stars His redeemed are on His heart | Even now He intercedes Jesus cares for all our needs.
Words Charles Wesley
Music: Steve & Vikki Cook
Prayer of Approach
[Have one person pray this prayer aloud.]
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may love you better and more worthily magnify your holy name through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Invitation to Confession
~ Isaiah 64:6; Proverbs 28:13
[Have one person read these verses aloud.]
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a dry leaf, and like a leaf in the wind our sins sweep us away. He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
Prayer of Common Confession
[ALL Pray this prayer aloud.]
Heavenly Father, you have bridged heaven and earth in your Son, bringing the joy of heaven to us. Yet, how easily we forget! Forgive us for wanting only your benefits and not you. Forgive us for seeking our joy outside of you – in people, accomplishments, or experiences. Forgive us for using others, for trying to squeeze life out of them, rather than bringing them life as we serve them in love. Have mercy on us and restore to us the joy of our salvation – the joy of forgiveness, the delight of knowing you, the hope of a renewed world. Give us glimpses of the day when our joy will be made complete, so that we may be strengthened to joyfully serve you, and our neighbor, until you make all things new. 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
~ Psalm 103.11-13
[Have one person read this passage aloud.]
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
Song of Adoration
Lord I Need You
Lord, I come, I confess; Bowing here I find my rest. | Without You I fall apart. You’re the One that guides my heart. | Lord, I need You, oh, I need You; Every hour I need You! | My one defense, my righteousness; Oh God, how I need You!
Where sin runs deep Your grace is more. | Where grace is found is where You are. | Where You are, Lord, I am free. Holiness is Christ in me. | Lord, I need You, oh, I need You; Every hour I need You! | My one defense, my righteousness; Oh God, how I need You!
So teach my song to rise to You When temptation comes my way. | When I cannot stand I’ll fall on You. Jesus, You’re my hope and stay! | Lord, I need You, oh, I need You; Every hour I need You! | My one defense, my righteousness, Oh God, how I need You! | You’re my one defense, my righteousness; Oh God, how I need You! | My one defense, my righteousness; Oh God, how I need You!
Songwriters: Christy Nockels / Daniel Carson /
Jesse Reeves / Kristian Stanfill / Matt Maher
© Capitol Christian Music Group
Prayers for God’s Protection, Provision, and Guidance
[Spend a season in prayer as a group. One person should lead into and end the season of prayer. You may choose to have one person lead through all of the petitions; or you may divide the petitions up for different people to lead. But after each petition allow time for any to pray as the Spirit leads:]
“Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.” ~ Ephesians 6:18
Almighty and loving God, Our prayers are to you. At an acceptable time, O Lord, in the abundance of your steadfast love, answer us. We pray for:
- Healing for the sick & Peace for those waiting as loved ones suffer
- Comfort for those who have lost loved ones
- Endurance and strength for medical professionals laboring to save lives
- Wisdom, discernment, humility, and unity for leaders (government, medical, church)
- Provision for those experiencing and/or facing unemployment and financial loss
- Protection for families – especially in those homes where home isn’t a safe place
- Relief for those struggling with anxiety, depression, aggravated by isolation
- God to work out his purpose, and bring glory to His own Name
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: Mark 6.30-44
[Have one person read this passage aloud. Then have one person, or several people, pray for the Holy Spirit to speak through this Word and message.]
Message: When All You’ve Got Is Nothing (See video)
Rev. Camper Mundy, Associate Pastor
Song of Dismissal
It Is Well
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way; When sorrows like sea billows roll; | Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul”
Chorus: It is well (it is well) with my soul (with my soul). | It is well! it is well! with my soul!
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, Let this blessed assurance control, | That Christ has regarded my helpless estate, And hath shed His own blood for my soul. (Repeat chorus)
My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought! My sin, not in part but the whole, | Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! (Repeat chorus)
And Lord haste the day when the faith shall be sight; The clouds be rolled back as a scroll; | The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend! Even so, it is well with my soul. (Repeat chorus)
Words: Horatio Gates Spafford
Music: Philip Bliss
Passage Next Week:
Worship Leaders Today
- Piano/Guitar/Vocals: Isaiah Day
- Message: Rev. Camper Mundy, Associate Pastor
- Benediction: Rev. W. Dennis Griffith, Lead Pastor
- Video/Sound/Tech: Tim Nargi
This Week: Grace Covenant Congregational Prayer
Grace Covenant will gather online for an evening of prayer, in recognition of National Day of Prayer, Thursday May 7 @ 6:30pm. Mark your calendars and plan to join us. An invite to the Zoom gathering will be sent out mid week. So check your emails. If you are not yet on the Grace Covenant email list, contact the church office for information.
Phone: 757-220-0147 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.