Both congregations of Grace and McCloud have returned to physical worship. But in order to serve those that are still staying home for health and medical reasons, we will continue to offer the livestream for the foreseeable future.
Watch past live-streamed services and pastoral updates on youtube. (click link below)
The Grace Community Presbyterian Church Livestream begins at 9am.
Isaiah Bible Study with Jim Howe
The McCloud Community Presbyterian Church Livestream begins at 11am.
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Below the video you will find the liturgy for today along with the prayers and Scriptures.
Call to Worship: Adapted From Psalm 119
Reader: Teach us, O LORD, the way of your statutes; and we will keep it to the end.
People: Give us understanding, that we may keep your law and observe it with our whole heart.
Reader: Lead us in the path of your commandments, for we delight in it.
People: Incline our hearts to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!
Reader: Turn our eyes from looking at worthless things; and give us life in your ways.
People: Confirm to your servants your promise, that you may be feared.
Reader: Turn away the reproach that we dread, for your rules are good.
Everyone: Behold, we long for your precepts; in your righteousness give us life!
(9am @ GRACE)Singing: Click here for lyrics to all our songs for today (it will open up a document in another window and you can follow along when we sing)
(11am @ McCloud) Singing: Click here for lyrics to all our songs for today (it will open up a document in another window and you can follow along when we sing)
Invitation to Confession: Romans 7:14-19, 24
For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
Silent Confession of Sin
Hear the Good News, the Assurance of Pardon! Romans 8:1-5
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
Singing: Gloria Patri
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, amen.
The Lord's Prayer
- Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever, amen.
Sermon: The Ordinary Means of Extraordinary Grace: The Word of God: Preaching the Word
Pastor Nick Welch
1. What is the Preaching of the Word?
- “The act of proclaiming a theological message.” Which, “Generally involves the conveyance of some truth related to God or Scripture with inherent significance to the audience…” (The Lexham Bible Dictionary)
- Old Testament preaching is 3 fold.
- It is the reading and explaining of the Law of God. Nehemiah 8:5-8
- It is most closely related to the ministry of the prophets who communicated God’s revelation to God’s people and called them to repentance, obedience, and covenant faithfulness. Jeremiah 1:6–10
- It is the proclamation of Good News. Isaiah 40:9
- New Testament preaching is: the proclamation of Good News centered on the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ and the call to live faithfully according to that truth by the power and ministry of the Holy Spirit.
2. How Should the Word be Preached?
- 2 Timothy 4:2
- Acts 20:27
- Westminster Larger Catechism Q. 159. How is the Word of God to be preached by those that are called thereunto?
- A. They that are called to labor in the ministry of the Word are to preach sound doctrine, diligently, in season, and out of season; plainly, not in the enticing words of man’s wisdom but in demonstration of the Spirit, and of power; faithfully, making known the whole counsel of God; wisely, applying themselves to the necessities and capacities of the hearers; zealously, with fervent love to God and the souls of his people; sincerely, aiming at his glory, and their conversion, edification, and salvation.
- The power of God’s Word (taken from the book "Christ Centered Preaching" by Bryan Chapell, pg. 27)
- The Word of God creates reality. Genesis 1:3, Psalm 33:9
- The Word of God controls creation. Psalm 147:15–18
- The Word of God convicts of sins. Acts 2:36–38
- The Word of God carries out His purposes. Isaiah 55:10–11
- The Word of God conquers human weakness. Philippians 1:18
- Expository Preaching: the process of preaching through the Word of God in such a way as to draw out the historical, grammatical, and redemptive meaning that God intended in a particular book of the Bible, chapter, section, verse, or even single word.
3. How Should the Preached Word be Received?
- Acts 17:11
- 1 Thessalonians 2:13
- Westminster Larger Catechism Q. 160. What is required of those that hear the Word preached?
- A. It is required of those that hear the Word preached, that they attend upon it with diligence, preparation, and prayer; examine what they hear by the Scriptures; receive the truth with faith, love, meekness, and readiness of mind, as the Word of God; meditate, and confer of it; hide it in their hearts, and bring forth the fruit of it in their lives.
- Practical Tips for listening to sermons:
- Always have your Bible open and reading along with the text as it is being preached.
- Keep a pen, pencil, and highlighter handy to take notes either in your Bible or a journal.
- Get plenty of sleep the night before.
4. Who Should Preach the Word?
- 1 Timothy 2:12–14
- Acts 20:28
- 1 Timothy 3:1
- 1 Timothy 5:17
- 1 Peter 5:1–2
- Implications of the above passages:
- Those entrusted with the preaching of the Word are to be men.
- Those entrusted with the preaching of the Word are to be respected and respectful.
- Those entrusted with the preaching of the Word are to follow the example of Christ by serving the flock of God, primarily by feeding them with the truth of God found in the Word.
- Above all, those entrusted with the preaching of the Word must look to God and His Word as the authority in all matters of faith and practice for themselves and their hearers.
5. What is the Goal of Preaching?
- The goal of preaching is the same goal for all of life, to glorify God and to enjoy Him.
- 1 Peter 4:11
- Acts 20:27-32
Resources for further study
- Bryan Chapell - The Power of Christ-Centered Preaching (video)
- How To Listen To A Sermon (article)
- Click for Bible Reading Plans
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
Benediction: 1 Peter 2:2–5
Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Tithes and Offerings Info:
- Mail checks to PO Box 219 Weed, CA 96094
- For questions contact Gerry Watson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 530.938.1020
- Mail checks to PO Box 610 McCloud, CA 96057
- For questions contact Edie Adams, email@example.com or 530.964.2215