Grace Presbyterian Grenada Worship

At Grace Presbyterian Church in Grenada our worship is centered on the Bible. We bel17522699_10155158577405489_4865085028863968792_nieve that God comes to meet us through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. We respond to God by offer him our praise and worship as well as dedicating our lives to Him.

If you are looking for a church family that is alive and growing Grace is the place to be. Many of us have pasts we are not proud of, but by God’s grace we are experiencing life transformation in the present.

See an outline of our worship service below….

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Gathering in God’s Presence

†God’s Call to Worship                                                                                                Psalm 98:4-6

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody!
With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD!

†Hymn of Praise                                                                     “Come, Thou Almighty King” #101

†Responding to God’s Call                                                                                   Ephesians 5:1-4

Pastor: Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Congregation: But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.

†Invocation

Celebrating the Gospel

†The Gospel

Pastor: How is it that we may be saved?

Congregation: We are saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ according to the teaching of the Bible to the praise and glory of God.

†Confessing Our Faith                                                                                                Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.

Who, for us and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man.

He was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures.

He ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the living and the dead; and His kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.

And we believe in one holy, catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

Call to Repentance                                                                                              Ephesians 5:15-21

Pastor: Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Congregation: Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Song of Confession                                                    “May the Mind of Christ My Savior” #644
Silent Prayer of Confession

†Assurance of Salvation                                                                                      Ephesians 2:8-10

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

†Song of Celebration                                                   “Jesus! What a Friend of Sinners!” #497

The Ministries of Giving, Prayer & Proclamation

Tithes & Offerings                                                                                                2 Corinthians 9:6

Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully

Intercessory Prayer

Sermon Text                                                                                                                  Acts 19:21-41
Sermon                                                     “The Church in Ephesus in Four Stories: Demetrius”

Prayer of Dedication

†Departing Song                                                                            “It is Well With My Soul” #691

†Benediction                                                                                                         Ephesians 3:20-21

 

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May 28 2017 Joint Worship: Grace Presbyterian Church & Christian Life Church

The May 28, 2017 joint worship service gathering with Grace Presbyterian Church & Christian Life Church in Grenada, Mississippi. Pastors Jonathan Moore and Chris Accardy will be leading the service together.

Gathering in God’s Presence

†Songs of Praise – 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) 

Bless the Lord oh my soul, Oh my soul Worship His Holy name Sing like never before, Oh my soul I’ll worship Your Holy name

The sun comes up, It’s a new day dawning It’s time to sing Your song again Whatever may pass, And whatever lies before me Let me be singing, When the evening comes

You’re rich in love, And You’re slow to anger Your name is great,  And Your heart is kind, For all Your goodness, I will keep on singing Ten thousand reasons, For my heart to find

 And on that day, When my strength is failing The end draws near, And my time has come Still my soul will, Sing Your praise unending Ten thousand years, And then forevermore

Stand Up and Bless the Lord (#15)

†Our Scriptural Response                                                                                      Isaiah 65:17-19

Pastor: Thus says the Lord our God: “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and her people to be a gladness.”

Congregation: “I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in my people; no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress.”

†Invocation

†Greet One Another                                                                                                                 

Celebrating the Gospel

Call to Repentance                                                                                                         1 John 1:8-9

Pastor: I we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

Congregation: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Song of Confession – My Chains are Gone (Amazing Grace) 

 Amazing grace, How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me, I once was lost, but now I’m found Was blind, but now I see

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And grace my fears relieved How precious did that grace appear, The hour I first believed

My chains are gone, I’ve been set free My God, my Savior has ransomed me And like a flood His mercy rains, Unending love, Amazing grace

The Lord has promised good to me, His word my hope secures He will my shield and portion be, As long as life endures

My chains are gone, I’ve been set free My God, my Savior has ransomed me And like a flood His mercy rains, Unending love, Amazing grace

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow, The sun forbear to shine But God, Who called me here below, Will be forever mine Will be forever mine, You are forever mine

Silent Prayer of Confession

†Assurance of Pardon                                                                                          Ephesians 2:4-10

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

†Song of Celebration – Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (#53)

The Ministries of Giving, Prayer & Proclamation

Offeratory                                                                     A Heart for this City (Jonathan Moore)

Give us a heart for this City, Its people its pain Restoring its birthright, proclaiming Your name, Taking back territory, street after street, Blessing the lives of the faces we meet, Declaring salvation and Your Kingdom come, Reclaiming Your vision, we’re ready to run, For Your Spirit is on us to set captives free, In the heart, in the heart of this city!

We cast down the pride of power And call forth the gifts of grace So all that is not Holy, Will swiftly be replaced. As we cry out for this City, First we pray for us….

 Tithes & Offerings                                                                                               2 Corinthians 9:6

Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully

 Intercessory Prayer

Sermon Text                                                                                                           Revelation 21:1-4

Sermon                                                                   “Walking the Streets of Gold: Home at Last!

†Prayer of Dedication

†Confessing Faith                                                                                                     Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

 I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

 I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,  the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

 Celebrating the Lord’s Supper

Words of Institution                                                                                           Matthew 26:26-30

Communion Prayer                                                                                    Hippolytus (c. 215 AD)

We give thanks to you God, through your beloved son Jesus Christ, whom you sent to us in former times as Savior, Redeemer, and Messenger of your Will, who is your inseparable Word, through whom you made all, and in whom you were well-pleased, whom you sent from heaven into the womb of a virgin, who, being conceived within her, was made flesh, and appeared as your Son, born of the Holy Spirit and the virgin.

It is he who, fulfilling your will and acquiring for you a holy people, extended his hands in suffering, in order to liberate from sufferings those who believe in you.

Who, when he was delivered to voluntary suffering, in order to dissolve death, and break the chains of the devil, and tread down hell, and bring the just to the light, and set the limit, and manifest the resurrection, taking the bread, and giving thanks to you, said, “Take, eat, for this is my body which is broken for you.”

Likewise the cup, saying, “This is my blood which is shed for you. Whenever you do this, do this in memory of me.”

Therefore, remembering his death and resurrection, we offer to you the bread and the cup, giving thanks to you, who has made us worthy to stand before you and to serve as your priests.

And we pray that you would send your Holy Spirit to this offering of your Holy Church.

In our gathering together, give to all those who partake of your holy mysteries the fullness of the Holy Spirit, toward the strengthening of the faith in truth, that we may praise you and glorify you, through your son Jesus Christ, through whom to you be glory and honor, Father and Son, with the Holy Spirit, in your Holy Church, now and throughout the ages of the ages. Amen.

The Lord’s Supper

†Departing Song                                                             ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus (#679)

 †Commissioning                                                                                                  Matthew 28:18-20

 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

Getting to Know Pastor Chris

 

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Pastor Chris Accardy

So Who Is Pastor Chris?

I’m just a regular guy with an awesome family and a heart to serve Jesus by caring for His people.  If you are like me you want to know a little about the pastor before visiting a church. I’d love to meet you at Grace Presbyterian Church in Grenada, Mississippi. Here’s the basics of my story.

I believe the Bible is God’s inspired and authoritative Word and that Jesus Christ is the only Savior and Lord of humanity. I embrace the historic and biblical Christian faith.

My main areas of strength are preaching & teaching, outreach & discipleship, pastoral counseling, and ministering to kids in crisis & mentoring young families. I lead by training and equipping people to use their giftedness for God’s glory. People grow best in a positive and encouraging environment that provides loving and honest feedback combined with a lot of compassion, mercy and patience.

Of course, I’ve got my weaknesses. I’ve got legit ADD which leads people to view me as the lovable absent minded professor. When I’m under stress I eat too much. When I’m too busy I exercise too little. So you guessed it, weight is a thing with me. I try not to take myself too seriously.  I’ve learned that my shortcomings give me an opportunity to give praise & glory to God.

My dad is a Baptist minister (now retired) and I grew up as that stereotypical pastor’s kid. I didn’t embrace Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord until I was 24 years old. Before that I was pretty wild & rebellious and a general embarrassment to my family. But God in His mercy & grace totally changed the trajectory of my life.

I love being outdoors. I enjoy coaching baseball & soccer. I’m a life-long fan of the Boston Red Sox and the Green Bay Packers. Since moving to Mississippi I’ve become a fan of Mississippi State athletics….Hail State! Y’all have to forgive me for following the Alabama Crimson Tide for about 40 years before that.

People have called me a blue collar guy with a white collar mind. I think that means that I work hard and think deep thoughts. I’ve held a number of blue collar jobs in my life:  fuels specialist in the United States Air Force, custodian & campus security officer at Gordon College, hardware & garden equipment sales for Sears, waiter at Denny’s, and grocery replenishment specialist & stocking team leader for Publix.

I’ve got two bachelor’s degrees:  One in medieval studies and the other in nursing. I’m a registered nurse (RN) who works in a hospital setting. I believe working outside of the church keeps me living in the real world and helps me understand the real lives of people. I don’t live in a preacher bubble.

Along my path in life I earned a graduate certificate in human resource management with concentrations in leadership of non-profit organizations and marketing. I used to work professionally as a consultant to ministry organizations and larger churches.

I graduated from Covenant Theological Seminary with a master’s degree in pastoral ministry. I also did additional study in church history & theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The main focus of my extra study was the Protestant Reformation and the Christian interaction with the modern world (contemporary theology, world religions, and science & faith).

I had two research projects published in Reformation & Revival Journal back in the day and even appeared as a guest on talk radio. I even made it into an issue of Current Thoughts & Trends. But I prefer to be a regular guy rather than some intellectual that nobody can relate to. So I gave up my pursuit of an academic career.

Major issues that are close to my heart are serving the poor and the immigrant, single mothers, and children whose parents can’t care for them.  I also believe strongly in promoting healthy marriages and strong families. In the past I’ve done work for an organization that serves the separated in divorced.

I started out in Christian ministry working with children and high school & college students way back in 1991 at a Christian camp & conference center. As a pastor I’ve served congregations in Georgia, Missouri, South Dakota, New Hampshire and Vermont.

We’ve lived in the South since 2008 and Mississippi since 2011. We recognize we are “outsiders” to the Southern way of life and appreciate the welcome we have received in the Grenada community.

Both my wife Shelley and I have a long-held burden to minister to wounded and broken children as well as families in crisis, particularly single parent families. I’ve been a house parent in a group home for abused boys. My wife and I have been house parents together in a Christian children’s home. We’ve also served as court appointed guardians. Beyond that our home and lives have been open to the needs of many children and young adults.

 

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The Accardy family (left to right): Beth, Shelley, Hannah, Chris, Matthew, Carter Leigh-Anne, Elizabeth

Shelley and I have been married since June 1993. Someday we need to write a book “How to Thrive in a Dysfunctional Marriage.” We enjoy mentoring young couples who are in the process of learning how to thrive in their marriages.

 

We’ve got four young adult children – Elizabeth Anne, twins Hannah & Beth, and Matthew. We are also blessed with a granddaughter Carter Leigh-Anne. We are proud of our kids. Each one of them is on a journey to become mature and equipped followers of Jesus Christ who worship and serve God in fellowship with other Christians. Our book on parenting would be “How Defective Parents Raise Good Kids.”

So now you know me. I’d enjoy the chance to get to know you. Stop by Grace Presbyterian Church in Grenada and say hello. I’m always looking for more Facebook friends too!

Breaking From Cultural Bondage in Worship

When I was growing up I attended Baptist churches with a strong fundamentalist bent. Raising hands, clapping, kneeling, even moving to the sound of the music (i.e. dancing) was all frowned upon. There were no shouts of “glory” and “hallelujah” during the sermon. No loud and hearty “amens” during the prayer time. It was very stiff and formal. I have never broken free of that heritage even though my heart cries out for more. I was raised to worship God with my mind but not my emotions and body.

I’ve met some people who cringe at the thought of worship without clapping, raising hands and shouting for joy. Worship that isn’t full of body movement and emotion just isn’t worship to them. The idea of attending a church that elevates the mind to the exclusion of the body and emotion is absurd.

The first thing we must recognize is that mind, emotion and body movement are all appropriate in the corporate assembly of God’s people. As we gather together at the call of our God to worship him, we recognize that the Scriptures call for a wide range of responses.

It is important to engage the mind in worship. Psalm 19 reminds us: “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.” God’s Word (described in Psalm 19 as his law, testimony, precepts, commandment, and rules) reaches into our lives through our minds to revive us, to make us wise, to cause our heart to rejoice and to enlighten us. As we incorporate God’s Word in our worship it is important to stay mentally engaged. Tuning out for some emotional joy ride is to leave out an important part of worship.

It is also important to engage the body in worship. Have you ever noticed the typical response when Psalm 95:6 is used as a call to worship? The pastor says, “O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!” What does the congregation do? They stand up or sit or do anything but bow down and kneel. As a young Christian I asked a church leader about this. The answer I remember getting was, “We bow down in our hearts.” But that is not what the Psalms teach. They teach physical kneeling and bowing down.

Other Psalms mention other body movements. Psalm 47:1 “Clap your hands, all people! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!” Then there is Psalm 63:4 “So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name will I lift up my hands.” Or how about Psalm 150:4? “Praise him with tambourine and dance, praise him with strings and pipe?”

We understand the word we translate “dance” to mean spontaneous body movement that comes in the context of worship. Its kind of like tapping one’s toes to a favorite tune.

Think about emotional energy in worship and then think of the Psalms. How about Psalm 100? “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!” Or Psalm 108? “My heart is steadfast, O God! I will sing and make melody with all my being!” How about Psalm 29? “The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth and strips the forests bare, and in his temple all cry, ‘Glory!’” Maybe Psalm 33? “Shout for joy to the Lord, O you righteous!” Despite all these injunctions think of how tame and quiet we often are in our corporate worship.

When we respond to the moving of God’s Holy Spirit as we gather in his presence we engage our mind, emotions and body. In other words, we worship God with our whole being. The challenge of multi-cultural worship lies in the reality of multiple life experiences and differences in cultural values. How can people who grew up emphasizing the mind in worship feel comfortable with those who grew up emphasizing body and emotion? How can those used to body movement and emotion handle a worship service that also values the mind? These are important questions for us to think about.

Multi-cultural worship doesn’t remain multi-cultural if we force conformity upon everyone. Not everyone will shout “glory” when they are deeply touched by a part of the service. In fact, some might prefer to just nod their heads silently. Can’t we do both? Can’t the people who want to shout “glory” shout “glory”? Can’t the people who want to nod their heads in silence do so?

The beauty of multi-cultural worship is that we are all challenged to grow in our worship of God by people around us. Positive change always takes time. We will be a stronger, richer congregation if we have people from various cultural perspectives worshiping together.

My prayer is that we learn to love one another deeply in the midst of our differences. I also pray that God would give us wisdom to do all things in a manner that will build up the congregation.

The Bible in Worship

Over the years I have often heard churches that extensively use the Bible in their worship service criticized rather harshly. These congregations are tired, old, boring traditional churches out of touch with the needs of modern people. I will grant that some churches that extensively use the Bible are tired, old and boring. But that’s not the Bible’s fault. The problem with tired, old and boring congregations lies squarely with the membership.

Below are some thoughts as to why we are so tempted to minimize the reading of the Bible in the worship service. Following these thoughts are a reflection on the benefits of reading the Bible in the worship service.

Why do we so disdain the use of the Bible in our worship services? First, God uses His Word to shape us and to remake us in the image of Jesus Christ. The writer of Hebrews observes, “The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marry, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12). The imagery is of the priest preparing a sacrifice in the Temple. The sacrifice is chopped up in preparation to be presented to God on the altar. God chops us up by his Word and prepares us to be of service to him. The sinful nature within us often fights this process. God’s Word becomes too convicting. Too much Bible leads to too much conviction. We don’t like that.

We also have a tendency to find God’s Word to be boring and irrelevant. After all, we all have our own agendas. The life God calls us to as his children does have its consequences. The Word of God brings us into a head on confrontation with the cherished norms of the culture we live in. Our agenda is often driven by cultural desires, not by God’s Word. God’s Word attacks our worldliness. But we often feel that God is hopelessly out of step with the realities of life. It is as if He has no real understanding of our desires and needs. After all, the apostle John, under the inspiration of God writes, “For all that is in the world – the desires of the eyes and the pride in possessions – is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” (1 John 2:16-17). Could it be that finding God’s Word boring and irrelevant is but a defense mechanism?

We don’t want God to shake us out of our comfort zone. We don’t mind a church full off personal religious expressions, people singing and speaking about their walk with God. That’s okay. But we don’t want God consistently speaking to us through His Word. So we convince ourselves that “for the sake of the non-Christian who might attend our worship services” we must cut down on the use of the Bible in church services. But God has consistently said that unbelievers become believers through the concentrated reading and preaching of His Word. If unbelievers are turned off by our worship services, could it be because they see our boredom and disinterest and suppose that God is boring and irrelevant. Maybe the problem with boring church services isn’t God’s fault but ours?

Why do we criticize the extensive use of the Bible in worship? I believe the answer lies with us and our hearts. For a moment let’s think about why the extensive use of the Bible in worship is a good thing.

Psalm 119 is a gift that God has given us. In it he gives us a picture of one who is filled with the Holy Spirit and trusting in the Savior to come, Jesus Christ. In other words, the writer of this inspired Psalm is a believer. As a believer he paints a picture of his relationship to God’s Word.

The Psalmist believes that trust in God’s Word (which is tantamount to trusting God Himself) brings salvation. “Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord, your salvation according to your promise…for I trust in your word.” Psalm 119:41-42.

The Psalmist believes that God’s Word is more wonderful than any sweet thing he could eat. “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119: 103.

The Psalmist believes that God’s Word will help him see and understand his life and the world around him. “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” Psalm 119:130.

Speaking of light and understanding, the Psalmist believes that God’s Word presents a true and accurate picture of reality. “The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.” Psalm 119:160.

The Psalmist finds that God’s Word is more valuable that hitting it big with the lottery. “I rejoice in your word like one who finds great spoil.” Psalm 119:162.

The Psalmist loves God’s Word so much that he promises to sing it. “My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right.” Psalm 119:172.

In fact, the Psalmist recognizes that his key in fighting sin is knowing God’s Word. “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11.

What does all this mean? It means that a worship service where God’s Word is central can meet the real spiritual needs of God’s people. A continual saturation with God’s Word leads to transformation because God’s Spirit takes His Word and uses it for His glory.

The Bible is God’s gracious gift to us. God uses the Scriptures to work in our lives. The more we are exposed to the Bible the better it is for us.