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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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!