CALL TO WORSHIP (Tune: “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship”)
For Thy mercy and Thy grace, faithful through another year; Hear our song of grateful praise; Father, and Redeemer, hear. Lo, our sins on Thee we cast, Thee, our perfect Sacrifice; And, forgetting all the past, press towards our glorious prize.
Dark the future, let Thy light, guide us, bright and morning star; Fierce our foes, and hard the fight; arm us Savior, for the war. Keep us faithful, keep us pure, keep us evermore Thine own; Justified in God our Savior, in Christ’s righteousness alone.
Let Thy Spirit ever lead us as we walk within Thy grace; Let us love the Lord our Savior; let us in His love embrace. Let us grow in grace and knowledge of the glory of our Lord; As we leave this year of blessing, let us lean upon Thy Word,
Today: Bible Classes – 10:00 a.m.; Morning Worship – 11:00 a.m. Message by Elder Mark Pannell
Television Broadcast: Reign of Grace Television Sunday morning on WALB-TV @ 9 AM.
Live Streaming – 11:00 a.m. service from Sermon Audio web site
I am visiting with my family in Ashland, KY, this week and will return to Albany for our service next Sunday, January 4, 2015.
REMEMBER, next Sunday we will serve the LORD’S SUPPER and have a dinner here in our fellowship hall following the service.
THANK GOD FOR HIS BLESSINGS IN THIS PAST YEAR!
Once again we come to the close of another year. As always, there were good times and bad times as we count them, but we know all times are in God’s sovereign will and plan for our lives. Our God truly works all things after the counsel of His own will and all things for His glory and our good. If we would survey this past year, we would find once again that we have so much for which to be thankful, and we should spend some time thinking about this. What a blessing it is to believe the glorious Gospel of our sovereign Lord and Savior, that God has given us eyes to see and ears to hear and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. What a blessing it is for us to be kept by the Holy Spirit Who empowers us to cling to Christ and plead His righteousness alone for our whole salvation.
I thank God for your love, prayers, and your generosity towards me and my family, for your support in the Gospel, and your faithfulness in this ministry. Let us all pray that God will continue to bless us in the coming year and grant us the privilege of being able witnesses of His Gospel in this lost world and good stewards of His grace. Let us show our gratitude not in words alone but in actions as we seek more and more to worship God, to love Him more, and to love each other in the truth and to love and pray for their salvation.
Thank You, Lord, for saving my soul; Thank You, Lord, for making me whole; Thank You, Lord, for giving to me Thy great salvation, so rich and free.
"How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal
Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Heb. 9:14)
The conscience of men may be "salved" by works religion or "seared" so as
to believe lies rather than truth but it can only be "soothed" and "satisfied" by the blood of Christ. Only when we understand by faith that the guilt and penalty of our sin has been dealt with justly in the death of our Substitute will we renounce all human means to satisfy God and look to the righteousness He provides in Christ. By looking to Christ and His finished work of righteousness the conscience is purged, purified and satisfied!
— Pastor Gary Shepard
When we live on Jesus' merit,
Then we worship God aright,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Then we savingly unite.
Hear the whole conclusion of it;
Great or good, whate'er we call,
God, or King, or Priest, or Prophet,
Jesus Christ is All in All.
JESUS CHRIST OUR SURETY
"By so much was Jesus made a SURETY of a better testament … Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them" (Hebrews7:22,25).
When one undertakes to be surety for another, then the debt is reckoned unto him, and he accepts it. Thus our dear Savior, our blessed Surety stood up for us, engaged in our behalf. Our debts, all our iniquities were imputed to Him and laid upon Him, charged upon His person. He fully satisfied, perfectly atoned justice for them. By the one sacrifice of Himself He hath taken them all away, made an end of sin, so that justice itself proclaims its own faithfulness to forgive sin (1 John 1:9). Grace reigns, mercy triumphs, sinners are pardoned, believers rejoice. Oh believer, you are blessed of your God Who is just, therefore does not, cannot, impute sin to you. True, you have committed sins innumerable; but it as true, they were all laid upon Jesus. True, you do commit sin; it is equally true, Christ hath bore them. You will commit sin; it is perfectly true your Savior has atoned for them all. You have nothing to plead but guilty in yourself, but perfectly righteous in Christ. Every charge the enemy brings from the righteous law against you is just: own it; but ever plead in your own conscience, and before the throne, Jesus has satisfied for all; there is now no condemnation. Oh believer, this is a most precious truth of God. – William Mason (1748-1823)
DECEMBER 21, 2014 CALL TO WORSHIP (Tune: “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” – p. 92)(Words by Pastor Jim Byrd) Sing praises to the Son of God, Who down from heaven came;To save His people from their guilt, From misery and...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
DECEMBER 14, 2014 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune – “Take My Life” – 393)(Words by Pastor Jim Byrd) To the Savior, reigning King,Honors to His Name we bring;What a kind and gracious Friend,May His praises never end. (R) Not to us,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
DECEMBER 7, 2014 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune – “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”)(Words written by Pastor Jim Byrd) God in wisdom chose to save us,Praise Him for His sovereign grace;Gave us to the blessed Savior,Son of God, our...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
NOVEMBER 30, 2014 CALL TO WORSHIP (Tune: How Firm a Foundation) Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song,It is joy to my heart and the boast of my tongue;Thy grace, oh so free, from the first to the last,That has won my affections and bound...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
NOVEMBER 23, 2014 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune: O God Our Help) God's wisdom formed the vast designTo ransom us when lost;And Christ's own blood and righteousnessProvided all the costs. Strict justice, with approving look,God's covenant was sealed;When...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
NOVEMBER 16, 2014 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune: Doxology) We give Thee thanks, O God on high,For Jesus Christ, the crucified;He is the Lord our Righteousness,And in Him all Thy people bless. Thank Thee, O Lord, for precious blood,Of Christ when in our...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
NOVEMBER 9, 2014 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune: “Immortal, Invisible”)(Words by Gary Shepard) We gather this morning to worship and praise,The God of all glory, the Ancient of Days.None other is worthy but Jesus aloneGod’s Lamb once...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
October 19, 2014 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune: “When I Can Read My Title Clear”) O, God, my heart is fixed on Thee, to sing and give Thee praise;I’ll praise Thee, Lord, among Thy saints, as we our anthems raise.As we our anthems raise;...[ abbreviated | read entire ]