Worship Guide for May 17th

GCC has developed this page as a resource to guide worship at home while we are unable to gather together in-person on Sunday mornings.


GCC Kids

We have emailed families instructions on how to access Lifeway Kids at Home.  Please contact Jodi at kids@gcclakeland.com if you have any questions or need the instructions.  We will follow up these lessons with a brief video each week.


Opening Song

Title: Death Was Arrested

Alone in my sorrow and dead in my sin
Lost without hope with no place to begin
Your love Made a way to let mercy come in
When death was arrested and my life began

Ash was redeemed only beauty remains
My orphan heart was given a name
My mourning grew quiet my feet rose to dance
When death was arrested and my life began

Oh your grace so free
Washes over me
You have made me new
Now life begins with you
It’s your endless love
Pouring down on us
You have made us new
Now life begins with you

Released from my chains I’m a prisoner no more
My shame was a ransom he faithfully bore
He cancelled my debt and he called me his friend
When death was arrested and my life began

Our savior displayed on a criminal’s cross
Darkness rejoiced as though heaven had lost

But then Jesus arose with our freedom in hand
That’s when death was arrested and my life began

Oh your grace so free
Washes over me
You have made me new
Now life begins with you
It’s your endless love
Pouring down on us
You have made us new
Now life begins with you

Oh we’re free free
Forever we’re free
Come join the song
Of all the redeemed
Yes we’re free free
Forever amen
When death was arrested
And my life began
Oh we’re free free
Forever we’re free
Come join the song
Of all the redeemed
Yes we’re free free
Forever amen
When death was arrested
And my life began
When death was arrested and my life began


Call to Worship

Psalm 34: 17-22

17 When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears
    and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted
    and saves the crushed in spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
    but the LORD delivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones;
    not one of them is broken.
21 Affliction will slay the wicked,
    and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 The LORD redeems the life of his servants;
    none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.


Prayer

Almighty and merciful Father, we confess that we have sought control in our lives rather than seeking the One who is control of our lives. We confess that we have run to entertainment, food and sleep for comfort rather than running to the God of all comfort. And we confess that we have looked to our own strength or worldly wisdom for help rather than the Helper himself. Please forgive us. We praise and thank you that your precious word tells us that when we confess our sins you are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.


Song

Title: The Love of God

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell
It goes beyond the highest star
And reaches to the lowest hell

The guilty pair, bowed down with care
God gave His Son to win
His erring child He reconciled
And pardoned from his sin

Could we with ink the ocean fill
And were the skies of parchment made
Were every stalk on earth a quill
And every man a scribe by trade

To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry

Nor could the scroll contain the whole
Though stretched from sky to sky

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell
It goes beyond the highest star
And reaches to the lowest hell


Sermon Text

Isaiah 53: 3-12

3 He was despised and rejected by men,
    a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
    he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefs
    and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
    smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
    and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
    we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
    yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
    and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
    so he opened not his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
    and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
    stricken for the transgression of my people?
And they made his grave with the wicked
    and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
    and there was no deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him;
    he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
    he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
    make many to be accounted righteous,
    and he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
    and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
because he poured out his soul to death
    and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
    and makes intercession for the transgressors.


Sermon


Song

Title: By His Wounds

He was pierced for our transgressions
He was crushed for our sins
By His wounds we are healed (x2)

We are healed by Your sacrifice
And the life that You gave
We are healed for You paid the price
By Your grace we are saved we are saved

He was pierced for our transgressions
And crushed for our sins
The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him
By His wounds
By His wounds we are healed

By His wounds, by His wounds…

What can wash away my sin
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
Oh precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow
No other fount I know
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him
And by His wounds
He was pierced for our transgressions
He was crushed for our sins
The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him
And by His wounds
By His wounds we are healed (x2)

We are healed by Your sacrifice
And the life that You gave
We are healed for You paid the price
By Your grace we are saved we are saved

He was pierced for our transgressions
And crushed for our sins
The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him
By His wounds
By His wounds we are healed

By His wounds, by His wounds…

What can wash away my sin
Nothing but the blood of Jesus


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Benediction

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
And the love of God the Father,
And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
Be with you now and forevermore, Amen!

2 Corinthians 13:14