November 10, 2019

Sola Gratia

This week we'll continue our liturgical series by singing about salvation by grace alone – Sola Gratia. Spend some time this weekend reading Eph. 1:3-14; 2:1-10 to start thinking about this great truth!

Prelude – "Grace Alone"

As the title would suggest, the whole song is about our theme for the morning. It ends with many statements of God's work of grace in our lives. But there is a simple one that would be good to meditate on in preparation for Sunday together with the Scripture text above, "I'm a child of God by grace and grace alone."

"Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing"

The third verse relates well to our theme and Scripture text: "O to grace how great a debtor, daily I'm constrained to be. Let that grace now like a fetter bind my wandering heart to thee. Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love; here's my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above."

"He Leadeth Me"

It is God who works within us unto salvation and it is by his hand alone that we are drawn to follow him. "He leadeth me, he leadeth me, by his own hand he leadeth me; his faithful follower I would be, for by his hand he leadeth me. For by his hand he leadeth me."

"Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)"

Each of these verses are useful to us as we seek to worship the God who saves by grace alone. The chorus is really helpful for you to sing through the weekend! "My chains are gone! I've been set free. My God, my Savior has ransomed me. And like a flood his mercy reigns; unending love, amazing grace."

Communion – "Grace Greater Than Our Sin"

What a good reminder as we approach the table to taste and see that the Lord is good and abundantly gracious to us through the finished work of his Son. "Grace, grace, God's grace. Grace that will pardon and cleanse within. Grace, grace, God's grace. Grace that is greater than all our sin."

Response – "Oh Sin-Sick Soul"

Finally, we'll be sent back into the world by responding in faith, "There is joy deeper than our sorrow. There is love strong enough to save. There is strength to suffer with the Savior. Oh, the glory of his grace!"