The text this week is Ephesians 1:7-14, where Paul continues to praise God for his blessings, especially the blessing of redemption through the grace which God lavished on us freely. The worship theme is ‘The Glory of His Grace,’ and the visual theme is forest waterfalls, representing God’s abundant grace poured out for us.
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From Depths of Woe – Indelible Grace
There is a Fountain – Hymn #196
To God Be the Glory – Hymn #66
Psalm 103:8-17 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 9He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. 10He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. 11For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 12as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. 13As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. 14For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. 15As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; 16for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. 17But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children,
Ephesians 1:3-14 (DSV) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4For he chose us in him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he predestined us to be adopted as his sons, through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of his grace, 8which he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9And he made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
11In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.
Grace Alone – Dustin Kensrue/Modern Post
Wonderful Grace of Jesus – Hymn #198
Dawn of Grace – More Than Rubies
Before the Throne of God Above