May 8, 2022



Passing of the Peace: Though we are separated by distance our hearts are one in Christ. The peace of Christ be with you!  And also with you!


Happy Mothers Day! “Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”  Proverbs 31:31


Moment for Mission                                                       Shawn and Lisa Stewart



Praise God from whom all blessings flow,

Praise him all creatures here below,

Praise him above, ye heavenly host;

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.



Call to Worship:   Colossians 1:15-20

Leader:  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

Congregation:  For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.

Leader:  And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Congregation:  And he is the head of the body, the church.

Leader:  He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.

ALL:    For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Songs of Praise:

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee (Henry Van Dyke, 1907; tune Beethoven, 1824)

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love;

Hearts unfold like flow’rs before thee, Opening to the sun above.

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away;

Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!


All thy works with joy surround thee, Earth and heav’n reflect thy rays,

Stars and angels sing around thee, Center of unbroken praise.

Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,

Chanting bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in thee.


Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest,

Well-spring of the joy of living, ocean-depth of happy rest!

Thou our Father, Christ our Brother—all who live in love are thine;

Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.


Mortals, join the mighty chorus which the morning stars began;

Father love is reigning o’er us, brother love binds man to man.

Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife;

Joyful music leads us sun-ward in the triumph song of life.


Come and Rejoice (Don Moen, Gerrit Gustafson  CCLI #190490)

Come with rejoicing, the Father is calling

those who would worship in Spirit and truth.

Come with your singing, come with thanksgiving;

Jesus our Savior has made all things new.



Come and rejoice, O holy nation; come and sing praises to Him.

Come and bow down, worship before Him,

Jesus the King of all kings, Jesus the King of all kings.


The Lord of Creation is full of compassion,

seated in splendor, adorned with all grace,

Majestic and glorious, reigning victorious,

now and forever enthroned on our praise. (Chorus)


With the sound of the trumpet He summons the nations,

calling a priesthood to go in His name;

To show forth His power to this generations,

to worship before Him, a kingdom of praise. (Chorus)



Awake My Soul (A Thousand Tongues) 

(Jonas Myrin, Laura Story, Matt Redman, Matt Maher  CCLI #7053752)


O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise,

The glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace.


A thousand songs are not enough to say how great You are:

The glories of your Majesty, the triumphs of your love.



Awake my soul, to sing the glories of my God and King!

Arise and praise the One worthy of the songs of a thousand tongues.


Your name, Lord Jesus, casts out fear, and bids our sorrows cease;

It’s music in the sinner’s ear, it’s life, and health and peace.


You break the power of all our sin, You set the captive free,

You make the broken heart rejoice; new life the dead receive. (Chorus)


Forever you are…

Forever you are worthy.

Forever you are…

Forever you are worthy.

Forever you are…

Forever you are worthy.

Forever you are…


Awake my soul, to sing the glories of my God and King!

Arise and praise the One worthy of the songs of a thousand tongues (Repeat)

Tag:  You are worthy of the songs of a thousand tongues.


Confession/Assurance    Romans 5: 1-11

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.   Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice  in hope of the glory of God.   Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.


For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.   For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.   For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.   More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.


Respond in Praise: 

We Believe (Graham Kendrick, 1986  CCLI #190689)

We believe in God the Father, maker of the universe,

And in Christ the Son, our Savior, come to us by virgin birth.

We believe He died to save us, bore our sins, was crucified;

Then, from death, He rose victorious, ascended to the Father’s side—


Jesus, Lord of all, Lord of all,

Jesus, Lord of all, Lord all;

Jesus, Lord of all, Lord of all,

Jesus, Lord of all, Lord of all—


We believe He sends his Spirit on his Church with gifts of power,

God, his Word of truth affirming, sends us to the nations now.

He will come again in glory, judge the living and the dead;

Every knee shall bow before Him, then must every tongue confess:


Jesus, Lord of all, Lord of all,

Jesus, Lord of all, Lord all;

Jesus, Lord of all, Lord of all,

Jesus, Lord of all, Lord of all—Lord of all.



Scripture Reading:   Nehemiah 2:9-20


9 When I arrived in the provinces west of the Euphrates River, I delivered the king’s letters to the governors there. (The king, I should add, had sent along army officers and troops to protect me!) 10 But when Sanballat (the Horonite) and Tobiah (an Ammonite who was a government official) heard of my arrival, they were very angry that anyone was interested in helping Israel.


11-12 Three days after my arrival at Jerusalem I stole out during the night, taking only a few men with me; for I hadn’t told a soul about the plans for Jerusalem that God had put into my heart. I was mounted on my donkey and the others were on foot, 13 and we went out through the Valley Gate toward the Jackal’s Well and over to the Dung Gate to see the broken walls and burned gates. 14-15 Then we went to the Fountain Gate and to the King’s Pool, but my donkey couldn’t get through the rubble. So we circled the city, and I followed the brook, inspecting the wall, and entered again at the Valley Gate.


16 The city officials did not know I had been out there or why, for as yet I had said nothing to anyone about my plans—not to the political or religious leaders, or even to those who would be doing the work.


17 But now I told them, “You know full well the tragedy of our city; it lies in ruins and its gates are burned. Let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem and rid ourselves of this disgrace!”


18 Then I told them about the desire God had put into my heart, and of my conversation with the king, and the plan to which he had agreed.


They replied at once, “Good! Let’s rebuild the wall!” And so the work began.


19 But when Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem the Arab heard of our plan, they scoffed and said, “What are you doing, rebelling against the king like this?”


20 But I replied, “The God of heaven will help us, and we, his servants, will rebuild this wall; but you may have no part in this affair.”


This is the Word of the Lord.   Thanks be to God!

Sermon:   God Help Us”                                                                                                        


Hymn of Dedication


Breathe (Marie Barnett, 1995  CCLI #1874117)

This is the air I breathe, this is the air I breathe, Your holy presence living in me.

This is my daily bread, this is my daily bread, Your very Word spoken to me.

And I, I’m desperate for You.

And I, I’m lost without You. (Repeat all)


And I, I’m desperate for You.

And I, I’m lost without You,

I’m lost without you,

I’m lost without you.



Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil:

for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory.  Amen


Hymn of Thanksgiving

We Come, O Christ, to You (E. Margaret Clarkson, 1957, 1985; tune John Darwall, 1770  CCLI #3680735)

We come, O Christ, to you, true Son of God and man,

by whom all things consist, in whom all life began:

In you alone we live and move, and have our being in your love.


You are the Way to God, your blood our ransom paid:

In you we face our Judge and Maker unafraid.

Before the throne absolved we stand, your love has met your law’s demand.


You are the living Truth! All wisdom dwells in you,

the Source of every skill, the one eternal True!

O great I Am! In you we rest, sure answer to our every quest.


You only are true Life, to know you is to live

the more abundant life that earth can never give:

O risen Lord! We live in you: in us each day your life renew!


We worship you, Lord Christ, our Savior and our King,

to you our youth and strength adoringly we bring:

So fill our hearts, that all may view your life in us, and turn to you.





Welcome to Providence Church! We are glad that you are here, joining us in person or via Zoom!.

Sunday School:   Adult and Youth Sunday School is at 11:15. Shawn and Lisa Stewart will be teaching this Sunday!.   Will/Christina are leading a study of The Risen Lord for couples/singles. Bill/Jerry are leading the Youth SS in a classic book by CS Lewis.

Fellowship Time: Between the end of our worship service and before SS

Children of all ages are invited to participate in the entire service of worship.  Childcare for children up to 6 years of age, in our downstairs Christian Ed wing (on the left) at the end of the hallway.

Nursery Worker Needed –     Providence is looking to hire a part time nursery worker for each Sunday from 9:45 to 12noon.  Please contact Edward Brouwer 828-550-4615, or Linda Wilson, 901-230-7178,, if you are interested or know of anyone that might be.  Also, please be in prayer that God will guide this process. Thank you!





Pastor Bible Study – meets each Tuesday at noon in the fellowship hall to discuss the previous week’s sermon as well as the upcoming sermon.   Bring your Bible and a bagged lunch if you would like.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY – From 6:30pm until 8:00pm, we are excited to hold our Wednesday night bible study. The study will be on selections from the book of John. We will also have a short praise and prayer time. Childcare provided if needed. Contact the Allsbrooks or the Mitchells with any questions.

Women’s Prayer Group – 10:15am Tuesday mornings, contact Linda Roberts for more info

Men’s Prayer Group – 6:45am Thursday mornings, contact Sam Mitchell for more info.






Open Door Soup Kitchen: This is an ongoing commitment of Providence Church to the least, the last, the lost and the lonely of our community.  While Open Door is no longer able to serve meals, we are still volunteering to cook the meals on the first Friday of each month.  If you can serve in this way, please let Linda Wilson know at 901-230-7178.  Thanks for your faithfulness.


Prayer Requests:    For Mercy and Grace:  Bill Silverthorne, Glenda White, Judd and Susanne Heriot, Robbie Hargrove, Mike and Rhonda Lear, Chuck & Carole Torpy; Lisa Rhodarmer’s mother Ruth