September 4, 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!



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:   Isaiah 55

Leader:  Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!  Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Congregation:  Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?

Leader:  Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.   Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.

Congregation:  “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;

 Leader:  it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

ALL:  “For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Songs of Praise:

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name (Edward Perronet, 1779; tune Oliver Holden, 1793)

All hail the power of Jesus’ name! Let angels prostrate fall;

Bring forth the royal diadem, and crown him Lord of all;

Bring forth the royal diadem, and crown him Lord of all.


Ye seed of Israel’s chosen race, ye ransomed of the fall,

Hail him who saves you by his grace, and crown him Lord of all;

Hail him who saves you by his grace, and crown him Lord of all.


Let every kindred, every tribe, on this terrestrial ball

To him all majesty ascribe, and crown him Lord of all;

To him all majesty ascribe, and crown him Lord of all.


O that with yonder sacred throng we at his feet may fall;

We’ll join the everlasting song, and crown him Lord of all;

We’ll join the everlasting song, and crown him Lord of all.


Lay Me Down (Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Jason Ingram, Jonas Myrin, 2013 CCLI #6223577)

1.With this heart open wide, from the depths from the heights

I will bring a sacrifice

With these hands lifted high, hear my song, hear my cry

I will bring a sacrifice, I will bring a sacrifice



I lay me down, I’m not my own, I belong to you alone

Lay me down, lay me down, Oh—

Hand on my heart, this much is true: there’s no life apart from you

Lay me down, lay me down

(2nd time: Lay me down, lay me down)


2.Letting go of my pride, giving up all my rights

Take this life and let it shine

Take this life and let it shine (Chorus)


Bridge: It will be my joy to say, “Your will, your way,”

It will be my joy to say, “Your will, your way,”

It will be my joy to say, “Your will, your way, always!” (Repeat)



I lay me down, I’m not my own, I belong to you alone

Lay me down, lay me down, Oh—

Hand on my heart, this much is true: there’s no life apart from you

Lay me down, lay me down, Oh—

Lay me down, lay me down, Oh—

Lay me down, lay me down


The Battle Belongs to the Lord (Jamie Owens-Collins, 1977)

In heavenly armor we’ll enter the land, the battle belongs to the Lord

No weapon that’s fashioned against us will stand, the battle belongs to the Lord



And we sing glory and honor, power and strength to the Lord

We sing glory, and honor, power and strength to the Lord


When the power of darkness comes in like a flood, the battle belongs to the Lord

He’s raised up a standard, the power of His blood, the battle belongs to the Lord (Chorus)


When your enemy presses in hard, do not fear, the battle belongs to the Lord

Take courage, my friend, your redemption is near, the battle belongs to the Lord (Chorus X2)


Confession/Assurance    1 Corinthians 11 (select verses)

For this is what the Lord himself has said about his Table, and I Paul, have passed it on to you before: That on the night when Judas betrayed him, the Lord Jesus took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks to God for it, he broke it and gave it to his disciples and said, “Take this and eat it. This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and you that has been established and set in motion by my blood. Do this in remembrance of me whenever you drink it.” 26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup you are retelling the message of the Lord’s death, that he has died for you. Do this until he comes again.


27 So if any eat this bread and drink from this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, they are guilty of sin against the body and the blood of the Lord. 28 That is why each one should examine their heart carefully before eating the bread and drinking from the cup. 29 For if they eat the bread and drink from the cup unworthily, not thinking about the body of Christ and what it means, they are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon themself; trifling, as it were, with the death of Christ. 30 That is why many of you are weak and sick, and some have even died.


31 But if you carefully examine yourselves before eating you will not need to be judged and punished. 32 Yet, when we are judged and punished by the Lord, it is so that we will not be condemned with the rest of the world. 33 So, dear ones, when you gather for the Lord’s Supper—the communion service—wait upon each other;


Respond in Praise: 

I Will Sing of My Redeemer (Philip Bliss, 1876; tune James McGranahan)

I will sing of my Redeemer, and his wondrous love to me:

On the cruel cross he suffered from the curse to set me free.



Sing, O sing of my Redeemer!

With his blood he purchased me;

On the cross he sealed my pardon,

Paid the debt and made me free.


I will tell the wondrous story, how my lost estate to save,

In his boundless love and mercy, he the ransom freely gave. (Chorus)


I will sing of my Redeemer and his heavn’ly love to me;

He from death to life has brought me, Son of God, with him to be. (Chorus)


Apostles Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth;

and in Jesus Christ, His only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, dead and buried;

He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead;

He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand

of God the Father Almighty.

From there he will come to judge the living and dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.   Amen



Scripture Reading:   1 Thessalonians 2:1-16


Paul’s Ministry to the Thessalonians

2 For you yourselves know, brothers,[a] that our coming to you was not in vain. 2 But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict. 3 For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, 4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. 5 For we never came with words of flattery,[b] as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness. 6 Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. 7 But we were gentle[c] among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. 8 So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.


9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 10 You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers. 11 For you know how, like a father with his children, 12 we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.


13 And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men[e] but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. 14 For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews,[f] 15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all mankind 16 by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved—so as always to fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them at last!


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

Sermon:  “Like Tender Parents Among You”                                                                                                             


Communion Hymn


How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (Stuart Townend, 1995)

How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure

That He would give His only Son to make a wretch his treasure

How great the pain of searing loss; the Father turns His face away

As wounds which mar the Chosen one bring many sons to glory


Behold the Man upon a cross, my sin upon His shoulders

Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers

It was his love that held him there, until it was accomplished

His dying breath has brought me life; I know that it is finished


I will not boast in anything, no gifts, no pow’r no wisdom

But I will boast in Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward? I cannot give an answer

But this I know with all my heart: His wounds have paid my ransom




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

Our God, Our Help in Ages Past (Isaac Watts, 1719; tune William Croft, 1720)

Our God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,

Our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home.


Under the shadow of your throne your saints have dwelt secure;

Sufficient is your arm alone, and our defense is sure.


Before the hills in order stood, or earth received her frame,

From everlasting you are God, to endless years the same.


Time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears all its sons away;

They fly forgotten as a dream dies at the opening day.


Our God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come:

O be our guide while life shall last, and our eternal home




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. Paula Rhodarmer will be teaching.   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!



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.



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