August 22, 2021



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 hosts;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Call to Worship:   Psalm 48:1-3 and 8-14


Leader:  Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.

People:   Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

Leader:   God is known in her palaces for a refuge.

People:  As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever. Selah.

Leader:   We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.

People:   According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.

Leader:   Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments.

People:    Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.

Leader:   Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.

All;    For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.


Songs of Praise:

All Praise to God, Who Reigns Above (Johann Schutz, 1675; tune Bohemian Brethren’s Gesangbuch, 1566)

1.All praise to God, who reigns above, the God of all creation,

the God of wonders, pow’r and love, the God of our salvation!

With healing balm my soul he fills, the God who every sorrow stills.

To God all praise and glory!


2.What God’s almighty pow’r hath made his gracious mercy keepeth;

by morning dawn or evening shade his watchful eye ne’er sleepeth;

within the kingdom of his might, lo all is just and all is right.

To God all praise and glory!


3.The Lord forsaketh not his flock, his chosen generation;

he is their refuge and their rock, their peace and their salvation.

As with a mother’s tender hand he leads his own, his chosen band.

To God all praise and glory!


4.Then come before his presence now and banish fear and sadness;

to your Redeemer pay your vow and sing with joy and gladness:

Through great distress my soul befell, the Lord, my God, did all things well.

To God all praise and glory!


Leaning on the Everlasting Arms (Elisha Hoffman, 1887; tune Anthony Showalter, 1887)

What a fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning on the everlasting arms;

What a blessedness, what a peace is mine, leaning on the everlasting arms.



Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;

Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.


O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way, leaning on the everlasting arms;

O how bright the path grows from day to day, leaning on the everlasting arms. (Chorus)


What have I to dread, what have I to fear, leaning on the everlasting arms?

I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, leaning on the everlasting arms. (Chorus)


I’ll Fly Away (Albert Brumley, 1932)

1.Some glad morning when this life is o’er, I’ll fly away,

To a home on God’s celestial shore, I’ll fly away.



I’ll fly away, O glory, I’ll fly away;

When I die, hallelujah, by and by, I’ll fly away.


2.When the shadows of this life have gone, I’ll fly away,

Like a bird from prison bars has flown, I’ll fly away.



3.Just a few more weary days and then, I’ll fly away,

To a land where joys shall never end, I’ll fly away.

(Chorus X2)





Respond in Praise:

Lord, I Need You (Jesse Reeves, Kristian Stanfill, Matt Maher, Christy Nockels, Daniel Carson)


Lord, I come, I confess;

Bowing here, I find my rest.

And without you, I fall apart;

You’re the one that guides my heart.



Lord, I need you, Oh I need you;

Every hour I need you,

My one Defense, my Righteousness,

Oh God, how I need you.


Where sin runs deep, your grace is more;

Where grace is found is where you are,

And where you are, Lord, I am free.

Holiness is Christ in me. (Chorus)


So teach my song to rise to you

When temptation comes my way,

And when I cannot stand, I’ll fall on you.

Jesus, you’re my hope and stay. (Chorus 2X)



Scripture Reading:    Matthew 12:1-14


12 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were hungry, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat.  But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.

But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was hungry and they that were with him; How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?  Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?  But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.  But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.  For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.

And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:  10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.

11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?  12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.

13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.  14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.


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

Sermon:  “ONE Greater!”                    


Hymn of Dedication


I Will Wait for You (Psalm 130)

(Keith Getty, J. Kauflin, M. Merker & Stuart Townend, 2018 CCLI #7118914)

1.Out of the depths I cry to you,

In darkest places I will call;

Incline your ear to me anew,

And hear my cry for mercy, Lord.


2.Were you to count my sinful ways

How could I come before your throne?

Yet full forgiveness meets my gaze;

I stand redeemed by grace alone


Chorus: I will wait for you, I will wait for you,

On your Word I will rely.

I will wait for you, surely wait for you

till my soul is satisfied.


3.So put your hope in God alone,

Take courage in his power to save,

completely and forever won

by Christ emerging from the grave! (Chorus)


4.Now He has come to make a way,

and God himself has paid the price,

that all who trust in Him today

find healing in his sacrifice.


Chorus: I will wait for you, I will wait for you

On your Word I will rely.

I will wait for you, surely wait for you

till my soul is satisfied


I will wait for you, I will wait for you

through the storm and through the night

I will wait for you, surely wait for you,

for your love is my delight.



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


Lord, With Glowing Heart I’d Praise Thee (Francis Scott Key, 1817; tune Gregorian chant)

Lord, with glowing heart I’d praise thee for the bliss thy love bestows,

for the pard’ning grace that saves me, and the peace that from it flows.

Help, O God, my weak endeavor; this dull soul to rapture raise;

Thou must light the flame, or never can my love be warmed to praise.


Praise, my soul, the God that sought thee, wretched wand’rer far astray;

found thee lost, and kindly brought thee from the paths of death away.

Praise, with love’s devoutest feeling, him who saw thy guilt-born fear,

and, the light of hope revealing, bade the blood-stained cross appear.


Praise thy Savior God that drew thee to that cross, new life to give,

held a blood sealed pardon to thee, bade thee look to him and live.

Praise the grace whose threats alarmed thee, roused thee from thy fatal ease;

praise the grace whose promise warmed thee, praise the grace that whispered peace.


Lord, this bosom’s ardent feeling vainly would my lips express:

low before thy footstool kneeling, deign thy suppliant’s prayer to bless.

Let thy love, my soul’s chief treasure, love’s pure flame within me raise;

and, since words can never measure, let my life show forth thy praise. (repeat line)









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.  Thom and Pastor Edward will be alternating teaching a study this semester.   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, please enjoy coffee and snacks and conversation in the Fellowship Hall.

Children of all ages are invited to participate in the entire service of worship.  We will have

childcare for children up to 6 years of age, in our downstairs Christian Ed wing (on the left) at the end of the hallway.

Communion Change – Please note that we will be having Communion, next Sunday (Aug 29th) instead of the Sept 5 due to the Labor Day weekend.



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 (Matthew12:15)   Bring your Bible and a bagged lunch if you would like.


UPCOMING NEW WED. NIGHT BIBLE STUDY!!!  Beginning Sept 8, we will begin a new Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30pm until 8pm for both men and women.  The study will be on the book of Philippians.  Our desire for Providence is to have a line-by-line Scripture based study. We will have a potluck at 5:30 for the first study on Sept. 8.  If you are interested in joining us for this time of learning and fellowship, please let Glenda Brouwer know at or 828-713-6115.  Childcare will be provided if needed.


Would you like to grow in the joy and work of prayer? Join our women on Tuesday mornings at 10:15am or our men on Thursday mornings at 6:45am. These seasons of weekly prayer are rich in fellowship and in prayers. Want to know more about Women’s Prayer? Contact Linda Roberts. Want to know more about Men’s Prayer?  Contact Sam Mitchell.



DISASTER RELIEF-HAYWOOD CO – we are partnering with Faith Community church to help those in need from recent floods in Haywood Co.  Volunteers needed next week at their church to sort thru donations.  Current urgent need items for donation – cleaning supplies and tarps.  You can also sign up to volunteer for clean-up thru Samaritans Purse,

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: Healing: Melanie (Mike and Rhonda’s daughter), Jill Lear, Lisa Rhodarmer; Judd and Susanne Harriot, Robbie Hargrove, Chuck & Carole Torpy; Glenn & Laura Glad; Thom Morgan’s mother; Lisa Rhodarmer’s brother Michael – cancer; Sarah Altman’s brother-in-law Dan – cancer