February 7, 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!


Call to worship:   Psalm 147

Leader:  Praise the Lord.

How good it is to sing praises to our God,
how pleasant and fitting to praise him!

People:  The Lord heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Leader:  He determines the number of the stars
and calls them each by name.
People:  Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
his understanding has no limit.
Leader:   The Lord sustains the humble
but casts the wicked to the ground.

People:   Sing to the Lord with grateful praise;
make music to our God on the harp.

Leader:  He covers the sky with clouds;
he supplies the earth with rain
and makes grass grow on the hills.
People: He provides food for the cattle
and for the young ravens when they call.

Leader:  The Lord delights in those who fear him,
who put their hope in his unfailing love.

People: He strengthens the bars of Zion’s gates

and blesses your people within you.
Leader:  He grants peace to your borders
and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.

People: He sends his command to the earth;
his word runs swiftly.
Leader:  He spreads the snow like wool
and scatters the frost like ashes.
People:  He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
Who can withstand his icy blast?
Leader:  He sends his word and melts them;
he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.

ALL:  Praise the Lord.


Songs of Praise:

All Creatures of Our God and King (Francis of Assisi, 1225)

All creatures of our God and King, lift up your voice an with us sing alleluia, alleluia!

Thou burning sun with golden beam, thou silver moon with softer gleam,

O praise him, O praise him, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


Thou rushing wind that art so strong, ye clouds that sail in heav’n along, O praise him, alleluia!

Thou rising morn in praise rejoice, ye lights of evening, find a voice,

O praise him, O praise him, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


All ye who are of tender heart, forgiving others, take your part, O sing ye, alleluia!

Ye who long pain and sorrow bear, praise God and on him cast your care,

O praise him, O praise him, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


Let all things their Creator bless, and worship him in humbleness, O praise him, alleluia!

Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son, and praise the Spirit, three in one,

O praise him, O praise him, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


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)



At the Cross (Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jonas Myrin, Matthew Armstrong, Matt Redman; CCLI # 7017786)


There’s a place where mercy reigns and never dies;

There’s a place where streams of grace flow deep and wide,

Where all the love I’ve ever found

Comes like a flood, comes flowing down…



At the cross, at the cross, I surrender my life.

I’m in awe of you, I’m in awe of you.

Where your love ran red and my sin washed white,

I owe all to you, I owe all to you, Jesus.


There’s a place where sin and shame are powerless,

Where my heart has peace with God and forgiveness,

Where all the love I’ve ever found

Comes like a flood, comes flowing down…



At the cross, at the cross, I surrender my life:

I’m in awe of you, I’m in awe of you.

Where your love ran red and my sin washed white,

I owe all to you, I owe all to you…. (last time: “Jesus”)



Here—my hope is found, here—on holy ground,

Here I bow down, here I bow down.

Here—arms open wide, here—you saved my life,

Here I bow down, here I bow…(Chorus 2x)





Musical Offering:  O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus (Samuel Francis; tune Thomas Williams, 1890)

O the deep, deep love of Jesus! Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free;

Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me.

Underneath me, all around me, is the current of thy love;

Leading onward, leading homeward, to thy glorious rest above.


O the deep, deep love of Jesus! Spread his praise from shore to shore;

How he loveth, ever loveth, changeth never, nevermore;

How he watches o’er his loved ones, died to call them all his own;

How for them he intercedeth, watcheth o’er them from the throne.


O the deep, deep love of Jesus! Love of ev’ry love the best:

‘tis an ocean vast of blessing, ‘tis a haven sweet of rest.

O the deep, deep love of Jesus! ‘Tis a heav’n of heav’ns to me;

And it lifts me up to glory, for it lifts me up to thee.


Apostle’s 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:    Matthew 5:13-16

Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.


14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[b] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.


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

Sermon:  ” Salt and Light”


Communion Hymn:

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (Stuart Townend, 1995; CCLI #1558110)

1.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.


2.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.


3.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:   


Living Hope (Brian Johnson, Phil Wickham, 2019; CCLI #7106807)

1.How great the chasm that lay between us,

How high the mountain I could not climb

In desperation, I turned to heaven

And spoke your name into the night.

Then through the darkness your lovingkindness

Saw through the shadows of my soul.

The work is finished, the end is written,

Jesus Christ, my Living Hope.


2.Who could imagine so great a mercy,

What heart could fathom such boundless grace?

The God of Ages stepped down from glory

To wear my sin and bear my shame.

The Cross has spoken, I am forgiven,

The King of kings calls me his own.

Beautiful Savior, I’m yours forever,

Jesus Christ, my Living Hope


Chorus: Hallelujah, praise the One who set me free,

Hallelujah, Death has lost its grip on me!

You have broken every chain,

There’s salvation in your name,

Jesus Christ, my Living Hope!


3.Then came the morning that sealed the promise,

Your buried body began to breathe.

Out of the silence, the roaring Lion

Declared the Grave has no claim on me. (Repeat verse 3)

Jesus, yours is the victory!


Chorus: Hallelujah, praise the One who set me free,

Hallelujah, Death has lost its grip on me!

You have broken every chain,

There’s salvation in your name,

Jesus Christ, my Living Hope! (Repeat Chorus)

Jesus Christ, my Living Hope,

O God you are my Living Hope!








Welcome to Providence Church! We are glad that you are here, joining us in person or via Zoom! We invite you to stop by our Welcome Center where you can receive more information about our church.

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, upstairs in our new room.

Tithes and Gifts: An offering plate is not passed during the service.  Plates for your tithes and

offerings are located at the back of the sanctuary. If you are joining us via Zoom, your tithes and gifts can be mailed to P.O. Box 65, Clyde.  We thank you for your prayerful financial support for

our church.




Would you like to grow in the joy and work of prayer? Join our women on Tuesday mornings at 10:15 or our men on Thursday mornings. These sessions of weekly prayer are rich in fellowship and in prayers. Want to know more about Women’s Prayer? Contact Linda Roberts. Would you like to join our ZOOM prayer times at 7:30 am Thursday’s call Sam Mitchell and he will send you the link to the meeting.


Are you longing to grow in your connection with God through Scripture reading? Pastor Edward recommends Bible In One Year (by Alpha International), a 20 minute reading of Scripture and commentary written by Nicky Gumble leader of Alpha (an international evangelism ministry).  Just look it up under your apps on your phone/computer.



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 Phil and Pat know at 828- 476-5130. Thanks for your faithfulness.



Prayer Requests: Healing: Wally, Robbie Hargrove; Chuck & Carole Torpy; Glenn & Laura Glad; Thom Morgan’s mother; Caroline (Bev’s Mom); Sarah’s brother in law Dan – cancer; Lisa Rhodarmer’s brother Michael – cancer