For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

2 Corinthians 8:9

New Online Giving Option

The Bible encourages believers to give back to the Lord from his provision to us. To help making giving easier as an act of worship to God, this week we’ve launched online giving via The City for church offerings to Grace Church of Alexandria.

How to Give?

  • Where: Go to The City, GCA’s online meeting place which is at gca.onthecity.org. Then select Giving from the left menu.
  • Need an account? If you do not have access to The City, click here to request an invite.
  • How: Set up a method for giving (checking account or credit card).
  • Which Fund? Choose which fund(s) to give toward (regular offerings go to the General Fund, or choose a special fund).
  • Frequency? Decide if this is a one-time gift or a recurring gift to repeat weekly, bi-weekly or monthly

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Where Your Gifts Go

You can choose for your tax-deductible contribution to go towards the following options:

Regular offerings to go…

  • the General Fund (for the overall ministries of the church)

Special funds…

  • the GCA Future Fund (building and projects fund)
  • the GCA Adoption Fund (to help fund adoptions and post-adoption training), or
  • the 2014 Thanksgiving Offering (to benefit Aaron and Carrie Kraft, missionaries to Mexico).

A small administrative fee of several percent is deducted from each gift. Feel free to add between 1-3% to your gift to compensate for the processing fee (which does not go to GCA).

The Heart of Giving

As you give online, remember that this is a gift of worship to bring honor and praise to the LORD. To maintain a heart of worship, consider taking time to reflect and pray when you log in and give online. If you set up automatic giving once a month, considering scheduling a time for reflection and prayer once a month on the day your gift is scheduled to be sent.

Questions?

See Jonathan Matías, the lead pastor, with questions about the new online giving system.

 

 

Words can hardly capture the magnificence of the Lord’s extravagant grace. Songs and hymns help us capture the wonder of salvation and channel our hearts to praise of God. Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder is one such song that exults in the gospel.

This month at Grace Church we’re singing this moving hymn, first published in 1774 and put to new music by Indelible Grace in 2001. Other GCA songs of the month can be found here.

Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder
1. Let us love and sing and wonder
Let us praise the Savior’s name
He has hushed the law’s loud thunder
He has quenched Mount Sinai’s flame
He has washed us with His blood
He has washed us with His blood
He has washed us with His blood
He has brought us nigh to God
2. Let us love the Lord Who bought us
Pitied us when enemies
Called us by His grace and taught us
Gave us ears and gave us eyes
He has washed us with His blood
He has washed us with His blood
He has washed us with His blood
He presents our souls to God3. Let us sing though fierce temptation
Threatens hard to bear us down
For the Lord, our strong salvation,
Holds in view the conqu’ror’s crown
He, Who washed us with His blood,
He, Who washed us with His blood,
He, Who washed us with His blood,
Soon will bring us home to God4. Let us wonder grace and justice
Join and point to mercy’s store
When through grace in Christ our trust is
Justice smiles and asks no more
He Who washed us with His blood
He Who washed us with His blood
He Who washed us with His blood
Has secured our way to God5. Let us praise and join the chorus
Of the saints enthroned on high
Here they trusted Him before us
Now their praises fill the sky
Thou hast washed us with Thy blood
Thou hast washed us with Thy blood
Thou hast washed us with Thy blood
Thou art worthy Lamb of God

©2001 Laura Taylor Music.

So easily I fall into listening to songs and hymns that are primarily upbeat and positive. Yet it helps to build into your singing and listening songs that are realistic about the difficulties of the Christian life and living in a broken world.

This month at Grace Church, we’re singing Jesus I My Cross Have Taken, an old hymn to new music which helps us find refuge in Christ when things aren’t going well. This, along with the other songs in the Indelible Grace collection are worthy of buying and downloading to your music player.

For me this song reminds me of all the treasures that I have in Jesus Christ, when it seems like everything else is fading from me. Listen, and find rest in God:

From the album “Pilgrim Days: Indelible Grace II”

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Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken  

Jesus, I my cross have taken,
All to leave and follow Thee.
Destitute, despised, forsaken,
Thou from hence my all shall be.
Perish every fond ambition,
All I’ve sought or hoped or known.
Yet how rich is my condition!
God and heaven are still my own.

Let the world despise and leave me,
They have left my Savior, too.
Human hearts and looks deceive me;
Thou art not, like them, untrue.
O while Thou dost smile upon me,
God of wisdom, love, and might,
Foes may hate and friends disown me,
Show Thy face and all is bright.

Man may trouble and distress me,
’Twill but drive me to Thy breast.
Life with trials hard may press me;
Heaven will bring me sweeter rest.
Oh, ’tis not in grief to harm me
While Thy love is left to me;
Oh, ’twere not in joy to charm me,
Were that joy unmixed with Thee.

Go, then, earthly fame and treasure,
Come disaster, scorn and pain
In Thy service, pain is pleasure,
With Thy favor, loss is gain
I have called Thee Abba Father,
I have stayed my heart on Thee
Storms may howl, and clouds may gather;
All must work for good to me.

Soul, then know thy full salvation
Rise o’er sin and fear and care
Joy to find in every station,
Something still to do or bear.
Think what Spirit dwells within thee,
Think what Father’s smiles are thine,
Think that Jesus died to win thee,
Child of heaven, canst thou repine.

6. Haste thee on from grace to glory,
Armed by faith, and winged by prayer.
Heaven’s eternal days before thee,
God’s own hand shall guide us there.
Soon shall close thy earthly mission,
Soon shall pass thy pilgrim days,
Hope shall change to glad fruition,
Faith to sight, and prayer to praise.

© 2001 Bill Moore Music.

10000reasons

At Grace Church of Alexandria, we’re singing 10,000 Reasons during July worship services to give us a window into the incredible mercies and kindnesses of God. New to the song? Check out the lyrics and music video below.

Lyrics

Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

[Chorus]

You’re rich in love, and You’re slow to anger
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

[Chorus]

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

[Chorus]

Jesus, I’ll worship Your holy name
Lord, I’ll worship Your holy name

You can purchase the song here and add it to your music collection.

Song of the Month: God Moves

February 25th, 2014

How do you react when life throws you a curve ball? Where can you turn for stability and hope when an unexpected trial brings anguish into your life? I often turn to the song “God Moves,” written by a Christian to encourage himself because he struggled with dark, troubling thoughts.

William Cowper guides us to think about God’s sovereign control of history…and our story. In the hymn’s most memorable line, Cowper urges us to take heart, because “behind a frowning providence, He hides a smiling face.” At Grace Church of Alexandria, we’re learning this song during worship services in February and March, to anchor us when winds blow fiercely.

Download The Song and Sheet Music

Download the sheet music here for free! Better yet, purchase the song here and add this to your music collection. Join us Sundays at 10:30 am for worship as we sing God Moves.

God Moves

Verse 1–
God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm
Deep in His dark and hidden mines
With never-failing skill
He fashions all His bright designs
And works His sovereign will

Chorus 1–
So God we trust in You
O God we trust in You

Verse 2–
O fearful saints new courage take
The clouds that you now dread
Are big with mercy and will break
In blessings on your head
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense
But trust Him for His grace
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face

Chorus 2–
So God we trust in You
O God we trust in You
When tears are great
And comforts few
We hope in mercies ever new
We trust in You

Verse 3–
God’s purposes will ripen fast
Unfolding every hour
The bud may have a bitter taste
But sweet will be the flower
Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain
God is His own interpreter
And He will make it plain

Original words and music by William Cowper; additional words and music by Bob Kaufflin; © 2005 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI); CCLI #2928610.

No moment in a church’s life brings the cross of Christ more in focus than the Lord’s Supper. This Sunday October 13 as we celebrate Communion we’ll be singing Behold the Lamb (The Communion Hymn) for the first time. Take a moment to watch, listen, and learn the song.

Behold the Lamb (The Communion Hymn)

Behold the Lamb who bears our sins away,
Slain for us – and we remember
The promise made that all who come in faith
Find forgiveness at the cross.
So we share in this bread of life,
And we drink of His sacrifice
As a sign of our bonds of peace
Around the table of the King.

The body of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
Torn for you – eat and remember
The wounds that heal, the death that brings us life
Paid the price to make us one.
So we share in this bread of life,
And we drink of His sacrifice
As a sign of our bonds of love
Around the table of the King.

The blood that cleanses every stain of sin,
Shed for you – drink and remember
He drained death’s cup that all may enter in
To receive the life of God.
So we share in this bread of life,
And we drink of His sacrifice
As a sign of our bonds of grace
Around the table of the King.

And so with thankfulness and faith we rise
To respond, – and to remember
Our call to follow in the steps of Christ
As His body here on earth.
As we share in His suffering
We proclaim Christ will come again!
And we’ll join in the feast of heaven
Around the table of the King

Words and Music by Keith and Kristyn Getty
& Stuart Townend (2007); CCLI #2928610

One of the most important questions a friend has asked me is, “How are you preparing for suffering?” That is, how are you grounding yourself in Christ so that you can weather difficult trials that are bound to come your way?

Listening to Christ-centered music is one of the ways that helps me keep a right perspective when times are good, and when times are bad. “Mercies Anew” is a song we’re singing this month at our church in Alexandria, Virginia, to keep us focused on Christ’s mercies.

Here you’ll find video, audio, and lyrics to Grace Church of Alexandria‘s song of the month. Download “Mercies Anew” for $1 here.

Catch our other “Songs of the Month” here.

Mercies Anew

 

Lyrics

Verse 1–
Every morning that breaks
There are mercies anew
Every breath that I take
Is your faithfulness proved

And at the end of each day
When my labors are through
I will sing of Your mercies anew

Verse 2–
When I’ve fallen and strayed
There were mercies anew
For you sought me in love

And my heart you pursued
In the face of my sin
Lord, You never withdrew
So I sing of Your mercies anew

Bridge–
And Your mercies, they will never end
For ten thousand years they’ll remain
And when this world’s beauty has passed away
Your mercies will be unchanged

Verse 3–
And when the storms swirl and rage
There are mercies anew
In affliction and pain
You will carry me through

And at the end of my days
When Your throne fills my view
I will sing of Your mercies anew
I will sing of Your mercies anew

Words and music by Mark Altrogge and Bob Kauflin
© 2001 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI). CCLI #2928610

This spring our church family in Alexandria, Virginia has been learning an encouraging summary of the gospel called “Come Praise and Glorify” by Sovereign Grace Music. This song is a majestic summary of the gospel drawn from Ephesians 1, from the Father’s undeserved, electing love, and Christ’s atoning cross-work, to the Spirit’s indwelling, assuring presence.

Here you can download the song to your iPod, print free sheet music, watch a video of the song, and read the lyrics:

Download “Come Praise and Glorify”
Purchase and download the .mp3 here.

Free Copy of the Sheet Music
Print the sheet music here.

Watch “Come Praise and Glorify”

VERSE 1
Come praise and glorify our God
The Father of our Lord
In Christ He has in heav’nly realms
His blessings on us poured
For pure and blameless in His sight
He destined us to be
And now we’ve been adopted through
His Son eternally

CHORUS
To the praise of Your glory
To the praise of Your mercy and grace
To the praise of Your glory
You are the God who saves

VERSE 2
Come praise and glorify our God
Who gives His grace in Christ
In Him our sins are washed away
Redeemed through sacrifice
In Him God has made known to us
The myst’ry of His will
That Christ should be the head of all
His purpose to fulfill

VERSE 3
Come praise and glorify our God
For we’ve believed the Word
And through our faith we have a seal
The Spirit of the Lord
The Spirit guarantees our hope
Until redemption’s done
Until we join in endless praise
To God, the Three in One

© 2011 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)

New Song at Grace Church
During the next few Sunday services at Grace Church of Alexandria, we’ll be singing and learning a new old hymn called Complete in Thee. This gospel-laden hymn was written over 150 years ago, and the melody was recently re-written by Ben Nyce to be more singable and memorable. Here you’ll find all the resources you’ll need (audio, sheet music) to become familiar with the song.

Audio and Video

Sheet Music
Download the sheet music here. The .pdf provided here is intended for us by Grace Church attenders and members only. Others can purchase your copy of the music here at the publisher’s site.

Lyrics
Verse 1 begins by contemplating how believers are declared righteous in Christ because of his cross work. Verse 2 remembers that our Savior is the source of our every good. Verse 3 celebrates that Christ’s grace is more powerful than the draw of sin in our lives. And the final verse looks forward to the day when we will appear in God’s presence at the judgment, and Christ will be our reason for confidence and standing in that great day. The chorus rehearses the glorious benefits of salvation, from justification, and sanctification, to glorification.

Complete In Thee

Verse 1–
Complete in Thee, no work of mine
Could take, dear Lord, the place of Thine;
Thy blood hath pardon bought for me,
And I shall stand complete in Thee.

Verse 2–
Complete in Thee, each want supplied,
And no good thing to me denied,
Since Thou my portion, Lord will be,
I ask no more, complete in Thee.

Verse 3–
Complete in Thee, no more shall sin
Thy grace has conquered reign within;
Thy blood shall bid the tempter flee,
And I shall stand, complete in Thee.

Verse 4–
Dear Savior, when, before Thy bar,
All tribes and tongues assembled are,
Among the chosen I shall be,
At Thy right hand, complete in Thee.

Chorus–
Yea, justified, oh blessed thought!
And sanctified salvation wrought!
Thy blood hath pardon bought for me,
And glorified, I too, shall be.

Words by Aaron R. Wolfe (1821–1902) and James M. Gray (1851-1935); Music by Ben Nyce (2003); Copyright Bible Revival Ministries. CCLI #2928610.

Sermon Title: God at the Table, A Communion Series, Part 1
Speaker: Garrett Lee, Pastor

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