Lay It All Down

There are arms always open to you. There is always One who is listening. There is always a place to find rest.

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”-Matthew 11:28-30

Scripture & Song: Grace Alone

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God.-1 John 3:1

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.-Romans 5:8

 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,  even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God…-Eph.2:4-9

GRACE ALONE

I was an orphan, lost at the fall,
running away when I’d hear you call-
but Father, You worked Your will.
I had no righteousness of my own,
I had no right to draw near Your throne-
but Father, You loved me still.
And in love, before You laid the world’s foundation,
You predestined to adopt me as Your own.
You have raised me so high above my station-
I’m a child of God by grace, and grace alone.
You left Your home to seek out the lost,
You knew the great and terrible cost-But Jesus, your face was set
I worked my fingers down to the bone
But nothing I did could ever atone
but Jesus, You paid my debt.
By Your blood I have redemption and salvation-
Lord, You died that I might reap what You have sown.
And You rose that I might be a new creation-
I am born again by grace, and grace alone.
I was darkness all of my life,
I never knew the day from the night-
but Spirit, You made me see.
I swore I knew the way on my own,
a head full of rocks, a heart made of stone-but Spirit, You moved in me.
And at Your touch, my sleeping spirit was awakened-
on my darkened heart the light of Christ has shone.
Called into a kingdom that cannot be shaken,
Heaven’s citizen by grace, and grace alone.
So I’ll stand in faith by grace, and grace alone.
I will run the race by grace, and grace alone.
I will slay my sins by grace, and grace alone.
I will reach the end by grace, and grace alone.

Scripture & Song (You Are Not Alone)

“Within Your temple, O God, we meditate on Your unfailing love. Like Your name, O God, Your praise reaches to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is filled with righteousness…For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end.”  –Psalm 48:9-10, 14

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in time of trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging…The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress…He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” –from Psalm 46

“Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord Himself, is the Rock eternal.” –Isaiah 26:4

“…I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” –Isaiah 46:4

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” –John 14:27

“And surely I am with you always, even to the very end of the age.” –Matthew 28:20