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Weekly in-person Sunday worship services will be held at 9am in the auditorium at Grace Mills River.

In response to the CDC’s recent guidance on May 13 our NC governor largely eliminated state mandates regarding mass gathering limits, social distancing and indoor mask wearing, Grace Mills River has resumed our regular 9am indoor worship services. We invite you worship with us as you feel most comfortable. Please note:

  • No limitations on capacity – registration is not required.
  • No social distancing required.
  • Wearing face masks is optional.
  • Some areas will be closed or designated for authorized personnel only. Please respect these boundaries.
  • Building will be sanitized prior to service, and hand sanitizer provided.
  • Childcare will not be available. Children should be supervised at all times and adhere to safety guidelines.
  • No café/coffee refreshments.
  • Please park on the sides of the building for the 9AM service.

*The livestream will be available each week at 9am! Click here.
*Outdoor worship service will be held at 11am, in the main parking area (weather permitting).

Outdoor Worship Service

Outdoor services will be held on Sundays at 11am, weather permitting. There will be a livestream service at 9am at this link.

We'll be keeping an eye on the forecast each week and will make a decision by Sunday at 7AM. Watch the website or Facebook updates in case of inclement weather.

*Volunteers are needed for setup and breakdown each week. Please contact Molly Angel at to let us know of your availability.

Remember to Bring:

  • Water/Hot beverage
  • Folding chairs that you can set up
  • Social distancing is no longer required (or, you may participate from your vehicle)

Children’s Ministry

  • Children are invited!
  • Parents: pick up an activity packet at the CM doors

Other Reminders

  • Wearing masks is optional
  • Bathrooms are available in the Main Bldg only. Please access through the side doors only. Men on the Office-entry, Women on the Children's entry.
  • The rest of the main building will remain closed. Authorized volunteers and staff only are permitted in the main gallery area.
  • We will continue with weekly outdoor Sunday services as long as weather and temperatures permit.
  • Livestream and recorded worship services will continue to be available on our website
  • We look forward to seeing you there!

TIME FLIP! Service Times Change

Beginning Sunday, July 4, we will FLIP the times of our worship services in order to take advantage of cooler mornings for the outdoor service.

  • Outdoor Worship at 9am
    *weather permitting
  • Indoor, In-Person at 11am
    *Masks optional
  • Livestream at 11am

Outdoor Service Readings & Lyrics: 06.20.2021

  • To listen from your car, tune your radio to 88.3 FM.
  • Readings & Lyrics are available here on this page, Sundays at 9am.
  • All announcements are available on the homepage each week (plus more!)

PRELUDE: Come Thou Fount
Verse 1
Come Thou fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
Praise the mount I’m fixed upon it
Mount of Thy redeeming love

Verse 2
Here I raise my Ebenezer
Hither by Thy help I’m come
And I hope by Thy good pleasure
Safely to arrive at home
Jesus sought me when a stranger
Wandering from the fold of God
He to rescue me from danger
Interposed His precious blood

Verse 3
O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be
Let Thy goodness, now like a fetter
Bind my wandering heart to Thee
Prone to wander Lord I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Here’s my heart Lord take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above
Here’s my heart Lord take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above

CCLI Song # 108389, John Wyeth | Robert Robinson
© Words: Public Domain, Music: Public Domain
For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com, CCLI License # 405123


CALL TO WORSHIP: Colossians 3:14-17
LEADER: 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

ALL: 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.


CORPORATE PRAYER: The Peace Prayer (by St. Francis of Assisi)
Lord, make us an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is error, truth. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console.
To be understood, as to understand. To withhold, as to forgive. To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

MUSIC: Wonderful, Merciful Savior / We Cry Out
Verse 1
Wonderful merciful Savior
Precious Redeemer and Friend
Who would have thought that a Lamb could
Rescue the souls of men
Oh You rescue the souls of men

Verse 2
Counselor Comforter Keeper
Spirit we long to embrace
You offer hope when our hearts have
Hopelessly lost the way
Oh we hopelessly lost the way

You are the One that we praise
You are the One we adore
You give the healing and grace our
Hearts always hunger for
Oh our hearts always hunger for

Verse 3
Almighty infinite Father
Faithfully loving Your own
Here in our weakness You find us
Falling before Your throne
Oh we’re falling before Your throne

You are the One that we praise
You are the One we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our Hearts always hunger for

Oh our hearts always hunger for
Oh our hearts always hunger for
Our hearts always hunger for
CCLI Song # 106879, Dawn Rodgers | Eric Wyse, © 1989 Curb Dayspring Music (Admin. by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.)
Curb Word Music (Admin. by WC Music Corp.), For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com
CCLI License # 405123

Verse 1
Oh Lord we cry out we’ve been lost
We need Your mercies oh God
We repent for our ways and we turn to You again

Verse 2
Oh Lord we cry out we’ve been lost
Change our hearts to Yours oh God
We repent for our sin and we turn to You again

Oh God we cry out for Your mercy
Oh God we cry out for Your grace
Oh God we cry out set us free
Oh God we cry out once again
CCLI Song # 4405579, Brian Johnson, © 1996 Bethel Music Publishing
For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com, CCLI License # 405123

MESSAGE: There Will Be Ridicule

CENTRAL TEXT: Psalm 123:1
LEADER:1 To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens! 2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, till he has mercy upon us. 3 Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us, for we have had more than enough of contempt. 4 Our soul has had more than enough of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contempt of the proud.

CONFESSION OF SIN: (Adapted from The Worship Sourcebook)
ALL: Merciful Savior, we have denied you by refusing to know you. We have betrayed you by keeping our distance. We have mocked you by pretending we are not yours. We have strayed from your ways by keeping our distance from one another. Jesus, we are lost; let your forgiveness find us. By your Holy Spirit, welcome us into your strong, forgiving arms and let us feel reconciled to you again. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON: From Psalm 51:1 and Micah 7:18-19
LEADER: Have mercy on us, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out our transgressions.

ALL: For who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the offenses of your people?

LEADER: You do not stay angry forever, but delight to show your steadfast love. Once again you have compassion on us. You tread our sins underfoot and hurl our transgressions into the depths of the sea.


MUSIC: How Deep the Father’s Love
Verse 1
How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should 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

Verse 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 my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

Verse 3
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, 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
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
His wounds have paid my ransom

CCLI Song # 1558110, Stuart Townend
© 1995 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com, CCLI License # 405123

BENEDICTION: From 2 Corinthians 13:11,14
LEADER: Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
ALL: May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.

Have a great week!

Let's picnic after worship! June 27, July 25, and August 29

Mark your calendar! On the last Sunday of each month this summer, bring a picnic down to the Pavilion after the 11am service and let's connect with others in our church family!

Summer Worship Nights

On Wednesday, July 14 and August 18, we will host worship nights for our church family. These gatherings will consist of musical worship and prayer. Come and be refreshed and renewed in the presence of our most gracious God. We will worship in the GMR parking lot from 7-8pm (indoors for inclement weather).

Spotify PlaylistS

Songs of Grace: This playlist is intended to help our church be more familiar with the songs we sing for worship. We'll try to add the songs for the coming Sunday to the top of the playlist. Enjoy! (Click here for direct access via Spotify)

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