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Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

The Catechism says that those who know Christ’s forgiveness are “to thank God for such deliverance” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 1, Question and Answer 2). As a result, “With our whole lives we may show that we are thankful to God for his benefits, so that he may be praised through us, and that we may be assured of our faith by its fruits, and so that by our godly living our neighbors may be won over to Christ” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 32, Question and Answer 86).

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Additional Prayers

A Prayer of Acclamation and Thanks for God’s Grace
O God, we are too often full of fear. We are afraid of growing old and weak. But your grace is enough. We are afraid of sinning our way right to the edge of death. But your grace is enough. We are afraid of the dark, afraid of sleepless nights, afraid of diseases, afraid of being afraid. But your grace is enough. It is enough. And so we give you hearty thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.
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Tune Information

Name
YOUR GRACE IS ENOUGH
Key
G Major

Recordings

Musical Suggestion

  • For the introduction, consider starting on the 2nd page (refrain), 3rd line with the words, “Your grace is enough…” and play to the Da Capo, when you go back to the beginning, the congregation will begin with stanza 1.
  • If the repeated 8th notes get tiring or too repetitive for you on the third page of this song, consider substitute quarter notes with your left hand, being sure not to speed up, but keeping the beat steady. 
— Diane Dykgraaf
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Hymn Story/Background

This song developed out of Maher reflecting on 2 Corinthians 12, in which Paul talks about the thorn in his side, but how God’s grace is sufficient even in that. In an interview, Maher said he was at a point where he wasn’t really sure he could believe that. But he thought, “…maybe if I write a song about it, and I sing it enough, it’ll sink in.” So he did just that. He was leading it at a conference, and the directors of the conference asked Chris Tomlin and band if they would back the song. Tomlin immediately fell in love with it, saying, “I mean…the chorus is just massive…you see the people’s hearts catch it and explode.”
— Laura de Jong

Author and Composer Information

Matt Maher (b. November 10, 1974) grew up in Newfoundland, Canada, but relocated to Tempe, Arizona when his parents divorced and his mother moved back to her native state. He didn’t have a strong faith, and started searching for something deeper. He was led to a new church community, where he was soon asked to help lead worship. After receiving a scholarship for Jazz Music, he began to study piano at Arizona State University. Soon afterwards, he became involved at St. Timothy Catholic Community in Mesa, where he worked alongside artists including Israel Houghton and Rich Mullins. After listening to the music of Delirious?, Paul Baloche and the Passion Movement, Maher knew he wanted to be involved in the modern worship movement. He took a full-time worship position at St. Timothy, and began writing music. He is now a full-time “musical missionary,” but is still rooted at home, now Nashville, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife, Kristin and son, Conor.
— Laura de Jong
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