Posts by Steven Thomas

Order of Service, January 17, 2021

Introduction Luke 11:1-13 tells us about Jesus training his disciples regarding prayer. As we begin 2021, our study of the Gospel of Luke has slowed down so that we can savor Jesus’ teaching in this passage, thus making January a “prayer emphasis month.” In the service this Lord’s Day, we will focus on the fourth…

Order of Service, January 10, 2021

Announcement Dear friends, I encourage you to listen to and view the preaching of God’s word this Lord’s Day (January 9) via livestream. We will not gather for the service this week only. This is a decision I have been wrestling with all week.   One week ago, several of our church members in two households tested positive for Covid-19. We have attempted…

Order of Service, January 3, 2021

Introduction This Lord’s Day we begin a New Year remembering the death of Jesus with a Communion Service. We also continue our study of Luke’s Gospel, focusing on the second request contained in the “Lord’s Prayer.” What is the relationship between the Lord’s Table and the prayer, “Thy kingdom come?” Our service will explore the…

Order of Service, December 27, 2020

Introduction This Lord’s Day, the last Sunday of 2020, we will resume our study of Luke. The text is a famous one, usually called the Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:1-4). The next paragraph continues the Lord’s teaching on the subject of prayer. Each year we take a Sunday at the end of January to focus on…

Order of Service, December 20, 2020

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day (1 Timothy 3:14-16) contains the echo of an ancient creed that explains the significance of Christ’s coming. We, the church, confess Christ. He is the anchor of our faith. The hymns selected for the worship service celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. PREPARATION…

Order of Service, December 13, 2020

Introduction Throughout the tenth chapter of Luke, Jesus guided his disciples into a deeper understanding of what is means to follow him. In the final paragraph, Luke makes certain that we understand the devotion to Jesus and his teaching is a disciples’ one essential priority. The hymns selected for the worship service proclaim the advent…

Order of Service, December 6, 2020

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day focuses on one of the New Testament’s most famous stories: the Good Samaritan. It is a parable that Jesus told in response to the question, “Who is my neighbor?” The story itself is the second half of a passage that began by teaching us, love God with…

Order of Service, November 29, 2020

Introduction Jesus was the itinerant preacher who lacked all credentials but God’s approval. As he made his way toward Jerusalem, a lawyer put him to the test asking, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus in turn asked him his interpretation of the Law regarding that subject. The Lawyer responded correctly, citing the…

Order of Service, November 22, 2020

Introduction In Luke 10:17-24, 72 of Jesus’ followers return from a preaching tour, rejoicing at the outcome. Jesus joins in with their enthusiastic joy, connecting their part his mission with the grand plan of God for the outcome of history. He also sorts their priorities, encouraging them to rejoice that the Sovereign Lord has made…

Order of Service, November 15, 2020

Introduction For a second time, Jesus sends his followers out on a preaching mission. This time, he did not limit the ministry to the Twelve. Their goal was to announce the coming of the long-awaited Messiah in every city, village, and hamlet. The text serves as a precursor to the church’s mission. In the sermon,…