Posts by Steven Thomas

Order of Service, August 1, 2021

Introduction This Lord’s Day we will observe the Lord’s Table, a rite of solemn joy. We will remember the work of Christ through the lens of Hebrews 10:11-14. This text contrasts the endless sacrifices made by the Temple priests with one sacrifice of Christ. One element of the contrast is the fact that the priest…

Order of Service, July 25, 2021

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day is Luke 15:25-32 which is the conclusion to the famed story of the “prodigal son.” This section focuses on the prodigal’s older brother. It turns out that this brother was the focal point in Jesus’ story because he represented those in Jesus’ audience that believed they, unlike…

Order of Service, July 18, 2021

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day tells one of the best known and best-loved stories in the Gospels: the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). Close look at the text and its context reveals that is not just a story about son who went astray, but it is primarily about a second…

Order of Service, July 11, 2021

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day is Luke 15:1-10. Jesus tells two parables to an audience made up of society’s moral outcasts (tax-collectors and sinners). The two parables combine to tell a single story: Jesus’ effort to save even a single lost one (sheep or coin) and the joy that takes place in…

Order of Service, July 4, 2021

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day is Luke 14:25-35. In it, the Lord Jesus issues a serious call to count the cost of following him. He requires full devotion, without which no one can be his disciple. We tend to minimize of ignore Jesus’ call, but the text, rightly considered, does not allow…

Order of Service, June 27, 2021

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day is Luke 14:15-24. In it, Jesus tells a story about a great feast. Those invited made foolish excuses and refused to attend. The host brought in an unexpected crowd to fill the banquet hall. The story rebuked the religious leaders of Israel who refused to respond to…

Order of Service, June 20, 2021

Introduction In Luke 14:1-14, Jesus attended a Sabbath feast at the home of a prominent Pharisee. As soon as Jesus arrived, he performed a miracle to the consternation of the host and his friends. He then proceeded to tell two stories set against the backdrop of a feast, each aimed at the pride of the…

Order of Service, June 13, 2021

Introduction In the sermon text for the Lord’s Day (Luke 13:31-35), the opposition to Jesus intensifies. Jesus continues toward the cross with unwavering resolve, but grieved, he laments Israel’s squandered opportunity to repent and believe. PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP Welcome Prelude Call to Worship     Sanctus Choir Invocation PROCLAMATION Hymn 42     Praise Ye the Lord! Hymn Insert    …

Order of Service, June 6, 2021

Introduction This Lord’s Day our guest speaker is Ryan Martin, pastor of First Baptist Church, Granite Falls, MN. He will preach from Exodus 18, a text that tells a story of Moses’ interaction with his father-in-law, Jethro. Of this passage, Dr. Martin says: The story of Jethro is primarily given to us to make this…

Order of Service, May 30, 2021

Introduction This Lord’s Day, we will consider Jesus’ warning, “Strive to enter [the kingdom] through the narrow door” (sermon text: Luke 13:22-30). He explained with several declarations that would have shocked his audience. A question launched the discussion in the passage, but it turns out that the question was the wrong one. By the end…