Each week we post an Order of Service for the upcoming Lord’s Day worship service. It gives a preview of the sermon content and explains how each element of the service supports the theme of the message. We carefully select songs for the teaching value of the lyrics (Colossians 3:16). Use the links in each post to preview the lyrics of the songs. Please read Understanding Worship at HBC for an explanation of the contribution made by each element of the service.

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Change of Plans for Sunday, September 5, 2021

Dear brothers and sisters, On Thursday of this week, Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Flat Rock because of a continuing HAZMAT situation discovered on Tuesday. On Tuesday evening, the Flat Rock fire department and other agencies set up a staging area in our church parking lot as they began a search for the source of “explosive fumes” detected in…

Order of Service, August 29, 2021

Introduction In Luke 16:1-13, Jesus spoke to his disciples, warning them against following the example of the Pharisees. Unlike the Pharisees, his followers must invest in the eternal good of others, display their character by faithfulness in little things, and resist divided loyalties, which is idolatry. The sermon text (Luke 16:14-18) tells us that the…

Order of Service, August 22, 2021

Introduction This Lord’s Day our guest speaker is Joel Owen. His message is a study in Divine Providence in the life of David as found in 1 Samuel 19:1-24. The hymns selected for the service teach us the truth of God’s sovereignty over his creation and his gracious providence in the lives of his people.…

Order of Service, August 15, 2021

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day is Luke 16:1-13. It contains the most puzzling parable that Jesus told: the parable of the “unjust steward.” We will retell the story but focus mainly on the clear principles that Jesus drew from it (vv. 9-13). A major theme undergirds the text, namely, that our choices…

Order of Service, August 8, 2021

Introduction It is our joy and privilege to welcome Dr. David Saxon as our guest speaker. He has served in the Bible Department of Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, Wisconsin. His message will be based on Mark 5:1-20 which records an encounter between Jesus and a man possessed and abused by demonic forces. The story…

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…