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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Order of Service, February 25, 2024

Introduction The first chapter of 1 Timothy began with a charge Paul gave to Timothy to set things in order in the churches in Ephesus 1:3-7). False teachers needed to be silenced and corrected. In verses 8-17, Paul 1) identified and confronted an aspect of the error being taught and 2) explained the power and…

Order of Service, February 18, 2024

Introduction False teachers in the churches in Ephesus needed correction. In 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Paul corrected their misuse of the Law—it cannot contribute anything to our salvation. In 1 Timothy 12-16, Paul presented himself as an example of the saving power of the gospel of God’s grace given through Jesus Christ: by mercy and grace,…

Order of Service, February 11, 2024

Introduction In last Sunday’s sermon text, Paul exposed the error of false teachers who misused the Law of Moses. This Lord’s Day we will see how Paul counters their error. He presents himself as the ultimate example of the what the gospel of grace can achieve. Without law-keeping, Christ saved Paul, the very worst of…

Order of Service, February 4, 2024

Introduction In 1 Timothy 1:8-11, the apostle Paul addressed an important aspect of the false teaching taking place in the churches in Ephesus. The issue was the misuse of the Law of Moses. Having instructed Timothy to confront and correct the false teachers (1:3-7), Paul counters their error by stressing that the Law is good…

Order of Service, January 28, 2024

Introduction Each January we mark a tradition in our church: Prayer Emphasis Sunday. This Lord’s Day we will focus on the subject of prayer and be reminded of the essential role it plays in the outworking of the plan of God for his people. Our guest speaker is Michael Harding, pastor of First Baptist Church…

Order of Service, January 21, 2024

Introduction Last week we began a study of Paul’s first letter to Timothy. This Lord’s Day, we will begin to read the body of the letter (1 Timothy 1:3-7) and find there that the churches in Ephesus were under the harmful influence of false teachers. Paul charged Timothy to confront them. The hymns in the…

Order of Service, January 14, 2024

Introduction This Lord’s Day we will introduce our new sermon series: The Pillar and Foundation of the Truth. It is a study of the first of Paul’s so-called “Pastoral Epistles.” This letter instructs Timothy about how to set things in order in the churches in the city of Ephesus. His commands to Timothy are always…

Order of Service, January 7, 2024

Introduction The worship service this Lord’s Day is dedicated to observance of the Lord’s Table.  Consequently, we will build the entire service around this rite.  In this service, we will reflect on Isaiah’s vision of the exalted Lord (Isaiah 6:1-8). PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP Prelude Call to Worship       Psalm 99:1-5 Invocation Explanation of Communion Service PROCLAMATION…

Order of Service, December 31, 2023

Introduction This Lord’s Day we will look at Psalm 1 where we will find an encouraging description of the believer, “the righteous” and “blessed man,” and a sobering description of the unbeliever, “the wicked.” The message from the passage will set forth the believer as one preoccupied with God’s Word, “the Law of the Lord”…

Order of Service, December 24, 2023

Merry Christmas! Introduction This Lord’s Day we will remember the first advent of our Lord Jesus. He came into a world that is in desperate need. Our sermon text reveals that some watched for him with expectant faith and welcomed him with worship. But they were a small minority of people. Others ignored him—and some…