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, December 4, 2022

Introduction As we previously studied Luke 24:13-27, we “eavesdropped” on a conversation that took place on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus on the first Resurrection Day. The conversation occurred between two obscure disciples and the risen Christ, though he walked with them incognito. The disciples were forlorn and agitated because Jesus was crucified. So,…

Order of Service, November 27, 2022

Introduction Joel Owen will preach the morning message this Lord’s Day from Psalm 34. He will use the testimony of David in this psalm to help us develop a “theology of trials.” The hymns selected for the service help encourage us to rest secure in the character and promises of God. PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP Prelude…

Order of Service, November 20, 2022

Introduction On Resurrection Day, two followers of Jesus left Jerusalem and walked to the little town of Emmaus. On the way, they aired their discouragement, frustration, and confusion caused by the death of Jesus. But then, the Lord Jesus, incognito, joined them on their journey. He confronted their lack of faith and proceeded to show…

Missions Emphasis Sunday

Order of Service, November 13, 2023

Introduction It is our privilege to welcome missionaries to our services this Lord’s Day. He is a veteran pastor and missionary who serves in Baptist Mid-Mission’s Pastoral Enrichment Program. He travels around the world to meet with indigenous pastors who do not have access to adequate training. He and other team members provide teaching in…

Order of Service, November 6, 2022

Introduction In our continuing study of the Gospel of Luke, we come to the end of Jesus’ Passion Week. His suffering has ended and death gives way to life. Last Lord’s Day we contemplated the significance of Jesus’ burial. We know that Jesus was really dead—but all of that changed as we will see in…

Order of Service, October 30, 2022

Reformation Sunday Introduction This Lord’s Day is Reformation Sunday, a day that remembers the hard-fought gains achieved by men such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, and a host of others. All Protestant churches—even those that are not technically Reformed—owe a debt to these men who suffered, and sometimes laid down their lives, to…

Order of Service, October 23, 2022

Introduction Luke 23:50-56 has a somber tone. Jesus, now dead, was buried in a borrowed tomb. The Lord’s body was prepared with both respect and haste. Luke singled out two groups who participated in this grim act of love. First, a man named Joseph played a cameo role—his only appearance in the gospels. Second, the…

Order of Service, October, 16, 2022

Introduction Our journey through the Gospel of Luke brings us to the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Yet, as Jesus neared his death, the Father put on a display of supernatural events that, combined with Jesus’ words and the testimony of those nearby, give reason to hope that his death was not the ultimate end.…

Order of Service, October 9, 2022

Introduction In Luke 23:39-43, one of the two thieves condemned to die with Jesus joins in the ridicule, blaspheming the crucified Messiah. The other thief challenges and rebukes him for his failure to fear God. He reminded the first thief that, unlike them, Jesus had done nothing wrong. Turning to Jesus, he asked Jesus to…

Order of Service, October 2, 2022

Introduction In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 23:32-38), Jesus is led the place of his execution. The injustice continued as he was crucified between two thieves, scoffed and mocked. Some onlookers thought it amusing that the placard above Jesus’ head declared that he was the King of the Jews. But we know…