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, January 19, 2020

Introduction The storyline of Luke’s Gospel fast-forwards from the childhood of Jesus to the beginning of his ministry at about age 30. Chapter 3 begins with a description of the ministry of Jesus’ cousin, John (elsewhere called “the Baptist”). The sermon text for this Lord’s Day identifies John as a prophet who served as the…

Order of Service, January 12, 2020

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day contains the only information found in the Bible about the childhood of Jesus. It seems clear that Luke did not include this story simply to fill in some details to satisfy the curious. The account of Jesus’ first trip to Jerusalem serves to make a theological statement…

Order of Service, January 5, 2020

Introduction This Lord’s Day we begin the New Year by observing the Lord’s Table. The purpose of the Lord’s Table is to remember Christ (Luke 22:19). Our service will focus on what it means to remember Him. Prelude Call to Worship Hymn HBC 40     Give Praise to God Introduction     Pastor Thomas Hymn 141     Alas!…

Order of Service, December 29, 2019

Introduction The upcoming sermon was originally scheduled for last Sunday, but had to be postponed due to illness. In it, we will finish our look at Simeon’s word to Mary and Joseph. He predicted that their Son, Jesus, would bring radical division between people and would reveal what is really in the hearts of all…

Order of Service, December 22, 2019

Introduction Merry Christmas! This Lord’s Day we will finish our look at Simeon’s word to Mary and Joseph. He predicted that their Son, Jesus, would bring radical division between people and would reveal what is really in the hearts of all people. He added that Jesus would bring great sorrow to Mary. What did Simeon…

Order of Service, December 15, 2020

Introduction In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day, we read of Jesus’ first visit to Jerusalem. As an infant he accompanied his parents to the Temple for the performance of rituals prescribed by the Law of Moses. While there, the holy family encountered two people who blessed the child and prophesied regarding him. The…

Order of Service, December 8, 2019

Introduction On this Lord’s Day we remember and celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. The sermon will explore the rich truths contained in the message of the angels recorded in Luke 2:8-20. Our singing in this wonderful worship service will remind us of their announcement that called the shepherds to worship Christ, the…

Order of Service, December 1, 2019

Introduction In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day, Luke tells the story of the birth of Jesus. He tells is briefly and without fanfare. The Lord Jesus came into the world in a humble estate. Even so, we see the hand of God at work in the simple details. We will find Jesus’ humble…

Order of Service, November 24, 2019

Introduction In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day, Luke records a prophetic word given through Zechariah, John the Baptist’s father. The song rehearses the promises the Lord made to Israel, especially to Abraham. The promises find fulfillment in the coming of the Messiah, Jesus. Zechariah compares Him to the sunrise that dispels the darkness.…

Order of Service, November 17, 2019

Introduction In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day, Elizabeth gave birth to John the Baptist. When she and her husband confirmed that their son’s name was John, Zachariah immediately regained his ability to speak. The crowd that had gathered to celebrate the circumcision of John was amazed and wondered what sort of man John…