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, August 25, 2019

Introduction In 2 Corinthians 11:1, the apostle Paul pleads with the church in Corinth, “bear with me in a little foolishness.” As he closed out chapter 10, he rejected self-commendation. Yet, the situation in Corinth was such that Paul could not defend his authority, and thus his message, without presenting his own credentials. He calls…

Order of Service, August 18, 2019

Introduction With biting sarcasm, Paul calls out his opponents in Corinth for their self-promotion. In contrast, Paul’s desire for commendation from Christ alone shaped his philosophy of ministry in ways that we will explore this Lord’s Day. The hymn selection for this service will remind us of the reason we have no right to promote…

Order of Service, August 11, 2019

Introduction Paul launched a defense of his authority in the church in the tenth chapter of 2 Corinthians. In the first six verses, he revealed the true nature and power of his authority. In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day (2 Corinthians 10:7-11), Paul explained that the Lord gave him this authority and he…

Order of Service, August 4, 2019

Introduction This Lord’s Day we will focus on 2 Corinthians 10:1-6. This passage begins Paul’s renewed defense in which he takes aim at his opponents in Corinth who were trying to undermine his authority and his message in the church. His defense will occupy the rest of the letter. In it, Paul encourages the Corinthians…

Order of Service, July 28, 2019

Introduction This Lord’s Day we will observe the Lord’s Table with a focus on Isaiah 6:1-8. PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP Prelude Call to Worship     Psalm 99:1-5 Invocation Explanation of the Communion Service PROCLAMATION Hymn 288     I Hear the Words of Love At the Lord’s Table: I.   We need to see God as He is . .…

Order of Service, July 21, 2019

Introduction This Lord’s Day we will complete Paul’s discussion of the collection he was taking for the believers in Jerusalem. His instruction to the Corinthians is important for our understanding of stewardship in the age of the New Testament mission. The hymn selection will focus on the theme of stewardship, especially the fact that the…

Order of Service, July 14, 2019

Introduction Missionary, Scott Williquette, will be with us for the services this Lord’s Day. The hymn selection tells the story of our mission. We begin win the Gospel call for all creation to worship our Creator. This is possible only because of the redeeming work of Christ. The grand conclusion of the mission is the…

Order of Service, July 7, 2019

Introduction In 2 Corinthians 8-9, Paul addresses the subject of the Corinthian church’s participation in a collection being gathered to 1) provide relief for Jewish Christians suffering in Jerusalem and 2) unify the church by minimizing ethnic differences. The sermon text for this Lord’s Day is the fourth of five sermons from these two chapters.…

Order of Service, June 30, 2019

Introduction This Lord’s Day, Mark Buhr will preach, continuing his extended series through Galatians. The sermon will focus on a single verse, Galatians 5:26. In it, Paul forbids boasting (conceit). The elements of our worship service focus our attention the One who is worthy of all boasting (glory). If we boast, we must boast in…

Order of Service, June 9, 2019

Introduction Mark Buhr will lead the service this Lord’s Day. He says, “The last sermon I preached was from Galatians 5:16-18. I’d like to pick it up from there today and look at 5:19-23. Are you a believer? That is, have you been saved from your sinfulness by faith in Christ alone? If so, the…