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, May 23, 2021

Introduction This Lord’s Day the sermon text (Luke 13:18-21) combines two parables that have often been misunderstood and misapplied. It describes the power of God that will bring to pass the great Kingdom of Christ at his return. This outcome is sure despite small beginnings of his first coming. The hymns selected for the worship…

Order of Service, May 16, 2021

Introduction This Lord’s Day the sermon text of the worship service (Luke 13:10-17) describes an event that displayed the great mercy of the Lord. Jesus performed a miraculous healing on the Sabbath, sparking criticism from the self-righteous religious leaders. Jesus rebuked them for their hypocrisy and failure of mercy. The message of Jesus is a…

Order of Service, May 9, 2021

Introduction This Lord’s Day we will honor mothers in the worship service in keeping with the national holiday. The sermon, however, will continue our study of the Gospel of Luke. Luke 13:1-9 is a passage that expands the final thought of chapter 12: “Settle accounts with God before it is too late” (Luke 12:57-59). The…

Order of Service, May 2, 2021

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 12:49-59) includes three paragraphs that, at first glance, seem unrelated, but closer evaluation suggests that they combine to create a powerful challenge. Jesus begins with a description of his mission that includes judgment and conflict. Next, he derides the crown for their unwillingness to see the…

Order of Service, April 25, 2021

Introduction This Lord’s Day the worship service sermon text weaves together a series of brief parables that call the followers of Jesus to eagerly anticipate his return. This expectation serves as the motivation for faithful service. The passage climaxes with a clear declaration: the greater the privilege, the greater the responsibility. The hymns selected for…

Order of Service, April 18, 2021

Introduction In Luke 12:13-21 (the sermon text for last Sunday), Jesus challenged his followers to resist covetousness because those who covet value the creation above the Creator. Rather than working to amass treasure for self, the follower of Jesus must be “rich toward God” (Luke 12:21).  The following passage (for this Lord’s Day sermon) explains…

Order of Service, April 11, 2021

Introduction In Luke 12:13-21, Jesus tells the famous parable of the rich fool who tore down his barns to build bigger barns to stash his hoard for the future. The problem the rich man had was not his riches, but his worldview. He hoarded for himself and left God out of the picture, resulting in…

Order of Service, March 28, 2021

Introduction Mark Buhr will bring the message from God’s Word again today. In Galatians 5 and 6, Paul has been talking about what it means to walk in the Spirit—to be spiritual. As he’s wrapping up his letter, he says in 6:1-2 that we should minister to others by helping to restore those who have…

Order of Service, March 21, 2021

Introduction Today Pastor Thomas is out of town and Mark Buhr will bring the message from God’s Word. We will return to Galatians 6 where we left off last year. In 6:1-2 we learn that we are responsible to restore those who have fallen into sin and to bear one another’s burdens. Today’s passage (6:3-5)…