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, November 15, 2020

Introduction For a second time, Jesus sends his followers out on a preaching mission. This time, he did not limit the ministry to the Twelve. Their goal was to announce the coming of the long-awaited Messiah in every city, village, and hamlet. The text serves as a precursor to the church’s mission. In the sermon,…

Order of Service, November 8, 2020

Introduction As Jesus traveled through Samaria and on toward Jerusalem, he encountered three would-be disciples. They understood that discipleship meant following Jesus, but had not counted the cost. Jesus challenged their priorities, revealing the unconditional nature of discipleship. Follow Jesus. Nothing is more important. The hymns selected for the worship service offer the same challenge…

Order of Service, November 1, 2020

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 reflect Isaiah’s vision of the exalted Lord (Isaiah 6:1-8).  Note: Prepackaged communion elements will be distributed in a safe manner to prevent the spread of illness.…

Order of Service, October 25, 2020

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day contains an unusual story from the life of Jesus. On his way toward Jerusalem, Jesus was rejected by the people in the city of Samaria. James and John instinctively wanted them punished, but Jesus showed them mercy. Even so, the story develops with the idea of judgment…

Order of Service, October 18, 2020

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 9:37-50) is made up of a series of short stories about the disciple’s failure. Taken together, these undergird the importance of faith that exalts Christ and excludes all selfish pride. The hymns selected for the service declare our faith in Christ, our sovereign Lord, a faith…

Order of Service, October 11, 2020

Introduction In the ninth chapter of Luke, Peter proclaimed with certainty the identity of Jesus as the Christ. Immediately, Jesus explained that he must be crucified, die, and raised. He further explained that those who trust him will see him returning in glory. In the text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 9:28-36), Jesus gave three…

Order of Service, October 4, 2020

Introduction Peter had just declared that Jesus is the Christ of God (Luke 9:18-22). In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day, Jesus began to explain the implications of trusting in him. “Take up your cross and follow me,” he said. To trust him is to follow him; failure to follow him has eternal consequences.…

Order of Service, September 27, 2020

Introduction Luke 9:18-22 marks a climactic and pivotal point in Luke’s account of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. It clearly answers any remaining questions about the identity of Jesus. He is the Christ, Israel’s promised King. It also sets his course toward the cross that must precede the crown. The hymns we will…

Order of Service, September 20, 2020

Introduction Luke 9:10-17 contains an account of one of Jesus’ most famous and astounding miracles. It is a miracle of creative power viewed in a vast public display. It served as the climactic moment in Jesus’ Galilean ministry and set the stage for a probing question he posed to his disciples, “Who do you say…

Order of Service, September 13, 2020

Introduction In the ninth chapter of Luke, Jesus’ Galilean ministry began to draw to a close. In a climactic act, Jesus sent out his disciples as an extension of his own ministry, charging them to proclaim his message of the Kingdom and empowering them to confirm the message through miraculous deeds. The hymns we will…