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, March 10, 2019

Introduction Second Corinthians 6:11-13 introduces the final section of the extended discussion of Paul’s ministry that began in 2:14. These introductory verses make an appeal for mutual affection. Paul had demonstrated his dedication to the gospel ministry and his devoted love for the Corinthians. It was time for them to show similar love for him.…

Order of Service, March 3, 2019

Introduction The sermon passage for this Lord’s Day describes Paul’s full commitment to serve his Lord (2 Corinthians 6:3-10). Military metaphors often shaped the apostle’s description of Christian service. This passage is no exception. It is reminiscent of the admonition Paul gave Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:3-4: Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in…

Order of Service, February 24, 2019

Introduction In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day, Paul explains what it looks like when the love of Christ “controls” us and, thus, we live only for him (cf. 5:14-15). Paul’s worldview had undergone a radical transformation so that he no longer viewed Christ—or anything else—from a worldly outlook. Being united with Christ changed…

Order of Service, February 17, 2019

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s day explains Paul’s motivation for a life of service. The fear of the Lord undergirded and sustained his ministry. Such fear is not cringing terror, but rather a joy-filled dread of Christ’s quintessential majesty. Paul further explains that this same majestic Lord died to save a people who…

Order of Service, February 10, 2019

Introduction The sermon text we considered last week (2 Corinthians 4:16-18) weighed today’s suffering against eternity’s glory. We might compare that text to a hinge that connects two parts of Paul’s theology of ministry. The first part described the “light momentary affliction” he endured (4:7-13). The text for the sermon this Lord’s Day looks at…

Order of Service, February 3, 2019

Introduction As Paul unpacked the details of his own service for Christ, he explained that the path of true ministry leads through suffering. The suffering messenger embraces this calling by faith. Last time (4:13-15), we saw that faith in the resurrection sustains those who serve through suffering. In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day,…

Order of Service, January 20, 2019

Introduction This order of service is duplicated from the January 13 post. We moved the prepared order to this Lord’s Day because the pastor was ill that week. Special thanks to Mark Buhr for filling in with little advance warning. The apostle Paul explains to the Corinthians why he continued to speak the message of…

Order of Service, January 6, 2019

This Lord’s Day we will observe the Lord’s Table. On these occasions we build the entire worship service around the communion remembrance. The focus in this service will be 1 John 1:8-9. Prelude Call to Worship    1 Corinthians 10:16-17 Invocation Explanation of Communion Service Hymn 238      How Sweet and Awful Is the…

Order of Service, December 30, 2018

Introduction In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day (2 Corinthians 4:7-12), Paul began to explain the nature of his ministry of the glorious New Covenant message of Christ. False teachers presented themselves as celebrity ministers, but Paul’s ministry was marked by weakness, persecution, and suffering. This is not an anomaly, but rather the design…