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, April 14, 2019

Introduction This Lord’s Day we mark the anniversary of Christ’s Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of his Passion Week. On that day, he “came to his own” (John 1:11), that is, he presented himself to Israel as her long-awaited King. The crowds in the city understood the significance of his entry (Zechariah 9:9)…

Order of Service, April 7, 2019

Introduction Titus brought news from Corinth to Paul. He reported that the Corinthians had responded to Paul’s admonitions. They had repented and declared their allegiance to Paul, and thus to the Lord. The key idea is that Paul’s correction brought them sorrow, but it was the right kind of sorrow, sorrow that produced repentance. And…

Order of Service, March 31, 2019

Introduction In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day, Paul finishes the “great digression” in which he has revealed the plan of God for the work of the church and his own role in that plan (2:14—7:4). He appealed to the Corinthians for mutual affection in 6:13: “open wide your hearts.” Here he repeats the…

Order of Service, March 24, 2019

Introduction In 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1, the apostle Paul calls the church to holiness. He explains that the nature of God demands it. He further explains that God promises to be with his holy church and love his holy people as a father. In view of God’s promises, Paul challenges the church to cleanse itself from…

Order of Service, March 17, 2019

Introduction This Lord’s Day, Mark Buhr will be filling the pulpit. PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP Prelude Call to Worship     John 8:31-32 Invocation PROCLAMATION Hymn 27     Mighty God, While Angels Bless Thee Worship through Giving Congregational Response, Hymn 462      Doxology Hymn 71     My Redeemer Scripture Reading     Romans 6:1-14 Pastoral Prayer Hymn HBC 25     I Love The Church…

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…