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 14, 2021

Introduction The twelfth chapter of Luke begins with a series of warnings. In 12:1-3, Jesus warned against the hypocrisy of the Pharisees clearly implying that his disciples should not be pressured to follow them. In 12:4-7, Jesus warned against fearing man and called his disciples to fear God, instead. Finally, in 12:8-12, Jesus specifically warned…

Order of Service, March 7, 2021

Introduction In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 11:37-54), the theme of opposition to Jesus and his message continues. Jesus directly assaults the false teachers who oppose him, exposing their hypocrisy, legalism, and pride. Most of all, he condemns them for leading others astray. Their words and works were directly antithetical to the…

Order of Service, February 28, 2021

Introduction In Luke 11:29-32 (last week’s sermon text), Jesus warned against the judgment that would fall on those who rejected him and his message. In the text for this Lord’s Day, Jesus compares his message to light and speaks of its value. The hymns selected for the worship service include the theme of light, honoring…

Order of Service, February 21, 2021

Introduction The sermon text juxtaposes two paragraphs that contrast blessing and cursing. Those who are blessed hear and keep the message of Jesus; judgment awaits those who do not. Luke presents Jesus as One wiser than Solomon bearing a sign greater than that of Jonah. The hymns selected for the worship service will extol Jesus…

Order of Service, February 14, 2021

Introduction In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 11:14-26) focuses on a controversy that arose after Jesus performed an exorcism. The passage does not focus on the details of the miracle, but rather the source of Jesus’ power and, thus, the identity of Jesus. In a context that weaves together themes of God’s…

Order of Service, February 7, 2021

Introduction In Luke 11:1-13 Jesus responds to a disciple’s request, “Lord, teach us to pray.” This Lord’s Day, we come to the final section of this passage in which Jesus brings this teaching to a climactic.. application. Let your life be characterized by prayer knowing that God is our loving Father who delights to hear…

Order of Service, January 31, 2021

Introduction We have spent five Sundays exploring the implications of Luke’s account of the Lord’s Prayer, petition-by-petition. In context, this model prayer introduces extended discussion of the character of God on which all prayer rests (Luke 11:5-13) This paragraph begins with a parable (5-8) followed by an explanation (9-13). Since the whole passage presents a…

Order of Service, January 24, 2021

Introduction The sermon for this Lord’s Day will explore the implications of the final petition contained in Luke’s account of the Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:1-4). It is a disciple’s plea for the Lord’s protection against the persistent temptation of sin. The hymns selected for the worship service acknowledge our propensity toward sin and the Lord’s…

Order of Service, January 17, 2021

Introduction Luke 11:1-13 tells us about Jesus training his disciples regarding prayer. As we begin 2021, our study of the Gospel of Luke has slowed down so that we can savor Jesus’ teaching in this passage, thus making January a “prayer emphasis month.” In the service this Lord’s Day, we will focus on the fourth…

Order of Service, January 10, 2021

Announcement Dear friends, I encourage you to listen to and view the preaching of God’s word this Lord’s Day (January 9) via livestream. We will not gather for the service this week only. This is a decision I have been wrestling with all week.   One week ago, several of our church members in two households tested positive for Covid-19. We have attempted…