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 13, 2022

Introduction In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day, Jesus tells an extended parable that describes the plot made by tenants of a man’s vineyard to get rid of their master’s son and take ownership of the land. Their treacherous plot ends up in the murder of the master’s beloved son and the master, as…

Order of Service, March 6, 2022

Introduction Luke 20:1-8 begins Luke’s account of the third day of Jesus’ passion week. It also begins his account of a series of challenges Israel’s rulers made to Jesus’ authority. They sought to trap him by goading him into saying something they could us to condemn him. In this exchange, Jesus turns the tables, catching…

Order of Service, February 27, 2022

Introduction The morning after Jesus’ so-called “Triumphal Entry,” Jesus returned to the temple. He angrily expelled those who irreverently used the holy place for common and shameful deeds. Jesus’ opponents were all the more determined to do away with him, but they couldn’t find the right time. The hymns in the service will declare the…

Order of Service, February 20, 2022

Introduction In the sermon text this Lord’s Day (Luke 19:28-44), Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem reaches its climactic end. He will ride into the city on the colt of a donkey (an intentional connection with Zechariah 9:9) as the crowds cry “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!” The hymns in…

Order of Service, February 13, 2022

Introduction Just before Jesus entered Jerusalem as Israel’s King, he told a parable that made it clear to his listeners that his kingdom will begin when he returns following a long absence. In the meantime, his true followers must serve him faithfully. The parable ends with an ominous declaration of the ruin that awaits those…

Order of Service, February 6, 2022

Introduction On the eve of Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, he sought out a man in Jericho and invited himself into the man’s home! Luke includes Jesus’ encounter with Zacchaeus to teach us about Jesus’ ministry: the nature of his mission, the beneficiaries of his message, and the evidence of his salvation. PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP…

Order of Service, January 30, 2022

Introduction This Lord’s Day is our annual Prayer Emphasis Sunday. Our guest speaker, Dr. Mark Snoeberger, will present a message on the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:9:13. PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP Prelude Call to Worship:     Psalm 34:8-10 Invocation Hymn 3:     Holy, Holy, Holy Note: The act of prayer rests on God’s character as revealed in Scripture.…

Order of Service, January 23, 2022

Introduction Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem for his rendezvous with the cross. As he approached Jericho, a blind beggar cried out for mercy (Luke 18:35-43). Because of the man’s faith, the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Light of the world, gave him his sight. The songs selected for the worship service highlight…

Order of Service, January 16, 2022

Introduction Jesus had set his face toward Jerusalem (Luke 9:51) and was resolved to traverse that path to the bitter end. He explained to the Twelve disciples multiple times that a rendezvous with death awaited him in that city. In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 18:31-34), Jesus explained this once again, but…

Order of Service, January 9, 2022

INTRODUCTION Luke 18 contains a series of stories and events placed together to drive home the point that the self-reliance of Jesus’ opponents was misguided. Only those who come to Jesus with a sense of their own helplessness and need can enter the kingdom. The sermon text (Luke 18:18-30) records Jesus’ encounter with a man…