Order of Service

Order of Service, December 27, 2020

Introduction This Lord’s Day, the last Sunday of 2020, we will resume our study of Luke. The text is a famous one, usually called the Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:1-4). The next paragraph continues the Lord’s teaching on the subject of prayer. Each year we take a Sunday at the end of January to focus on…

Order of Service, December 20, 2020

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day (1 Timothy 3:14-16) contains the echo of an ancient creed that explains the significance of Christ’s coming. We, the church, confess Christ. He is the anchor of our faith. The hymns selected for the worship service celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. PREPARATION…

Order of Service, December 13, 2020

Introduction Throughout the tenth chapter of Luke, Jesus guided his disciples into a deeper understanding of what is means to follow him. In the final paragraph, Luke makes certain that we understand the devotion to Jesus and his teaching is a disciples’ one essential priority. The hymns selected for the worship service proclaim the advent…

Order of Service, December 6, 2020

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day focuses on one of the New Testament’s most famous stories: the Good Samaritan. It is a parable that Jesus told in response to the question, “Who is my neighbor?” The story itself is the second half of a passage that began by teaching us, love God with…

Order of Service, November 29, 2020

Introduction Jesus was the itinerant preacher who lacked all credentials but God’s approval. As he made his way toward Jerusalem, a lawyer put him to the test asking, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus in turn asked him his interpretation of the Law regarding that subject. The Lawyer responded correctly, citing the…

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 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…