Order of Service

Order of Service, February 23, 2020

Introduction In Luke 3:21-22, the public ministry of Jesus began. When he participated in John’s baptism, God the Father announced his pleasure in Jesus. Immediately, the Spirit of God visibly descended on Jesus, anointing him to serve as the Christ. The sermon, in part, will explain why Jesus participated in a cleansing ritual (baptism) intended…

Order of Service, February 16, 2020

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day brings Luke’s account of the ministry of John the Baptist to an abrupt end. John preached the truth and it offended the petty, immoral ruler, Herod Antipas. Herod rejected John’s message and imprisoned him. The other gospel accounts tell the story of the John’s subsequent execution. John…

Order of Service, February 9, 2020

Introduction As John the Baptist preached the gospel of the Kingdom and immanent unveiling of Israel’s King, the crowds who heard him wondered if John might be the promised Messiah. John emphatically declared, “I am not the Christ” (John 1:20). In Luke’s account, John stresses the vast difference between himself and the Christ. He described…

Order Of Service, January 26, 2020

Prayer Emphasis Sunday Introduction We begin each new year with a reminder of the importance of prayer, both for individual Christians and the church as a community of faith. This Lord’s Day will be our annual Prayer Emphasis Sunday. We will pause our current study of the Gospel of Luke, instead focusing on a prayer…

Order of Service, January 19, 2020

Introduction The storyline of Luke’s Gospel fast-forwards from the childhood of Jesus to the beginning of his ministry at about age 30. Chapter 3 begins with a description of the ministry of Jesus’ cousin, John (elsewhere called “the Baptist”). The sermon text for this Lord’s Day identifies John as a prophet who served as the…

Order of Service, January 12, 2020

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day contains the only information found in the Bible about the childhood of Jesus. It seems clear that Luke did not include this story simply to fill in some details to satisfy the curious. The account of Jesus’ first trip to Jerusalem serves to make a theological statement…

Order of Service, January 5, 2020

Introduction This Lord’s Day we begin the New Year by observing the Lord’s Table. The purpose of the Lord’s Table is to remember Christ (Luke 22:19). Our service will focus on what it means to remember Him. Prelude Call to Worship Hymn HBC 40     Give Praise to God Introduction     Pastor Thomas Hymn 141     Alas!…

Order of Service, December 29, 2019

Introduction The upcoming sermon was originally scheduled for last Sunday, but had to be postponed due to illness. In it, we will finish our look at Simeon’s word to Mary and Joseph. He predicted that their Son, Jesus, would bring radical division between people and would reveal what is really in the hearts of all…

Order of Service, December 22, 2019

Introduction Merry Christmas! This Lord’s Day we will finish our look at Simeon’s word to Mary and Joseph. He predicted that their Son, Jesus, would bring radical division between people and would reveal what is really in the hearts of all people. He added that Jesus would bring great sorrow to Mary. What did Simeon…

Order of Service, December 15, 2020

Introduction In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day, we read of Jesus’ first visit to Jerusalem. As an infant he accompanied his parents to the Temple for the performance of rituals prescribed by the Law of Moses. While there, the holy family encountered two people who blessed the child and prophesied regarding him. The…