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Order of Service, May 9, 2021

Introduction This Lord’s Day we will honor mothers in the worship service in keeping with the national holiday. The sermon, however, will continue our study of the Gospel of Luke. Luke 13:1-9 is a passage that expands the final thought of chapter 12: “Settle accounts with God before it is too late” (Luke 12:57-59). The…

Order of Service, April 18, 2021

Introduction In Luke 12:13-21 (the sermon text for last Sunday), Jesus challenged his followers to resist covetousness because those who covet value the creation above the Creator. Rather than working to amass treasure for self, the follower of Jesus must be “rich toward God” (Luke 12:21).  The following passage (for this Lord’s Day sermon) explains…

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…

Order of Service, January 3, 2021

Introduction This Lord’s Day we begin a New Year remembering the death of Jesus with a Communion Service. We also continue our study of Luke’s Gospel, focusing on the second request contained in the “Lord’s Prayer.” What is the relationship between the Lord’s Table and the prayer, “Thy kingdom come?” Our service will explore the…

Order of Service, November 22, 2020

Introduction In Luke 10:17-24, 72 of Jesus’ followers return from a preaching tour, rejoicing at the outcome. Jesus joins in with their enthusiastic joy, connecting their part his mission with the grand plan of God for the outcome of history. He also sorts their priorities, encouraging them to rejoice that the Sovereign Lord has made…

Order of Service, November 8, 2020

Introduction As Jesus traveled through Samaria and on toward Jerusalem, he encountered three would-be disciples. They understood that discipleship meant following Jesus, but had not counted the cost. Jesus challenged their priorities, revealing the unconditional nature of discipleship. Follow Jesus. Nothing is more important. The hymns selected for the worship service offer the same challenge…

Order of Service, March 1, 2020

Introduction This Lord’s Day we come to the place where Luke introduces the public ministry of Jesus. Unexpectedly, Luke interrupts the narrative to give us the genealogy of Jesus (Luke 3:23-32). Matthew presented his genealogy the very beginning—even before his account of the conception and birth of Jesus. That leads us to ask, what connection…

Order of Service, February 2, 2020

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day introduces John the Baptist’s powerful ministry and message. The key word that summaries his message is “repent.” The hymns selected for the service acknowledge our sinful state and express a penitential cry for mercy and forgiveness. The hymns at the beginning and end of the service rejoice…

Order of Service, October 27, 2019

Introduction Missions Emphasis Week Each year at HBC we set aside a week to focus attention on the mission that we have in this world. This Sunday begins our Missions Emphasis Week. Traditionally, we begin the week with the observance of the Lord’s Table. Together, we remember Christ, whose mission is now our mission (Acts…