Order of Service, April 14, 2024

Introduction

This Lord’s Day, Missionary Scott Williquette is our guest speaker. He will preach in the worship service and present a ministry update during Family Bible Hour.

His sermon from 1 Peter 3:13-17 focuses on thinking “rightly, to bank of biblical truth, when we are suffering for the Lord.” The elements of the service acknowledge that we cannot always understand what God is doing, but we are determined to serve and uphold his cause despite difficulty that the world may bring to us.

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Prelude:       Rejoice the Lord is King! // Abide With Me
Victoria Williquette

Call to Worship:     Matthew 5:10-12

Invocation:       Pastor Hamilton

PROCLAMATION

Hymn Insert     Give Praise to God

Note: The Lord God works his will and accomplishes his purposes according to his own plan for his own glory. Even though we do not and cannot comprehend his ways, we know that things good and true come only from God.  Therefore, we sing “give praise to God alone.”

Worship through Giving

Hymn (Insert)        Here is Love

Note: The first two verses of this hymn were written during the Scottish revival of mid-1800s. The first two verses describe God’s vast love for us in the crucifixion and death of Jesus. The third verse expresses the priorities of those who receive this redeeming love, “Let me seek Thy kingdom only, And my life be to thy praise.” The fourth verse describes the evidence of saving faith, “In Thy truth Thou dost direct me, by Thy Spirit, through Thy Word.”

Scripture Reading      Psalm 46

Note: Trouble for the sake of righteousness is a real and present danger. But those who trust God find him to be “our refuge and strength.” We “will not fear though the earth gives way”. . . . because we know that “the Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn 403      I’m Not Ashamed

Note: We declare our resolve to uphold the truth of God’s Word and gospel of His Son, Jesus in the face of opposition.

I’m not ashamed to own my Lord,
Or to defend His cause;
Maintain the honor of His Word,
The glory of His cross.

Message: Thinking Rightly When Suffering for Righteousness
Text: 1 Peter 3:13-17
Missionary Scott Williquette

RESPONSE

Hymn 588      A Mighty Fortress is our God

Note: This hymn reminds us of our formidable foe, but also encourages us with knowledge that a powerful word from Christ “shall fell him.” Confident that “his doom is sure,” we may confidently,

Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also;
The body they may kill:
God’s truth abideth still,
is kingdom is forever.

Prayer Response:      Mike Towry

Benediction:      John Miles