Order of Service, April 21, 2024

Introduction

This Lord’s Day we will look at the epistle of 1 John where John writes to help his readers know for sure whether or not they have eternal life (5:13). To help them come to this certainty, he explores three tests which in combination expose the reality or absence of spiritual life. The tests may be captured in three questions: 1) Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? 2) Do you obey His commandments? 3) Do you love fellow members of the church? Our sermon text is 1 John 4:7-11 where John explores the test of love more thoroughly. Showing love demonstrates that we possess life that originated from God because love originated from God. 

Most of the elements of the service will focus on love: God’s love for us (the spring of all love) and our response of love toward Him and one another.

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Prelude:       Sanctus (Choir)

Call to Worship:     Colossians 1:3-5a

Invocation:       Pastor Hamilton

PROCLAMATION

Choir/Congregation:             Holy, Holy, Holy 

Worship through Giving

Hymn 278     How Can It Be

Note: We love God because He first loved us. This hymn sees that love powerfully displayed in the cross and “thorn-crowned brow” of Christ, that is, His death. God sent Jesus to die for us, sinful people, so we respond and say, “How can it be?”

Scripture Reading      1 Corinthians 13

Note: We tend to think of love as merely an emotion, but this passage demonstrates that love shows itself primarily through action. We also tend to think that something that is loved deserves to be loved. However, that is no where mentioned in this passage as a criteria for showing love. In addition, many people think love shows itself in tolerating whatever people want regardless of what God has said about it. However, true love “does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.” This passage will help us think more like God does about the practice of love.

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn 467        Hark, My Soul! It is the Lord

Note: The chorus of this hymn both confesses love for the Lord while at the same time acknowledges that it is “weak and faint.” In the first stanza, the Lord asks if we love Him. In the following stanzas, the Lord rehearses what He graciously and tenderly does toward us that ought to draw out greater and greater love for Him.

 

Message: Beloved, Do You Love One Another?
Text: 1 John 4:7-11
Pastor Ethan Hamilton

RESPONSE

Hymn 219      Blest Be the Tie That Binds

Note: As you sing this hymn, answer this question: “Can I describe my relationship to God’s people the way the hymn writer does?” If so, pray for more growth in yourself and others. If not, confess it, and ask the Lord to grow your love for His people.

Prayer Response:      Jon Lont

Benediction:      John Miles