Order of Service, August 28, 2022

Introduction

As Jesus chided the disciples for their failure to pray in Gethsemane, a crowd of armed men made their way into the garden. Judas, one of the Twelve, led the way and betrayed his Master with a kiss of friendship. This moment marked the beginning of what Jesus called the hour of “the power of darkness.” Truly, dark forces were at work that night. The evil one imagined that he was in control. But Jesus would soon clarify whose hand really wielded the power that night.

The songs chosen for this worship service remind us of the omnipotence of the One who underwent great pain for our poor sake. They invite us into Gethsemane to witness the Redeemer’s conflict. We see him disowned and insulted, thus we cry, “was ever grief like his?” Evil was at work; evil is still at work, but we know the outcome: Jesus Christ, the right man, wins the battle; his kingdom is forever.

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Prelude

Call to Worship      John 1:1-5

Invocation

PROCLAMATION

Hymn Insert      I Greet Thee Who My Sure Redeemer Art

Worship through Giving

Scripture Reading      Colossians 1:9-23

Hymn Insert      Go to Dark Gethsemane

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn 150      ‘Tis the Christ

Message      The Hour of the Power of Darkness

Luke 22:39-46
Pastor Steven Thomas

RESPONSE

Hymn 588      A Mighty Fortress is Our God

Prayer Response      Mark Williams

Benediction      John Miles