Order of Service, January 28, 2024

Introduction

Each January we mark a tradition in our church: Prayer Emphasis Sunday. This Lord’s Day we will focus on the subject of prayer and be reminded of the essential role it plays in the outworking of the plan of God for his people. Our guest speaker is Michael Harding, pastor of First Baptist Church of Troy and long-time friend of HBC.

Each of the hymns selected helps develop this theme of prayer.

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Prelude        Rejoice, the Lord is King
Lydia Hamilton, Andrew Lont

Rejoice, the Lord is King! Your Lord and King adore;
Rejoice, give thanks, and sing, And triumph evermore:
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice!
Rejoice, again I say, Rejoice!

Jesus, the Saviour reigns, The God of truth and love;
When He had purged our stains, He took His seat above:”
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice!
Rejoice, again I say, Rejoice!

Rejoice in glorious hope! Our Lord the Judge shall come,
And take His servants up To their eternal home.
We soon shall hear th’archangel’s voice;
The trump of God shall sound, Rejoice!

Call to Worship:     Philippians 4:6-7

Invocation

PROCLAMATION

Hymn Insert       Lord, Teach Us How to Pray Aright

Note: In Luke 11:1, an unnamed disciple said, “Lord, teach us to pray.” We make the same request using the lyrics of James Montgomery’s theologically rich hymn. (We sing the hymn to the familiar tune, O God, Our Help in Ages Past).

Worship through Giving
Congregational Response:        Doxology

Choir       Depth of Mercy

Note: it is important to remember that we can only approach our Great God in prayer because of the work of our Savior. God calls us to approach Him boldly, as a child approaches a loving parent. But this is possible because of the merciful forgiveness that is ours in Christ Jesus.

Hymn Insert      Approach, My Soul, the Mercy Seat

Note: John Newton’s heartfelt hymn is a prayer of confession offered with confidence that our Lord hears us and protects us.

Bowed down beneath a load of sin,
By Satan sorely pressed,
By war without and fears within,
I come to Thee for rest.
Be Thou my shield and hiding-place,
That, sheltered by Thy side,
I may my fierce accuser face,
And tell him Thou hast died.

Scripture Reading      Psalm 24:1-10

Note: This song from Israel’s Temple worship proclaims the Lord’s sovereignty over all that earth, as well as his victory over his enemies. He is the source of blessing for those who approach him in worship.

Pastoral Prayer

 Hymn 670       Behold the Throne of Grace!

Note: John Newton reminds us that we belong to a God “who loves to answer prayer.” He calls us and we respond,

Since ’tis the Lord’s command,
Our mouth we’ll open wide:
Lord, open Thou Thy bount’ous hand,
That we may be supplied.

Message: A Pattern of Prayer
Text: Luke 11:1-4
Pastor Michael Harding

RESPONSE

Hymn 5      Now Thank We All Our God

Note: We respond with thanks given to the Triune God (v. 3) who has blessed us with countless gifts of love (v. 1). The focus of the hymn is not on the gifts he gives, but the bounteous God who is the giver of the gifts. To him belongs all thanks and praise.

Prayer Response:      Mike Towry

Benediction:      John Miles