Order of Service, June 16, 2024

Introduction

This Lord’s Day, we will take our fourth look at the list of qualifications church must require of its pastoral leaders. Verse 3 lists four disqualifying characteristics. It is important for us to remember that this list describles basic behavior Christ requires of all who follow him.

The elements of the service will stress the mindset that we must cultivate—holiness, god-centeredness in all things, full devotion. We will conclude with an appropriate call for men of God to “rise up” and make the church strong.

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Prelude, Hymn 193 (1, 4, 5)      Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart
Jan Buhr

Call to Worship:       Joshua 24:14-15

Invocation       Pastor Hamilton

PROCLAMATION

Hymn 3       Holy, Holy, Holy

Note: This Triune God who saved us possesses intrinsic perfection, and thus deserves exclusive worship and praise. “Only thou are holy, there is none beside thee.” His holiness is the foundation of the holiness of his people.

Worship through Giving

Hymn 463       Be Thou My Vision

Note: The “high King of heaven” is the subject of this hymn. It is a prayer that he will fill our vision, that we will give him his rightful place as “first in my heart.” This pursuit characterizes Christian living.

Scripture Reading      Matthew 20:17-28

Note: Jesus set a sharp contrast between the behavior of leaders of this world and leaders of his people. Godly leaders serve rather than domineer; they lead with a kindness and patience.

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn 137       When I Survey The Wondrous Cross

Note: Isaac Watts, invites us to employ sacred imagination to stand at the foot of the cross.  The view of our Savior hanging there turns our proud efforts to nothing and crushes our pride. 

My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride

Message: Leadership in the Church: The Right Kind of Pastor, Pt.4
Text: First Timothy 3:1-7
Pastor Steven Thomas

RESPONSE

Hymn Insert     Rise Up, O Men of God!

Note: Great things were at stake in Ephesus: the health of the church, the advance of the gospel, and the believers’ own perseverance. These things are at stake in every generation, so we say to the church:

Rise up, O men of God!
The Church for you doth wait,
Her strength unequal to her task;
Rise up, and make her great!

Prayer Response:      Mike Towry

Benediction:      John Miles