Order of Service, June 2, 2024

Introduction

First Timothy 3:1-7 lists qualifications for pastors. These are not exclusive to pastors. As demonstrated in last week’s sermon, the list presents characteristics of basic Christian behavior. Christ, the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4), gives to the church under-shepherds (pastors, see Ephesians 4:11) to lead the congregation in Christ-like behavior (Hebrews 13:7).

The elements of the Lord’s Day service will remember that 1) Christ is the Shepherd who saves us and transforms us and 2) the place where this transformation occurs is the church, led by Christ’s under-shepherds.

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Prelude      

Call to Worship:       Hebrews 13:7-8

Invocation       Pastor Hamilton

PROCLAMATION

Hymn Insert     I Greet Thee Who My Sure Redeemer Art

Note: With this hymn, we welcome the Savior, acknowledge our utter dependence on him, and declare full devotion to him. In the second verse, we express submission to him and pray that He will transform us completely (“our whole being sway”).

Worship through Giving

Hymn 222 (tune 220)      Church of God, Beloved and Chosen

Notes: God created the church for Christ. It is “beloved and chosen” by Him. He sanctifies us by his Spirit and through his word. He will continue this work until we are “wholly” sanctified and presented to Christ, “spotless, glorious, and holy, his chosen bride.”

Scripture Reading      1 Peter 5:1-11

Note: Peter challenged the church’s elders to serve as shepherds of God’s “flock,” that is, the church. He also challenged the flock to follow the shepherd. The chief characteristic required of both those who lead and those who follow is humility.

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn 503:      Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

Note: This hymn is a prayer that Christ will guide his people like a Shepherd leads his flock. In the third verse, we appeal to him as needy sinners.

Thou hast promised to receive us,
Poor and sinful tho’ we be;
Thou hast mercy to relieve us,
Grace to cleanse, and pow’r to free.

Message: Leadership in the Church: The Right Kind of Pastor, Pt.2
Text: First Timothy 3:1-7
Pastor Steven Thomas

RESPONSE

Hymn        Psalm 23b

Note: The twenty-third psalm is well-known and beloved. Using the analogy of a shepherd, it rejoices in the Lord’s care for his people. We never want, or lack, what we need, in life or death, because of the Lord’s providential care.

Prayer Response:      John Miles

Benediction:      John Miles