Order of Service, June 20, 2021


In Luke 14:1-14, Jesus attended a Sabbath feast at the home of a prominent Pharisee. As soon as Jesus arrived, he performed a miracle to the consternation of the host and his friends. He then proceeded to tell two stories set against the backdrop of a feast, each aimed at the pride of the Pharisees. They teach us that Christ requires humility from all who come to him, but exalts those who humble themselves.

The hymns selected for the service this Lord’s Day emphasize the believer’s humility, the example set in Christ’s condescending death, and our utter dependence on him to exalt those who trust him.




Call to Worship:     Psalm 40:4-5



Hymn 59     All Creatures of Our God and King

Note: This hymn summons all Creation to unite in praise of our God and King. Humility is an essential characteristic required for the creature to approach the Creator:

Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness.

Hymn 137     When I Survey The Wondrous Cross

Note: The father of hymnody, 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 thus crushes our pride.

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

Scripture Reading:     Psalm 113:1-9

Note: This psalm of praise describes the LORD’s incomparable glory. He displays his greatness by exalting the humble.

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn 342      When This Passing World is Done

Note: Robert Murray McCheyne helps us contemplate the greatness of the debt we owe to our God. Though we have nothing to offer him and contribute nothing to our eternal salvation, we know that he will exalt us. One day we will “stand with Christ on high” and will join the “praise of heaven.”

Message:      Seats of Honor
Text: Luke 14:1-14
Steven Thomas


Hymn 163      Look, Ye Saints. Thomas Kelly writes of Christ, risen and “victorious!”  On earth “sinners in derision crowned him,” but now he “takes the highest station” and we will be there to “crowd around him,” to “own his title,” and “praise his name.”

Prayer Response:     John Miles

Benediction:      John Miles