Order of Service, June 23, 2024

Introduction

This Lord’s Day we will conclude our focus on 1 Timothy 3:1-7. In verses 4-7, Paul lists three essential characteristics for the right kind of pastor: domestic consistency, experienced maturity, and a good reputation outside the church. Maturity manifests the qualities described in vv. 2-3. The places where these must be displayed are the church, the home, and the community.

Christian maturity isn’t about checking off an approved list of good and bad behaviors. It is about knowing, loving, and serving Christ. This shapes everything and must be the core of the pastor’s concerns. The elements selected for this service focus our attention on love for Christ.

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Prelude      

Call to Worship:       Psalm 134:1-3

Invocation       Pastor Hamilton

PROCLAMATION

Hymn 133     Hark! The Voice of Love and Mercy

Note: This hymn sets the words of Jesus, “It is finished,” alongside the supernatural signs that accompanied Jesus’ death. Mature Christians understand that all good things come to us because of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.” We proclaim that “Heav’nly blessings without measure Flow to us from Christ the Lord.”

Worship through Giving

Hymn 434:      Our Great Savior

Notes: This reflective hymn explores the joy that comes from knowing Jesus. The final stanza expresses our faith in the One who has granted us forgiveness.

Jesus! I do fully trust Him,
More than all in Him I find,
He hath granted me forgiveness,
I am His, and He is mine.

Scripture Reading      Colossians 3:12-4:5

Note:  The Apostle Paul described the transformation that Christ works in believers. Having listed the kinds of things that no longer have a place in their lives (3:5-11), he describes the qualities we must “put on” (3:12-17). Beginning in v. 18, he demonstrates how Christ transforms our homes and shapes our testimony before a watching world.

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn 437        I Am His, and He is Mine

Note: The author of this hymn, George Robinson was born in Ireland and became a pastor in England. He contracted an illness there that took his life at the age of 39. Before he passed away, he penned these lyrics to describe the difference that knowing Christ makes in everything. He wrote with joyous confidence, “His forever, only His; Who the Lord and me shall part?”

Duet:       Gentle Shepherd
Pastor and Lydia Hamilton

Message: Leadership in the Church: The Right Kind of Pastor, Pt.5
Text: 1 Timothy 3:1-7
Pastor Steven Thomas

RESPONSE

Hymn 435       Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Notes: No love on earth can compare with that of Jesus: “Jesus, Thou art all compassion, pure, unbounded love Thou art.” This hymn revels in the unparalleled love that saved us and proclaims our desire that he should display his love through us by his “loving Spirit.” Finally, it expresses our longing for the Day when we enter his presence, forever to “glory in [his] perfect love.”

Prayer Response:      Jon Lont

Benediction:      John Miles