Order of Service, June 30, 2024

Introduction

This Lord’s Day we will look at Joshua 23 where Joshua gives the first of two last addresses to Israel. In this particular one, as he anticipates his own leadership coming to an end, he exhorts the remaining leaders to maintain fidelity to the Lord by strongly obeying His Words. He motivates them to this by reminding them of how they personally experienced God’s faithfulness to fight for them, just as He promised, when they obeyed Him by going in to conquer the land.  

The service this morning will dwell on God’s unchanging character that inspires obedience to His Word, the sweetness of trusting His Word, and the obstacle of unbelief that often prevents our trust and obedience.

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Prelude      

Call to Worship:       Psalm 119:1-8

Invocation       Pastor Hamilton

PROCLAMATION

Hymn 53     Give to Our God Immortal Praise

Note: this hymn exalts God’s unchanging character. He is “ever faithful, ever sure!”

Worship through Giving

Hymn 522:     ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

Notes: no one has ever trusted the Lord’s Words and been ashamed. This hymn testifies that, actually, it is always a “sweet” experience “just to take Him at His word.”

Scripture Reading      Psalm 119:9-32

Note: this whole Psalm demonstrates the inseparable connection between one’s relationship to God’s Words and one’s relationship to God Himself. With all my heart I seek You; let me not wander from your commandments (v 10). This is the same idea in Joshua 23 where obedience to the written Word is also described as clinging to the Lord. 

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn 498        Begone, Unbelief

Note: John Newton writes this hymn to Unbelief as if it were a person. In doing this, he indirectly instructs believers on how to respond to their own unbelief in God’s Words. 

Message: Strongly Cling to the Lord’s Words
Text: Joshua 23
Pastor Ethan Hamilton

RESPONSE

Hymn 525    Trust and Obey

Notes: Like Joshua 23, this hymn highlights the promised blessing that follows trusting obedience and the promised absence of blessing when we do not. Both of these should easily motivate us to “walk in the light of His Word.”

Prayer Response:      Mike Towry

Benediction:      John Miles