Order of Service, March 10, 2024

Introduction

This Lord’s Day, Mark Buhr will conclude his sermon series that has taken us through the book of Galatians. The series was lengthy because the sermons were preached whenever pastor Thomas was away. The concluding verses (Galatians 6:17-18) remind us of our mission—a calling that includes suffering for Christ.

The hymns selected for the service emphasize our privilege of suffering for Christ and the advance of his gospel.

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Prelude

Call to Worship:     Acts 5:40-42

Invocation

PROCLAMATION

Hymn 4     Praise Ye Jehovah

Notes: This hymn of praise acknowledges the fact that we stand in a line of Christian “heroes” who have served faithfully in the past: “battle-scarred victors at rest from the fray.” And it declares our determination to take our place with them, “praying, contending, proclaiming, defending” the faith of our fathers. We praise Jehovah for “glories awaiting, prizes He giveth and crowns to be won!”

Worship through Giving
Congregational Response:      Doxology

Hymn 73       Holy Savior, We Adore Thee

Notes: Praise to the glory of Jesus Christ flows throughout this hymn. It connects Jesus’ suffering servants with their suffering Savior: “Should we not with joy expect it / Here like Thee our Lord to be?” But it also anticipates the day when our labor gives way to endless praise in the presence of Christ. So we sing, “Come. Lord Jesus, quickly come.”

Scripture Reading      Galatians 6:1-18

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn 168       The Victor

Notes:  Thomas Kelly reminds us of the great hope of those who follow Jesus: “They suffer with their Lord below, They reign with Him above.” Christ bore the cross with its shame and death; it is “His people’s hope, His people’s wealth, Their everlasting theme.”

Message: The Marks of Gospel Faithfulness
Text:        Galatians 6:17-18
Mark Buhr

RESPONSE

Hymn 585     Am I a Soldier of the Cross?

Note: Isaac Watts, calls us to introspection: “Am I a soldier of the cross, a follower of the Lamb?” The stand for gospel truth does not belong to church leaders alone. It is Christian duty. Each of us must respond to Watts’ question, “Increase my courage, Lord; I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain, Supported by Thy word.”

Prayer Response:      David Snoeberger

Benediction:      John Miles