Order of Service, March 17, 2024

Introduction

Two weeks ago (March 3), we introduced Paul’s first concern for Timothy as he set things in order in the churches in Ephesus (1 Timothy 2:1-7). The focus of the message was on the importance of corporate prayer (vv. 1-4). This Lord’s Day, we will complete the message of the paragraph (vv. 5-7) where we see that the church’s prayers express our understanding of God’s saving mission.

The hymns selected for this service describe the themes in the text.

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Prelude

Call to Worship:     Isaiah 45:20-22

Invocation

PROCLAMATION

Hymn 3     Holy, Holy, Holy

 Note: God is our Savior (2:4)—the only One (2:6). This famous hymn declares God’s uniqueness: “Only Thou art holy; there is none beside thee.”

Worship through Giving

Hymn 267     There is a Fountain

Note: William Cowper was a friend and collaborator of John Newton. This is his most famous hymn. It vividly describes the power of the Christ’s death to remove the sinner’s guilt. His death in our place bridged the chasm that exists between man and the holy God.

Scripture Reading      Acts 4:15-31

Note: This episode from the early days of the church demonstrates the church’s unrelenting commitment to the gospel mission despite opposition. It also shows the inseparable interweaving of the mission and prayer.

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn (Insert):       For the Sake of His Name

Note: Through Timothy, Paul reminded the churches of God’s saving mission. This hymn expresses our commitment to that mission, resolved to “love the unloved” and “urge them to flee to the Lamb who was slain” to secure their forgiveness. Thus, our message exalts Jesus’ Name.

 Message: Working with God Through Prayer
Text: 1 Timothy 2:5-7
Pastor Steven Thomas

RESPONSE

Hymn 27     Mighty God, While Angels Bless Thee

Notes:  This hymn begins with amazement that we mortals have the privilege of joining the angels to proclaim the praise of our mighty God. In view of Christ’s “free redemption,” we resolve to engage in the mission by breaking our “guilty silence” and declaring His glory to others.  “Silent I can never be, for salvation’s wondrous story . . . .”

Prayer Response:      Mark Williams

Benediction:      John Miles