Order of Service, March 3, 2024

Introduction

In the second chapter of 1 Timothy, the apostle Paul began to explain to Timothy the things that he should do to set the Ephesians churches. The first order of business was the practice of corporate prayer.

The hymns chosen for our worship service emphasize prayer themes organized in the well-known acrostic: A-C-T-S.

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Prelude

Call to Worship:     Psalm 34:1-3

Invocation

PROCLAMATION

Hymn 2 (Adoration)     Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

Note: The fourth verse of this hymn cries out for help to adore the King of heaven. The hymn contains many themes to motivate such adoration. Woven within these lines we find his saving work, graciousness, eternal constancy, patience, goodness, immutability, eternality, and sovereignty. Our only appropriate response is this:  we praise him!

Worship through Giving

Hymn Insert (Confession)     Approach, My Soul, the Mercy Seat

Note: John Newton’s famous hymn is a heart-felt prayer of confession.

O wondrous love! to bleed and die,
To bear the cross and shame,
That guilty sinners, such as I,
Might plead Thy gracious Name!

Scripture Reading      Psalm 34:1-22

Note: “The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous /and his ears toward their cry.” Thus David exults in the Lord who answers prayer.

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn 342 (Thanksgiving)     When This Passing World is Done

Note: Robert Murray McCheyne gently pulls us into contemplation of the great of the debt  we owe our gracious God. Thankfulness flows naturally from the hearts of those who realize His goodness and our unworthiness. The thankful heart prays:

Teach me, Lord, on earth to show
By my love how much I owe.

Message: The First Priority for a Growing Church
Text: 1 Timothy 2:1-7
Pastor Steven Thomas

RESPONSE

Hymn 219 (Supplication—Intercession)     Blest Be the Tie that Binds

Note: When the New Testament speaks of our supplications (or requests) offered in prayer, most often the emphasis is on intercession. Unfortunately, modern hymnody contains few hymns that encourage praying for one another. This hymn is a wonderful exception.

Before our Father’s throne
We pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one,
Our comforts and our cares.

Prayer Response:      John Miles

Benediction:      John Miles