Order of Service, May 12, 2024

Introduction

This Lord’s Day marks two important events, one from modern culture and the other from church history. Our society sets aside one day each year to honor motherhood. On this Mothers’ Day, we remember our mothers and are grateful for nurture received from them. In church history, this day has also been called Ascension Sunday. Ascension Day occurs 40 days after Easter. The early church observed it with a feast. It is important as a reminder that Jesus will return just as the apostles saw him depart—physically and visibly.

The sermon text continues Paul’s instructions to Timothy about appropriate worship that needed to be established in the churches. It speaks to proper roles in worship for men and women. It cuts across the grain of modern assumptions, but properly understood, Paul’s instructions chart the course for strong and joy-filled ministry.

The hymns selected for this service begin with an acknowledgement of Jesus’ ascension and our expectation of his return. We will also sing of the saving work of Jesus that reverses the effects of the Fall. We will also pray in song for humility—the essential virtue for those who listen to Paul’s teaching in the sermon text.

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Prelude       O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go

Call to Worship:       Ephesians 4:17-24

Invocation       Pastor Hamilton

PROCLAMATION

Hymn Insert (1-4)      A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing

Note: We begin the service with a hymn that rehearses the details of the ascension of Christ. It is appropriate for this service to mark Ascension Day which was this past Thursday. The significance of the Day is recorded in the promise made by angels that one day Christ will return in great majesty. This is our confident hope.

Worship through Giving

Hymn Insert      My Jesus Fair

Note: The death of Jesus was essential to our salvation. The Lord promised Eve that she would have a descendant who would defeat the evil one and reverse the effects of the Fall. Jesus is that descendant whose death paid the penalty for our sin and thus restores us.
Please note that we take the phrase, “that God should die for men” to be a metaphor for the mystery of the incarnation, not a statement that the eternal God could actually die.

Scripture Reading      Genesis 3:1-21

Note: Genesis 3 contains the account of the Fall of humanity into its sinful condition. The apostle Paul refers to this account in the sermon text, especially 3:15.

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn 70       O For a Heart to Praise My God

Notes:  Charles Wesley’s hymn is a prayer based on Psalm 51:10: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Wesley emphasizes the virtue of humility in this song. The themes found in the sermon text must be embraced in a spirit of humility.  

Message: A Heart-Check for Worshipers, Part 2
Text: First Timothy 2:11-15
Pastor Steven Thomas

RESPONSE

Hymn 731:     O Give Us Homes

Note: We respond with a prayer for our homes.

O give us homes built firm upon the Savior,
Where Christ is Head, and Counselor and Guide;
Where ev’ry child is taught His love and favor
And give his heart to Christ, the crucified.

Prayer Response:      Joel Owen

Benediction:      John Miles