Order of Service, May 2, 2021


The sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 12:49-59) includes three paragraphs that, at first glance, seem unrelated, but closer evaluation suggests that they combine to create a powerful challenge. Jesus begins with a description of his mission that includes judgment and conflict. Next, he derides the crown for their unwillingness to see the signs he has presented to them. Finally, he calls them to get right with God while they still can. It is a stern call to repentance (for the lost) and determined commitment (for his followers).

The hymns selected for the worship service emphasize the theme of standing for Christ as good “soldier.” It concludes with a hymn that acknowledges the only peace that is ultimately important: peace with God that Christ can give because he bore the judgment we deserve (cf. 12:50).




Call to Worship:    



Hymn 72:    Glory Be to God the Father

Hymn 585:      Am I a Soldier of the Cross?

Scripture Reading:     Ephesians 6:10-20

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn 589:       Soldiers of Christ, Arise

Hymn 581:       Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus

Message:      Judgment, Conflict, and Repentance
Text Luke 12:49-59
Steven Thomas


Hymn 288:      I Hear the Words of Love

Prayer Response:     John Miles

Benediction:      John Miles