Order of Service, September 15, 2019


The sermon text (2 Corinthians 12:11-21) for this Lord’s Day serves as an “epilogue” to Paul’s “fool’s speech” (chapters 11-12). He summarizes the main point of the lengthy speech just concluded (11-13), declares his devotion to them (14-16a), insists on the integrity of his ministry among them, corrects their misconception of his “defense,” and begins preparation for his third visit to them (20-21). Embedded in all this, verse 19 contains a profound explanation of his actions that gives us insight into the true nature of ministry in the local church: It is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ, and all for your upbuilding, beloved. Paul remembered two important truths that shaped his ministry: 1) God was always watching and he is the one whom se must please. 2) He spoke “in Christ,” that is, he was commissioned by Christ and served under the authority of Christ.

The elements of the worship service for this Lord’s Day have been chosen to remind us of the grandeur, the holiness, and the sovereignty of the God who watches us. May we seek to please him in all things.



Call to Worship     Psalm 104:1-4; 31-34



Hymn 46     O Worship the King

Worship through Giving
Response:     Psalm 23b

Hymn 23     Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Scripture Reading      Psalm 33

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn 3     Holy, Holy, Holy

Message     Preaching Christ in the Sight of God
2 Corinthians 12:11-21
Pastor Steven Thomas


Hymn 44 (tune of 46)     Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim

Prayer Response     Bill Cunnien

Benediction      John Miles