Order of Service for This Lord's Day



Order of Service
July 8, 2018


Introduction

We recently began a short series of messages on the doctrine of the primacy of the local church. This Lord’s Day the message will focus on the fact we are united together that in Christ. Christian unity defines our identity as a church and determines the character of our relationships. The text of the sermon (Ephesians 4:1-7) is Trinitarian, theological, and practical: it describes our relationship with each member of the Trinity, declares the theological commitments that bind us together, and prescribes mutual responsibilities required to maintain Christian unity.

“One Lord, one faith, one baptism” lies at the heart of the doctrinal statement in this text. Therefore, in our songs, we will greet our one Lord, affirm our one faith, and remember our one baptism.

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Call to Worship..................................................................................... Ephesians 3:20-21

Invocation

PROCLAMATION

Hymn Insert..................................................... I Greet Thee Who My Sure Redeemer Art 
Notes:  We begin our worship service with this beautiful hymn attributed to John Calvin. It is a prayer in which we welcome our Redeemer, the one Lord, and express our trust in his mercy and grace. Calvin wove important petitions throughout, asking the Lord to take away the cares that burden our hearts, give us strength to face every trying hour, and give us the grace necessary to “dwell in perfect unity.” 
Worship through Giving
Congregational Response:  Hymn 462................................... Be Thou My Vision

Hymn 412..................................................................................................... No Other Plea 
Notes:  We declare our one faith—a body of doctrine that has Christ alone at its core. “I need no other argument, I need no other plea; It is enough that Jesus died, And that He died for me.” (Please note that in the first verse we will substitute the word “deed” for the word “creed”). 
Scripture Reading.................................................................................. Philippians 2:1-18 
Notes: Christian unity within the assembly was a common theme in Paul’s writings. He instructed the church at Philippi to follow Christ’s example of humble service as the means of maintaining unity. 
Pastoral Prayer

Hymn 455 (tune: OLD ONE HUNDREDTH).................................................. Baptismal Hymn 
Notes: We recently learned this hymn, sung to a familiar tune. We will sing it regularly in future baptismal services. It is included in the service today to remind us of our own baptism—our public declaration that we have trusted Christ and are, therefore, united with him and his people. 
Message........................................................................................ United with Each Other
                                                                                                                    Ephesians 4:1-7
                                                                                                          Pastor Steven Thomas

RESPONSE

Hymn Insert..................................................................... Christian Hearts In Love United 
Notes:  This hymn speaks clearly of our responsibility to be united in love.  Only Christ’s love for us and our love for Christ can make the church what it ought to be.  So we sing, “Grant, Lord, that with your direction ‘Love each other’ we comply, Help us live in true affection, your love to exemplify.” 
Prayer Response................................................................................................ Mark Buhr


Benediction....................................................................................................... John Miles