Order of Service for This Lord's Day



Order of Service
February 25, 2018


Introduction
This Lord’s Day we will review the eighth article of the New Hampshire Confession of Faith: Of Repentance and Faith. A tragic phenomenon in American Christianity in the past century has been the reduction of faith to a mere intellectual assent to the gospel. A key element in this development is the erroneous separation of faith and repentance. The Bible presents repentance and faith in an inseparable union. In other words, true faith does not exist apart from true repentance. The sermon will explore this idea from several texts of Scripture.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Call to Worship.......................................................................................... Psalm 32:10-11

Invocation

PROCLAMATION

Hymn 27............................................................... Mighty God, While Angels Bless Thee 
Notes:  This hymn begins with amazement the we mortals have the privilege of joining the angels to proclaim the praise of our mighty God.  We are not only eager to hear God’s message but, in view of Christ’s “free redemption,” we resolve to break our “guilty silence” and declare His glory to others.  “Silent I can never be, for salvation’s wondrous story . . . .” 
Worship through Giving
Congregational Response, Hymn 70................... O For a Heart to Praise My God 
Notes: Charles Wesley’s well-known hymn is an appropriate prayer to accompany worship through giving. Giving demonstrates humble, submission to the Lord, so in song we pray for “A heart resigned, submissive, meek, My great Redeemer's throne.” 
Hymn 333............................................................................................ How Sad Our State 
Notes: Saving faith is inseparably linked to biblical repentance. This hymn reminds us of the true human condition and expresses a spirit of repentance. Yet, this repentance does not constitute a meritorious work because God took the initiative to do for us what we could never do for ourselves.  His “voice of sov’reign grace [sounded] from the sacred Word” to call us to faith in Christ. If God had not sought us, we still languish in despair. (Note: this arrangement we recently learned differs from the more familiar tune). 
Scripture Reading........................................................................................ Psalm 130:1-8 
Notes: Psalm 130 was likely originally sung by those who traveled up to Jerusalem for one of the great holy feasts. Its theme is repentance—a pleading for God’s mercy, that he will not keep a record of guilt, but will forgive. 
Pastoral Prayer

Hymn Insert............................................................................................... Depth of Mercy 
Notes:  This moving hymn confesses sin in vivid language.  It leads us to wonder at the thought that Jesus “disarms the wrath of God.” It bids us look to the throne of God: “There for me the Savior stands, shows his wounds and spreads his hands.” These emblems of love speak of deep, deep mercy reserved for all who, turning from sin, cry out to the Lord for forgiveness. 
Message........................................................................ NHCF—Of Repentance and Faith
                                                                                                                       Acts 20:17-21
                                                                                                          Pastor Steven Thomas

RESPONSE

Hymn 412..................................................................................................... No Other Plea 
Notes:  We respond with an affirmation that our faith is in Christ alone and his work on our behalf. “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”). 
Prayer Response.................................................................................................... Jon Lont


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