Order of Service for This Lord's Day



Order of Service
August 20, 2017

Introduction

This Lord’s Day we will examine the second half of the famous “love chapter” (1 Corinthians 13:8-13). This text is part of Paul’s ongoing discussion of spiritual gifts. He showed the church that their misuse of these gifts was unloving and challenged them with the fact that love is the “more excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:31). His point this text was that gifts served a temporary purpose, but love has lasting significance.

Our worship hymns will focus on the One from whom we learn how to love, Jesus Christ.

Preparation for Worship

Call to Worship............................................................................................ Psalm 117:1-2

Invocation

PROCLAMATION

Hymn 16............................................................................................ To God Be the Glory 
Notes: All glory is due our God for his great work of love. “So loved he the world that he gave us His Son.” His act of giving teaches us how to love: “Great things he has taught us.” And so, we “give him the glory, great things he hath done.” 
Worship through Giving
Congregational Response, Hymn 539..................................... Something for Thee

Notes: We often sing this hymn as an expression of our worship through giving, that we “some off’ring bring Thee now.” The hymnwriter anchors our understanding of gifts, whether an offering or “all that I am and have,” to our Savior’s “dying love.” Truly, we love because he first loved us (1 John 4:19).

Hymn 133................................................................. Hark! The Voice of Love and Mercy 
Notes: This hymn calls us to hear Jesus’ triumphant cry from the cross, “It is finished.” The hymn writer calls these words “the voice of love and mercy.” They bring us “blessings without measure” and “all that God has promised.” Therefore, they result in “endless glory to the Lamb.” 
Scripture Reading............................................................................................... Psalm 136 
Notes: This Psalm revels in the unfailing love of God. Most likely it was sung originally as an antiphonal hymn, that is, one choir would call the people to give thanks for the Lord’s goodness and mighty deeds and another choir would answer, “for his steadfast love endures forever.” Therefore, we will read the Psalm responsively. 
Pastoral Prayer

Hymn 288.................................................................................. I Hear the Words of Love 
Notes:  The “words of love” mentioned in this hymn are the words Christ uttered on the cross.  It is because of the cross we know peace, love, joy, and assurance. Christians confess that our faithfulness to the Lord is, at best, inconsistent “My love is ofttimes low, My joy still ebbs and flows.” But our perseverance in the faith and in faithfulness depends on Him: “I change, He changes not.” 
Message......................................................................................... Love Now and Forever
                                                                                                          1 Corinthians 13:8-13
                                                                                                          Pastor Steven Thomas

RESPONSE

Hymn 384....................................................................................... My Jesus, I Love Thee 
Notes: The only appropriate response to Paul’s instruction on love within the Christian community is to renew our affection for Christ. Loving him with all one’s heart is the essence of the Christian life—a love that excludes the old way of sin: “For Thee all the follies of sin I resign.” When we strive to love him with all our heart, we will love one another, as well (Matthew 22:37-40). 
Prayer Response................................................................................................. Eric Hicks


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