Order of Service for This Lord's Day



Order of Service
December 10, 2017

Introduction
This Lord’s Day we will conclude our study of 1 Corinthians, a sermon series we began October 9, 2016. It has been a valuable investment of our time because Paul’s letter to the Corinthians addresses numerous topics relevant to the church in America. Concern for the health of the church moved Paul to write a difficult letter crafted to support a vital theme: The community of faith exists by God’s grace and for His glory. Our sermon this Lord’s Day will look at Paul’s final greetings and prayers for the church. It will also look back at the themes developed in the book.

This order of service duplicates the one used on the Sunday we launched this series. Then we looked forward to learning what Paul said; this Lord’s day we look back. 
Preparation for Worship

Call to Worship........................................................................................ Psalm 118:22-29

Invocation

PROCLAMATION

Hymn HBC 40...................................................................................... Give Praise to God 
Notes:  One of the themes that Paul emphasized in the early chapters of 1 Corinthians is that God’s wisdom is the only appropriate foundation for the church.  The gospel message of Christ that we proclaim lies at the heart of his wise plan of God.  Therefore, we begin with a hymn of praise to God framed in the theme of Romans 11:33-36 which reminds us that God needs no counselors and that all things are from him, through him, and to him.  To him be glory forever. 
Worship through Giving
Congregational Response, Hymn HBC 12............ We Give Thee But Thine Own

Hymn HBC 7....................................................................................... His Robes for Mine 
Notes:  The message of the cross was the linchpin of Paul’s preaching.  “It is the power of God” to those “who are being saved” (1 Corinthians 1:18).  Therefore, Paul rejected the man-centered, entertaining methods of rhetoric and philosophical debate the Corinthians loved. Instead, he determined to “know nothing among [them] except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2).  This hymn is a powerful reminder of what happened on the cross and why it is essential to our life and message. 
Hymn HBC 36................................................................................................ Here Is Love 
Notes:  The Corinthians were guilty of misunderstanding and misapplying the Spirit’s work in the church.  Early in the book, Paul made the point that true spirituality begins when we welcome the Word that God gave through the apostles.  This beloved hymn from the Scottish Revival recounts the love expressed in the cross of Christ in verses 1-2.  The final two verses explain the appropriate response to such love:  “In Thy truth Thou dost direct me, By Thy Spirit through Thy Word . . .” 
Scripture Reading.............................................................................. 1 Timothy 3:14-4:16 
Notes:  Paul instructed Timothy in how to be a “good servant of Jesus Christ.”  In part, he said, “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.”  This passage explains the motivation that lies behind a church’s commitment to preach and listen to the entire book of 1 Corinthians, piece by piece. 
Pastoral Prayer

Hymn HBC 16.................................................... Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending 
Notes:  Expectation of the return of Christ is a theme that runs throughout 1 Corinthians.  Whatever issue Paul addresses, he does so with an eye toward the consummation of all things:  resurrection, rapture, reward, return, re-creation.  These themes were never far from Paul’s thoughts because they order our priorities.  Charles Wesley helps us imagine the joyous fulfillment of that hope: “All His saints, by man rejected, Now shall meet Him in the air.  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah! See the day of God appear!” 
Message..................................... A Community of Faith: By His Grace and for His Glory
                                                                                                        1 Corinthians 16:19-24
                                                                                                          Pastor Steven Thomas

RESPONSE

Hymn 7.................................................................... Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing 
Notes: Like the Corinthians, we are “prone to wander” and so we express our utter dependence on our God to help us “safely arrive at home.” We owe a debt to grace that daily constrains us, binding our wandering hearts to our Lord. 
Hymn Insert.................................................... I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art 
Notes:  This beautiful hymn is attributed to John Calvin.  In its words, we express our confidence in our great Redeemer and proclaim his utter sufficiency:  “Our hope is in no other save in thee.”  We declare our submission to the “King of mercy and of grace” and pray that he will sustain us and “give us strength in every trying hour.”  
Prayer Response.................................................................................................... Jon Lont

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