Monthly Archives: June 2021

Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 6/20/2021

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Order of Worship—John 13.12-20


Announcements and Welcome (Father’s Day)

Call to Worship–(Ps. 149:1-4) Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly!  2 Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King!  3 Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!  4 For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the *humble with salvation.

Hymn No. 22 “We will Glorify”

Prayer of confession

O Father, indeed, you are the Great I am. May we live for your glory. But we confess that we are not always adorned with humility. But in faith we want to ask for you help.

In humility, let us be unified in mind, unified in love, unified in spirit, unified in purpose.

Let look not only to our own needs, but the needs of others. We want to have the mind of Christ. We want to adorn humility in our minds. Help us see the humility of our King in how he took on the garb of a slave…how he lowered himself to wash the disciples’ feet, even the one who betrayed him.

Therefore, let us work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in us, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Let us do all things without grumbling or disputing, that we may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom we shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life.

As we have confessed, let us come to Jesus. As we are about to respond in song when we sing, “Out of unrest and arrogant pride, Jesus I come, Jesus I come. Into they blessed will to abide…ever thy glorious face to behold, Jesus I come.” In Jesus’ name, amen.

Hymn No. 439 “Jesus I come”

(Zech. 13:1) “On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.

Hymn No. 224 “There is a Fountain”

Sermon—John 13:12-20

Hymn “How Sweet and Awesome is the Place”


(Ps. 67:1) May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah 2 that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. 3 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! 4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah 5 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! 6 The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us. 7 God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!

Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 6/13/2021

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Order of Worship—John 13.1-11


Announcements and Call to Worship

We are about to sing “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee.” There’s a line in the song that says, “teach us how to love each other.” So, our call to worship text comes from Philippians 2 where Paul instructs us on how to love each other in humility. So, let’s call ourselves to worship with this on our minds:

(Phil. 2:3-11) 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,  6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,  7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,  10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

May our lips sing for joy when we think of the humility and love of Christ towards us and may we learn to love and serve each other as we see Christ!

Hymn No. 13 “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee”

Welcome and Prayer

Indeed, Lord, we do adore you because your love is unmatched by any. As we are about to sing a song in which we are asking the question, “Amazing love, how can it be that thou, my God, should die for me?”  We know because (Rom. 5:7-8)…one will scarcely die for a righteous person– though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die–  8 but Christ shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. We were your enemies and yet you have adopted us into your family.

May we live as sons and daughters of the King! The One who came not to be served, but to serve and give his life as ransom for many. May we serve one another, gladly. May we humble ourselves, because you oppose the proud. When we are full of pride, we become defensive and we feel entitled to things that other people do not deserve. “Pride allows us to convince ourselves that we can step over your boundaries without any consequences. We are no longer afraid of you so we write our own rules.”

O Father, you give grace to the humble. Humble us Lord! Mold us into the image of Christ. We are free to be humble for we are sons of the King. We have nothing to prove. We have your favor and you love us just as you love your Son. Though we are of Adam’s helpless race, Jesus bled for us in his mercy. May we praise you, for your mercy has reached us. Amazing love!

Hymn No. 250 “And Can it Be”

(Highlight this line in the song in light of our text)

“And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us: the prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him; his rage we can endure, for lo his doom is sure: one little word shall fell him.”

Hymn No. 656 “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”

Sermon John 13:1-11

Hymn No. 229 “Are You Washed in the Blood”


(Rev. 7:13-17) “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?”  14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.  16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat.  17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Quote of the Day

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless–it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.” C.S Lewis

Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 6/6/2021

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Order of Worship—John 12.44-50


Announcements and Call to Worship

(Ps. 27:4-5)  4 One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.  5 For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.

Hymn No. 463 “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me”

Welcome and Pastoral Prayer

For our government leaders and nation

Hymn No. 47 “Fairest Lord Jesus “

(Ezek. 37:1-10) The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones.  2 And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry.  3 And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know.”  4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.  5 Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.  6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the LORD.”  7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone.  8 And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them.  9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”  10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.

Hymn No. 83 “Be Thou My Vision”

Sermon John 12:44-50

The Lord’s Supper

Hymn No. 506 “In Christ Alone”


(Lam. 3:24-26)  24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”  25 The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.  26 It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.

Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 5/30/2021

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Order of Worship—John 12.37-43



Call to Worship

(Ps. 105:1-3) Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!  2 Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!  3 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!

Hymn No. 6 How Great Thou Art

Welcome and Prayer of Confession and Hope

O Lord, our God, you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.

Yet, we live in this broken world. A world that has been marked with war and death. These things are the reality in which we live. Tomorrow, the USA will attempt to remember that 1.1 million soldiers have died in war. We forget so easily. They fought for the freedoms we enjoy right now. We gather this morning is freedom because many men and women have died. Their families grieved. Indeed, families are still hurting because of the pains of war and death. Please comfort the hurting.

Yet, we know that true comfort and healing can only come through another death, the death of your Son. He came to set us free from the bondage of sin yet we often forget. We return to that bondage and dishonor the blood Christ spilled for us. Father, forgive us. May we repent and remember. God help us.

In Christ’s name we pray, amen.

Hymn No. 448 Before the Throne of God Above

(Isa. 53:3) 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows

Hymn No. 242 Hallelujah, What a Savior!

Sermon—John 12:37-43 “Rejected to Save”

Hymn No. 249 Jesus Paid it All


(1 Pet. 2:24-25)  24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.  25 For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.