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Apr 14, 2024

"A Final Redirect from the Risen Jesus"

Passage: John 21:20-25

Preacher: Pastor Tony Phelps

Series: An Exposition of John

Category: John


Main Text - John 21:20-25, OT Reading - Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, NT Reading - John 21:20-25



for Sunday, April 14th, 2024 at 10:45 AM

Opening Song – Living Hope


Gospel Greeting – Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.    Gal. 1:3-5

Call to Worship Song – NTH 1 – All People That on Earth Do Dwell

Call to Worship – I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.         Ps. 121:1-2

Prayer of Adoration & Invocation

Hymn of Praise – NTH 580 – Lead On, O King Eternal

Reading of the Law – Matthew 22:34-40

(Silent Confession of Sin)

Corporate Confession of Sin – Most holy and merciful Father, we acknowledge and confess before you our sinful nature – prone to evil and slothful in good – and all our shortcomings and offenses against you. You alone know how often we have sinned in wandering from your ways, in wasting your gifts, in forgetting your love. O Lord, have mercy on us, who are ashamed and sorry for all the ways we have displeased you. Teach us to hate our errors, cleanse us from our secret faults, and forgive our sins for the sake of your dear Son. And O most holy and loving Father, send your purifying grace into our hearts, we beseech you, that we may henceforth live in your light and walk in your ways, according to the commandments of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned; but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because He has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.  John 3:16-18

Exhortation to Give – Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.  Philippians 4:17-20

Collection with Prayer (Offertory: NTH 588 – Take My Life and Let It Be)

Doxology – NTH 732

Pastoral Prayer

Medley – Beneath the Cross / NTH 707 – Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken

Scripture Readings – OT: Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 / NT: John 21:20-25

Prayer for Illumination

Sermon – An Exposition of John 21:20-25: “A Final Redirect from the Risen Jesus”

The Risen Jesus redirects us in two ways:

1. To follow Him instead of prying into His secret will for others. (John 20:20-23)

2. To the saving sufficiency of the written testimony of His apostles. (John 20:24-25)

Prayer of Application

Hymn of Response – NTH 578 – The Son of God Goes Forth to War

Benediction – The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.      Numbers 6:24-26


Announcements – Week of 4/14/2024

1. Tomorrow, April 14th, the Gideon Bible Ministry will give a brief presentation from 9:30-9:45 AM during our Sunday school time. All are welcome to join for more information about how they serve! If you have any questions, please ask Pastor Phelps!

2. Prayer for Revival – On Tuesday morning, April 16th, Pastor Phelps will be leading prayer here at the church from 8:00 – 8:45 AM. All are welcome!

3. There will NO Bible study and Kids Club this Wednesday evening.

4. Players of the Stage invites the congregation to join them for their last show at Living Hope this Wednesday night, April 17th at 7 pm. POTS is grateful to the church for partnering with the theatre for the last 23 years. They will be raising money for Bloom for Women who ministers to women caught in trafficking. They will be staging the comedy, The Amateurs written by Jonathan Bangs.

5. Ladies Bible Study will be finishing their study from New Growth Press, Ecclesiastes: Living in Light of Eternity. This will take place at the church at 10 AM on Thursday, April 18th. All women are welcome to join! Childcare is graciously provided!

6. Pastor Phelps leads a lunch time Evangelistic Bible study of the Gospel of Mark on Thursdays at Wegmans from 12-1PM in the cafe area. There will be Gospel literature available for any inquirers. Feel free to join if you are available!

7. Men’s Breakfast will be here at the church Saturday, April 20th at 8:30 AM. All men are invited to attend as we continue the study of the book of Daniel.

8. Rebekah Fodale will be giving a presentation about her involvement with the Disciple Makers ministry to international students at Penn State during our joint SS on April 21st (9:30-9:50AM).

9. With the conclusion of Pastor Phelps’s preaching series in the Gospel of John this Lord's Day, we'll be starting a new series in the Epistle to the Hebrews, "Jesus Is Greater" next week.

10. You are invited to a church fellowship dinner on Sunday, April 21st following the morning service. Sandwich makings and lettuce salad will be provided--please bring a salad topping or dessert to share. The dinner will be followed by a hymn sing--stay for one, stay for both, stay even if you forget to bring something to share. Let us meet and encourage one another!

11. Greg and Toni Dameron were examined by the Session for membership at LHOPC on 4/7/14 and were both found to have credible professions of faith. They will be taking the membership vows at our worship service on April 28th!

12. Apologetics Movie Night will be Sunday, April 28th at 6:30 PM at Living Hope. We will be showing "Amazing Gace" followed by comments/discussion! Amazing Grace (2006) All are welcome! Feel free to invite friends and bring snacks!

13. All young people in grades 8th-12th are invited to attend NewLife Youth Retreat on May 10-11, 2024 at Immanuel OPC in Bellmawr, NJ. This retreat will be a wonderful time of fellowship with other youth, along with excellent teaching from Mr. Zachary Johnson. You may register online at immanuelopc.org/youth-retreat for $30. There is more information on the bulletin board in the hallway!

14. The Boardwalk Chapel is looking for people to join their staff, both volunteer and leadership positions. They are specifically looking for those who have a heart to serve the Lord and share the gospel. The Chapel is perfect for anyone as young as 16, college age, and older! For more information, check out the bulletin board or check their website. https://boardwalkchapel.org/serve/staff/